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Cannes Review: Marion Cotillard Won’t Stay Dead in Arnaud Desplechin’s Opening Night Film, ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’

17 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Within its first half hour, “Ismael’s Ghosts” weaves together espionage, melodrama, supernatural hauntings, and a filmmaker’s creative crisis. It’s the most ambitious movie to date from French director Arnaud Desplechin, whose ensemble dramas “A Christmas Tale” and “My Golden Years” also dealt with characters coping with their troubled pasts. This time, it’s a wild hodgepodge of genres that often risk collapsing on top of each other. At its best, the movie is a freewheeling gambit, hurtling in multiple directions at once, and it’s thrilling to watch Desplechin try juggle them all.

“Ismael’s Ghosts” within the confines of a movie imagined by its main character: a dense, labyrinthine spy story involving the experiences of young recruit Ivan (Louie Garrel) who’s services straight out of school. Minutes into that setup, Desplechin pulls out to reveal the world of disheveled writer-director Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), a rugged, »

- Eric Kohn

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Exclusive: Breaking down Showtime’s Dark Net score with composer Justin Melland

15 May 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Justin Melland has scored documentaries that have been Oscar nominated, Sundance award winning and critically acclaimed, covering every topic from exposing the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease to people on spiritual journeys and the sacred spaces they are led to. So when Melland found out Vocativ, a media and technology company producing Showtime’s Dark Net, was looking for both a documentary composer and someone who could score a show that was frightening and heartfelt all at the same time, he knew he was perfect for the job. It was only a matter of time before the show’s executives felt the same way and hired him. With the second season finale approaching May 25th, we decided to speak with Melland about creating the show’s stand out score, which is everything from emotional to electronic all at the same time. Read the full interview here…

How did you initially get involved with Dark Net? »

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

10 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »

- Dave Roper

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Don’t Miss the Ray Harryhausen Movie Marathon on Comet TV Sunday, May 7th

4 May 2017 7:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“The gods of Greece are cruel! In time, all men shall learn to live without them.”

Sunday, May 7 marks the 4th anniversary of the legendary visual effects guru Ray Harryhausen’s death. Read what We Are Movie Geeks thinks are Harryhausen’s top ten films Here

To celebrate this master of illusion, Comet TV (www.COMETtv.com) is running a Ray Harryhausen Marathon of movies on Sunday, May 7 beginning at 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. The complete marathon will run as follows:

11:30am Est / 10:30am Ct / 8:30am Pst – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

In many ways the ultimate combination of stop motion animation, adventure, and overall production quality, 7th Voyage Of Sinbad is still one of Harryhausen’s most popular works.  It was also a turning point for Harryhausen, establishing the framework for not only his other Sinbad films, but all animated adventure films in general »

- Tom Stockman

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Deadly Dialogue: Legendary Filmmaker Larry Cohen Reflects on His Trailblazing Career

3 May 2017 6:21 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, writer/director Larry Cohen has always bucked the Hollywood system to deliver ingenious stories that subvert genre expectations and challenge societal norms. With over 20 directorial credits and more than 80 writing credits to his name, Cohen’s influence in the realms of horror, sci-fi, and exploitation cinema have been felt far and wide for the last 60 years.

This weekend, the Quad Cinema in New York is honoring a variety of Cohen’s films set in the Big Apple, making for the ultimate celebration of one of the most prolific indie filmmakers of all time. On Saturday, they will be screening Special Effects (2:15pm), Perfect Strangers (4:30pm), Black Caesar (6:30pm), and God Told Me To: The Whisper Cut (8:30pm), and on Sunday, the Quad’s Cohen-centric lineup features The Ambulance (3:30pm), The Stuff (6:00pm), and Q (8:30pm)—all with Cohen in person. »

- Heather Wixson

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Fahrenheit 451

18 April 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

 

François Truffaut’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian, illiterate future looks better than ever, but the scary part is that some of its oddest sci-fi extrapolations seem to be coming true. It’s a movie that truly grows on one. The Bernard Herrmann music score is one of the composer’s very best.

Fahrenheit 451

Blu-ray

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

1966 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112 min. / 50th Anniversary Edition / Street Date June 6, 2017 / $14.98

Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spencer, Bee Duffell.

Cinematography: Nicolas Roeg

Production Designers: Syd Cain, Tony Walton

Film Editor: Thom Noble

Original Music: Bernard Herrmann

Written by François Truffaut & Jean-Louis Richard from the book by Ray Bradbury

Produced by Lewis M. Allen, Miriam Brickman

Directed by François Truffaut

Quality science fiction was once a hard sell with both critics and the public. Fahrenheit 451 is usually discussed either as a Science Fiction film or a François Truffaut movie, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Free Fire: The 70’s Crime Pictures It Takes a Bullet From

1 April 2017 1:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on Free Fire

Let’s be honest, if you’ve seen Free Fire, you’ll know it’s not particularly like a lot of the 1970’s crime films that, on the face of it, Ben Wheatley’s movie would sit alongside. This pulpy, lean slice of comic violence owes more to the early 90’s stylistics of down’n’dirty Tarantino than to Scorsese or Friedkin, but given i’ts set in the 70’s, was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, and certainly has plenty of now retro-connections to that decade, this seems a good place to analyse Free Fire in the context of the crime pictures of that decade. Where does it fit? Should it fit at all? Or should it rather tuck in behind Reservoir Dogs and, anachronistically, exist slightly out of the time it’s very much rooted in?

Crime thrillers of the 1970’s, for a start, »

- Tony Black

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Horror Highlights: Talking With Chris Hardwick Guests, Larry Cohen Retrospective Screenings, Teenage Ghost Punk

31 March 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Chris Hardwick is truly the man with many talk shows! Soon, AMC will introduce viewers to Talking with Chris Hardwick, which premieres on Sunday, April 9th! The lineup of guests is pretty interesting and includes Bryan Cranston and Elijah Wood. Also: details on screenings of Larry Cohen's films at The Quad and release details for Teenage Ghost Punk.

Talking With Chris Hardwick's First Lineup of Guests Revealed: Press Release: "New York, NY – March 30, 2017 – AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” an extension of the #1 talk show on television, “Talking Dead.”  Guests include (not in air order): Michelle MonaghanCharlie HunnamConnie BrittonJustin TherouxBryan CranstonElijah WoodDamon Lindelof, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the cast of “Silicon Valley.” Additional guests will be announced soon. “Talking with Chris Hardwick” premieres on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m. »

- Tamika Jones

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Espinosa, director of Life

24 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amon Warmann chats with Life director Daniel Espinosa (spoilers follow)…

When we caught up with Daniel Espinosa to talk to him about Life – the Swedish director’s sixth feature – we asked him about how his latest movie differs from Alien, working with Ryan Reynolds post-Deadpool, and playing music on set while the actors were filming.

I really liked that there was none of the dumb decision making you sometimes see in movies like these…

Yes! For me that was very important. These are not high school students in a campus who have no idea what to do. They’re astronauts who have been trained to make the correct decision in difficult situations, and I wanted them to do that as much as possible.

This film has inevitably been compared to Alien – was there ever any worry on your part in terms of doing a mean alien is loose on »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – Get Out (2017)

23 March 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Get Out, 2017.

Directed by Jordan Peele.

Starring Daniel Kaluyya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, LilRel Howery, Betty Gabriel, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Synopsis:

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Forget ghosts, vampires, zombies or other supernatural shenanigans. The terror presented in Jordan Peele’s terrific »

- Sean Wilson

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Listen to the Ultimate Playlist of Martin Scorsese Movie Music and See All of the Director’s Cameos

20 March 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Yesterday I finally made my way to Museum of the Moving Image’s Martin Scorsese exhibit (along with a screening of Gangs of New York in 35mm) and it’s an essential experience for those in and around New York City. A comprehensive look into the career and life from one of our greatest directors, there’s everything from personal exchanges between Terrence Malick and the director to countless storyboards to rare behind-the-scenes photos to a map of the city with corresponding clips from his films. It runs through April 23, but if you can’t make it to Queens, we have a taste of it today.

First up, the exhibit features a video on the cameos the directors has made throughout his career, and now we have another version of such a  compilation. From the the most substantial in Taxi Driver to a voice-only one in The Wolf of Wall Street »

- Jordan Raup

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Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest Returns to Cinemas Nationwide Aprl 2nd & 5th

15 March 2017 9:27 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“That wasn’t very sporting, using real bullets.”

Blockbuster action-adventure season has arrived at the movies … but this year it comes with a classic twist from Fathom Events and the TCM Big Screen Classics series:

  Alfred Hitchcock‘s often-imitated but never-duplicated thrill ride North By Northwest — the granddaddy of all non-stop action movies — is returning to theaters around the country for two days only on Sunday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) each day. Tickets are available now at the Fathom Events website.   Cary GrantEva Marie SaintJames Mason and Martin Landau give fast and furious chase across the country, from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the dizzying peaks of Mount Rushmore, set to the music of Bernard Herrmann, vibrant VistaVision cinematography — and, in this special presentation, new commentary from TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz both before and after the film.  The trailer for »

- Tom Stockman

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From Kong to Kong: the 18 greatest monster movie scores

13 March 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Kong: Skull Island out now, Sean Wilson looks back at the classic monster movies with top tunes…

It’s time for Kong to reclaim his crown as king of the movie monsters in all-action blockbuster romp Kong: Skull Island, the latest instalment in the ongoing Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures ‘MonsterVerse’ that will eventually see the great ape do battle with the equally legendary Godzilla.

Featuring an all-star cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, Skull Island also features a rousing score from Captain America: Civil War composer Henry Jackman who uses every orchestral force at his disposal to depict Kong’s overwhelming size.

So what better time to recap the all-time-greatest monster movie scores from Hollywood and beyond?

King Kong (Max Steiner, 1933)

The one that started it all, as well as the birth of the monster movie and its accompanying soundtrack. Few »

- Sean Wilson

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Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

7 March 2017 5:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s  Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list so here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Alfred Hitchcock’s ten best films:

Frenzy

Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. »

- Tom Stockman

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe This Saturday Morning

5 March 2017 6:01 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn’t have been that sentimental.”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s  Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

Let’s state this right from the top: Vertigo is one of the greatest films ever made. It’s not simply hyperbole that notables such as Leonard Maltin and Martin Scorsese have called the film Hitchcock’s masterpiece. To paraphrase Scorsese, rarely have we seen the complexity of a man’s thoughts and feelings portrayed so beautifully and compellingly onscreen. Everything in Vertigo – from the costumes to the location scenery to the performances of its lead actors is quite simply, perfect. Hitchcock »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Main Titles: How That Striking Vintage Opening Sequence Got Made

3 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Without uttering a word, the main title sequence for FX’s new anthology series “Feud: Bette and Joan” sets the dramatic yet somber tone for the entire series by using musical and graphical cues from ‘60s cinema.

While the images trace the plot of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” it also reflects the misery of the actresses drawn into a cycle of torment of their own devising. Take a look at the sequence:

The credits fit right in with “Feud,” a technicolor feast that examines the even more colorful rivalry between acclaimed actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which reached its pinnacle while they co-starred in the psycho-biddy horror movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” in 1962. The series takes place during and after the shooting of the film, in which Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan (Jessica Lange) play combative siblings Baby Jane and Blanche, respectively. There is no love lost between these sisters, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Main Titles: How That Striking Vintage Opening Sequence Got Made

3 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Without uttering a word, the main title sequence for FX’s new anthology series “Feud: Bette and Joan” sets the dramatic yet somber tone for the entire series by using musical and graphical cues from ‘60s cinema.

While the images trace the plot of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” it also reflects the misery of the actresses drawn into a cycle of torment of their own devising. Take a look at the sequence:

The credits fit right in with “Feud,” a technicolor feast that examines the even more colorful rivalry between acclaimed actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which reached its pinnacle while they co-starred in the psycho-biddy horror movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” in 1962. The series takes place during and after the shooting of the film, in which Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan (Jessica Lange) play combative siblings Baby Jane and Blanche, respectively. There is no love lost between these sisters, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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'Feud': How the Show-Stopping Opening Credits Came Together

1 March 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The premiere of FX's latest Ryan Murphy anthology, Feud: Bette and Joan, may still be days away, but the opening credits for the Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange starrer have been the subject of buzz for months. 

The Saul Bass-inspired intro (below) is a throwback to opening credits of a past era, set to music created by Mac Quayle that is in part influenced by late composer Bernard Herrmann. The one-minute 18-second offering covers all of the important aspects of the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford while the two Hollywood icons were working on their one and only movie »

- Amber Dowling

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Taxi Driver review – Scorsese's sleaze is still the bee's knees

9 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The rereleased 1976 shocker in which Robert De Niro roams night-time New York is fixed firmly in the past – but its visceral horror remains undimmed

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 neon-lit ordeal shocker Taxi Driver is back once again to deliver another punch to the solar plexus, with screenplay by Paul Schrader, superlative jazz score by Bernard Herrmann, cinematography by Michael Chapman – revived in UK cinemas as part of the Scorsese retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. It was last rereleased here six years ago for its 35th anniversary and five years before that for the 30th.

It has become a critical tradition to muse on how much has changed in New York since Travis Bickle, unforgettably played by the livewire Robert De Niro, roamed the night-time streets in his checker cab. He’s the insomniac ex-marine, traumatised by Vietnam, so hardened he doesn’t mind going to scary rough places such as … Brooklyn. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Blu-ray Review – Raising Cain (1992)

30 January 2017 3:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Raising Cain, 1992.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, and Amanda Pombo.

Synopsis:

The wife of a respected child psychologist starts to suspect that her husband’s obsession with their daughter’s behaviour may not be very healthy.

Returning to the well of Brian De Palma movies to give their meticulous treatment the wizards at Arrow Video have turned their attention to his 1992 thriller Raising Cain, a movie sandwiched between the disappointing The Bonfire of the Vanities and the brilliant Carlito’s Way in the director’s filmography and a film that was possibly his most blatant nod to Hitchcock – and Psycho in particular – since Dressed to Kill back in 1980.

John Lithgow (Cliffhanger/Blow Out) stars as Dr. Carter Nix, a child psychologist who is married to nurse Jenny (Lolita DavidovichGods and Monsters) and who dotes »

- Amie Cranswick

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