20 items from 2016
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 9th, 2016.
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Episode Notes & Links Follow-up Star Wars The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray The Thing delayed Olive Signature releases in October News Arrow Releases Criterion’s November line-up Twilight Time Sale / American Buffalo Oop Plain Archive Old Boy Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Links to Amazon The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Beethoven The ’Burbs The Dream Team Elvis The Great Outdoors Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Microwave Massacre The Money Pit Patch Adams Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Our Top Five Home Video Releases
- Ryan Gallagher
After being treated to a look at the new Poison Ivy, in addition to the news that proto-versions of both Killer Croc and Harley Quinn are on the way, the Gotham hype train shows no signs of slowing down. Fox has decided to whet our appetites with a new trailer that not only teases the Batman prequel series’ third season, but also Lucifer’s second.
Set to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” the promo seems to stress the more somber and dramatic themes to be played out on upcoming episodes of both shows. What amazed me was how well it flowed considering that these shows are in no way connected, aside from being based on DC Comics properties.
The Gotham portion of the trailer really plays up the rivalry between Penguin and Fish Mooney, which has been building since the pilot episode. Quite frankly, I’m expecting all out war to erupt on the city streets. »
- Eric Joseph
Summer is coming to an end and the 2016-17 TV season is just around the corner (not to mention football and more football). So it’s a good time to cram in a whole collection of shows and movies on Netflix before your schedule gets so full you won’t know what to do with yourself. Some exciting additions are a couple Fast and Furious movies, No Country for Old Men and Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie, which stars Jonny Depp as Trump. Check out the list. Find a comfortable spot and begin watching. New to Netflix August 1 The American Side An Inconvenient Truth Apex: The Story of the Hypercar Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure Big Daddy Black Widow Critical Condition Deadfall Destination: Team USA Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie The Family Man The Fast and the Furious »
- David Eckstein
Fans of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” (both book and play) will embrace “Normal Autistic Film,” a beautifully crafted, intimate, and revealing observational portrait of five youngsters with Asperger’s Syndrome, helmed by talented Czech documentarist Miroslav Janek (“The Unseen”). Janek, who also does his own camerawork, shooting in extreme close-up with a small Canon 100, followed his gifted, articulate subjects over nearly two years, taking time to gain their trust. His method pays off, as the youths seem to offer possibilities, situations, and scenes to be shot. Documentary programmers and broadcasters should take a look at this project, which brims with both humor and heart.
In this first of its kind project for the Czech Republic, the featured youngsters were suggested by Michal Roskanuk, an independent consultant and lecturer on autism who himself has Asperger’s Syndrome. Roskanuk says children with Asperger’s Syndrome suffer from »
- Alissa Simon
Gaspar Noé’s mass, passionate following doesn’t exist by accident. The filmmaker’s four features, from last year’s “Love” to perhaps his most popular film “Enter the Void,” have stunned with their visual beauty and their unique style of filmmaking. Where many filmmakers’ attentions may center on those two elements, Noé also places focus on another tool for immersing the audience: music.
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In a collaboration between Cinefamily and Red Bull Music Academy, composer Brian Reitzell sat down with Gaspar Noé for a conversation about not only the music in his films, but also his opinion on some of the great music moments and talents of all time. From his tendency to license songs instead of hiring a composer to the massive inspiration of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Noé touched on »
- Kyle Kizu
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
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- Benjamin Lee
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
Directed by Bryan Singer.
Starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, Lana Condor and Evan Peters.
Apocalypse, the world’s first mutant, awakes from a centuries-long slumber. The X-Men must reunite to stop him from destroying the world.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a strangely metaphysical film. In the story, the titular villain wants to destroy the world so a better one can be rebuilt from its ashes (a thematic precursor to the eventual Dark Phoenix movie). In the real world, actors’ contracts are expiring and fresh meat must take their place.
Apocalypse marks the end of the First Class trilogy, with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) passing the baton to new recruits Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp »
- Oli Davis
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. They also discuss the new streaming service: FilmStruck.
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Follow-Up Ryan buys a Blu-ray from Australia! News FilmStruck Alien Day Labyrinth 4k Criterion Collection: July Line-up Kino Lorber: Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Road House, The Enemy Below, Caboblanco, Star Crystal, Man on Fire, The Earth Dies Screaming, and Chosen Survivors Scorpion Releasing: Force Five, Haunting of Morella Image Entertainment: The Commitments Twilight Time May 2016 Pre-orders: Garden of Evil, Cat Balou, Eureka, I Could Go On Singing, and Appasionata Links to Amazon 4/19 Barcelona Betrayed Cary Grant: The Vault Collection Dangerous Men Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Fatal Beauty The File of the Golden Goose »
- Ryan Gallagher
The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much, »
- Glenn Erickson
Although there are a few films here and there left to be added to the Cannes 2016 line-up, the slate has now been mostly set thanks to the arrive of the Directors’ Fortnight side-bar line-up. Notable selections includes Paul Schrader‘s drama Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, as well as Laura Poitras‘ Citizenfour follow-up Risk, which looks at Julian Assange.
There’s also Pablo Larraín‘s Gael Garcia Bernal-led biopic Neruda, Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Endless Poetry, the latest film from Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap, as well as new films from Marco Bellocchio and Joachim Lafosse. Also of interest is War Witch director Kim Nguyen‘s Two Lovers and a Bear, a Canadian drama which teams Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan. Check out the line-up below.
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- Jordan Raup
The lineup for the 2016 Directors' Fortnight at Cannes has been announced.
Feature Films:Opening Film: Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio)Divines (Houda Benyamina)L'Économie du couple (Joachim Lafosse)L'Effet aquatique (Sólveig Anspach)Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì)Les Vies de Thérèse (Sébastien Lifshitz)Ma vie de courgette (Clause Barras)Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando)Mercenaire (Sacha Wolff)Neruda (Pablo Larraín)Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky)Raman Raghav 2.0 (Anurag Kashyap)Risk (Laura Poitras)Tour de France (Rachid Djaïdani)Two Lovers and a Bear (Kim Nguyen)Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat)Closing Film: Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader)
Shorts:Abigail (Isabel Penoni & Valentina Homem)Chasse Royale (Romane Gueret & Lise Akoka)Decorado (Alberto Vazquez)Habat Shel Hakala (Tamar Rudoy)Happy End (Jan Saska)Hitchhiker (Jero Yun)Import (Ena Sendijarevic)Kindil el Bahr (Damien Ounouri)Léthé (Dea Kulumbegashvili)Listening to Beethoven (Garri Bardine)Zvir (Miroslav Sikavica) »
Laura Poitras’ documentary about Julian Assange and Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Defoe, among line-up.Cannes 2016Official SelectionCritics’ WeekScroll down for full list
An 18-strong line-up of titles for the 48th Directors’ Fortnight (May 12-22), a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival run by the French Director’s Guild, has been announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference in Paris this morning.
Opening the section is Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni), from six-time Palme d’Or nominated Italian director Marco Bellocchio. The film, based on a novel by Massimo Gramellini, stars Bérénice Bejo and Valerio Mastandrea, with sales handled by The Match Factory.
Closing Directors’ Fortnight is Dog Eat Dog, Paul Schrader’s film starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Defoe that centres on three men fresh out of prison who attempt to adapt to civilian life. Arclight Films handles sales.
Overall, the titles »
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When I think back on the countless hours I’ve invested into the Resident Evil series, it’s mostly a blur of strangely shaped keys, frantic boss fights, and chainsaws whirring toward me, all backed by a mash-up of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Drowning Pool’s Let the Bodies Hit the Floor. It’s intense and wonderful, like I’m […] »
- Adam Dodd
Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar
The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.
With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.
Well, more like, where haven't you heard it? The 87-year-old Ennio Morricone, who this year is nominated for his sixth Academy Award, is far from just being Quentin Tarantino's favorite composer ever: He's one of the most influential composers in modern cinema and maybe 20th-century music as a whole. As of this writing, Morricone is credited as a composer on 527 works at IMDb.com. Morricone played trumpet in jazz bands in the 1950s and eventually became a studio arranger for RCA. He achieved international fame with compositions for Sergio Leone's 1960s string of so-called "Spaghetti Westerns," including the Clint Eastwood vehicle The Good, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Revisiting the case after two decades is vital for what it says about all of us and our culpability in creating a celebrity-driven culture – and an American dream shot through with racial resentments
Comparing The People v Oj Simpson: American Crime Story to American Horror Story is sort of like comparing Beethoven’s fifth symphony to those Beethoven movies about an affectionate St Bernard. American Crime Story, which debuts on FX on Tuesday 2 February at 10pm Est on FX (and comes to BBC2 later this month), is a wonderfully acted, 10-episode treatise on race, celebrity and justice that is based in fact. American Horror Story is a paean to the supernatural whose greatest purpose is letting washed-up actors and pop stars chew the scenery on the way to winning awards. Really, the only two things the shows have in common are having the words “American” and “Story” in their titles. »
- Brian Moylan
When I was not much older than my oldest son is now, either fourth or fifth grade, the older girl next door who spent several years slowly initiating me to both the secret worlds of rock'n'roll and kissing, thus assuring those things would forever be linked in my mind, played me one of the many 45s she kept in a big giant carry-around box with the Rolling Stone lips on the cover. This one, she assured me, was "mind-blowing." She was right. The first time I heard "Space Oddity," it felt like I lifted off the ground with that countdown, infinity in endless mandala opening above me, as that strange voice, so thin at times, so powerful at others, sang with such longing, such powerful desire to both reach back to a humanity left behind and rocket on into whatever cosmic possibilities lay ahead. I must have played that record »
- Drew McWeeny
Martin Scorsese is set to produce a new biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis for Paramount Pictures. Peter Glanz pitched the project and will pen the script basd on Janis' book "Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal".
A student of Vladimir Horowitz and selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, he represented the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries. His extensive repertoire included Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Scorsese also says he anticipates his involvement in the day-to-day running of his new HBO drama "Vinyl" will be more hands-on than it was on his previous effort with the network - "Boardwalk Empire". Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week via THR, he talked about helming the two-hour pilot and hopes to direct several more episodes as »
- Garth Franklin
As I struggled, as every year, to get my end-of-year lists finished in a reasonably timely fashion, it occurred to me that I could publish half of the classical list earlier if I could find a reasonable way to split it into categories. Thus the non-contemporary/contemporary divide this year. The newer composers' work requires more listening; that's the only reason the older repertoire comes first.
1. Ivan Moravec Twelfth Night Recital Prague 1987 (Supraphon) Supposedly this release of a previously unissued concert recording was approved by the pianist shortly before his passing in July 2015. Certainly it's hard to hear anything of significance that he wouldn't have liked about it, because it is a magnificent testament to everything that made him one of the greatest pianists who ever lived: one of the most beautiful piano tones ever heard, allied to liquid phrasing that gave him one of the greatest legato touches ever recorded. »
20 items from 2016
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