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Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers what brought the two of you together for Nightlight?
Beck/Woods: We’ve actually known each other since we were 11, and we’ve been making movies together as long as we’ve been friends. Throughout middle school and high school we made dozens of shorts and no-budget features, which really taught us the craft of filmmaking. We never formally studied film production aside from consuming DVD features and commentaries (“That Moment” on the Magnolia DVD is beyond inspirational), so we always refer to those early years as our “film school” experience. Since then we’ve constantly co-written and co-directed all of our works, including a »
- Jonathan James
On paper, “Serena” should have been something arriving in theaters with a great splash. With an Oscar-winning prestige director in the shape of Susanne Bier, it’s the adaptation of an acclaimed novel that once attracted the attention of Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie. It has some stunning production value and lavish period costumes and sets, and features two of the world’s biggest and most lauded stars: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, coming off mega-smash “American Sniper.” And yet the film slinks into limited release this Friday, having debuted on VOD a few weeks back. If you’ve seen it there, or on its release elsewhere in the world, or even just read our review from last year, you’ll know there’s a reason for this: it’s terrible, overwrought, incoherent and uneven. It could probably pass for an unintentionally funny melodrama parody, a la “The Spoils Of Babylon, »
- The Playlist Staff
Daniel Radcliffe has transitioned successfully from leading boy to leading man with films like The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings. Emma Watson has focused on working with interesting directors like Sophia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky. So, that accounts for two of the three leads from the Harry Potter film franchise, but where’s Rupert Grint? We’ve spotted him at SXSW! He’s starring in the new comedy Moonwalkers, a drug-fueled, hyper-violent, swinging-sixties story of CIA agent Kidman (played by Ron Perlman), deeply troubled by visions of those he’s killed in foreign wars, who’s sent across the pond to solicit the assistance of Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing in case the real one goes awry. Inept hustler Jonny (Grint, feeling 100...
- John Gholson
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) has announced the seven-strong jury for this year’s Tiantan competition, which includes Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk and Brazil’s Fernando Meirelles, in addition to previously announced jury president Luc Besson.
Darren Aronofsky and French director Jean-Jacques Annaud will also be guests at the festival, which recently recruited Marco Mueller as chief advisor to oversee programming and improve other aspects of the event’s international profile.
Bjiff also unveiled the other main events of this year’s edition (April 16-23) – including opening and closing ceremonies at the Huairou Yanqi Lake convention centre; the Beijing Film Panorama, featuring around 360 titles; red carpet screenings of international premieres; ‘Film Carnival’ live performances and events in Huairou and other »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
From Beautician and the Beast to National Treasure and everything in between, Netflix has a little something for everyone lined up for their subscribers in April. That includes the arrival Marvel's anticipated small screen take on Daredevil, the final season of Sons of Anarchy and Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Here's what Netflix has set to join their streaming lineup in April. (Dates and titles are subject to change.) Week of April 1 The Beautician and the Beast - April 1 Life Partners - April 2 All Hail King Julien (Season 1, 5 new eps) - April 3 Derek (Special) - April 3 Starry Eyes - April 3 The Quiet Ones - April 3 Delta Farce - April 4 Week of April 5 Wilfred (Season 4) - April 7 Crank - April 9 Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1) - April 8 Pioneer - April 9 Marvel's Daredevil - April 10 October 1 - April 10 Finding Mercy - April 10 Confusion Na Wa - April 10 Onye Ozi - April 10 Week of »
Jayro Bustamante’s debut “Ixcanul,” the flagship of a burgeoning Guatemalan cinema, continued its triumphant festival march, winning Official Fiction Competition best picture at Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival, which wrapped Tuesday night.
A Berlin Festival Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner, “Ixcanul” took top honors – best Ibero-American picture and director – just last Saturday at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” has now achieved the near unthinkable for a Guatemalan movie just a few years back: a French co-producer, Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”; a sales agent, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, now one of the biggest dealers in not only Spanish but Latin American films; top fest plaudits and major territory sales to distinguished distributors, »
- John Hopewell
First and Final Frames from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
The first shot of any movie is arguably its most important. While many films are lazy about it and go with a standard establishing shot, the real masters know how to make that first moment count. Jim Emerson did a whole blog series looking just at opening shots.
But then of course equally important is how a film ends, or how it closes itself off to us. Much research has been done on this, and David Bordwell explains that we’ve even been conditioned by the movies to know that something is about to end.
What’s remarkable then is to see how those two moments contrast. Often they’re symmetrical. Others are specifically asymmetrical; they show where the character starts and where they’ve ended up. How a movie starts and ends can tell you all you need to know about it. »
- Brian Welk
Making it in show business is often portrayed as a task so difficult, one has to embrace one’s demons and throw away one’s inhibitions in order to succeed. It’s a good thing I’m not planning on getting famous any time soon, because apparently that is only possible via some sort of freaky Faustian bargain. One memorable example is Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, in which Natalie Portman’s wannabe prima ballerina has to hallucinate and stab herself with glass before reaching the pinnacle of her talent. From what I can gather, being a great artist must be a living nightmare.
- Lee Jutton
Vivek Gomber’s Zoo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. will be releasing the internationally celebrated Marathi film, Court, on April 17th, 2015, in India. The film will have a limited release in Maharashtra, and select metro cities around the country.
The tragicomedy, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, 2014. It created history in Venice by being one of the very few debut films to win both, the Lion of the Future award, and Orizzonti award for Best Film. This feat is a staggering one, considering it is very rare for an Indian film to get not one, but two such major awards at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. Since then, Court has emerged as one of the most awarded and internationally acclaimed films in the history of Indian cinema. The film has won a total of 17 international awards at various film festivals in countries like Hong Kong, »
- Press Releases
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
Smoke them, snort them, shoot them, swallow them. No matter how they’re consumed, drugs are everywhere in movies. And in this new two-and-a-half-minute supercut, Jorge Luengo Ruiz gets us hooked on Hollywood highs. The earliest film Ruiz includes is “Easy Rider” from 1969. The most recent is Scorsese’s 2013 flick, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” If you’re going to make a supercut that details drug use over a 44-year span of cinema, I can’t think of two better films to bookend the short. The “Easy Rider” New Orleans cemetery acid trip scene induces a second-hand high upon every viewing, and no one did drugs to such excess in recent movie history as Jordan Belfort and his fraternity of stock-brokers. Naturally, “Requiem for a Dream” — Darren Aronofsky’s tale of addiction gone horribly wrong, which is a thousand times more effective at turning teens off of drugs than any D. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a number of studious, fastidious video essays covering techniques employed by numerous filmmakers working today. He’s focused on the extreme wide shots regularly used by Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s analyzed the evolution of Batman in cinema (which is awesome). He’s even found the time to examine Steve McQueen’s lingering camera. Two days ago, the talented filmmaker and editor turned his attention to Darren Aronofsky, proffering the following thesis: “Darren Aronofsky seems to favor tracking shots that capture his characters from behind rather than the front or side (most frequently in 'The Wrestler' and 'Black Swan'). Using a dolly, Steadicam, Snorricam, or handheld camera, Aronosfky makes us feel as if we are being dragged through a scene. These shots are most often employed when his characters are experiencing times of stress or disorder. As they journey blindly into the unknown, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Darren Aronofsky is one of the most unique and talented directors working today. From Pi through his most recent film Noah, Aronofsky has proven himself a cinematic force to be reckoned with. Like any great filmmaker, Aronofsky has some trademark shots that he uses in each movie he makes. One in particular has been compiled into an interesting supercut for our enjoyment. Editor Jacob Swinney pulled together a compilation of shots taken from a specific vantage point from the director's »
- Alex Maidy
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
At the closing night awards ceremony, First Time Fest co-founders Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward honoured Harvey Weinstein for his distinguished career and support of first-time filmmakers. The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Kurt Vonnegut's book Cat's Cradle influenced him when he went on to distribute Cinema Paradiso. Federico Fellini and Philippe de Broca's Jean-Paul Belmondo movies That Man From Rio and Cartouche were a part of his cinema education growing up in Queens, New York, which may have equipped him for his relationship with Quentin Tarantino.
Previously fêted for their commitment to cinema were Darren Aronofsky, by Martin Scorsese, and Julie Taymor. While waiting for Harvey's arrival, I joined Gay Talese and Tony Bennett for a lively conversation on movies, the demise of burlesque and tennis »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
With the number of new hot takes on the Oscars sufficiently cooled down, now may be the best time to take a closer look at this year’s Best Picture winner in the context of an Oscar nominee from a previous year that covers surprisingly similar ground. Miguel Branco has put together “Blackbird,” which plays shots from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s technical marvel “Birdman” side-by-side with clips from Darren Aronofsky’s beautifully terrifying “Black Swan,” revealing the similar terrain of both films. First of all, both films are essentially about the struggle of putting on a good show: a Raymond Carver adaptation for the stage in Inarritu’s film and a new version of the “Swan Lake” ballet in Aronfsky’s. The two main characters both have a rival who threatens to steal their moment in the spotlight. Both also put their protagonists through the ringer physically, mentally, and emotionally »
- Cain Rodriguez
The world's biggest actress and the world's biggest director are teaming up for a new movie.
Deadline reports that Jennifer Lawrence and Steven Spielberg will collaborate on an adaptation of "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War," the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario. Lawrence will star as Addario, whose book describes her work in some of the most dangerous regions of the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo, and Libya, and her capture by pro-Quaddafi forces in the latter country.
According to Deadline's report, the recently-released "It's What I Do" was a hot commodity in Hollywood when its rights became available, and several other star-studded teams were vying for the property. Lawrence and Spielberg reportedly beat out the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Margot Robbie, George Clooney, and the team of Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman for the project.
Warner Bros. is set to distribute the film. »
- Katie Roberts
How many projects does Steven Spielberg have going onc He has St. James Place coming out later this year, The Bfg coming out in 2016, a probable new Indiana Jones film, a possible West Side Story remake, and many more. Well, he has another project to put up on his bulletin board of movies: an adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do. Many different parties wanted this book, including Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky (for Natalie Portman), Margot Robbie, and the Weinsteins. Spielberg ultimately came out victorious with Warner Bros., and the person he has attached for his lead is Jennifer Lawrence. You may have heard of her. amz asin="B00L9B7CSM" size="small"Lynsey Addario traveled to Afghanistan post-9/11 and specialized in victims of conflict. Her photographs also include victims of the Iraqi War, the genocide in Darfur, and of rape in the Congo. »
- Mike Shutt
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