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Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten favorite films of all time. As is the case with some of our previous profiled folks, sometimes we don’t receive a set ten, in this case, Lance Edmands‘ (his feature debut Bluebird gets released theatrically today via the Factory 25 Folks) delivered a hard eight. Here are Lance’s top eight, in his own words…
Making a list of my top ten films of all time is a next-to-impossible task for me. That list is constantly growing, shifting, evolving, and is probably closer to a hundred films than to ten. For me, it’s probably more relevant to list the films that inspired Bluebird specifically. That said, many of these films are also on my list of all-time favorites, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.
Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.
Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.
A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »
- Mike Downey
★★★★☆ Harry Macqueen's impressive directorial debut, Hinterland (2014), which he also scripts and stars in together with folk singer Lori Campbell follows two childhood friends who reconnect in their late twenties and go on a road trip to Cornwall. Lola (Campbell) is back in London after working for some years in America as a singer- musician. Harvey (Macqueen) picks her up in the city and drives her to his family's holiday home where they had spent much of their youth. Over one weekend they try to capture some of their childlike exuberance for simple pleasures. They take a boat trip, attempt to fish, walk along the windswept Cornish coast (it's February and desolate), sit around a fire, talk and drink.
It soon becomes apparent that Harvey is in love with Lola. Less clear are her true feelings for him. We learn that Lola only returned because her father has left her mother for another woman. »
- CineVue UK
Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements
Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved, »
- Nicholas Bell
How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night. Last year the Academy faced a similar quandary between the incredible work of Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"). Eventually, Cuarón distanced himself from his contemporary and his win was "expected." That's truly not the case this season. Linklater has earned raves for his 12-year journey making "Boyhood" since it debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago. »
- Gregory Ellwood
While you may have checked out the Oscar nominee list last month and recognized pretty much every movie, there are likely a few films that you had never even heard of before, and not even because they hadn't been nominated for other awards yet. "Why haven't I heard of a movie Marion Cotillard is so good in she deserves a nomination?" you may have asked yourself. "What is this Mr. Turner that's up for a bunch of awards?" you probably wondered. Not to worry: we have answers. Mr. Turner Source: Sony Pictures Classics What it's nominated for: Best cinematography, best production design, best costume design, best original score What it's about: Timothy Spall plays 19th century British painter British artist J. M. W. Turner in this biopic about his life, which was directed by Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh. Why you probably hadn't heard of it yet: The British film was »
The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards. While I expect "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to take more than its share of craft categories, with "American Sniper" and possibly "Birdman" doing well, too, it's fair to say we won't be seeing a year like last year, where "Gravity" took six of 10 categories, and "The Great Gatsby" took two more. More interesting is what I suspect will be a trend of repeat Oscar winners. I'm guessing the winners in most categories (Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) will have already thanked the Academy before. While most of these winners would be deserving, several big names will still be waiting for their first statuettes. »
- Gerard Kennedy
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Way back at the fall film festivals Oscar-watchers proclaimed the duel of the British biopics. They pitted "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing and Keira Knightley as his brainy aide Joan Clarke, against "The Theory of Everything," starring Eddie Redmayne as brilliant cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as the heroic wife who made his life and science possible. So who won this match-up? There's a good chance that these two exquisitely crafted period pieces--both soft lobs down the middle for Academy voters--will knock each other out and wind up with just one or two Oscars each. (A third Brit biopic, Mike Leigh's gorgeously precise "Mr. Turner" (Sony Pictures Classics), which won best actor for Timothy Spall in the title role at Cannes, was shoved to the side as the result of this sexier match-up, even by the UK's own BAFTAs, though its period. »
- Anne Thompson
Toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are proud that so many of their nominees are veterans of past Spc films. “With Julianne Moore, we go back to ‘Vanya on 42nd Street,’” says Barker. “We’ve worked with Wim Wenders (in the docu race) since ‘Wings of Desire.’ Tom Cross, the editor of ‘Whiplash,’ was an assistant to Tim Squyres on ‘Crouching Tiger.’”
Barker rattles off a list that also includes director Bennett Miller, writer Dan Futterman, Mark Ruffalo, and the team on Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner”: costume designer Jacqueline Durran, d.p. Dick Pope and composer Gary Yershon. And aside from the nominees themselves, Spc’s former collaborators include people associated with the films in contention, such as “Still Alice »
- Tim Gray
As the 29th annual American Society of Cinematographers awards ceremony approaches on Feb. 15, a look at the feature nominees reveals an encouraging trend: directors of photography say the continued maturation of digital platforms has meant a shift in focus away from technical concerns to more aesthetic matters.
Thanks to emerging standards, d.p.’s report less time and effort spent persuading producers that a particular format or piece of gear is necessary to protect the quality and integrity of the image. Judging from this year’s contenders, film retains a place in the tool kit, while digital’s faithful reproduction of what’s before the camera continues to lead to a boon in the use of older and idiosyncratic lenses to lend flavor to the image.
- David Heuring
Sigmund Freud would have surely had a field day with writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein, who has now devoted not one but two movies to women with metaphorical steel traps between their legs. In Lichtenstein’s 2007 debut, “Teeth,” the woman in question was a sexually curious teen suffering from an acute case of vagina dentata. In Lichtenstein’s latest, “Angelica,” the focus is on a wife and mother whose fragile health demands that she abstain from all pleasures of the flesh — a dietary restriction that leads to many strange bumps (and humps) in the night. The result is a looney psychosexual potboiler with one foot in “Masterpiece Theater” finery and the other in outre camp abandon, never fully satisfying on either count, but at least partly redeemed by a finely calibrated star turn from Jena Malone. Lacking the shock scares needed to sate the mainstream horror crowd, the film’s commercial prospects are decidedly limited. »
- Scott Foundas
After almost a week of warm-up events (including Saturday’s incredibly elegant Nominees Party at Kensington Palace, home of future monarch Prince William and Kate, no less), Sunday night’s Ee BAFTA Awards, dolled out in the opulent confines of London’s Royal Opera House began with a blast of Kasbian and ended with a spiky speech by Fellowship recipient Mike Leigh. Leigh, whose "Mr. Turner" had been all but snubbed by BAFTA voters — “some people expect me to be rude” — used his time at the mic to thank those who had supported him across 20 features as well as the less receptive financiers who’d said no to him down the years — “boneheads, philistines and uninspired skinflints… may you all rot in hell." In the two plus hours in between, regular host and professional bon vivant Stephen Fry was his typically erudite and loquacious self, even if the innuendo quotient was noticeably lower than normal, »
- Mark Salisbury
It’s fair to say given our coverage that we at Thn absolutely love BAFTA and all it stands for. The organisation has a great belief in nurturing talent and even hosts it’s own site BAFTA Guru crammed full of all advice for those starting out in the industry.
Last night saw the institution host it’s biggest and most glamorous awards ceremony – the Ee BAFTAs. For an impressive tenth year Stephen Fry took to the stage and kept us all entertained as the precious masks were handed out to the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Richard Linklater, Jack O’Connell and Mike Leigh.
What you might not know if that Fry was keeping everyone entertained before the ceremony started too though, see for yourself in the below video:
We were also on the red carpet, you can see all of our more candid snaps of your favourite stars by clicking here. »
- Kat Smith
In his introductory monologue to the BAFTAs, host Stephen Fry joked that this was the biggest night for the British film industry since, well, a year ago. But he was wrong. These days the BAFTAs aren’t just one night. They last four long days of lunches and dinners, pre-parties, parties and after-parties, sponsored by luxury brands.
BAFTA has always made a virtue of its snappy two-hour award show, in contrast to the never-ending Oscars. But ever since the British ceremony moved from the relatively humdrum setting of the Odeon Leicester Square cinema to the opulent grandeur of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the prize-giving has now become the sprint finish to a marathon of festivities.
These kicked off on Thursday with the inaugural BAFTA Gala Dinner at its Piccadilly HQ, a charity event which raised £250,000 ($380,000). Friday night saw an Ealing Studios/Lancome drinks reception at the Café Royal, »
- Adam Dawtrey
Digital Spy picks out highlights from the ceremony - and a few that didn't make the cut for the TV broadcast - below...
1. Stephen Fry
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) February 8, 2015
Last night was Stephen Fry's tenth stint as BAFTA host, and he was on fine form - from trading quips with a mischievous Stephen Hawking to introducing one of the biggest stars on the planet as "Tom f**king Cruise", Fry was as witty as ever without ever overstepping the mark.
The highlight? Probably his full-on lip smacker with Cuba Gooding Jr.
Serge Pizzorno's "black tie and tails" attire for the evening flaunted the dress code, »
Mike Leigh has accepted his BAFTA Fellowship at the 68th Ee British Academy Film Awards in London.
The Vera Drake and Mr Turner filmmaker was presented with the accolade for his outstanding contribution to cinema at the BAFTAs ceremony tonight (February 8).
Accepting the accolade, Leigh said: "This is very nice indeed and I've never appeared on this stage before... How lucky we all are to have been born in this golden age of cinema."
Leigh thanked BAFTA for showing "respect for an offbeat, alternative, original, idiosyncratic, popular kind of cinema" by honouring him.
Speaking about the nature of independent film today, Leigh credited the form with giving him 'great freedom'. He also called Best Film winner Boyhood a "definitive independent film".
Leigh closed by saying: "Thank you to everyone I have ever worked with."
Boyhood and Eddie Redmayne were among the winners at tonight's BAFTA ceremony.
Gallery: 2015 BAFTAs red carpet »
Known as the British Oscars, the Ee British Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday.
The Grand Budapest Hotel won five awards for Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Original Music, with Wes Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay.
Emmanuel Lubezki received the BAFTA for Cinematography for Birdman, having won this category twice previously, most recently in 2014. On Saturday, Inarritu took home the top prize at the Directors’ Guild of America Awards for Birdman.
The Lego Movie received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and »
- Michelle McCue
Professor Stephen Hawking and the surprisingly good British weather were amongst the stars of the show at the 68th BAFTA Awards ceremony.Click here for full list of winners
At London’s Royal Opera House, Host Stephen Fry introduced the 68th Ee BAFTAs by making a reference to the night’s weather, which for the first time in many years, didn’t involve rain.
Making his entrance to “Uptown Funk”, Fry described the BAFTAs as “that most glorious of occasions when the heavens open and the great and the good of the industry rain down upon us,” adding: “It may be dry outside but in here it’s simply pissing down with stars.”
Those stars included David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Julie Walters, Kristin Scott Thomas, Noomi Rapace, Jesse Eisenberg, Ralph Fiennes and surprise guest Tom Cruise, who handed out the Best Film prize.
Despite winning the top prizes for Boyhood, director »
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
The BAFTA Awards went down in London on Sunday, and we have the full list of winners for everyone who missed the big show. Eddie Redmayne's exciting award season got even better when he took home the leading actor trophy for The Theory of Everything, which earned three awards overall. Meanwhile, Julianne Moore won the leading actress award for her moving performance in Still Alice. Keep reading to find out which of your favorite actors and movies took the top prizes. Adapted Screenplay The Theory of Everything Original Screenplay The Grand Budapest Hotel British Short Animation The Bigger Picture British Short Film Boogaloo and Graham Makeup And Hair The Grand Budapest Hotel Costume Design The Grand Budapest Hotel Original Music The Grand Budapest Hotel Cinematography Birdman Documentary Citizenfour Film Editing Whiplash Film Sound Whiplash Film Special Video Effects Interstellar Film Not In The English Language Ida Film Fellowship Mike Leigh »
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