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7 items from 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – review

11 December 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The third and best film in this series of Cs Lewis adaptations sees the two younger members of the Pevensie family, Edmund and Lucy, swept away from second world war England with their obnoxious cousin Eustace by the waves from a seascape on a bedroom wall. They surface in Narnia beside the Dawn Treader, the elegant galleon commanded by the now King Caspian, whom they accompany on a swashbuckling adventure to rescue the seven lost lords of Telmar.

They are guided through a series of moral challenges by the great Aslan (sepulchrally voiced by Liam Neeson), a cross between the British lion and Christ the Redeemer. But the religious symbolism and contemporary political resonances are less prominent than in the previous two films, except in one respect. This is the transformation of Eustace, the cowardly arrogant rationalist, into a brave true believer.

Dante Spinotti's photography and the special effects are magical, »

- Philip French

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Blu-Ray Reviews of The Last Of The Mohicans, Mad Max, and the Robocop Trilogy

28 November 2010 4:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

You can’t fault Fox for putting out catalog titles on Blu-ray. Of course, there’s good work mixed with bad work on these titles, and The Last of the Mohicans, Mad Max and the Robocop trilogy show what’s great and what sucks about Blu-ray. The Last of the Mohicans was a transitional work for Michael Mann, and stars Daniel Day Lewis stars as Hawkeye, a white man raised as an Indian who gets stuck in the middle of colonial drama. Mad Max is George Miller’s first entry in his car crash trilogy (and still just a trilogy) starring Mel Gibson as the titular character who’s forced to take out some toughs, headed up by the Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne). While the Robocop trilogy follows cop Murphy (Peter Weller, then Robert John Burke) as he battles for Old Detroit, and against Omni Consumer Products after he’s turned into a cyborg. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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An Inside Look At Dubrovnik’s Libertas Film Festival

2 August 2010 6:12 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

For those of you who’ve never heard of Dubrovnik, let me clue you in.  It is one of Eastern Europe’s oldest cities and hottest Mediterranean tourist spots. Situated on the Croatian Riviera on the Adriatic Sea, this ancient fairy tale city is the home of the annual Libertas Film Festival, which I had the pleasure of attending earlier this month. Celebrating its sixth consecutive year, the Libertas Ff represents freedom, creativity and harmony that the once sovereign state was built on. Surrounded by beautiful islands, the historic city is defined by its marvelous architecture, mesmerizing landscape, endless monuments and bountiful resources. So while most fanboys and film geeks were anxiously counting down the days to San Diego’s annual Comic Con, the rest of us film and travel enthusiasts were frolicking in this heavenly destination, hobnobbing with talented filmmakers and actors, and screening a variety of acclaimed, independent and unique foreign films. »

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The Best Cinematography of the Last Decade

30 June 2010 8:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Cinematography and its significance is an aspect of film that is usually overlooked by your average movie goer. Often times when a director is know for consistently maintaining a certain style it is due in part to the cinematographers contribution. Like film editors, cinematographers take a back seat to directors when it comes to the public’s perception of each of their significances. Although it is ultimately the directors medium, the cinematographer guides the tone and feel of the film by controlling the aesthetics. This is of course excluding art direction, wardrobe and set design. A beautifully constructed sequence arrests your attention with such command and power, while still displaying a subtle eloquence. This display of the mastery of film is often referred to as something “cinematic”. In that moment it is film declaring “I am what I am.”  The cinematographer plays an instrumental role is deciding what that declaration is going to convey. »

- Jordan Collins

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American Cinematographer’s List Of The 50 Films With The Best Cinematography From 1998-2008

29 June 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

American Cinematographer – the official magazine of the American Society of Cinematographers – just published a ranking of the best shot films for the 1998 to 2008 decade, and Amélie tops the list.

I initially thought the selections were chosen specifically by members of the Asc, but I learned that it was actually an open process; in short, the magazine asked its subscribers all over the world to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008, that they believed had the best cinematography; the 50 most popular choices were then posted on the Asc website, with the rest of the public free to vote/rank the 50 finalists. Reportedly, more than 17,000 people around the world participated.

And, as already stated, Amélie was ranked in the top spot most consistently. I haven’t watched Amélie in years, but I’d certainly throw it up there on my list of one of the best shot films from 1998 to 2008. Will it be my #1? I don’t know. »

- Tambay

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Review: Centurion

21 April 2010 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In Ad 117 the Roman Empire spanned territory from Egypt to Spain and as far as the Black Sea to the East.  In Northern Britain though, the Roman onslaught ground to a halt when it met an elusive enemy whose guerrilla tactics and surprise attacks made dominos of their rigid formations.  These were the savage tribes of the Picts.

Quintus (Michael Fassbender) is the sole survivor of a Pictish raid, the eponymous Centurion.  Son of a Gladiator, Quintus is a proud and passionate warrior, he marches North with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion determined to avenge the slaying of his comrades.  The Ninth’s mission is to rid the land of the Picts and their leader Gorlacon.  But the legion is ambushed, the bulk of its men massacred, and General Virilus captured.  Quintus assumes command and leads a handful of soldiers across the unfamiliar terrain to recover their general and to »

- Emily Breen

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Asc Nominates 'Avatar's Cinematography? I Offer Alternatives

11 January 2010 2:50 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Penelope Cruz in Nine as shot by Dion Beebe

Photo: The Weinstein Co. The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) announced the finalists in contention for their 2010 awards and I am, for the most part, satisfied although while I didn't express my distaste for Avatar's screenplay nomination (which I probably should have), I don't see how Mauro Fiore's work is considered one of the top five cinematographic feats of 2009.

First, for the nominees: Avatar (Mauro Fiore) The Hurt Locker (Barry Ackroyd) Inglourious Basterds (Robert Richardson) Nine (Dion Beebe) The White Ribbon (Christian Berger) Ackroyd's work in The Hurt Locker, Richardson for Basterds and Beebe with Nine are all deserving. I love the black-and-white work and composition Michael Haneke and Berger employed for The White Ribbon whil I know some do not. However, Avatar? Let's think of some replacements.

Looking around at comments on a variety of award-related website boards »

- Brad Brevet

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