18 items from 2015
More than one feature film looks at the making of this picture, focusing on its author, Truman Capote. Criterion's disc returns the discussion to Richard Brooks, the director that dared adapt an unfilmable novel of lurid, unthinkable crime on the Kansas prairie. It's also a last gasp of artistic B&W cinematography from Hollywood, thanks to the indelible images of Conrad Hall. In Cold Blood Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 781 1967 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 20, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Jeff Corey, John Gallaudet, James Flavin, John Collins, Charles McGraw, Will Geer. Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Production Designer Robert F. Boyle Film Editor Peter Zinner Original Music Quincy Jones Written by Richard Brooks from the novel by Truman Capote Produced and Directed by Richard Brooks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
“A Study Of Darkness”
One of the more controversial motion pictures to emerge out of what film historians call “New Hollywood” was In Cold Blood, which was released to theaters “for mature audiences only.” The New Hollywood movement began around 1966, when the Production Code finally started to collapse (and before the movie ratings were instituted) and studios commenced allowing auteur filmmakers to do whatever the hell they wanted. The year 1967 was especially a groundbreaking one with the release of such “adult” fare as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, and In Cold Blood.
In Cold Blood is based on the “non-fiction novel” by Truman Capote about the true crime of 1959 in which an innocent family of four in Kansas were murdered by two ex-cons who believed there was $10,000 hidden in a safe in the house (there wasn’t). Capote spent several years writing the book, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young has been named the 2015 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. This is the 16th year of the residency program, which is sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company. Young joins a distinguished group of cinematographers who have received this honor in the past, including John Bailey ("American Gigolo" and "In the Line of Fire"); Dean Cundey ("Back to the Future" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"); Roger Deakins ("No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit"); Guillermo Navarro ("From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Pan’s Labyrinth"); and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.
One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality »
- Scott J. Davis
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to serve as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will serve a third term. The Board of Governors also elected other officers at their meeting on August 4: Jeffrey Kurland and cinematographer John Bailey were re-elected first vice presidents; Lucasfilm chief and producers branch member Kathleen Kennedy returns as vice president, having served once before; VFX supervisor Bill Kroyer was also elected as vice president having served in the past as secretary; Twentieth Century Fox motion picture chairman Jim Gianopulos, a first-time officer, was elected as treasurer; and screenwriter Phil Robinson was elected secretary, having served in that post before, as well as vice president. Starting her 23rd year as a governor repping the Public Relations Branch, Boone Isaacs, an ex-Paramount and New Line Cinema publicity and marketing executive, currently heads marketing consulting firm »
- Anne Thompson
Announced last night, Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice president; John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice president posts; Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. Boone Isaacs is beginning her third term as president and her 23rd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she consults on film marketing efforts. Starting this September, she will be an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs ran unopposed in this year’s Board of Governors elections held tonight, meaning she was elected unanimously to serve a third term. AMPAS presidents can serve four one-year stretches before terming out. Also tonight, Jeffrey Kurland was elected First VP; incumbents John Bailey and Kathleen Kennedy were elected to VP posts, along with Bill Kroyer, who was Secretary last year; Jim Gianopulos was… »
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, for her third consecutive term.
In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice president; John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice president posts; Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.
Boone Isaac’s reelection is not a surprise. In Academy etiquette, it’s bad form to challenge an incumbent. More important, in the last two years she has helped navigate the Academy through some major challenges.
Among her accomplishments is Academy outreach, working to diversify the org beyond the L.A.-centric, old-boy-network demographic. Boone Isaacs has taken frequent trips overseas to huddle with filmmakers, and she and Acad CEO Dawn Hudson have worked to diversify membership. The goal is to get a greater mix of gender, race and nationality, without sacrificing AMPAS standards for membership, and »
- Tim Gray
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to a third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Tuesday night. In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was re-elected first vice president; John Bailey was re-elected to one vice president post; Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to other vice president posts; Jim Gianopoulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. The selection of a president was the first order of business for the new Board of Governors of the Academy, which met for the first time on Tuesday after last month’s elections, »
- Steve Pond
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been reelected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Boone Isaacs, who represents the publicists branch on the board, won a third one-year term tonight as the 51-member board, holding its first meeting since new members were elected last month, held its annual elections of officers. Filling out the other posts, Jeffrey Kurland, of the costume designers branch, was reelected first vice president. John Bailey (cinematographers) was reelected and Kathleen Kennedy (producers) and Bill Kroyer (short films and feature animation) were elected to vice president posts. Kennedy has, however, served previous terms as
- Gregg Kilday
The board of governors announced the news on Tuesday night adding that 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will embark on his first officer stint as treasurer.
Boone Isaacs will begin her third term as president and her 23rd year as a governor representing the public relations branch.
Kurland and Bailey were re-elected to their posts, while Kennedy has served previous terms as vice-president and Kroyer was secretary last year.
Robinson has served previous terms as vice-president as well as secretary.
Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office. »
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The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.
Crudo served the last two years and before that was president from 2003 through 2006.
The members of the board, elected in May by the organisation’s active membership, include: John Bailey, Bill Bennett, George Spiro Dibie, Richard Edlund, Fred Elms, Daryn Okada, Lowell Peterson, Robert Primes, Rodney Taylor and Haskell Wexler. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has re-elected its slate of officers for another term. Continuing to serve in their roles will be Richard Crudo as president; Owen Roizman, Kees Van Oostrum and Lowell Peterson as vice presidents; Matthew Leonetti as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms. Crudo will serve his sixth term as president. In addition to the last two years, he fulfilled the role from 2003 through 2006. The members of the Board, elected in May by the organization?s active membership, include: John Bailey, Bill Bennett, George Spiro Dibie, Richard Edlund, Fred Elms, Daryn Okada, Lowell Peterson, Robert Primes, Rodney Taylor and Haskell Wexler. “I am humbled to once again have the opportunity to serve this great organization,” said Crudo. “As we start to close in on our 100th anniversary, we will continue to honor the intents of our founders »
There was no Bat-Signal shining in the skies over the Getty Museum last Sunday, but the distress call being sent by filmmaker Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean was unmistakable — a beacon that said, in effect, “Save Our Celluloid.”
Heeding the call were some 30 representatives of the nation’s leading film archives, labs and presenting institutions, who accepted Dean and Nolan’s combined invitation to participate in an informal summit entitled “Reframing the Future of Film.” The two-part event sponsored by the Getty Research Institute (where Dean is currently an artist-in-residence) consisted of a private roundtable session in the morning, followed by a public afternoon event at which Dean and Nolan appeared in conversation with Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ planned Wilshire Boulevard museum (scheduled to open in 2017).
While the Getty gathering was hardly the first-ever symposium devoted to the sustainability of film in the digital era, »
- Scott Foundas
After winning last year's top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Emmanuel Lubezki has done it again this year. THR reports that last night the Asc Awards handed him the award for his spectacular work on Birdman. Lubezki was up against an impressive array of talent behind the camera that included Roger Deakins for Unbroken, Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game, Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, and Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's just one more award for Birdman as the film still dominates awards season leading up to the Oscars. On the TV side of things, Jonathan Freeman won for episode of a regular series for his work on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," while John Lindley got the award for a TV movie, miniseries or pilot for his work on "Manhattan." In addition, Lawrence Kasdan presented director of photography John Bailey, who »
- Ethan Anderton
A lot of award winners through the years have expressed shock and surprise and claim they never expected to get what they were getting. John Bailey you actually believe.
“I’ve never received an Academy nomination or an Asc nomination or any kind of, you know, accolade from my peers,” says Bailey, who on Feb. 15 will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor given in recent years to Roger Deakins, Dante Spinotti, Caleb Deschanel and Michael Chapman.
“I think this is by virtue of the kinds of films I do,” he says. “They’re not necessarily ones that call attention to the cinematography.”
“That film was incredibly important to me, because it confirmed for me that I wanted to do films »
- John Anderson
Maybe if "Wild" hadn't done such a solid and visually rich job of portraying one woman's determination to restart her life by hiking 2000 miles, the banal platitudes and strange visual monotony of two older guys' determination to restart their lives by hiking 2000 miles in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if Robert Redford hadn't done such harrowing, committed and honest work as a man battling nature in "All Is Lost," Robert Redford's lax, barely engaged work as a man meandering through nature in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if "A Walk in the Woods" weren't having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a venue that doesn't always demand artistic or narrative experimentation but certainly rewards the work of risk-taking, it's bland and peculiar artistic and narrative flatness wouldn't seem so subpar. But here we are in Park City, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte go for “A Walk in the Woods” in Ken Kwapis’ broad, bland adaptation of Bill Bryson’s 1998 tome. Like that mildly amusing travel-memoir-cum-elongated-humor-column, there’s light diversion but little substance in this tale of two grumpy old men making a predictable hash of their effort to hike the Appalachian Trail. The appeal of the cast names and the equally venerable scenic vistas should lure older audiences, though whether they’ll get out to theaters or wait for home-format delivery is an open question.
With his grandkids coming of age and peers dying off, Bill (Redford) here worries he’s losing his mojo with little time to spare; ergo his very random decision to hike the 2,200-mile trail, a determined whim that his English wife, Cathy (Emma Thompson), considers foolish and dangerous at his age. She insists that at least he not travel alone. No one »
- Dennis Harvey
18 items from 2015
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