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Another raft of quality classics have just been announced as joining Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema series. Lindsay Anderson's brilliant If...., Robert Altman's Nashville, Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole and Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude will be released between April and June 2014, alongside Elia Kazan's Boomerang, John Cassavetes' Too Late Blues, Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday and Charlton Heston medieval epic War Lord.Here's the press release for all the details:The latest slate of films from Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series brings together some of the most heralded masterpieces of the 20th century. Releases include Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (the follow-up to the great director's Sunset Boulevard, and a follow-up to Masters of Cinema's extremely successful releases of Wilder's Double Indemnity and...
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Casey Affleck already signed on to play detective investigating deaths of 13 women between June 1962 and January 1964
• News: Romanek in talks to direct live-action Cinderella
• Never Let Me Go - review
Already the source of a 1968 film, which was criticised at the time as an example of exploitation, the case of the strangler remains one of the most terrifying in the history of American serial killers. The deaths of 13 women aged between 19 and 65 over a two-year period from June 1962 to January 1964 were attributed to the killer, with each victim sexually assaulted before being strangled with articles of clothing.
- Ben Child
News Ryan Lambie 9 Jan 2014 - 06:52
Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, which he both wrote and directed, was a superb psychological thriller, featuring a terrific leading performance from Robin Williams. 2010's Never Let Me Go was an effectively tear-jerking adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which failed to take off at the box office as it deserved to.
Those are reasons enough to be excited about this latest snippet of news: Romanek's signed on to direct a movie based on the infamous crimes of American serial killer Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler.
Has 'slavery' finally arrived as a 'safe' subject for major motion picture production? If so, why now?
The ordeal of Solomon Northup, a literate, skilled free man of colour from New York who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., and sold as a slave in the deep south state of Louisiana, is the focus of the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and based on Northup’s 1853 published autobiographical account. The film, which actually is a remake of Gordon Park’s 1984 television movie, Solomon Northrop’s Odyssey, is a masterful depiction of antebellum southern slave life and, like Haile Gerima’s 1993 brilliant Sankofa, Stan Lathan’s 1982 A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion and his 1987 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, along with the indomitable classic TV miniseries Roots of 1977, and Jonathan Demme’s Beloved (1998), 12 Years a Slave represents a decided evolution of African American slave narration presented on celluloid. »
- Prof. Brenda Stevenson
The third part of his 'bodily fluids triptych' is an antidote to Hollywood's aversion to addressing slavery, but there is a whole dimension of charisma, approachability and likability missing from McQueen's work
12 Years A Slave is easily the most impressive movie that Steve McQueen has made yet, but that doesn't necessarily mean I like or admire it any more than I did his first two features. They were the first two panels in what I think of as his Precious Bodily Fluids Triptych: Hunger was all about shit, Shame was semen, and 12 Years A Slave is about blood and sweat. I really hope the next one isn't about brain matter.
Let me clarify: there are things in 12 Years A Slave that warrant the highest admiration and respect. Simply by virtue of showing, in graphic and unsparing detail, the hitherto insufficiently explored horrors of slavery, McQueen and his team have stepped »
- John Patterson
5 items from 2014
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