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BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
When it comes to geeking out, nothing comes close to Star Wars and an opportunity to immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away, is one that cannot be missed.
UK events company Future Cinema specialises in secret, interactive film screenings, the majority of which take place in Londo. With experiences ranging from recreating 1920s Beaumont for Miller’s Crossing to sudden incarceration for Shawshank Redemption, the organisation has created a series of visually memorable events that raises a normal trip to the cinema to a multi-sensory level.
Last summer, the company held their first ‘Secret Cinema Presents’ event, hosting Back to the Future in a recreation of 1950’s Hill Valley. Despite initial cancellations, the run was an overwhelming success, so much so that not only did it put Robert Zemeckis’ hit back in the UK box office but has also inspired a similar event to be hosted in Los Angeles later this year. »
- Katie Wong
When Rian Johnson was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, it was under the assumption that he would not only write and helm the second installment of the new trilogy, but that he would also be in control of Star Wars: Episode IX. But then rumors began to swell that Disney and Lucasfilm were so impressed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that they were bringing back J.J. Abrams, who'd only ever wanted to do just the one movie. Now it seems none of that is happening, as Disney and Lucasfilm have hired Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow for the job.
Of course this is an unsubstantiated rumor at this time, perpetuated by new site Heroic Hollywood looking to make a name for itself at this year's Comic-Con. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm have not confirmed Colin Trevorrow, and currently have no comment. Heroic Hollywood »
With Star Wars Celebration happening all weekend long, we thought it would be a good time to revisit a hidden gem in the franchise's canon, the 1983 TV documentary From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. The entire 65-minute film was split up into nine segments on the official Star Wars YouTube page last May, but in case you missed it last year, you can watch it all right here. The documentary, which aired on PBS in December 1983, was written by Richard Schickel, who previously wrote the TV documentaries The Making of Star Wars (1977) and Sp FX: The Empire Strikes Back.
Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of »
If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.
These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »
- Justin Chang
No, we haven’t time-travelled back to 1980 but yes, The Empire Strikes Back is back in the box office top ten in the United Kingdom. The reason? Secret Cinema kicked off their latest event, centered on the classic Star Wars sequel, earlier this week. With a Thursday to Sunday gross of $470,000, the Irvin Kershner-directed film […]
The post ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Returns to the Box Office Top 10 appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »
- Donna Dickens
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...
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Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
With the most vivid, fully imagined universe in all of science fiction, Star Wars is one of the most beloved, storied franchises in cinematic history. This is thanks in no small part to a wildly original cast of characters, at once instantly understandable and delightfully alien.
The range of actors found in the series is nothing but impressive. You can find dozens of actors who got their start in the films, working right alongside established stars like Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing (and later Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson). Some of your favourites you may not even recognise out of character, but, even if they performed under masks and make-up, they were essential to bringing Star Wars to life.
Of course, when talking about a franchise with such incredible longevity, you’re bound to lose a few friends along the way. That’s certainly the case with Star Wars, »
- Jay Anderson
One of the best lines from the original Star Wars trilogy was Han Solo's totally boss response to Princess Leia's "I love you" in The Empire Strikes Back. The original scene had Harrison Ford saying "I love you too," but as I'm sure most of you know, the actor and director Irvin Kershner didn't like it, so Ford changed the line to "I know," forever cementing Han Solo as one of the coolest cool-guy characters »
- Jesse Giroux
16 items from 2015
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