9 items from 2014
By Anjelica Oswald
This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to »
- Anjelica Oswald
Bydgoszcz, Poland – British director Stephen Daldry paid tribute to the cinematographers who he had worked alongside, when he accepted the excellence in directing award at the opening ceremony on Saturday of the 22nd edition of Camerimage, a festival in Poland devoted to the art of cinematography.
“It has been my privilege to work with some extraordinary cinematographers in my career. First of all Brian Tufano, who held my hand and told me what to do and what not to do on ‘Billy Elliot,’” Daldry said.
Daldry picked up Academy Award nominations in the director category for “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making him the only director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.
He finished by honoring the cinematographer on his most recent film, »
- Leo Barraclough
BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has been turning heads ever since his stunning work in the stylish Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In" crossed the Atlantic six years ago. And lately, he's just getting all the good gigs, having stepped in for Spike Jonze regular Lance Acord on last year's "Her" and for Christopher Nolan's right hand man Wally Pfister on the upcoming "Interstellar." Well, you can add another big pair of shoes for the talented director of photography to fill. With Roger Deakins exiting the James Bond franchise after 2012's "Skyfall," we can confirm that director Sam Mendes has tapped van Hoytema to shoot the still untitled 24th installment of the series. Deakins won the Asc prize for "Skyfall" two years ago, but as is often the story, he watched someone else take the Oscar (in this case, Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi," which is »
- Kristopher Tapley
Toronto — “Titanic” was a seminal moment in Kate Winslet’s career, but she made it clear even during the film's Oscar run and in the years following that it was a more grueling experience than she ever expected. In the years since she’s avoided anything that came close to those shooting conditions, when she spent weeks in water tanks and wading through water. That is until her new period drama, “A Little Chaos,” which screened for the press at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Wednesday before its Saturday night premiere. In the film, Winslet and her stunt person are drenched when her character tries to manually close an aqueduct from flooding a massive garden she’s been building at Versailles (yes, that Versailles). The long and the short of it is that the sequence found Winslet in a ton of water. And for her to do that, she must simply adore her co-star and director, »
- Gregory Ellwood
, with Kate Winslet starring as a green-thumbed widow hired to design part of the gardens at Versailles for Alan Rickman’s Louis Xiv. Rickman’s first directorial effort since 1997’s “The Winter Guest” is a formulaic, broadly drawn historical fiction that won’t be an awards magnet, but could gain commercial traction amongst older audiences as costume-pic comfort food.
Pic takes place in 1682, when the Sun King is in the process of moving his court whole from Paris to the long-in-progress Versailles. He decrees of its gardens, “Heaven shall be here,” and it is up to chief landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to create that “window to perfection” — swiftly and on budget, or else. Interviewing numerous candidates to execute a Rockwork Garden that will encompass an outdoor ballroom and fountain, he surprisingly settles on little-known Sabine de Barra (Winslet), whose ideas are unorthodox and who’s a woman, »
- Dennis Harvey
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”
This writer is no romantic. As much as a need exists for romantic comedies there are few capable of breaching my cynical defences; less still which bear repeat viewing. Thankfully there are those who cater to the romantic realist, striking a balance between the fluff of Ephron and flim-flam which is Richard Curtis. Those are the ones I return to because few people intellectualise love like Allen in Annie Hall, while Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both love letter and warning shot for the unwary.
My primary reason for revisiting is simply one of fascination. Love is defined by scientists as a chemical reaction built through the sharing of collective experience. In filmic terms »
- Gary Collinson
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
I am Joel Barish.
Or I was while rewatching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I hadn't seen the film in about 8 years and it rushed at me which such full force it felt like the first time again... or at least like the most vivid Déjà Vu ever. The experience is disorienting in its speed (20 minutes in and you're already portal'ed into Being Joel Barrish, without quite realizing it) moving in performance (career best work from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey and a pitch-perfect supporting cast) and fascinating in its premise, looping structure and mirrored ideas (Charlie Kauffman's ingenious screenplay justly won the Oscar). But it's in the realm of the visuals where Michel Gondry and Dp Ellen Kuras bring it all together with imagination, verve and an entirely bold and unusual use of light and focus. »
- NATHANIEL R
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
‘Stories We Tell,’ ‘Blackfish’ out of the Oscar 2014 race: Academy’s Documentary Branch ‘anti-female’? (Photo: Sarah Polley [with camera] directing ‘Stories We Tell’) Besides Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, among the other glaring Oscar 2014 absentees were Robert Redford and Golden Globe-winning composer Alex Ebert for All Is Lost; Joel and Ethan Coen’s well-received Inside Llewyn Davis from the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay shortlists; Daniel Brühl and his movie, Ron Howard’s Rush, which was completely shut out; two Weinstein Company releases that were also completely shut out, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and their respective stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and Michael B. Jordan; Guillermo del Toro-Charlie Hunnam’s Pacific Rim and Marc Forster-Brad Pitt’s World War Z from any of the technical categories; and finally, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s »
- Andre Soares
9 items from 2014
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