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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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When Actors Stop Acting And Start Living A Role

This week, Neil Calloway argues that method acting is often unnecessary…

This week it was revealed that Jared Leto sent pornography and condoms to his Suicide Squad co-stars in preparation for his role as the Joker. When I did that with my work colleagues I got arrested, but it turns out to be Ok if you’re an Oscar winning actor. It does also highlight the issue of when acting crosses the line into living a role.

There is a long and not so proud history of actors going above and beyond to immerse themselves in the character they are playing to ensure a great performance.

Daniel Day-Lewis is currently not looking for acting work as he believes it would be hard to top his performance as the title character in Lincoln, during which he would send his co-stars text messages in character as Abraham Lincoln; I do hope Sally Field
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The Callow Way – Television vs Film

For modern life, add more smartphones.

Neil Calloway looks at a media debate for our times (and the early 1950s, if you’ve ever looked at Hollywood’s output during that era)…Television vs Film.

In a recent interview James Spader said that film was no longer a superior medium to television.

It’s easy to agree; we binge watch TV shows in the comfort of our own homes and rarely venture to the cinema; you can see why Spader, riding high as the star of The Blacklist rather than as an actor in forgettable films (come on, Sex, Lies and Videotape was more than twenty years ago; what’s he done recently? When did you last say “let’s go and see the new James Spader film”? When did you ever?) would think that. Coming out of Gone Girl last week, in which Neil Patrick Harris has a small but pivotal role,
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Entertainment Geekly: When did superhero movies get so unsurprising?

Entertainment Geekly: When did superhero movies get so unsurprising?
Lucy is a superhero movie that doesn’t know it’s a superhero movie, so it’s the most interesting superhero movie of the year. Lucy’s “origin story” is a kick to her stomach and a zero-gravity seizure, and in one scene Scarlett Johansson scarfs down a bunch of blue rocks like her life depends on it. (Lucy pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam—at the same time.) Without mythology to reference or fandom to service, Lucy is free to surprise you.

“Surprise” is something comic-book movies used to do. Think of The Dark Knight,
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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.
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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.
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‘WikiLeaks’ Documentary Filmmaker Alex Gibney Honored by Writers Guild

Alex Gibney has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award for his screenplay for the documentary film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.”

It is the first time in Writers Guild Awards history that a documentary has received the Selvin Award. The honor will be presented on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott in Los Angeles.

The award is named after the late WGA counsel and given to a WGA member whose script best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.

Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of this generation,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “His work has been a filmic conscience for our times. In ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,’ Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish,
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Gibney, Carter, Pascal Among Academy's First-Time Governors

Alex Gibney, Rick Carter among Academy’s new Board of Governors members (photo: Alex Gibney) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the names of the 2013-2014 Board of Governors contingent. As per the Academy’s press release, ten first-time governors have been elected this time around. Besides, eight current Board of Governors members have been reelected and one previous member is coming back. This year’s election increased the Academy’s Board of Governors from 43 to 48 members. The Academy’s release adds that AMPAS’s "16 branches, including the recently created Costume Designers Branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. For the first time, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by three governors; the branch was previously represented by one." First-time Board of Governors members The first-time governors are: Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side,
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My VHS Memories - The VHS Generation

Following our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Paul Risker looks back at his VHS memories....

I class myself as one of the VHS generation, a generation who finds a place to belong here at flickeringmyth.com. Whilst the world is turning Blu, there remains a part of my film obsessed heart - beating at 24 frames per second – that still holds a great affection for VHS.

I can recall the excitement of walking into the video shop as a young boy, and seeing from floor to ceiling the rows of video boxes. Too I remember eying the VHS boxes of films such as Hellraiser and Fright Night and contemplating the terror contained on that video tape, know with hindsight realising that I was anticipating the pleasure I would derive from horror in the not too distant future.

There are those of us who remember a time when we uttered
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Top Ten Movies of All-Time from Scorsese, Tarantino, Coppola, Allen, Del Toro and More

Last week, the recent Sight & Sound list of the top 50 movies of all-time (find it here) was released. The poll is conducted every ten years and this year's edition was made by polling 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors. In addition to that list, however, Sight & Sound polled 358 film directors, which included Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Mike Leigh. Tallying the results the directors' top ten looked like this: Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu) 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick) Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles) 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini) Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese) Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola) The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola) Vertigo (dir. AAlfred Hitchcock) Mirror (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky) Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittoria De Sica) The problem, for me at least, is that doesn't really tell us much. Just like the Sight & Sound list we're looking at something that simply lists
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Blu-ray Review: Brilliant ‘Drive’ Deserves Better Home Release

Chicago – “Drive” will surely be one of the most remembered and beloved films of 2011, no matter what Academy members (who notoriously snubbed the film except for one lone tech nod) may think. And so it is disappointing that the Blu-ray edition from Film District and Sony is surprisingly light on special features. The film itself looks (and especially sounds) incredible and, considering it was my #2 for 2011, is well worth a pick-up, but you can presume that this is a placeholder for a Special/Ultimate/Collector’s Edition inevitably down the road.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Nicolas Winding Refn’s incredible film works on so many levels. It is a modern fairy tale, an examination of heroism filtered through the fairy tale culture of the underbelly of the movie machine. It is a pure action movie about a man rescuing a damsel in distress. It is a film in which immense style becomes substance with echoes of European cinema,
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Party Favors: It’s A Frame-Up

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Durham, Nc - The hard truth of cinema takes place at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, Nc from April 14-17. That’s four solid days of movies that don’t feature Natalie Portman’s face being digitally inserted on other bodies. Four days of real people doing real stuff. And you can get some great BBQ.

This years line up has enough goodness to make me have to make painful choices as what to watch. There’s only one screening unless a movie wins a major prize. It’s be there or miss out. Choice wisely. Here’s a few of the films I’m looking to catch:

The Hangman (Thursday 10:20 a.m.) appears to be a creepy classic as it probes the man who executed Nazi Adolph Eichmann. What’s he do now? He ritually slaughters animals. Windfall (Thurs 4:20 p.m.) takes us to Meredith,
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Weekend Shopping Guide 10/8/10: Everybody Comes To Rick’s

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

Warners has been dipping into their vaults for many high definition releases of their classic films, and the films starring Humphrey Bogart have been getting particularly nice attention, starting with their beautiful restoration of Casablanca and now continuing with a one-two punch of both The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., Not Rated, Blu-Ray-$24.98 Srp each), both getting restorations as nicely
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Big Fan Review

Robert Siegel could have made a documentary using me for Big Fan. I suspect it would have been cheaper to follow me around for an entire football season and watch me dedicate my entire life to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Much like Patton Oswalt’s Paul, I spend my entire week thinking about the next game with the excitement of a win, or the disappointment of a loss racking my mind all week. In addition, my Terrible Towel follows me everywhere, every day of the season and that includes non-game days. Safely, not safety, I can say I got a nice kick out of Siegel’s film as he crafts what it’s like to be a die-hard fan of a sports team. From one fan to another, he hit the nail right on the head.

Before the meat of the story is discussed, the focus will be on how Siegel crafted this story.
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Exclusive: Patrick Melton Talks The Killing Street & The Collector

Dread Central sat down with The Collector co-scribe Patrick Melton last Thursday to discuss The Killing Street, the new script he co-authored with long-time collaborator Marcus Dunstan (the duo behind the Feast franchise, as well as Saw IV thru VI). Then working on the sound mix and color timing for The Collector (Dunstan’s directorial debut, which releases wide through Freestyle Releasing on July 31 and stars Josh Stewart), Melton clued us in to his hopes for that film, as well as the pair’s plans for The Killing Street.

“It's a script that Marcus and I have been honing for about six months now,” says the scribe of the latter. “The intention was always for Marcus to direct it, but with The Collector not quite finished yet, we haven't been able to show it to buyers (since people want to see Marcus's first film before signing off on him for
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