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Movie Review: The Coney Island mood piece Beach Rats tells the double life of a closeted teen

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Call it Bro Travail. Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman’s eroticized study of young male bodies and repressed sexuality along the arcades of Coney Island, owes a sizable debt to the films of Claire Denis (particularly a certain desert-set Herman Melville adaption), going so far as to copy the extraordinary French director’s cryptic fragmentation of close-ups and eye lines. On a conceptual level, it’s immaculate: the druggy summertime exploits of a closeted, often shirtless 19-year-old (Harris Dickinson, a really impressive unknown) and his gaggle of no-good macho buddies rendered as a grainy mixture of skin, smoke, and gazes. But Hittman (It Felt Like Love) turns out to be a conventional storyteller; despite her evocative styling and Dickinson’s surprisingly assured lead performance, her sophomore feature remains confined in monotonous, psychologically shallow coming-of-age-drama indiedom. It’s a shame, as Beach Rats has one of the year’s best parting shots
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Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.

Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.
Born 1917, as Jean-Pierre Grumbach, son of Alsatian Jews, Jean-Pierre adopted the name Melville as his nom de guerre in 1940 when France fell to the German Nazis and he joined the French Resistance. He kept it as his stage name when he returned to France and began making films.

Melville at 100 at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood is showcasing eight of his films made from 1949 to to 1972 to honor the 100th year since his birth.

Americn Cinemtheque’s historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque has grown tremendously sophisticated since its early days creating the 1960 dream of “The Two Garys” (for those who remember). Still staffed by stalwarts Barbara Smith, Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Tom Harris, and with a Board of Directors of Hollywood heavy hitters, it has also been renovated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has spent more than $500,000 restoring its infrastructure and repainting its famous murals.
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Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters and More Read ‘Moby-Dick’ in Its Entirety — Listen

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Call me Ishmael. Or Tilda, or Benedict, or any number of other names, really, as Plymouth University has completed its “Moby-Dick Big Read,” an audiobook version of Herman Melville’s whale of a novel. All 135 chapters are read by a different voice, including Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters, Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough and David Cameron.

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Launched in 2011, the project is based on the idea that “Moby-Dick” is not only “the great American novel” — it’s also “the great unread American novel.” Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare describe the Big Read as “an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.”

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Imposters Season 1 Review

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Is there a prouder American institution than that of the con artist? They abound throughout our history and literature. Huckleberry Finn adventured with the Duke and the Dauphin, Herman Melville gave us a literal boatload of con men in The Confidence Man, and Paul Newman and Robert Redford grifted and conned their way through The Sting.

And it’s not just fiction. Not only are all the aforementioned con artists based on real people, but they just keep popping up in the tale of America: Bernie Madoff, Frank Abagnale and Mel Weinberg are all living men infamous for their tricks of confidence. Even the sitting president has been labeled a con artist by both his detractors and members of his own political party.

With all this said, is it necessary to tell another story centered around con artists? Someone certainly seems to think so.
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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency
This post originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.

Potus is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.” With his presidency coming to an end this Friday, EW looked back at Obama’s lit picks over the years
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16 Sneaky Literary References in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The first season of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events is littered with Easter eggs that every major fan will excitedly gobble up. However, while most of those allude to the Asoue book series, there is a whole slew of additional Easter eggs that reference other famous works of fiction. Easily missed, these literary references can be found in character names, settings, witty dialogue, and more. Take a look below to see the ones we spotted! The Bad Beginning (Episodes one and two) The last name Baudelaire is a nod to 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. His most notable work is a collection of poems entitled Les Fleurs de Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, which considered how to find the beauty in miserable circumstances. Furthermore, one of the poems in the collection is titled "La Beatricé," which could be where the Baudelaire's matriarch got her name. Mr. Poe
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Orson Welles’ Previously Unknown Letter Reveals Director’s Planned Film and Stage Projects

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Orson Welles’ Previously Unknown Letter Reveals Director’s Planned Film and Stage Projects
A letter found inside a book at the Lilly Library at Indiana University has revealed that, while living in Europe in the early 1950s, Orson Welles was contemplating working on several films and stage projects.

The signed, two-page letter, which was typed on Welles’ stationery, was found by Liana Meeker, a catalog specialist at Lilly Library. It was folded inside a copy of Whit Materson’s “Badge of Evil,” which was the basis for Welles’ 1958 film “Touch of Evil.”

It is unknown how the letter ended up in the book, said Craig S. Simpson, Manuscripts Archivist at Lilly Library.”It was just a random item found in a random book,” he explained.

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The letter, dated March 11, 1953, is believed to have been addressed to Welles’ longtime friend and columnist Leonard Lyons. In it, the actor and filmmaker asks Lyons to publish a column about an
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Moby Dick, Mad Max: Fury Road “Black and Chrome” Edition, and Moscow on the Hudson: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

A great American film finally gets a proper home video treatment on Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray of Moby Dick, John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville’s 1851 classic novel. It’s a film of many virtues, starting with the literary – Huston collaborated with Ray Bradbury on the screenplay, and their adaptation is a surprisingly successful distillation of Melville’s voice and themes. Huston’s memories of the production were not fond; he described it as the most difficult picture he ever made and said in his autobiography, “I lost so many battles during it that I even began to suspect that my […]
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Aquaman Gets Working Title, Is Set To Have A Whale Of A Good Time

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Image via Warner Bros.

For those who don’t know what a working title for a film is, it is a name given to a film in pre-production and sometimes even into the stages of the final cut. The reasons for them are usually for either accounting or managerial purposes, and more often than not, they have little to do with the actual film. In the past, there have been a few of these titles that have accidentally or intentionally mislead the viewer. Some of the best ones are Group Hug (The Avengers), Spaceman from Pluto (Back to the Future), and my favorite, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner).

Arthur Curry, or Aquaman, has fallen prey to the lack of imagination with working movie titles and according to Production Weekly (via Comicbook.com), the film is called Ahab.

As stated above, not every film has a working title indicative of the actual movie,
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Moby Dick

I have a back file of reader notes asking for a Blu-ray for John Huston’s Moby Dick, and more pointedly, wondering what will be done with its strange color scheme. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but this new Twilight Time disc should make the purists happy – it has approximated the film’s original, heavily muted color scheme.

Moby Dick

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1956 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice,

Harry Andrews, Orson Welles, Bernard Miles, Mervyn Johns, Noel Purcell, Frederick Ledebur

Cinematography Oswald Morris

Art Direction Ralph W. Brinton

Film Editor Russell Lloyd

Original Music Philip Sainton

Writing credits Ray Bradbury and John Huston

Produced and Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Talk about a picture with a renewed reputation… in its day John Huston’s Moby Dick was not considered a success,
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Veteran’s Day Tribute: The Ten Best Navy Movies

Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.

Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.

The author
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Newswire: Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and possibly Rihanna join insane-sounding musical

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The enigmatic French filmmaker Leos Carax started young, unveiling his idiosyncratic, imaginative debut, Boy Meets Girl, when he was all of 23. But in three decades since, he’s only completed four more features: the romanticized noir riff Mauvais Sang; The Lovers On The Bridge, which was at one point the most expensive film ever made in France; the dark Herman Melville adaptation Pola X; and the unclassifiable meta-whatsit Holy Motors. Fans have learned long ago not to trust reports on new projects.

Partly that’s because Carax movies (even the ones that get made) often sound too good to be true. Case in point: Annette, the English-language musical that director has been readying for the last couple of years, with a song by the art-pop duo Sparks. But as noted by The Playlist and confirmed by Variety, the project is now ready to go, with Adam Driver and Rooney ...
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DVD Review – In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

In the Heart of the Sea, 2015.

Directed by Ron Howard.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.

Synopsis:

Massachusetts, 1850. Young novelist Herman Melville visits ageing Thomas Nickerson, the only survivor of the Essex, a whaling ship sunk decades earlier by a great white whale. Nickerson recounts the remarkable true story of the Essex, her crew, and what they endured…

Everybody knows the story of Moby Dick. Even if you’ve never read Herman Melville’s novel published in 1850, you’ve probably heard of the great whale and Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to defeat it. The less familiar tale is the one that inspired Melville to write his great American novel, a tale published by Nathaniel Philbrick in his 2000 book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex‘. You see Melville based the Moby Dick plot on a real life incident,
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In the Heart of the Sea Blu-ray Review

If you relish Ron Howard’s directorial work then you’ll know he’s a fan of telling a real, genuine story and also one that gets deep beneath the surface. With In the Heart of the Sea he takes it to an almost literal level and explores the astonishing stories behind the legend of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. His film is based Nathaniel Phibrick’s nonfiction book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex’ and it looks candidly, and almost unbelievably, inside the unique story of ordinary men who ultimately created a legend.

Starring Chris Hemsworth as experienced first mate Owen Chase, and Benjamin Walker as the untested Captain Pollard, the film begins by taking us back to 1820 and to Nantucket, New England where the whaling ship Essex has set off to find whale oil to bring back to fuel the city.
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Weekly Rushes. 6 April 2016

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe great French essayist Chris Marker remains on our minds nearly four years after his death—the mystery of his life and his work remains haunting. Which is why we're very intrigued by the news that his adopted daughter has penned a new book about their relationship, Chris Marker (le livre impossible).Okay, Sofia Coppola's A Very Murray Christmas was pretty wretched (though we can't help but love that it was shot in New York's Bemelmans Bar), but we adore Don Siegel's Southern Gothic, Civil War-set, Clint Eastwood-starring kinky horror film (!), The Beguiled—and so are tremendously curious about the news that Coppola will remake that 1971 film with Nicole Kidman.Speaking of films in the works, Terry Gilliam may...finally...start...shooting Don Quixote, produced by Paulo Branco,
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Camilla Belle Starring With James Franco in Gothic Drama ‘Mad Whale’ (Exclusive)

Camilla Belle Starring With James Franco in Gothic Drama ‘Mad Whale’ (Exclusive)
Camilla Belle will star in the historical drama “The Mad Whale” alongside James Franco, Dominic Rains, Summer Phoenix and Nicole Starrett, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The Mad Whale” is a co-production between Franco’s Elysium Bandini Studios and USC’s School of Cinema. The gothic drama is set in the claustrophobic and brutal world of a women’s mental asylum circa the late 1800s where the patients, some of whom are insane, are tasked with staging a play based on Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”

The film is the fourth iteration of the “Franco Feature” that professors Franco and John Watson teach at USC.

This marks the first feature collaboration for Elysium Bandini since Variety broke the news of the philanthropic studio model between Franco and Vince Jolivette’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, and the Art of Elysium.

Elysium Bandini’s existing film slate includes “Forever,” “Yosemite” and “Memoria.” All of
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On Demand DVD New Releases March 7-13

On Demand DVD New Releases March 7-13 In the Heart of the Sea In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was attacked by a gigantic whale, in an event that would later inspire Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick. This film tells the story of the aftermath of the attack. Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson (PG-13, 2:02) 3/8 Macbeth Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this thrilling adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy about betrayal, war, and madness. Also stars Jack Madigan (R, 1:50) 3/8 The Peanuts Movie Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang make … Continue reading →

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Berlin Film Review: ‘A Serious Game’

Berlin Film Review: ‘A Serious Game’
For a classic novel whose fans insist that Hjalmar Soderberg’s 1912 romance not only holds up but reads with fresh relevance today, “A Serious Game” yields a drearily old-fashioned costume drama — one that’s mired less by its turn-of-the-century setting than an unfortunate early-1980s directorial style, when such productions had a regular home on the small screen. Around that time, actress-turned-helmer Pernilla August herself appeared in Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” which might have been a fine model, had not her every creative choice — from the fusty Euro-tv acting to an almost-square Academy aspect ratio — made this Lone Scherfig-scripted adaptation feel so airlessly uncinematic.

Funny how a two-hour film can sometimes feel longer than a six-hour miniseries, if only because it fails to supply the qualities that might bring its characters to life. Perhaps those already familiar with Soderberg’s “The Serious Game” (source material beloved in Sweden,
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 22-28

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Spotlight"

Not-so-bold prediction: "Spotlight" will win Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. The story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed widespread child abuse by Catholic priests is a frontrunner to win the top honor. Whether it does win or not, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23. The discs include "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," with the real-life Spotlight team reuniting 14 years later for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they faced, and how the shocking story continues to impact the world. You can also watch the bonus featurettes "Spotlight: A Look Inside" and "The State of Journalism."

"The Good Dinosaur"

What if dinosaurs never became extinct and lived at the same time as humans?
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Chuck Klosterman Is Writing a Book About the Possibility of Us Being Wrong About, Well, Everything

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Chuck Klosterman Is Writing a Book About the Possibility of Us Being Wrong About, Well, Everything
At various points in human history, Herman Melville was a middling novelist, Shakespeare was a pretty good romance writer, and the sun was a big bright thing that revolved around the Earth. Which ideas that we take for granted today will be disproven in the years ahead? That's the premise of Chuck Klosterman's new book, What If We're Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, an attempt to imagine what the textbooks of 100, 300, or even 1,000 years from now will say about American culture at the start of the 21st century. We spoke to Klosterman about the book ahead of an exclusive reveal of its cover, which you can see below. "We live in a period of extremely high certitude about what we believe, and we're completely obsessed with the present tense, as if the present will always be this way," Klosterman says. But any study
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