13 items from 2016
In a decision which has shocked cineastes across France, the Administrative Court of Paris has banned the exhibition or distribution of Lars Von Trier's critically acclaimed 2009 film Antichrist pending it being given a higher age rating. The film was originally approved as suitable for persons aged 16 or over by the Classification Commission and the Minister of Culture, and there is outrage at the idea that a court can overturn this.
The case against the film was brought by Catholic family values group Promouvoir, which campaigns to reduce the amount of sex and violence on French screens. It is partly the relationship between the two which has sparked criticism, with Gaspar Noé, whose film Love was targetted by the group, noting that a lot less fuss is made over guns than over penises, which are generally less dangerous.
Promouvoir has also challenged Fifty Shades Of Grey and. »
- Jennie Kermode
Time to check in to see which movies we all can check back in with or catch up with now that they've hit the home market. The big title, Oscar wise is Steven Spielberg's 10th Best Picture nominee as a director, the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both doing fine work as a lawyer and the spy he must bargain with for a prisoner of war trade. Only one of Spielberg's directorial efforts has ever won Best Picture (Schindler's List, 1993) but which is your favorite? I'd rank them like so...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Schindler's List (1993) Jaws (1975) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Lincoln (2012) The Color Purple (1985) Bridge of Spies (2015) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Munich (2005) War Horse (2011)
With the disclaimer that everyone knows I'm not a Spielberg aficionado really (the top three are the only ones I'm completely wild about from this list »
- NATHANIEL R
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the major streaming sites certainly haven't used that as an excuse to slack off. Perhaps motivated by the imminent Leap Day, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are unleashing an absolute blizzard of new titles over the next four weeks — from a martial-arts sequel 16 years in the making, to a note-perfect new comedy series that's arriving just in time to cure (or inflame) those post-Valentine's Day blues. Here are our top 10 picks for what to watch in the next 29 days.
11.22.63 (Hulu, »
Blurring the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it, Michal Marczak‘s All These Sleepless Nights is a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth set mostly in the wee hours of the day in Warsaw, Poland. Marczak himself, who also plays cinematographer, is wary to delineate the line between narrative and nonfiction, and part of the film’s joy is forgoing one’s grasp on this altering perspective, rather simply getting wrapped up in the immaculately-shot allure of its location.
The main through-line, if one can even qualify it as such, follows Kris, who recently broke up with his girlfriend, and Michal, a twenty something pair eager to find nightly amusement and perhaps some greater significance in their repetitive lives. As they glide through a dark Warsaw, illuminated by street lamps and the strobing lights from whatever party they stumble across ,”playing” themselves, »
- Jordan Raup
Istanbul event will host a total of 23 gala screenings, including the latest films from Charlie Kaufman and Jean-Marc Vallee, as well as a David Bowie tribute programme.Scroll down for the full line-up
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival has revealed its programme for the 2016 edition (February 18-28).
Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, which premiered at Telluride last year, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, will open and close the festival respectively.
!f Istanbul - in its 15th edition - will host screenings, competitions and events dedicated to bringing the best of independent film to the Turkish city.
Read More: Gaspar Noé's 'Love,' 'Dope' and More Coming to Netflix This February (Plus Indiewire's Picks) "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." Winter is about to get a little tougher now that Netflix is taking away some of its most beloved titles next month. If you've been dying to Billy Bob Thornton get his Grinch on in "Bad Santa" or Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning role in "Ray," now is the time to start streaming or forever hold your peace. Below are all 39 movies leaving Netflix this February, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to see before it's too late. Synopses provided by Netflix. Leaving 2/1 "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999) "Asylum" (2005)" "Bad Santa" (2003)" "Benny and Joon" (1993) Indiewire Pick: "Big Fish" (2003)In one of Tim Burton's most resonant dramas, a reporter attempts to learn more about his dying father »
- Zack Sharf
Read More: Last Call: 39 Films Leaving Netflix This February (And 7 You Can't Miss) Netflix is currently in the thick of the Sundance Film Festival, purchasing Svod rights to some of the event's hottest titles, but that's not stepping them from bringing some classic films and a few of last year's buzziest festival entries to their streaming service next month. From Gaspar Noé's extremely provocative coming-of-age romance "Love" to the Sundance sensation "Dope," there'll be no shortage of unforgettable movies to stream through the winter. Below are all of the titles hitting the streaming library next month, plus Indiewire's personal suggestions for what to stream. Available 2/1 "A Picture of You" (2014) "Armageddon" (1998) "Charlie's Angels" (2000) "Collateral Damage" (2002) "Cruel Intentions" (1999) "A Faster Horse" (2015) Indiewire Pick: "Full Metal »
- Zack Sharf
Market sets scene for Berlin and Cannes but few deals sealed.
Sellers reported a slow start to the year at UniFrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris over the weekend (Dec 14-18) in terms of sealed deals but said the event had set the stage for sales at Berlin and even Cannes.
“Buyers are getting pickier. They want titles they’re 100% sure will work in their territories. You get the sense things are tougher for them and that they’re not prepared to take risks. They’re looking for the next La Famille Bélier or Serial (Bad) Weddings,” commented Olivier Albou of Other Angle Pictures, referring to two of France’s top comedy exports of the last 18 months.
Albou said there was strong interest for Other Angle titles The Roommates Party (Le Grand Partage), Full Speed (A Fond), by Babysitting director Nicolas Benamou, and A Mighty Team (La Dream Team), which opened the event on Thursday »
★★☆☆☆ Let's get one thing white and semi-transparent: Gaspar Noé's latest film Love is not for the easily-embarrassed. His previous films have examined ego-dissolving drug use and the brutality of rape, and Love very much continues in the same vein of depressive realism bolstered with an unshakeable aftertaste of possible sadism. Outwardly at least, it would appear that Noé is keen to re- establish 'arthouse cinema' as a euphemism for films with large helpings of flesh.
- CineVue UK
The Slifr Movie Treehouse (the acronym stands in for the title of my blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule) is a place where I like to gather a few of my movie-writing pals and exchange long e-mails on the way the movies shaped up for us in the year just left behind. It’s been a few years since I’ve undertaken this project, but the time felt right again, so I invited the very talented critical voices of Brian Doan, Odie Henderson, Marya Murphy and Phil Dyess-Nugent to take part, and to my great happiness they all agreed. (Bios for each writer can be found at the conclusion of each of their individual posts, which can be accessed by clicking below on the title of each post.)
What follows here are samples from the 16 posts we submitted over the week of January 11-17, and we’ll start »
- Dennis Cozzalio
With porn ubiquitous to anyone with a half-decent broadband connection erotic films need a new gimmick
As impossible as it now seems, it’s really only in the last decade that accessing pornography over the internet has been an easy task. Before that, slow connection speeds and virus-ridden porn sites meant it was far simpler to seek out a quasi-mainstream film that offered exposed flesh on DVD than it was to access hardcore material online. But now, in an age of user-friendly porn aggregators and fibre optic broadband, the market for pseudo-pornographic art films like Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs has hit on hard times.
All of which may go some way to explaining the rise of the 3D sex epic, a burgeoning subgenre providing an immersive experience beyond what the PornHubs of this world have to offer. This week, Gaspar Noé’s stereoscopic extravaganza Love arrives on 3D Blu-ray, ready »
- Charlie Lyne
Read More: Why Gaspar Noé Directed on Cocaine, Masturbated in His Own Film and Shot a Live Birth As our culture steadily progresses in becoming a more sexually-accepting society, one documentary dares to have the courage to take on one of the last remaining taboos: good-ole' masturbation. "Sticky: A (Self) Love Story," directed by Nicholas Tana, wishes to wipe clean the generations of misconceptions (hairy palms, blindness, etc.) and the general social embarrassment regarding the subject, instead revealing the act to be mankind's greatest dirty little secret. The film covers topics from multiple prospectives, grabbing interviews with several political activists, porn stars, sexologists, priests and rabbis. Subjects include Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler, and comedian Jeanne Garofalo. Describing his work, Tana notes, "Making this movie was a real challenge; it took nearly a decade... It’s a touchy subject that affects us »
- Mike Lown
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
13 items from 2016
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