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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Exactly one year after completing his accomplished Before trilogy at Sundance, writer-director Richard Linklater returned with Boyhood, a film 12 years in the making and worth every minute of the wait. Shot one week at a time over the course of a decade or so, Linklater explores the formative years of a young man named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane. Born into separated parents, played by Patricia Arquette »
- The Film Stage
In the wake of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s wonderful De Palma, a documentary concerning the life and career of director Brian De Palma, it’s difficult to look at the almost equally enjoyable By Sidney Lumet without comparing. Both explore the careers of vitally important filmmakers whose work has perhaps not attained the mainstream success of their blockbuster-spewing contemporaries. While De Palma contains an undeniable sense of joy in illuminating every facet of the director’s process, By Sidney Lumet instead fixates on a thematic exploration of director Sidney Lumet‘s filmography. It’s an enthralling film, very much worthy of its skillful subject.
The seeds of Lumet’s career as director lie in his childhood and his relationship with his father, Baruch, a director in the Jewish Theater. As a boy, Lumet worked under Baruch as a child actor, even taking a crucial role in the film One Third of a Nation. »
- Tony Hinds
The late Sidney Lumet, a quintessential “actor’s director” who spent his entire life around the profession, is an engaging enough interviewee to qualify the documentary By Sidney Lumet as indifferently watchable. The format is very close to Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach’s recent De Palma (even the running time is the same): The filmmaker slouches in a low-backed chair in a dark room presumed to be somewhere in Manhattan and gives his version of his career, illustrated with plenty of clips and photos. But while De Palma zinged along on the strength of its subject’s bitchy ego and the fact that even the worst Brian De Palma movies can be visually interesting, By Sidney Lumet has no clue how to make a case for its subject’s movies. Lumet (filmed in 2008, some years before his death) can’t separate good from bad in his work, and »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
This genial, celebratory interview with the director – richly interspersed with movie clips – hits a note of excitable cinephilia throughout
Related: Brian de Palma: 'Film lies all the time … 24 times a second'
Is the jury still out on whether Brian De Palma is America’s greatest neglected auteur? Film-makers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow bring in their own celebratory verdict in this highly engaging, sometimes alarming documentary tribute to the man himself, hitting a note of excitable cinephilia throughout.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Ryan Lambie Published Date Friday, September 23, 2016 - 06:17
If director Brian De Palma was sometimes criticised for settling for style over substance in his thrillers, this feature-length documentary about his career is reassuringly basic in its approach. Barring archive footage and one, solitary moment, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow divide their retrospective between sequences from De Palma’s movies and interviews with the filmmaker himself, seated in front of a grey fireplace.
It’s the kind of move that could be regarded as lazy or tentative in some circumstances, but Baumbach and Paltrow are shrewd enough to recognise that a director known for his technical flourishes needs room to breathe; and besides, De Palma and his movies are interesting enough subjects that they hardly need further embellishment.
De Palma, 2016
A documentary exploring the life, work and influences behind the films of Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma may be popular among cineliterate enthusiasts but he’s never had the same popularity elsewhere. When you list his movies, it’s easy to imagine audiences being taken aback by the sheer quantity of classics he has under his belt. Carrie, Scarface and Mission Impossible are difficult to group together, spanning vividly different genres, and yet they fall under the impressive banner of Brian De Palma. De Palma, jointly directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, is primarily an interview, but it fills the screen with footage from each of his movies (and the classics that inspired them) and weaves this chronological canon together effortlessly.
Discussing each and every film in his eclectic filmography, De Palma is affably honest. He’s outspoken »
- Simon Columb
Even for fans of Brian De Palma and Noah Baumbach, this documentary co-helmed by the latter (with Jake Paltrow) about the former, awkwardly clunks together clips and stock footage from the great film-maker’s career and life yet falters due to a banal formation and overall lack of panache. De Palma relays directly to the camera […]
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- Daniel Goodwin
★★★★☆ It is both continually amusing and rather unexpected that the most offensive exclamation uttered by a director famed for gun battles, bloody violence and pushing the barriers of visual storytelling is "Holy mackerel!" De Palma is an illuminating, engrossing and reverent documentary from fellow filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow that benefits from mild manners and not taking itself too seriously. It will certainly appeal to film buffs and fans of the New Hollywood alumni's scintillating back catalogue but it's not a stuffy or supercilious look at the industry and neither is its principal subject.
- CineVue UK
If you watched “De Palma” this summer, you know that the terrific documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow made you want to immediately want to track down all of Brian De Palma‘s films for a fresh viewing. And if you haven’t quite caught up with “Raising Cain,” we’re going to make that job a little bit easier for you, by giving away some copies of Shout!
- Edward Davis
Noah Baumbach (Mistress in America) and Jake Paltrow’s (The Good Night) acclaimed documentary De Palma – which explores the life and work of the legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma – is set for release here in the UK next week, and StudioCanal has debuted a new poster and trailer for the film; check them out here…
One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from »
- Gary Collinson
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
De Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)
Earlier this year, Kent Jones’ Hitchcock /Truffaut — a documentary on the famous interview sessions between the two directors — boasted perhaps the most chaotic, dignity-threatening queue of any film screened at Cannes. There is a craving for this sort of thing among cinephiles it seems and it’s easy to see why. Directors just seem to open up much more when speaking to one of their own kind. Brian De Palma, the subject of this fine documentary, »
- The Film Stage
There's a certain popular image of the dangerous American 1980s that was at least partly defined by the cinema of Brian De Palma, whether that’s the narcotics fuelled Miami nights of Scarface, the paranoia of Blow Out or the steamy mystery of Dressed to Kill and Body Double. De Palma earned a reputation as the bad boy of New Hollywood; this new documentary from Directors Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, While We’re Young) and Jake Paltrow (Young Ones) charts that development from De Palma’s early work, to 70’s success with Carrie, through to his famous 1980’s and more contemporary work. Judging from the new official trailer, De Palma seems to present a candid, incisive and unrepentant conversation with the filmmaker. Check out the new poster and trailer from StudioCanal here: De Palma is released 23 September 2016 »
- email@example.com (Martin Macnamara)
A few thoughts on tonight's Halt and Catch Fire coming up just as soon as I ask a racecar to adapt to a covered wagon... We're now getting into the heart of my busiest time of the year, but I want to keep covering Halt whenever possible, so some weeks, like this one, it may just be a few bullet points to try to spark discussion to the precious few of you still watching the show. (And, no, I have no idea if the lower ratings means this season is it, since I was surprised AMC renewed it last time, and since Joel Stillerman told me that their ownership of the series gives them financial incentive to keep it around even with low ratings. The question is, how low can it go and survive?) * Last year, it seemed as if the show's directors seemed most excited whenever they got to »
- Alan Sepinwall
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
If this be the movie jail that Mel Gibson is destined to die in, it could be a whole lot worse. Blood Father, directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine, Assault on Precinct 13), works remarkably well as a grindhouse throwback, sporting a screenplay (from Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff, based on Craig’s novel) that’s better than it has any right to be. »
- The Film Stage
“‘2016 is a bad year for film’ is just another way of saying ‘I really blew it when I chose what films to watch in 2016,'” producer Keith Calder recently said. Taking this statement to heart, as summer winds down, there’s no shortage of writing about how the season was a disappointment overall — but, on the contrary, there have been gems throughout the last four months, and we’ve set out to name our favorites.
All of the below films received at least one-week theatrical runs in the United States from May to August, and while some are still in theaters, many are now currently available to stream. Check out our favorites below and let us know what you most enjoyed this summer. One can also see our fall preview series, which just kicked off this week, here.
Despite a loose script that justifies little, »
- The Film Stage
In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before »
- The Film Stage
It is either my gift or my curse — maybe both; how you end up feeling about this piece will do a lot to decide — that I have been tasked with assessing one of the Brian De Palma films towards which few feel any need to express a strong, set opinion. (The director offered this ringing assessment in Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary: “You know, it wouldn’t necessarily be your first choice.”) “Be your own man!” you might say, which is just the thing: for as much as I enjoy his 1978 telekinesis-espionage actioner The Fury, and no matter the fact that I consider a handful of its sequences some of the very best in his oeuvre, the thing can take a bit of time to get there. But there exists a chance — a fine chance, in fact — that we may extract from its stop-start, hot-cold rhythm a further »
- Nick Newman
Later this week, 2016 will cross the halfway mark, so now’s the time to take a look back at its first six months and round up our favorite films thus far. While the end of this year will bring personal favorites from all of our writers, think of the below 30 entries as a comprehensive rundown of what should be seen before heading into a promising fall line-up.
As a note, this feature is based solely on U.S. theatrical releases from 2016, with many currently widely available on home video, streaming platforms, or theatrically. Check them out below, as organized alphabetically, followed by honorable mentions and films to keep on your radar for the remaining summer months. One can also see the full list on Letterboxd.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. »
- The Film Stage
*Editor’s note – Our good bud, Derek Botelho (author of the Great book, The Argento Syndrome) is a big De Palma fan and really, aren’t we all? The guy has such a great filmography and Botelho thought he’d provide you fright fanatics with some of his favorite De Palma moments! –Jerry
With the recent release of the documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, I got to thinking about why I admire De Palma’s work as much as I do. His technique is so singular and instantly recognizable, that to merely pass him off as a tin pot Hitchcock is doing both himself and Hitchcock a severe disservice. Whether it’s a ridiculously intricate spit screen, a rear projected psychic “flashback”, or a glorious whirling dervish around a room to tell you vital information, he’s always up to something, and never one to give »
- Derek Botelho
Few directors make great adult thrillers as well as Brian De Palma. There's a deeply independent and in some cases, down right creepy, streak to his films and he's managed to keep that spirit alive for decades, sometimes to the detriment of his career. His output over the last 10 years hasn't really matched that of his early career but De Palma keeps pushing the envelope the only way he knows how: by making the movies he wants to make on his own terms.
De Palma, a new documentary from Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, is being described as a masterclass in movie making by one of the greats. It's essentially De Palma talking about his career for nearly two hours and considering that career includes such classics as Sisters, Carrie, Blow Out, Scarface an [Continued ...] »
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