Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]
Exactly 10 years ago at the 80th Academy Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar as Best Actor. As he arrived on stage, he bowed before “queen” Helen Mirren as she used the statuette to knight him for his victory in “There Will Be Blood” (watch the video above).

After his surprise Oscar win for “My Left Foot” at the 1990 ceremony almost two decades earlier, Day-Lewis had become an official A-List star. He followed with memorable performances throughout the early 1990s, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence.” He then received an additional Oscar nomination for “In the Name of the Father,” playing the wrongfully convicted Gerry Conlin but lost the award to Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia.”

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Then came a rather slow period in Day-Lewis’ career, making no movies between 1997 and 2002. He
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Sergei Eisenstein: The Complex Man Portrayed in Today’s Google Doodle Was So Much More Than the Master of Montage

Today’s Google Doodle shines a light on one of the seminal figures in film history: Sergei Eisenstein, whose career is most commonly boiled down in World Cinema 101 classes as being the pioneer behind the Soviet Union’s use of montage in propaganda movies following the October Revolution. Eisenstein, who would have turned 120 years old today, was a true believer in the Bolshevik Revolution — and only 20 years old when he left his architecture and engineering studies to join Vladimir Lenin’s Red Army. Just seven years later he would become the genius young filmmaker and theorist behind Soviet montage, creating historical propaganda films that promoted the tenets of Communism and celebrate the Revolution in films like “Strike,” “October,” and, most famously, “Battleship Potemkin.”

From the beginning of film history, there had been exploration of how the new medium’s unique ability to cut through space with the edit could be
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‘Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block’ Trailer: Gorgeous New Horror Installment Has Raw Meat and a Literal Bloodbath — Exclusive

‘Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block’ Trailer: Gorgeous New Horror Installment Has Raw Meat and a Literal Bloodbath — Exclusive
The third season of “Channel Zero” is almost here, and the latest installment of the Syfy series looks like a terrifying vision that Upton Sinclair and M.C. Escher would both be proud of.

“Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” will continue in the series tradition, drawing from a popular viral Creepypasta tale. This time, Kerry Hammond’s “Search and Rescue Woods” is the inspiration for a season that follows Alice (Olivia Luccardi), a young woman struggling with an ominous threat to her newly adopted city. As she begins to investigate stories of impossibly constructed staircases, she discovers that that might be connected to some eerie neighborhood disappearances.

As this exclusive first look of the new season shows, that danger might have to do something with Alice’s older sister Zoe (Holland Roden) slowly being submerged into a bathtub filled with blood. Toss in a devious, bespectacled Rutger Hauer and a handful
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‘There Will Be Blood’ and the Poetry of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Elegant Magnum Opus

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Paul Thomas Anderson is, at heart, a poet. While firmly on the side of traditional narrative cinema, his films have always favored aesthetic and textual lyricism over purely prosaic storytelling, even the masterfully precise prose of professed
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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie

‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie
The Oscar race isn’t over until the last movie screens, and this year one of the final contenders to be unveiled will be “Phantom Thread.” The drama marks the hugely anticipated reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, who last worked together a decade ago on “There Will Be Blood.” The Upton Sinclair-inspired drama earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and gave Day-Lewis his second trophy for Best Actor (he’d make history and win a third for “Lincoln” five years later), so anyone would be foolish to underestimate just how big “Phantom Thread” will be this awards season.

Focus Features has been keeping a majority of the details surrounding the movie under lock and key, although the official trailer was finally released on October 23, teasing a gorgeously shot drama about the romantic obsessions of a self-destructive artist. “Phantom Thread” seems to operating
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'Eating Animals': Film Review | Telluride 2017

'Eating Animals': Film Review | Telluride 2017
Documentaries about the perils of meat and of the food processing industry have been seen before. Fast Food Nation and Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me are just a couple that come to mind. Of course there are much earlier precedents, such as Upton Sinclair’s muckraking novel, The Jungle, published in 1906. No doubt Jonathan Safran Soer, who wrote Eating Animals, was aware of Sinclair’s novel when he penned his own bestselling book about the contemporary meat industry. Now the film based on Soer’s book, which had its world premiere in Telluride, may revive questions and concerns about American eating habits....
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Review. Some Pig—Bong Joon-ho's "Okja"

[…] Was one to believe that there was nowhere a god of hogs, to whom this hog personality was precious, to whom these hog squeals and agonies had a meaning? Who would take this hog into his arms and comfort him, reward him for his work well done, and show him the meaning of his sacrifice?—Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)1Regarding The Jungle, the socialist author Upton Sinclair remarked that although he’d meant to “aim for the public’s heart,” he’d accidentally “hit it in the stomach.” The novel, about the life of a Lithuanian meat packer in Chicago, was treated with shock and mortification. But the public’s disgust was largely in response to Sinclair’s reports of dirtied meat products, not the plight of the working class. The subsequent frenzy only further undermined the novel’s critique of capitalism, which was ultimately reduced to a matter of meat and hygiene.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Okja’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Okja’
Most people think the problem with genetically modified food is that consumers don’t know what they’re eating, but if you ask Korean director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host”), the real trouble is that some of these lab-engineered animals might actually make perfectly fine pets — because what kid wouldn’t want to have a hippopotamus-sized miracle pig as a new best friend? Downright charming at times and irrepressibly gonzo at others, “Okja” hews to an all-too-familiar trajectory — the kind seen in countless children’s movies — as a bunch of mean meat-eaters attempt to separate a girl named Mija (An Seo-hyun) from her precious “super pig.”

A century from now, the citizens of the future will look back and judge the current era for our eating habits. Oddly enough, even though many in the filmmaking community have strong feelings about respecting animals’ rights not to become dinner, the cause seldom finds its way on screen,
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – There Will Be Blood for Best Picture over No Country for Old Men

Graeme Robertson on why There Will Be Blood should have won Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best that 2007 had to offer were something of an oddity, in that nearly every film nominated in the main categories dealt with rather dark and complex themes, with the only light in this cavalcade of darkness being teenage pregnancy comedy Juno. Also, it was odd in that unlike most Oscar line-ups most of the films were actually quite good.

While the Coen brothers triumphed in the major categories winning Best Director and Best Picture for their dark neo-noir western thriller No Country for Old Men, and I while do think it’s an excellent film, I’m going to be a contrarian again for the final time in this series and argue that the top prize should have gone to another film.

In my view, the film that
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Why I (We) Need Horror Films

The question “why horror?” has been answered again and again. Studies have shown that, for willing participants, the voluntary release of fear is a healthy thing. What I have to say will not apply to everyone, then, because not everyone wants to be frightened. Many of us have recently been frightened, in a new, giant, eclipsing way. Those of us who love horror, then, have a greater need for it now.

For centuries, horror has been used as a spurning, inspiring emotion in art. Euripides uses terrifying imagery and events in two landmark works: ­ the Oresteia, an examination of how a democratic justice system can conquer chaos, and The Bacchae, a bleakly violent warning to Athens as it approached catastrophic war. Far before such issues were accepted in public discussions, Oscar Wilde wrote of the fear of sexual aberrance in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle
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The Aftermath: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard join cast

Tony Sokol Aug 19, 2016

Fox Spotlight's adaptation of Rhidian Brook's novel The Aftermath has cast its leading roles...

Fox Searchlight’s The Aftermath has cast Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke in the top roles.

The Rhidian Brook novel The Aftermath was an international bestseller that takes place in Germany during the post-war era in 1946. A woman named Rachael is reunited arrives in the ruins of Hamburg with her only remaining son. Her husband, a British colonel, is in charge of rebuilding the shattered city.

The novel was adapted for the screen by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, the duo who penned Race, the Jesse Owens biopic. They are currently working on an adaption of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. The adaptation will be directed by James Kent, who helmed Testament Of Youth. It is being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company.

Knightley is also in
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Guns N' Roses' McKagan Biographical Doc Doesn't Quite Fulfill Its Promise

'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll documentary that begins with a quote from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and ends with a reference to Norman Rockwell is gunning for something uncommonly rich and thoughtful. Here, the high-toned references are awkwardly applied to the story of Duff McKagan, Seattle-born bassist of the loud and legendary Guns N' Roses and subject of the documentary It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the annals of rock music, McKagan's tale is sadly typical, at least for those who survive long enough to star in a film about themselves: young rocker bounces from band to band before joining a soon-to-be world-famous group, enjoys a rapid ascent to the top,
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Eisenstein in Guanajuato | Review

Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Greenaway’s Homage an Inspired Provocation

Erotically charged and artfully crafted, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is the first of two titles devoted to portions of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s life, and proves Peter Greenaway has lost none of his edge. At the age of 72, British auteur filmmaker maintains his ability to amaze. Ever the provocative experimentalist, he belongs to a rare class of director, one who manages to delight and confound, challenge and dismay even into his later period of film making. There’s a perverse thrill to be had watching the daringness on display in this examination of a Russian legend that bluntly examines his sexual orientation in a way that would never be produced from his native country.

Based out of Netherlands and often focusing on depictions recreating the universe in which iconic works of art originated, Greenaway’s later films
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Bob Iger Opens Restored Offices Where Walt Disney Once Worked

Bob Iger Opens Restored Offices Where Walt Disney Once Worked
The Walt Disney Company opened the newly refurbished offices of the company’s founder on Monday, saying the modest space should serve as inspiration to a new generation of film, television and content creators.

As the media conglomerate celebrates the 75th anniversary of its move to its Burbank headquarters, CEO Bob Iger said the Disney offices remind him, other employees and visitors of the founder’s “devotion to his family, his curiosity and his relentless creative passion.”

The third-floor suite of offices in Disney’s Animation Building in Burbank have been restored to the same condition that they were in at the time of Disney’s death in December of 1966. Scripts that awaited his review are still stacked around his desk and a yellow legal sheet includes handwritten notes on upcoming projects and the name of a promising young actor — Kurt Russell.

Also on view are Disney’s library, with novels,
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Arts in Exile: Nine East German Shorts on Artists Forced to Flee the Nazis

Take a trip into political art history: the state-run East German film company Defa uses the experiences of Communist artists to promote the party line and educate young people on the sacrifices of the past. Some of the personal stories are incredible, and the art covered is indeed very impressive -- writers, illustrators, a cartoonist, a film director, an actor, a journalist. It's interesting to see what the films choose to emphasize and what they choose to ignore.

Arts in Exile: Nine East German Shorts on Artists Forced to Flee the Nazis DVD Defa Stiftung / Progress Film GmbH, Defa Film Library UMass Amherst / Icestorm / Goethe Institut 2015 / B&W & Color 1:33 flat full frame / 204 min. Kunst im Exil Street Date September, 2015 available through Defa Film Library / 39.95


Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've been privileged to review many Defa Film Library disc releases of productions from East Germany, the German Democratic Republic. Until
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’
Set in Mexico during the “10 days that shook” Russia’s greatest silent filmmaker, “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” marks Peter Greenaway’s raucous attempt to capture his all-time cinema idol at his moment of greatest personal discovery and deepest professional frustration — which, the film takes great delight in suggesting, coincided with the loss of his virginity, at age 33, so far from his (still) homophobic homeland. Determined to breathe fresh life into a medium he insists has scarcely evolved in the 90 years since Sergei Eisenstein made “Strike,” Greenaway has wrought an outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic that could take decades to be duly appreciated.

Unspooling like some sort of blasphemous passion play, the film depicts Eisenstein’s symbolic death and subsequent resurrection via an act of gay sex. “Somebody has opened the door to a wet and weepy dirty hurricane,” the Russian gushes not long after his studly Mexican guide, Palomino Canedo
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #20. Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Eisenstein in Guanajauto

Director: Peter Greenaway // Writer: Peter Greenaway

Cinema is alive and kicking and so is director Peter Greenaway, though listening to the esteemed auteur often leads one to believe otherwise. The creator of some of the cinema’s most alluring and sometimes controversial works (the unforgettable The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover 1989 or the less renowned The Baby of Macon, 1995), Greenaway has long challenged the visual limits of film. Anyone doubting his continued masterful ability need only look to his last completed feature (sadly without Us distribution), Goltzius and the Pelican Company, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. He also contributed to the 2013 omnibus 3x3D along with Edgar Pera and Jean-Luc Godard. His latest, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is exactly what it says it’s about, a reenactment of the famed filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein at a pivotal moment in his career. After being maligned by
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‘Inherent Vice': Paul Thomas Anderson on His Trip Through Thomas Pynchon’s L.A.

‘Inherent Vice': Paul Thomas Anderson on His Trip Through Thomas Pynchon’s L.A.
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.

The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to
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Photo of the First Disneyland Ticket Ever Sold


This is a photo of the first Disneyland gate-ticket ever sold. This was from opening day on July 17th, 1955. It was purchased for $1 by Roy O. Disney and found in his desk after he passed away.

These days people who want to go to Disneyland have to pay 96 freakin' bucks. It's amazing to see how much Disneyland has grown over the years, and how it manages to still entertain people. So much so that they are willing to spend crazy amounts of money to be entertained.

Here's a little story about the Disney archives from the La Times a few years back. Disney basically hired a guy to go through the desks and offices of Walt and Roy after they died.

After Walt Disney died in 1966, his grieving staff sealed his office suite in Burbank, and even as work proceeded on "The Jungle Book" there was anxiety that the
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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Set Footage or Experimental Video Art?

The camera zooms in on a hectic street scene as percussion-soaked discordant rhythms elevate your blood pressure. An eerie green sail is lifted to tribal beats. A human the size of an ant side steps the rubble and faces forward. Everything is blurry at first, but as the clouds begin to lift, we can finally recognize a figure efficiently, almost poetically, hosing down a street. Is it a commentary on the deep dichotomy between the hurry up and wait boredom of a movie set and the end product made of pure excitement? Is it a mirror held up to our own voracious fan tendencies? Is it an indictment of movie website culture where bold names are heralded daily and ad nauseam no matter how uninteresting their latest still shot or promotional video may be? Undoubtedly, yes. Like Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” Mattia Renaldo (the well-respected video artist who’s dabbled in special effects-laced political commentary) has
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