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Two Docs About Eccentric Women And Their Art: Kiss The Water And Iris

A look at the list of my favorite movies from 2014 reveals the presence of six extraordinary nonfiction films, and that’s just a taste of the seeming hundreds of docs released last year-- not all of them extraordinary, of course, but all of them indicative of a trend toward the making of the availability of more nonfiction filmmaking than it seems we’ve likely ever seen in this country. And speaking of availability, the six I listed—Ron Mann’s Altman, Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson’s Milius, Orlando von Einsidel’s Virunga, Chaplain and Maclain Way’s The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Stephanie Spray and Pancho Velez’s Manakamana and Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known— were all pictures I caught courtesy of Netflix Streaming. (Virunga was actually produced under the company’s auspices.)

I have a special place in my cinematic heart for nonfiction, both bound between covers and on the screen,
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A Guide to Clint Eastwood Films Streaming on Netflix

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Clint Eastwood is behind the lens of another Oscar contender: American Sniper. Led by Bradley Cooper, the film adapts the biography of Chris Kyle, a celebrated Navy Seal Sniper who struggles to reconcile his family life with his four tours in Iraq. Already a critical hit, the film, which is in limited release now and out everywhere Jan. 16, is a shining trophy on Eastwood’s stacked career mantle. Suffice it to say, that mantle is worth perusing.

Not only is the 84-year-old living legend still acting and directing, he also manages to find time to lend a voice to projects by his peers. For a quick refresher on all-things Eastwood, check out his movies streaming on Netflix.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

A classic, and one of the films that cemented Eastwood’s reputation as an American badass. The film follows Frank Morris (Eastwood), a convict transferred to the maximum security prison
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TV Review: Epix’s ‘Milius’

TV Review: Epix’s ‘Milius’
The Epix documentary “Milius” poses an interesting question: Why didn’t John Milius – writer extraordinaire, and director of some renown – become a household name like film-school contemporary George Lucas and other famous pals, including Steven Spielberg? The answer, however, proves more wishy-washy, or at least indecisive, than a Milius character would appreciate, with the director asserting he was blacklisted for his reactionary politics, while others cite his prickly and eccentric behavior, such as bringing a pistol to a notes meeting. Either way, Milius is a fascinating character, but beyond highlighting his filmography, the film leaves its central enigma unresolved.

A mass of contradictions prone to larger-than-life flourishes, Milius loved surfing and guns and consciously zigged where the counterculture movement zagged, embracing militarism and a macho mentality that produced a memorable body of work. As a writer, that ranged from “Dirty Harry” (uncredited) to “Apocalypse Now,” from Quint’s speech about
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In Milius, a Cavalcade of Talking Heads Reinforce the Filmmaker as a Poet of Meathead Cinema

In Milius, a Cavalcade of Talking Heads Reinforce the Filmmaker as a Poet of Meathead Cinema
The title subject of Milius, the latest documentary about an under-appreciated artist, sums up the film's shortcomings when he grouses, "Like they say, 'Time will dignify anything.'"

While co-directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson have roped together an impressive cavalcade of talking heads, they don't spur on their interview subjects beyond stock anecdotes and superficial impressions. So John Milius, the screenwriter of Apocalypse Now and script doctor of Dirty Harry, is presented as a mysterious, volatile genius.

At first, testimonials suggest that Milius's grandiose eccentricities — his Hemingway-esque love of guns, cigars, and burly philosopher-warriors — made him unique. But eventually, everyone from George Lucas to Paul Schrader ...
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DVD Review - Milius (2013)

Milius, 2013.

Directed by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson.

Synopsis:

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

If you stopped members of the public and mentioned the name John Milius they wouldn’t have a ruddy clue who you were talking about - even helping them by throwing a clue of, “He works in the movie business?” Again they’d look at you as if you were wasting their time, so you stop another John or Jane Doe and ask them, hoping that the number 526 will be your lucky number.

For those out there who can’t be bothered to quickly jump on IMDb, John Milius is the brains behind the movies Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, etc. and thanks was even given to him for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. So now you’re brought up to speed, allow me to throw a spanner into the
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Epix Will Air 'Milius' in January, Alongside a Marathon of John Milius' Films

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Epix Will Air 'Milius' in January, Alongside a Marathon of John Milius' Films
Premium channel Epix acquired the rights to "Milius," Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's film about screenwriter, director and controversial Hollywood personality John Milius, ahead of its screening at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Today, Epix announced that it will be premiering the film on Saturday, January 11 at 8pm, alongside a day's worth of films written or directed by Milius, including "Apocalypse Now," "Dillinger" and "Red Dawn." The schedule, all times eastern: 9am - Apocalypse Now 11:30am - Red Dawn (1984) 1:30pm - Flight of the Intruder 3:30pm - Dillinger 5:25pm - Apocalypse Now 8pm - Milius 9:45pm - Red Dawn (1984) 11:45pm - Farewell to the King 1:45am - Milius 3:35am - Flight of the Intruder 5:35am - Dillinger "Milius" follows the title filmmaker from his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School and on
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Epix Will Air 'Milius' in January, Alongside a Marathon of John Milius' Films

Epix Will Air 'Milius' in January, Alongside a Marathon of John Milius' Films
Premium channel Epix acquired the rights to "Milius," Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's film about screenwriter, director and controversial Hollywood personality John Milius, ahead of its screening at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Today, Epix announced that it will be premiering the film on Saturday, January 11 at 8pm, alongside a day's worth of films written or directed by Milius, including "Apocalypse Now," "Dillinger" and "Red Dawn." The schedule, all times eastern: 9am - Apocalypse Now 11:30am - Red Dawn (1984) 1:30pm - Flight of the Intruder 3:30pm - Dillinger 5:25pm - Apocalypse Now 8pm - Milius 9:45pm - Red Dawn (1984) 11:45pm - Farewell to the King 1:45am - Milius 3:35am - Flight of the Intruder 5:35am - Dillinger "Milius" follows the title filmmaker from his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School and on
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DVD Review: 'Milius'

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★★★★☆ The outrageous exploits and antics of Hollywood filmmaker John Milius has been the stuff of Hollywood legend for years now, creating an almost mythical-like impression of the Apocalypse Now scribe and Big Wednesday director (The Big Lebowski's mentally-unstable Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak was said to be loosely based on him.) An in-depth portrait of the self-proclaimed "Zen anarchist" now arrives in the form of Milius (2013), Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's hugely entertaining and fittingly reverential documentary of this larger-than-life, somewhat contradictory figure - "a teddy bear with an AK47".
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Win Milius on DVD

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To mark the release of Milius on 18th November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

This is the life story of filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential and controversial film directors of his generation. Made by debut directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, the documentary follows Milius’ childhood aspirations to join the military, his formative years at the University of Southern California Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbarian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behaviour.

Millius turned his hand to writing after he was refused entry to the USmarine-corps because of his chronic asthma. He was able to sell his early screenplays for record amounts and forged a Hollywood career alongside his USC Film School contemporaries Steven Spielberg and George Lucas (both of
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Milius DVD Review

Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson

Starring: John Milius, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Running time: 99 minutes

Certificate: 15

A bold, brash and passionate force whose name doesn’t quite ring as loud as that of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, John Milius is the titular subject of this loving tribute, the directorial debut of Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names weigh in on Milius’ life, his incredible writing skill and deliver a wonderful personal touch to an industry that (perhaps now even more so than when Milius and his film school friends sought to change it in the 1970s) is too often mired in advertising and business politics rather than emotion and storytelling.

Milius himself brings both of these qualities in abundance. A straight forward chronological telling of his life, the film charts his personal turn
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Short Term 12, Philomena, Thor: The Dark World: this week's new films

Short Term 12 | Philomena | Thor: The Dark World | Milius | Gloria | Nosferatu The Vampyre | Drinking Buddies | Cutie And The Boxer | Child's Pose | The Nun | The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia | A Nightmare On Elm Stret

Short Term 12 (15)

(Destin Cretton, 2013, Us) Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, Rami Malek. 97 mins

A film that makes you care about people who care about people, this compact indie doesn't have to look hard for drama in a foster care home, whose young workers need help as much as the damaged teens in their charge. The storylines are a little convenient, but it's an emotional watch, and Larson is outstanding.

Philomena (12A)

(Stephen Frears, 2013, UK/Us/Fra) Judi Dench, Steve Coogan. 98 mins

Faith issues, "human interest" and even buddy comedy blend smoothly in this true-life tale of a retired Irish woman's search for her adult son, aided by a sceptical English hack.
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa talk Milius

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Though it would have been easy to walk into the room to interview Milius’ directors Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa with a little trepidation, expecting to be told to go and screw myself upon arrival – fortunately it seems that filmmaker and documentary subject John Milius’ bombastic spirit had not rubbed off on either man.

During the course of our conversation Zak and Joey spoke of meeting Milius for the first time, and being toyed with in typical Milius fashion. From there the discussion spiralled to take in iconic directors and their love of collaboration, the ownership of film, the changing fortunes of the director as the film business evolved, and the possibility of one last hoorah for the one of Hollywood’s most renowned storytellers.

Of all the filmmakers, why Milius?

Joey Figueroa: This project was kind of brought to us, in the sense that one of our producers
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UK movie releases: November 2013

UK movie releases: November 2013
November 1

Drinking Buddies

Director Joe Swanberg

Starring Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde

Running Time 90 mins

Certificate 15

Milius

Director Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa

Starring John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood

Running Time 101 mins

Certificate 15

Philomena

Director Stephen Frears

Starring Steve Coogan, Judi Dench, Charlie Murphy

Running Time 98 mins

Certificate 12A

Short Term 12

Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jnr, Kaitlyn Dever

Running Time 97 mins

Certificate 15

November 8

Gravity

Director Alfonso Cuarón

Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Running Time 92 mins

Certificate 12A

Seduced and Abandoned

Director James Toback

Starring Ryan Gosling, Alec Baldwin, Diane Kruger

Running Time 98 mins

Certificate 15

November 15

The Butler

Director Lee Daniels

Starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Vanessa Redgrave

Running Time 132 mins

Certificate 12A

The Counsellor

Director Ridley Scott

Starring Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender

Running Time 117 mins

Certificate 18

Dom Hemingway

Director Richard Shepard

Starring Jude Law, Richard E Grant, Emilia Clarke

Running
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Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson interview: Milius

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Interview Luke Savage 1 Nov 2013 - 06:22

A chat with the directors of a new documentary charting the career of filmmaker John Milius...

"Are you ready for your round-table with Joey and Zak?"

"Yes, I am, lovely PR person", is my instant reply. Yes, I am. Although that second half is me adding poetic license here. I'm too British to go full-out on the compliments this early into a relationship.

That exchange of pleasantries heralds a welcome interview with directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. They're in town to talk about their documentary Milius, charting the incredible life and career of filmmaker John Milius. It's a very good documentary. So good that I'm not concerned at having to share them with three other interviewers.

And it's so good that I don't mind being a little deflated when I finally get into my first round-table interview. Because there's no table. Nothing. Just
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'Milius' review: "Fascinating documentary about volatile genius"

'Milius' review:
Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson; Starring: John Milius, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, George Hamilton, Paul Schrader, Sam Elliott, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss; Running time: 103 mins; Certificate: 15

"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning..."

With a ferocious demeanor as sharp as the iconic movie lines he wrote, John Milius became an 'enfant terrible' amongst studio executives despite his credits including Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry, Jaws and Conan The Barbarian. The rise and fall of the legendary scribe and script doctor is a narrative worthy of Hollywood itself, laden with potent twists and superbly conveyed in this fascinating documentary.

Milius unfolds chronologically and fuses classic footage from movies alongside archival and newly-recorded interviews with key players, interspersed with candid behind-the-scenes audio and visual recordings. These all combine
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Exclusive Clip From New Milius Documentary

Exclusive Clip From New Milius Documentary
If you’re not familiar with John Milius, he’s the Hollywood wunderkind who wrote Apocalypse Now, wrote and directed Conan The Barbarian and Red Dawn, and who once demanded to be paid for a rewrite of Dirty Harry in firearms. Somewhere between John Huston and a Wolverine, he’s not an easy man to track down, but filmmakers Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson managed to do exactly that for Milius, their new documentary about his life and Hollywood career.As demonstrated by this clip, which kicks off with Mike Medavoy, United Artists' VP of production at the time of Apocalypse Now, they’ve done more than that: they also tracked down some of his peers to chip in with insights and memories of the man. (Ok, technically Milius is still in the movie business, but we think he’s currently wrestling bears somewhere.) brightcove.createExperiences(); Martin Scorsese and
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Sitges 2013 Award Winners Include Borgman, Big Bad Wolves, Escape from Tomorrow, The Colony, 100 Bloody Acres, and Many More

The 2013 Sitges International Fantastic Film Fest wrapped up this weekend with an awards ceremony, and the winners list is overflowing with horror films you should be keeping on your radar.

From the Press Release:

Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam, was the winning film at the 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which awarded prizes to many diverse productions. The award for best direction went to Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for the film Big Bad Wolves and for best cinematography to Larry Smith for Only God Forgives. The award for best actress went to Juno Temple for Magic Magic and for best actor to Andy Lau for Blind Detective. The award for best screenplay went to James Ward Byrkit for Coherence and for distinguished special effects to Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.

In addition, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch received the special jury award,
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London Film Festival 2013: full line-up

London Film Festival 2013: full line-up
Browse all the sections of the 57th London Film Festival (Oct 9-20) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.

Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status

Wp = Wp

Ep = European Premiere

IP = International Premiere

UK = UK Premiere

Gala’s

Opening Night

Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass (Us) Ep

Closing Night

Saving Mr Banks, John Lee Hancock (Us/UK) Ep

Philomena, Stephen Frears (UK) UK12 Years A Slave, Steve Mcqueen (UK) EPGravity, Alfonso Cuaron (Us) UKInside Llewyn Davis, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Us) UKLabor Day, Jason Reitman (Us) EPThe Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes (UK), EPThe Epic Of Everest, John Noel (UK) WPBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche (France) UKNight Moves, Kelly Reichardt (Us) UKStranger By The Lake, Alain Guiraudie (France) UKDon Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Us) UKMystery Road, Ivan Sen (Australia) UKOnly Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch (Us) UKNebraska, Alexander Payne (Us) UKWe Are The Best!, Lukas Moodysson (Sweden) EPFoosball 3D, Juan Jose Campanella (Argentina
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Telluride 2013: Gravy Offerings in Blue is the Warmest Color, Gravity & Inside Llewyn Davis

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Apart from the three sneak screening titles that will stir up the buzz in the coming days, Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy’s 40th edition of the Telluride Film Festival excels in bringing a concentration of solid docus from the likes of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog who this year cuts the ribbon on a theatre going by his name and introduces Death Row, a pinch of Berlin Film Fest items (Gloria, Slow Food Story, Fifi Howls from Happiness) Palme d’Or winner (this year Abdellatif Kechiche will be celebrated), upcoming Sony Pictures Classics items (Tim’s Vermeer, The Lunchbox), Venice to Telluride to Tiff titles (Bethlehem, Tracks and Under the Skin), the latest Jason Reitman film (Labor Day) and the barely known docu-home-movie whodunit (by helmers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine) The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden which features narration from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen.
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Content secures Milius rights; StudioCanal takes UK

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Content secures Milius rights; StudioCanal takes UK
Content Film has snapped up international sales rights (excluding Spain) to a documentary about John Milius, the director of Conan the Barbarian and screenwriter behind Apocalypse Now.

Milius, which tells the life story of the Us film-maker and premiered at SXSW, has also been bought by StudioCanal for the UK.

Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa make their feature debut, having previously made behind the scenes documentaries for companies such as Miramax and Disney through their company Chop Shop Entertainment.

The film was produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Kevin Mann of Haven Entertainment, Scott Mosier of Ogb, Inc. and Kenneth Plume.

The deal was negotiated by Toby Melling of Content and Wme Global on behalf of the producers.

The documentary follows Milius’s childhood aspirations from joining the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his scriptwriting on films such as Dirty Harry, Jeremiah Johnson and Apocalypse Now and his work as director on films
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