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Sos This Week Podcast #5: The State of Women in Film

11 hours ago

For the fifth episode of Sos This Week, we’re taking over the Sound on Sight Podcast iTunes feed. If you currently subscribe to that podcast, our new podcast should now appear in that feed, and welcome to our new listeners! And if you now subscribe to the Sound on Sight podcast feed you can listen to Episode 5 and all the previous episodes as well. Keep posted for an iTunes feed specifically for Sos This Week in the coming weeks. And as always, check out the links to all of the stories we discuss on this episode below:

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Star Wars: Rogue One gets plot details and teaser The Lego Movie team behind animated Spider-Man feature Four Robin Hood movies are currently in development Emma Stone and Steve Carell on board for Battle of the Sexes Valiant comics Bloodshot and Harbinger getting film adaptations Michael Winterbottom signs on »

- Brian Welk

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Vincenzo Natali’s ‘Nothing’ is about the dangerous power of social structures

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Written by Andrew Lowery and Andrew Miller

Directed by Vincenzo Natali

Canada, 2003

If Cube (1997) was writer-director Vincenzo Natali’s crack at a gruesome, Sartre/Kafka-tinged Twilight Zone episode, then his 2003 film Nothing is his take on the Theatre of the Absurd, a stripped-down character study about two losers interacting with little more than each other and the vast emptiness of the infinite. It’s as if Waiting for Godot‘s Vladimir and Estragon were farting around one day and discovered that they had the power to edit reality. It’s also a funny and ultimately warm film, the clear product of work made among friends. But as light and comic as it is, there’s plenty of pathos to go around; friendships falter when people change, making the world go away doesn’t help a lick, and even in a fantasy world where you can take yourself completely out of all systems, »

- Derek Godin

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Week in Review: Study reveals growing gender gap in film industry

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This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.

The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.

Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »

- Brian Welk

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‘Star Wars’ takes a breath with issue #4

16 hours ago

Star Wars #4

Written by Jason Aaron

Art and Cover by John Cassaday

Colors by Laura Martin

Published by Marvel Comics

Following the series’ initial, action-packed story arc, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday settle in for a relatively quiet fourth issue. This is a breath-taking issue, a chance for the creators to focus on characterization and set some plots in motion. To wit, there’s Luke Skywalker, dealing with the reality of his (non)status as a Jedi following his confrontation with Darth Vader in the first arc. Also, Princess Leia pushes the Rebel Alliance to strike ever harder back at the Empire with the unstated implication being that she’s trying to keep busy so as to avoid dealing with all the changes in her life wrought by the events of A New Hope. Meanwhile, Darth Vader is on Tatooine brokering a deal with Jabba the Hutt and a mysterious »

- Austin Gorton

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Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, dies at 71

17 hours ago

Richard Corliss, the film critic for Time Magazine, passed away at the age of 71 due to complications following a stroke Thursday night. Time editor Nancy Gibbs sent a note to the staff Friday morning about his passing, which you can read here.

Corliss was a film critic with Time for 35 years, sharing bylines alongside fellow critic Richard Schickel. Prior to that he was the editor in chief of Film Comment and had written for National Review among many other magazines.

Corliss challenged Andrew Sarris’s auteur theory, despite being one of Sarris’s students, and he likewise penned a scathing critique of the movie review show Siskel & Ebert, “All Thumbs“. Ebert would later include that article in one of his own books, and Corliss spoke highly of Ebert in the tribute documentary Life Itself.

Time compiled a list of 25 of his greatest movie reviews, all of them classics, but not »

- Brian Welk

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M. Night Shyamalan is back in horror with the first trailer for ‘The Visit’

18 hours ago

Don’t listen to grandma when she asks you to clean the oven.

The first trailer for writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit dropped on Friday and comes with all the horror of visiting relatives that you need. The film stars Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie as the grandparents, Kathryn Hahn as their daughter, and Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge as her children.

The Visit follows the children on a visit to their grandparent’s house in the wilderness where they discover that the house has a weird set of rules — mainly going to bed and staying in your room at 9:30 p.m.

It seems like Shyamalan is back to his old tricks and is hoping a return to horror will help get him back on the map after the failures of The Last Airbender and After Earth. The trailer seems to show that it is more »

- Zach Dennis

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‘Ginger Snaps’, ‘It Follows’, and the Horror of Adolescence

19 hours ago

It Follows, this year’s genre film of choice for mainstream critics, has been compared to many films. With its indeterminately-retro vibe, well-executed tracking shots, and melodic yet creepy score, it hearkens back to tons of movies, and it’s clearly a descendant of the genre as a whole and its various obsessions; youth, death, sex, dread, and transformation are all invoked, particularly the relationship between sex and death. Essentially, whatever films you grew up with or that strongly affected you were the films you’d see staring back at you from the screen. Today’s widely-read critics mostly grew up in the age of the slasher, so they see the late 70’s and early 80’s in it. So maybe that’s the reason the film’s most obvious parallel- to me, at least- was something I really never saw mentioned in any of the countless thinkpieces and rave reviews »

- Michelle

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Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E03: Rest in Pain

21 hours ago

It’s Laura Palmer’s funeral, and of course Leland has to ruin this too! Not, of course, before Snake and The Bobber throw down against Broody McBroodsalot. We discuss in this episode how there is a lot of crap in Twin Peaks, but what makes the show great is its ability to put truly transcendent material around the crap. Don Davis and Miguel Ferrer turn in superb performances this week, as does Kyle McLachlan as always.

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- Cooper S. Beckett

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Louie, Ep. 5.03: “Cop Story” examines male insecurity, served up two ways

23 April 2015 8:45 PM, PDT

Louie, Season 5, Episode 3: “Cop Story

Written by Louis C.K. (story by C.K. and Robert Smigel)

Directed by Louis C.K.

Airs Thursdays at 10:30pm Et on FX

Anyone who, in the wake of last season’s multipart epics, was hoping that Louie would revert to its early-season modes of storytelling might be taking some comfort in season five’s first few episodes. “Cop Story” opens with a pre-credits sequence that has no obvious narrative ties to the rest of the episode. Louie goes to a high-end kitchenware store in Manhattan and is denied service by its conspicuously attractive 24-year-old owner/operator Andrea (Clara Wong) after betraying the fact that he probably won’t use the pots that often, he just likes to collect nice stuff. When Louie expresses his confusion and dismay, she calmly informs him that he doesn’t fit with their clientele, and she and her »

- Simon Howell

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Arrow, Ep. 3.20: “The Fallen” crumbles under the weight of its own absurdities

23 April 2015 4:21 PM, PDT

Arrow Season 3, Episode 20, “The Fallen”

Written by Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama

Directed by Antonio Negret

Airs Wednesdays at 8pm Et on The CW

On some level, I’ve got to admire Arrow‘s audacity this season. They’ve really carved themselves out a monumental task, attempting to juggle all these different dramatic balls at the same time – and at this point in the season, begin whittling them down so they can all fit neatly next to each other by the end of the finale. “The Fallen” are major steps in this direction – however, the sheer amount of nonsense “The Fallen” throws at the audience over the course of 42 minutes is jarring, bringing seasons-long stories to a head in an hour that feels both revelatory in how it pushes the season ahead, and restrictive in how it removes agency from its characters in pushing them to these important, new places.

This all centers on Oliver Queen, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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‘The Water Diviner’ looks great but feels cold

23 April 2015 4:13 PM, PDT

The Water Diviner

Written by Andrew Knight & Andrew Anastasios

Directed by Russell Crowe

Australia/Turkey/USA, 2014

Russell Crowe comes out swinging with his directorial debut, the ambitious wartime melodrama, The Water Diviner. While there’s no denying the clarity of his artistic vision, the unwieldy story eventually overwhelms him. The stunning visuals and strong performances can’t overcome the film’s mismatched halves, which ping between brooding character study and simplistic actioner. Ultimately, there’s much to like about this promising debut, but it lacks the emotional wallop that Crowe intended.

Struggling to survive the Australian dustbowl of 1919, Connor (Crowe) is a humble farmer who wanders the vast desert searching for unseen pockets of water buried beneath the surface. He’s remarkably adept at this ancient, some would say mystical art. What he truly seeks, however, continues to elude him; the final resting place of his three sons. The three boys, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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‘Roar’ happened… and you should watch it!

23 April 2015 4:12 PM, PDT


Written & Directed by Noel Marshall

USA, 1981

Watching 1981’s notorious nature thriller, Roar, is like subjecting yourself to a psychological experiment. Unbelievable images evoke reactions ranging from horror to hilarity, sometimes within the same scene. Director Noel Marshall infuses his disastrous passion project with so much sincerity, however, that this weird little morsel must be savored like the cinematic singularity that it is. There will never be another film like Roar. Really, it’s much safer that way… for everyone.

The real-life family of writer-director Noel Marshall (who plays ‘Hank’) lived amongst 100 ‘big cats’ (including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and jaguars) for over 11 years and exhausted millions of dollars to make Roar. He and then wife, Tippi Hedren (as ‘Madelaine’), transformed their California estate into a makeshift sanctuary, allowing the massive predators to roam freely in the same house as their three children, Melanie (Griffith), Jerry and John. For the film’s threadbare plot, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Votd: What if Zack Snyder’s ‘Man in Steel’ was in color?

23 April 2015 4:05 PM, PDT

Zack Snyder’s dark and dreary Superman movie Man of Steel had a number of problems, but perhaps most notably was just how washed out and gray the entire film looked. Entirely by design of course, but the movie felt sapped of its life, and Superman, normally donned in a bright blue and red costume, felt sapped of his character. It of course was a blatant way to keep the film in line with Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but what we wouldn’t give for some color in a comic book movie!

This however is one of the more impressive and ambitious video essays I’ve seen. Some clever YouTube production professionals, who go by the moniker VideoLab, color corrected Man of Steel to restore the natural color palette and brightness that was removed in post-production. The end result shown side-by-side the original is staggering. A hugely dramatic difference. »

- Brian Welk

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Cannes ’15 completes lineup with Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’

23 April 2015 3:42 PM, PDT

The Cannes 2015 lineup wasn’t done quite yet. Today, several films were added to the Un Certain Regard and In Competition categories, bringing the final, completed lineups of each up to 19 films.

Chief among them is Gaspar Noé’s Love, “a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.” Originally it was presumed the film would be In Competition, but now they’ve slotted the controversial filmmaker into a Midnight Movie screening. Also of note is Cemetery of Splendour, which is Thai director Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul’s follow-up to the Palme D’Or winner from 2010, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. That film will be shown as part of the Un Certain Regard.

Other films on the slate, via Deadline: Guilliaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love, Michel Franco’s Chronic, an English language debut starring Tim Roth, »

- Brian Welk

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Watch the trailer for Satyajit Ray’s newly restored The Apu Trilogy

23 April 2015 3:09 PM, PDT

If you’ve never seen Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, you’re missing out, but you’re not alone. The films have been highly rare, and the existing prints and DVD transfers have been in sorry disrepair. And yet Ray’s films, including Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), are considered some of the best of all time, or at the very least some of the best to ever come out of India. Don’t you love how we care for our cinematic history?

All three films, originally from the ’50s, have now been restored by The Criterion Collection, and Janus Films will distribute the trilogy in theaters across the country starting on May 8, where the films will premiere at New York’s Film Forum. Criterion had been working on this restoration of some of Ray’s severely »

- Brian Welk

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A Tribute to the Late Hulk Artist Herb Trimpe

23 April 2015 2:33 PM, PDT

Over the past week, the global comic community once again came together to pay tribute to artist Herb Trimpe, who sadly passed away at age 75. As a fan of the Incredible Hulk, my first exposure to Herb’s work was when I bought Marvel Treasury Edition #5 from Nostalgia and Comics in Birmingham.

It was first time I’d ever seen a large book that size, and being ten years old, it’s the biggest comic I ever saw! The book had reprints of Hulk stories by Bill Everett, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, and of course, Herb Trimpe.

The oversized format reprinted issues 139 and 141 which had Hulk facing off against illusions of various foes, and the latter had the first appearance of Doc Samson which features a great transformation scene of Banner transforming into Hulk and back. It still packs quite a wallop to this day.

It started off a personal »

- Neil Patel

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‘Area 51′, from ‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli, gets a first trailer

23 April 2015 2:18 PM, PDT

Oren Peli didn’t invent found footage movies, but everyone in the horror genre sought to copy his style after Paranormal Activity became a mega hit. If you can believe it, it has been eight long years since Peli released Paranormal Activity, and after all this time, somewhat out of the blue, a trailer has arrived for Peli’s completed follow-up, Area 51.

The film is yet another found footage horror movie, with a group of young adults devising a plan to break into the mysterious Area 51 and uncover its alien secrets held by the government. Here’s the official synopsis:

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s top secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes horrifying, unimaginable secrets. Now you can experience their harrowing adventure in this footage pieced »

- Brian Welk

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Johnny Depp is gangster Whitey Bulger in trailer for ‘Black Mass’

23 April 2015 2:03 PM, PDT

Whitey Bulger is an American gangster and organized crime figurehead currently locked away in prison since 2011 on 19 murder charges, as well as racketeering, extortion, money laundering and more. And until now, his story has never been told in a movie.

Johnny Depp dons a bald skin cap and a thick, gravely Boston accent to portray Bulger in Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) latest film, Black Mass. At CinemaCon, the audiences there got their first look at Depp, and now a trailer has arrived complete with a chilling, centerpiece scene and acting display around the dinner table. The film takes place in the ’70s when Bulger had become the head of the Irish Mob and eventually became an FBI informant. Here’s the synopsis:

John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. »

- Brian Welk

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The Americans, Ep. 3.13: “March 8, 1983″ ends the season with appropriate hopelessness

23 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 13: “March 8, 1983”

Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg

Directed by Daniel Sackheim

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

If “The Chain” was the perfect Fleetwood Mac song to accompany the closing montage of “Walter Taffet,” the shocker of a midseason episode which introduced, among other things, Gaad’s discovery of the bug in his office, “March 8, 1983” could’ve ended with “Little Lies.” Although there have been many impressive aspects in the third season of The Americans, one aspect that has been pointed out repeatedly in this space has been the thematic cohesion of its episodes. This season has been remarkably broad in scope, and Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg have consistently used the wide frame, in conjunction with a tight thematic focus, to contrast how characters in different locations react to similar scenarios (i.e. love, death, etc.). Appropriately enough for a show about spying and deception, »

- Max Joseph

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Video of the Day: Watch a supercut of violence in Wes Anderson films

23 April 2015 9:08 AM, PDT

Filmmaker Wes Anderson has, over the years, infused his features with a very distinct style, one that not only sets him apart from other directors in the medium, but also makes his works instantly recognisable. Anderson’s distinctiveness also extends to the way he goes about shooting action scenes, which often pop up in his features, be they fights between siblings, as in The Darjeeling Limited, or full-scale shootouts between multiple people, such as in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Now Vimeo user Dávid Velenczei has made a supercut examining the myriad ways in which Anderson portrays different violent encounters, from the preparation to the actual action to the aftermath. The video, titled “Wes Anderson’s Violence”, can be seen below, with the following message attached.

I made this montage from the movies of Wes Anderson. The movies are: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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