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Movie Poster of the Week: The Top 10 Favorite Posters of La Boca's Scot Bendall
6 hours ago
A couple of months ago I featured some exquisite silkscreened King Kong prints designed by the British design studio La Boca. I’ve been following La Boca’s work for the past few years and so I thought a great way to end the year would be to ask the founder of La Boca, Scot Bendall, to talk about some of their influences by sharing with us his ten favorite movie posters of all time.
Scot chose ten posters that have meaning for them as designers. “I think there have been better, and more successful, poster designs for sure—I mean, there isn’t one Saul Bass here for example!—but, the only way I could wrangle down to ten was by selecting posters that have had some personal resonance to our work. I’m also a (very amateur) Czech/Polish poster collector, so they feature quite prominently.”
Here are »
- Adrian Curry
Berlinale 2014. New Panorama Titles
22 hours ago
The 64th Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first set of screenings from the edition's Panorama section. 50 fictional and documentary films will be chosen to give the programme its distinctive profile between innovative mainstream and radical alternative. So far 19 films have been invited.
If You Don't, I Will (Sophie Fillières, France)
The Rice Bomber (Cho Li, Taiwan)
Ice Poison (Midi Z, Taiwan/Myanmar)
The Way He Looks (Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil)
Is the Tall Man Happy? (Michel Gondry, France)
Papillio Buddha (Jayan Cherian, India/USA)
The Better Angels (A. J. Edwards, USA)
The Lamb (Kutluğ Ataman, Germany/Turkey »
Berlinale 2014. New 'Competition' & 'Berinale Special' Titles
22 hours ago
The 64th Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first set of titles for the main Competition and special screenings. The festival begins on February 6th.
Above: Director Dominik Graf (far left) and cast from Die geliebten Schwestern
'71 (Yann Demange, UK)
Die geliebten Schwestern (Dominik Graf, Germany)
Life of Riley (Alain Resnais, France)
Stratos (Yannis Economides, Greece/Germany/Cyprus)
Above: We Come As Friends
The Turning (various, Australia) »
The Noteworthy: Top Ten Overload, Lfu #4, "The Sixth Year"
18 December 2013 5:48 AM, PST
The Best-of-the-Year lists keep rolling in, so here's a batch of worthwhile entries unveiled in the past week: Film Comment - 50 Best Films | 20 Best Undistributed Films Indiewire - Critics Survey Glenn Kenny Scott Foundas Slant Magazine Michael Sicinski's "The Best of the Rest" Village Voice Film Poll The latest issue of Cineaste is on shelves now and includes, among other pieces, an article on rom-coms today by Adrian Martin, and a feature by David Sterritt on "Beats, Beatniks, and Beat Movies." Also make sure to look online for exclusive content from Aaron Cutler and Celluloid Liberation Front. Above: one of our favorite journals, La Furia Umana, is now shipping its fourth print edition, featuring multiple pieces on Nicholas Ray and Brian De Palma. The 18th online edition is due out by the end of the month, so we'll be checking up on Lfu again soon. On digital shelves is »
- Adam Cook
Recovering History Through Filmmaking: An Interview with Bill Siegel
17 December 2013 6:19 AM, PST
Above: Bill Siegel and Khalilah Camacho-Ali
Unlike other films about the controversial boxer, the recent documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali makes no pretense of telling Ali’s whole story. It presumes that most of us in the audience already know it and those of us who don’t can easily fill in the gaps with the wealth of other movies, books, and TV specials devoted to his legend. Produced by Chicago-based documentary company Kartemquin Films, Trials focuses on Ali’s conversion to the Nation of Islam and the controversies associated with his religious and political convictions. These subjects are addressed in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001) and referenced in other documentaries about him, but Trials examines them in greater depth, generally neglecting his athletic achievements to better focus on his radicalism.
- Ben and Kathleen Sachs
Migrating Forms 2013. To Times Two
16 December 2013 4:41 PM, PST
This year New York's Migrating Forms is presenting a double bill of two Johnnie To films: Running on Karma (2003) and Sparrow (2008). Placed next to each other, they reveal interesting convergences and divergences that help define the dual authorship of To and his frequent collaborator Wai Ka-fai (co-director, and a writer and producer on Running on Karma but not Sparrow). To is both an intellectual and emotional director capable of multifarious expressions. Wai is more cerebral, his projects characterized by conceptually dense and layered narrative detail. In the contrastive yet strikingly parallel endings of Running on Karma and Sparrow, hints of the nuances behind these filmmakers' work becomes evident.
The final sequence of Running on Karma:
The final sequence of Sparrow:
Each of these films arrive at two of the most ecstatic endings in To's cinema, in which the two respective male protagonists, left lonely by the absence of the woman they loved, »
- Adam Cook & John Lehtonen