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Weekly Rushes. Festival Lineups, King Hu's "Zen," 25 Indie Faces, Fascist Westerns

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NEWSPortoThe late summer film festival lineups are starting to be unveiled. Toronto, partially announced, already looks massive (highlights include new films directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Jonathan Demme, and, yes, Nick Cannon), San Sebastien has announced the 14 films in its New Directors competition, including Notebook contributor Gabe Klinger's sophomore film Porto, and the Venice Days unofficial sidebar of the Venice Film Festival has its full lineup online.Speaking of lists, Filmmaker Magazine has picked its "twenty five new faces of independent film."A petition has been posted online to save the historic Rko studio globe in Hollywood.Recommended READINGThe Criterion Collection has posted King Hu's notes made for the Cannes Film Festival screening of his prize-winning wuxia classic, A Touch of Zen:But when I started working on the scenario, I discovered that translating the concept of Zen into cinematic terms posed a great many difficulties. Not long afterward, I »

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The Current Debate: What "Star Trek Beyond" Learns From TV

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This week’s debate constitutes a kind of sequel to last week’s weighing of the value of a big-budget Hollywood film like Ghostbusters—which is appropriate enough, since we’re of course talking about yet another sequel, the new Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond. The latest entry in the almost 50-year-old franchise is the second since J. J. Abrams introduced a new main cast in 2009’s Star Trek, and for many critics, including Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Beyond is the best nu-Trek yet:Sometime in the 1980s, before Internet trolls roamed the Earth, television’s original Star Trek got a bad name, or at least a lot of side eye, for spawning legions of nerdy, trivia-spouting loyalists who were boring at parties. Those were the days! Star Trek, as created by Gene Roddenberry, was an unapologetic expression of optimism, a vow of faith in interplanetary civic values. Its gentle »

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Tiff 2016. Lineup

26 July 2016 8:28 AM, PDT

A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »

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Color Real: On the Brothers Quay

26 July 2016 6:09 AM, PDT

Mubi is presenting the Brothers Quay, a 4-film program playing in the United States July and August 2016, featuring new restorations of Anamorphosis (1991) and Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987) and brand new 2k and 4k scans of The Comb (1990) and In Absentia (2000). In Absentia (2000) presents a demon in color. The creature is horned, hooved balsa wood, its room lit by a calm sun. It waves its hoof over a pile of black dust to recombine it into graphite nibs. Somewhere above, below, on the material plane, or possibly in a parallel reality, a woman scribbles in soft black and white, breaking pencils over and over. She presses the little lead bullets into a pile of dirt on her windowsill, like a garden or graveyard—an offering or a sacrifice. In her world, light pulses and skitters, glides and ricochets, sometimes across walls and sometimes across invisible planes. The sun forms impossible palimpsests in her room, »

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Stick Figures Getting Sick: Don Hertzfeldt’s "It’s Such a Beautiful Day"

25 July 2016 6:29 AM, PDT

“There’s a line in Tarkovsky’s Solaris: we never know when we’re going to die and because of that we are, at any given moment, immortal. So at this moment it feels pretty good, being where I’ve always longed to be, perched on the farthest edge of the western world. There’s a wild sunset brewing up over the Pacific. The water is glowing turquoise, the sky is turning crazy pink, the lights of the Santa Monica Ferris wheel are starting to pulse and spin in the twilight. Life is so interesting I’d like to stick around for ever, just to see what happens, how it all turns out.”—Geoff Dyer, London Review of Books“As wars will be fought, and great loves found.”—Narrator, It’s Such a Beautiful DayPsycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, »

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