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Having paved the way two years ago with his 15-hour cine-essay “The Story of Film” (and before that, the handsome coffee-table volume of the same name), film critic-cum-director Mark Cousins returns with a 100-minute companion piece focused entirely on the depiction of kids onscreen, a too-easy but still-captivating spinoff, unimaginatively entitled “A Story of Children and Film.” As specialty offerings go, this latest collage of film clips and personal footage shares the earlier project’s principal virtue — namely, its capacity to enrich casual moviegoers’ way of consuming cinema — as well as its harmless little idiosyncrasies.
In the hands of any other guide, such an eccentric offering would surely be relegated to the wee hours of public television, though Cousins’ films have found a home at the very same sprocket operas where the festival gadfly has become a regular fixture (this one premiered at Cannes). One part evangelist for the noble cause of humanist cinema, »
- Peter Debruge
The highlight of the 2013 edition of the Iff Panama has to be the presence of veteran actress Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago) — while I had just a smidgen of an idea of what was being discussed in a Spanish-speaking Q&A which followed Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 treasure, The Kid, I saw that the thesp was animated, generous, delivered crowd-pleasing anecdotes about the memories she had growing up in a household with the silent era’s first star.
The fest’s first party took place at the Frank Gehry’s Museum of Biodiversity in Panama City – equipped with booze, beats and industry types such as (see below) Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin from Xyz Films – an indie prod. house that looks for ideal locations for future productions – they have Frankenstein’s Army premiering at Tribeca next week and have The Raid 2 , and Stage Fright (Top 100 Most Anticipated title of ours) in the works. »
- Eric Lavallee
Cinema has been around for more than a century and in that time has evolved from a static actuality to action packed spectacles with CGI. No matter the technology, a truly great film will not fall victim to time. For all of its studio staginess, “The Wizard of Oz” still provides the same amount of vivid magic and imagination as it did in 1939. A Charlie Chaplin film such as “The Kid” or “City Lights” still has the sweetness and humanity that transcends sound and color.
In that time, however, some films have fallen victims of age. They seem antiquated or outdated by today’s standards. All the following films fall into several of the same categories. There are the message films in which it acts like an afterschool special. Then there are the special effects or action films that does not compare to modern quality. In a sense, these also »
- Patrick Hao
One of the Most Amazing Silent Movies (or Movies of Any Era, Period) Ever Made Tops the List of Best of Movies Released in 1921 Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Metro Pictures' film version of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s epic novel -- from a scenario by the immensely powerful writer-producer June Mathis -- catapulted Mathis’ protégé, the until then little known Rudolph Valentino (photo, left), to worldwide superstardom, as The Four Horsemen became one of the biggest box-office hits of the silent era. Ingram’s wife, the invariably excellent Alice Terry (right, dark-haired in real life; a light-haired in her many movies), played Valentino's love interest. Ninety-two years after its initial launch, the Four Horsemen remains a monumental achievement. Released by MGM, Vincente Minnelli's 1962 remake of this Metro Pictures production featured an all-star cast: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin (dubbed by Angela Lansbury), Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, »
- Andre Soares
Continuing our daily countdown, here is the second installment out of 30, in the list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 290-281.
280-271 coming next.
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Criterion has revealed the following piece of art revealing clues as to what they will be offering in 2013. Commenters have already clued in to a few of the more obvious titles such as Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, David Lynch's Eraserhead and Delmer Daves's 3:10 to Yuma as well as speculation on titles such as Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai, Federico Fellini's La Strada, Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, David Cronenberg's Scanners, Peter Brook's Lord of the Flies and Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast. What titles do you see and what clues match your guesses? »
- Brad Brevet
6 items from 2013
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