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I have basically resigned myself to reviewing, watching and recommending Blu-rays whenever possible. I love the format and wish everyone could just magically adopt it so the prices would become more reasonable (a dream scenario I'm sure). I am always waiting and looking for deals when it comes to Blu-rays since most often the prices are simply too outrageous. As a matter of fact, while putting this piece together I only now bought myself copies of The African Queen and The Bridge on the River Kwai at Barnes and Noble as both were on sale and I had a 10% off coupon. The way I see it $39 isn't bad for the those two titles, especially when suggested retail is $75 before shipping.
So understand, I know when recommending this many titles at once I realize the possibility of you purchasing all of them is slim to none, but hopefully I may be »
- Brad Brevet
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the British Film Institute:
Make film your New Year resolution
BFI Southbank – BFI Distribution – BFI Festivals – BFI IMAX – BFI DVD – BFI Membership BFI Online – BFI Filmstore – BFI Mediatheques – BFI Gallery – Sight & Sound 2011 is set to become a landmark year for the BFI and this will be reflected in the broad and diverse range of film offerings for audiences across the UK. From film and television premieres and seasons at BFI Southbank, the most eclectic range of DVDs and nationwide theatrical releases by the most influential artists of British and world cinema, to a free insight into the BFI Archive via the Mediatheques around the country and online, there is something to entertain, educate and inspire anyone who loves film. BFI Southbank Great Auteurs – seasons include Howard Hawks (Jan/Feb), Francois Truffaut (Feb/March) Nicolas Roeg (March), Terence Rattigan (April »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Kino International has decided to re-release Sergei Eisentein's 1926 silent film "Battleship Potemkin" in theaters on January 14th. The studio has now unveiled the trailer, which you can check out below. Plot: Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa. This all-new restoration -- available for the first time in 35mm -- restores dozens of missing shots, all 146 title cards, and Edmund Meisel's definitive score, returning the film to a form as close to its creator's vision as has been seen since the film's Moscow premiere. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
Several new trailers and clips have arrived from upcoming 2011 features and instead of one post for each I'm knocking them out all at once. Let's get to it...
The Mechanic - Clip "Convoy"
First up is a brand new clip from the Jason Statham starrer The Mechanic due in theaters on January 28. The film co-stars Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Christa Campbell and is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film with Statham playing a hitman for hire who decides to uncharacteristically begin training a young man (Ben Foster) as an "associate" when things go a bit awry.
Cedar Rapids - Trailer
Next is the first trailer for Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms (The Hangover). Cedar Rapids will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival prior to its February 11 release. The film co-stars John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Mike O'Malley and Rob Corddry. »
- Brad Brevet
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
Peter Berg may be mounting his Battleship for summer 2012, but the one that started it all is getting a restored theatrical re-release. One of the most influential films of all time, with Martin Scorsese to Brian De Palma borrowing from Sergei M. Eisenstein, is getting a new 35mm re-release. Every shot has been restored for this classic and “dozens” of missing shots are added. Edmund Meisel‘s 1926 original orchestral score also accompanies the film. See the trailer below via Apple.
Synopsis: For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece has remained one of the most influential silent films of all time. This all-new restoration — available for the first time in 35mm — restores dozens of missing shots, all 146 title cards, and Edmund Meisel’s definitive 1926 score, returning the film to a form as close to its creator’s bold vision as has been seen since the film’s triumphant Moscow premiere.
- Jordan Raup
Dec 15, 2010
Sergei M. Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin) is one of the most influential films ever made as well as one of the finest examples of film art. On its release, the film brought immediate worldwide fame to Eisenstein and the new Soviet cinema and made an important contribution to the language of the cinema – the concept of montage editing.
After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 the new Soviet government assumed control of the film industry, denounced the capitalist cinema of pre-Revolution Tsarist Russia, and decreed that the Soviet cinema was to be used ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
Leslie Nielsen wasn't at the top of the list of actors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker wanted to play Dr. Rumack in "Airplane!" The way his career was going in 1980, he was lucky to make the list at all. On the DVD commentary for "Airplane!" Jerry Zucker says, "The casting director could not understand why we wanted to cast Leslie Nielsen. 'Leslie Nielsen is the guy you cast the night before!'" That guy you cast the night before died of complications from pneumonia and a staph infection Sunday, after a career that was undistinguished in the best way possible. He'll be remembered for his unlikely reinvention as a comedic titan after decades as a dramatic also-ran.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1926, Nielsen always wanted to be an actor. At least that was the story he told in his "autobiography" "The Naked Truth." "From my earliest memories, »
- Matt Singer
The Academy Awards are so obviously pointless that it’s much more clichéd these days to describe them as a masturbatory gala of self-congratulation than defend them with any seriousness. Well, of course they’re an onanistic exercise: imagine General Mills, Post and Kellogg’s holding a televised breakfast cereal of the year award. Yes, Hollywood movies are sometimes art, but they’re cultural product first and foremost, and, along with television and music, they make up America’s largest export industry.
So doubly irrelevant, you might continue, is the award of “Best Picture.” But you’d be wrong. True, the list of Best Picture winners hardly matches the list of the best Hollywood films, and, especially recently, contains a lot of out and out stinkers (Crash, anyone?) But they show what the industry considered, in any given year, its most serious and important work. It’s an intra-democratic process of self-criticism, »
- Willie Osterweil
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Screenings in harbours, not cinemas. Burlesque instead of after-film Q&As. Sipping urine instead of Frascati. Chris Michael on the new breed of film festival rejecting the Cannes way
Name the festival at which the following event took place. Cult American musician Ian Svenonius stands on an 18th-century military tower a mile from the shore, his gravity-defying hair whipping around in the breeze. He begins an impromptu play, with three randomly selected audience members improvising a rap behind him. Svenonius is talking as fast as he can in order to finish before the tide rushes in and we all get stranded in the English Channel overnight. Latitude? The Brighton biennial? A Comintern club night? None of the above.
If you answered the Branchage film festival, however, you'd be bang on. Svenonius's deadpan performance of "post-apocalyptic cinema" is part of an energetically loopy and welcoming event – now in its third year »
- Chris Michael
Just the list, no snazzy extras? You've come to the right place
1) Andrei Rublev
4) Toyko Story
5) Citizen Kane
10) The Gospel According to Saint Matthew
11) Aguirre, Wrath of God
12) Pather Panchali
13) The Conformist
14) Death in Venice
15) The Godfather
16) The Graduate
21) Distant Voices, Still Lives
23) La Dolce Vita
25) The Spirit of the Beehive
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This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what's called arthouse cinema resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.
For many, the stereotypical arthouse film is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a classic art film from the 1920s and Luis Buñuel investigated cinema's potential for surreality like no one before or since. The Italian neorealists applied the severity of art to a representation of society and the French New Wave iconoclastically brought a self-deconstructing critical awareness to film-making. Yasujiro Ozu conveyed a transcendental simplicity in his work. Andrei Tarkovsky and Michelangelo Antonioni achieved a meditative beauty, while David Lynch and John Cassavetes demonstrated an American reflex to the genre.
Arthouse is dismissed as the connoisseur's elite fetish; others find it, »
- Peter Bradshaw
James Ellis on the unsung heroes of film...
Most people don’t realise what goes into making the films we love and adore. There is pre-production - all the writing of scripts and getting everything and everybody together. Then there is the production – all the shooting and explosions and arty bits. Finally there is the post-production – that’s the editing, CGI and music etc. Now while the infamous director holds most of these together, sometimes directors are just brought on for the shooting and leave. But auteurs on the other hand have a passion and style that needs to be satiated. Most directors like to work with the same people, people they can trust and depend on to fulfil their masterful vision. Before I drift into talking about the genius of some directors I want to sing the song of the unsung hero of filmmaking:
The editor is »
It’s lucky 13 for the Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria, BC. That is, their 13th annual fest is all set to run on Oct 8-16. That’s nine mind-blowing nights of experimental short films, live film performances and culture-shattering documentaries.
The fest kicks off on the 8th with a 16mm screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film Battleship Potemkin that will be accompanied by a live soundtrack by DJ-son Bitter Herbs [Jason Flower]. The people’s revolution never sounded so funky! Then, the fest concludes on the 16th with the event “Uzos [Underwater Zombies from Outer Space]” and will feature performances by Ryan Beattie, Atomic Vaudeville, Slut Revolver, Wes Borg and more.
Smooshed between those two events will be the debut feature film by acclaimed ethnographic filmmaker Ben Russell, Let Each One Go Where They May, which documents the amazing recreation of a bold escape made by slaves. Other feature length documentaries screening are: Teen Routines, »
- Mike Everleth
Another Tuesday has passed, another week of awesome DVD and Blu-ray releases to help relieve you of all of your hard earned cash. This week I take a look at incredible silent film collection being released by our friends at Kino Lorber, a surprisingly funny show from HBO, and a ton of stuff that I haven’t see yet, but am interested in.
I’m linking all of the covers to their Amazon counterparts, and will include Netflix options for those titles worthy of a rental instead of a purchase. By purchasing the discs through our site, you’re helping us out!
I obviously skipped several of the bigger titles like Robin Hood, for various reasons. I wasn’t sent any of the big stuff to review, and for the titles I wasn’t sent, I wanted to weed through all of the junk, to find the real gems.
- Ryan Gallagher
Take One Action, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Want to save the world but not sure where to start? This festival should at least give you some pointers, if not rouse you into action. Its mission is to bring together audiences, film-makers and activists and to highlight pressing global issues through film. There's no shortage of material. Big issues such as global warming, hunger, the oil industry and Israel-Palestine are well covered in fiction and documentary, but it's not necessarily all bad news. There are inspirational stories, such as Persona Non Grata, about a crusader for slum justice in Venezuela, or classic doc Powaqqatsi with a live score, and even a Namibian HIV drama, in which the audience decides the ending.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh & Glasgow Film Theatre, Thu to 5 Oct; visit takeoneaction.org.uk
Branchage Film Festival, Jersey
There aren't that many cinemas on Jersey, but this festival doesn't need them anyway. When it »
- Steve Rose
Since her 1988 debut Chocolat, Claire Denis has established herself as one of France's most respected film directors, with a wide-ranging body of work and a taste for danger. Her latest film, White Material, which stars Isabelle Huppert, draws again upon her colonial African childhood, and its violence has sparked
controversy in the French press. Not that she cares…
One of the lingering charms of the Left Bank of Paris in the 21st century is that, although much of the area has long since surrendered to chain stores and fast-food joints, the streets between Boulevard Saint-Michel and rue Mouffetard are still dotted with fleapit cinemas with names such as L'Accattone, Studio Galande and Le Champo. On any given afternoon – to take a random sample from the programmes on offer in these places last week – you can take in Battleship Potemkin, a Buñuel retrospective, a lesser-known Fellini, or Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar »
- Andrew Hussey
Although it might not seem like a "summer movie" at first glance, I don't really care. It came out in early June of 1987, so there. Summer movie. And while The Untouchables (written by David Mamet, directed by Brian De Palma) is hardly wall-to-wall mayhem, I think it still qualifies as an action film. One that happens to have half a brain and dresses really nice, but an action film all the same. Plus it has Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, and Patricia Clarkson. Those are all big-time summer movie stars, right?
By now we've all seen and (hopefully) enjoyed this fine film (heck, our own Eric D. Snider even did a little piece on it last year), but for my choice of a "summer scene we love" has got to be ... that baseball bat to the head. Nope. The masterful train station scene that I didn't at first recognize as a »
- Scott Weinberg
Jake Chapman In Conversation, London
You'd think twice about asking an artist who's spent more hours than anyone ought to making mannequins of children with genitals for mouths and modelling Nazi soldiers into a vast tableau of hell to pick his favourite film. But then again, the dependably confrontational Chapman also described the death of Bambi's mother as the most traumatic moment of his childhood, the lightweight. Chapman is the first of a series of artists presenting a formative film in this new intiative, in association with the charity Art Fund. He'll be talking to the Guardian's Adrian Searle about Sidney Lumet's overlooked 1972 The Offence, a bravely gritty study of a copper whose career of violent crime cases wells up when he confronts a suspect paedophile. Bambi it ain't.
Gate Cinema, W11, Thu, visit artfund.org/news
Salisbury International Arts Festival
There's so much going on at the Salisbury Arts Festival, »
- Steve Rose
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