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The "Hammer Horror" on the cover of the new 49th issue of Cinema Scope refers to Kill List, "which strikes me as the key horror movie of the new century so far," writes Adam Nayman, introducing his interview with director Ben Wheatley. Before moving on to the rest of the issue, let me note that Marcus Hearn has a relatively new book out about the original Hammer, The Hammer Vault: Treasures From the Archive of Hammer Films and Kimberly Lindbergs talks with him about it for Movie Morlocks. It's one of her favorite film-related books of the year and, at the Playlist, Drew Taylor gives it an "A."
But back to Cinema Scope. Olivier Père talks with William Friedkin about Killer Joe and, in something of a coup, Jp Sniadecki scores an interview with Ai Weiwei: "He is not officially allowed to give interviews, nor to produce any films, »
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Hugo, The Muppets & The Artist.
This holiday weekend is nostalgia heavy as two family-friendly features will duke it out for the top spot at the box office. And while a movie-lovin’ orphan battles against a mob of Muppets, a spectacular entry into silent cinema will dazzle in select theaters. But if you’re craving some couch-friendly entertainment to go with your turkey, we’ve got you covered with some kid-centered adventures, Henson-created creatures and classic and cutting comedies suitable for the whole family!
In 1930s Paris, an orphan boy named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) aims to unlock the secret behind a curious robot his recently deceased father has left him. Chloe Moretz and Sacha Baron Cohen co-star; Martin Scorsese directs.
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Reviewer: Philip Tatler IV
Rating (out of five): **** 1/2
Within a few years of its release in 1921, Victor Sjostrom’s The Phantom Carriage was considered a masterpiece of the cinema, alongside such canonical stalwarts as The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Charlie Chaplin thought The Phantom Carriage was the greatest film ever made. However, as the silent era ended and Carriage’s eye-popping-for-the-time special effects became outmoded, Sjostrom’s film fell out of favor and was soon regarded as more of a relic than a milestone. Fortunately, the Criterion Collection has deigned to restore The Phantom Carriage and bring it once again to the attention of discerning cinephiles. »
"Béla Tarr is the cinema's greatest crafter of total environments and in The Turin Horse, working in his most restricted physical setting since 1984's Almanac of Fall, he dials up one of his most vividly immersive milieus," begins Andrew Schenker in Slant. "Excluding one of the director's now-famous virtuoso, film-opening tracking shots, the film is entirely confined to the dilapidated rural spread where a farmer lives with his daughter and the horse he depends on for his livelihood, but in Tarr's hands, the unpromising setting teems with textures and, if not exactly vitality, then an almost tangible sense of presence…. In this most Beckettian of films, the characters endlessly enact the same quotidian tasks over the course of six days, unable to leave their property both because of a windstorm that rages the entire time and because of the horse's stubborn Bartleby-like refusal to not only pull the man's wagon, »
Everett A scene from “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” a film being shown on Saturday, October 8.
The New York Film Festival begins Friday evening with the North American debut of Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” and runs through October 16. In its 49th year, the festival, which is held at Lincoln Center, will showcase 27 films including the world premiere of “My Week With Marilyn” starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. Once the sole film festival in New York and arguably highbrow, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Tinseltown has majestic monuments of the silent era, reminding us of a time when American film and art co-existed. Is that golden age gone forever?
The detritus of artistic ambition lies all over Hollywood like a wreckage of broken dreams. Grauman's Egyptian theatre on Hollywood Boulevard may sound like just another tourist stop, between the Walk of Fame and Universal City, but it is so much stranger than that. The Egyptian opened in 1922 as a temple of imagination and aspiration. Meticulously restored and now used to show independent films by the American Cinematheque, it oozes a serious attitude to cinema.
The Egyptian theatre defies all the cliches of Hollywood vulgarity. Yes, it is over the top – very – but not in the crass, tawdry way beloved by European stereotypes of American culture. On the contrary: it speaks of passion, idealism, and sincerity. Like the Neoclassicists of the 18th century, Sid Grauman »
- Jonathan Jones
Another strong week for Seven in week 37 as the network takes eight of the top ten shows including the top three spots.
The Gold rush-era bushranger drama starring Daniel McPherson and Michael Dorman, Wild Boys premiered on Sunday 4 September strongly, as the highest ranking show of the week with 1.685m. However, it’s second episode, airing last night, dropped to 1.398m.
All four X Factor Auditions performed strongly, despite some of the shows competitors performing poorly – but that’s the attraction. Tuesday’s episode came second in the week’s ratings with 1.637m. Wednesday’s episode was fifth at 1.525m, Monday’s episode was seventh with 1.475m and Thursday’s episode came ninth with 1.399m.
The rest of the top ten was rounded out with Sunday »
- Colin Delaney
The 49th New York Film Festival has announced their Masterworks and Special Anniversary screenings that will show between the festival’s seventeen days, September 30th – October 16th. The Masterworks program and the festival’s additional programming will provide audiences with exciting opportunities to explore new film-making styles and storytelling events. To learn more about the Masterworks and Anniversary films, please check out below for full synopsis and details.
Masterworks And Special Anniversary Screenings
Masterworks: The Gold Rush
Chaplin’s personal favorite among his own films, The Gold Rush (1925), is a beautifully constructed comic fable of fate and perseverance, set in the icy wastes of the Alaskan gold fields. Re-released by Chaplin in 1942 in a recut version missing some scenes, and with added narration and musical score, The Gold Rush will be presented in a new restoration of the original, silent 1925 version. In this frequently terrifying and always unpredictable universe of »
- Christopher Clemente
It was a funny week to be vacationing in Memphis.
I was down in Tennessee last weekend basking in some Southern hospitality and gorging myself on a variety of smoked meats when my jaw absolutely hit the floor as I walked past a kiosk for the local newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. "West Memphis Three Walk Free," the headline read. Incredible.
Having watched -- and been riveted and horrified by -- two stellar documentaries about the West Memphis Three entitled "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations," I was very familiar with their story, a disgraceful miscarriage of justice brought to life in vivid and tragic detail by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. It began when three teenagers -- Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. -- were accused of the murders of three boys in West Memphis in 1993. The evidence was tenuous at best, but that didn't seem »
- Matt Singer
The New York Film Festival today added a full roster of documentaries, special screenings and events to the schedule of its 49th annual edition, highlighted by the world premiere of ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,’ the latest doc by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky on the saga of the falsely incarcerated West Memphis Three, with a new ending added in the wake of their recent release from prison after 18 years. The 10th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ and Wes Anderson’s ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ will be celebrated with special screenings. Other highlights include Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’ (1925), featuring live accompaniment by the NY Philharmonic, who will play Chaplin’s restored original score. Meanwhile, the famed Alloy Orchestra will perform their own original score as live accompaniment to the acclaimed German expressionist silent, ‘From Morning Till Midnight.’ The Nyff also kicks off the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s year-long retrospective, »
25 special programs and screenings have been added to the lineup for this year's New York Film Festival, running September 30 through October 26. The only secrets left are the 2011 Views from the Avant Garde lineup and a few free forums in the works.
Because this round is so heavy on the documentaries, I want to first revisit the lineup for Toronto's Real to Reel program in another entry and then return here to add further notes and linkage. For now, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Eugene Hernandez has a few more details, but here's the gist of today's announcement:
Special Presentations: Documentaries
Nelson Pereira dos Santos's Music According to Tom Jobim. »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced more titles to the 49th New York Film Festival, including Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky‘s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, with the much publicized new ending that surrounds the release of the West Memphis 3 (pictured). Oliver Stone will also have a sneak peak preview of his 10-part documentary for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which will air in 2012.
Also announced are Masterworks and Special Anniversary screenings. Read the new slate of titles below.
Nyff will take place this year Sept. 30 – Oct. 16. See closing night and Nyff main slate.
Masterworks And Special Anniversary Screenings
Masterworks: The Gold Rush
Chaplin’s personal favorite among his own films, The Gold Rush (1925), is a beautifully constructed comic fable of fate and perseverance, set in the icy wastes of the Alaskan gold fields. Re-released by Chaplin in 1942 in a recut version missing some scenes, »
- Jason Guerrasio
As you may have heard, Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” (The Weinstein Company, 11/23, ?, trailer) — which made a big splash at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where it was a serious contender for the Palm d’Or and its star Jean Dujardin was named best actor), and which will soon be seen again at the Toronto International Film Festival — is not only in black-and-white, but also silent!
Many credible analysts — including Harvey Weinstein, who is as savvy an Oscar-prospector as anyone, and whose studio purchased the film’s rights shortly after Cannes – believe that it is visually beautiful/emotionally powerful enough to seriously factor into this year’s Oscar race.
But could a silent film, in this day and age, actually catch on with the public and/or Oscar voters?
Most people today dismiss silent movies as lacking something — namely, sound — but that’s not a particularly enlightened position. After all, »
- Scott Feinberg
Handwritten manuscript shows actor's early faltering attempts at dialogue in a satire on colonialism
A manuscript revealing Charlie Chaplin's first shot at a "talkie" has come to light in the family archives.
Fifty handwritten pages outline the dialogue for a satire on colonialism, inspired by the British-born star's visit to the Indonesian island of Bali in 1932.
Chaplin agonised over his future in a new world of film sound, and the manuscript reveals his initial faltering steps in dialogue. He planned a film, titled Bali, lampooning European arrogance on the paradise island and the invasion of a people's idyllic life. He poked fun at colonials taxing natives to build roads they did not need and making them harvest more rice than they could eat.
Chaplin was the comic genius who created the little tramp, society's eternal victim, with derby hat, toothbrush moustache and impossibly large boots – one of entertainment's most universally recognised characters. »
- Dalya Alberge
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Directed by: Mark Waters
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Release Date: June 17, 2011
Plot: After his explorer father dies, a single father (Carrey) inherits a small group of penguins that he eventually tries to raise with the help of his two kids.
Who’S It For?: Anyone who has recently read the 1939 Newbery Award-winning children’s book will probably exude icy tears trying to sit through this penguin-brained adaptation. Thus, this movie might serve best to introduce children to the evils of Hollywood book adaptations, where even the most magical of stories can be turned into penguin potty humor. As for its Father’s Day-friendly release date, this would be the perfect gift for the dad who loves the image of penguins farting and pooping more than his elementary school kids. »
- Nick Allen
There are very few films that I consider to be truly timeless, as good today as when they were first seen by audiences in their day. Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush, Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz are a few, and Some Like It Hot easily belongs alongside them. If theaters screened Some Like It Hot to modern day audiences accustomed to the witty wordplay of Apatow and the raunchiness of The Hangover, I know that audiences would still be roaring with laughter. Some Like It Hot takes universal themes of feminine vs. masculine, sexuality, and falling in love, and it subverts them in a way that is brilliant and sexy and hilarious. When it was released in 1959, Hollywood had never seen a movie like Some Like It Hot, and while many modern comedies borrow and try to repeat that magic, I doubt there will ever be another movie like it. »
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The Great Dictator Directed by: Charles Chaplin Written by: Charles Chaplin Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Jack Oakie While The Great Dictator may not be as iconic as Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times or The Gold Rush, it's certainly still a classic piece of filmmaking that demonstrates how a master of silent movies makes the transition into sync sound cinema. While not technically a part of the 'Tramp' series of films, Chaplin still manages to update and reuse his classic character, dropping him into a dark setting -- the Jewish ghetto circa 1939 -- not realizing just how dark the real life counterpart to this story was going to get in the coming years. The film opens in battle during World War I as Charlie Chaplin (playing an unnamed Jewish barber turned soldier) bumbles his way through various tasks on the battlefield. It's classic Chaplin that at first seems slightly »
- Jay C.
One more reason to be super jealous of our friends in Austin, the announcement of the Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series 2011 would make any classic film lover think they had died and gone to heaven. Celebrating 36 years and going strong, the place to be during the summer is Austin (as usual). And of course, when there’s classic films being announced at a repertory theater, there’s always a few Criterion connections.
Peter Bogdanovich, who recently entered the Criterion collection himself with his magnificent film The Last Picture Show (which will be screening July 27th – 28th, hosted by Sam Beam of Iron & Wine), will be there at the kick off, on May 20th, where he will be discussing Hollywood history which then is followed by a screening of Casablanca and a film of his choosing. That alone is worth your anticipation, because if anyone has great stories about film, »
- James McCormick
"The indie Texan filmmaker David Lowery receives a double bill at the reRun Gastropub Theater in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and while Pioneer, a 16-minute short, and St Nick, an 86-minute feature, don't provide hard answers to their mysteries, both are deeply intriguing," writes Andy Webster in the New York Times. Regarding St Nick, a "potentially stifling ambience is deflected by quiet suspense and the awe-inspiring compositions of the cinematographer, Clay Liford. Decaying rustic interiors evoke Andrew Wyeth still lifes; pastoral long shots suggest a Southwestern walkabout. And Mr Lowery seems ready for a bigger canvas."
"Obliquely charting the terror, loneliness, and liberation of navigating a cold, callous grown-up world, St Nick follows nameless brother and sister runaways (played by real-life siblings Tucker and Savanna Sears) who take up impermanent residence in an empty Texas house," writes Nick Schager in Slant. "David Lowery's debut feature is long on silence and laden »
The rapper DeStorm has revealed his love for the history of film with a re-staging of nine absolute classic moments from cinema in one single take for his latest music video, ‘Famous Movies With DeStorm‘. I can’t say that I care all that much about the new record but the video deserves some kudos and is today’s Must Watch video;
In case you are wondering, the list of films included in the video is below;
Also check out a making of video;
And a raw footage vid with the final cut comparions;
Thanks to /film for bringing the vid to our attention. »
- Matt Holmes
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