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The Toronto Film Festival’s Essential 100 Movies

22 December 2010 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies [1] 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

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Tooth-watching in the movies | Anne Billson

4 November 2010 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You don't often see movie dentists who are regular guys. When they're not psychos, they're played for laughs

There's a gag in Jackass 3D called "Lamborghini tooth pull" and I think we all know what that means. For all the scatological tomfoolery and "Ow, my balls!" genital mistreatment on view, I bet this is the stunt that will make us wince the most, particularly as the film opens the same week the Daily Mail has reported that increasing numbers of people are trying to avoid exorbitant dental fees by pulling their own teeth out.

If you don't have a Lamborghini, you could always try the ice-skate option, like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Or you could splice your genes with those of a housefly, like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, who subsequently finds it easy to extract a tooth using just his fingers. Or, if you were really desperate, you »

- Anne Billson

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Greed d: Erich von Stroheim w: Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt – Silent Masterpiece

16 October 2010 1:53 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

  Greed (1924) Direction: Erich von Stroheim Screenplay: Erich von Stroheim, June Mathis; from Frank Norris' novel McTeague Cast: Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Chester Conklin, Sylvia Ashton Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt in Erich von Stroheim's Greed Erich von Stroheim's masterpiece and one of the best silent films ever made, Greed remains a powerful indictment against the deadly sin of the title. Based on Frank Norris' novel McTeague, Greed revolves around the misdeeds of a California dentist (Gibson Gowland), his miserly wife (comedienne ZaSu Pitts magisterially cast against type), and her former lover (Jean Hersholt), all of whom sacrifice everything — and I mean everything — to the almighty god of dollar bills. Stroheim's initial cut had 47 reels, which the director wanted to release as two films. Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg's Metro-Goldwyn (and its parent company, Loews, Inc.), which inherited the out-of-control project from »

- Andre Soares

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Cinema Is Dead / Long Live Cinema: A Conversation with Federico Veiroj

1 October 2010 4:49 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo in 1976.  In 2000 he obtained a Degree in Social Communication at the Catholic University in Montevideo, coursing one semester at Vcu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA).  He has been directing and producing short-films since 1996.  He has also worked as an actor in many Uruguayan short-films and as script supervisor in Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll's features 25 Watts and Whisky.  He has followed up his first feature film Acné with the cinephilic valentine A Useful Life (La vida útil, 2010).

A Useful Life was the first film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival I heard applauded at its press screening, confirming as Diana Sanchez had written in her program capsule that "for anyone who loves cinema in its purest form, this film will be a revelation."  As Sanchez synopsized: "Federico Veiroj's thoughtful and delicate second feature contemplates the value of outmoded occupations with this evocative (and alarming! »

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Peter Bogdanovich: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

28 May 2010 12:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Peter Bogdanovich.

Interviewing Peter Bogdanovich for the April 2002 issue of Venice Magazine was a thrill for me. Like Francis Coppola, John Frankenheimer, and William Friedkin before him, Bogdanovich was one of those filmmakers whose one-sheets hung on my bedroom walls growing up. Plus the fact that he himself had a renowned career as a film historian and interviewer of his own childhood heroes, such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, and dozens of others, made our talk a real feast.

Not long after the article was printed, I received a letter with a New York City postmark. The note enclosed said simply: “Dear Alex, thanks for doing your homework so well, and thanks for the good vibes. All the best to you of love and luck, Peter Bogdanovich.”

Our chat remains one of my favorites during my 15 year tenure as a film writer. --A.S.

Peter Bogdanovich’S »

- The Hollywood

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Tales of misery, money markets and Maid Marian

15 May 2010 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Could Palme d'Or veteran Mike Leigh triumph again with his delicate drama of ordinary lives? Elsewhere Robin Hood is grumpy, Oliver Stone shows signs of irony in his sequel to Wall Street, and a gruesome teen cybertale is enough to make you hit escape…

Even at this early stage, it wouldn't be too ambitious to trumpet Mike Leigh's Another Year as a leading contender for the 47th Palme d'Or. However, a fanfare seems slightly inappropriate for such a delicate film, a picture of everyday lives so achingly true and lovely and sad that one almost feels like an intruder for watching it, especially in an atmosphere as frenetic and flashbulbed as Cannes. Dedicated to his late producer Simon Channing Williams, who died as Leigh's cast began its usual pre-script improvisations last year, Another Year has an elegiac quality rare in this director's work, dealing with death, ageing, love and »

- Jason Solomons

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Anthology Film Archives’ Essential Cinema Repertory Collection

3 May 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

First the history, then the list:

In 1969, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Jonas Mekas decided to open the world’s first museum devoted to film. Of course, a typical museum hangs its collections of artwork on the wall for visitors to walk up to and study. However, a film museum needs special considerations on how — and what, of course — to present its collection to the public.

Thus, for this film museum, first a film selection committee was formed that included James Broughton, Ken Kelman, Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas and P. Adams Sitney, plus, for a time, Stan Brakhage. This committee met over the course of several months to decide exactly what films would be collected and how they would be shown. The final selection of films would come to be called the The Essential Cinema Repertory.

The Essential Cinema Collection that the committee came up with consisted of about 330 films. »

- Mike Everleth

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