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From its humble beginnings six years ago, Mono No Aware has grown into a major annual expanded cinema event, as well as a wonderful organization promoting a deep appreciation for the art of filmmaking.
The 7th annual edition of Mono No Aware’s signature event will screen for two nights at Lightspace Studios in Brooklyn, New York on December 6 and 7. Both nights feature one-time-only cinematic performances utilizing 16mm, 8mm and 35mm film projection, as well as “alternative light” projections, performed live by filmmaking artists.
The one performance that the Underground Film Journal highly recommends is Jodie Mack‘s “Let Your Light Shine,” featuring an abstract animated film watched through special prismatic glasses worn by audience members. The Journal experienced a screening of “Let Your Light Shine” in Los Angeles that we considered might be the future of cinema.
Other performances include, also on the 6th, a return by Mono No Aware regular Joel Schlemowitz, »
- Mike Everleth
Think silent films reached a high point with The Artist? The pre-sound era produced some of the most beautiful, arresting films ever made. From City Lights to Metropolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. City Lights
City Lights was arguably the biggest risk of Charlie Chaplin's career: The Jazz Singer, released at the end of 1927, had seen sound take cinema by storm, but Chaplin resisted the change-up, preferring to continue in the silent tradition. In retrospect, this isn't so much the precious behaviour of a purist but the smart reaction of an experienced comedian; Chaplin's films rarely used intertitles anyway, and though it is technically "silent", City Lights is very mindful of it own self-composed score and keenly judged sound effects.
At its heart, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
Power cuts, ganja and electro knitting needles – as a new volume of the Beatles' BBC recordings is released, we look back at six of the corporation's best pop moments
The Beatles on Juke Box Jury/It's the Beatles
The Beatles' appearances on two TV programmes on the evening of 7 December 1963 was a cultural earthquake. The Fab Four began the year as a mostly teenage concern and ended it on the screens of 41% of the population – British pop's own big bang.
Reading on mobile? Click here to watch 'It's the Beatles' live video
Kevin Howlett (author of The Beatles – The BBC Archives): "You didn't see much pop music on television back then, so for the Beatles to be on two programmes at peak time was unheard of. Brian Epstein [their manager] jokingly said that for one night it was the Beatles Broadcasting Corporation.
"They filmed Juke Box Jury – a musical panel show »
- Dave Simpson
★★★☆☆As well as being the man behind universally acclaimed masterpieces Metropolis (1927) and M (1931), famed Austrian-born director Fritz Lang is also renowned for a career-long infatuation with a criminal mastermind. His first foray into the underworld of this twisted manipulator was a four-and-a-half hour epic from the silent era, Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922), which has now been brought lovingly to Blu-ray courtesy of Eureka's Masters of Cinema series. He went on to revisit this devious maniac twice more in talkies - with The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) arguably the more successful rendering.
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- CineVue UK
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
A long time ago, in a land far away... there were no space movies. Luckily, we have lots and the Guardian and Observer's critics have picked the 10 best ever
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Peter Bradshaw on sci-fi
Science fiction has produced some of cinema's boldest and most glorious flights – in every sense. Sometimes patronised as kids' stuff, the genre seeks to look beyond the parochialism of most realist drama: to see other worlds and other existences, and therefore to look with a new, radically alienated eye at our own. Maybe something in the limitless possibilities of cinema itself spawned sci-fi.
George Meliès's A Trip to the Moon (1902) was one of early cinema's biggest hits. In the middle of the 20th century, sci-fi inhabited the B-picture world of monsters and rockets and intuited a "red scare" anxiety about aliens. At the end of the 60s, »
The official schedule of events for SpectreFest has just been announced. The first annual horror event is taking place in Hollywood this October from SpectreVision, the company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.
“SpectreVision, the company founded and partnered by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller has announced their first annual SpectreFest in partnership with Cinefamily to be held in Hollywood from October 19-31.
“Our aim with SpectreFest is to provide an immersive, visceral experience beyond mere entertainment,” says co-founder Daniel Noah. “Genre films, as well as cinema’s close cousin, music, can tweak our minds to show us new ways of interpreting the world we live in. SpectreFest is an offering of some of the best of both from around the world.”
SpectreFest’s opening night event, in association with Cinespia and Cinefamily, will be a screening of the classic horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London, »
- Jonathan James
Elijah Wood’s company SpectreVision Wednesday announced the first annual SpectreFest, a 13-night celebration of horror and music to be held in Los Angeles from October 19-31 in partnership with the Cinefamily cinema. SpectreVision is an independent horror film company founded by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller.
SpectreFest’s opening night event will be a screening of John Landis’ horror-comedy classic An American Werewolf in London held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in conjunction with Cinespia. SpectreFest will also host screenings of E.L. Kat’s jet-black comedy Cheap Thrills (see pic above), the Elijah Wood- and John Cusack-starrer Grand Piano, »
- Clark Collis
SpectreVision, founded by actor Elijah Wood ("Wilfred"), writer-director Daniel Noah ("Max Rose") and director Josh C. Waller ("McCanick"), has announced their first annual SpectreFest in partnership with Cinefamily. It will be held in Hollywood, running October 19-31.The opening night event is classic horror-comedy "An American Werewolf in London," to be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with special guest DJs Wooden Wisdom.The new fest will also host the La premiere of E.L. Katz’s award-winning "Cheap Thrills" (Israeli thriller "Big Bad Wolves" has been pulled). Other premieres scheduled include "Grand Piano," starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and Waller's own "Raze" IFC's horror/action film starring Zoe Bell and Rachel Nichols, due in 2014.Avant-garde rocker Ariel Pink will provide musical accompaniment to experimental shorts curated by the Cinefamily, while Chrome Canyon will add their electronic/synth music to Fritz Lang’s "Metropolis."Wood, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Films are almost always shot in an extended fashion, before they’re reduced and cut down to a final, coherently-constructed work. That’s what the public get to see. At times, though, you’ll find huge differences between the studio and preview versions of a film – and then, of course, there are “Director’s Cut” versions, too, which tend to emerge in the aftermath of a dividing theatrical cut.
In certain instances, studio executives get so involved in the editing process, that they end up destroying a film with their incessant meddling. Their aim? To make a movie as commercially appealing as possible – as was infamously the case with both Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons and Von Stroheim’s Greed.
Other times, scenes are cut because they leave loopholes, aren’t imperative to the overall storyline, or because they are deemed too graphic or politically controversial for public audiences. These cuts »
- Josh Cornell
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they march with the masses to the factory while dreaming of Utopia by exploring the more-than-spectacle magic of Metropolis. In the #36 (tied) movie on the list, a madman fuels a robot with his obsession, but it will lead to his downfall when the people form an uprising. But why is it one of the best movies of all time? Scott: So how perfect is it that we’re talking about Metropolis on the day that our »
- FSR Staff
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Watchmen, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Constantine, Arrow, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Teen Titans Go!, Beware the Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and more...
This week saw Marvel expanding its Cinematic Universe with the studio's first live-action small screen offering as Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson returned from the dead for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered in the States on Tuesday (delivering TV's best drama debut in four years, with just under 12 million viewers) before heading to these shores last night. Flickering Myth's writing team were split over the pilot, with Anghus Houvouras delivering a glowing review, and Anthony Stokes feeling »
- Gary Collinson
E.A. Dupont had perhaps the most precipitous career trajectory of any German filmmaker of the silent years, plunging from the pinnacle of his native industry to the stinky depths of The Neanderthal Man (1953) in Hollywood. Supposedly the secret of his lack of success was an incident in 1939 when he was fired for slapping a bit player on the set of a Dead End Kids picture, and he spent a decade working as a talent agent (helped no doubt by his obvious sympathy for performers, ahem). It might be observed that if you're directing a Dead End Kids picture your career has already descended a few notches since your Ufa heyday.
Varieté (1925) was Dupont's breakthrough film, and today it's remembered more in film histories than it is actually seen: there's never been a DVD to my knowledge, and the copies drifting about in cyberspace are patchy and aged off-air recordings with »
- David Cairns
A friend recently sent along a link, posted last year, to a 1927 article about the making of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis from a 1927 issue of Science and Invention. As this was new to me, and fascinating, I felt honor bound to pass it on to you. Metropolis may have been a financial albatross for Ufa but it definitely attracted attention for its futuristic design and innovative visual effects. I daresay it will always be considered modern.Scientific magazines frequently turned their attention to motion pictures in the 1920s and '30s, as when Popular Mechanics ran a 1930 cover story on a floating theater that screened films along the canals of Holland! Later that decade the magazine ...
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- Leonard Maltin
Above: 1979 Hungarian poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1968); Designer: unknown.
When I started the Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr almost two years ago to augment my weekly poster essays here, I thought I might well run out of great posters to post daily after a year or so. But the deeper I dig the more gems I seem to unearth and the more popular the site seems to become (nearly a quarter of a million followers to date).
I’ve been posting these Best Of round-ups every six months (see parts one, two and three) but I’ve found so much good stuff lately that I feel the urge to do these four times a year instead of twice. As usual I’m using the very unscientific method of number of likes and reblogs to judge a poster’s popularity, but it does tend to »
- Adrian Curry
In comic book mythology there is one main question Every reader has thought to themself at one point or another: "I wonder who would win in a fight... (insert your hero's name here) vs (another hero's name here)?" One of the main mythical battles fans have argued over for decades is who would win in a fight between Big Blue and the Caped Crusader? I've seen multiple Internet fights over the subject. I've even heard real life arguments on the subject, so I did a little digging and found multiple facts on the subjects, here's what I've found.
Being the giant Batman nerd that I am, I took the time and looked through countless comics, some cannon, some non-cannon, and determined who I believe would be the winner in an all out, hand-to-hand fight between Batman and Superman. We'll save the results (which may surprise you) for the very end, »
- Bryan Hoover
When I first saw this artwork for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis used on the Masters of Cinema 2010 Blu-ray packaging, I was convinced that it was contemporary artwork commissioned especially for that release. As familiar as I was with Heinz Schulz-Neudamm’s famous poster for the film (aka the most sought after and most expensive movie poster of all time), for some reason I had not seen this before. But when I discovered that this poster was not only an original 1927 French release poster but also that it is a four-sheet poster that stands 94 inches tall and 126 inches wide, my mind was blown. (Click on the image to see it in all its glory). Apparently an original exists in the Art Library of the Berlin State Museum (the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) but I would assume no copy has ever come up for auction. As far as I’m concerned this »
- Adrian Curry
Science fiction has often been used as a vehicle for political and social commentary throughout film history. Most notably is Fritz Lang's 1927 classic Metropolis, featuring a dystopian society with distinct separation between the wealthy and the working classes. More recently, writer/director Neill Blomkamp employed social allegory in the 2009 awardwinning and thought-provoking futuristic film District 9.
Blomkamp returns to the theme of xenophobia with new movie Elysium, but this round the veil drops even more. It's 2159 and the Anglo wealthy class lives on an utopian man-made space station named Elysium, while the rest of the Earth's teeming population, who mostly speak Spanish, work and live in deplorable conditions to support the inhabitants of Elysium. Matt Damon plays Max, an inhabitant of Earth who's trying to break from his past as a car thief and stay on the straight and narrow, working in an assembly plant that builds the service »
- Debbie Cerda
Everyone loves silent film vamps, moonshine and a little light Heidegger reading. Here are 18 reasons you should remember the year 1927:
1.) Fritz Lang's dazzling silent film "Metropolis" opens to widely negative reviews, including one that accused it of portraying "foolishness, cliché, platitude, and muddlement about mechanical progress and progress in general."
2.) Clara Bow stars in "It" and becomes the original "It girl."
4.) Blotto is the word for crunk. (Runner up: Splifficated, which means the same thing.)
5.) The ladies loved the corsets.
- Priscilla Frank
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