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Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Bananas and A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy...
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Woody Allen, in such a light, comedic tone, takes on politics. “It’s all over for El Presidente” as the beginning depicts an assassination on the news with sports-style commentary before introducing Fielding Mellish (Allen), an invention tester. Marvin Hamlisch’s Mexican music sets the scene as Mellish is caught up in a revolution when attempting to woo a lovely lady in Nancy (Louise Lasser). Amongst the highlights is an homage to Chaplin’s Modern Times, as Allen is caught up in an exercise-in-the-workplace invention »
- Gary Collinson
With a few exceptions, there are no bad songs in The Sound of Music. (Which exceptions? We’ll get to that.) But even though this musical contains what might be Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s most consistently hummable score, every number in it isn’t created equal.
So on the eve of NBC’s big live production — which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Et — EW has taken the liberty of ranking every song that’s ever appeared in Music, including both the original Broadway production and the movie. We’re not talking about specific performances; we’re talking about the tunes themselves, »
- EW staff
Possne, who was one of the founders of Sonet Film in 1984, said he wanted “to do something else with my life and be open to new and exciting experiences”.
Scandinavian major Ab Svensk Filmindustri acquired Sonet Film including all the film rights from Modern Times Group in 2007 with Possne as CEO. Sonet Film has since then operated as an independent film producer within Svensk Filmindustri.
Possne has produced and co-produced more than 70 Swedish feature films during his career including False Trail, Patrik Aged 1.5, The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes, Simple Simon, The Hypnotist, Sebbe and current release Nobody Owns Me.
This year has seen Possne lay the foundation for a new TV drama department within Sonet, which is currently developing new projects based on the works of Kerstin Ekman, Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser and Anne Holt among others.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Nebraska is the first film you've directed that you didn't have a hand in writing. How did it come about?
Two dudes who produced Election for me many years ago showed me the script and asked if I knew someone who would be right to direct it. I said, "How about me?" But I didn't want to do it right after Sideways because I didn't want to do a second road movie in a row, so I returned to it after The Descendants.
You grew up in Nebraska and this is your fourth film set there [after Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt]. Is it a case of "film what you know"?
I like filming there. It's filming what I know but also filming what I don't know, because I don't know those rural areas very well. »
- Killian Fox
Back in July, filmmaker Zachary Goldberg posted Vine clips inspired by cover art from classic films from the Criterion Collection. He kicked off the project with videos inspired by cover art for Terence Malick's "Badlands," Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" and Robert Bresson's "A Man Escaped." In the newest round of Criterion Vines, Goldberg (who is not affiliated with the Criterion Collection) honors the cinema of David Cronenberg with six-second videos inspired by the Criterion Collection DVD covers for Cronenberg's films "Videodrome," "Dead Ringers" and "Naked Lunch." On his Tumblr, Goldberg explains why he decided to create Vines inspired by Cronenberg, writing: "Cronenberg’s cinema was such a treat to explore, dissect, and incorporate. Cronenberg is unsettling, beautiful (often a grotesque beauty, but beauty nonetheless), and transformative. His cinema is one of transformation, obsessed with the idea of individual man as a kind of social construct, our identity »
- Paula Bernstein
Charlie Chaplin's films have stood the test of time not necessarily because they are funny, at least not in today's terms of what classifies a film as a "comedy", but because the best of them are amusing, clever, witty, smart, emotional and, most of all, simple. But don't let their simplicity deceive you. The level of simplicity a film such as Chaplin's 1931 feature City Lights is not easily achieved. In fact, making something look simple may in fact be the hardest thing to accomplish in cinema. Without sci-fi plotlines, outside forces or even additional characters having an effect on the plot, City Lights is the story of Chaplin's iconic Tramp and the love he finds for a blind woman selling flowers on a street corner. As much as comedy has changed in 80+ years, a story such as this could hardly be told in today's cinemas and garner any kind of attention. »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Charles Chaplin
Directed by Charles Chaplin
As they have with The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, and Monsieur Verdoux, The Criterion Collection has released another stunning Blu-ray/DVD transfer of a Charlie Chaplin classic, rife with a surplus of features. City Lights (1931), which Criterion itself calls, “the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin … his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle,” is certainly a film easy to love and admire; it’s The Tramp at his most endearingly hapless, his best of intentions always hilariously undermined, and it’s perhaps the most emotionally affecting Chaplin film.
The Kid has the unforgettable Jackie Coogan desperately reaching out for his newfound father figure, and throughout, the young boy and Chaplin tug at the heartstrings. But City Lights, especially with its transcendent final scene, trumps the more manipulatively straightforward sentiment in the earlier feature. Much has been made of this supremely effective conclusion, »
- Jeremy Carr
While Hollywood seems content to churn out an endless stream of soulless romantic comedies brimming with too many stars, a string of low-budget rom-coms have recently hit theaters boasting more heart than Hollywood could ever handle. The latest is A Case of You, a touching, timely tale of Sam, a young writer (played by Justin Long) who, to land the love of his life; a free-spirit named Birdie (played by the luminous Evan Rachel Wood), engages in some reverse Catfishing.
To turn himself into the perfect man, Sam treats Birdie's Facebook page like an online Cyrano de Bergerac; telling him what to like, what to think and what kinds of dates to take her on. It's easily one of the year's most charming films and an absolute can't miss for all rom-com fans!
The single documentary is an endangered species in Australia but there are a number of solutions to address the crisis in the documentary industry.
That.s according to documentary filmmaker Jennifer Crone, who aims to use a session at next week.s Australian Directors Guild conference to explore new paths to financing docus.
Crone quotes a new study by Sharon Connolly which shows just 21% of TV documentaries funded by Screen Australia in 2012-2013 were single docs, versus 79% for series. Since 2008 when Screen Australia launched, the average number of hours of single docs funded by the agency has fallen by 22%.
.Documentary filmmakers are in an absolute state of crisis,. Crone tells If. .It.s really very dire. Very few people are making a living any more. »
- Don Groves
9 items from 2013
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