8 items from 2012
By Joey Magidson
It’s no secret that the average age of an Academy member is up there. The running joke of the ceremony, in fact, is that the Oscars are solely voted on by older white men — while that’s not completely true, it’s not far off, either.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times did an exposé of sorts that revealed just how much of the Academy is in this particular bracket. The piece found that Oscar voters are overwhelmingly white and male, with the average age of an Academy member at around 62 years old.
This begs the question of how voters deal with films that speak directly to them. Michael Haneke’s Amour will certainly be a litmus test of sorts this year in regard to this potential bias. The subject matter is admittedly tough, though, which complicates things a bit.
If the Academy »
- Joey Magidson
Good or indeed great films about older couples seem to be something of a rarity, but there are those unique films that tackle the subject with elegance and intelligence. Masterpieces such as Make Way for Tomorrow and Tokyo Story immediately come to mind and Michael Haneke’s latest, Amour, now earns a place alongside those very special films.
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmualle Riva) are the ageing couple at the centre of this particular story, which begins with a dark coda revealing the bleak direction that we are heading towards. A crushing reminder of what, in a way, we are perhaps all heading towards in life.
Despite this opening, which of course effects the way in which we then view the proceedings, as soon as the film then flashes backwards to a starting point it is almost impossible to imagine this grim end for this lively, sweet and witty couple. »
- Craig Skinner
There was plenty of discussion across the movie blogosphere following last week's announcement that Vertigo had dethroned Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time according to Sight & Sound's decennial poll. In addition to revealing the top 50 as determined by critics, they also provided a top 10 based on a separate poll for directors only. In the print version of the magazine, they have taken it a step further by reprinting some of the individual top 10 lists from the filmmakers who participated, and we now have some of them here for your perusal. Among them, we have lists from legends like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino, but there are also some unexpected newcomers who took part including Richard Ayoade (Submarine), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Some of these lists aren't all that surprising (both Quentin Tarantino »
This month's Sight and Sound dropped through my letterbox this morning, and in it contained their once-a-decade Top 10 Films of All Time, as voted for by critics and filmmakers. If you've been living as a recluse in your own personal Xanadu, Orson Welles, who's been number one for the past half century, got Citizen Kaned by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (James Stewart).
In the issue, Sight and Sound also included "100 sample entries" representing "edited highlights of the 358 voting entries we recieved for the 2012 Directors' Poll." The whole bunch will be available online from 22nd August, but until then, here's Part 1 of our own sample of your favourite filmmakers' favourite films...
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica)
The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
8 1/2 (Fellini)
The 400 Blows (Truffant)
La Grande Illusion (Renoir)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (Bunuel)
Paths of Glory (Kubrick)
- Chris Villeneuve
Stale Popcorn awww. our friend Glenn held a Titanic Oscar.
The Mary Sue new Dr. Horrible Sing-Along films this summer? Maybe.
Prometheus the full second trailer. Not doing a "yes no maybe so" because we already covered this one.
Tom Shone is not looking forward to Prometheus and here's why.
Telegraph Tim Robey on George Clooney's arrest.
Movie|Line takes a different approach with the 9 most handsomely stoic photos of Clooney from the Sudan event.
- NATHANIEL R
Charley Chase is, I suppose, fated to remain outside the first rank of silent comics, and that's probably fair enough: leading the second rank is no disgrace, especially in a field containing authentic geniuses like Chaplin and Keaton. The problem is simply one of amnesia: a lot of people, even among hardcore cinephiles, simply don't have time for anything outside the elite circle of the very best. That's understandable: life is short and film history is both long and broad, but if you're missing Chase you're missing some serious hysteria in your life.
What should help the Chase case is his work with Leo McCarey, an auteur whose star is on the rise, thanks to the availability (at last!) of melancholy masterpiece Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and the Timeless Classic status of Duck Soup, The Awful Truth and several others. With a bit of scrounging around, official releases can be »
Eureka Entertainment have announced their slate of releases for the first half of 2012 with seven exciting new titles on the horizon, including absolute classic films from Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock making their debut on Blu-ray via the Masters of Cinema label.
Wilder’s iconic film noir Double Indemnity and Alfred Hitchcock’s experimental and claustrophobic thriller Lifeboat top the list of releases, two of the very best films of 1944. Wilder’s follow-up drama The Lost Weekend, released just one year later and featuring Ray Milland’s memorable Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic New York writer, is also coming to Blu-ray. It’s a timely release as the film was recently included in the National Film Registry.
Another hugely notable release is Islands of Lost Souls (1932), the Charles Laughton starring adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction tale which will be released for the first time in the UK, coming on Duel Format Blu-ray. »
- Matt Holmes
Nostalgia fuels the Walt Disney brand. No one can deny this, and when the various movies, TV shows, CDs, toys, and attractions under the Disney umbrella work, it’s not a bad thing. Nostalgia is why I go to the Disney theme parks at least once a year. Nostalgia seeps out of every orifice, every pore, every rock, and every tree of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Nostalgia is why the company is able to sell products of every kind to people who passed their literal childhoods long ago. As I’ve said before and will say again, the best that Disney has to offer is awakening our inner child.
But nostalgia is a precarious, often dangerous thing to utilize in entertainment. Our memories of watching various movies, for instance, is steeped in nostalgia. When, a week ago, news broke that Nike was selling a limited number of sneakers meant »
- Josh Spiegel
8 items from 2012
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