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Ah, swear words! We’re taught from such a young age to abstain from using profane language that the desire to use it becomes almost inherent the older we get. An f-bomb here, a slip of the tongue there, these words have been cultivated to be an important part of our modern day vernacular, no matter how taboo they’ve been considered historically.
In film, swear words are the difference between a PG-13 or an R-rating; they’re the unforgettable final line muttered by a scorned Rhett Butler in “Gone With The Wind,” or in a whirlwind performance by Ben Kingsley in Jonathan Glazer‘s terrific “Sexy Beast.” In a new video essay from Now You See It, we learn more about the aesthetics of cursing in film.
Continue reading Video Essay Details The Art Of Cursing In Cinema at The Playlist. »
- Samantha Vacca
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
At long last, the Alamo Drafthouse is finally opening in Brooklyn this Friday, complementing a new wave of New York City cinemas that already includes the Metrograph, the Nitehawk (which will soon open another location), and the iPic chain, and is scheduled to add several more exciting venues 2017. With that exciting news in mind, we’ve put forward the following question to our panel of critics: What is the best movie theater that you have ever been to, and what made it so special?
Miriam Bale (@mimbale), Freelance
The Castro Theater in San Francisco is obviously the best. See anything there and you’ll know why. »
- David Ehrlich
Exclusive: Dunn had been head of BFI’s video unit from 2008 after starting out at the Tartan Video label.
London-based classic film specialist Hollywood Classics is under new management after parent company Metrodome went into administration in August.
The company was among Metrodome assets acquired my Brighton-based independent film distributor 101 Films in a deal brokered by administrators.
Former BFI staffer Dunn brings with him 17 years of experience in the video library business. He started out at the Tartan Video label, where he was involved in brands such as Asian Extreme, before becoming head of BFI Video in 2008.
In that role, he changed the focus of the label to include more British titles and launched the Flipside »
“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
Gone With The Wind screens Wednesday October 12th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Watching Scarlett O’Hara transition from a very pampered, spoiled, whiny, self-centered plantation belle to a woman of great spirit and strength in Gone With The Wind is remarkable. Gone With The Wind is a soaper set against the most splendid of backdrops; the civil war. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable are still the most memorable couple in cinematic history and their romantic scenes are still wonderful to watch. David O. Selznick’s crowning achievement as a producer and Victor Fleming’s best film as a director. The technicolor is still some of the richest »
- Tom Stockman
We all love a good movie, but what is it that makes a good movie great? It’s of course the ability to become an instant classic. Each classic film has it’s own iconic scene, the moment that everyone remembers happening. It’s scenes like Thelma and Louise continuing to drive when they run out of road, the wobbly water in Jurassic Park and Jamie Lee Curtis hiding in the wardrobe in Halloween. They’re the movie events that are so fantastic that they deserve celebrating.
Prolific studio Warner Bros understand this and have recently re-packaged several of their classic catalogue titles. The new look highlights what the studio believe to be each film’s most iconic moment. We have now had a look at whether they got it right or not. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About the film: Unquestionably one »
- Kat Hughes
“Oh, Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!”
The Ten Commandments screens Wednesday October 5th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Sixty years after its initial release, The Ten Commandments remains one of the highest-grossing and most popular titles of all time. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, The Ten Commandments remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favorite. Directed by renowned filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments grossed more than $65 million at the U.S. box office in 1956—equal to more than $1.1 billion today—ranking it below only Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Titanic on the list of highest-grossing titles. »
- Tom Stockman
They’re “Gone With the Wind fabulous”! On Wednesday night, Queen of Katwe co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo appeared on Watch What Happens Live where they proved they are truly worthy of their acting awards and critical acclaim. Watch: Lupita Nyong’o Raps to Nas Song and Reveals Her Alter Ego’s Name The two had a […] »
Craig Lines Oct 5, 2016
The 1950s are widely regarded as a golden age of Japanese Cinema. To enormously simplify a complex period in history (so we can get talking about swords and duels and all that badass stuff), a lot changed between the end of WWII in 1945 and the end of the Allied Occupation of Japan in 1952. Censorship was simultaneously lifted and imposed. The Occupation restrained Japan in terms of what it could say in films being produced (for example, anything that 'promoted feudal values' was not allowed), yet at the same time, exposed it to all kinds of western material that had been forbidden in the pre-war years. When the Americans left, the restrictions were lifted but the new influences survived, unleashing a tsunami of innovative, passionate cinema, much of »
“You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.”
La Dolce Vita screens Wednesday September 28th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
There is sexy, and then there is Anita Eckberg, whose voluptuous figure splashing around the Trevi Fountain in Rome in Federico Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita, while wearing that bellissima black dress, was the ultimate symbol of male fantasy. The film won the Academy Award in 1960 for Best Costumes, thanks in large part to the black sleeveless gown that Miss Eckberg displayed in that famous scene. Costume designer Piero Gherardi worked in neo-realist Italian cinema from 1954 to 1971, notably on four key films by Federico Fellini. »
- Tom Stockman
Writer/Director Gary Ross constructs a historical-film miracle: a meaningful tale about the Civil War that doesn't bog down in details. Rebel deserter Matthew McConaughey leads a wartime insurrection against both the South and the North. It's hard to believe that it really happened. Free State of Jones Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 140 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 19.99 Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland, Thomas Francis Murphy, Bill Tangradi, Brian Lee Franklin. Cinematography Benoit Delhomme Film Editor Pamela Martin, Juliette Welfing Original Music Nicholas Britell Written by Gary Ross story by Leonard Hartman Produced by Jon Kilik, Gary Ross, Scott Stuber Directed by Gary Ross
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This is one very good movie about an unusual subject, with committed performances, a handsome production and a screenplay fashioned with intelligence and good judgment. So why are »
- Glenn Erickson
“No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.”
Lawrence Of Arabia screens Wednesday September 21st at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
“Greatest biopic ever”…”Genius in 70mm”…”A Miracle of a Movie”…
All these statements were said somewhere about director David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia and it’s understandable. It was some kind of madness to make a movie like this in 1962. Working in the middle of desert for such a long time, those extraordinary ways of cinematographer Freddie Young, and working with that huge number of actors (and camels).
But it all worked. Lawrence Of Arabia is more than a glorious, expensive, old biopic movie. »
- Tom Stockman
If you only know Rose Leslie from her ass-kicking role as the ill-fated Ygritte on Game of Thrones, prepare to see a whole lot more of her. The actress is a rising star in Hollywood thanks to stand-out performances in Morgan and Downton Abbey, and people can't get enough of her adorable relationship with former Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington. Get to know the 29-year-old actress with some interesting facts about her below: She's a skilled archer. Although Rose only picked up a bow and arrow to train for playing Ygritte, it turns out she's a natural when it comes to archery. The first time she ever tried hitting a target, she ended up splitting a previous arrow she'd shot right down the middle. Remind us not to get on her bad side . . . Rose comes from a big family. The actress is the middle child of five siblings (William, »
- Quinn Keaney
He's back and more diabolically ruthless than ever! Berlin cowers under the influence of a gambler-mastermind, the secret architect of an 'Empire of Crime.' Restored to near its full length (4.5 hours!), Fritz Lang's monumental pulp masterpiece is a Euro-classic lover's delight. Dr. Mabuse The Gambler Blu-ray Kino Lorber Classics 1922 / B&W / 1:33 flat Full Frame / 270 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Bernhard Goetzke, Robert Forster-Larrinaga, Paul Richter Cinematography Carl Hoffmann Art Direction Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Stahl-Urach, Karl Vollbrecht Writing credits Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou & Norbert Jacques from the novel by Norbert Jacques Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by Fritz Lang
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Fritz Lang really upped his game, directing-wise, between his 1921 fantasy epic Destiny and his next thriller extravaganza Dr. Mabuse The Gambler. Transcending contemporary notions of a popular release, the »
- Glenn Erickson
“You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten.”
The Sound Of Music screens Wednesday September 14th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
The hills are alive with The Sound Of Music Wednesday night at The Tivoli. Julie Andrews takes to the screen in this beloved 1965 film adaption of the original Broadway musical and gives a dazzling performance as the spirited Maria who warms our hearts and takes us away into a lovely world of song. The Sound Of Music is set in Salzberg in Austria in the dying days of the 1930s. Rebellious trainee nun Maria (Andrews) has stepped on the toes of the Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) one too many times and she finds herself shipped off »
- Tom Stockman
“When the Romans were marching me to the galleys, thirst had almost killed me. A man gave me water to drink, and I went on living. I should have done better if I’d poured it into the sand!”
Ben-hur (1959) screens Wednesday September 7th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as the inaugural feature in their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
The recent Ben-hur cost over 100 million dollars to make and is already being called the bomb of the summer. That’s too bad, because I think it’s actually quite good. It was made for a modern audience and runs 132 minutes. The 1959 version of Ben-hur costs 16 million to make and lasts 100 minutes more than the new remake. I wonder if today’s attention-challenged audiences would have flocked to »
- Tom Stockman
Derek Cianfrance knows a thing or two about heartbreak. The “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond the Pines” helmer is best known for making gut-punch features that turn electric love stories into elegies (and sometimes even eulogies) on the meaning of commitment and family, so it’s no surprise that his latest feature — distributed by Walt Disney and their DreamWorks, and thus his first real studio film — explores those same themes, albeit on a much bigger scale.
For his first film since 2012’s “Pines,” Cianfrance has taken on M.L. Stedman’s best-selling novel “The Light Between Oceans,” a tearjerker that rarely lets up on an emotionally wrenching story. Cianfrance adapted the novel himself, which follows a Wwi vet (played by Michael Fassbender) as he attempts to find some much-deserved peace and quiet when he takes a job tending a lone lighthouse on a secluded island off the coast of Australia. »
- Kate Erbland
But according to a new mockumentary, the roles originally went to James Corden and John Krasinski. Unfortunately, the duo were cut because they kept confusing their lines with lyrics from Coolio’s “Gansters Paradise.”
In addition to “Pulp Fiction,” Corden and Krasinski were also dropped from “Gone With the Wind,” “A Few Good Men,” and the recent “Into the Woods” (especially painful for Krasinski, as he was replaced by wife Emily Blunt).
Of course, in real life, neither has any trouble landing roles.
In addition to “The Late Late Show,” Corden recently hosted the Tonys.
Krasinski played a Navy Seal in 2015’s “13 Hours” and stars in/directs the upcoming »
- Lawrence Yee
John Krasinski, whose movie The Hollars opens tomorrow, stopped by James Corden’s The Late Late Show so the two men could reveal they’ve been acting together in movies since 1939. That’s when they were cast in the lead roles in Gone With the Wind. As luck would have it, they were fired from Gwtw – or, Gone With Three Hours Of My Life, as Corden calls it. This kept them from being typecast, Krasinski explained, opening the way for them to be co-cast in A Few Good Men and Pu… »
Readers probably best recognize John Krasinski from “The Office” and James Corden from “The Late Late Show” — but did you know they co-starred together in a ton of classic movies? Well, they didn’t, actually — but the magic of TV says otherwise. The CBS late-night host and his Wednesday guest shared footage from their many takes on a bunch of films they would have been rightfully fired from, such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Gone With the Wind” and “A Few Good Men.” Krasinski is convinced that he would have won Jack Nicholson‘s Oscar for that final flick. Turns out, he can’t handle the. »
- Tony Maglio
To be fair, the Late Late Show host and Office alum haven’t actually appeared in films together. According to a documentary spoof which aired as part of the CBS program Wednesday, Corden and Krasinski have been fired from multiple motion picture classics, including Gone With the Wind, A Few Good Men, Into the Woods and Pulp Fiction.
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