13 items from 2014
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Bachelorette Andi Dorfman stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with her new fiance, Josh Murray, after getting engaged on the season finale of "The Bachelorette," which aired Monday night. Host Jimmy Kimmel couldn't help having a bit of fun with the pair, playing a round of what he dubbed The No-ly Wed Game to find out just how well the new couple knew each other. The duo did fairly well, though both claimed that Murray was still a virgin, because as Dorfman put it, "My grandmother watches this." "If she hasn't had a heart attack from watching what you've done on that show, [she] is gonna live to be 150 years old, »
- Katie Roberts
The Ultimate Slumber Party
There are certain films that capture the zeitgeist of an era, and The Big Chill is definitely one of them. If a movie like, say, Annie Hall, hits the nail on the head of urban relationships in the late 70s, then Chill embraces the Baby Boomers’ angst of adulthood in the early 80s—a time when the partying and discoing Carter years were undoubtedly over and we, in the USA, were solidly entrenched in Reagan’s world of hippies-turned-yuppies. The Big Chill is a love letter to the Baby Boomers, as it explores themes of regret over wasted opportunities, friendship and camaraderie, nostalgia, and the eternal question of what-happens-next.
Director and co-writer Kasdan, in a recent video interview (included as an extra on the disk), states that one of his influences for the picture was Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic, The Rules of the Game, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The short answer: because Hollywood declared it so. Of course, that was before 1939 came along and actually became the unofficial greatest year of movies of all time, including the releases of Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Dark Victory, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, Ninotchka, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Love Affair and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. And those were just the Best Picture nominees, excluding The Rules of the Game, The Women and Gunga Din and many more. Well, 1938 did have Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, Jezebel and Best Picture winner You Can’t Take It With You, which I honestly adore. Yeah, there’s something of an imbalance there. The claim that 1938 was the greatest came before the year was through as part of a marketing campaign to get Americans back to the movies. It was still the Great Depression, and by some theories that should’ve meant people sought out more escapist »
- Christopher Campbell
The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the 1980s (with a particular focus on filmmakers from the New Wave), offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. Elena And Her Men will screen as part of the festival at 1pm Sunday, June 22nd at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Set amid the military maneuvers and carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy “Elena and Her Men” stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful but impoverished Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. Among her smitten admirers are handsome lover Henri (Mel Ferrer) and the wealthy boot manufacturer she’s supposed to wed. When Elena elicits the fascination of a famous general (Jean Marais), she finds herself at the center of romantic machinations and political scheming, »
- Tom Stockman
Nothing like a little friendly competition!Tom Cruise took on Jimmy Fallon in a game of "Face Breakers" on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday -- and it was clear the "Edge of Tomorrow" star wanted to win. Always one to play fair, the actor asked where he should stand. Fallon smiled and said, "You stand further back [than me]." The rules of the game are simple: the players throw footballs at a wall of glass panels, which feature either an image of either Fallon or Cruise. Whoever smashes all their panels, wins the game.Unsurprisingly, Cruise's first throw was on target, shattering a glass panel featuring the comic's face. Fallon also broke glass on his first attempt -- but unfortunately, he smashed the wrong panel. "Did you just hit yourself?" Cruise asked the late night host.After a few misfires, Fallon started catching up with the actor's score. Check out the video »
- tooFab Staff
Streaming service teams up with Reinventors for a six-part interactive web series.
Fandor and Reinventors have joined forces in the six-part interactive web series Reinvent Hollywood which seeks to address the future of film.
Episode 1 of the series launches today [May 28].
“Art, regardless of the medium, has always been advanced by the audience, creators and technology – far more than business or the market can,” said Fandor CEO Ted Hope. “Fandor’s mission is to help build the world’s film community through the advancement and preservation of film art and culture.”
Hope, along with a roundtable of industry experts, will host 90-minute episodes to be streamed live on Reinventors.net. Audiences are able to join the conversation for each episode via Google Hangout. Recordings of the episodes will be available on Fandor.com.
The topics to be addressed in the series are: The Form, The Artists, The Audience, The Business, The Festivals, Schools And Non-Profits »
Earlier this year at SXSW, we talked to film producer, festival programmer and recently appointed Fandor CEO Ted Hope about what he saw as an "urgent need for a total systems reboot of the film industry." Beginning May 28, Hope will continue that conversation by partnering with Reinventors for a for a six-part interactive web series called Reinvent Hollywood. Featuring industry influencers, the series will be released every two weeks and live on Fandor. "Reinvent Hollywood" is set to cover: The Form, The Artists, The Audience, The Business, The Festivals, Schools, Non-Profits, and The Rules of the Game. "What if we rebooted the entire system for the artists, for the audience, for the infrastructure, the business. What rules would have to change along the way?" asks Hope in the teaser video for the series, which you can watch below: »
- Paula Bernstein
It’s never revealed who came up with the idea, but director Grant Baldwin and producer Jenny Rustemeyer decided to make a movie about an unusual decision about their eating habits. Call it “dumpster diving,” call it “eating garbage,” but don’t call this movie a boring or dull examination about the way we grow, cultivate, shop for and purchase our food. In Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, a Canadian couple sets out to determine how much of our food ends up wasted, and how our habits and perceptions determine what we buy, why we buy, and how long we keep it in our fridges and cupboards.
The rules of the game are simple: the couple can only survive on food waste for six months, although they are allowed to eat what friends and family serve. Leftovers are okay, buying food that’s discounted because it’s about to expire is okay, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
I really have to commend Community for how subtle it has been in the handling of Donald Glover’s departure. I would’ve expected any other comedy to make a lot of noise in the aftermath of his final episode, shoving the gaping black hole he’s leaving behind in our faces. I am quite thankful this hasn’t been Community’s goal. Troy has been mentioned, but fleetingly and only as a subconscious motivator for certain storylines, specifically those involving Abed. It would’ve been much more annoying to endure several episodes of Abed bemoaning the loss of his best friend, instead we are smartly treated to the stories of a young man trying to find his way on his own. It’s still about Troy in a sense, but not in a way that is obnoxious. These are Abed’s stories and his friendship with Troy informs them in a heart-warming way. »
- Brody Gibson
Above: a first look at Willem Dafoe in Abel Ferrara's Pasolini. In Film Comment, Kent Jones has published an incredible piece entitled "Critical Condition", in which he examines our limited critical views on cinema:
"The point is not to claim that film criticism took a wrong turn in the Fifties and Sixties. The auteurist idea at its most basic (that movies are primarily the creation of one governing author behind the camera who thinks in images and sounds rather than words and sentences) is now the default setting in most considerations of moviemaking, and for that we should all be thankful. We’d be nowhere without auteurism, which boasts a proud history: the lovers of cinema didn’t just argue for its inclusion among the fine arts, but actually stood up, waved its flag, and proclaimed its glory without shame. In that sense, it stands as a truly remarkable »
- Adam Cook
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
These past few years, Wes Anderson really seems to have found his comedic voice. With his last three films, the director has continued to look more confident and self-assured, more willing to be silly and playful, which allows his films to be unabashedly stylistic. There is no greater proof of this than in The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest film, which finds the director tackling the screwball comedy genre with tremendous ease. Once again, Anderson has a ton of fun creating a brand new world with a whole new cast of characters, and it’s a pure delight to watch it unravel.
It’s a shame that there are a considerable amount of people out there who have grown sick and tired of the director’s quirks. Wes Anderson firmly stands within his own genre, of course, and there is nobody else like him. »
- Ken Guidry
Azio - The Bogan Spy Agency, Crazy Bastards, I'm With Stupid, Fancy Boy, Food for Peasants and Pet Quarantine..judging by some of the titles and synopses , the ABC TV/Screen Australia Fresh Blood initiative will spawn some weird and wonderful comedies.
A mix of puppetry, animation, parodies, improv and absurdist humour, the 25 projects selected will each receive $10,000 to produce three short-form sketches.
The shows will air on ABC.s iView platform this year. ABC controller Brendan Dahill tells If that some may later screen on ABC2 after they premiere on the catch-up service.
The initiative is designed to unearth the next generation of comedy performers and producers. There were 492 applications, many of such a high calibre that the ABC and Screen Australia decided to commission 25, one more than originally planned.
Here are the recipients: Aunty Donna Mark Samual Bonanno, Adrian Dean, Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane
Mentored by Tim Minchin, »
- Don Groves
The gifted film-maker, winner of the top prize at Cannes in 1973, did not always get the acclaim he deserved in his native Britain
The death of the British director Alan Bridges at the age of 86 is a great sadness. Bridges was a brilliant poet and cinematic satirist – in tones both mordant and melancholy – of the English class system of the early 20th century, and a director with a flair for psychology and interior crisis, as evidenced by movies like The Return of the Soldier (1982) and The Shooting Party (1985).
A film-maker to bear comparison with Joseph Losey and John Schlesinger, he was one of the few British directors to win the top prize at the Cannes film festival. Bridges earned that accolade with his wonderful 1973 movie The Hireling, when the award was called the Grand Prix – jointly, in fact, with Jerry Schatzberg's marvellous Scarecrow, another film only recently being rediscovered. »
- Peter Bradshaw
13 items from 2014
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