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Shahid Kapoor is one smitten actor in B-town these days if ever there was one. The actor is reportedly quite enamored by the enigmatic beauty and charming personality of the veteran, versatile and talented star Charlie Chaplin.s granddaughter, Dolores.According to reports the actor is indeed on cloud nine as Dolores along with her mom Geraldine is to come to India on the occasion to celebrate the Chaplin Festival in Mumbai. The festival is to be held from the 22nd of January 2011.Shahid came to know about the entire event due to his dad Pankaj Kapoor.s association with the project and as his dad plays a pivotal role in the film Happi and it is the producers of the film who are hosting the Charlie Chaplin film festival.The buzz doing the rounds is that the festival is to have screenings of some of the greatest hits of »
Great movies come from all around the world, and so do great DVDs and Blu-rays. Import This! is an irregular feature here at Fsr that highlights discs and/or movies unavailable in the Us that are worth seeking out for fans of fantastic cinema. 2010 has been a good year for the Little Tramp when it comes to the area of technological breakthroughs. First, Charlie Chaplin’s antics are finally coming to the superior Blu-ray format… and second, time travel has finally been proven thanks to the recent discovery of a futuristic visitor in his film The Circus. Chaplin has long thrilled and entertained viewers on television and DVD, but this year saw his films start hitting Blu-ray in a big way. Criterion released Modern Times earlier this month, and film lovers in the UK have had it even better with Park Circus releasing that film as well as The Kid, The Great Dictator »
- Rob Hunter
About two years ago I started watching Charlie Chaplin films for the first time. I watched City Lights, The Great Dictator, The Kid, The Gold Rush and, of course, Modern Times. I didn't instantly take to his style of comedy or commentary, not the same as I instantly fell in love with Buster Keaton's work in The General, but as I watched each film my appreciation began to grow.
With only a few films under my belt when it comes to Chaplin and Keaton, I would probably still place myself more in Keaton's camp than Chaplin's. But with the thought of Criterion potentially adding the rest of Chaplin's classic features to their collection, and if the Blu-ray releases are as spectacular as their treatment of Modern Times, that won't stop me from wanting more, more, more.
Modern Times is the first Chaplin feature Criterion has added to their collection, »
- Brad Brevet
DVD & Blu-ray, Park Circus
Like the other recent remasters of Charlie Chaplin classics (Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator) these Blu-ray/DVD dual format releases have a picture quality far steadier and clearer than we're used to seeing from films of the silent era. So much so that at times they almost look like modern recreations. However, there's no mistaking Chaplin's split-second timing and grace. Chaplin was more than just a performer – he also wrote, produced and directed his movies. He was even his own studio boss and distributor so he could do whatever he pleased, and this pair of old-fashioned silents went on to be among his biggest box office hits. His films were made through improvisation – a process that's apparent in The Circus where the Tramp hides out in a big top, and then joins the troupe of performers. It runs through gags at a furious rate, »
- Phelim O'Neill
• Introduction to The Great Movies III
You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.
I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. »
- Roger Ebert
With Charlie Chaplin’s first step into the Criterion Collection looming on the horizon, it looks like the legendary silent film star is having a sort of renaissance with the public.
After his filmography was picked up by the geniuses over at Janus Films, the company have been on a tear bringing their traveling series of films throughout the country. Next on their trip, the Castro Theater.
Saturday, Sept.18, 2010 – The Circus (1928, 72 min.), The Idle Class (1921, 32 min.), and A Day’s Pleasure (1919, 19 min.), with an introduction by Glen David Gold, author of the bestselling Chaplin inspired novel Sunnyside.
The theater will play home to the greatest hits collection this September, and »
- Joshua Brunsting
This past May, the Criterion Collection e-mail newsletter announced that Janus Films had acquired the rights to distribute the works of Charlie Chaplin theatrically. We all celebrated in the notion that we would be able to hopefully see new clean prints of his incredible body of work, as well as the idea that these titles would inevitably make their way into the Criterion Collection.
Whether these titles would be available individually, in box sets (either in Criterion proper, or in the Eclipse Series), or some combination of the two, we still have not heard a definitive statement from Criterion. It is highly likely that we’ll get an announcement for either November or December, as many would love a complete Charlie Chaplin box set to find it’s way onto their holiday wish list.
Last month, Janus unveiled a poster image, as a placeholder on their website for an upcoming Charlie Chaplin sub-site, »
- Ryan Gallagher
A comedy about Osama bin Laden? Why, that’s about as tasteless as a musical about Hitler! (Cue soundtrack for The Producers.) A lot of people in India — and probably a few in America — are undoubtedly bracing for controversy over next week’s India-wide opening of Tere Bin Laden, a Bollywood satire about a reporter who becomes famous after taping a fake interview with a Bin Laden impersonator. After all, Bin Laden is a mass murderer, the very face of evil. There’s nothing funny about what he stands for or the crimes he’s committed. And yet…I’m totally rooting for this movie. »
- Benjamin Svetkey
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Some Notes on "Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis"
The Forgotten: Night and Fog
The Forgotten: Hey, Pluto!
The Forgotten: Messing About in Boats
Johnny Got His Gun: "Caterpillar" (Koji Wakamatsu, Japan)
The Forgotten: Bad Words
Movie Posters of the Week: The Films of Agnès Varda
Movie Posters of the Week: Early Dreyer
Movie Poster of the Week: "The American"
Movie Poster of the Week: "Dogtooth"
Mann Power: The Director as Worker
The Ferroni Brigade
The Golden Donkey Cannes 2010: The French Connection
Quote of the Day
Now on DVD: Shapeshifting Songs of Sex
Video Sundays: Cinema »
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest Internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.
This is our 24th update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find all our previous week’s updates here. »
- Gary Phillips
By modern standards, Quentin Tarantino would be considered an auteur; a director whose films reflect that his personal creative vision. But what exactly is that vision, and how is it reflected in his work? One major observation that one can make about Tarantino’s films is that he often incorporates a number of references, many of which refer to cinema, specific films, or pop culture. His films are laced with this intertextuality were the relationship between texts (or films) is constantly being redefined. This method of pastiche is one way that he draws attention to the fact that his film is a constructed piece of fiction, or a “simulation.”
His rational behind this is heavily influenced by French theorist Jean Baudrillard’s notion of “hyperreality.” Hyperreality in this case refers to the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy, as the two become blurred into one. Baudrillard argues that »
- Kristen Coates
Of all the home video outfits doing business in the United States that have a continuing investment in repertory cinema, or, as a certain segment of the market might refer to such fare, "old movies," Warner Home Video has, overall I'd say, a pretty solid reputation. From VHS to laserdisc to DVD and now Blu-ray, the company has put out a lot of vital, spectacular fare in editions that, for the most part, offer the very best its given media can achieve. There have been exceptions, of course. And when they happen, the collecting community squawks particularly loudly, largely because of the reputation for care and quality the company has built. It's also a company that tends to learn from its mistakes. An over-processed restoration of Citizen Kane that came out a few years back is reportedly being corrected for a Blu-ray edition. Complaints about the use of old, near-obsolete »
In the May e-mail newsletter from Criterion, they announced that Janus had acquired the rights to the entire Charlie Chaplin catalog, causing cinephiles everywhere to collectively hold their breath at the prospect of adding the film legend into the Collection.
On June 19th, the American Cinematheque will be screening The Gold Rush along with several other Chaplin short films, courtesy of Janus Films. This past week, we saw another piece of Chaplin news, in that the film A Thief Catcher was discovered in an Antique Sale. The film features an extended cameo from Chaplin. It is unknown at this point where the rights to this film lie, and it is doubtful that it is part of the licensing deal that Janus has with the Chaplin catalog. A Thief Catcher represents the 82 film in his official filmography, which spanned from 1914 through 1967.
To celebrate Janus’ upcoming screening run, and eventual release in the Criterion Collection, »
- Ryan Gallagher
The 53rd San Francisco International Festival opened late last week with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs -- a film that evokes an inner child's sensibility and emphasizes the more whimsical qualities that can be found in smaller doses in the French filmmaker's previous work. With colorful characters and plenty of verve, the visually alluring comedy tells the tale of a man who, after falling victim to a random gun shot, plots his revenge with his friends (a group of society's rejects) who take pleasure in dismantling two rival weapon manufacturers. A treasure full of wonders, this original "anti-war" remark sees Jeunet use comedian Dany Boon (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis) in a comedy of manners mode that merits a comparison to one of cinema's early silver-screen legend. Sfiff runs until the 6th of May. Yama Rahimi: In this film you manage to merge successfully the whimsical and fantastical with a political message. »
With Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new film Micmacs getting released this Friday, we got to participate in a roundtable interview with the gifted filmmaker. Micmacs is a poignant and whimsical tale starring French comedian Dany Boon and featuring Jeunet cast favorites Andre Dussolliers, Dominique Pinon and Yolande Moreau. Set in modern day Paris, Jeunet’s satire on the world’s arm trade takes its inspiration from some of the great silent comedies of another era and reflects his extraordinary eye for colorful characters and rich visual detail. Micmacs also reveals once again Jeunet’s unique sensibility for addressing matters of life and death in a distinctly original way with poetry, imagination and emotion.
During the interview, Jeunet talked to us about what drew him to the project, how he infused the film’s political undercurrent with magical realism to make his point, and why ingenuity and imagination can be »
- Sheila Roberts
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's idiosyncratic style was apparently from his apocalyptic comedy debut "Delicatessen" (co-directed with Marc Caro), and solidified with his dark fairy tale "The City of Lost Children," his breakout mainstream hit "Amélie," and now again with his latest, "Micmacs." The comedy follows a lonely video store clerk who, after almost being killed by a gunshot to the head, teams up with a band of oddballs to take down the rival weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullet lodged in his cranium and the landmine that killed his father.
"Micmacs" is pure Jeunet, a gorgeously composed carnival-esque fable teeming with gizmos and knickknacks, eccentrics and clowns, and a smorgasbord of inventively constructed Rube Goldberg traps. While in New York, Jeunet sat down to discuss his newest effort's political edge, his method for keeping his work fresh, and the way in which "Micmacs" represents a possible end to a creative cycle. »
- Nick Schager
HollywoodNews.com: As the director responsible for Delicatessen, City of Lost Children, Amelie, and A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the world’s pre-eminent auteurs, creating a unique vision of the world with every film he makes. In his latest, MicMacs, Jeunet further explores the magic realism that give his earlier work such distinctive flair, and yet embeds it in a believable and deeply felt world where the stakes, as silly as they sometimes seem, are always grounded in something real.
Hollywood News recently sat down with Jeunet at the Los Angeles press day for MicMacs. In addition to talking about his approach for this particular film, Jeunet revealed details about his work on The Life of Pi, which director Ang Lee is reportedly set to take over, reflected on his experience making the Hollywood studio film Alien: Resurrection, and hinted at what his next movie might be. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Satire's limits will always be expanding to tackle new subjects – no matter how wicked or tragic
Like Louis XVI's decadent court at Versailles, we live in an age of ridicule. Fifty years ago, comedy of the public or professional kind was almost never fashioned out of real events or real people – past and present, the living and the dead. That other age is now amazing to recollect. Could Britain ever have lived so politely and solemnly, and with such regard for the social order and hurt to others? One night dad and I were listening to the Goons on a radio that needed time to warm up and carried the names Athlone, Home Service and Light Programme on the dial. The team of Sellers, Milligan and Secombe was at the height of its power as the cutting-edge of broadcast humour. Favourite catchphrases became sallies in the school playground. Weedy little voice (Bluebottle): "Oh, »
- Ian Jack
Along with the brand new cartoon that we here at Criterion Cast have been analyzing, the recent Criterion newsletter has also brought with it some really interesting news.
According to the newsletter, Janus Films has been able to acquire the rights to the entire Charlie Chaplin film catalogue, and will be bringing his films back to the big screen. The distributor will be bringing these films to theaters in a retrospective, called Chaplin, starting July 16 at the Film Forum in New York. The first film will be the 1928 film, The Circus, and will run for just one week.
Other films that will be showing include The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Limelight, A King In New York, and also a collection of comedy shorts. The films will be getting new 35mm prints to be shown, and is a must see event for any cinephile. I haven »
- Joshua Brunsting
At the beginning when we have the concept of the story. Once we know we have a revenge story, we open the book of details and see what we can use. For example the story of the sugar and coffee or the mine in the football field which I had in mind for 20 years. I have boxes of ideas and details like that. It's pre-occupation to have a rich movie. For some people it's too much and too many details. - The 53rd San Francisco International Festival opened late last week with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs -- a film that evokes an inner child's sensibility and emphasizes the more whimsical qualities that can be found in smaller doses in the French filmmaker's previous work. With colorful characters and plenty of verve, the visually alluring comedy tells the tale of a man who, after falling »
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