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Of all the top ten lists, the American Film Institute's annual best of film list is one that carries a lot of weight. Composed of leaders from the film, entertainment, business and academic communities, this prestigious group made headlines years ago when they voted "Citizen Kane" the best film ever made.
They don't rank their top tens and don't explain their choices, they simply list their top films which usually includes a healthy mix of mainstream and art house with the occasional Wtf selection creeping in.
If there's one limitation though it's that the organisation's nature means only American films are selected, so great foreign fare doesn't make the list. This year the honorees (in alphabetical order) are:
The group also picks their Top 10 American TV »
- Garth Franklin
By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Director John Lee Hancock’s preceding film was the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, and he now returns with another film that has a more than good chance of being a triumph at the Academy Awards next year, with his brilliant drama Saving Mr. Banks, based around the making of Mary Poppins.
We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Lee Hancock to discuss the title, working with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks and how fearful he was about making a film with Disney, about Disney. He also tells us what it was like to have composer Richard Sherman around on set, and what other films he’d be interested in exploring on film from a pre-production perspective.
Well I’ll start by saying that the film, deservedly, has been very well-received. Though initially I was a bit worried that the hardened critic may have been put off by the sentimentality… »
- Stefan Pape
The Austin Film Society is taking a few days off for the holidays, but will return this weekend with a special series called "Jan Nemec: Rediscovered Treasures of the Czechoslovak New Wave." 2005's Toyen screens on Sunday night (December 1) while Diamonds Of The Night and A Loaf Of Bread play next Monday and Wednesday. All three titles are screening in rare 35mm prints. Meanwhile, the latest Afs Essential Cinema series on Irish cinema (our preview) screens 1995's Nothing Personal next Thursday.
The Paramount is kicking off its annual Holiday Film Series with Elf on Sunday and a double feature of It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story next Wednesday. All films are screening in 35mm and there will be a few more titles in the weeks ahead. Check out Elizabeth's chat about the series with Paramount programmer Stephen Jannise.
The Alamo Drafthouse begins a new film series focused on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Just before the end of World War II, actor and producer Norman Lloyd found himself playing an unexpectedly memorable tennis match. His friend, actor Joe Cotten (Citizen Kane), had invited Lloyd to his Pacific Palisades home to hit the court and have lunch along with some other guests. "I was invited out there on a Sunday," recalls Lloyd, now 99, a seven-decade veteran of the industry who's appeared in films including Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942) and Dead Poets Society (1989). Fashion designer Oleg Cassini had arrived, and he brought a guest. "It was this guy I didn’t know, just wearing shorts, no shoes, no stockings and no shirt.
- Aaron Couch, Erik Hayden
Twitter nearly imploded Nov. 18 when the words ‘Space Jam 2′ began trending, sparking rumors of a sequel to what is definitely the most important film of our time. Unfortunately for the universe, Bugs Bunny and co. will not be partnering with LeBron James to save the world with basketball, since the whole thing was a joke — but it shouldn’t be.
In 1996, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and the gang partnered with NBA superstar Michael Jordan to save the world from the nefarious Mister Swackhammer and his band of newly super-sized Nerdlucks. The results were phenomenal — Space Jam was an ambitious, absurd, and ultimately fun little movie, one that definitely merits a sequel. Read on to find out why!
I know what you’re going to say: Enough with the ’90s, already! And in a way, you’re right. »
- HL Intern
It’s official, nothing is sacred. Quite possibly the most unnecessary sequel in the history of unnecessary sequels in development, as a follow-up to Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is in the works by producers Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners and Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. Farnsowth and Martha Bolton have already written the screenplay, which revolves around George Bailey’s grandson being visited by an angel. Karolyn Grimes, who played Jimmy Stewart’s daughter Zuzu in the original, has apparently agreed to return to play the angel in the proposed sequel. The producers are currently on the hunt for a director (good luck), and plan to begin filming in Louisiana next year in anticipation of a hoped-for holiday 2015 release date. Hit the jump for more. Per Variety, the budget for the film is said to be in the $25 million to $35 million range, and the »
- Adam Chitwood
Our sister publication Variety just bannered an exclusive that there is a sequel in the works to the charming Frank Capra-directed Jimmy Stewart film It’s A Wonderful Life. Here, the actress who played Bailey daughter Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) returns as an angel to advise George Bailey’s grandson (cleverly named George Bailey) because he has turned into a douchebag. While my first impulse is to label this a sign of the apocalypse, particularly after I see stories about Robert De Niro talking about a Taxi Driver sequel, maybe the Wonderful Life‘s backers at Star Partners are on to something. Even if something is considered a sacred cow, if that cow was run through the slaughterhouse, wouldn’t there be some tasty steaks for all? I need to stop judging. You could take the progeny of a number of classic films and continue those beloved story lines. Why, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
People who’ve seen the documentary Lost in La Mancha know about director Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated efforts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the screen. That film reported on just one of many attempts by Gilliam to bring the story of Quixote to life. Now he’s announced a seventh attempt to complete the seemingly jinxed project.
Terry Gilliam is nothing if not determined. The Monty Python alumni has been doggedly resolute in striving to get his vision of the classic Miguel de Cervantes story “the Misadventures of Don Quixote” made since the 1990s. His script, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has been a near-obsession of his for almost 20 years. He’s had six failed attempts to realize his dream project and now he’s trying again. You have to admire his stick-to-it-iveness.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Stewart Alexander is a Canadian actor and writer based in London, England. He was born and raised in Lachine, Quebec, and moved to the UK shortly after graduating from McGill University. Having made a number of short films on Super-8 in college, he embarked on a self-appointed apprenticeship assisting in the lighting, sound and editorial departments for a number of production companies in the UK. He also wrote and directed a short film called, “The Leather Jacket,” which was shot on 16mm, and edited, in a pre-digital age, on a Steenbeck. After meeting Kerry Skinner while studying to be an actor, he wrote the stage-play “Body Checks,” which they co-produced to considerable critical acclaim, and then adapted into a screenplay.
Now Alexander and Skinner have co-directed their first feature, the comedy-drama Common People. The film weaves together six stories and over thirty characters to present a dramatic, humorous and sometimes magical tale of romance, »
- Tom Stockman
Recently, I wrote a piece asking you, the reader, if the failure of The Lone Ranger was possibly due to the general movie going publics inability to have fun nowadays. I described how this film made me reminisce about a day when movies such as this weren’t made for one demographic. They were made for the entire family to enjoy (Et for example). In short, I thought the movie was a ton of “theatrical fun.”
Quentin Tarantino apparently agrees with me, and I will take his assessment of a film over anyone who deems The Lone Ranger unworthy but can spend their hard earned cash on truly horrendous atrocities of film making like Michael Bay’s adaptation of the Transformers or any recent Adam Sandler outing.
I mean seriously, answer this question I have been asking myself for a long time now. How is it that films like Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, »
- Brad Lee
The Retrospective section of the Berlin Film Festival will focus on the use of light in movie-making, the event said Thursday. The section will be curated by Deutsche Kinemathek in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where the movies will also play.
The fest said that the line-up will allow auds to discover lighting styles from a variety of genres and periods of film history.
“We admire films such as Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon,’ but for the most part we don’t know the names of the cameramen and lighting technicians who, in a team with the director, create these superb worlds of light and shadow for us. In 2014, the Retrospective will illuminate these works,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.
- Leo Barraclough
A stunnning arts venue seamlessly blending the old with the new
This week's Cine-files is from Jamie Neish, who writes abhout film at HeyUGuys.co.uk. If there's a cinema you'd like to cover for a future Cine-files blog, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set within the city's burgeoning cultural quarter, Dundee Contemporary Arts – otherwise known as Dca to its patrons – is minutes from the city centre, and a short walk to the waterside, which is currently experiencing a £1 billion transformation.
Designed by Richard Murphy Architects and opened in 1999, Dca is a stunning and original multi-storey arts venue constructed around an open-plan café bar and meeting space. Large windows and open spaces are used effectively to emphasise space, and the building incorporates different materials – from the original brickwork of the former garage that once occupied its plot through to the modern steel beams used to support »
- Guardian readers
It's been nine long years since the first Anchorman film. But now the big-haired newscasters are back. What took them so long?
Tucked away on YouTube is a seven-minute tribute that purports to show the American Film Institute announcing Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as the greatest movie ever made. Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg and Cher are wheeled out to wax lyrical about the picture's truth and humanity, periodically struggling with their emotions and welling up on camera. From here we cut to a shot of Will Ferrell pushing a man over in the street and Paul Rudd parading about the office liberally doused in rank aftershave. "Ugh," gags a colleague. "It smells like Bigfoot's dick."
- Xan Brooks
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
Movies live forever, we all know that. They come out and do whatever business they are going to do at the box office, and then it is up to time to decide what we will think of them in the years to come. Some like Casablanca become beloved classics, while others such as Blade Runner become cult favourites despite their failure at the box office. Yet there is however another trend, one that has befallen a number of films. That trend is when people decide to start hating on great movies. I have been trying to get people to call this Forrest Gumping, though I’m pretty sure that it’s not going to catch on.
These are movies that were big hits, seemingly everyone loved them, and then suddenly the hate started coming. So why does this happen? Is the newfound hate justified? For some movies perhaps it is, »
- Matt Martindale
Orson Welles' Too Much Johnson, screened for the first time to a full house at Pordenone Festival of Silent Cinema, comes trailing clouds of mystery like so much else in the life and work of its maker.
We know Welles shot the film in 1938 with a newsreel cameraman, intending it as a series of insert sequence within a play he was producing with the Mercury Theater. For various reasons, the three sequences, intended to carry the exposition in William Gillette's 1894 farce, were not ready or could not be projected when the play opened, and as a result the show was not a success.
Now George Eastman House has restored what it describes as Welles' cutting copy, apparently discovered in a warehouse in Pordenone itself. It consists of several reels of loosely ordered material with multiple takes, and was presented without any alteration apart from the preservation necessary to make the material projectable. »
- David Cairns
Oct. 30, 1938, started as a fairly typical Halloween Eve ... but it ended with many people convinced Martians were attacking.
The reason was one of the most famous hours in the history of broadcasting: "The War of the Worlds," Orson Welles' "Mercury Theatre on the Air" CBS radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells science-fiction novel. The 75th anniversary of the program, and its effect on untold numbers of terrified listeners, is marked by a new episode of PBS' "American Experience" Tuesday, Oct. 29 (check local listings).
Oliver Platt ("The Big C") narrates the account, which merges audio clips and comments from "witnesses" (actually actors voicing people's reactions from the time) with relevant interviews. Welles' daughter Chris Welles Feder and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich - who became a close friend of Welles - are among those recalling how latecomers thought the radio play was an actual newscast, prompting widespread fear before a disclaimer (purposely »
Directed by Orson Welles
After all the dust had settled and leaked blood had dried following the nightmare that was World War II, the Allied states co-organized a special commission for the purpose of investigating the details thought out by the sick minds of the Nazi regime who perpetrated the ghastly horrors in Europe. Tribunals were established shortly thereafter to convict the culprits, two English-language films having been the subject of said tribunals: the aptly titled Judgment at Nuremberg (the city where the prosecutions occurred) and its more recent remake, Nuremberg, which aired on television as a miniseries in 2000. History has also taught that several of the more slippery Nazi members attempted escape from their formerly secured bastion of terror and lay low elsewhere around the globe. Just because the war and their plans of exterminating a race »
- Edgar Chaput
If you've never seen The Bat before, then we can promise you're in for a treat. If you have seen the flick, we can also promise you've never seen it quite like this! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Mystery, murder, and mayhem take flight in The Bat – restored and in HD for the first time ever – debuting on Turner Classic Movies October 24 and DVD November 12 from Film Chest Media Group. Featuring an all-star cast, this suspenseful cult favorite from 1959 will keep you on the edge of your seat!
In The Bat, mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead - TV’s "Bewitched"; Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Citizen Kane) resides in a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat,” said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws.
Breaking into Cornelia’s countryside home one night, »
- Uncle Creepy
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