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In this modern era of 3D, effects-laden movie spectacles, some of Hollywood’s most prolific indie directors are making a colorful splash into black-and-white.
Ever since the critical and commercial success of 2011’s Oscar-winning global hit “The Artist,” there’s been a resurgence of the age-old cinematic format that over the decades graced such classics as “Citizen Kane,” “Psycho,” “Manhattan,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Last Picture Show.”
This year alone there are four black-and-white pictures — Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Alexander Payne’s upcoming release “Nebraska” and Brit helmer Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England.” Along with Tim Burton’s animated feature “Frankenweenie” and Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” last year, moviegoers will have had more exposure to the throwback format in a two-year span than during any other comparable timeframe in recent history.
For the three U.S. directors, each film aficionados of the highest order, »
- Andrew Stewart
One of cinema's great directors, Steven Spielberg, was honored by his closest friends and family with a short film parody about his life and career, in the style of one of cinema's greatest movies Citizen Kane. Dan Aykroyd narrated the 20-minute movie for Spielberg's 40th birthday, which we spotted on Cinephilia and Beyond. Pal John Candy played the part of the investigator. The two funnymen have the perfect Charles Foster Kane-era voices and mannerisms. Candy visits Spielberg's parents and others close to the E.T. filmmaker for anecdotes about his life. Apparently young Steve liked to play dodgeball with oranges, which he threw at his sisters. He also tormented their Barbie dolls. The Spielberg family used to set up a home movie theater and...
- Alison Nastasi
In the realm of Martial Arts movies, Enter the Dragon is as classic a movie as Casablanca or Citizen Kane. I’m sure that will make some movie aficionados scream balderdash, but for genre fans such is the case. The movie captures the ideals and philosophy the late Bruce Lee developed in founding his unique Martial Art style, Jeet Kune Do. As Lee says in the movie, “You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.” Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Enter the Dragon remains a staple film in both the Action and Kung-Fu flick genres.
In Enter the Dragon, Lee agrees to go attend a Martial Arts tournament hosted by Han (Kien Shih), a former student of the Shaolin temple where Lee trained. When Han left the Shaolin temple, he used the teachings to start a worldwide syndicate of corruption. It actually sounds funny writing Han’s character description. »
- Bags Hooper
About every dozen years or so, I sit myself down and ogle King Kong. It’s a great movie, all the more impressive as it only offers a merely adequate cast (by and large). It ain’t Casablanca or Citizen Kane, and some (often me) say Mighty Joe Young is a better ape flick. But King Kong is responsible for two major events: it taught the moviegoer that movies are capable of playing to our sense of wonder on an astonishing level… and it gave birth to the whole ape-fad thing.
Outside of movies circa 1930s and 40s, nowhere is this phenomenon more visible than in comics. To this very day, massive primates threatening our safety if not our sanity are common to the comics racks. While Hollywood keeps on grinding out pathetic great ape imitations and senseless remakes of the original, comics seem to churn out contemporary simians like clockwork. »
- Mike Gold
Alfred Hitchcock, one of the first directors to establish his personality as a brand, has always been a part of the zeitgeist. The most famous director is having a very good year. It was just last August that his 1958 film "Vertigo" displaced "Citizen Kane" at the pinnacle of the every-ten-year list of the greatest movies ever made conducted by the venerable British magazine "Sight and Sound." And his personal life -- his fetish for the cool blonde whose refined appearance masks vivid sexuality -- inspired two movies, HBO's "The Girl," with Toby Jones as the master and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, Helen Mirren as a reimagined Alma Hitchcock, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh. (At least if you believe that, as long as you spell his name right, it's good publicity. Otherwise we might not count "The Girl" and "Hitchcock" in the plus column. »
- Meredith Brody
In the early eighties, Orson Welles was a fixture at L.A.’s Ma Maison, where Wolfgang Puck was the chef before he moved on to Spago. Nearing 70, and 40-plus years removed from Citizen Kane, which he made when he was just 25, Welles was fat and famously difficult, no longer a viable star but still a sort of Hollywood royalty—a very certain sort. The younger director Henry Jaglom was one of many aspiring auteurs who admired him but possibly the only one who taped their conversations. These took place in 1983 over lunch at the restaurant.******************************************************************************* 1. Orson Welles: All right, what are we gonna eat? Henry Jaglom: I’m going to try the chicken salad. O.W.: No, you aren’t! You don’t like it with all those capers. H.J.: I’m going to ask them to scrape the capers away. O.W.: They’re so busy, »
- Peter Biskind
National award winning Film scholar and critic M.K. Raghavendra’s book ‘Director’s Cut: 50 Major Film-makers of the Modern Era’ will release in Mumbai on June 21 as part of the India Non-Fiction Festival in Worli.
The book will be released after a panel discussion on cinema titled ‘ Bold Cinema for Real India/ Real Cinema for Bold India’.
The panel discussion and the book release will be held between 4 – 5.30 pm at Culture Hall, Nehru Centre, Worli. Mahesh Bhatt will release the book.
Anyone can attend the event after registering for free here.
“When I say ‘Major Directors’ the reader should understand that these directors are not my favorites but those regarded as important by general opinion. I have been very critical of the work of a large number of celebrated figures. »
It's hard to believe in this era of 3D, CGI and Twitter feeds full of "Game Of Thrones" spoilers, but there was once a time when radio was king. And before he made one of the greatest movies of all time with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles was a master of the airwaves. This was never more evident that his October 30, 1938 broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells' iconic "War Of The Worlds." Presented in the format of fake news bulletins, the show was a hit but it was so good, that many listeners thought they were listening to updates from a real alien invasion, a situation not helped by the fact that there were no commercial breaks. It has gone down in history, enshrined at National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And yet, it continues to fascinate. Indeed, James Cameron himself hosted a 1998 TV special for the Sci-Fi Channel, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Review Billy Grifter 31 May 2013 - 12:47
It's the penultimate episode of the first season of Revolution. It's almost over...
This review contains spoilers.
1.19 Children of Men
After I'd seen this story I was left wondering why they'd called it Children of Men, after the really well written and constructed 2006 movie by Alfonso Cuarón. It's not like there was any creative overlap, so I can only conclude they thought it might paint on some kudos, and using Citizen Kane would have made as much sense.
But then this show doesn't do intelligent, as was proven in the first couple of minutes. The silly cliff-hanger with Rachel is resolved in the way that we knew it would be, with neither her nor Bass sustaining even a nosebleed. Just to clarify, a fragmentation grenade of the type shown has an injury blast radius of at least 45ft, and a canvas tent isn't a »
★★★★★ American director John Cassavetes was incomprehensibly undervalued in his own country despite single-handedly creating Us independent film with his 1958 palate cleanser Shadows. When Opening Night (1977) was released on Christmas Day 1977, it played one cinema in Los Angeles to empty houses and was similarly ignored in New York. The film was only picked up by an American distributor in 1991. Opening Night is Cassavetes' last masterpiece; a poetic work of fiery urgency, it stands as one of the finest films about both the burden of artistry and the devastating toll of ageing in show business.
Cassavetes' wife and longtime collaborator Gena Rowlands plays Myrtle, a famous screen and stage actress rehearsing a play in preparation for a forthcoming Broadway run. After leaving the theatre one evening with director Manny (Ben Gazzara), playwright Sarah (Joan Blondell) and producer David (Paul Stewart, the Butler from Citizen Kane), she witnesses an obsessed young fan (Laura Johnson »
- CineVue UK
There was a time when I was a teenager that I would watch Guru Dutt’s masterpiece Pyaasa every afternoon. Each time, something new was found in the narrative that was rich with detail and poetry that is right up there with my favourite film ever made, Citizen Kane. The similarities between Orson Welles and Guru Dutt are tantamount. They were both fiercely original and daring filmmakers who had changed cinematic storytelling and mise-en-scene forever. They had their demons of wine and women, but they were tortured artists afflicted by demons that bleed into some of their cinematic gems.
From the opening song ‘Yeh Hanste Hue Phool’ that is beautifully picturized against a bee pollinating the flowers as the poet Vijay (Guru Dutt) looks on at the serenity of this image, before a man stamps down on the bee. It tells us all we need to know about Dutt’s core themes in his films, »
- Rumnique Nannar
The Hearst media empire has been around for 125 years now. To commemorate such an esteemed anniversary, filmmaker Leslie Iwerks delves into the empire’s history, chronicling its impact on culture. William Randolph Hearst is frequently portrayed in an unflattering light in pop culture (see: The Fountainhead, Deadwood, or the infamous Citizen Kane); yet Iwerks casts him and his empire in a very flattering light in this almost-biased documentary.
The first half of the film focuses on Hearst himself. His rise to power through the San Francisco Examiner, his scandalous affair with actress Marion Davies, and his controversial creation of yellow journalism.
- John Keith
Ask people about their favorite movies and the same titles come up regularly—Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane. But some movies have special meaning for people even if they don't turn up on lists of established favorites. These are the secret movies we keep in our pockets like lucky coins—there's something intimate about them, as if they belong to us alone.
For many people, particularly those who were in their twenties at the time of its release, Richard Linklater's 1995 Before Sunrise—in which Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke play young tourists who fold a lifetime of romance (and plenty of arguing) into one night in Vienna—is one of those movies. For others, 2004's Before Sunset, which reunites Ha »
Femme Fatales Week! begins at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing "Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece and last year's Sight & Sound top-ranked film of all time, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart was born on May 20, 1908. "Hitchcock's masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". That was critic Robin Wood's astute 1968 evaluation ten years after Alfred Hitchcock's final collaboration with James Stewart had been released to indifferent box office and unappreciative reviews. Tragic, obsessive and backed by an unforgettable Bernard Herrmann score, it's one of the director's most mesmerizing accomplishments. It knocked Citizen Kane off its nearly 50 year perch as the #1 picture of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound decade poll of critics and filmmakers. »
- Trailers From Hell
A Tumblr blog has garnered internet popularity for encapsulating movies in just nine images.
Digital Spy have picked out a select few (nine, to be precise) to feature from the blog.
Visit 9filmframes.tumblr.com to see more.
After a two-hour extravaganza (Tim Tebow! Magic tricks! Songs!) and the revelation that both Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette can launch semi-successful ice cream flavors and socials, it was time for one last firing and for one of the finalists to emerge victorious in this b-a-n-a-n-a-s season. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice season finale. My recap will be up at 2 a.m. Update: Here it is!
- Adam Carlson
We’ve all heard someone make the hasty generalisation that modern movies are going down a spiral of descending quality and can’t even begin to compare to the classics such as Citizen Kane, Casablanca and The Godfather. Don’t get me wrong: those movies are some of the best that film has to offer, but there are a real plethora of modern movies that are just as good (but for entirely different reasons).
Casual film fans and cinephiles alike can find something to enjoy in each of the movies I’ve listed here and the majority of these entries are astounding achievements in their own right. Stories have been reinvented decade after decade and the modern times we currently live in have done a great deal to advance movies, especially with digital filmmaking evolving to take precedence in ways that it never has before.
Without further ado, I now »
- Dolan Reynolds
The director of the new film of The Great Gatsby is under no illusions that his style is everyone's cup of tea – and that, he says, is why he has such a kinship with the novel's author
It takes a lot of heavy lifting to make a lavish party swing. On the day before The Great Gatsby opens this year's Cannes film festival, the nearby Carlton Hotel has been recast as a chaotic factory of harried PRs and industry factotums. An immaculate woman, all but blinded by the potted plant she is carrying, blunders haplessly through a platter of macaroons that has been left on the floor. The cakes go everywhere; the carpet is carnage. "Merde," exclaims the woman, but she barely breaks her stride.
If high-rolling Jay Gatsby had ever come to Cannes, he would surely have boarded at a joint like this, with its grand beehive domes and tranquil private beach. »
- Xan Brooks
Truth be told, up until very recently, not only had I not seen a single The Fast and the Furious movie, I wasn’t really in any great rush to do so either. I’d heard from various sources that the first outing was an over the top piece of guilty fun, but after that they all kind of tailed off. That all changed however when Fast Five came out in 2011 to extremely warm critical reviews.
Bringing some familiar faces from the rest of the series back into the fold and adding the man-mountain that is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a clear statement of intent that this instalment was not doing anything by halves. Here was a movie that took being massively Ott to new heights and gleefully reveled in its ridiculous nature. Reviews suggested Diesel and Johnson came together like a beefed up version of De Niro and »
- Rob Keeling
Twenty years ago, when I first started reading credits of movies I loved to see who'd written the screenplay, one name leapt out at me: Eric Red. In the space of three years in the late 1980s he wrote the terrifying Rutger Hauer road movie The Hitcher and two brilliant genre movies for a young director called Kathryn Bigelow: the trailer-trash vampire movie Near Dark, and Blue Steel, a feminist cop movie with Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie up against an amorous serial killer. The first two of those have gone on to become bona fide cult classics. But Red remains little known – as does the film of his I really loved, one he wrote and directed in 1988, Cohen and Tate. »
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