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The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »
Gary Cooper movies on TCM: Cooper at his best and at his weakest Gary Cooper is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 30, '15. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any Cooper movie premiere – despite the fact that most of his Paramount movies of the '20s and '30s remain unavailable. This evening's features are Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Sergeant York (1941), and Love in the Afternoon (1957). Mr. Deeds Goes to Town solidified Gary Cooper's stardom and helped to make Jean Arthur Columbia's top female star. The film is a tad overlong and, like every Frank Capra movie, it's also highly sentimental. What saves it from the Hell of Good Intentions is the acting of the two leads – Cooper and Arthur are both excellent – and of several supporting players. Directed by Howard Hawks, the jingoistic, pro-war Sergeant York was a huge box office hit, eventually earning Academy Award nominations in several categories, »
- Andre Soares
Richard Elfman's (brother to composer Danny Elfman's) Forbidden Zone, is widely considered the most classic of cult classics. The Citizen Kane of underground movies if you will. It's a film where sexy Frenchy falls into an insane underworld ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Where Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself--played by Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. I mean, come on!
Now Forbidden Zone is hitting shelves on [Continued ...] »
Lovers of "Marnie," Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 psychosexual pas de deux with Tippi Hedren that placed weirdly high on a recent BBC critics' poll of the best movies ever, are in for a treat at this year's Vienna fest. The quintessential Hitchcock blonde gets her very own tribute, titled Choreography of Desire, including screenings of that film, "The Birds" and her recently re-released film maudit "Roar," co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith. Read More: 'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll The now-unspooling Viennale lineup also includes an ode to late filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who died this year at age 106, presented by fellow Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa. Highlights of the feature film lineup include Sundance titles "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Dope," "End of the Tour" and "Tangerine," as well as other festival faves such as Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Who says you can’t make money with pirate movies? Well, Geena Davis probably, but Johnny Depp and Disney have proved the unfortunate mess that was Cutthroat Island was something of an anomaly. Or at least that it didn’t have to be the genre killer it seemed to be.
Having amassed an eye-watering amount of box office money over four films to date, it was inevitable that the franchise would continue into the mooted second trilogy. Whether Dead Men Tell No Tales manages to recapture the film-going world’s love of Jack Sparrow remains to be confirmed, but there’s clearly a lot of life left in Johnny Depp’s swaggering, drunken pantomime act as Jack Sparrow.
But despite accusations that that is all Pirates Of The Caribbean is – a vehicle for a single irresistible performance – the franchise actually has a lot more substance to it. In the »
- Simon Gallagher
"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" (September 4) Before Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender put their narrative spin on the life of the Apple co-founder in October's awards player "Steve Jobs," documentarian Alex Gibney gets there first in his pensive and exhilarating documentary, "The Man in the Machine." Taking a nod from "Citizen Kane," Gibney grounds his investigation of Jobs in a profoundly simple question -- why was Jobs so incredibly mourned after his death? — and he finds the answer in a handful of startling interviews from some of his closest confidants. The end results paint a definitive portrait of man of contradictions and speak directly to our consumer age of technological Apple worship. Fans of Jobs and readers of Walter Isaacson's biography may know much of the story, but Gibney gives it a refreshing cinematic order that makes it as mysterious as it is thrilling. "Goodnight Mommy" (September 11)If you thought the. »
On a cinematic scale ranging from “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” to, oh, “Citizen Kane,” Lifetime’s latest unauthorized trip to nostalgia-ville, built around “Full House,” falls somewhere in the middle, representing modest progress. That’s because the movie has largely embraced the program’s ethos, yielding a project that, like the show, isn’t afraid to be both sappy and a little silly, while racing through years of on- and off-screen events. High art it’s not (and neither was the inspiration), but with “Melrose Place” and “90210” movies to come, call this a small step in the right direction.
There’s an underlying formula to these films, and “The Unauthorized Full House Story” follows that recipe, starting with the show in production, then flashing back to how it came together in 1985. In this case, a sitcom pitch by producer Jeff Franklin (Matthew Kevin Anderson) is altered on »
- Brian Lowry
Directed by François Truffaut
From Fellini to Fassbinder, Minnelli to Godard, some of international cinema’s greatest directors have turned their camera on their art and, by extension, themselves. But in the annals of great films about filmmaking, few movies have captured the rapturous passion of cinematic creation and the consuming devotion to film as well as François Truffaut’s Day for Night. While there are a number of stories at play in this love letter to the movies, along with several terrific performances throughout, the crux of the film, the real star of the show, is cinema itself.
Prior to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Truffaut was arguably the most fervent film loving filmmaker, wearing his affection for the medium on his directorial sleeve and seldom missing an opportunity to sound off in interviews or in »
- Jeremy Carr
Chicago – Greta Gerwig’s persona as a character actress has blossomed in the last three years, as she has taken on three women in their twenties at the crossroads of life, in that life decade of consequence. In addition to her title roles in “Lola Versus” and “Francis Ha,” her latest is “Mistress America,” which she also co-wrote.
Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is essentially a buddy comedy, if the buddies are two women – one a Freshman in college and aspiring writer named Tracy (Lola Kirke), and the other (Gerwig) a overwrought urban survivalist named Brooke – living with uncertainty, guile and pomposity in New York City. Like the Greta Gerwig characters of Lola and Francis, Brooke is an achiever in a different way, as they all learn to understand what their purpose is, when challenged with life altering change that is not necessarily what they wanted.
Greta Gerwig and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Some films are an enigma. Some movies will not give up their secrets no matter how many times they are viewed. Parts of the puzzle are missing, all the pieces are not present so we can make an accurate determination as to what we are witnessing. And quite frankly I like that, done properly I love it. When you watch as many movies as I have the linear progression from point A to B and then to C and then the final credits can be a bit mundane after a while. I like movies that do not tell us everything, again, done properly I love them. Movies of this type expect you to stretch, to get outside your safety zone, you are expected to think about what you are seeing and feeling, there is some mystery just out of camera range.
Among the more enigmatic and puzzling movies I have »
- Sam Moffitt
Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia Neal was one of those performers – e.g., Jean Arthur, Anne Bancroft – whose film career didn't start out all that well, but who, by way of Broadway, managed to both revive and magnify their Hollywood stardom. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating Sunday, Aug. 16, '15, to Patricia Neal. This evening, TCM is showing three of her best-known films, in addition to one TCM premiere and an unusual latter-day entry. 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Robert Wise was hardly a genre director. A former editor (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons »
- Andre Soares
The Hollywood archives are packed with movies that, for myriad reasons, have somehow slipped between the cracks, never to be heard from again.
No film sums up that unfortunate group more than 1994's The Fantastic Four, a property now getting rebooted for a second time with a lavish budget and inescapable marketing campaign. We look back at seven movies the industry (and the filmmakers behind them) wants to sweep under the carpet.
Bernd Eichinger snapped up the film rights to Marvel's first family in the '80s for a pittance, and with the clock ticking down on his ownership he teamed up with B-movie specialist Roger Corman to produce a $1 million picture in less than a month. With a cast of unknowns and music video director Oley Sassone at the helm, The Fantastic Four ended up getting buried by Marvel in a bid for brand protection.
Avi Arad, »
Paris– The Deauville American film festival will pay homage to Orson Welles to mark the centenary of his birth during its upcoming 41st edition.
As part of the tribute to Welles, three of his classic movies will be screened: “Citizen Kane,” “The Lady From Shanghai” and “Touch of Evil.” Clara and Julia Kuperberg’s documentary feature “This Is Orson Welles,” which is produced by TCM Cinema and Wichita Films, will also play.
Deauville described Welles as an “enduring legend of world cinema, who at an early age reinvented the grammar of his art with his masterpiece ‘Citizen Kane.’ François Truffaut spoke of how Welles had inspired so many filmmaking careers. He also put his stamp of innovation on films such as ‘Falstaff,’ ‘Mr. Arkadin’ and ‘Touch of Evil.'”
The fest also quoted Welles: “It’s required not to be shy with the camera, ravish it and force it into »
- Elsa Keslassy
When the most recent Sight & Sound Top 100 list came out in 2012, there weren’t many surprises beyond the headline-ready replacement of Citizen Kane by Vertigo at the #1 spot. There was a brief, furious flash of articles contemplating what it really meant to be the best movie ever made and whether Hitchcock’s story of obsession masquerading as love really qualified. Being called the greatest makes you an easy target. Landon and I worked our way through the first fifty films on the list, exploring the Holden Caulfield of Paris, the secret gay agenda of Some Like it Hot, the unfathomable history of Shoah, a silent superhero movie, the bleakest movies about childhood and many, many more. It took us two years, and that was at least partially aided by the fact that I’d seen almost all of them already (Landon may have already seen all fifty). Finding something “new” was a rare treat, a »
- Scott Beggs
It seems that the summer has inspired publications to take the long view of cinema history. Just last week, BBC Culture published their ranking of the 100 Greatest American Films. Now Time Out is doing them one better, going with their list of the 100 Best Movies Of All Time. And their top selection might surprise you. Read More: Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More Time Out's survey didnt't turn to critics, but to a select group of actors (whose individual lists you can see here) who provided their personal top tens, which in turn were used to calculated the top 100. So you won't see Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" or Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in this particular top ten. Instead, it's a surprising selection, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," Powell & Pressburger's "The Red Shoes," Woody Allen's "Annie Hall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From Citizen Kane to Pulp Fiction, the mainstays of the AFI’s Top 100 lists continue to dazzle us with their flawless casts, immaculate scripts and flamboyant direction. But enough with the critical adoration already.
Far more interesting, at least from the perspective of those of us who enjoy a good train wreck, is IMDb’s bottom 100, which is at least voted for by actual moviegoers. Unlike the AFI list, whose #1 changes once every fifty years or so, the bottom 100 is an ever-changing line-up with a common theme: every film is among the most tiresome pictures you’re ever likely to sit through.
It’s the natural home for all those backyard monster movies, bungled comedies and asinine kiddie flicks that stream for free on Amazon or Netflix, the Doa duds that were disowned by those who made them and will end up being parodied by Rifftrax.
The list reflects trends and release schedules, »
- Ian Watson
It’s impossible to create a list on the internet, especially when it comes to movies, without starting a hotly contested debate. And while CineFix's “Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All-Time” will certainly stir some arguments, they shy away from making it a definitive ranking, instead breaking things down into ten different categories. Read More: 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke Some of the categories include: European cinema, black-and-white in the modern era, Asian cinema, sweeping Hollywood epics, etc. Altogether, the aim is to pick a movie that’s purely a representation of cinematic beauty, whether it’s the striking 70mm desert imagery of “Lawrence of Arabia,” the deep focus cinematography of “Citizen Kane,” or the decadent use of color in “Hero.” It’s not so much about how the cinematography services the movie. They’re instead picking movies that would look like a masterful painting if you pressed the pause button. »
- Ken Guidry
Whatever you think of the results of the poll of critics the BBC's conducted to come up with its list of the "100 greatest American films," we can surely all agree that we're glad to have the notes on the top 25: Glenn Kenny, for example, on #1, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane, Stephanie Zacharek on #2, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Ali Arikan on #4, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bilge Ebiri on #6, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise, Molly Haskell on #11, Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons, Jonathan Rosenbaum on #18, Charles Chaplin's City Lights and so on. Also today: Ai Weiwei gets his passport back; remembering E.L. Doctorow—and more. » - David Hudson »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
An international panel of critics has put Orson Welles’s much-praised debut first in a list of great American films, with Coppola’s The Godfather as runner-up
A critics poll conducted by the BBC has named Citizen Kane as the greatest American film ever made.
The BBC Culture website said it had asked 62 critics from publications across the world – including the Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman, National Review’s Armond White, and the Village Voice’s Stephanie Zacharek – to submit a list of the 10 films they considered the greatest in American cinema, and Orson Welles’s celebrated debut film, released in 1941, came out on top.
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- Andrew Pulver
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