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De Palma, 2016
A documentary exploring the life, work and influences behind the films of Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma may be popular among cineliterate enthusiasts but he’s never had the same popularity elsewhere. When you list his movies, it’s easy to imagine audiences being taken aback by the sheer quantity of classics he has under his belt. Carrie, Scarface and Mission Impossible are difficult to group together, spanning vividly different genres, and yet they fall under the impressive banner of Brian De Palma. De Palma, jointly directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, is primarily an interview, but it fills the screen with footage from each of his movies (and the classics that inspired them) and weaves this chronological canon together effortlessly.
Discussing each and every film in his eclectic filmography, De Palma is affably honest. He’s outspoken »
- Simon Columb
“No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.”
Lawrence Of Arabia screens Wednesday September 21st at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
“Greatest biopic ever”…”Genius in 70mm”…”A Miracle of a Movie”…
All these statements were said somewhere about director David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia and it’s understandable. It was some kind of madness to make a movie like this in 1962. Working in the middle of desert for such a long time, those extraordinary ways of cinematographer Freddie Young, and working with that huge number of actors (and camels).
But it all worked. Lawrence Of Arabia is more than a glorious, expensive, old biopic movie. »
- Tom Stockman
‘World’s worst filmmaker’ forces Sydney Underground film festival to cancel its screening of documentary about cult film
Wiseau has threatened the festival with legal action before its proposed screening of Room Full of Spoons, Rick Harper’s investigation into Wiseau and the cult following behind his 2003 film, The Room.
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- Stephanie Convery
This year is the 75th anniversary of the most acclaimed movie of all time. Generally regarded as the cinema’s greatest masterwork, it has topped more critic’s Best Films lists than any other movie. Cinelinx takes a look at the much praised Citizen Kane to see if it really deserves all the accolades it has received.
First some background: The behind-the-scenes story of Citizen Kane (1941) is just as interesting as the film itself. Young filmmaker Orson Welles had been the wunderkind of stage and radio throughout the 1930s—best known at that point for his infamous radio performance of War of the Worlds, which panicked thousands of people who really believed we were being invaded by Martians—and was given a free hand by Rko Pictures to have total creative control over his first film. This was unheard of at the time. Along with co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, director Welles »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Adapting a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a nearly impossible task for a seasoned director, let alone a first-timer, but Ewan McGregor accepts this challenge with American Pastoral. Actors-turned-directors always seem to assemble a team of highly talented collaborators, and for this film, it’s no different, as the likes of Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba and Molly Parker join McGregor in a formidable cast along with Alexandre Desplat providing the score.
There’s also a beautiful and compelling story at play here: our narrator learns about (and shares with us) the trials of an old high school friend known as “The Swede” who seemed ready to conquer the world before being affected by the turbulent era of the 1960s, essentially throwing his life into disarray. As a capsule of the social and political revolution of this time period, the chaotic dissolution of innocence in white male America, »
- Darren Ruecker
Kirsten Howard Sep 16, 2016
We show you a picture of an exploding head. You tell us what movie it's from. Deal?
Ah, the humble exploding head. A rare sight in most respectable, Oscar-winning movies. Citizen Kane, for example, sadly lacked any trace of an exploding head. Yet, would it not have been improved with the addition of one or more? I think we can all agree that it would.
But how good is your exploding head film knowledge? Are you a brainiac, or a headless horseman?
Fingers on buzzers…
Guy Buckland Sep 7, 2016
From trailers and showy-off friends, to just hinting there's a twist, movie spoilers come in many different forms...
Spoilers: this article hints at spoilers for Fight Club, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Murder On The Orient Express. To stay on the safe side of spoiling films by using stills from them, we have illustrated this article with pictures of dogs.
While it rarely skirts controversy to proclaim that movie spoilers are bad, it has not evaded my keen Crow-like senses (and I mean that in the Hawk the Slayer sense rather than the Brandon Lee sense) that one’s definition of what actually constitutes a spoiler is rather more open to interpretation. I know this because while I’m rarely goaded into shouting matches over mismatched political ideals or how the Lethal Weapon films rank in order of merit, »
Chicago – When meeting an interview subject for the third time, and remembering him as the first professional interview I ever did, results in a comfortable familiarity. Director Ira Sachs is the subject, and his latest film is “Little Men.” Taking on adolescent friendship, adult passive-aggressiveness and gentrification all in one film, it also spotlights the expansiveness of this talented filmmaker.
“Little Men” features Greg Kinnear in one of his best performances, as a guilty and conflicted property inheritor named Brian who now lives in Brooklyn, in the midst of the hottest real estate markets in America. His late father owned the property, which included a dressmaker’s shop run by Leonor (Paulina García), who cared for her landlord more than his heirs. Meanwhile, Brian’s son Jake (Theo Taplitz), has found a friend and fellow traveler in Tony (Michael Barbieri), who happens to be Leonor’s son. Property, negotiations and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Immortal Story, one of Orson Welles's final films as a director, is a fascinating look into not only the necessity of storytelling, but also his own obsessions with truth and illusion. From the very beginning of his career as a performing artist, Welles was pushing the edges of what was expected and acceptable in entertainment. From his mass hysteria inducing radio performance of Hg Wells' The War of the Worlds in 1938, to the dangerously subversive Citizen Kane in 1939, all the way through to his oblique treatise on the nature of truth in storytelling and magic F For Fake in 1974, Orson Welles was never satisfied simply telling a story, it needed to say something about the form in order to gain his...
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Fans that lament Orson Welles' many career frustrations will flip over this Spanish-filmed masterpiece. Not well distributed when new and Mia for decades, its serious audio problems have now mostly been cleared up. It's great -- right up there with Kane and Touch of Evil, and it features what is probably Welles' best acting. Chimes at Midnight Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 830 1966 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Falstaff, Campanadas a medianoche / Street Date August 30, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Norman Rodway, Marina Vlady, Walter Chiari, Michael Aldridge, Tony Beckley, Alan Webb, José Nieto, Fernando Rey, Beatrice Welles, Ralph Richardson. Cinematography Edmond Richard Film Editor Fritz Mueller Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Produced by Alessandro Tasca Directed by Orson Welles
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
It's even better than I remembered. Sometime during film school I went with UCLA friends Clark »
- Glenn Erickson
Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
“The Last Laugh”
- Michael Nordine
After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.
Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.
As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »
- Jordan Raup
Generally speaking, if you’ve seen one “greatest films of all time” list, you’ve seen them all, with the top choices usually containing some configuration of “Citizen Kane,” “The Godfather,” and “Vertigo.” History tends to solidify critical consensus which makes a list of more contemporary movies all the more interesting. With less time and perspective to […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Twitter-verse got very creative overnight with the trending hashtag #TrumpExplainsMoviePlots, where users wittily conjured up the way Donald Trump would describe a movie plot.
“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” said Trump. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.” He later claimed that “wherever” meant Kelly’s nose.
The tweet poked fun at this line of reasoning: “A 10 gets killed in motel by loser. Blood coming of her whatever. Not a Trump hotel, folks.”
A 10 gets killed in motel by loser. Blood coming of her whatever. Not a Trump hotel, folks. #TrumpExplainsMoviePlots pic.twitter.com/WcAPkDx2IJ
— Jorge I. Castillo (@jicastillo) August »
- Maria Cavassuto
Morning, Daily Deaders! In today’s Horror Highlights, fans of “The Caped Crusader” may be interested in the photos and release details for Tweeterhead’s Batman ’66 “Noir” variant maquette. Also: a bonus features Blu-ray clip and trailer from Shout! Factory’s The Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray and a look at preview pages and cover art for issue #30 of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 comic book series.
We will begin Pre-Selling our Batman ’66 “Noir” Variant next Wednesday, August 17th. We were given the chance to make these Super limited edition maquettes featuring our original Batman maquette with Black Cape, Cowl, Boots, Briefs, and Gloves.
This piece is limited to just 100 hand-numbered pieces and will retail for $199.99. This Batman Maquette does Not include the computer half of the base like the original did. »
- Tamika Jones
Japanese art filmmaking writ large by director Hiroshi Teshigahara: a strange allegorical fantasy about a man imprisoned in a sand pit, and compelled to make a primitive living with the woman who lives there. Perhaps it's about marriage... Woman in the Dunes Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 394 1964 / B&W / 1:33 full frame / 148 min. / Suna no onna / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida, Hiroko Ito Production Design Totetsu Hirakawa, Masao Yamazaki Produced by Tadashi Oono, Iichi Ichikawa Cinematography Hiroshi Segawa Film Editor Fuzako Shuzui Original Music Toru Takemitsu Written by Kobo Abe Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In the 1960s the public interest in art cinema reached out beyond France and Italy, finally giving an opening for more exotic fare from Japan. Director Hiroshi Teshigahara earned his moment in the spotlight with 1964's Woman in the Dunes, an adaptation of a book by Kobo Abe. »
- Glenn Erickson
From Citizen Kane to Gangs of New York, cinema has been warning of the inexorable rise of the Republican candidate for years
Donald Trump has been in a Woody Allen movie, a Home Alone sequel and Zoolander. The screenwriter Bob Gale admitted villain Biff Tannen – the bully who strikes it rich and builds a “huge” tower named after himself in Back to the Future 2 – was modelled on Trump. Meryl Streep went orange face for a charity gala in New York and Johnny Depp gave his best performance in years as the Donald in a Funny or Die sketch.
Trump is ubiquitous. Should he win in November, Donald J Trump will be the first internet meme to become president. He’s even in movies that he isn’t in. Here are four cinematic avatars which predicted the resistible rise of the Trumpster.
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- John Bleasdale
As is usually the case with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, we’re not exactly holding our breath that we’ll be seeing his next collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis anytime soon. To help ease the wait for their reunion following There Will Be Blood, an extensive conversation has now surfaced online, featuring the pair at NYC’s 92nd Street Y, discussing their 2007 sprawling masterwork not long after its release.
Comparisons to Citizen Kane, being influenced by Treasure of Sierra Madre, why the last line is why Daniel Day-Lewis wanted to do the film, how Jonny Greenwood delivered over two hours of music, shooting on the same location as Giant, and more are discussed during the talk. “My decision-making process has to happen in such a way that I’m absolutely unaware of it, otherwise I’m somehow objectifying a situation that demands something utterly different,” Day-Lewis notes, speaking to »
- Jordan Raup
“The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana!”
Reefer Madness screens Thursday August 4th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143). $6 for the screening.
In 1932, Harry Anslinger was named head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The position was not much more than a figurehead because all the bureau was involved in was the amount of morphine etc. that were in medicine like cough syrup. Anslinger wanted more power and the best way to get power was to put more “narcotics” under his control. So he set his sights on marijuana. He met and became friends with Charles Randolph Hearst (the Citizen Kane guy!) and they talked about their shared dislike of cannabis. During this time, »
- Tom Stockman
There are a lot of adjectives you can use to describe Mr. Robot, but "hopeful" isn't usually one of them. No matter how you slice it, this is a place where loved ones turn up dead, no one's to be trusted, and people eat pills out of their own puke to make the pain go away. But this week's hour-long episode, entitled "eps2.2_init1.asec," (because Mr. Robot, people) is about as bright and shiny as this show is ever likely to get. We even see a real smile out of Elliot — no Adderall involved. »
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