11 items from 2012
As the Academy celebrates 85 years of great films at the Oscars on February 24th, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to take movie fans on the ultimate studio tour with the 2013 edition of 31 Days Of Oscar®. Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. And as always, every film presented during 31 Days Of Oscar is an Academy Award® nominee or winner, making this annual event one of the most anticipated on any movie lover’s calendar.
As part of the network’s month-long celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has graciously provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM’s 31 Days Of Oscar website.
Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect »
- Michelle McCue
Failure of The Master to wow box office has critics bemoaning the state of the industry, but Tom Shone thinks things are fine
There's been a lot of death-of-film talk recently, as there often is when the first leaves of fall bid their first, golden adieus. "I'm made crazy by the way the business structure of movies is now constricting the art of movies," fumed David Denby in The New Republic after a summer which steamrolled one action blockbuster after another into a single strip of blurry, brazen fury.
In the same magazine, David Thomson also found himself haunted by thoughts of cinema's imminent demise, after careful examination of the Sight & Sound top 10 had revealed not a single film released after 1968. "If they are not quite dead, the cinema and the movies sink deeper than ever into their preoccupation with dying," he wrote, his one caveat the result of having »
- Tom Shone
After much media hoopla about "Vertigo" toppling "Citizen Kane" in its poll, Sight and Sound magazine have now released the full version of its once a decade 'Top 250 greatest films of all time' poll results via its website. The site also includes full on links showcasing Top Tens of the hundreds of film industry professionals who participated in the project.
For those who don't want to bother with the individual lists and to save you a bunch of clicking, below is a copy of the full 250 films that made the lists and how many votes they got to be considered for their positions:
1 - Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) [191 votes]
2 - Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) [157 votes]
3 - Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953) [107 votes]
5 - Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927) [93 votes]
6 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) [90 votes]
7 - The Searchers (Ford, 1956) [78 votes]
8 - Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929) [68 votes]
9 - The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, »
- Garth Franklin
This month's Sight and Sound dropped through my letterbox Saturday morning, and in it contained their once-a-decade Top 10 Films of All Time, as voted for by critics and filmmakers. If you've been living as a recluse in your own personal Xanadu, Orson Welles, who's been number one for the past half century, got Citizen Kaned by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (James Stewart).
In the issue, Sight and Sound also included "100 sample entries" representing "edited highlights of the 358 voting entries we recieved for the 2012 Directors' Poll." The whole bunch will be available online from 22nd August, but until then, here's the final Part 5 of our own sample of your favourite filmmakers' favourite films...
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Le Regle du jeu (Renoir)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
The Conformist (Bertolucci)
The Lady Eve (Sturges)
Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)
In the Mood for Love (Wong)
- Chris Villeneuve
How do you measure the value of art? Influence, innovation, inspiration… Every ten years since 1952, the London based magazine Sight & Sound has compiled the lists of the best critics and filmmakers in order to compile the ten best “greatest” films of all time. The 2012 edition marks the first time since 1962 that Citizen Kane has not been voted to the top spot, it was just barely unseated by Alfred Hitchcock’s paranoid masterpiece Vertigo.
As shocking as some people are making this out to be, the significance (or lack thereof) of this event is rather arbitrary. It is of some interest that though released in 1958, Vertigo first placed the list only in the 1982 edition, and has since climbed the ranks to finally hit number one. It is easy to make a lot of this growth in popularity but it is unlikely it reflects very much, except for the changing face of »
A new-ish film journal has grabbed our attention. Interiors is a unique online monthly publication that hones in on a different film each issue, and focuses on the architecture in a particular scene and its expressive qualities. For example, the elevator in Drive, the apartment from Contempt, and in their timely latest edition, which dropped over the weekend, the bank in The Dark Knight. Be sure to give their work a look. They're also in the business of making nifty art prints. With this new Nisimazine Special focusing on the East of the West Competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the official publication of Nisi Masa presents its third edition of the Special Series, a complementary addition to their Film Journalism Workshops for young critics. Peter Greenaway told The Hollywood Reporter that he plans to make a film about Sergei Eisenstein titled Eisenstein in Guanajuato that would »
Woodcutting Fool David Lynch carved
Go Fug Yourself on Reese Witherspoon (and child) in France
Mubi's Notebook lists favorite Cannes films of 2012 (the winner being way down the list)
Film School Rejects Why blockbusters need to get their third act together. Heartily agree with much of this.
TV|Line Smash will lose two of its major male characters in Season 2. Does this mean Dennis & Bobby get more screen time? (I know it doesn't but my wishful thinking can be noisy and demand sentences all its own.)
Pajiba Most Versatile Bruce Willis
No Film School Most Fascinating Michael Haneke
Coming Soon new Les Miserables photos. Apparently the trailer arrives today as well. We'll hear the people sing tonight in a Yes No Maybe So post. »
- NATHANIEL R
The screwball is making a comeback. A comedy genre which flourished in Hollywood in the 1930s and early 1940s, and which yielded such classic films as His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby and The Lady Eve as well as such latter-day manifestations as Some Like It Hot (1959), is being dusted down by a new generation of film-makers. Last week saw the release of The Decoy Bride, a new, Scottish-set screwball comedy. Later in the year, we'll see Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, a romantic comedy with strong screwball elements about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England. »
"Dan Callahan's Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman is a serious book about a serious woman, less a biography of an actress than a biography of her career," writes Scott Eyman in the Wall Street Journal. "Mr Callahan follows her choices of roles and tries to capture what she was saying about herself through her acting. It was an astonishing career, whose impressive outlines only became clear in retrospect. Most actors want to be loved — it's the Achilles' heel of the profession — but Stanwyck seems to have been after something else: respect."
Introducing his interview with Dan Callahan at the L, Mark Asch notes that "Dan concludes that Stanwyck was the most open, raw, unshowy and affectless of the Golden Age movie queens, in both her performances and offscreen attitudes; he builds a compelling personal narrative out of her contradictions: her bootstrapping tough-broad self-sufficiency (this slum kid was a »
The Film Doctor makes a passionate case for Hawaii and The Descendants... but I'm still having trouble. I just don't think it's very good. And also it's hard to be receptive to the arguments when they start by dissing The Artist. 'Can't we all just get along?' That said I do agree that the final shot is pretty wonderful. Just wish the rest of the movie was.
They Live By Night Awww, there was an Amadeus Blog-a-Thon and I didn't even know about it. Blog-a-thons just don't have as much outreach as they used to. Totally would've done that one.
Cineuropa Iceland's Volcano didn't go the distant with Oscar this year in the Best Foreign Film Category but it's doing very »
- NATHANIEL R
Cameron Crowe and atmospheric indie post-rocker Jónsi have had a fruitful collaboration thus far. Jónsi's group Sigur Rós contributed three tracks to "Vanilla Sky," one which was unreleased at the time, and the Icelandic musician also recently scored the director's most current effort "We Bought A Zoo." But this just seems to be the beginning of their working relationship. We spoke to Crowe yesterday via email, and after hearing about it through the grapevine, he confirmed to us that the Sigur Rós frontman and solo artist would also be scoring his next film, a currently untitled comedy. "Yep, it's with Jónsi," he told us. While Crowe's keeping the plot under wraps, he once teased us by describing it as a film influenced by the humor and movies of the great golden age director Preston Struges ("The Lady Eve," "Sullivan's Travels"). But even then filmmaker was »
11 items from 2012
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