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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 September 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given »

- David Ehrlich

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Watch James Franco Celebrate 'The Room' in Wild 'Disaster Artist' Trailer

12 September 2017 6:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tommy Wiseau turns his Hollywood dreams into a catastrophic reality in the hilarious new trailer for James Franco's The Disaster Artist. The film stars Franco as cult film legend Tommy Wiseau and chronicles the making of Wiseau's infamous movie, The Room, as well as Wiseau's friendship with the movie's co-star Greg Sestero (Dave Franco).

The clip opens with Wiseau and Sestero bonding over their shared Hollywood dreams, yet floundering in their pursuit. Sestero admits he's in awe of Wiseau's fearlessness, even though it doesn't pay off, like when he »

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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey

28 August 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc

Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film »

- David Ehrlich

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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

27 August 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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One, Two, Three

26 May 2017 5:03 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Some like their comedy hot and some like it cold. Billy Wilder opted to step on the joke accelerator to see what top speed looked like. One of the most finely tuned comedies ever made, this political satire crams five hours’ worth of wit and sight gags into 115 minutes. The retirement-age James Cagney practically blows a fuse rattling through Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s high-pressure speeches, without slurring so much as a single syllable.

One, Two, Three

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Kl Studio Classics

1961 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis,

Howard St. John, Hanns Lothar, Lilo Pulver

Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp

Production Designers Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann

Art Direction Alexander Trauner

Film Editor Daniel Mandell

Original Music André Previn

Written by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond from the play by Ferenc Molnar

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

 

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- Glenn Erickson

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Interview: Director Pat Healy of ‘Take Me’ at Chicago Critics Film Festival on May 15, 2017

14 May 2017 12:18 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – An original voice, in an original conceptual movie, is a rare category of cinema art. Director and lead actor Pat Healy, working from a script from Mike Makowsky, has fashioned “Take Me,” a thriller about kidnapping and having the tables turned.

Healy is Ray, a kind of loser who stumbles upon a new business… providing kidnapping scenarios for willing clients. Business is bad – there is an hilarious opening with Ray trying to get a loan from a local bank – until a new client emerges (Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange is the New Black’), who wants more from the service than the faux kidnapper had ever provided. The film, rich with tones of darkness and redemption, is exquisitely fashioned by Pat Healy, in his first feature length film as a director.

Director and Lead Actor Pat Healy of ‘Take Me

Photo credit: The Orchard

Pat Healy has been a journeyman actor, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Darth Vader in Hilarious Star Wars Video

1 May 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Darth Vader is easily one of the greatest, if not the single greatest movie villain in the history of cinema. A lot of that has to do with the brilliant voice work by James Earl Jones in the original Star Wars trilogy. Not only just his iconic voice itself, but the lines and the way in which they were delivered. But what if instead of James Earl Jones, Darth Vader was voiced by action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger using lines from his own movies? You need no longer wonder.

YouTuber Jason Einert decided to take it upon himself to take some of the most famous scenes featuring Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and swap out James Earl Jones' dialogue for Schwarzenegger's. The video has been on YouTube since 2012, but it has recently been making the rounds again. So if you've never seen it, now would be »

- MovieWeb

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Criterion Now – Episode 14 – July 2017 Announcements, Criterion Art, Fire Walk With Me

1 May 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This episode takes a look at Criterion from the artistic lens, as we talk film with illustrators Caitlin Kuhwald and Michele Rosenthal. Caitlin has designed covers for Amarcord, The Organizer, To Be or Not to Be, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, and many more. Michele has designed images inspired by her “Affection” of Criterion. We talk about the July announcements, Twin Peaks, Buena Vista Social Club, Trips to Italy, and all sorts of other topics.

Episode Notes

8:00 – July Announcements

32:00 – Newsletter Clue – Fire Walk With Me

38:30 – Buena Vista Social Club

42:30 – Jonathan Demme Rip

46:00 – Short Takes (Diabolique, A Taste of Honey, Woman of the Year)

54:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion Now Facebook Group Criterion Close-Up 24 – With Caitlin Kuhwald Criterion Close-Up 34 – With Michele Rosenthal The Mean Magenta Will Eisner Sam Spratt (artist of The Lure poster) Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Caitlin Kuhwald: Website | Twitter | Instagram Michele »

- Aaron West

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‘To Be or Not to Be’: Ernst Lubitsch’s Comedy of (T)Errors

22 April 2017 6:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be, that controversial World War II farce/satire/dark comedy about a group of ham actors who go on a mission to save Polish resistance from the Gestapo – and, in the course of doing so, ridicule the Nazi war machine as well as Adolf Hitler himself – recently turned 75, and is one of those films that age like good wine.

“Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?” seems precisely the kind of question you should not put into one of your actors’ mouth in a farcical comedy shot at the beginning of 1940s, when the Nazis were gradually turning Europe into a wasteland. “I prefer a slow encirclement” would be, then, a perfect illustration of a witty repartee every director making movies at that time ought to stay away from. Yet Ernst Lubitsch, that German virtuoso of sophisticated American comedy who taught millions of viewers how to use allusion, »

- The Film Stage

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Yi Yi,’ ‘Under the Cherry Moon,’ Wim Wenders & More

21 April 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

Though sold-out, the Kenneth Lonergan-presented screening of Yi Yi may have tickets available as of showtime.

The Lina Wertmüller series continues running.

Four Play” brings together The Who, Paul Schrader, Michael Curtiz, and Fassbinder.

Metrograph

“Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” brings essential Mizoguchi, Truffaut, and Sturges this weekend.

Alphaville continues to screen.

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- Nick Newman

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Review: In The Discovery, People Are (Literally) Dying to Experience the Afterlife

6 April 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

… Who would fardels bear,  To grunt and sweat under a weary life,  But that the dread of something after death,  The undiscovered country, from whose bourn  No traveller returns, puzzles the will,  And makes us rather bear those ills we have  Than fly to others that we know not of? --William Shakespeare, Hamlet The question of what, if anything, exists beyond the realm of human existence is one that has been imagined, theorized, and speculated upon since well before Shakespeare wrote the above words in the voice of his gloomy Dane, contemplating suicide in his "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Hamlet says that it is fear and lack of knowledge of "the undiscovered country" of the afterlife that makes us endure a hard life rather than...

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