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Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman. »
- Andre Soares
The BFI will release a new 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s epic romance set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, starring the late Omar Sharif alongside Julie Christie, on November 27.
The film, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, won five Academy Awards and remains the eighth most successful film of all time at the Us box office (adjusted for inflation).
Doctor Zhivago will be one of the cornerstone theatrical releases for Love, the BFI’s major new project set to run from October to December that will centre on love stories in film and »
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Cinema has an almost unparalleled ability to upset and offend. From the terror caused by the train heading towards the audience to the copy-cat crimes that caused Stanley Kubrick to voluntarily remove A Clockwork Orange from circulation, films have inspired negative reaction since their very beginning. That’s where the censors come in.
It’s the job of ratings boards like the BBFC (in Britain) and the MPAA (in America) to make sure films that have the ability to disturb, offend or otherwise be awful on a wide scale are either cut – as is the case with every Human Centipede film – or otherwise banned – as it the case with every Human Centipede film until Tom Six acquiesces with the requested cuts.
Without wanting to celebrate censorship, most ratings boards usually have a good reason for banning a film: it’s horribly violent, racist, sexist, involves rape, invokes terrorism, »
- Tom Baker
Secret Cinema has announced that the launch of a new Secret Cinema X event will take place later this month.
June 28 and June 29 will see a secret London location transformed into an immersive cinematic experience with an undisclosed but highly-anticipated film.
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— secretcinema (@secretcinema) June 19, 2015
7 movies we'd love to see get the Secret Cinema treatment
In 2014, Secret Cinema presents Dead Poets Society raised £24,000 for mental health charity Mind in honour of Robin Williams, whose tragic death inspired simultaneous screenings of the feature worldwide.
This month's event will support the charity Mac UK, an organisation that engages with some of the UK's most excluded and deprived young people who are most in need of support but least likely to access it.
Previous Secret Cinema X »
Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.
Event cinema specialist Secret Cinema is to launch Secret Cinema X, screening cult classics and exclusive previews in locations worldwide.
The launch will take place on June 28 and 29 in a secret London location with an undisclosed film.
Secret Cinema X is the starting strand of Secret Cinema, uniting Secret Screenings and The Other Cinema. It will run as a worldwide concept, allowing a growing network of interested partners to stage smaller Secret Cinema productions following the launch, whilst creating a new theatrical stribution platform. Secret Cinema X will open the live immersive film concept to a global audience.
Previous Secret Cinema X nights include La Haine, Brief Encounter, Searching for Sugar Man, The Imposter and Dead Poets Society. As with Secret Cinema, the concept is divided into two strands, Presents and Tell No One.
Fabien Riggall, Founder and Director at Secret Cinema says: “Secret »
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David Stratton is the curator and patron of the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival. Nineteen classic British films, rarely seen on the big screen, will feature in the festival from August 6-19 at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Melbourne's Cinema Nova and the Windsor in Perth. Stratton says there will be many highlights, not least the opportunity to see some of these classic films painstakingly digitally restored and presented for the first time in Australia in the 4K format. .I.m really excited about this retrospective film festival, particularly as I spent my first twenty years in Britain and have always been very fond of British movies. To see this collection of films, on the big screen, as they were intended to be seen, is indeed a rare pleasure," he says. Highlights of the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival include:
. Australian premiere screenings of The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), the »
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Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? David Lean is best known for directing such big-screen epics as "Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," but he first came to the attention of American audiences with the small-scale 1945 romantic drama "Brief Encounter," which charts the doomed love affair between two restless Brits (Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard) who are both married with children yet feel stifled by their dry middle-class existences. The film is an adaptation of Noel Coward's one-act play "Still Life," which some contemporary critics suggest was a coded representation of the "forbidden love" Coward experienced as a closeted gay man. The play and Lean's film version could certainly could be construed that way, but even taken straight (no pun intended »
- Chris Eggertsen
Locked Out of Heaven: Haynes Delivers Chilly Lesbian Romance
Todd Haynes makes an exciting return with Carol, his first feature film since 2007’s I’m Not There. A lavish period production design of 1950s New York finds the director returning to similar territory as seen in Far From Heaven and his mini-series remounting of “Mildred Pierce.” But whereas those films borrowed significantly from famous film texts, Haynes adapts a 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel, published under a pseudonym and described as a novel about persecuted love. Chilly, especially in comparison to the heterosexual classic Brief Encounter, of which the opening sequence has drawn reference to, Haynes has constructed a tightly wound ball of desire that is never given the opportunity to unravel.
In 1950’s New York, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) works as a department store clerk, though she has aspirations of being a photographer. Trapped in a one sided romance with her »
- Nicholas Bell
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood…
When Vatican precognitive telepaths predict a horrific presence at the underwater prison of Aquatraz, Devlin Waugh is sent in to investigate and uncovers an uncompromising evil which will cause him to cancel elevenses and abandon the Queensbury rules in order to survive..
For those unversed in Devlin Waugh perhaps the best description given was from the artist – and co-creator – Sean Phillips, is that he is a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger (physique) and Terry-Thomas (head), if you get that image in your head you’ve also got this Vatican hired, extremely witty, camp, homosexual, medal winning (Olympic High Diving and Flower arranging), European Pornography loving, fine art collecting, part vampire, arse-kicking English Gentleman.
In this issue we are given four tales revolving around Devlin’s travels, two linked but separated by years and the other two tied into Dredd and Mega-City One. »
The title is the most authentically French thing about “Suite francaise,” a fusty but enjoyably old-fashioned WWII soap that, notwithstanding its Gallic locale, is otherwise characterized by a distinctly British brand of plumminess. Based on the bestselling unfinished novel by Irene Nemirovsky, this lightly perfumed tale of the tentative romance between a married Frenchwoman and an urbane Nazi soldier during the 1940 German occupation covers no new ground historically or stylistically, and is hampered by gauche narration that undermines the expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance. Still, attractive mounting and casting — with the inspired choice of Matthias Schoenaerts as Williams’s co-lead paying off handsomely — could see this Weinstein Co. property make moderately “Suite” music in limited release.
In Blighty, where Entertainment One releases the pic on March 13, “Suite francaise” is likely to entice the older audience that failed to turn out for the comparable but superior wartime weepie »
- Guy Lodge
The classic war memoir deserves a more adventurous retelling
Vera Brittain’s 1933 source text may be one of the key works of 20th-century English literature (an authentic feminist voice amid a cacophony of male war novelists and poets), but James Kent’s handsomely well-behaved film has the air of a footnote about it. Certainly the true-life story of this independent young woman abandoning her hard-earned Oxford studies to tend to the wounded and dying (both British and German) during the first world war is invigorating and inspiring. The mercurial Swedish actor Alicia Vikander overcomes an only slightly wobbly accent (in a role originally earmarked for Saoirse Ronan) to hold her own against a barrage of all-too familiar elements: the prewar romance; the Brief Encounter parting; the derailed family celebrations, etc.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
11 items from 2015
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