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Daniel Day-Lewis on ‘Phantom Thread’: Why His Final Movie Was a ‘Nightmare’ to Film

Daniel Day-Lewis on ‘Phantom Thread’: Why His Final Movie Was a ‘Nightmare’ to Film
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” is slowly rolling out to press and guild members ahead of its Christmas release. Following the drama’s first screening in Los Angeles on November 24, “Phantom Thread” arrived in New York City on Sunday, November 26, complete with a rare appearance from star Daniel Day-Lewis. The three-time Oscar winner joined Anderson and co-stars Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville to discuss his new movie, which his representative says marks his final film performance before retirement.

Read More:First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

To the surprise of no one, Day-Lewis revealed he extensively researched numerous fashion designers to get into the character of Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker who designs gowns for high society women. Original rumors suggested Woodcock was based on designer Charles James, though the actor refuted the notion. “As fascinating as his life was,
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The Speed of Passion: Close-Up on David Lean’s "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Lean's Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) is playing October 14 - November 13, 2017 on Mubi in the United States.John (J.R.) Ridgefield is a man possessed. The wealthy and influential aircraft industrialist is consumed by his desire to manufacture a plane capable of penetrating the inscrutable sound barrier. This supersonic obsession is a blessing and a curse for the Ridgefield family, providing their ample fortune and triggering largely latent rifts in their ancestral relations. It’s an opposition at the heart and soul of David Lean’s 1952 film The Sound Barrier, a post-war endorsement of British ingenuity and determination, and an emotional, blazing depiction of sacrifice and scientific achievement. The opening of The Sound Barrier (also known as Sound Barrier and Breaking the Sound Barrier), spotlights Philip Peel (John Justin), one of the film’s principal test pilots. In just under two minutes,
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New to Streaming: ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘The Death of Louis Xiv,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Carol (Todd Haynes)

From the first note of Carter Burwell‘s magnificent score and opening shot of Edward Lachman’s ravishing cinematography — introducing a Brief Encounter-esque opening bookend — Todd Haynes transports one to an intoxicating world of first love and its requisite heartbreak. Carol excels at being many things: a romantic drama; a coming-of-age story; an exploration of family dynamics and social constructs of the time; an acting
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Toronto Film Review: ‘On Chesil Beach’

Toronto Film Review: ‘On Chesil Beach’
What does it look like when stiff upper lips kiss? In the history of cinema, David Lean’s 1945 “Brief Encounter” stands apart — indeed, virtually alone — in elevating two painfully civilized and polite British lovers into an image of the purest romantic ardor. But now “Brief Encounter” has company.

On Chesil Beach,” which premiered on opening day of the Toronto film festival, is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella about two young Brits on their honeymoon in 1962, and it’s a lyrical and rapturous film — a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking. It has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder it shares with the acclaimed (but not yet released) Sundance hit “Call Me By Your Name,” as well as a talky intimacy that recalls Richard Linklater’s “Before” films. But it also has a quality all its own, a vision of love that’s shockingly old-fashioned and tinglingly audacious. “On Chesil Beach
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Gotham Season 3 Finale Review – ‘Destiny Calling’ & ‘Heavydirtysoul’

Martin Carr reviews Gotham’s season 3 finale…

An hour and a half of back to back episodes combine with viral mayhem as villains running amok, people get shot or stabbed and Gotham goes to the dogs. Between Fish Mooney, Penguin and Nygma vying for supremacy, while Hugo Strange is arrested, kidnapped or bounced from pillar to post things do get a little complex plot wise.

With The Court of Owls gone, Gordon infected and Lee constantly phoning trying to arrange a lovers tryst, you would be forgiven for thinking these writers had preoccupations about tying things off. With ninety percent of Gotham crazed thanks to the weaponised Tetch virus, most of ‘Destiny Calling’ is focused on tracking down an antidote. Gordon is up against it and Bullock stands by his partner as he slowly begins giving in to the hatred brought out in him. McKenzie handles this transition well continually
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New to Streaming: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ ‘Raw,’ ‘David Lynch: The Art Life,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland)

While the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane and Room told stories of captivity with various hooks — science-fiction and the process of healing, respectively — Cate Shortland’s approach in her latest, harrowing drama Berlin Syndrome makes room for more nuance and depth. Locked in a Berlin apartment, there is little hope for our protagonist for nearly the entire runtime. And while some of the story’s turns can feel overtly manipulative,
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Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever

Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever
Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today.

The First Festival, 1946

French minister for education and fine arts Jean Zay wanted an international event for France to rival the Venice Film Festival, which had begun in 1932. Several French cities wanted to host; Cannes was selected over Biarritz because it had better hotels. Variety reported in June 1939 that a Cannes festival was planned for September, under the presidency of Louis Lumiere; however, WWII put a freeze on any European festivities.

Cannes finally debuted in September 1946. Variety arranged for coverage, including a special report from Margaret Herrick, the executive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Herrick marveled at the speed of travel: It
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What Movies Are Critics Most Excited to See at Cannes 2017? — Critics Survey

What Movies Are Critics Most Excited to See at Cannes 2017? — Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV 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.)

The lineup for Cannes 2017 has finally been announced, and it’s a doozy. From the inevitable return of Michael Haneke to the shocking inclusion of television (albeit television from celebrated Cannes alumni David Lynch and Jane Campion), the 70th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival promises to have something for everyone.

We asked our panel of critics to name the Cannes premiere they’re most excited to see, and their answers were unsurprisingly all over the map.

April Wolfe (@awolfeful), La Weekly

Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.”

My stomach knots are finally unraveling knowing that Ramsay’s about to unleash another
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How ’20th Century Women’ Star Greta Gerwig Found the Dance in Her Character: Awards Spotlight

In Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” actresses reign supreme. Starring Annette Bening as Dorothea — based on Mills’ own forward-thinking mom — and Elle Fanning as the girl next door who enchants teenage Mills surrogate Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), the lightly autobiographical film is packed with big turns from some of our hardest-working leading ladies, though it’s Greta Gerwig who emerges with some of her best work ever.

As Abbie, the punk-loving photographer tenant who lives just down the hall from Jamie in his and Dorothea’s groovy Santa Barbara home, Gerwig gets the chance to show off her trademark charm and effervescence, with a healthy dose of pathos and emotion. As quirky and fun-loving as Abbie is — and she is! she teaches Jamie about music and dancing and being himself! — Gerwig taps into the character’s darker side with apparent ease.

Read More: IndieWire Awards Spotlight: Welcome to Our 2016-
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Blood Simple, Sweet Charlotte, Suicide Squad And Other Scattered Shots And Short Ends

I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn
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The Classic Film Series returns with Brief Encounter

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Some of Hollywood’s best love stories are the ones that never pan out. From Casablanca to Titanic to Brokeback Mountain, we can’t get enough of lovers who are never meant to be together.

In director David Lean’s 1945 masterpiece Brief Encounter it’s placid housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) and married doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) who spark up a romance in a dreary train station. Their chemistry is immediate, and we desperately want them to run off together, but their deep-rooted goodness and middle-class British morals hold them back.

Brief Encounter reminds us that love doesn’t always lead to happiness and all we can do is cherish the heartbreak.

Brief Encounter screens as part of Cineplex’s Classic Film Series on June 19th, 22nd and 27th. Go to Cineplex.com/Events for times and locations.
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‘Me Before You’: How to Build a YA Movie That Rules

‘Me Before You’: How to Build a YA Movie That Rules
Me Before You” arrived in theaters on Friday with a dash of pedigree – it’s based on a novel by Jojo Moyes, whose romantic fiction for adults has been garlanded with praise — but let’s be clear: The film’s central characters may be 26 and 31 years old, but at heart this is another Ya tearjerker, a squeaky-clean love story submerged in youthful doom. In “Me About You,” two impossibly good-looking people drift into a slow-burn romance, but the love is haunted by tragedy, the kind that only love can conquer. You light up my life! The movie seems, on the surface, to be scrubbed of sex, but it delivers — and inspires — one bodily fluid with bountiful abandon, and that is tears. It’s a formula that goes back to “Love Story” (or maybe “Anna Karenina,” though Tolstoy wasn’t quite so intent on leaving you with that feel-good feeling). “Me Before You
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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 3 – April 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye, Aaron West, and Mark Hurne to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for April 2016.

Links The April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up The Newsstand – Episode 52 Only Angels Have Wings Only Angels Have Wings (1939) The Art of Francesco Francavilla Amazon.com: Only Angels Have Wings Blu-ray.com: Only Angels Have Wings Barcelona Barcelona (1994) Pierre Le-Tan Amazon.com: Barcelona Blu-ray.com: Barcelona A Whit Stillman Trilogy A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco Amazon.com: A Whit Stillman Trilogy The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew and Associates The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates () F Ron Miller Design Blu-ray.com: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew and Associates Amazon.com: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Phoenix Phoenix (2014) Nessim Higson Amazon.com: Phoenix Phoenix Blu-ray Brief Encounter Brief Encounter (1945) Brief Encounter on iTunes David Lean Directs Noël Coward Essential Art House,
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Thank Link It's Friday

Vanity Fair meet Millicent Simmonds, a young deaf actress starring in Todd Haynes next film Wonderstruck

Film Independent if you are very rich and can afford $150+ to see a live screenplay reading, Hannah and Her Sisters is being performed tonight in Manhattan. Olivia Wilde directs an all star cast including: Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Uma Thurman, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph, and Salman Rushdie. (Love all those ladies but I'll save my pennies to see two fully staged Broadway shows on discount for that price. Jesus)

Oscars YouTube has released a bunch of conversational videos with the team behind Beauty & The Beast for its 25th Anniversary

Decider Joe Reid remembers gay romcom The Broken Hearts Club (2000)

The Film Stage interview with Terence Davies about Sunset Song (2016) now playing

Vulture why X-Men Apocalypse has so little buzz

Stage Buddy Nico Tortorella, of Younger fame, tests his comic chops out on stage in
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NYC Weekend Watch: Amy Heckerling, J.G. Ballard, Noël Coward & More

Since any New York 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.

Metrograph

Spend “A Weekend with Amy Heckerling” when Johnny Dangerously and Fast Times at Ridgemont High screen this Saturday, while Look Who’s Talking and Clueless show on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

For “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z,” see a print of Philippe Garrel‘s The Inner Scar on Friday and Sunday; André de Toth‘s
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Off The Shelf – Episode 87 – FilmStruck, Alien Day, and New Blu-rays for the Week.

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. They also discuss the new streaming service: FilmStruck.

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Follow-Up Ryan buys a Blu-ray from Australia! News FilmStruck Alien Day Labyrinth 4k Criterion Collection: July Line-up Kino Lorber: Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Road House, The Enemy Below, Caboblanco, Star Crystal, Man on Fire, The Earth Dies Screaming, and Chosen Survivors Scorpion Releasing: Force Five, Haunting of Morella Image Entertainment: The Commitments Twilight Time May 2016 Pre-orders: Garden of Evil, Cat Balou, Eureka, I Could Go On Singing, and Appasionata Links to Amazon 4/19 Barcelona Betrayed Cary Grant: The Vault Collection Dangerous Men Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Fatal Beauty The File of the Golden Goose
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15 New Movies to Watch at Home This Week on Blu-ray/DVD

Welcome back to This Week In Discs where we check out tomorrow’s new releases today! Death Becomes Her (Scream Factory) What is it? Madeline (Meryl Streep) and Helen (Goldie Hawn) have been rivals for years, but their biggest face-off comes after a desperate Madeline takes a potion in a bid to look and feel young again. It makes her immortal — right before she falls down the stairs and breaks her neck. She can’t die, but her body can take a beating, and even in her undead state she once again finds herself in competition with Helen. Why buy it? Director Robert Zemeckis is clearly at home with this blackly comic, Tales from the Crypt-like feature that deftly mixes laughs, gruesome deeds, and cutting edge (for 1992) special effects. Streep and Hawn are both terrific, but Bruce Willis more than holds his own (and delivers one of his best performances) as a beleaguered husband with a
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Todd Haynes Will Present Half of ‘Wonderstruck’ as a Silent Film

The weight of cinema’s history can be deeply felt in the cinema of Todd Haynes, whether he’s taking on various different forms in I’m Not There, something as specific as a single director in Far From Heaven or the structure of a film like Brief Encounter when it comes to his latest feature, Carol. For his next film, Wonderstruck, which is deep into casting, he’s undertaking perhaps his most ambitious homage yet.

His adaptation of the novel by Hugo author Brian Selznick follows a story that oscillates between two deaf children: a boy named Ben in Minnesota, circa 1977, dealing with the death of his mother and a girl named Rose in New Jersey, circa 1927, who ventures to New York to meet her idol, an actress named Lillian Mayhew. According to Deadline, the latter portion of the film will “presented as a silent film in both a
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Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations

Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations
The much-loved comedian, whose comic range stretched from clever musical spoofs to sharp observational standup, has died after a short cancer fight. Follow our liveblog to read all the tributes and share her best moments

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Among her many projects, Ted Robbins recalled working with Wood on 2000’s Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, in which she took on the role of Anne Widdicome at one point. Here’s that memorable moment:

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The actor and presenter, Ted Robbins, has been remembering the woman who have him his first chance in comedy more than three decades ago, when Wood and Walters allowed him to be their warm-up act.

While saying that it was clear that she was “hilarious”, he told the BBC: “She was also a great writer, her words were so crafted. She did not mind who got the laughs. She wrote wonderly lines for other people.
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Blu-ray Review: David Lean's Brief Encounter Is A Sparkling Affair

Made in 1945 immediately prior to his Charles Dickens double-whammy of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, David Lean's Brief Encounter remains a handsome bastion of romance on film - a kind of British Casablanca, albeit on a much smaller scale. Returning to the Criterion Collection on blu-ray this month as a stand-alone spine number (#76, though it was also recently included in their box set of "David Lean Directs Noel Coward"), the 2008 restoration of Brief Encounter is for all intents and purposes pristine. There's almost no deterioration of the image at all, and the mono soundtrack rings true as a bell. It's easy to slip into the film's period fantasia, at least from a presentation standpoint. The mindset might require a bit more work....

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