10 items from 2015
The cast and crew of A Christmas Horror Story have stuffed the cinematic stockings with a delightfully devious new take on the holiday season. With A Christmas Horror Story now out in select theaters and viewable on VOD and iTunes, Daily Dead caught up with Steve Hoban—one of the film's three directors—to discuss working with William Shatner, setting the horror anthology film in the same town from the Ginger Snaps movies, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with Daily Dead today. I really enjoyed A Christmas Horror Story and believe it will become a holiday cult classic that horror fans can happily unwrap each year. How did you get involved with this project and what appealed to you the most after reading the script for the first time?
Steve Hoban: Thank you for saying that. As true fans of the genre, we made »
- Derek Anderson
Last September, Movieweb was invited to the Brooklyn, New York set of Sony's 'Untitled Xmas 2015' release. Almost a year later, we have a great title for what looks to be an absolutely hilarious film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie star in the holiday comedy - The Night Before. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50,Warm Bodies), who also co-wrote with Producer Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. This article will have a fair amount of spoilers. I won't give too much away, but will give a heads up for anything too revealing. Also, since Movieweb is a family friendly website of wholesome entertainment, all the cursing and drug references will be starred out. You'll see below in the interview that Seth Rogen couldn't care less if we wrote about the plot. His thoughts were, "No one comes to see our movies for the surprises." That's as rare a statement as »
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."
It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.
Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too »
Wow. I have to admit, I kinda love this poster. But maybe that's because I have a deep appreciation and love for the Telluride Film Festival, occurring every Labor Day weekend in the remarkably beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. This year the festival chose Belgian artist Laurent Durieux as the official poster artist of the 2015 festival, and his design is now out. Durieux is one of my favorite artists already - we've featured his work plenty before on the site (The Godfather: Part I & II, It's a Wonderful Life, or Back to the Future Part II). He really captures the vibe of the charming town, which actually looks like it does on this poster, sans bear (see photo here). If this doesn't make you want to attend this festival, I don't know what else will? Here is Laurent Durieux's art for the 42nd Telluride Film Festival (2015) - direct from »
- Alex Billington
This year, Mark and Simon are joined by Belle director Amma Asante in picking the winning film - which must be less than two minutes long and eligible for a U certificate from the British Board of Film Classification.
Simon got in touch with us to talk about this year's Well Done U contest, which is open to filmmakers as young as 13. We also grabbed his thoughts on fellow BBC radio types Nick Grimshaw and Chris Evans's latest job announcements.
How does the judging work - will Mark pull rank as a professional critic or do you point out he's just a contributor?
"There's a sifting process that will be done by the production team, so everything will be watched... they'll come up »
"There truly is no such thing as a bad Guy Maddin interview," writes editor tag>Mark Peranson, introducing the new issue of Cinema Scope, which also features the magazine's top ten of 2014 (#1 is tag>Pedro Costa's tag>Horse Money). Issue 62 also features pieces on new work by tag>Kidlat Tahimik, tag>Kevin Jerome Everson, tag>Michael Mann, tag>Luo Li, tag>Rick Alverson, tag>Kornél Mundruczó and more. The Nation's 150th anniversary issue is full of treasures from the archive, including tag>James Agee's 1946 review of tag>Frank Capra's tag>It's a Wonderful Life. Also in today's roundup of news and views: tag>Adrian Martin on tag>Better Call Saul and much more. » - David Hudson »
A dazzling lineup of six dramas has been assembled for the Criterion Collection's May 2015 slate. Along with works from classic filmmakers and actors, special features in the set (Blu-ray only) include interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders and many more. Booking individual titles begins in mid-April, and Criterion will release the films for general purchase in mid-May. Synopses below are courtesy of Criterion. "Make Way for Tomorrow" "Make Way for Tomorrow," by Leo McCarey ("An Affair to Remember"), is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Beulah Bondi ("It's a Wonderful Life") and Victor Moore ("Swing Time") headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and »
- David Canfield
Jean Arthur films on TCM include three Frank Capra classics Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, January 5, 2015, on Turner Classic Movies, including three directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; George Stevens' The More the Merrier; and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night. One the most effective performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur -- whose film career began inauspiciously in 1923 -- was Columbia Pictures' biggest female star from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s, when Rita Hayworth came to prominence and, coincidentally, Arthur's Columbia contract expired. Today, she's best known for her trio of films directed by Frank Capra, Columbia's top director of the 1930s. Jean Arthur-Frank Capra »
- Andre Soares
10 items from 2015
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