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Cool Stuff: Limited Edition Posters For ‘The Bicycle Thief’

19 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In the limited edition poster game, you pretty much know the drill. You’re going to get really nice art for the same few dozen movies. It just so happens that movies like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Jaws, etc. are the ones that most influenced the current crop of professional artists. In fact, […]

The post Cool Stuff: Limited Edition Posters For ‘The Bicycle Thief’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part One

17 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.

The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Amy Poehler 'Instantly Loved But Eventually Hated' Cocaine

15 October 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Amy Poehler on the effects of cocaine and ecstasy.

First she got real about divorce, and now it's on to drug use -- Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has nothing to hide.

In her new memor Yes, Please, the beloved Saturday Night Live alum, 43, and Tina Fey bestie admits using both cocaine and ecstasy in her 20s.

The chapter, aptly titled "Obligatory Drug Stories" (via The Mirror), offers this candid confession: "I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated. Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don't know very well and play ping-pong all night. It's bad for almost everything else … The day after cocaine is rough."

Video: Chris Pratt On The One Time He Flashed Amy Poehler

She also recalls taking ecstasy at a memorable Ucb (comedy group United Citizens Brigade) New Year's Eve party.

The crowd "danced and drank water and loved each other," she remembers »

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The Noteworthy: Bill Morrison at MoMA, Cinema Technique, Viff by Bordwell & Thompson

15 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

Above: if you are fortunate enough to be in the vicinity of MoMA between now and November 21st, you may want to consider visiting their Bill Morrison exhibition. David Ehrlich of The Playlist interviews Mia Hansen-Løve about her new film Eden, as well as her next project.  In a web exclusive piece for Sight & Sound, Michael Pattison writes on experimental films from the London Film Festival and 25Fps in Zagreb:

"All art is by its very nature experimental. In the face of an increasingly standardised narrative cinema, one defining feature of the experimental mode might be miscellany. Festival programmes celebrating ‘experimental cinema’ subsequently accommodate everything from the impenetrably personal to the familiarly abstract.

More than most, when housed together, such works demand an omnivorously receptive sensibility: preferences are fine, but one’s sustained appreciation of this genre seemingly depends upon how long one is able to keep an open mind. »

- Notebook

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Preview: Mid-Week With the 50th Chicago International Film Festival

13 October 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 50th Chicago International Film Festival of 2014 gets into gear this week, with a line-up of films from all over the world. The festival breaks down these films in several categories, including the Main Competition, New Directors, Docufest, Out-Look (Lgbt), World Cinema, After Dark and Spotlight Scandinavia. contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offers this preview of the first midweek selections in the two week cinema extravaganza. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald), to indicate the author.

Centerpiece Film “The Last 5 Years

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in ‘The Last 5 Years

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival

The musical is back, featuring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick belting out tunes! Based on an Off-Broadway hit that had its roots in Chicago, this all-singing look at a dissolving marriage has moments of inspiration. »

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Nyff ’14: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and Consumed

6 October 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

There’s something about anti-Hollywood satire that brings out the worst/most facile in otherwise great filmmakers. The prime example is probably Robert Altman’s The Player, which pretends to be aghast that studio executives have never heard of The Bicycle Thief and concludes that’s why everything sucks. Oddly, Scream 3 may be the only satire in this vein with real teeth, since its murderous mayhem is instigated by a need to avenge a decades-old casting couch act of sexual aggression, something of more consequence than the usual “those philistines rewrote my script by committee” japery. David Cronenberg is decidedly not calling from […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Pigeon takes lion in Venice by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-09-06 19:16:18

6 September 2014 11:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence won the Golden Lion Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence has won the Golden Lion Award at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

The Swedish absurdist film is the third in the trilogy featuring Songs From The Second Floor and You, The Living, described as “the final part of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being”.

Andersson said he had been inspired by the famous Italian director Vittorio De Sica, and particularly Bicycle Thieves.

He said: "It's so full of empathy and it's so humanistic and I think that's what movies should be, in the service of humanism. "So I will go further and try to work and make as good movies as Vittorio De Sica."

Russia's Andrei Konchalovsky took home the Silver Lion for The Postman’s White Nights - about »

- Amber Wilkinson

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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1,000 Classics and Cult Hits to Be Restored for Home Entertainment

15 August 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a nondescript building in Burbank, Reliance MediaWorks has begun work on bringing a thousand films — some of them cult classics, many rarely seen for decades — back to life.

The list is wildly eclectic, ranging from classics of world cinema (“The Bicycle Thief,” “Notorious,” “The Third Man”) to cult hits (“Andy Warhol’s Dracula” and “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein”) to early Bruce Lee, Hammer horror films, exploitation titles and foreign films. Almost every film on the list has a recognizable actor or director, but many have never been released for home viewing.

Rmw hopes that the new releases will not only bring life back to audience favorites, but also introduce the works to new eyes.

“What makes this collection of movies extremely unique is that many of the films have never been released on DVD, let alone Blu-Ray,” said Naresh Malik, president of media and creative services. “Anyone who sees »

- Shelli Weinstein

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10 best cycling movies: Breaking Away, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

20 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.

Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.

With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.

1) Breaking Away (1979)

Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »

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Liff Masterclass with Santosh Sivan

17 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Santosh Sivan, one of India’s most celebrated cinematographers, has been praised for his emotionally engaging cinema and attention to detail. The masterclass hosted by the London Indian Film Festival was an exploration of his works, his inspiration, and the highlights of his career so far through a few chosen clips, and of course a wonderful combination of questions from DJ Nihal and the audience.

Santosh began the evening by sharing with us his earliest images; that of his grandmother who used to sing to paintings and they’d come alive, and thus paintings became his first visual learning language. This led onto further exploration of family influence. While Santosh attended a school dominated by students who were all aiming to be doctors or engineers, he always knew he would go into the arts and was encouraged by a strong family background in the arts, with a grandmother who taught »

- Natalie Rout

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New on Video: ‘I vinti’

16 July 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I vinti

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Written by Michelangelo Antonioni, Giorgio Bassani, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Diego Fabbri, Roger Nimier, Turi Vasile

Italy/France, 1953

In 1953, Michelangelo Antonioni directed the episodic I vinti (The Vanquished), quite possibly the least “Antonioni-esque” feature he ever made (the roster of credited writers above is some indication of the impersonal nature of the film). Comprised of three vignettes about troubled youth in France, Italy, and England, the film at times comes across almost as a moralizing after school special, whereby it attempts to draw attention to the desperate and destructive state of young people during this period. But while the film’s obvious didacticism is its least laudable characteristic, I vinti is nevertheless a fascinating examination of this “burnt out generation.”

These young people were just children during World War II. They’ve grown up in a time of upheaval and violence, and now as »

- Jeremy Carr

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Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13

3 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.

As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »

- EW staff

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Siddharth | Review

23 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In a Child’s Name: Mehta’s Sophomore Film a Gripping Ordeal

Following up on his 2007 debut, Amal, Toronto based filmmaker Richie Mehta returns to Delhi for his sophomore feature, Siddharth, a rather somber affair about one working class family’s tragedy. With narrative and visual strengths that recall the works of Satyajit Ray and Vittorio Di Sicca, Mehta’s film falls short of being a true comparison to scions of neorealism with a gradual dependence on manipulation via an ever encroaching score that hardly seems at home amidst the jarring bustle of urban squalor. Despite a tendency to force the tragic consequences of the situation, some first rate performances tend to override the film’s smaller faults to concoct a gravely serious and affecting film.

As the opening credits roll we overhear a father, Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang), bid adieu to his young son, Siddharth, off-screen. Upon returning home to his wife, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Required Reading: Entertainment Weekly’s Downfall and Killing Favorite Characters

11 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Trials of ‘Entertainment Weekly’: One Magazine’s 24 Years of Corporate Torture” — A stunner of a beautiful essay, Anne Helen Petersen at The Awl provides an exhaustive, thoroughly entertaining and slightly depressing look at what the search for synergy can do to a once-important voice. It’s a tale as old as time and as young as Botoxed flesh. “The editorial maxim was a simple one: Write the best story. Don’t worry about who owns the product, or even if it’s a popular one—just cover it in a way that’s compelling. That maxim was what gave EW its unique critical voice and, more importantly, its incredibly loyal readership. Over the course of the 90s and early 2000s, protecting that voice engendered more and more conglomerate animosity.” “Forgetting »

- Scott Beggs

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Godard and the Permanently New

3 June 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Thoughts occasioned by the release of Adieu au langage

Godard and the Permanently New

One “It has to face the men of the time and to meet/The women of the time. It has to think about war  And it has to find what will suffice. It has/To construct a new stage. It has to be on that stage, and, like an insatiable actor, slowly and/With meditation, speak words that in the ear, 

In the delicatest ear of the mind, repeat…”

Two  “…no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. …what happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it….novelty is better than repetition.”

-and modernity, novelty, superventing contemporareity  in his cinema begins with a re-evaluation of screen time, direction, and space and his satisfactions at segmenting space as determined by »

- Jim Robison

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Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back named best movie of all time in poll

1 June 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back has been named the greatest movie of all time in a new poll.

A group of 250,000 film fans voted in a poll run by Empire Magazine and named The Empire Strikes Back as their number-one favourite movie, above The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope also made the top ten, slotting in at number six.

The list, made up of the voters' 301 favourite films, also included two other Star Wars films: Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi.

Coming in as the 301st greatest film of all-time according to the magazine's readers was The Bicycle Thief, director Vittorio De Sica's acclaimed family drama from the post-World War II Italian neorealism period.

The top ten films of all time, »

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Sundance London 2014: Ryan Coogler on the making of Fruitvale Station

25 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ryan Coogler's wrenching real-life drama Fruitvale Station was one of the hottest tickets at last year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award before going on to scoop the prize for Best First Film at Cannes.

The film follows the last day in the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant (Michael B Jordan), who was shot and killed by a Bart police officer on New Year's Day, 2009.

Fruitvale Station review: Sundance London 2014

On the eve of Fruitvale Station's long-awaited UK debut at Sundance London, Digital Spy sat down with first-time director Coogler to discuss the making of the film, his decision to use real cellphone footage of the incident, and why it's a fatal error to compare Oscar Grant's case to the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

You're an Oakland local - when did you first hear about the shooting of Oscar Grant?

I first »

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Watch: Oscar Winner Alfonso Cuarón Discusses 'Gravity' & His Career In 1-Hour Talk

18 March 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For the rest of his career, the words "Oscar winner" will precede the name of Alfonso Cuarón, and it's certainly been a journey to get there. The director's latest, "Gravity," was a labor of love, technology and the faith it would turn out, with the years-in-the-making film turning out to be not only a box office hit, but an awards season favorite, ultimately walking away with two of the three major trophies it was nominated for. But before he had the golden statue to put on his mantle, he was still another flimmaker with an excellent body of work hoping to get to the next level. Back in January, Cuarón sat down with BAFTA for an hour-long talk about his career, and for any fans, it's well worth a watch. The director discusses how films like "The Bicycle Thief" and "Doctor Zhivago" first stirred his interested in moviemaking, his opinion »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Movie Review - Rome, Open City (1945)

5 March 2014 11:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rome, Open City (Italian: Roma, città aperta), 1945.

Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Starring Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Francesco Grandjacquet, Maria Michi and Vito Annichiarico.


Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco , his pregnant fiancée Pina and the priest who is due to marry them, Don Pietro Pellegrini. Giorgio's ex-girlfriend Marina betrays him and his fellow fighters to the Gestapo in order to get her hands on some luxury items and it's not long before the Nazis and the local police find him and Don Pietro. They are captured and tortured but will they crack under the pain or be executed for their silence?

“Life is mean and dirty” says Marina, a conflicted woman who has »

- Gary Collinson

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