19 items from 2016
Aquarius at The Paris Theatre in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The day after the Us premiere at the New York Film Festival of Kleber Mendonça Filho's fiery Aquarius, Sônia Braga spoke with me up at Lincoln Center on the magic in the film, reading the script, Clara's hair, Bette Davis in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve, Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, forming tribes and the influence her mother, Maria Braga Jaci Campos, had on her costumes when she starred with William Hurt and Raúl Juliá in Héctor Babenco's Kiss Of The Spider Woman. With the festival in full swing, Eugène Green, director of Son Of Joseph (Le Fils De Joseph) crossed our path, Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan slunk by and Kent Jones waved hello.
Sônia Braga: "… when I read the screenplay, I went to another dimension where I found Clara." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Clara (Braga), a music critic, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Burnt Offerings, 1976.
Directed by Dan Curtis.
A family rent a large house for the summer, unaware that it feeds off the energy of any occupants who suffer any injuries.
The 1970s was a very rich time for horror movies, especially those of a supernatural leaning, and while the likes of The Exorcist, The Omen and The Amityville Horror are regularly namechecked as the standards to beat and have earned their place in horror history, sometimes it pays to delve a little deeper to try and unearth those lesser-seen gems that may have been forgotten about, and on this occasion Arrow Video have done just that with Dan Curtis’ 1976 haunted house tale Burnt Offerings.
What is most striking about Burnt Offerings is that while you are watching it the plot details seem instantly familiar, almost cliché, »
- Amie Cranswick
It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Cad, bounder, dastard... look those words up in an old casting directory and you'll probably find a picture of George Sanders. Albert Lewin's best movie is a class-act period piece with terrific acting from Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, John Carradine, Warren William and many more, and a powerful '40s picture that most people haven't discovered, now handsomely restored. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Blu-ray Olive Films 1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 112 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, John Carradine, Warren William, Susan Douglas, Albert Bassermann, Frances Dee, Marie Wilson, Katherine Emery, Richard Fraser. Cinematography Russell Metty Film Editor Joseph Albrecht Original Music Darius Milhaud Assistant Director Robert Aldrich Production Design Gordon Wiles Written by from the novel by Guy de Maupassant Produced by David L. Loew Written Directed by Albert Lewin
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson »
- Glenn Erickson
“Anger Management Issues”
Released in the same year as Billy Wilder’s acerbic film noir attack on Tinsel Town, Sunset Boulevard, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s similar assault on show business, All About Eve, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place was nowhere near as popular—but it was just as scathing. It may not have been a box office success, but the picture’s reputation has grown considerably over the decades, mainly because Bogart’s performance as a bitter, angry movie scribe ranks among his best onscreen personas. But it’s not pretty. The guy has anger management issues, the likes of which probably had not been seen in a mainstream film prior to the picture’s release. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
Transferring films to Broadway has become routine, and the same is true for popular plays and musicals that were originally set on Broadway and made their way to the silver screen. Recent screen-to-stage transfers include “Waitress,” starring Jessie Mueller, “American Psycho,” “Finding Neverland,” and “School of Rock;” all of which are currently playing the Great White Way (“American Psycho” is still in previews). Just last week NBC announced it will be staging a live television production of the 1992, hit Aaron Sorkin film “A Few Good Men”; a Broadway adaptation may not be too far off. The following 12 productions are just a handful of many notable Broadway productions based on feature films. “Applause”Lauren Bacall stepped in the shoes of aging actor Margo Channing in the Broadway musical adaptation of “All About Eve” in 1970. Similar to the 1950 film, “Applause” is also based on Mary Orr’s short story, “The Wisdom of Eve. »
Presenting murderous moppets on screen is always a dicey proposition. For every The Bad Seed or The Omen, there is always The Good Son or Mikey skulking about. It’s all about the fear – making a five or ten year old believably frightening is hard to do. As audience members, we put our faith in filmmakers to produce tension, conflict, and danger in a palpable (but not necessarily plausible) way, and when it’s tested we end up wading through Children of the Corn. But when our faith is rewarded, we find ourselves in the Village of the Damned (1960), a seminal killer kid chiller.
Based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, Village was produced by MGM’s British division and distributed there in July, with a December rollout in the States. The film was a great success, both with critics and audiences alike, luring them in with »
- Scott Drebit
Read my review of The Bronze Here
Melissa Rauch is best known for her role as role as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory but the actress is making her mark on the big screen with the upcoming comedy The Bronze, in which she plays Hope Annabelle Gregory, a former bronze-winning Olympic gymnast. Melissa wrote the film along with her husband and writing partner Winston Rauch. We Are Movie Geeks was part of a round-table interview with Melissa Rauch when she was in town last week to promote The Bronze.
Interview conducted March 5th, 2016
Q: Does this come from a personal history? Were you a gymnast as a young girl?
Mr: I’m super unathletic and very uncoordinated, but I’ve always love gymnastics. My husband and I love watching the Olympics together. The whole idea came about when I started having just a little »
- Tom Stockman
“Gracias a la Academia — Thanks to the Academy,” the Mexican native began his acceptance. “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s amazing to receive this award tonight. It’s much more beautiful for me to share it with all the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members that made this film possible.”
The 52-year-old has joined directing icons John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz as the only helmers to win in consecutive years. Ford won for “Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” in 1940-41, while Mankiewicz won for “A Letter to Three Wives »
- Dave McNary
As predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") won Best Director at the Oscars on Sunday. He was Gold Derby's frontrunner with odds of 2/9 to prevail, just one year after winning for "Birdman." The last time someone won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who prevailed for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Prior to that, John Ford had won two of his record four Oscars consecutively for helming "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 28 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the be »
There wasn't much controversy on the Oscars' red carpet Sunday evening, but controversy found its way onto Twitter during the glitzy parade of gowns and tuxes. Whoopi Goldberg showed up and showed herself off in an off-the-shoulder dress she said was inspired by the dress Bette Davis wore in All About Eve , reports Us . Whoopi's most prominent accessory to go with the black Dames of New York gown was her giant shoulder tattoo, which didn't escape the sharp eyes of those running Total Beauty's Twitter feed . Except the company, which claims it "brings you expert advice" on beauty products and »
- Jenn Gidman
Every Academy Awards show provides a little slice of history, but more Oscar records than usual could hang in the balance on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Here are some of the landmarks that could conceivably be reached by the time the final envelope is opened: If Alejandro G. Inarritu wins Best Director for “The Revenant,” he’ll be the third director to win that award in consecutive years, after John Ford for “The Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” (1940-41) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz for “A Letter to Three Wives” and “All About Eve” (1949-50). If “The. »
- Steve Pond
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") is the frontrunner with odds of 1/4 to win Best Director at the Oscars on Sunday, just one year after winning for "Birdman." The last time someone won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who prevailed for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Prior to that, John Ford had won two of his record four Oscars consecutively for helming "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 27 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and t...' »
The Oscars are coming up this weekend, meaning there is no better time to brush up on your Oscar nominee trivia!
The awards race this year has been largely unpredictable, but there are a few categories that we feel we could bet on. Brie Larson looks like she'll be taking home Best Actress for her performance in Room, and Inside Out looks like a sure thing for Best Animated Feature.
It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is set to take home his first Oscar, for his grueling performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant. While we'd be super happy for Leo, what's even more astonishing is the chance his director has to make history.
If The Revenant takes home Best Picture, it'll be the first time in Oscar history that one director will have a film that has won Best Picture two years in a row. Last year, Inarritu's film Birdman won Best Picture, »
- Adriana Floridia
With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.
Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?
A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?
A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?
A) Marty at 90 minutes.
Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?
A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?
Q) What was the »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.
Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »
- Patrick Shanley
Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the 88th annual Academy Awards, and "The Revenant" unexpectedly leads with a whopping 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy). (Click here for the complete list of nominations.) -Break- Inarritu won the directing prize last year for "Birdman," so if he wins again for "The Revenant," as he recently did at the Golden Globes, he will be the first to win back-to-back Oscars since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 ("A Letter to Three Wives") and 1950 ("All About Eve"). His nominated cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, previously won for "Gravity" (2013) and "Birdman" (2014), so he may become the first in his field to win three in a row. Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions »
With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.
This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.
Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »
- Patrick Shanley
19 items from 2016
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