5 items from 2010
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. We cap off the year with Ry Russo-Young, whose Sundance Film Festival selected and Gotham Award winner You Wont Miss Me finally receives a December 10th release followed by a nationwide roll out. Here are Ry's Top 10 Films. Close-Up - Abbas Kiarostami (1990) "This film articulates the complex dialogue between art and life. Part documentary, part staged re-enactment with real subjects, it’s about the trial of a man who impersonates the filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf." The Conversation - Francis Ford Coppola (1974) "The way sound is used, the paranoia and the incredible use of Gene Hackman’s grey raincoat." Days of Heaven - Terrence Malick (1978) "I know a lot of »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The goal of this list is pretty simple. I’m sure we’re all sick and tired of seeing countless ’scariest movies of all time’ lists every Halloween that basically include some combination of the same several movies. Among the movies that will not be on this list: “Psycho,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Exorcist,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Jaws,” “Halloween,” “Alien,” and “The Shining.” Nothing against those films, but I’d imagine that any film nerd who cares enough to read a list of great horror films has probably already seen them. By limiting the list to the last twenty years, we automatically discount most of the staples that usually fill up such ‘best of’ lists for Halloween. Oh, and another thing, this is purely about theatrical movies that actually scared me, regardless of how high they rank in the quality totem pole. “The Silence of the Lambs, »
- Scott Mendelson
If most recent documentaries assaying '60s and '70s rock and roll are any indication, filmmakers expect viewers to approach pop music history not with open minds but with empty heads.
Case in point: the curiosity that led me to watch "Stones In Exile," a recent non-fiction film on the making of the Rolling Stones beyond seminal LP "Exile On Main Street," was rewarded by supposedly contextualizing input from a young man in a band called Kings Of Leon who appeared in his choice of comments to have never heard of either the Stones or their 1972 album.
No offense to anyone's record collection, but the complete absence of Bono, Jack White, Sheryl Crow and the rest of the rock doc talking head usual suspects in Vikram Jayanti's new film puts it in the winner's circle right out of the gate. That film is "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, »
- Bruce Bennett
Nicholas Ray is considered one of the great directors for a number of great noir and western films, but a number of his works have remained unreleased on home video. His best known film is easily Rebel without a Cause, but movies like On Dangerous Ground, They Live by Night, In a Lonely Place and Johnny Guitar have attracted cineaste and cultists (Guitar is fascinating in that it stars Joan Crawford in a very purple western). For many, the only word on Bigger Than Life was that it was raved about it in his A Personal Journey Though American Movies with Martin Scorsese. But - at the time in the mid-90’s - a great number of the films he talked about were unavailable, including Bigger than Life. But this James Mason film about Cortisone addiction is well worth discovering with Criterion’s lush Blu-ray release. My review of Bigger than Life after the jump. »
- Andre Dellamorte
This week, John Carvill steals himself through the sobs and reminds us of the best cinematic separations
"Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs," sang Paul McCartney. Others do something similiar with movies: from the silents to 3D, the arthouse to the multiplex, romance sells. Why? Well, to give and receive love is an innate human need: once we've sorted those bare necessities such as food and shelter, love is next on the agenda.
Romcoms may be hugely popular, but that name is misleading – in real life, relationships are seldom funny. Love can be hard work, and it can hurt. As a sagacious stranger warns Woody Allen in Annie Hall, love can fade. Love can die. Make love, not war – or so they say – but what about when love becomes war, what about when it kills? That's why breakup scenes are so powerful. They're the romantic equivalent »
5 items from 2010
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