13 items from 2013
Gore, once largely the preserve of the Marché, is entering the Cannes mainstream. Is a strange turnaround at work?
At the opening night gala for this year's Cannes film festival, the dignitaries were treated to a trailer showing all the delights to which they can look forward. The trailer began with a shot of Ryan Gosling breaking a glass in someone's face (in Only God Forgives) and ended with Forest Whitaker being stabbed through the ear (in Zulu). Good evening, dignitaries, and welcome to Cannes.
"Lights! Camera! Bloodbath!" bellows the headline in today's Hollywood Reporter, which goes on to quote a programmer's sheepish explanation that the trailer was "done in a hurry". In the meantime, festival director Thierry Fremaux is said to be unimpressed, reportedly "deploring" any impression given by the trailer that this year's lineup offers little more than a heaped buffet of GBH. That, after all, is what the Cannes Marché is for. »
- Xan Brooks
Criterion has posted Jane Campion's "Top 10" list, in which she ranks her favorite titles put out by the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company. The list includes only nine films, but among them are Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story." Full list below. Campion will receive the Carosse d'Or and head the Short Film and Cinefondation jury at Cannes later this week. The director's excellent mystery series, "Top of the Lake," which she co-wrote, produced and directed in part, recently concluded on the Sundance Channel. You can read Campion's comments on each film here. Campion's Top 9 for Criterion: 1. The Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1954) 2. The Night Porter (dir. Liliana Cavani, 1974) 3. The Firemen's Ball (dir. Milos Forman, 1967) 4. That Obscure Object of Desire (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1977) 5. Contempt (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) 6. Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) 7. La Strada (dir. Federico Fellini, 1954) 8. Scenes from »
- Beth Hanna
The Austin Film Society kicks off a new Essential Cinema series tonight ... and at a venue that's relatively new to them, but which I suspect will become familiar to many of us this year: the Marchesa Hall and Theatre.
"Classic 35mm Treasures from the Janus Films Archive" is a seven-film weekly series including a variety of European and Japanese movies from the 1960s, many of which you may have seen or at least heard of before. Many Janus Films are now Criterion Collection disks -- but this is your chance to see 35mm prints of Zazie dans le Metro, The Wages of Fear, Tokyo Story (pictured above) and others.
It's a great way to inaugurate regular Afs programming at the Marchesa, which will officially become the home for Essential Cinema and other series and Afs events in May. "Afs at the Marchesa" seats 278 and will feature repertory, independent and arthouse fare. »
- Jette Kernion
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Written by Kôgo Noda
After launching its 2013 schedule with one of the most unrelentingly somber works of art ever committed to celluloid, the Tsff took a more genial tack on the second night of its run. Revered for his celebrated series of post-World War Two family melodramas, Yasujirô Ozu actually began his career as a comedic filmmaker – and this rambunctious movie (which befited immensely from keyboardist Laura Silberberg’s jaunty live accompaniment) reflects that. As special guest speaker (and Shinsedai Cinema Festival co-programmer and co-director) Chris MaGee argued during his introductory remarks, Tokyo Chorus occupies a crucial place in Ozu’s oeuvre, announcing a “familial turn” that would eventually produce masterpieces like Late Spring (1949) and Tokyo Story (1953).
The intense dramatics of those later efforts are mostly absent from Tokyo Chorus, but that does not mean that this isn’t a serious film. In fact, »
- David Fiore
Chicago film critic with a worldwide appeal
For 46 years Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70 after suffering from cancer, wrote on films for the Chicago Sun-Times, and did not want to stop. The one thing he welcomed when announcing a "leave of presence" earlier this week was the realisation of a fantasy: "reviewing only the movies I want to review".
His following in the English-speaking world was unrivalled. He and Gene Siskel, his co-host on At the Movies on television, had a street named after them – Siskel and Ebert Way – near the CBS Studios in Chicago where they worked together. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer prize for criticism.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received honorary degrees from various institutions of learning. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Ebert "the most powerful pundit in America".
Why all the accolades? As a race, »
- Ronald Bergan
Pulitzer Prizer winner Ebert died earlier today at the age of 70 Probably the best known movie critic in the United States, Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois, following a decade-long battle against cancer. Ebert, who was 70, had announced the recurrence of his illness in a tweet two days ago. (Pictured above: An Ebert closeup, as found on his Twitter account.) The renowned critic was best known alongside Gene Siskel for their "two thumbs up" routine, which was watched by millions on the nationally syndicated television show At the Movies (previously known as Sneak Previews and later as Siskel & Ebert [and the movies]). But populism or no, Ebert was a well-regarded and quite influential movie pundit. He began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967; eight years later, he became the very first film reviewer to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. (That particular Pulitzer branch had been set up in »
- Andre Soares
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they try to imagine how Yasujiro Ozu‘s Late Spring might have been different if the Allied Forces hadn’t censored it. In 1949, even Japanese cinema was expected to champion American values. Fortunately, Ozu had the last laugh (and it continues to echo throughout time and culture). In the #15 movie on the list, Noriko (Setsuko Hara) takes care of her widower father, Shukichi Somiya (Chishu Ryu), but her aunt is determined to set her up with »
- FSR Staff
If you thought you were going to go on a camping trip to your local National Park, to get some solid work done on that tree fort you’re building or to edit all the Russian meteor footage into a totally sweet dubstep mash-up this weekend, you are sadly mistaken, friend. The Criterion Collection has made your plans for you, and they include all of their movies playing for free on Hulu from February 14th-18th. And, no, I’m not at all sure why the Most Popular movies (as seen above) prominently feature female breasts on their DVD covers. By my math, you could watch anywhere from 30-38 movies depending on their individual runtimes and your willingness to pee into a case of plastic bottles you keep by the couch. My suggestion would be to start with Modern Times, swing over to Diabolique, follow it up with Tokyo Story and then just free-style it for the »
- Scott Beggs
The Things I Do Astound Me: Kiarostami Does Tokyo
Following his Tuscany set 2010 success, Certified Copy, Abbas Kiarostami extends his global presence outside of Iran with Like Someone In Love, a confoundingly calibrated Tokyo exercise, so named for the jazz standard, the vocal talents of Ella Fitzgerald utilized here. Despite its location, Kiarostami’s signature motifs and visual compositions abound in this tale of mistaken identities, miscommunication, and notions of unrequited desirous affections. However, what begins as an intriguing pursuit concerning the nature of love and artifice slowly gives way to a tension filled atmosphere of foreboding, culminating in an unsatisfying and abrupt finale.
Beginning in a noisy bar, we hear a plaintive voice in the midst of a painstaking conversation. As our eyes adjust to the figures before us, we realize the voice is coming from off screen, and belongs to the pouty and passive Akiko (Rin Takanashi). She »
- Nicholas Bell
The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the titles in its expanded retrospective lineup, Berlinale Classics. The five films on the slate are all restorations, and include Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront," Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and Alfred Hitchcock's 3-D "Dial M for Murder." Full list below. Cabaret By Bob Fosse, USA 1972 Sat, Feb 9, 11.00 am Kino International, presented by Harold Nebenzal Dial M for Murder By Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1954 Tue, Feb 12, 6.00 pm and Sat, Feb 16, 10:00 pm Haus der Berliner Festspiele, European premiere of the digital 3D projection On the Waterfront By Elia Kazan, USA 1954 Wed, Feb 13, 7.00 pm Cinestar Event Cinema, world premiere of the 4K digital restoration (2013) Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague) By Hanns Heinz Ewers, Germany 1913 A coproduction of the Filmmuseum München, Orchester Jakobsplatz München and »
- Beth Hanna
This is part 20 out of 30 in our daily January countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 110-101.
109) Nosferatu (1922) F. W. Murnau Germany Silent
108) Romeo & Juliet (1968) Franco Zeffirelli British/ Italy
106) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Irvin G. Kirshner USA
104) The Thin Man (1934) W. S. Van Dyke USA
103) Tokyo Story (1953) Yashujira Uzu Japan
102) M (1931) Fritz Lang German
101) City Of God (2002) Fernendo Meirelles Brazil
Numbers 100-91 coming next.
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13 items from 2013
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