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Foreign-Language Oscar Directors Pique Hollywood’s Interest

12 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The foreign-language film Oscar has introduced many significant international filmmakers to American audiences, but rarely has it alighted upon a wholly fresh talent: Only six first-time feature helmers have won the award, with Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”) the most recent in 2007.

At the same time, just being in the game yields Hollywood interest for directors such as Baltasar Kormakur, who is in the awards conversation this year with Universal release “Everest,” and “Kon-Tiki” helmers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning who are in post on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

This year, 27 of the 81 foreign-language submissions are from debut directors, including some of the most heavily buzzed festival sensations in the field.

Hungary’s Laszlo Nemes stunned Cannes auds with his visceral first-person Auschwitz odyssey “Son of Saul,” (pictured) walking away with the fest’s Grand Jury Prize. Nemes, »

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2 November 2015 5:09 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

(Region B)   Akira Kurosawa's unquestioned top rank classic remains a fascinating study of truth and justice. A forest encounter left a man murdered and his wife raped. Or did something entirely different happen? The witnesses Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Machiko Kyo give radically differing testimony. This UK edition offers a full commentary by Japanese film expert Stuart Galbraith IV. Rashômon Region B UK Blu-ray BFI 1950 / B&W / 1.33:1 / 88 min. / Street Date September 21, 2015 / Available at Amazon UK / £15.99 Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki MoriTakashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma. Cinematography Kazuo Miyagawa Art Direction So Matsuyama Film Editor Akira Kurosawa Original Music Fumio Hayasaka Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa from stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Produced by Minoru Jingo, Masaichi Nagata Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

This reviewer doesn't review most foreign discs, but with major studios licensing out their libraries, there are »

- Glenn Erickson

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Film Review: ‘Burnt’

21 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During the worst of his many plate-smashing temper tantrums, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), self-styled bad boy of the London culinary world, scolds his fellow chefs for not meeting his brutally exacting standards: “If it’s not perfect, you throw it away!” Applying that logic, we would have to dispense entirely with “Burnt,” a moody-foodie therapy session that follows an increasingly tidy narrative recipe as it sets this one-man kitchen nightmare on a long road to redemption. Although John Wells’ dramedy is energized by its mouth-watering montages and an unsurprisingly fierce lead turn from Cooper, Steven Knight’s script pours on the acid but holds the depth, forcing its fine actors (including Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl) to function less as an ensemble than as a motley sort of intervention group. Unlikely to capitalize on its once-rumored awards prospects or match “Chef’s” indie-breakout status, the Weinstein Co.’s Oct. 30 release »

- Justin Chang

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Giveaway – Win Red Sun on Blu-ray

17 October 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Red Sun – coming to newly restored DVD & Blu-ray 19th October – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway!

Red Sun is one of the wildest, and weirdest westerns ever made, where a cowboy and a samurai team up on a revenge mission.

Hollywood hard man Charles Bronson from Once Upon a Time in the West and The Dirty Dozen plays The Gunfighter. French crime film superstar Alain Delon from Le Samourai and Le Cercle Rouge plays The Outlaw. Sex symbol Ursula Andress, famous for that iconic beach scene in Dr. No plays The Tigress. And Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune from Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood plays The Samurai! Together they were billed as ‘The greatest fighting force the West has ever known.’ It’s an audacious line up that works beautifully.

It’s also rated by no less an authority than Quentin Tarantino »

- Gary Collinson

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Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films

17 August 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.

The Golden Bear-nominated 20 30 40, which Chang directed and acted in, screened in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema section in 2004.

She has also helped discover and produce for new directing talents who previously included Ann Hui and Edward Yang.

Joining her on the jury: Indian director Anurag Kashyap, whose critically-acclaimed innovative works include Black Friday, Dev.D and Gangs of Wasseypur I & II; German actress Nastassja Kinski, whose films include Roman Polanski’s Tess and Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Korean director Kim Tae-yong, whose films include Memento Mori, Family Ties and Late Autumn; and Village Voice chief film critic Stephanie Zacharek.

The jury will award $30,000 each to two films in the competition for new Asian directors.

Biff will run Oct 1-10 with the Asian Film Market running Oct 3-6 this year.

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Busan Festival Proposes Ranking of Best-Ever Asian Films

12 August 2015 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ozu Yasujiro’s “Tokyo Story” is the best Asian film, according to a new list published by the Busan Intl. Film Festival, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

In second place was “Rashomon,” by another Japanese director Kurosawa Akira, with Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” in third place.

The “Asian Cinema 100” initiative was a joint venture by the festival and the Busan Cinema Center. They called on the opinions of 73 prominent film professionals including film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns and Hasumi Shigehiko, as well as festival programmers, and film directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Each was asked to recommend his top 10 films. That resulted in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.

The festival will screen the top 10 films (actually 11, including equally ranked titles) and also publish a book.

Busan said it will repeat the exercise every five years. »

- Patrick Frater

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Watch: 5-Minute Supercut Presents Memorable Opening Shots

23 July 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It cannot be overstated just how important the opening shot is to a movie. The opening shot sets the tone for what to expect for the rest of the film’s running time. If you listen to a lot of director interviews, you’ll often hear how they have difficulty matching the movie they’ve made to what they originally planned inside their head. One would assume that the opening shot, at least, must be the one image that comes close towards approximating their vision. And it’s up to the rest of the film to live up to that initial image. Casper Christensen has put together a video montage of opening shots from a select number of movies that happen to create strong first impressions. There are so many great movies that have unforgettable opening shots and many of them are featured here. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Taxi Driver, »

- Ken Guidry

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The Backstreet Boys are Making a Zombie Movie

20 July 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Folks, sometimes you read something that you just have to share. In this case, it's new that millennial boy-bands The Backstreet Boys and NSynch are teaming up to make "zombie western futuristic horror movie". And if you're thinking, "Well, they aren't making so much as maybe starring in it" you would be wrong. Backstreet's Nick Carter is tasked to not only star, but write the film.

Now, before you ponder which studio would enter into such a foolhardy arrangement let's cut to the chase - it's The Asylum, creators of Sharknado and Z Nation most notably.

The film, currently titled Dead 7, is about a ragtag band of gunslingers operating during a post-apocalyptic zombie plague. I'm guessing it's based on Seven Samurai/Magnificent 7.

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Bad Ideas: Films We’re Glad Never Got Made

4 July 2015 6:06 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.  

Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.

Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian

Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »

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15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships

19 June 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...

For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.

Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.

We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »

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Ranking All of Pixar's Films: From 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out'

17 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »

- Mike Shutt

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Disc Deals For The Week: June 14th Through June 20th

14 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This week’s deals include twelve Criterion Collection releases up to 52% off on Amazon.


Criterion Deals Of The Week

3:10 to Yuma (Blu-ray) for $19.99 (50% off) The Furies (DVD) for $19.99 The Hidden Fortress (Dual Format) for $19.49 My Darling Clementine (Blu-ray) for $19.49 Red River (Dual Format) for $23.99 Sanjuro (Blu-ray) for $18.99 Seven Samurai (Blu-ray) for $25.49 Stagecoach (Blu-ray) for $20.99 The Sword of Doom (Blu-ray) for $21.49 Throne of Blood (Blu-ray) for $19.99 Yojimbo (Blu-ray) for $22.99 Yojimbo & Sanjuro (Blu-ray) for $36.99 Barnes & Noble Best Buy Deep Discount DVD Planet TCM Shop WB Shop »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Jim Jarmusch's 10 Favorite Films

10 June 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jim Jarmusch, progenitor of quiet, low-key, talky indies you almost never see today (except from him), shares his ten favorite movies (hat tip: Open Culture). The iconic American indie still makes movies in black-and-white, which is reflected in his love of Ozu, Bresson, Griffith and most everybody on this list, a near-perfect menagerie of genres and styles, Euro art movies and American classics. 1. "L’Atalante" (1934, Jean Vigo) 2. "Tokyo Story" (1953, Yasujiro Ozu) 3. "They Live by Night" (1949, Nicholas Ray) 4. "Bob le Flambeur" (1955, Jean-Pierre Melville) 5. "Sunrise" (1927, F.W. Murnau) 6. "The Cameraman" (1928, Buster Keaton/Edward Sedgwick) 7. "Mouchette" (1967, Robert Bresson) 8. "Seven Samurai" (1954, Akira Kurosawa) 9. "Broken Blossoms" (1919, D.W. Griffith) 10. "Rome, Open City" (1945, Roberto Rossellini) Read More: Toh! Ranks the Films of Jim Jarmusch »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Battles & Combat

9 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »

- Shane Ramirez

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.


10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

- Shane Ramirez

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven': Peter Sarsgaard In, Jason Momoa Out

21 May 2015 7:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Antoine Fuqua has already lined up an impressive cast for his remake of the remake of Seven Samurai, meaning The Magnificent Seven. He has brought on Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Bomer. And now we can add another person to that cast list: Peter Sarsgaard. He will be taking on the villain role of the piece, playing robber baron Bartholomew Bogue. Sarsgaard has played villains in the past, and it can go either way with him. Let's just hope it isn't this again. Photo: Warner Bros. Sarsgaard is to play Bartholomew Bogue, a robber baron whose hired thugs kill the husband of a woman who hires a group of mercenaries (the titular seven) to take back the small town that has become Bogue's stomping grounds. The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) following up on »

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Peter Sarsgaard Joins Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt in MGM’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake

20 May 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Peter Sarsgaard has joined the cast of the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” TheWrap has learned. From director Antoine Fuqua, the A-list cast also boasts Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley BennettJason Momoa and Matt Bomer. The upcoming MGM movie is a modern take on the 1960 film “The Magnificent Seven,” which follows seven gunfighters who help defend their homes in an oppressed Mexican village. Also Read: Sundance: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, 'Experimenter' Director Talk Torture (Video) Roger Birnbaum will produce the film, based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Sony Pictures will co-finance the project. »

- Matt Donnelly

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'The Magnificent Seven' Remake Casts Matthew Bomer

14 May 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The cast of MGM's Western remake The Magnificent Seven continues to grow, with actor Matthew Bomer signing on. The actor will play the husband of Haley Bennett's character, the woman who hires seven mysterious gunmen to protect her town from a gang of bandits, lead by a nefarious robber baron. The cast also includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Jason Momoa, Wagner Moura and Byung-hun Lee, although no specific details were given regarding their characters.

The original Western The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The movie itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The Western spawned a number of sequels such as Return of the Magnificent Seven, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, Guns of the Magnificent Seven »

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The All-Star 'Magnifcent Seven' Cast Is Nearly Done - Here's Who Is In It So Far

6 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last year director Antoine Fuqua told us that the one movie he wished he could get his hands on for a remake was Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. But since that wasn't possible, he's taking on the next best thing: The Magnificent Seven. When we spoke to him, the only person who had been officially cast in the movie was his Equalizer star: "I've got Denzel and then we're going to start assembling in the next week or two. We don't film until next year, but to get all the great actors we want, you've got to get the schedules right, and that's very tough to do." Fast forward to this year and it seems all of those schedules have finally started aligning as more and more cast have been announced. Presenting Antoine Fuqua's Magnifcent...

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