15 items from 2014
As if the subject of child abduction weren’t enough to get anyone’s blood boiling, throw in China’s one-child policy (no replacements allowed without a death certificate) and you have the makings of high-stakes melodrama. For its first hour, Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s overlong and heavy-handed “Dearest” reeks of self-righteous social-issue filmmaking, laying on the violins as a divorced father scrambles to retrieve his kidnapped son. But then quite , giving global distribs reason to take interest.
On the strength of his film “Comrades: Almost a Love Story,” Chan was named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 1998, and though he’s subsequently become a major box office force in Asia, his films have received only limited exposure beyond the festival circuit abroad. With “Dearest,” he segues into feel-bad “Babel” territory, though instead of inventing an emotionally manipulative story from scratch, he turns to a true story as source material. »
- Peter Debruge
Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute Lab’s first Middle East program in Jordan, combines Bedouin tribal culture and Western ideas and concepts to interesting effect. The film, sold by Fortissimo, is screening in Horizons at Venice and will also be in Toronto. It has already sold to Mad Solutions for the Middle East and Trigon for Switzerland. Nowar spoke at the Venice fest with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
If I’m not mistaken movies and cinematic storytelling are not really part of the culture in your region. This film seems to combine elements of Bedouin oral storytelling with Western tropes. How did you come up with this narrative?
Sundance came to the Middle East and I attended their first screenwriters lab in Jordan (in 2005). It really changed my life. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Highlights of the 52nd Vienna International Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 6) have been unveiled, including buzz titles from Cannes and Sundance as well as a tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on director John Ford.
The feature film programme includes Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Other titles include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Ruben Ostlund’s Turist and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.
In the documentary line-up, highlights include Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth, from directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery; and Tessa Louise Salome’s Mr Leos Carax.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Thirty-five years ago today on June 11, 1979, John Wayne passed away, three years after the release of his final film, "The Shootist," in which he played a gunfighter stricken with cancer (the disease which would eventually take his life). Wayne (born Marion Mitchell Morrison on May 26, 1907) had been one of Hollywood's most iconic stars for most of his forty-odd-year career, reaching fame after John Ford's "Stagecoach" and overwhelmingly associated with the Western genre, not least another Ford classic, "The Searchers," probably his greatest and most iconic role, of over a hundred. But Wayne was also something of a divisive figure (not least to Public Enemy...), a man whose right-wing politics, vocal support of the Hollywood Blacklist, racial views, and pro-war stance undoubtedly tarnished his career to some degree in retrospect. To mark the anniversary of the Duke's passing, below you'll find "The Unquiet American," a smart and in-depth 50-minute documentary (narrated by Peter. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
There is no studio that times their releases more perfectly than Warner Bros. Around the end-of-year holidays there will be gift sets for films like “Elf” and “Willy Wonka.” Near Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, you can expect gift-appropriate releases.
And, of course, they always bring out the war movies and Westerns for Father’s Day in June. This year’s gift idea is a beauty, a massive 40-film, career-spanning set of films starring the legendary John Wayne. From 1932’s “Big Stampede” to 1976’s “The Shootist,” there’s a bit of everything for Wayne fans in here, but more for those who like war movies and Westerns.
We don’t need to go through them all but highlights include “Rio Bravo,” “El Dorado,” “The Searchers,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “True Grit,” “How the West Was Won,” “Fort Apache,” “Donovan’s Reef,” and “Hatari!” Some Wayne »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Born of the famously turbulent, yet ultimately fruitful collaboration between John Ford and James Stewart, Two Rode Together stands as compromised material. Ford took on the project strictly for cash shortly after the death of his friend and colleague Ward Bond passed away, sending the film into much darker territory than the director had ever or would ever normally work within. The picture was based on Will Cook’s novel “Comanche Captives”, material Ford apparently thought was less than intriguing western revisionism, even after bringing on his frequent collaborator Frank S. Nugent (The Searchers, The Quiet Man, Mister Roberts) to make something of the screenplay. Though certainly not as piercing as some of his work with his male muse John Wayne, the film remains a solid entry into the nihilistic anti-heroic take on the western.
As his most selfishly styled self, Stewart plays Marshal Guthrie McCabe, a public figure perfectly »
- Jordan M. Smith
If you’re a fan of Westerns and/or John Wayne, you’ll want to pay close attention. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment just released a massive DVD box set titled John Wayne: The Epic Collection that features a whopping 40 John Wayne films, and we here at Collider have been provided with one copy of the collection to give away to a lucky reader. The set includes a number of iconic John Wayne films, including The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit, Rio Bravo, The Shootist, and many more, as well as hours of bonus features like commentaries, documentaries, vintage shorts, and featurettes. Moreover, the box set comes complete with a coffee table book, personal correspondence, script pages, and more. If you’re not a huge Wayne fan yourself, this DVD collection would sure make for an excellent Father’s Day gift. Hit the jump to see »
- Adam Chitwood
Time to put up your Dukes! (DVDs, that is!) Cinema Retro has received this exciting press announcement from Warner Home Video:
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Burbank, Calif., February 24, 2014 -- To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 Srp), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history and the »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Here is a flawed but interesting feature debut from former music video director Daniel Wolfe, co-writing with his brother Matthew. It is a grimly nihilist drama based on the murderous phenomenon of the "honour killing" in British Pakistani communities. When Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) runs away to live with her boyfriend Aaron (Conor McCarron) on a caravan on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, her family refuse to tolerate it, and hire a posse of tough guys both white and South Asian to get her back; it's a little like John Ford's The Searchers, although the comparison is not stressed.
The action is brutal, and the outcome pessimistic or at least it sure looked pessimistic to me. Catch Me Daddy looks good, thanks »
- Peter Bradshaw
Not one approach, but two...
Surrounding these lovers in longing are people in movement, pilgrims in search of a new place to call home.
Dreamers working day and night to make their dreams come true:
And there are horses:
And herds of other animals:
All trudging forward to an uncertain future with nothing to lose:
Even when a primary villain dies—
—it’s back to work; life must go on.
Some stay behind:
But everyone else has to keep moving on. Individuals propel history forward.
In the meantime, a man can still sit and brood over his fate, and a woman can still suddenly pop into a frame and become a miracle:
Six years later, Raoul Walsh would begin his own odyssey set even earlier in history.
Melodrama returns too:
And it’s still possible for lovers to reunite in the midst of an unbroken movement forward: »
- Neil Bahadur
In a pre-emptive deal worth big bucks, Warner Bros. has acquired Gary Graham's hot spec “A Garden at the End of the World,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative Warner Bros. did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Also read: Lionsgate Buys New Sci-Fi Spec ‘Terrestrial’ With ‘Journey 2' Producer (Exclusive) Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment will produce with Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment and Jonathan Krauss. Ian Puente will executive produce. “Garden” is described as a gritty Western in the vein of John Wayne's “The Searchers,” but with a sci-fi twist. »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Following our report from last month that Captain America 3 will go up against Batman Vs. Superman in 2016, Marvel has confirmed the sequel's May 6, 2016 release date. Take a look at the studio's official announcement below, then read on for more details about this Marvel Phase Three sequel.
Following the record-breaking premiere of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past weekend, the First Avenger will jump into his next big screen solo adventure in just a little more than two years on May 6, 2016!
There are few filmmakers who have done as much to define the cinematic western as John Ford. The director's collaborations with John Wayne in the genre speak for themselves—"The Searchers," "Stagecoach," "Fort Apache," etc.—and his influence as a filmmaker, storyteller and American cinema in general is huge. So how to do you sum up his career in 50 minutes? Well, the 1971 CBS TV documentary "The American West Of John Word" attempts to do just that, though mostly by going through the lens of his westerns. Featuring participation of Ford himself, with narration by Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, the doc chronicles the director's western, his use of music, and the role of women in his films, along with memories of moviemaking in general. It's well worth some of your time given the heavy hitters involved. Check it out below and let us know your favorite Ford film in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
William Kelly.s War, a drama set during WW1, will premiere in Cannes in May and be released in Australian cinemas in September.
Based on a true story, it.s the saga of two brothers and their cousin who leave their outback home to go to war and come back to find their family is under siege from a gang of bushrangers.
The writer-director is Geoff Davis, whose only previous experience as a feature director was a micro-budgeted 2003 film, Laughing Stock, a comedy about a middle-aged rock band whose life turns sour, which featured Bud Tingwell.
Davis works for a software company and has spent years in multi-media so he was familiar with digital effects and the post production process.
The producer, Phil Avalon, is in talks with sales agents to represent the film when it premieres at the Cannes market.
Davis. sons Josh and Mat play the brothers, Billy and Jack Kelly, »
- Don Groves
Review Matthew Giordano 13 Feb 2014 - 07:45
This review contains spoilers.
5.6 Kill The Messenger
One of the most iconic images in film history that comes from the great John Ford western The Searchers is put before us in this week’s episode of Justified. The movie begins and ends with shots of doorways and in particular the famous closing shot from the film has Ethan played by John Wayne standing outside of this doorway which is the entrance to his brother's home and he is unable to pass through it. Metaphorically it has been argued that Ethan cannot enter the doorway because he is caught between two different worlds and that his own dual nature is always engaged in a constant conflict. Like most of the great mythic cowboy heroes, Ethan much like Raylan, will always be an outsider. »
15 items from 2014
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