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Trials of Faith Without Error; Glesson’s Good Priest Suffers for Sins of the Fathers
Two years after The Guard, the most commercially successful Irish film of all time, writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson return with considerably darker arthouse fare. Part Two of the unfinished “Glorified Suicide Trilogy”, Cavalry begins inside a shadowy confessional with the announcement, “I first tasted semen when I was seven years old”. To the voice behind the lattice, Gleeson’s priest replies, “Certainly a startling open line” – speaking, more or less, on behalf of Cavalry’s wrong-footed audience. The recollection of sexual abuse precedes a heavy dose of theological and moral insight, but lively, quick-witted dialogue will sweeten the pill.
- Caitlin Coder
I'm not sure what the deal is this week, but there are pretty much no new releases to discuss seriously in terms of purchasing. Thankfully, that opens the door for you to use all that money you've saved up for the Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion sale. I posted an article yesterday with a bunch of recommendations, which you can check out here, but here were the top eleven suggestions: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Persona Breathless 8 1/2 Seven Samurai Yojimbo and Sanjuro The Battle of Algiers The Seventh Seal Sweet Smell of Success The Wages of Fear The Night of the Hunter The fact you can now get the Zatoichi collection of 25 films for only $112 when it's regularly $224 is a steal. I own this set and have been watching Zatoichi movies since Christmas and have gone through 23 of them so far and still have the special features to watch. So check out those titles, »
- Brad Brevet
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
The Criterion Collection has a pedigree that few other media distribution outlets can match. Widely respected for bringing consumers the highest possible quality editions of landmark, respected, and exemplary films, their only peer is perhaps the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (an audiophile-focused line of remastered classic albums), and the Mfsl doesn’t have nearly the same skill at curating its catalogue. To be a Criterion film means something in the film community because it implies a level of artistic excellence. Solaris, The Seventh Seal, Ikiru, The 400 Blows. Even if you haven’t seen these films, they mean something in the common language of film buffs; they imply a level of excellence. To be a Criterion film is, contextually, to be the top of your form. Browsing the list of releases reads like a must-watch list for any engaged film fan.
However, with any list so carefully organized and selected, »
Why do we play games? Some might say it’s purely for the challenge, others may insist it’s for the love of competition, certain misguided individuals may even say it’s not the outcome that counts but rather the taking part. Whether the arena is an Olympic stadium or dining room table, ultimately, we play to win.
For centuries we have competed within the rules and regulations of games (sometimes outside of according to that gold monopoly money stuffed in your back pocket) in the hope of triumphing over our fellow-man or woman and in the process walk away with our pockets filled with the spoils and our bellies brimming over with a comforting cocktail of pride and hubris.
However, when it comes to depictions of games on the big screen, there’s often a far greater prize on the line: the fate of the planet, the heart of a lover, »
- Brody Rossiter
Gavin Logan dissects the new Star Wars cast for Episode VII….
It seems like an age ago when Disney announced the acquisition of LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion and with it the exciting news that we would be getting more Star Wars movies. Since then exactly 2446 actors have been linked with possible roles in the upcoming Episode VII. Okay so that number was completely made up but it certainly feels close to that amount. Only a few days ago J.J. Abrams and company revealed the list of new names that would be joining some old faces and making their mark in the new Star Wars universe. Minutes later the internet broke.
Now that the dust has somewhat settled and we have all managed to regain our breath again I thought it might be a good idea to have a slightly closer look at the new cast and perhaps have a »
- Gavin Logan
There's a new clan heading to a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Co. announced on Tuesday that Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Max von Sydow will join original trilogy actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII. Peter Mayhew is also returning as Chewbacca and Kenny Baker is back as R2-D2 for the film, slated for release on Dec. 18, 2015. While descriptions of each character were not revealed, get to know the new faces of Episode VII: Adam Driver: The Girls actor and Emmy nominee, »
- Paul Chi
The casting announcement concerning Star Wars: Episode VII seems to have received a mixture of support and disdain. The largest point of contention appears to be the lack of females among the newly announced cast with Daisy Ridley joining Carrie Fisher as the only two females named along with 11 males. Granted, two of those males are playing robots and another is playing a walking dog while two more -- Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill -- were part of the original trilogy, making it harder to replace them with a female Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Nevertheless, the cries were immediately heard and the response was swift. First off, the announcement came earlier than anticipated as TheWrap reports Disney planned on revealing the entire cast on Sunday, May 4 (aka "Star Wars Day"), but word began to spread as the actors descended on London for the first table read, the studio wanted »
- Brad Brevet
With the major cast of Jj Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII confirmed at long last, the hyperactive rumour mill isn't likely to wind down so much as shift focus - who are these people playing? How many roles are still to be cast? How involved is George Lucas, exactly?
But in the meantime, let's take a look at the seven actors that have been confirmed. While many of them couldn't be described as unknowns, a few of them do fall squarely into the "that guy" category - you've seen them in a handful of movies, but you may not know their name.
Hover over the image above to see who's who in Star Wars: Episode VII
Digital Spy takes you through the new recruits' CV highlights below...
Over the last 65 years, actor Max von Sydow has established himself as one of the true legends of the silver screen. His work in films like The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, and Three Days of the Condor has more than secured his place in history as one of the greats of his craft . but he.s not done adding iconic movies to his resume just yet. While he wasn.t featured in the announcement photograph that will undoubtedly become considered iconic with time, von Sydow was one of the 13 actors announced this morning as being part of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast . and there.s few things that we want more than to see him play one of the film.s central villains. Von Sydow, of course, has played many great antagonists over the course of his career, but why do we think he would be absolutely perfect to »
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »
- Zac Gille
Literally one second after that rumor of Andy Serkis joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, the entire cast of the sci-fi sequel was revealed. The announcement was made by Disney and Lucasfilm today, likely wanting to beat any leaks that would happen after the table read happened today in London. Returning heroes from the original trilogy include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. Meanwhile, confirmed new cast members include John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in the two lead roles, with Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver both also on board. Here's the first official photo of the cast during the table read with director J.J. Abrams via StarWars.com: In addition, the three brand new cast members that were not previously linked to the project are Andy Serkis (as we reported just moments ago) along with Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, »
- Ethan Anderton
The cast of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced and it is a long list so let's have a look. First listed is Attack the Block star John Boyega followed by fellow newcomers to the Star Wars universe, Daisy Ridley ("Mr. Selfridge"), Adam Driver ("Girls"), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal). Returning stars include Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as C3-po, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. Abrams said in the announcement, which included the above picture of the cast during the first reading, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these »
- Brad Brevet
And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if they are, they are widely panned). That being said, religious themes exist in more mainstream movies than ever, despite there being no deliberate attempts to dub the films “religious.” Faith, God, whatever you want to call it – it’s influenced the history of nations, of politics, of culture, and of film. And these are the most important films in that wheelhouse. There are only two American films in the top 10, and only one of them is in English.
courtesy of hilobrow.com
10. Andrei Rublev (1966)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
A brutally expansive biopic about the Russian iconographer divided into nine chapters. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsyn) is portrayed not as a silent monk, but a motivated artist working against social ruin, »
- Joshua Gaul
Ayoade will be in attendance for the Swedish premiere of his second feature The Double as well as talking about how Bergman influences his work, while Breillat’s latest film Abuse of Weakness will also be screened.
Ekman’s installation, which will be performed on the ferry between Fårö and Fårösund, is based on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
It's hard to believe it has already been more than three years since I first saw Ingmar Bergman's Persona. The first Bergman film I saw was The Seventh Seal back in 2007 and I was immediately hooked. I quickly followed that up with Wild Strawberries and have since come to own many of the iconic Swedish director's films, and as much as I never believed anything he directed could effect me as much as Seventh Seal, Persona is a whole new level of filmmaking. I've been asked before if a film can still be enjoyable even if you don't entirely understand it. Persona is evidence that the answer is a resounding yes. The film came about after Bergman fell ill in 1959 as he was planning on beginning work on a film with Liv Ullman and Bibi Andersson titled The Cannibals. That film never came to fruition. While recovering in the hospital, »
- Brad Brevet
Yesterday I stumbled on the following short film from Ridley Scott titled "Boy and Bicycle" of which he directed in 1962 while a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Shot over the course of six weeks, for ?65 (approx. $108 today) on 16mm and featuring his brother, the late Tony Scott, in the lead role, the short follows a young teen as he skips school. The film was shot in various locations in Hartlepool, North East England. The short would eventually be finished in 1965 when Scott secured financing from the British Film Institute and would then include theme music by James Bond composer John Barry. The short immediately caught my eye and after searching the Internet for commentary from others, most of which feel they see imagery they will later recognize in Scott's Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain, I think the more obvious discussion points are visual comparisons to »
- Brad Brevet
Few films have ever been as dissected and analyze as Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona”, recently released on Criterion Blu-ray for the first time with new special features. It’s somewhat ironic that so many people have spent so much intellectual energy on a film that Bergman admits came to him at a point of low health almost in a dream. In fact, “Persona” somewhat becomes less interesting to me as it’s dissected, much like Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” or Malick’s “Tree of Life”. They are distinctly emotional, symbolic pieces and perhaps they should just be appreciated as such instead of such analysis of “what they mean.” However you choose to appreciate one of Bergman’s most influential films, you should do so with the Criterion edition from this day forward.
As for special features on this new edition, the two that are most powerful for me are »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With its comeback-within-a-comeback storyline and a charming lead turn from Jason Segel, Kermit, Miss Piggy and co got the revival they deserved in 2011's box office hit The Muppets. A charming, delightfully upbeat film packed with memorable songs from Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, it served as both an accessible introduction for newcomers and fan service to those who grew up with Jim Henson's endearing creations.
Follow-up Muppets Most Wanted begins just seconds after its predecessor, with the gang still basking in the glory of their show-stopping Hollywood performance. When they realise the cameras are still rolling, opening number 'We're Doing a Sequel' kicks in to set up a continental caper that sees Kermit replaced as the Muppets' figurehead by his sinister Russian doppelganger Constantine. »
Clearly the work of Neil Kellerhouse is something I appreciate as the RopeofSilicon logo was inspired by his title treatment for David Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He's designed plenty of Criterion Collection covers -- Thin Red Line, The Seventh Seal, Walkabout -- and along with the art for Fincher's Dragon Tattoo, he sort of set the stage for the rise in massive type over a film protagonist's face with his art for The Social Network. Well, A24 commissioned Kellerhouse to make some posters for Jonathan Glazer's upcoming film Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form, roaming through Scotland, "consuming" all she can. I caught the film at the Toronto Film Festival last year and in my review I called it a "highly existential experiment", adding: Writer/director Jonathan Glazer (along with co-writer Walter Campbell) have loosely adapted Michel Faber »
- Brad Brevet
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