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Could 1990 comedy Home Alone be the best Christmas movie of all time? James lays out his argument...
Gremlins is great and Elf is ace. Bad Santa is bitchin' and The Muppets Christmas Carol is sensational, inspirational, celebrational and Muppetational. Die Hard is dead good, Miracle On 34th Street is magic and It's A Wonderful Life is truly, erm, wonderful.
None of them, though, can confidently state that they are the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. Only one film can claim that title, and that film is Home Alone, which is undoubtedly and without question the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. There's legitimate space for a debate as to whether Home Alone 2: Lost In New York deserves the prestigious label but, really, with Home Alone being the original article I think it's only right that we let it stand as number one.
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French director Yann Gonzalez’s debut feature is an oddity. At times reminiscent of Kubrickian sci-fi, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, 80s European Erotica, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and Giallo films, You And The Night is a meditation on love, sex and death played out in an ‘other’ world.
Gonzalez (formerly of the electronic band M83 who soundtrack the film) has spoken often about how much he likes sex and how it can be tragic, dramatic or comic. You And The Night attempts to portray sex in all of these ways but never really manages to do any successfully through the story of a couple and their transvestite maid attempting to hold an orgy with invited guests only.
One by one the guests arrive; the slut, the teen, the stud and the star. Each tells a personal, fantastical story as the others listen and begin to engage in sexual activity. »
While we have some new titles to look at this week, I want to point out to you that Barnes & Noble is having its 50% off Criterion sale right now and I've already posted a massive article offering a look at several titles I would personally recommend, including The Complete Jacques Tati and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman as well as a selection of favorites and new 2014 titles to consider... Here's a snippet of that: A Selection of My Absolute Favorites 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 New Recommendations for 2014 2014 offered plenty of new titles to consider from top directors and classics in desperate need of a proper upgrade. Here are a few of my favorites. New David Lynch and David Cronenberg Eraserhead Scanners read my review here New Federico Fellini »
- Brad Brevet
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Tales of possession run deep through any religious or formerly religious society. They may act as a primitive explanation for madness, a cultural example of the physical manifestation of evil, or, on some occasions, a political tool. Though the horror of these events comes in accounts early enough to be placed in the Old Testament, there exists an intellectual horror of possession that pervades the modern world. Though not explicitly speaking of possession, René Descartes hypothesized an omnipotent “evil demon” thought experiment that may help with our idea of the “self”. The idea goes that this demon may be altering the physical world around us, such that our bodies, our environment, all our sensations, as well as the fundamentals of logic and mathematics may simply be an illusion. Whatever is left, »
- Zach Lewis
We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)
- Tom Stockman
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”, Calvary 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 Calvary’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
As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and tackle something from his catalogue for the very first time. Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 96th birthday this month, so what better time is there to better acquaint ourselves with this Scandinavian master of existential nihilism, whose classic offerings include The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring and so many more....
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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
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