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Chicago – It’s that time of year, the one in which you have to decide if you’re willing to think outside of the tie box when it comes to getting your pop something for Father’s Day. Another pair of socks? Or how about something he’ll appreciate? A movie? A TV series? A box set? Studios have been populating New Releases shelves over the last few weeks with enough product that there’s something for every dear old dad out there. Here’s your guide to some of the latest and greatest.
If Dad’s a TV Fan
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If your pop likes his television in series set form, there are plenty of options this month to tie up his weekend. Want him off your back for a few days? Some of the absolute best programming of the 2012-13 season was recently released »
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Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week associate editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Richard Linklater‘s Before trilogy, including Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Finally, we take a look at the films/TV shows coming to theaters and DVD in the coming week, which include Wild Strawberries, House [...] »
- Brian Roan
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- Natasha Young
Produced fifty-six years ago, Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries remains a venerable warhorse in the hallowed halls of Arthouse. But unlike this reviewer, who shares a similar vintage, the film shows no loss of vitality or any sign of imminent creakiness. Despite its strengths, Wild Strawberries often gets a bit lost within the contrasty folds of Bergman’s legendary filmography. Sight and Sound’s vaunted list of The Greatest Films of All Time pegs Wild Strawberries at sixty-three; not exactly a diss but way far behind Persona. The film doesn’t even appear on Roger Ebert’s lengthy List of Great Movies, although the late critic partially compensated by including Bergman’s equally underrated Winter Light.
The inherent silliness of film ranking aside, Wild Strawberries is a stunning cinematic experience. Filled with mystical beauty and chewy philosophical constructs in a tidy, perfectly tailored ninety-two minute package, the film is a »
- David Anderson
House of Cards: The Complete First Season I watched and enjoyed the first season of "House of Cards" (read my review here), but I did so originally thinking it would be the only season. I didn't know they were looking to make a series out if it, which makes it all the better... and worse. The highlight of the show, for me, is the acting with Robin Wright being the true standout and the one character I'm really looking forward to seeing more of. As far as recommendations go, I'm not sure if there is any other way to get this than to buy it or watch it on Netflix and if you have Netflix haven't you already seen itc
The Newsroom - The Complete First Season I reviewed the first four episodes of "The Newsroom" and as the lady of the house has reminded me, that's all we watched. »
- Brad Brevet
Rather than let older films fade from memory or into a state of disrepair, Criterion Collection gathers up works by classic and modern filmmakers that they deem to be culturally or artistically significant and then they remaster them on modern mediums (currently, that's DVDs and Blu-rays). Each month sees a new assortment of 5 or 6 films and this June that includes: Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, H.G. Wells's Things to Come, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!, František Vlácil’s Marketa Lazarová, and an expansive 4-disc edition of Claude Lanzmann's look back at the Holocaust in Shoah. For a full rundown on all the extras offered in these release, just keep reading.
- Lex Walker
The typical take on Best Original Screenplay is that it is the weaker of the two writing categories. Particularly before any precursor awards are handed out, pundits usually struggle to scrounge up a roster of even thirty viable candidates for the category. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise given originality’s placement on the endangered species list in Hollywood these days, but it’s a shame, because the category has often served as an outlet for the Academy to recognize innovative and daring films that would not be able to call themselves “Oscar nominees” otherwise.
Someone with as a distinct artistic voice as Terry Gilliam, for example, would not be able to declare himself an Oscar nominee had his masterpiece, Brazil, not been nominated for Best Original Screenplay back in 1985. That same year, in the exact same category, another 80′s Sci-Fi classic, Back to the Future, got »
- Christopher Lominac
Screenwriting isn’t quite as hard as novel writing or literary writing of any kind, but it is still a difficult thing. Forming a character and its words is a most disagreeable endeavour – imagine what Tolstoy went through – but there are some people who have gone a long way in making screenwriting as important as the film itself – almost. The script is as we know a blueprint for what could be a great thing. There are thousands of screenwriters but only a few who have gone on to utter greatness but in my mind there is only one who has never failed, and he ranks at number 1 on this list. That person’s films are so enjoyable that even the bad ones are fun to watch.
Considering a small list like this means considering an awful lot of people and making it a small list – 5 points – makes it that much »
- Quinn Steers
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage)—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, the film dramatizes that aforementioned voyage.
A richly humane masterpiece that deserves every bit of praise that’s been heaped onto it over the past half-century, Wild Strawberries is a genuine treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Bergman to international acclaim.
Mk Raghavendra, in his column Minority View, writes about Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”
Paul Thomas Anderson is not an easy American filmmaker to characterize but his work is perhaps best understood as an American response to European art cinema of the post-war years. Classical Hollywood cinema or studio filmmaking from the 1920s onwards has insisted on a plot which is driven by individual motivation and, as David Bordwell notes, European art cinema from Neo-realism onwards positioned its narratives in opposition to Hollywood. It relied on looser causal linkages and with less dependence on the motivated individual.
European films ranging from Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957) and Fellini’s La Strada (1954) to Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) are about people who, rather than being goal-oriented, are either unable to act decisively or are reflecting on the results of the past actions. The two major principles »
- MK Raghavendra
1.) Albert Brooks is returning to voice Nemo's father, Marlin, in Finding Nemo 2. Ellen DeGeneres is also expected to return as the forgetful Dory with Andrew Stanton set to direct. At this point there are no plot details, though a 2016 release date is expected. Deadline 2.) Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Racketeer" for Fox and New Regency. The book sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. THR 3.) More Twilight fan fiction is targeting a big screen adaptation while Universal tries to figure out what they're going to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Constantin Film has acquired movie »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone who is fan of Stanley Kubrick is aware of the fact that he was a very private man. He rarely did interviews, and his process is as discussed as it remains elusive. He was painstakingly meticulous, a perfectionist, and many would assume that Mr. Kubrick was a serious man both on and off the set. There are many indications, however, that suggest otherwise. Over at Criterion, Joshua Warren has compiled a list of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films, a list he gathered from interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as from an interview Kubrick did about fifty years ago. While there are certainly a fair amount of high-brow titles on the list, you may be surprised to learn just how… diverse it is. The list Warren compiled includes titles from the Criterion Collection, such as "Henry V," "I vitelloni," "Wild Strawberries," "Beauty and the Beast," and Max Ophuls »
- Ken Guidry
The race between the auteur and the court jester gives the Academy an opportunity to make a statement on movie violence
The Academy Awards are known for their bold and unexpected juxtapositions: Burt Lancaster and Ingmar Bergman! Yul Brynner and François Truffaut! Sharon Stone and Michelangelo Antonioni! But nothing quite beats those generated by Michael Haneke's progress through the 2013 awards season. The five Oscar nominations for Haneke's drama of love and death, Amour, have generated the kind of high-low dissonance that can only come when a film-maker combining the moral gravity of Bergman with the aesthetic austerity of Bresson comes face-to-face with the lacquered quiff of Ryan Seacrest.
Most European auteurs of Haneke's stature stay well away from the red carpet. In the 1960s, Bergman returned his nomination for Wild Strawberries, calling the Academy a "humiliating institution" and asking "to be released from the attention of the jury for »
- Tom Shone
Our daily countdown continues with the 13th out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 180-171.
180) Pan’S Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo Del Toro Spain/Mexico
179) Them (1954) Gordon Douglas USA
178) Hannah & Her Sisters (1986) Woody Allen USA
177) Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Alfonso Cuaron USA/British
Numbers 170-161 coming next.
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14 items from 2013
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