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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
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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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7 items from 2013
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