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The 14 Best Films Centered Around Family (A Holiday List)

29 November 2010 11:32 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Whether we like it or not the holiday season is, in fact, upon us. Which inevitably means for better or worse, it is a time to spend with family.  Being from a large family myself, some of my favorite films naturally trend toward subjects of family, both in the traditional and nontraditional sense. So, in the spirit of the season I’ve compiled a list of the 14 best films center around family. Feel free to discuss.

Spirit of The Beehive (Erice, 1973)

The push-pull relationship between the rivaling sisters juxtaposed with the delicate, and distant love of their father fills this film with a subtle sweetness and curiosity that is projected through the filtered lens of a child.

Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)

Sweet distorted reminiscing or youth, beauty, and the forgotten love of family. Ingmar Bergman writes a sentimental poem through the past of a rigid old man on his way to redemption

Ordet (Dreyer, »

- James Merolla

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The Forgotten: Street of Dreams

25 November 2010 9:46 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Production stills have played a large and peculiar role in my movie-watching life. Seeing a haunting image from some unfamiliar film can set me off into reveries, and make me crave the opportunity to see the mystery movie itself. I guess this explains my otherwise bizarre quest to watch every film illustrated in Denis Gifford's A Pictorial History of Horror Movies, but it doesn't stop there.

I must have seen the above image from Karl Grune's 1923 Die Straße (The Street) in some ancient volume on expressionist cinema, and it stuck in some dusty corner of my brain ever since. It may have also gotten aligned with the dream sequence from Wild Strawberries where Victor Sjostrom observes a watchmaker's sign, a clock without hands. (Along with movie stills, such signs have an inexplicable atmospheric value of their own.) Maybe the book was Siegfried "laugh-a-minute" Kracauer's From Caligari to Hitler, »

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Tma’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

13 November 2010 10:27 AM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

You will not like something about this list.  In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound.  That is as it should be.  Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective.  Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined.  Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful.  With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:

#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)

#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)

#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)

#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)

#5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Renoir)

#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)

#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)

#8. La Dolce Vita (1960, Fellini)

#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)

#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)

#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)

#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)

#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)

#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)

#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)

#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)

#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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DVD: dvd review: The Magician

2 November 2010 10:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Ingmar Bergman’s 1958 drama The Magician has never had the vaunted reputation of his ’50s classics Smiles Of A Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, or The Seventh Seal, but it’s of a piece with those early films, in that it comes from an era when Bergman’s wit and whimsy were as central to his style as his preoccupation with pain, death, and the piteousness of religious faith. Set in 1846, The Magician stars Max von Sydow as a grim-looking performing hypnotist who rides into Stockholm with his usual entourage: a palm-reading/potion-selling tout, an old lady, and a »

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Which omissions leave you breathless?

20 October 2010 4:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This list of all-time greats will no doubt have some readers flinging their cappuccinos in disgust. Which choices put the sin in cineaste?

There will be blood. Today's list, more than any other in our series of seven guides to the 25 best films in each genre, is guaranteed to ruffle feathers and provoke punch-ups, even of the online kind. As my colleague Michael Hann wrote yesterday in the action blogpost thread, we didn't intend it to be so: we'd have liked 21 supplements so every genre could be given the space and respect they all undoubtedly deserve. But sadly we could only stretch to seven, hence a few mash-ups, like the one today (kudos to Jason Solomons for an admirable wrangle of a definition from our picks).

So: how much of a triumph or a travesty is the final list? Myself, I'm unconvinced The Graduate should be that high (more of »

- Catherine Shoard

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DVD Review: Criterion Releases Bergman's "The Magician"

19 October 2010 3:44 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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By Raymond Benson

Once again The Criterion Collection digs into master director Ingmar Bergman’s vault and brings us his exquisite, enigmatic film from 1958, The Magician (originally titled The Face in the UK; in fact, the Swedish title, Ansiktet, means “Face”).

Set sometime in the 1800s, the story concerns a traveling magic and medicine show called “Vogler’s Magnetic Health Theater.” The troupe consists of Vogler (Max von Sydow), the mute magician of the picture’s title, his “ward,” Mr. Aman (Ingrid Thulin in disguise, although it’s no surprise that the character is a woman), Tubal (Ake Fridell), who acts as manager/spokesman, and the inscrutable Granny (Naima Wifstrand), an old witch who dabbles in love potions. Picked up along the road is an alcoholic actor, Spegel (Bengt Ekerot, who was memorable as Death in The Seventh Seal).

Before the company »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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DVD Releases - October 12th: Hex a Doll and Whisper to the Lost Boys

11 October 2010 11:26 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This week's roundup of DVD releases include fan favorites from TV, a scarred comic book antihero, the next installment of The Lost Boys, the requisite creature features, a Roger Corman set, and SyFy's apocalyptic view of the world. Also, don't forget to check out the soundtrack from the hottest vampire TV show right now (well, there's only one playing currently) at the very end of this list.

While waiting for your orders to arrive by mail, you can always catch up on Camera Obscura for free with our Episode 1-7 episodes & recap or watch the newest episodes on Dailymotion. You can also learn all about creature making from our Q&A With Camera Obscura's FX Maestro Jeff Farley.

On with the list....

Jonah Hex

Directed by Jimmy Hayward

Out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels steps Jonah Hex (review), a scarred drifter and bounty hunter »

- Uncle Creepy

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Berlinale Bosses To Honour Bergman

11 October 2010 9:18 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Late Swedish director Ingmar Bergman will be honoured from beyond the grave at next year's Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

The legendary filmmaker, who died in 2007, will be honoured with a retrospective of his works at the 61st annual event in Germany, which kicks off on 20 February, 2011.

The festival will show all of Bergman’s films and a sample of his works as a screenwriter.

His archive includes more than 60 movies, including Wild Strawberries, which won the Berlinale's top honour the Golden Bear in 1958, 1973's Scenes From a Marriage and 1982's Fanny and Alexander, which won four Oscars.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick described Bergman's films as "part of the Berlinale's history". »

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Berlin fest to honor Ingmar Bergman

8 October 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cologne, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival will honor the late, great, Ingmar Bergman with a retrospective of the Swedish director's works at the 2011 festival.

Bergman, who died in 2007, is universally acknowledged as one of greatest directors of all time. His films, including "Fanny & Alexander" (which won four Oscars), Golden Globe-winner "Scenes from a Marriage," "Wild Strawberries" (winner of Berlin's Golden Bear) and "The Seventh Seal" with its iconic scene of Death playing chess are cinematic classics.

Berlin will screen all of Bergman's films for its retrospective as well as several seldom-seen productions where he acted as a screenwriter, including Alf Sjoberg's "Torment" from 1944.

Parallel to the retrospective, the Berlin film museum the Deutsche Kinemathek will present, together with the Ingmar Bergman foundation, an exhibition on Bergman's live and work.

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 10-20. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Ingmar Bergman Exhibit To Premiere In La, Hosted By The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences

10 September 2010 1:22 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

With Criterion staple, and all around film legend (and my personal favorite filmmaker of all time) Jean Luc-Godard (Breathless, A Woman Is A Woman, Made In The U.S.A, just to name a few) set to receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, it looks like the Academy is set to honor yet another legend in the world of film.

According to the Criterion blog, the Academy is set to play host to the La premiere of a new exhibition, entitled Ingmar Bergman: Truth And Lies, all organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek, along with the Bergman Foundation.

Exhibition Information When September 16 through December 12, 2010 Where The Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery Public viewing hours Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.*

Closed Mondays.

*Sunday, October 10: 1 to 6 p.m. Admission Free

The show will feature movie clips »

- Joshua Brunsting

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On September 22nd, 66 Criterion Collection Films Will Expire From Netflix Watch Instantly [Update 8/27]

23 August 2010 9:11 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

[Update 8/27/10 - I went back to InstantWatcher.com to check on the status of upcoming expiring Criterion films, and it appears that this entire list has disappeared from their listings. I checked on a few of the titles, and it looks like their streaming end dates have been extended! I will be updating this post later, with the correct dates, but it looks like something happened between this post going up, and now.]

Some sad news to report, on the streaming side of things today. I just learned, via the excellent website InstantWatcher.com, that more than a few Criterion Collection films will be expiring from Netflix’s Watch Instantly service on September 22nd.

In total, 66 films from the Criterion Collection will be removed from the line-up, but don’t go canceling your account just yet. Over the past year, on several monthly occasions, a number of Criterion films were added, allowing viewers to stream some of the best titles that Criterion had at their disposal. Netflix has never claimed that everything on Watch Instantly would last forever, and there may be a number of reasons why these titles are going away. Some theories I’m kicking around:

Criterion and Netflix set up a deal, and that deal is coming to an end. Pretty simple. Criterion may be looking at moving more of these titles to Hulu, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes The Darjeeling Limited, The Magician, Paths Of Glory, The Darjeeling Limited, House and Seven Samurai

16 July 2010 11:36 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Criterion has announced their October releases and they’ve lined up some great titles including Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film House.  Criterion has provided us with high resolution front and back cover art as well as details on each release.  Hit the jump to take a look.  All are being released on DVD and Blu-ray:

The Darjeeling Limited

In The Darjeeling Limited, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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My Movie Crush: Peter Facinelli in 'Foxfire'

1 July 2010 7:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Today's tween and teen audiences know him best as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the genteel patriarch of a benevolent vampire family in the Twilight Saga and foster father to the brooding Edward Cullen. But long before playing the good doctor, even prior to his turn as a conceited jock in Can't Hardly Wait, Peter Facinelli made a whole different generation of youngsters swoon in another tale about girls and their high school dramarama.

We meet Peter Facinelli butt-first in 1996's Foxfire, naked save for a pair of boots. He poses, nude, in foliage. He runs, in slo-mo, through a stream to the sounds of Canadian rockers Wild Strawberries. He cavorts in the hottest teen styles of the '90s as Ethan, the "great" boyfriend of rollerblading protagonist Maddy Wirtz (Hedy Burress). Facinelli's Ethan may not have been the main attraction in this grrl power drama, but he sure made for a nice side dish. »

- Jen Yamato

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Stage Version Of Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly Draws Critical Acclaim

19 June 2010 3:46 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Making its premiere this week, a new stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary film, Through a Glass Darkly, has hit the stage, and according to a review from Reuters, it’s one hell of an adaptation.

If there is ever a filmmaker more reliant upon mood and atmosphere, it is the legendary auteur, Bergman. The outlet would love to let you all know that the play takes up the film’s perfect sense of claustrophobia that makes Through A Glass Darkly still one of the filmmakers best.

The film follows a woman named Karin, who has returned home after spending a bit of time away at a mental hospital. While the film stared Harriet Andersson and Max Von Sydow, the play features performances from the likes of stage veteran Ruth Wilson, Ian McElhinney and Justin Salinger, who all give great performances.

Personally, while Bergman will always be a name »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Top Ten: Oscar's Favorite Foreign Filmmakers

31 May 2010 8:04 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

tuesday top ten returns! It's for the list-maker in me and the list-lover in you

The Cannes film festival wrapped this weekend (previous posts) and the most recent Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Secret in Their Eyes is still in the midst of a successful Us run. That Oscar winning Argentinian film came to us from director Juan Jose Campanella. It's his second film to be honored by the Academy (Son of the Bride was nominated ten years back). The Academy voters obviously like Campanella and in some ways he's a Hollywood guy. When he's not directing Argentinian Oscar hopefuls he spends time making Us television with episodes of Law & Order, House and 30 Rock under his belt.

So let's talk foreign-language auteurs. Who does Oscar love most?

[The film titles discussed in this article will link to Netflix pages -- if available -- should you be curious to see the films]

Best Director winners Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) and Milos Forman

(Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

Please Note: »

- NATHANIEL R

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 15

3 May 2010 5:53 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie Internet site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, as we’ll be watching them in one year, 125 each.

This is our fifteenth update, a rundown of my next five movies watched for the project.

(You can find last week »

- Barry Steele

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project Wk11 – World Cinema

5 April 2010 2:24 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Naturally, the majority of the IMDb250 list is made up of North American films. It’s perfectly understandable, Hollywood is the movie capital of the world, and whilst Bollywood and Japan probably produce a comparable volume of movies, it is American cinema that is the most heavily financed, and most widely distributed.

It’s perhaps surprising, especially considering that the majority of voters come from the United States, that there are so many movies made overseas included on the list. Here i take a look at five movies made outside of North America.

Metropolis (1927) – 8.3 No. 94

Set in a future dystopian society, Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece was the most expensive silent movie ever made. It’s easy to see why, with elaborate staging, very impressive for the time, and futuristic machinery that gives Metropolis a very unique look.

In the city of Metropolis, the rich live above ground whilst the »

- Barry Steele

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Week in geek: Transformers with fewer explosions: a bang-out-of-order suggestion? | Ben Child

21 January 2010 9:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Bay has hinted the third film in his crashy robot franchise might be subtler than its predecessors. Is this really the time for him to come over all classy?

The oeuvre of Michael Bay is not a mysterious thing. This is a man who likes big toys and even bigger bangs. A man who coined the phrase "fucking the frame" to describe his aesthetic; a director whose cinematic style is as nuanced as his political proclamations.

But all of that may just be about to change, according to a new interview with Bay in the La Times, in which the director talks about his plans for the next instalment in the Transformers series. Apparently, Transformers 3 won't be nearly as robot-heavy as the first two films in the series, and there will be fewer explosions.

"There will be a nice crescendo ending," Bay added. "It gets much more into the robot character. »

- Ben Child

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Mel Gibson and the Vikings | Andrew Brown

20 January 2010 8:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If Mel Gibson wants to make a film with real Vikings in it, here are some tips

Mel Gibson is to make a film set in the Dark Ages, in which Vikings invade Anglo-Saxon England, talking fluent Old Norse. Given his political and theological views, we can expect the the Christianised Anglo-Saxons to be the good guys, while the pagan Vikings bring fire, sword, slavery and socialised medicine.

Of course this isn't the only possible treatment. Nothing but subtitles could diminish a Mel Gibson film recorded entirely in Old Norse. But still, if it were in a modern Scandinavian language, the possibilities might widen. One could get far beyond the old Kirk Douglas cliches about Vikings. We'd have to run it past the historians, but I can see a squad of Vikings, all with their own personalities:

The serrated coastline stretched like a rusty knife in front of him. A »

- Andrew Brown

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It's Complicated when Hollywood tries to celebrate greying passion | David Cox

11 January 2010 5:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Older people don't deserve to be travestied in a romcom: cinema should explore the reality of their lives

Last week the romcom forsook bright-eyed singledom for the tougher terrain of matrimony. This week it's boldly gone to a yet more perilous place. It's Complicated dares to embrace the embraces of the ageing.

We dutifully applaud: those getting on in years, we're told, must be rescued from the shadows and accorded parity with the young. Thus, the righteous wrath of the likes of Pd James (89) and Harriet Harman (59) has forced the BBC to atone for past sinfulness by returning Moira Stuart (60) to the airwaves. Not, however, to her former TV role: the estimable Stuart will be bestowing her charm and gravitas on Radio 2's listeners. This adjustment is understandable. The screen is intrinsically ageist, since both young and old tend to prefer to look at the young. In the cinema, it's »

- David Cox

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