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BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then.The lineup for the 2015 festival has been revealed, including new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, Bulle Ogier, and much more.Piazza GRANDERicki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, USA)La belle saison (Catherine Corsini, France)Le dernier passage (Pascal Magontier, France)Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, Germany)Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua, USA)Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, USA)Jack (Elisabeth Scharang, Austria)Floride (Philippe Le Guay, France)The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, UK/USA)Erlkönig (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)Bombay Velvet (Anurag Kashyap, India)Pastorale cilentana (Mario Martone, Italy)La vanite (Lionel Baier, Switzerland/France)The Laundryman (Lee Chung, Taiwan)Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA) I pugni ni tasca (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Heliopolis (Sérgio Machado, Brazil)Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder, »
Orson Welles gave one of his most Shakespearean performances as an ageing, corrupt police chief in this remarkable melodrama
All liberals should memorise this film’s superb line, spoken by, all of people, Charlton Heston: “A policeman’s job is only easy in a police state!” Orson Welles’s brilliant 1958 noir melodrama Touch of Evil is now on rerelease. Adapted by Welles from Whit Masterson’s pulp thriller Badge of Evil, it had streaks of teen degradation and reefer madness, and the most intense interracial relationship since The Searchers.
Related: How Orson Welles shattered the Hollywood image
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- Peter Bradshaw
Spoilers ahead for the second season of True Detective. The first season of True Detective was, if nothing else, a hotbed of references and influences — everything from Nietzsche to Robert Chambers’s book The King in Yellow to Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil to the films of Michael Mann. The arrival of the second season suggests things will be no different this time around — no matter what series creator Nic Pizzolatto and his directors may actually say. And one of the most prominent influences on this new season appears to be the work of David Lynch. Of course, Pizzolatto has made his fondness for Lynch known in the past, and the director’s Lost Highway felt like a key influence on last season as well. (Plus, Twin Peaks is already the granddaddy of most shows that feature an ongoing investigation over an entire season.) But based on what we’ve seen, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Directed by Chuck Workman
A documentary exploring the life and work of Orson Welles…
Vincent van Gogh, famously, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Leonardo Da Vinci struggled to finish many of the commissions he was given – his Last Supper is technically unfinished as he intended to include a roof on the mural. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles lifts the widely-respected filmmaker to such heights. Akin to van Gogh and Da Vinci, his canon of films includes multiple financial losses, alongside incomplete masterpieces that, even now, are rumoured to be lost in the deepest depths of Southern America. From Citizen Kane to F for Fake, his history is fascinating, and director Chuck Workman, takes us on the bumpy journey through his life.
Split into small, bite size chunks such as ‘The Boy Wonder’ and ‘The »
- Simon Columb
Big, grizzled, with spit and stubble, Orson Welles dismantled the notion of what a movie star should look like. As it returns to cinemas, Michael Newton celebrates his Touch of Evil, the last great film noir of Hollywood’s golden age
In Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Gulliver finds himself in the kingdom of Brobdingnag, where the people are 60ft tall. Scale is everything; blown up to gigantic proportions the human face becomes rough, pitted, the seemingly immaculate skin unmasked as imperfect. In the 20th century, Brobdingnag transformed into the picture house, a place for the pygmy public to stare up at the great stars. However, far from seeming less perfect, the enlarged human face seemed more wonderful, smoothed-out by celluloid, unattainable. Yet still strangeness clung to these super-sized persons, those colossal faces.
Welles understood this, and so returned us to the Swiftian vision. In his movies, the human »
- Michael Newton
Central and Eastern Europe's flagship festival, running from July 3 to 11 this summer, is one for moviegoers hungry for discoveries, curiosities and breakouts. This year, Kviff asked six prominent directors to personally present a film favorite that has defined their own style as filmmakers. Read More: Karlovy Vary Film Fest Lineup Lures Adventurous Cinephiles, Young Directors Cine-essayist Mark Cousins, who will bring a new feature doc to the fest this year, presents the Iranian-French film "A Moment of Innocence" (Nun va Goldoon, 1996) by one of the leading directors of the Iranian new wave, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Kim Ki-duk will present the lovely "Poetry" (Shi), directed by his colleague and countryman Lee Chang-dong in 2010. Sergei Loznitsa will show director Kira Muratova’s magnum opus, "The Asthenic Syndrome" (Astenicheskiy sindrom, 1989). Luis Miñarro chose the Orson Welles’ legendary 1958 film noir "Touch of Evil," »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — The 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival is to include a special section entitled Six Close Encounters, in which six directors who share a history with the festival will present one of their favorite films.
“It is extremely important to us that we maintain long-term relationships with filmmakers whose work we follow continuously, often from the beginning of their careers, which in many cases were launched at the festival,” artistic director Karel Och said.
With this in mind, the event asked six directors to select and personally present a favorite film that played a fundamental role in defining their own filmmaking styles.
- Leo Barraclough
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.
Six international directors who share a history with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 3-11) are to present one of their favourite films at the 50th edition of the festival in the Czech spa town.
Each will select and personally present a favourite film that played a fundamental role in defining their own styles on filmmaking.
“It is extremely important to us that we maintain long-term relationships with filmmakers whose work we follow continuously, often from the beginning of their careers, which in many cases were launched at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,” says Kviff artistic director Karel Och.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Charlton Heston (starring here as Mexican border cop Mike Vargas) was apparently instrumental in persuading B-movie producer Albert Zugsmith to hire Orson Welles – who hadn’t directed in Hollywood for a decade – to make Touch of Evil.
Beginning with one of the most celebrated tracking shots in cinema history, a bravura three-minute take in which a bomb is planted in a car that then explodes after crossing the Us border, Welles created a baroque, highly stylised masterpiece from inauspiciously pulpy source material.
With its story of murder, marijuana and police corruption, Touch of Evil is considered among the last of the 1940s/50s cycle of crime thrillers known as film noir. Welles’ vivid turn as corpulent bent cop Quinlan »
- Gary Collinson
While the narrative these days around Orson Welles tends to focus on his unfinished films or the wacky work he did in the latter stages of his career, like editing pornos, it can't be overstated that he was an absolutely brilliant filmmaker. Of course, there's "Citizen Kane," but even the studio-mangled "The Magnificent Ambersons" shines in its truncated form, "The Stranger" is an underrrated gem, and then there's "Touch Of Evil." It's a flat out noir masterpiece and audiences in the U.K. are going to get to see it on the big screen once again this summer. Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles As with many of his films, Welles saw his original vision for "Touch Of Evil" manhandled by the studio. After submitting his rough cut to Universal, the studio hired Harry Keller to shoot additional material. After Welles saw this new cut, he issued »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Orson Welles' career and filmography is essentially split into two categories: the filmmaking master behind "Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons," and "Touch Of Evil," and the washout who starred in commercials, and did various less than prestigious jobs for money. And a curio from that latter category has been unearthed. Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles In Josh Karp’s new book "Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind," the author brings up the previously not-well-known story of Orson Welles' brief job editing a lesbian sex scene in the 1975 porno "3 A.M." The movie was directed by Gary Graver (working under the pseudonym Robert McCallum), who was actually the cinematographer on Welles still unfinished "The Other Side Of The Wind" (for which there's a current crowd-sourcing campaign). Welles didn't have the money to pay the crew on 'Other Side, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of May 26th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Twilight Time new releases for June will go live for pre-order Wednesday, May 27the st 4 Pm Eastern: Absolute Beginners (1986), State Of Grace (1990) , Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Young Lions (1958) , The Night Of The Generals (1967) the approximate street date is June 9th.
- Ryan Gallagher
With Memorial Day behind us and summer just right around the corner, the horror and sci-fi home releases are really begin to heat up as we’ve got a bunch of great cult classics and new indie genre films to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory is giving fans a double dose of double features with their The Food of the Gods/Frogs and Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan Blu-rays and we’ve also got the latest from Dark Sky Films- Let Us Prey- arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD on May 26th.
Anchor Bay is also bringing home Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus this week, Vinegar Syndrome is giving the cult film Madman a high-def upgrade and Universal is keeping busy as well with their releases of Seventh Son, The Loft and the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil too. »
- Heather Wixson
Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both of these factors make Welles perhaps the ideal auteur – someone satisfied with nothing less than a perfect articulation of his individual vision within the collaborative medium of filmmaking – it also presents some unique problems in examining works that were taken away from him.
The classically celebrated auteurs of studio era Hollywood (e.g., Hawks, Ford, Hitchcock) were known for creating individuated worldviews across their body of work either despite or even because of the strictures inherent in Classical Hollywood filmmaking. This was not Welles, who from his rise to infamy with the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast to his first studio feature made a name by challenging the assumed utilities of a medium. Neither could »
- Drew Morton
"Because of the feeling, fixed by social example, that (Violence) was the only quite correct, the only really decent relief for wounded honor—the only one which did not imply some subtle derogation, some dulling and retracting of the fine edge of pride, some indefinable but intolerable loss of caste and manly face.” —Wilbur Cash, The Mind of the SouthThe first thing we see either in the show or the movies is the fabled warning about the stunts that are about to be performed—which indicates a priestly marking off of sacred space. These are priests or something or other. Only they can do this. This most High Tomfoolery. So there is always that, but what makes Jackass 3D unusually moving, even pathos-ridden, is it’s clear this is a sort of Last Hurrah. This is a movie of wheezing, ancient man-child priests, like Jean-Luc Godard. The gang are clearly »
- Uncas Blythe
Orson Welles was ready to make a comeback with one last movie . with a movie about a director making a comeback with one last movie. It was called The Other Side of the Wind and Welles shot it with a number of actors, including John Huston, but it was never completed due to ongoing financial and legal battles. However, this might all change. A group of producers set up an Indiegogo account and are looking for donations to fund the editing and postproduction for The Other Side of the Wind. Welles completed principal photography, but died before he could finish this process. The legendary filmmaker behind such titles as Citizen Kane, Don Quixote and Touch of Evil attempted to fund the project himself. However, he eventually had to enlist a number of backers, with a number of them backing out. Welles took a number of acting gigs . television, commercials and »
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