17 items from 2013
In the great romcoms of old, it was the women who were a bit nuts. But in Love is All You Need and Silver Linings Playbook, it's the other way round …
If ever one needed a excuse to flip, the heroine of Love is All You Need would appear to have an embarrassment of riches. She has had surgery for cancer and just finished a bout of chemo, the long-term efficiency of which she doubts. She returns home from hospital to find her husband of 25 years shagging a colleague on their couch. He leaves her, then the following week shows up with the colleague – to whom he's now engaged – at the wedding of their daughter in Italy. Their son can't come as he's serving as a soldier in a warzone.
And yet she remains, throughout, perfectly peaceful and sanguine. She starts sane and she ends sane – her hopes get mashed »
- Catherine Shoard
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) provided us with a combined/all time top ten film list (dated: April 2013).
Les Quatres cents Coups Blows (400 Blows) – Francois Truffaut (1959)
“I saw this when I was at secondary school (high school) and there was something in it that really spoke to me. It’s the film that made me want to be a director.” (Eb)
“Truffaut was getting out there onto the streets of Paris with the camera and capturing life. I love the playful scene with Antoine turning upside-down on the Rotor, and that final breathtaking tracking shot as Antoine runs down to the sea.” (Re)
- Eric Lavallee
Directed by King Vidor
The Crowd is that rarest of all Hollywood productions – a studio-made film that was never intended to make money. Released by industry leader MGM in March 1928, this magnificent cinematic treatise on the pitfalls of American Dreaming was greenlit by F. Scott Fitzgerad’s “Last Tycoon” himself, wunderkind Irving Thalberg, who believed that true success in the entertainment industry entailed tossing the occasional “pure prestige” production at the public, whether they wanted it or not. Made at the height of America’s dizzying 1920s business boom, The Crowd is perhaps even more timely today than it was 85 years ago, and Saturday’s Tsff screening (endlessly enhanced by the improvisational piano work of accompanist Laura Silberberg) proved that it has lost none of its capacity to dazzle and unsettle contemporary viewers, in equal measure.
King Vidor’s »
- David Fiore
DVD cover art is just that – it’s an art, though going by these 10 instances of Photoshop butchery, you wouldn’t know that. There’s a real skill to composing a cover that manages to encompass the themes of a film while also having a striking look and veering away from the various cliches that adorn far too many DVD covers these days. In these instances, it’s difficult to know what they were thinking; we’re pretty sure the studio must’ve let their intern loose to whip up a cover, and it accidentally got sent to the printers.
Though not all of these films are good, even the ones that are look maddeningly unappealing from the box art below. So reprehensible is their representation of the film that it’s enough to make you walk away and probably end up buying a far lesser film just because its »
- Shaun Munro
Richard Linklater's Bernie is already shaping up to be a welcome addition to the canon of odd-couple black comedies that includes Harold And Maude, Planes, Trains And Automobiles and, to a lesser extent, Throw Momma From The Train. The cranky 'momma' character here is a wealthy widow played by the great Shirley MacLaine. As the movie's new trailer demonstrates, she is definitely not channelling The Apartment's Fran Kubelik in this one. Perhaps surprisingly, the movie is based on a real-life incident that was originally reported in Texas Monthly magazine. Black, who reunites with his old School Of Rock director, is Bernie, a man whose innate loveliness is tested to its very limits (and beyond) by Marjorie's incessant needling, carping and nagging.The consequences leave Black with a massive windfall and curious D.A. Matthew McConaughey with some detective work to do.Linklater fans have a double dose of »
1. You’ve Got Mail
There’s no romantic comedy quite like a Meg Ryan movie, and You’ve Got Mail is one of the best. At Café Lalo on New York’s Upper West Side, Kathleen Kelly waits to meet her mystery correspondent. Café Lalo is still on West 83rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, a perfect place for a late afternoon cappuccino and slice of cake.
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical adaptation, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, was filmed in 1960 at 68th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (just near Lincoln Center), and the iconic prologue between the Sharks and the Jets takes place in a schoolyard at 110th Street and 2nd Avenue.
3. Sex & The City
It’s no secret that the fifth character in this hit TV show was New York City itself. In the movie, the city plays just as important a role. »
- Michael Walsh
The first set photos and video from Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel have leaked online. Details about the film are scarce, but we know it takes place in 1927 in a Hungarian hotel and has Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles. Plot details are scarce, but the movie is reportedly in the vein of the films of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner). The impressive cast also includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric. In addition to showing off the setting, the images also show us the colorful costumes (I like the purple coats) and Goldblum's commanding facial hair. Hit the jump to check out the set photos. Grand Budapest Hotel should arrive some time next year. Via The Film Stage. »
- Matt Goldberg
Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now in its final stages of production and we get the official look at the cast courtesy of The Film Stage. Moonrise Kingdom director has assembled a top-notch cast, including Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, F. Murray Abraham, and Harvey Keitel. At this point, plot details are still scarce, but the pic is reportedly in the vein of the films of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner), set in the 1930s, »
- Nick Martin
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Unifrance Films and the Weinstein Company presented on the opening night of New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Régis Roinsard's Populaire, starring Romain Duris, and Deborah François at the beautiful Paris Theatre. Audrey Hepburn, Douglas Sirk, Billy Wilder, Cary Grant, James Stewart, James Cagney and the beginning of the Nouvelle Vague came out on the red carpet as influences.
On the Red Carpet:
Anne-Katrin Titze: Your film is set in the Fifties, which films from the period inspired you?
- Anne-Katrin Titze
With this year's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood is attempting to get down and dirty with real people and real problems. But Us films are notoriously bad at this. I Give It a Year is a British comedy about falling out of love – not a romcom, more of a romp-incomp. But whatever happened to the simple idea of the innocently zany finding love?
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Being abnormal used to be normal. In movies such as The Apartment (1960), it was redemptive. Cc Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) are outsiders who've missed the boat, careerwise and hopewise. She's wasting her time on a married man, while Baxter is caught in a sexual vortex established by his superiors, who have clandestine trysts in his apartment while "Buddy Boy" gets »
- Lucy Ellmann
At the tender age of 26, English poster artist Olly Moss is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable (artistic) faces in the burgeoning world of cinematic artworks, whether it be his reinterpretations of iconic films or work to promote new movies.
It is with great excitement that we learned that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had chosen this upstanding young man to create the official 85 Years of Oscar poster, and my oh my is it staggering.
"The brief was one of the hardest I've ever had; find a way to reference every single Best Picture winner from the last 85 years," Moss stated on his blog.
Take a good five minutes or so and see how many of the Best Pictures you can recognize right off the bat. Some of them are extremely clever, including Jack Lemmon's character from "The Apartment" with his tennis racket spaghetti strainer, »
- Max Evry
Parker tells ABC News that MacLaine chose being a movie star over being a mother.
"She was very absent. I was very lonely -- very lonely. Definitely. And I still struggle with abandonment issues and loneliness," says Parker.
MacLaine said in a 1990 interview, "I saw my mother suppress her own creativity. I wasn't going to let that happen to me. First of all, children pick up on that and they feel guilty about ... having been responsible for your not realizing your creativity, so that was not going to happen. »
A 'meet cute' is a plot device enabling the first meeting of a film's romantic lead characters. The rest, dear viewer, is history
Each week one reader offers up five of their favourite film clips on a subject of their choosing – and we ask you to tell us what other movie scenes should have been included. This week's is from john Carvill, who previously wrote a clip joint on taking the train.
If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email email@example.com.
The 'meet cute' is Hollywood screenwriters' name for a standard plot device in which a couple meet in a way that's charming, ironic, or just generally amusing.
Golden age film-makers such as Billy Wilder used to stockpile ideas for meet cutes, and Wilder was sufficiently adept at dreaming them up that he talked his way out of studio objections to his idea »
- Guardian readers
Our daily January countdown continues with part 21 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 100-91.
100) Gandhi (1982) Richard Attenbourough British/Indian
99) His Gal Friday (1940) Howard Hawks USA
98) The Hidden Fortress (1958) Akira Kurasawa Japan
97) 8 & a Half (1963) Federico Fellini Italy
96) 400 Blows (1959) Francois Truffaut France
94) Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Arthur Penn USA *
Numbers 90-81 coming next.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
I had a ball with a 10 Greatest Best Actress Victories list, and now it's time to reveal my dark side: Here are my five least favorite wins for Best Actress, and you'll notice they're all pretty fabulous actresses doing subpar work in subpar fare. Maybe I'm just mad at them for getting rewarded for the wrong work. Maybe I'm contrarian. T'any rate, here are the five offenders:
This is not my way of damning Jodie for that cryptic, near-Dada speech she gave at the Golden Globes. This is my way of acknowledging that The Accused is unimportant Oscar bait full of teary monologues that just don't work. Jodie Foster is a commanding actress, and I consider her work in The Silence of the Lambs one of the most justified wins of the '90s. (Love the '91 Oscars so, so much. Thelma, Louise, Rambling Rose, Mercedes Ruehl, »
The Golden Globes are tomorrow night, so I'll surely be here tweeting or live-blogging. One wonders if any of the HFPA's oft wined and dined members were treated to Christmas carols from one Jack Black over the holiday break? If not he missed quite an opportunity. If you've seen Bernie you know the man can sang. Though I doubt anyone can work around what's shaping up to be a Silver Linings Celebration tomorrow night (The Globes do love their Weinstein Co. product) the Comedy/Musical categories are typically home to the biggest Globe surprises throughout the years so Jack Black as a surprise winner has crossed my mind a time or two during the season. Remember when Sally Hawkins and Colin Farrell won in 2008? No one was expecting that! If Silver Linings were a little less beloved I'd assume that the Comedy or Musical prize would be going to "24601" himself »
- NATHANIEL R
Happy New Year! We survived the Mayan apocalypse and the gods have granted us news of a baby from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to celebrate. Will it be named Khrist? Konstantinople? Kompassion? Maybe Bluer Ivy? One can only speculate, and the same goes for what wonders 2013 will behold. Considering this is a movie website I figured there would be no better way to ring in the new year with a selection of ten screen captures from movies you're sure to recognize along with the famous lines that accompany them. Many I'm sure you expect, but hopefully a couple are a surprise and perhaps will even provoke you to give one of them a watch. Either way, Happy New Year! The Godfather: Part II John Cazale and Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part IIPhoto: Paramount Pictures Michael Corleone I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart! »
- Brad Brevet
17 items from 2013
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