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The year in nostalgia: Reboots, sequels, comebacks, and callbacks to a simpler time

27 December 2012 8:16 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There’s nothing new under the sun — which is just the way Millennials like it.

We’re a generation obsessed with our own recent past, as befits the children of Boomers. Our influence on the entertainment industry is also increasing as we grow older. That’s probably why 2012 was the year that a collective nostalgia for pop culture from the ’90s and even the early ’00s hit in full force. Sure, the year also featured its share of projects inspired by/cribbing from the ’80s or even earlier — we learned it by watching you, Generation X! — but generally speaking, a »

- Hillary Busis

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Thn’s Korean Cinema Style Week 4: Kim Jee Woon – A Bittersweet Life

14 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee Woon (The Last Stand), Park Chan Wook (Stoker), and Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at Thn we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee Woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.

Director: Kim Jee Woon

Year:  2005

Cast: Lee Byung Hyun, Kim Young Cheol, Shin Min Ah, Hwang Jung Min, Jin Goo,

Plot:  Sun Woo is an enforcer at a top hotel. He must also run errands for his gangland boss, one of which is »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Scott Bakula joins Elsa And Fred

12 December 2012 2:48 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred English-language remake added Scott Bakula in Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer starrer. Based on 2005's Spanish-language Elsa y Fred film of directed by Marcos Carnevale, the film follows two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. or to dream. In the original synopsis, Elsa is 82 years-old and for the past 60 years she’s dreamt of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene of “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it but Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa and was always a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be »

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Scott Bakula joins Elsa And Fred

12 December 2012 2:48 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred English-language remake added Scott Bakula in Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer starrer. Based on 2005's Spanish-language Elsa y Fred film of directed by Marcos Carnevale, the film follows two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. or to dream. In the original synopsis, Elsa is 82 years-old and for the past 60 years she’s dreamt of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene of “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it but Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa and was always a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be »

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Criterion Collection: Trilogy of Life Blu-Ray

27 November 2012 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

His life tragically and brutally cut short by a still unknown assassin, Italian auteur Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last completed project, known as the Trilogy of Life, gets the master treatment from Criterion this month, which includes three films based on classic literary anthologies, The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), and Arabian Nights (1975). Pasolini was one third done with his next project, to be called the Trilogy of Death, of which his last film, Salo (1975), was the first installment. Upon each of their initial releases, the Life films were all equally greeted with controversy, celebration, and a distinct notoriety, but all overshadowed by the infamy of Salo, which stands on many lists as one of the most difficult to watch films of all time (and was the first Pasolini title to be inducted into Criterion’s annals). Pasolini’s overall motif encapsulated in these three features is a celebration of life, »

- Nicholas Bell

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10 Ridiculously Overrated Foreign Films

16 November 2012 10:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

We all love something a bit different, don’t we, and after sitting through what Hollywood has to offer us, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and relax with the markedly different styles and tones of foreign cinema. However, there’s no denying that critics do go a little easy on foreign films from time to time, if not because there’s a vaguely pretentious association of being more “cultured” if you love foreign films, then for the fact that, if we’re not familiar with the language, it’s much harder to tell when terrible acting and dialogue are present (as we are more likely to pawn it off on dodgy subtitling).

Still, here are 10 foreign films that, while immensely popular, just don’t measure up at the end of the day…

 

10. 8 1/2

While Federico Fellini’s “classic” about the woes of writer’s block is of interest to film buffs for the strange, »

- Shaun Munro

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AFI Fest 2012 Presented By Audi Announces Presentations, Conversations And Additional Screening

31 October 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year.s festival. AFI Fest, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman.s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Stay with us here at Wamg as we bring you the latest from the AFI Fest screenings, panels and after-parties right here in Hollywood!

Presentations:

This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

Sunset Boulevard: Dir Billy Wilder

With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood.s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release »

- Melissa Thompson

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Kim Kardashian Kisses Kanye West in Rome—Just Before Her 32nd Birthday

19 October 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When in Rome! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shared a sweet kiss Thursday night in Italy. The twosome, enjoying some R&R in Europe before Kim's 32nd birthday on Sunday, was snapped in the restaurant Il Bolognese and at Harry's Bar in Via Veneto looking very much in love. (Harry's Bar was featured in Fellini's classic film La Dolce Vita, making the upscale establishment even more romantic!) Kim couldn't keep from smiling as her rapper beau, 35, leaned in for a smooch. We'll be curious to see what 'Ye gets the E! star for her special day! A kitten sibling for Mercy, perhaps? Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami returns with all-new episodes in January on E! »

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Nyff: ‘Holy Motors’ Dares the Audience to Figure it Out

12 October 2012 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There is a theory that Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is structured, quite schematically, like Dante’s Inferno. The idea is that this three hour film can be broken down into nine significant episodes, one for each of the layers of Hell. It doesn’t really work without ignoring some sequences and fudging the math, but no matter. Complicated and almost conspiratorial interpretations of movies will always abound; one need look no further than Shining conspiracy documentary Room 237, also playing this installment of the New York Film Festival. Yet sometimes a movie comes along that seems to dare the audience to come up with intricate analyses, to start cranking away even before the credits have rolled. Intentionally or otherwise, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is one of those challenges. This complex work of French absurdity invokes the birth and life of cinema from its first moments. Carax clips early motion studies of the male physique, grounding »

- Daniel Walber

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Denzel Washington Still Attached To 'A Bittersweet Life' Hollywood Remake?

26 September 2012 5:31 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It didn't occur to me 6 days ago, when it was announced that Allen Hughes had been tapped to direct a remake of the 2005 South Korean gangster film, A Bittersweet Life, that 3 years ago, in 2009, Denzel Washington was attached to star in a Stateside remake of the same film. Described as a violent crime drama, the synopsis for the original A Bittersweet Life (directed and written by Kim Ji-woon) reads: Sun-woo is a devastatingly effective, but businesslike enforcer for Mr. Kang, a mob boss who owns La Dolce Vita, the Seoul nightclub where Sun-woo employs the sloppier, less reliable Mun-suk to keep things running smoothly. Kang is »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Brian De Palma Talks Hollywood's 'Genius' Era

16 September 2012 7:11 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Toronto -- On a sunny afternoon this past week at the Toronto Film Festival, Brian De Palma finishes holding court at a reporters round table. As he moves to the other side of the room, he pauses to admire one of the mural images from the iconic 1960 film "La Dolce Vita" that adorns the walls.

The director mumbles something about the era and sits down for an interview. Soon he expounds on the period as being a magical time, with peers like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas.

"We were in the era where everyone saw the directors as the geniuses, so we got a lot of opportunities to make any crazy movie that happened to occur to us," the 72-year-old De Palma recalled.

That period of American filmmaking – the 1960s and `70s – created many notable relationships, like when De Palma introduced Robert De Niro to Martin Scorsese. »

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Frozen in time: Sophia Loren, June 1964

15 September 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Outrageous beauty, a million dollar movie deal and a dream home outside Rome: it's hard being Sophia Loren

Many actresses have loved, before friends and certainly for the still camera, to play the "homebody": to show they can combine red-carpet smiles with a down-to-earth way in the kitchen garden; whistle up a rustic lunchtime banquet for 30 and serve it without fussings or frissons or primping about drips. Yet none with such verisimilitude as Sophia Loren; waiting tables, juggling seven hands and six different smiles, had been living through some very difficult teenage years.

Even here in 1964, living in her and producer Carlo Ponti's 50-room mansion near Rome's Lake Albano, complete with acres of poplars and sheep, and stuffed inside with medieval hangings and masters both old and modern, and having just made headlines for her $1m advance for The Fall of the Roman Empire, there's an earthy authenticity. »

- Euan Ferguson

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Directors Choose Best Films Ever! Tarantino, Scorsese Make Their Picks!

27 August 2012 2:10 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

During the first week of August, Sight & Sound organized a poll that dethroned "Citizen Kane" as the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" took the title as the Greatest Film ending "Citizen Kane's" long run. (See Dethroned! "Citizen Kane" No Longer Best Movie Ever! Critics, Directors Pick Top 10 Films of All Time!)

Academians, archivists, critics, directors, and distributors all over the world were among the ones invited to participate in the poll. Now, Sight & Sound has revealed the choices made by our favorite directors (via Collider). Here they are (it's interesting to note that among the list of directors below, only Martin Scorsese, David O'Russell, and Sam Mendes picked "Vertigo"):

Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James, Killing Them Softly)

Apocalypse Now (1979) . Francis Ford Coppola

Badlands (1973) . Terrence Malick

Barry Lyndon (1975) . Stanley Kubrick

Blue Velvet (1986) . David Lynch

Marnie (1964) . Alfred Hitchcock

Mulholland Dr. (2003) . David Lynch

The Night of the Hunter »

- Manny

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The Sight & Sound Top 250 Films

17 August 2012 7:37 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After much media hoopla about "Vertigo" toppling "Citizen Kane" in its poll, Sight and Sound magazine have now released the full version of its once a decade 'Top 250 greatest films of all time' poll results via its website. The site also includes full on links showcasing Top Tens of the hundreds of film industry professionals who participated in the project.

For those who don't want to bother with the individual lists and to save you a bunch of clicking, below is a copy of the full 250 films that made the lists and how many votes they got to be considered for their positions:

1 - Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) [191 votes]

2 - Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) [157 votes]

3 - Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953) [107 votes]

4 - La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939) [100 votes]

5 - Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927) [93 votes]

6 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) [90 votes]

7 - The Searchers (Ford, 1956) [78 votes]

8 - Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929) [68 votes]

9 - The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, »

- Garth Franklin

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A few calm words about The List

10 August 2012 12:40 PM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

The king is dead. Long live the king. Welles' "Citizen Kane" has been dethroned from the Sight & Sound list of the greatest films of all time, and replaced by Hitchcock's "Vertigo." It's not as if nobody saw this coming. The list first appeared in 1952, and "Vertigo" (1958) made the list for the first time only in 1982. Climbing slowly, it placed five votes behind "Kane" in 2002. Although many moviegoers would probably rank "Psycho" or maybe "North by Northwest" as Hitch's best, for S&S types his film to beat was "Notorious" (1946). That's the one I voted for until I went through "Vertigo" a shot at a time at the University of Virginia, became persuaded of its greatness, and put it on my 2002 list. But let's remember that all movie lists, even this most-respected one, are ultimately meaningless. Their tangible value is to provide movie lovers with viewing ideas. In the era of DVD, »

- Roger Ebert

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Judith Crist obituary

10 August 2012 4:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film reviewer and broadcaster with the common touch, she was feared by directors and dismissed by auteurist critics

Judith Crist, who has died aged 90, was, at one stage, probably the most widely read, listened to and watched film critic in the world. At least, due to her appearances on the early morning Us television show Today and her reviews in the weekly magazine TV Guide, which had a huge circulation of 17m in its heyday, she was the American film critic with the largest appeal to a mass audience.

Crist, who called herself a "journalistic reviewer", knew what the public wanted and catered to them. She had no truck with "cerebral" film theorists, nor auteurists such as Andrew Sarris, nor feminist critics such as Molly Haskell. Her idols were James Agee, Otis Ferguson and Frank Nugent, solid writers in the literary tradition. "If you're going to be a movie fan, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Judith Crist obituary

10 August 2012 4:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film reviewer and broadcaster with the common touch, she was feared by directors and dismissed by auteurist critics

Judith Crist, who has died aged 90, was, at one stage, probably the most widely read, listened to and watched film critic in the world. At least, due to her appearances on the early morning Us television show Today and her reviews in the weekly magazine TV Guide, which had a huge circulation of 17m in its heyday, she was the American film critic with the largest appeal to a mass audience.

Crist, who called herself a "journalistic reviewer", knew what the public wanted and catered to them. She had no truck with "cerebral" film theorists, nor auteurists such as Andrew Sarris, nor feminist critics such as Molly Haskell. Her idols were James Agee, Otis Ferguson and Frank Nugent, solid writers in the literary tradition. "If you're going to be a movie fan, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Burning Questions: Who Is Your Cinematic Avatar?

7 August 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hey everybody. Michael C. here. Recently I told my girlfriend she reminds me of Holly Hunter's character in Broadcast News. The comparison was meant as a compliment. To my mind Jane Craig embodies the same qualities of intelligence and moxie that I admire in her. Hopefully, when we she finally watches the movie she will keep that in my mind during the scenes where Hunter's self-described "basket case" is sobbing for no reason and generally making a shambles of her personal life.

In any case it got me to thinking. It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while you meet a film character that makes you think, my God, the filmmakers must have had me in mind when they made this movie. Now in any quality film we can relate to characters with which we have nothing in common, at least on the surface. I couldn't be »

- Michael C.

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Book Review: The Sweet Life #1 & #2 by Francine Pascal - Sweet Valley Adulthood

2 August 2012 12:44 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Book Review: The Sweet Life #1 & #2 by Francine Pascal - Sweet Valley Adulthood

It's summer time, which means that you might be in dire need of a good beach read. Well thank God for Francine Pascal and the World of Sweet Valley, because both are back with the latest chapter in the Sweet Valley saga, titled The Sweet Life.

The Sweet Life is the new eSerial from Ms. Pascal that picks up three years later from 2010's Sweet Valley Confidential (review here) and follows the iconic California twins, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, further into their adulthood as they juggle marriage, children (!), and of course the latest scandals to hit the titular town of Sweet Valley. While the Sweet Valley we know is still at the heart of The Sweet Life, the series has graduated to full on adult status with hints of bunkbuster laced throughout its digital pages. Is that a bad thing? »

- Mark O. Estes

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Vertigo Tops Citizen Kane as Best Film of All Time

1 August 2012 6:15 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

For fifty years, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" has been known as the greatest film of all time, according to the British Film Institute magazine, called Sight and Sound, which has been polling critics once a decade since 1962. But "Citizen Kane" has now been beaten by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." Made in 1958, "Vertigo" received very negative reviews when it was first released. Over the years, critics have changed their minds, calling the film "a masterpiece." As a result, in 1982, the movie landed in seventh place on the Sight and Sound poll. And every decade it has been improving, losing to "Citizen Kane" by just five votes ten years ago. This time, the 846 critics who participated, voted "Vertigo" ahead of "Citizen Kane" by 34 votes. Check out the Top Fifty list of the magazine's best of all time below and let us know if you agree. 1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) 2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) 3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, »

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