5 items from 2016
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The Steadicam series continues with films by Tarantino, PTA, De Palma, Scorsese & more.
The Tampopo restoration is also showing.
Minnelli, Demy, Haynes, and Sirk fill up “Christmas at Metrograph.”
Coraline plays on Christmas Eve.
Museum of the Moving Image
Hugo screens in 3D on Christmas Eve.
- Nick Newman
“Mifune: The Last Samurai,” a dutiful and diverting but rather bare-bones documentary portrait, opens with a series of clips and photographs of Toshiro Mifune, the scowling-eyed Japanese actor who became, in effect, the world’s first action star. The first clip, from “Rashomon,” looks even more transgressive today than it did in 1950: It’s of Mifune’s scruffy medieval bandit forcing himself at knifepoint on a maiden he discovers in the woods. In the other clips, we see him leaping, glowering, slashing, grunting, cackling maniacally, facing down armies of sword fighters, and appearing just as volatile when he’s the victim, twitching to and fro like a gnarly demon as he evades a shower of arrows. The montage ends with a photograph of what looks like a different human being entirely: It’s Mifune relaxing at home, elegant and debonair, with a handsome warm smile and eyes that crinkle just so, »
- Owen Gleiberman
The modern movie hero owes a great debt to Toshiro Mifune, the longtime Akira Kurosawa star who provided a ferocious centerpiece to everything from “Seven Samurai” to “Yojimbo.” Steven Okazaki’s documentary “Mifune” chronicles the scope of the actor’s sprawling career as well as his lasting cultural impact. The filmmaker spoke to IndieWire about his interest in Mifune, gathering interviews with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and why more people should be appreciating Mifune’s legacy as “the first movie hero who wasn’t a white guy.
A version of this interview was original published at the Telluride Film Festival, where “Mifune” premiered this fall. The film opens November 25 at the IFC Center in New York with more cities to follow.
When did you first encounter Mifune’s performances? »
- Eric Kohn
Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.
Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Toronto film epicenter to unleash jam-packed Zulawski and De Palma retrospective series. Alright, Toronto, Get ready to spend those warm summer nights inside, because the Tiff Bell Lightbox’s summer line up is far too good. Alongside special one-off screenings of Jodorowsky’s El Topo (June 11 at 10:15 Pm), Kurosawa’s revenge drama The Bad Sleep Well…
The post Toronto! Tiff Bell Lightbox Announces Zulawski and De Palma Retrospectives appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
5 items from 2016
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