8 items from 2015
The entirety of the Summer 2015 issue of Film Quarterly is freely accessible—but only until September 30. Highlights include Jiwei Xiao on Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, Megan Ratner's interview with Eugène Green and Paul Thomas's remembrance of Alain Resnais. The new Senses of Cinema features articles on Chris Marker's La Jetée and Asghar Farhadi's About Elly, reviews of four books on Alfred Hitchcock and much more. We're also rounding up highlights of new issues of Screening the Past, [in]Transition, the Brooklyn Rail and Synoptique. Plus cinematographer Vittorio Storaro on the influence of Caravaggio on Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist. » - David Hudson »
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.
So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?
“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing »
- Kristopher Tapley
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above, the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario, which premiered in competition in Cannes.Cinema Scope #63 is about to hit newstands, but a lot of it can be read online: Mark Peranson on Cannes and Miguel Gomes, Adam Cook talks with Corneliu Porumboiu, Jordan Cronk on The Assassin, Chuck Stephens on Gregory Markopoulous, Christoph Huber on Mad Max: Fury Road, and more.Author William Gibson recounts his encounters with Chris Marker's La Jetée.James Horner, the composer of scores for such Hollywood films as 48 Hrs, Aliens, and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.Federic Babina has made a series of "Archidirector" illustrations, imagining houses designed in the style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick.Sight & Sound has exclusive images from the production of Ben Rivers' new movie, »
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971 press preview at MoMA Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At the press preview for Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971, the Museum of Modern Art Director, Glenn D. Lowry, introduced the co-curators, Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, MoMA, and Director, MoMA PS1 and Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints.
Yoko's exhibition includes nine 16mm films - Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Cut Piece, the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In from 1969, Match Piece (One), Eyeblink, Fly, Film No. 5 (Smile), Wrapping Event, Film No. 4, and The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.
With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...
Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)
There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...
But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part »
In today's roundup of news and views: Joan Didion, half a century ago and more relevant than ever, on Hollywood's diversity problem. Jonathan Romney on "conceptual science fiction" (Chris Marker’s La Jetée, Shane Carruth’s Primer and Upstream Color and, from this year alone, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig's Predestination and James Ward Byrkit's Coherence). Chuck Bowen ranks the films of David Cronenberg. Daniel Kasman talks with Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson about The Forbidden Room, David Jenkins talks with Jessica Hausner about Amour Fou and Lourdes, and Anne Thompson has a good long talk with Laura Poitras about Citizenfour. » - David Hudson »
SyFy's efforts to get back into narrative programming just got a big boost from, 12 Monkeys, the episodic adaptation of a French short film and an American cult feature film. Like it's predecessors 12 Monkeys is about a time traveler from the future who is sent back to stop a deadly plague from bringing Humankind to the verge of extinction. What the show is able to do is expand this 12 Monkeys universe even more. Just as Gilliam expanded Chris Marker's short film La Jetée into his feature length film, Twelve Monkeys, the show, now has 12 episodes to expand as much as they want to. This time travel story has gone from 30 minutes, to 129 and on to a whopping 529 in just this first...
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In the first episode of Syfy's "12 Monkeys," post-apocalyptic time traveler and long-haired tough James Cole (Aaron Stanford) returns to the wasteland of 2043 disappointed that he still exists. Accomplishing his mission "didn't change anything," he tells Jones (Barbara Sukowa), the enigmatic leader of an effort to prevent the pandemic that has pushed humankind to the brink of extinction. "There were others. There are always others." Indeed, in both narrative and form, "others" loom large over the series, which sets itself the impossible task of living up to not one but two visionary filmmakers and, like Cole, comes up frustratingly short. "12 Monkeys" is not an exact replica of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film of the same name, which drew inspiration from "La Jetée" (1963), Chris Marker's revolutionary portrait of a world annihilated by nuclear war. Rather, the series re-imagines a similar universe: Cole leaps back and forth »
- Matt Brennan
8 items from 2015
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