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The Austin Film Society is kicking off the weekend with another Free Member Friday event. Tonight, Afs Members can enjoy a program of short films at the Marchesa for free, including Kat Candler's original 2012 short Hellion (recently adapted into a terrific feature) and Todd Rohal's Rat Pack Rat, which won a special jury prize at Sundance this year. Come on out even if you're not a member for $10 general admission tickets.
Afs is also hosting some special advance screenings of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new film Boyhood (Debbie's review) this weekend. The 1 pm screening on Sunday at the Marchesa is already sold out, but a 7 pm show still has VIP tickets available that include a private dinner with the director and cast. The acclaimed documentary Manakamana is screening at the Marchesa on Tuesday evening while Sweet Dreams folows on Wednesday. Essential Cinema closes out a busy week with »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The big movie this weekend is Snowpiercer! Okay, so it isn’t. The big movie this weekend is Transformers: Age of Extinction. However, you can’t watch the bulk of the old cartoons for free online, and what’s available is, frankly, terrible. The web series that Hasbro put out to accompany this recent batch of features, Cyber Missions, is staggeringly dull. Don’t waste your time. If you have Netflix streaming do yourself a favor and watch some of the original 1984-1987 series, particularly a bizarre Season 2 episode called “Auto-Bop” in which the Decepticons take over a New York City nightclub. Thank me later. But back to Snowpiercer! I don’t think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say that the cinema owes an awful lot to the locomotive. Trains look great on screen, particularly in the least hospitable climates. David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago »
- Daniel Walber
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
In French director Serge Bourgignon’s provocative 1962 drama Sundays and Cybèle, a psychologically damaged war veteran (Hardy Kruger) and a neglected child (Nicole Courcel) begin a startlingly intimate friendship—one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris.
Bourguignon’s film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows) and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia),Â Sundays and Cybèle becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls.
Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon »
Are you planning on seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apesc Well, then I have a deal for you. Best Buy is having a sale on the Planet of the Apes: Legacy Collection for only $19.99 and with it you get up to $8 off a ticket to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No, the set doesn't include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, what you're getting are the original Planet of the Apes films -- Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. I have this set and it's excellent, click here to pick it up on sale. If you want to add Rise to the order, bb url="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-blu-ray-disc/6621184.pcid=2311478&skuId=6621184&st=rise%20of%20the »
- Brad Brevet
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
courtesy of toutlecine.com
30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
Trevor Hogg chats with Rob McLachlan about making people scared to attend weddings and having to deal with mysterious creatures that turn babies into zombies….
“I’ve got David Nutter [Disturbing Behavior] entirely to thank for the fact that I’m on it,” states Rob McLachlan (Final Destination) when discussing how he became involved with the epic Game of Thrones which has eclipsed The Sopranos as the most watch TV series on HBO. “Our house backed a big nature reserve next to the ocean in Vancouver and he was shooting a pilot [Arrow] there. I didn’t want to bother him. David was setting up a big action scene. When David is working he is one of the most focused people I’ve ever known. The soundman was a good friend of mine. We had started out in the business in Vancouver in the late 1970s and I jokingly said to him, ‘Tell David I said, »
- Trevor Hogg
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
The Bend It Like Beckham director has done it again. In a gesture that makes Indian cinema's heart swell with pride, her iconic film about a girl who is determined to play football in the UK, has been selected as one of the films with a stamp being issued in its honour in the 'Great British Film Special Stamp Issue'. The other globally-celebrated films which have also been issued as stamps along with Gurinder's films by the British government are A Matter Of Life & Death (1946), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Chariots Of Fire (1981), Secrets & Lies (1996), A Colour Box (1935), The Night Mail (1936), Love On The Wing (1938), Spare Time (1939). To have a film by an Indian director being selected for such a singular honour alongside such British classics, is a matter of great pride for India and its motley group of filmmakers who have made a global impact. When contacted »
Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The Train stars Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) as a workaday World War II-era French trainman charged with ensuring that a cargo of irreplaceable French art—the pride and heritage of his nation—is not allowed to leave France, despite the machinations of a Nazi officer (Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons) determined to steal these great works for Germany.
Sounds a bit Monuments Men-ish, doesn’t it?
Also starring Jeanne Moreau (La Notte) and Michel Simon (L’Atalante), and featuring compelling black-and-white cinematography by Jean Tournier and Walter Wottitz and a thrilling score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia), The Train remains one of the icons of Sixties cinema. »
Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really »
- Joey Magidson
Some of the international movie posters presented in Cinema Retro issue #28, which features in-depth coverage of the making of Zulu.
By Brian Hannan
The 50th anniversary showing of Zulu in Britain next month is unlikely to be repeated in the U.S. where the film flopped. But even the poorest box-office performer has an afterlife. So in 1965 Zulu was pushed out again anywhere that would have it. That meant it supported some odd, not to say ugly, bedfellows – exploitationer Taboos of the World in Kansas City, The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming in Phoenix, B western Stage To Thunder Rock in Long Beach, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini in Des Moines and Rhino in Abilene. They liked it in Long Beach where it supported both Circus World and That Man from Rio. It was the second feature to None But the Brave in Provo, Utah, and to two more successful Joe E. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The stamps, which are celebrating British movies, have been produced after consultation with film experts, the British Film Institute and public polls.
O'Toole's daughter Kate said: "Lawrence Of Arabia has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of film lovers everywhere.
"The stamp is a wonderful tribute to my father - and, of course, the film."
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: "This stamp issue takes in landmark films, epics and influential movies that evoke the distinctiveness and quality »
The Royal Mail today launched a new series of stamps celebrating some of the best of British cinema. Featuring key scenes from these much-loved classics, six of them are available in postcard sized collectors' editions, as follows:-
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
"We are delighted to present this celebration of our home-grown film industry, which features six classic British films that have enjoyed global success in the post-war era," said the Royal Mail on its webste.
A miniatures sheet depicting scenes from four acclaimed 1930s documentaries is also available, with stills from the following films:-
Love on the Wing
Since 1995, the Us has been celebrating one iconic film star on a stamp each year. This year it is featuring Charlton Heston. »
- Jennie Kermode
Although a controversial film upon release Prometheus, directed by legend Ridley Scott, took big money at the box-office meaning a sequel was a no-brainer for the studio. At the end of the film the only cast left standing was Noomi Rapace’s Doctor Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s David, or his head at least.
Whilst doing the publicity rounds for new movie X-men: Days Of Future Past Fassbender has been teasing his involvement in the project. When asked by Collider if he was looking forwards to stepping in front of the cameras for Ridley again he replied, ‘For sure. I love Ridley. He’s a master filmmaker.’
Co-star and fellow interviewee James McAvoy then stole the interviewers next question and asked if Fassbender was doing the sequel to which the 12 Years A Slave star gave this response, ‘Yeah, but when I don’t know.’
The script for the second part »
- Kat Smith
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the »
- Andre Soares
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki; Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, William H Macy, Stanley Tucci, Werner Herzog; Running time: 127 mins; Certificate: PG
Hayao Miyazaki's big screen swan song The Wind Rises is a film as elegant and masterfully-constructed as the aircraft that lie at the heart of its story. More mature in outlook and thematic weight than Miyazaki's recent offerings Ponyo and Howl's Moving Castle, his 11th feature centres on Jiro Horikoshi, the Japanese engineer who pushed the boundaries of aircraft design in between the World Wars.
Jiro is an idealist and a dreamer, as a young boy he yearns to be a pilot but weak eye sight means he must settle on building planes. Legendary Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Caproni serves as his inspiration, mentoring Miyazaki's bespectacled hero in a series of stunningly-realised fantasy sequences.
"Airplanes are beautiful dreams," Caproni tells the young Jiro at one point. »
100 years after the start of World War I, three Austin organizations are teaming up to showcase cinema of or about the conflict. The Paramount Theatre and Austin Film Society are joining the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, which is holding the current exhibition "The World at War, 1914-1918," to host a combined total of 13 films running May through July.
The screenings at the Ransom Center are free (bear in mind it's not a large theater), but tickets are required for the Afs at the Marchesa and Paramount/Stateside shows. Here's the schedule, which concludes with Lawrence of Arabia shown in 70mm:
Mon, May 5, 7 pm, Stateside at Paramount
Grand Illusion (pictured above), 1937 [tickets]
This moving French classic from director Jean Renoir features Jean Gabin among others at a German Pow camp. Screens as a double feature with L'Atalante as part of Paramount's 100th birthday celebration.
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- Elizabeth Stoddard
Robert Pattinson out of ‘Mission: Blacklist’ movie (photo: Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in ‘Life’) Robert Pattinson and Mission: Blacklist have parted ways. Pattinson, whose name had been attached to the project for two years — since Cannes 2012 — has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling issues. Now, what could those issues be? Well, Robert Pattinson, best known (at least for the time being) as the vampire Edward Cullen in the immensely popular Twilight movie franchise, has no less than two movies opening at Cannes 2014: David Michôd’s thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, which will be shown as one of Cannes’ Midnight Screenings, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, also featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Carrie Fisher, and which is in the running for the Palme d’Or. There’s more: Robert Pattinson has recently completed work on Anton Corbijn’s Life, with Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, »
- Zac Gille
Oscar-nominated director's Dublin-based festival will showcase the best cinema from North Africa and the Middle East and welcome the Egyptian icon as a guest of honour
Omar Sharif is undoubtedly the biggest film star from the Arab world, an icon since he first emerged as a wobbling, pixelated speck on a desert horizon in Lawrence of Arabia. Unfortunately, to many he's the only film star from the Arab world, something that Irish director Jim Sheridan has taken it upon himself to fix.
"I used to be very friendly with Marlon Brando," explains Sheridan from his home in Dublin. "After 9/11, he said something very interesting. He said that the problem with 9/11 is there'll never be another Omar Sharif. And I thought, you know what, Marlon's probably right in a normal world, but I've seen a good few actors. I thought that was a challenge."
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- Alex Ritman
On the centenary of William Castle‘s birth, I’m wondering if there could ever be another cinematic showman like him. The filmmaker is famous for his gimmicks, including the use of props and special viewing devices and vibrating seats to enhance the experience of watching his pictures (see our list of these gimmicks from a few years ago). Movies like The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill and 13 Ghosts were events, mainly for young audiences who loved the interactivity, no matter how cheesy it might be. That’s something of an assumption. I can only really imagine what it was like to go to the movies during Castle’s height of success in the 1960s and what it meant to have another of his frightening features arrive in town. Watching a fictionalized version of him and his work in Joe Dante’s Matinee and hearing stories told in the documentary Spine Tingler! The »
- Christopher Campbell
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