14 items from 2017
The Lost City Of Z, 2016.
Directed by James Gray.
The true-life story of early 20th century soldier-turned-explorer Percy Fawcett who discovered signs of an early civilisation in the Amazon basin. After serving in World War I, he made a final expedition, along with his teenage son, convinced that he would at long last find both the location and the proof he’d been searching for.
Think of a director who could make an epic movie, and somewhere at the foot of the list would be James Gray. Films like The Yards (2000) and Two Lovers (2008) earned him Palme D’Or nominations that didn’t translate into box office. The Immigrant (2013) fared even worse: not only was its distribution severely limited in America, it didn’t even make it into UK cinemas. Now, after working on essentially the fringes »
- Freda Cooper
It's getting to where you can't go to a movie theater without built-in distractions, but you can't stay at home with Netflix, either, and know you're experiencing films properly. According to The Verge, the streaming service is considering making special cuts for phones and tablets in order for viewers to see a larger picture. Ironic, isn't it? The joke about watching Lawrence of Arabia on a phone works especially well when you see just how little of a smartphone's screen is filled with the classic epic, which was shot in Super Panavision 70 for an aspect ratio of 2.20:1. If Netflix goes through with the idea, the picture would fill the whole screen of your mobile device. Only the company's own originals, both movies and TV series...
- Christopher Campbell
Dark Horse's The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man comic book series tops today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Wizard World Cleveland, new releases (respectively) from Cavity Colors and Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, and the New Jersey Horror Con.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man Comic Book Series: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Ore., (March 14, 2017)—Victorian horror fans, rejoice! Dark Horse is delighted to announce the follow-up to 2011’s cult classic The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, with The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man. Mr. Hyde’s Cole Haddon brings fans even more Thomas Adye adventures, while Sebastián Cabrol (Thief: Tales from the City, Caliban) lends his beautiful art to the story, and Hernán Cabrera (Caliban) brings the art to life with his gorgeously grotesque color palette.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man finds Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard struggling to return to normalcy after his run-in with »
- Derek Anderson
Wes Anderson is finally back behind the camera and at work in London on his new film, “Isle of Dogs.” The movie, which brings the director back to the world of stop-motion animation after 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is set in Japan and follows a young boy’s odyssey in search of his missing dog. But just because the movie is stop-motion doesn’t mean Anderson is going the family-friendly route again.
During a wide-ranging discussion about his career at Arte Cinema (via The Film Stage), Anderson remains quite tight-lipped about his upcoming film, though he did reveal two surprising sources of inspiration.
The first is the Rankin-Bass Christmas television specials, which Anderson admitted to being obsessed with as a child. “I really liked these TV Christmas specials in America,” he explained. »
- Zack Sharf
“Diamond Cartel,” directed by Salamat Mukhammed-Ali (“The Whole World at Our Feet”), preserves one final performance from one of Hollywood’s finest, Peter O’Toole. While it may seem sort of surreal to see Mr. O’Toole go from the wooing Katherine Hepburn to wielding a machine gun, it’s actually quite comedic.
In addition to the eight-time Oscar nominee, “Diamond Cartel” stars Emmy Award-winning actor Armand Assante and includes appearances by Michael Madsen. Pretty stacked. Additionally, the film showcases the talents of martial arts superstar Bolo Yeung (“Enter The Dragon”), Japanese TV and film veteran Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Japanese-American 11-time professional kickboxing world champion Don “The Dragon” Wilson. No, really stacked.
Read More: Watch: Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’
The film is set to have its theatrical release on March »
- Kerry Levielle
With the dust settling from an Academy Awards unlike any other, we can turn our attention a bit to the results, as opposed to how the results were delivered/handled. This is something that’s probably best to take more time to think about, but I’m always fascinated by instant rankings. As such, I wanted not just to do the piece I always do on where the newest Best Picture winner stacks up all time, but also how the other main Oscar winners do. There will be expanded articles in the next month or so going over them in more detail, but for now, this is just a quick glance at where the new class ranks, all time. Before I get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, »
- Joey Magidson
Written by Fernando Esquivel
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender) the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Michael Fassbender returns in Alien: Covenant as David and has also acquired a new role as Walter, another android. New to the franchise is Billy Crudup, the film's antagonist. We spoke to both of them about their roles, their conflicts and how its is to play two characters in the film.
Michael, you’re playing two distinct characters in this film. Is it almost like doing two movies at once?
Michael Fassbender: Not really. Just different costumes. [Laughs.] It’s pretty »
Author: Jon Lyus
There is an understandable excitement for the new Alien film, coming in a few months from director Ridley Scott. Alien Covenant picks up the pieces left by the bittersweet soup of Prometheus, which gave us a little more information on the origins of the titular beast. There is a new crew, with a new mission, however we have a feeling that things will turn out pretty much the same.
In the lead this time is the wonderful Katherine Waterston (whose character was at the heart of a very spoilery rumour we’re hoping isn’t true). She is joined by another model of Michael Fassbender’s android. No Lawrence of Arabia blonde for Fassbender’s droid this time – this is Walter, another iteration of the Weyland-bot.
- Jon Lyus
The Ottoman Lieutenant Paladin Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Joseph Ruben Written by: Jeff Stockwell Cast: Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/24/17 Opens: March 10, 2017 If you learned in high school that World War One pitted the Ottoman Empire, Austria and Germany against […]
- Harvey Karten
We won’t see “Isle of Dogs” until sometime next year, but there are still plenty of Wes Anderson movies to rewatch in the meantime. Vimeo user Candice Drouet has put together a brief video detailing some of the idiosyncratic writer/director’s influences. Avail yourself of it below.
A number of scenes from Anderson’s films are shown side-by-side with their influences: A train sequence from “The Grand Budapest Hotel” bears a strong resemblance to one in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” for instance, while a sequence that finds Willem Dafoe riding a motorcycle in goggles was clearly inspired by “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Read More: ‘Isle of Dogs’ Plot Details Revealed as Fox Searchlight Picks Up Wes Anderson’s Film for 2018 Release
- Michael Nordine
By: Carson Blackwelder
With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.
This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »
- Carson Blackwelder
The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.
As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »
- Steve Greene
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
Ryan Lambie Jan 4, 2017
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One of the best bits in 2012's Prometheus was one of the quietest: an early sequence where Michael Fassbender's android, David, pads around a deserted ship, alternately watching Lawrence Of Arabia, styling his hair after Peter O'Toole and watching over the slumbering humans in their cryo chambers.
14 items from 2017
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