8 items from 2013
On top of seeing 42 on Monday, I also watched Brian De Palma's The Fury and Luis Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel, both for the first time, this week. I also watched the second episode of "Hannibal" on NBC, which is definitely keeping my interest and I started watching Jean Luc Godard's Weekend, but as of typing up this post I hadn't gotten past the first 16 minutes or so and the endless car horns... my God, they never stop! As for The Fury, I was (and still may finish) working on a post talking about it, but my biggest comment was that I wish anyone working on the X-Men franchise of films would look to that film for inspiration. While it's a film about a kid with telekinesis, the father (Kirk Douglas) that wants to get him back and a girl (Amy Irving) who's coming to terms (or not) with her own powers, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Steve Coogan gets sleazy in Soho, Almodóvar takes to the air, Kirk and Spock return - and DiCaprio gets the party started
(dir. Harmony Korine)
Harmony Korine beguiles some and infuriates others. The film-maker who made his name in the 1990s as the writer of the controversial Kids now returns with what looks like outrageous trashsploitation: four hot young women rob a restaurant to fund their sybaritic "spring break" and get into a serious hot-tub of trouble. Is this Korine's bid for mainstream glory? 5 April.
(dir. Derek Cianfrance)
Derek Cianfrance, who made 2010's much-admired Blue Valentine, returns with a very different type of drama. Ryan Gosling is Luke, a stunt motorcyclist in a carnival who uses his skills to rob banks – but only to provide for the child he had with Romina (played by Gosling's real-life partner Eva Mendes). Luke finds himself pursued by a steely police officer, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Bill Murray called it 'probably the best work I've done' and, 20 years after its release, Groundhog Day can still take your breath away. Its original screenwriter Danny Rubin and admirers such as director David O Russell explain its lasting appeal
I am holding for David O Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, who has agreed to talk about one of his all-time favourite films: the comic masterpiece Groundhog Day, released in the Us 20 years ago this month. (It reached the UK in May 1993.) But the person on the other end of the line doesn't sound like Russell: it's more of a shrill whine, the vocal equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Then the penny drops.
"Ryan? It's Ned! Ned Ryerson! Bing!" After a prolonged chuckle, Russell drops his impersonation of Groundhog Day's irksome insurance salesman, a minor but intensely memorable character, and explains excitedly »
- Ryan Gilbey
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley Feb 8, 2013
From silent classics to the present, here's Aliya's pick of 10 foreign-language fantasy films you have to see...
It’s easier to say what fantasy isn’t, rather than what it is. It’s not the robots or interplanetary adventures of science fiction, and it’s not the inexplicable and the terrifying creations of horror. All we can say for sure about fantasy is that, within the world on the screen, anything can happen.
So here’s an alphabetical list of some of the more interesting foreign-language films in which the rules no longer apply. There may be strange happenings and mythical beasts but they are not out to scare us, or to confirm our suspicions that we need to be afraid of the new and the strange. Instead they challenge us to look with, as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio would have it in The Abyss, better eyes than that. »
Girls, Season 2, Episode 3: “It’s a Shame about Ray”
Written by Lena Dunham
Directed by Jesse Peretz
Original Air Date: February 2, 2013
In Luis Bunuel’s 1962 film, The Exterminating Angel, some high society types have a party and inexplicably find they are incapable of leaving. As the days and weeks pass, their values, behavior and humanity degrades, until they are hardly better than the beast. Forty years later, the film still resonates as society becomes more enclosed by invisible conventions and structures. In this week’s Girls there is an unconscious evocation of this feeling, as the characters desperately cling to life and search for meaning in a world that is pre-destined to disappoint and repress them. Though Jessa has been relegated to a side character for the season so far, she is brought to the forefront as being especially representative of this struggle.
There is a sense going into »
Neal Dhand: This is the first film you’ve directed that you also haven’t written. What drew you to the source material?
Don Coscarelli: It’s certainly, definitely square in my domain. It’s got inter-dimensional travel, it’s got questions about reality – what’s real and what’s not. And then at the same time, the material was filled with so many fantastic images, concepts, dialogue. It’s hard to go through it all. Look, we got a talking dog, we got a monster made out of meat, we got this inter-dimensional drug that chooses you, bratwurst cellphone. It’s a wealth of great ideas. I had read the book and I thought, »
- Neal Dhand
8 items from 2013
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