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Film Review: ‘Coherence’

25 June 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You’ve attended less interesting (but also less irritating) dinner parties than the one at the center of “Coherence,” a scrappy, low-budget hybrid of paranoid domestic thriller and sci-fi head trip that has a few crafty surprises up its sleeve. Said surprises, while cleverly doled out over the film’s brisk 88-minute running time, don’t entirely offset the general displeasure of spending time with this particular circle of friends, lovers and old flames, whose nerves become increasingly frayed due to the malevolent influence of a comet streaking ominously across the night sky. A shakily shot, heavily improvised portrait of group meltdown spiked with intriguing Wtf moments, James Ward Byrkit’s feature writing-directing debut will eke out modest returns in limited release through Oscilloscope, but has unmistakable calling-card potential.

Arriving one fateful evening at the cozy suburban home of acerbic actor Mike (Nicholas Brendon) and his affable wife, Lee (Lorene Scafaria »

- Justin Chang

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That Was Gay: ‘The Boys in the Band’

22 May 2014 9:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In 1973, William Friedkin directed The Exorcist and frightened a generation, creating a horror movie classic. Three years earlier, before The French Connection launched Friedkin onto the A-list, he directed The Boys in the Band, an adaptation of an off-Broadway play about a group of gay men at a birthday party. The Boys in the Band is at least as much a horror movie as The Exorcist. Instead of demonic possession, the terror comes from the characters’ palpable hatred for themselves and each other, thinly disguised as friendship. The villain is homosexuality itself and society’s reaction to it, which slowly turn these men into delusional, self-pitying, hateful monsters.

I’m really struggling to figure out what Friedkin and screenwriter (and the original playwright) Mart Crowley wanted audiences to feel about these characters. The only two emotions I can muster up are pity and disgust. Based on the play’s astonishing »

- Bryan Rucker

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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’or Winners from the 60s: ‘O Pagador de Promessas’

19 May 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

O Pagador de Promessas

Written and directed by Anselmo Duarte

Brazil, 1962

Looking back, there were some stiff competition for the top prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Among the entrants were films by great directors like Sidney Lumet, Otto Preminger, and Robert Bresson. There were great, now canonical works such as Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, and Agnès Varda’s Cleo From 5 to 7 – movies still watched and loved by cinephiles today. However, none of these films won the Palme d’Or of 1962, as it was instead awarded to O Pagador de Promessas, a Brazilian film based on a stage play of the same title. O Pagador de Promessas would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, providing Oscar representation for the first time for not only Brazil but the entire South American continent. Despite the film’s accolades »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’or Winners from the 60s: ‘O Pagador de Promessas’

18 May 2014 5:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

O Pagador de Promessas

Written and directed by Anselmo Duarte

Brazil, 1962

Looking back, there were some stiff competition for the top prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Among the entrants were films by great directors like Sidney Lumet, Otto Preminger, and Robert Bresson. There were great, now canonical works such as Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, and Agnès Varda’s Cleo From 5 to 7 – movies still watched and loved by cinephiles today. However, none of these films won the Palme d’Or of 1962, as it was instead awarded to O Pagador de Promessas, a Brazilian film based on a stage play of the same title. O Pagador de Promessas would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, providing Oscar representation for the first time for not only Brazil but the entire South American continent. Despite the film’s accolades »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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Seasonal Ruminations: Melbourne Cinematheque And The Significant Magnificent Luis Bunuel

23 April 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The original enfant terrible, Luis Buñuel, together with Salvador Dalí and poet Federico García Lorca formed the nucleus of the Spanish-Surrealist avant-garde, hoping to shock and insult the intellectual bourgeoisie.Melbourne Cinematheque is a sublime curated mix of auteur and period driven cinema that aims to reignite the passionate and educate the eager. The current season highlights over twenty years of Bunuel's famous and infamous work, including a sly double feature of dinner party parody and horror with The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel. The season wraps up with The Phantom Of Liberty and his 1930 extremity L'age D'or. Click through below for highlights of the program which runs from April 16 to April 30.Check out the Melbourne Cinematheque site to book your tickets...

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 40-31

23 February 2014 9:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.

40. Spirited Away (2001)

Written by Hayao Miyazaki

That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.

No writer/director on this list may be more fantastical than the great Hayao Miyazaki, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Rotterdam 2014. Deep Breaths

31 January 2014 3:53 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Two Museums

After war comes peace. It isn't all cinematic onslaught found in the festival's shelter from constantly surprising drizzle. There is a sweet serenity to be found at Rotterdam, if you know where to go looking, or if you are lucky enough to stumble into the darkness and discover it.

Certainly the retrospective on Heinz Emigholz is a continued source of tranquil power—excepting for the moment the horrors of D'Annunzio's Cave and the abbrasive modernist of his lone fiction film here, The Holy Bunch (1991). His curious gaze, absolutely synonymous with that of the camera and thus while cooly analytic, also absolutely personal, investigates modern architecture with a fleet-footed patience that is remarkable to behold.

In such films as Sullivan's Banks (2000), on American architect Louis H. Sullivan's stalwartly solid, guardedly precious Midwestern, early 20th century banks, and Two Museums, a new premiere discovering, among many other things, the »

- Daniel Kasman

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'La Dolce Vita' (1960) - Best Movies #1

22 January 2014 9:19 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I first watched Federico Fellini's 1960 film, La Dolce Vita, just over five years ago and with this week marking what would have been the filmmaker's 94th birthday I've chosen La Dolce Vita as the debut film in my Best Movies feature. Not because I believe it to be his best (though it certainly is one of the best), but largely because I've had the urge to watch it again ever since learning Paramount has finally been granted exclusive rights to the film, prompting me to hope it will finally receive a domestic Blu-ray release sometime soon. Captured in lovely black-and-white, Otello Martelli's cinematography lives up to the literal translation of the film's title -- "the sweet life" -- while the narrative focuses on a character living a life more empty than "sweet". Marking the first time Marcello Mastroianni and Fellini would work together, Mastroianni plays Marcello Rubini, a »

- Brad Brevet

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Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

13 January 2014 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.

How »

- Notebook

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