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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #5

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Dear Danny and Kelley,The Rider sounds lovely, and I’m happy to hear Chloé Zhao has built on the melancholy promise of her first film, Songs My Brother Taught Me. Artists with a gift for empathy create anticipation for new works. Artists whose single stylistic tool is shock, on the other hand, cause only dread. So it goes with mother!, Darren Aronofsky’s latest suite of seizures and my noisiest, least rewarding experience at Tiff so far. Genius is like fire in that it is born from what it burns, says Malraux, so this allegory on the malefic artistic process opens with the subtlety and maidenly restraint expected from the maker of Requiem for a Dream: a full frontal glimpse of an incinerated woman, her blistering skin suggesting a melting gold effigy. The drama proper belongs to another wax dummy, an unnamed young wife played by Jennifer Lawrence
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Criterion Now – Episode 10 – Being There, Before Midnight, Samurai Films

Aaron is joined by Dave and Matt, and they begin by battling out for Criterion Now supremacy in the first ever Samurai duel. We get into a number of topics and digressions afterward, notably Being There, Before Sunset, John Waters, the value of schlock, the mystery of Jon Mulvaney, and a lot more where that came from.

Episode Notes

6:00 – Samurai Off

14:20 – Dave and Matt on June announcements

19:30 – Being There

28:00 – Before Midnight

46:00 – News Items

1:03:40 – Short Takes (Hour of the Wolf, Proletariat Trilogy, Walkabout)

1:11:30 – FilmStruck

Episode Links The Other Side of Hope The Great Escape coming? More John Waters? Arrow Academy Releases Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Dave Eves: Twitter Matt Gasteier: Twitter | Letterboxd Criterion Now: Twitter Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
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In 1932’s Chandu The Magician, Edmund Lowe plays the titular wizard. What famous boogie man plays his adversary?

Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff Peter Lorre Correct

Lugosi is a lot of fun but the real star of this movie is director William Cameron Menzies whose distinctive visual style graces every scene.


Question 2 of 10 2. Question

1953’s Houdini
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Criterion Reflections – Shame (1968) – Fs

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David’s Quick Take for the Tl;Dr Media Consumer:

Shame is Ingmar Bergman’s “war movie,” a disclosure that already feels to me like I said too much, since I went into this one knowing next to nothing about it and was therefore all the more pleasantly stunned and staggered by the discovery. So if you haven’t yet watched it, stop reading now, and go do so right away, or at least before you proceed much further in reading here. It’s an excellent film and in my opinion, yet another marvelous, essential “must see” entry into Bergman’s canon. (Other critics, and even the director, don’t share my assessment; I’ll address that below.) But for those who’ve seen it, I have to figure they can agree with my surprise at the inclusion of screaming fighter jets, exploding grenades, dead paratroopers hanging from branches, machine gun blasts,
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The Seven Greatest Director/Actor Combos

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Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.

7: Tim Burton & Johnny Depp:

Edward Scissorhands; Ed Wood; Sleepy Hollow; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Corpse Bride; Sweeney Todd; Alice in Wonderland; Dark Shadows

Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable.
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Watch Ingmar Bergman Make a Movie in 2.5-Hour Documentary From the Set of ‘Winter Light’

The late Ingmar Bergman brought an unprecedented force of philosophical clarity to cinema. From The Seventh Seal to Wild Strawberries to Persona, he crafted some of the most fascinating and seminal work — not just out of Sweden, but the world of film at large. The feature that has stuck with me the most from him, The Hour of the Wolf, is a haunting, hallucinatory journey that is completely mesmerizing and utterly unshakeable. Bergman could apply dream logic to scenarios in the most unexpected and terrifying ways, blending them with “real” moments until you questioned which was which. His films have a towering presence and energy, and his visual vocabulary stands as a testament to the power of images — singular in their capacity as conduits of ideas, emotions, and story.

Ingmar Bergman Makes A Movie is a 1963 documentary, featuring two-and-a-half hours of footage from pre- to post-production of Bergman’s Winter Light.
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Hour Of The Wolf, and other surrealist horror films

Aliya Whiteley Dec 5, 2016

Hour Of The Wolf is a surrealist horror that gets under the skin. And it's not alone...

There are some terrible images that have been placed in my head over the years by films. They come back to haunt me, and are unforgettable.

The unique jolt of seeing something so strange, so horrifying, on the screen that it cannot be forgotten is a powerful experience, and lasts far beyond the roll of the credits. One that contains more than a few images that have retained their ability to upset and unbalance me since first seeing them is a film that was made by a director who is often thought of as a maker of psychological dramas rather than horror films. I'm talking about Ingmar Bergman's 1968 film, the disturbing and weird Hour Of The Wolf.

Ingmar Bergman's films are perhaps most often thought of as psychological dramas,
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Force Has Rude Awakening in France: No Historical (or Even 2015) Box Office Record (Admissions)

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to shatter box office records? Adam Driver as Kylo Ren looks unsure. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Record-breaking pre-sales Star Wars: The Force Awakens represents the triumph of market over matter. Fandango has reported that pre-sales for the latest Star Wars movie has broken the company's all-time record – they were not referring to just pre-sales record; the sci-fi adventure flick has broken the record for tickets sold at Fandango during the entire run of movies such as Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (the previous record-holder), Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And to think that Alec Guinness isn't even in the movie. As found at Deadline.com, pre-sales have reached $100 million across the board (Fandango, MovieTickets.com, etc.). Also worth noting, at MovieTickets.com 68% of ticket buyers are male; the average
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200 Greatest Horror Films (70-61)

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Special Mention: The Last Wave

Directed by Peter Weir

Written by Tony Morphett and Peter Weir

Australia, 1977

Genre: Psychological Thriller

The tagline reads, “The Occult Forces. The Ritual Murder. The Sinister Storms. The Prophetic Dreams. The Last Wave.”

Peter Weir follows up on his critically acclaimed masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock with this visually striking and totally engrossing surrealist psychological thriller. Much like Picnic, The Last Wave is built around a mystery that may have a supernatural explanation. And like many Peter Weir movies, The Last Wave explores the conflict between two radically different cultures- in this case, that of Aboriginal Australians and the white Europeans.

It is about a white lawyer, David Burton (Richard Chamberlain), whose seemingly normal life is rattled after he takes on a pro bono legal aid case to defend a group of Aborigines from a murder charge in Sydney. The mystery within the mystery surrounding
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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

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What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003’s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale,
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Pointless Boycott 'Force Awakens' News Controversy as Latest Trailer Drops

Stormtroopers deal with 'Boycott Star Wars: Episode VII' Twitter 'controversy.' The “Boycott 'Star Wars: Episode VII'” media idiocy The “Boycott Stars Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” hashtag, concisely named #BoycottStarWarsVII, was trending earlier today (Oct. 19, '15) on Twitter. Shocked? If so, you haven't spent much time on that social media platform, where all sorts of idiotic hashtags and topics trend continuously. Absolutely no one in their right mind should – or would – take this sort of stuff seriously. Unless, of course, Twitter's trending topics and hashtags can be used as clickbait “news.” And that's what we have with the “Boycott Stars Wars: Episode VII” nonsense. Manipulating the eager to be manipulated 'news' media Numerous publications online, from the more serious-minded Salon and the Los Angeles Times to The Hollywood Reporter and The Mary Sue have devoted time and space to “discuss” the Twitter trolls (“twolls,” for
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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter,
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Eurovision semi-final 2: Watch the 10 performances that qualified for the final

Tonight saw Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Switzerland amongst seven countries who failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Here is what Twitter thought as the UK finally had its say with Eurovision semi-final 2

But that has left 10 entries singing their way to the stage for Saturday's grand finale.

Watch those qualifying performances here:

Azerbaijan - Elnur Hüseynov 'Hour of the Wolf'

Cyprus - John Karagiannis 'One Thing I Should Have Done'

Israel - Nadav Guedj 'Golden Boy'

Latvia - Aminata 'Love Injected'

Lithuania - Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila 'This Time'

Montenegro - Knez 'Adio'

Norway - Mørland 'A Monster Like Me'

Poland - Monika Kuszyńska 'In The Name Of Love'

Slovenia- Maraaya 'Here For You'

Sweden - Måns Zelmerlöw 'Heroes'

Along with Austria, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Australia, all 20 qualifying countries will perform on the grand final on Saturday
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bergman's Final, Disturbing Masterwork About Religion, Power and Child Abuse

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired Alexander Ekdahl (Bertil Guve), the original "boy who sees dead people." Better yet, it should have been called "The Ekdahls," for that whole family is central to the film, especially Fanny and Alexander's beautiful blonde mother Emilie,
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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the
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12 Absorbing Films About Insanity

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One in four people suffer from mental illness in their life, therefore craziness in all its different flavours fascinates and equally appalls humanity at large. The fascination with madness was adopted as a thematic concern in cinema as early as 1920 with Robert Wiene’s classic German Expressionist film, The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari.

That was far from the end of it, and no director would approach insanity with such gusto as Swedish master Ingmar Bergman who made many very intelligent films that revolved around insanity including Face To Face – in which a psychiatrist has a nervous breakdown, Hour Of The Wolf – which could nearly be called a horror movie it evokes the sensation of encroaching madness so well. It is fair to say, that if you want to wallow in mental health misery, Bergman delivers the goods.

But beyond Swedish gloominess, insanity is a theme
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Awakenings, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Sleepwalker director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet: "Yes, juxtapositions are what we've been looking for." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet of The Sleepwalker, starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis and Corbet, connect Michael Haneke's Caché and Funny Games, in which Corbet starred with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, to Ingmar Bergman's Hour Of The Wolf and Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris. We discussed Borderline Films' productions of Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer by Antonio Campos and how it began for Corbet. Lars von Trier's love of Douglas Sirk and Melancholia led the discussion to the films of Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Scarlett Johansson's performance in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin in contrast to an Aki Kaurismäki film conjures up choices for all filmmakers to consider.
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Movies This Week: August 22-28, 2014

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The Austin Film Society teams up with aGLIFF tonight to bring the new documentary To Be Takei (my review for Paste) to the Marchesa for a one-off screening. It's a touching and genuinely funny profile of George Takei, whose career has taken him from Star Trek to social media icon and gay rights activist. This month's Roger Corman series continues this weekend with X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. This 1963 thriller screens tonight and again on Sunday in a 35mm print. On Wednesday night, Afs presents SXSW doc Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Don's review) and then the Barbara Stanwyck Essential Cinema series will close Thursday with Ball Of Fire. Screening in 35mm, this classic 1941 Howard Hawks comedy, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, pairs Stanwyck with Gary Cooper.

Over at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, The Complete David Lynch series is winding down but has several more gems on the way.
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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale,
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Veteran Bergman Star, Coen Bros' Cast Members to Star in Sw: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel
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