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‘The Wind Rises’ and more Nyfcc 2013 winners (image: Hayao Miyazaki ‘The Wind Rises’) (See previous post: "Cate Blanchett, cross-dresser Jared Leto: 2013 New York Film Critics’ Movie Stars.") Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, a major blockbuster in Japan ($119.51 million according to Box Office Mojo) despite — or perhaps because of — a right-wing backlash against the film’s anti-war stance, was the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Animated Feature of 2013. The Wind Rises beat better known U.S.-made fare such as Disney’s Frozen, currently in theaters. Miyazaki has vowed that he has retired from filmmaking; if true, The Wind Rises will be his last film. Via its Touchstone Pictures banner, Walt Disney Studios will be releasing The Wind Rises on February 21, 2014, in North America. Now, how could a 2014 movie (in the U.S.) get a 2013 award from the Nyfcc, better known for honoring movies a year (The Lives of Others »
- Andre Soares
Check out this handwritten list of 10 "Greatest Movies" by cinematographer Roger Deakins. Included are titles by Stanley Kubrick ("Dr. Strangelove"), Sergio Leone ("Once Upon a Time in the West"), Michelangelo Antonioni ("The Passenger") and Jean-Pierre Melville ("Le Samourai" and "Army of Shadows"). Deakins' ace camera work is currently on display in this past weekend's box office winner, Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. He nabbed his tenth Oscar nomination for last year's "Skyfall." Deakins, a long-time Coen brothers collaborator, has Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" up next (with the Coens working on the most recent pass of the script). Hat tip: @LoSceicco1976. For more Top 10 Films lists from a number of great directors (including Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and more), check out our roundup here. »
- Beth Hanna
The Notebook is proud to present this video essay in coordination with Transit magazine, where you can find the Spanish version of the piece.
13 variations for 13 films, accompanied by the musical theme composed by François de Roubaix for Le samouraï (1967): the cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville condensed into a series of motifs that travel from movie to movie, reiterating and transforming, finding their full meaning only when they are put into relation. A non-exhaustive collection1, but filled with recognisable images that clearly obsess this filmmaker.
1. Jef Costello’s second murder in Le samouraï, Maite’s devastating death at the end of Army of Shadows (1969), the shooting of Mattei and Vogel in Le cercle rouge (1970) or—the most paradigmatic example of all—of Maurice, Silien and Kern in Le doulos (1962). It is the matter of a rule with few exceptions, a pattern that is rarely broken: whenever Melville’s »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
On the eve of Toronto fest kick-off, European mini-major Studiocanal has closed an exclusive distribution pact with Ottawa-based pubcaster Radio-Canada.
The five-year deal, effective in January, allows Radio-Canada to distribute more 1400 films (comprising 1200 French pics and 200 Italian movies) from Studiocanal’s library, on DVD, Blu-ray, Est (electronic sell-through) and VOD. Radio-Canada will also showcase films on its own platforms.
Studicanal has a similar deal with Lionsgate, covering home entertainment distribution rights to the French company’s library titles in the U.S.
“Radio-Canada has developed a 360-degree distribution strategy encompassing linear TV broadcasting, as well as digital and physical distribution,” said Juliette Moindrot, VP international home entertainment and TV distribution. “And as a result it can maximize the exposure of our library titles across all these platforms.”
A public broadcaster serving French-speaking Canada, Radio-Canada benefits from the deal by consolidating its leading position in the distribution of French content in Canada. »
- Elsa Keslassy
*Updated* We have great news for fans of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man. It was recently announced that an extended cut of the 1973 horror cult classic would be released to theaters and on Blu-ray/DVD in the UK. A limited theatrical run in the Us has been announced and we have a list of dates and cities.
Due to the fact that the movie originally screened as part of a double bill, the version that appeared in theaters was shorter than Hardy’s actual cut. While the extended footage has been seen in the past, the original negatives were lost. Here’s what Robin Hardy had to say about the discovery:
via Screen Daily: “StudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing…. I’m very pleased to announce that StudioCanal have been able to find an actual print of The Wicker Man, »
- Jonathan James
French director Jean-Pierre Melville was one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation, but his reputation in the United States has always suffered. That's partly due to bad timing: While Melville's taut, stylized film noir technique inspired the French New Wave in the late fifties, the legacies of the filmmakers associated with that movement has largely obscured his own achievements, even though they continued into the late sixties and early seventies with the masterfully suspenseful capers "Army of Shadows," "The Red Circle" and "Dirty Money." More recently, however, those late period Melville films have received belated U.S. releases ("Army of Shadows" crept onto several critics' year-end best-of lists when a restored print circulated in 2011); now, with The Cohen Film Collection's restoration of early Melville film "Two Men in Manhattan," the case for a thorough Melville retrospective to make the rounds is stronger than ever. Though it doesn't have the assured, »
- Eric Kohn
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
★★★☆☆ The latest addition to the StudioCanal Collection sees the Blu-ray premiere of director Jean-Pierre Melville's controversial World War II drama Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres, 1969), starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret. Philippe Gerbier (Ventura) is the head of a small French resistance group. Along with his comrades, including the independently minded Mathilde (Signoret), Gerbier must fight danger and treason from both outside and inside his circle, before the volatile situation and ever-present fear of danger reaches a dramatic climax. Is it right to find fault with a film held in such high regard by scholars the world over?
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- CineVue UK
9 items from 2013
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