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The Criterion Collection has been good to Japanese provocateur Nagisa Oshima. His celebrated, explicit-sex shocker In The Realm of the Senses (along with its sorta-sequel, Empire of Passion) have seen disc from the company, and Criterion has also released a shotgun blast of his 1960s films via their lower-fi Eclipse series. Now Oshima's 1968 film, Death By Hanging, joins the collection as spine #798. It's not a title I was familiar with prior to now, but I had a great time familiarizing myself with it in this format, and am surprised there isn't more conversation about this film and its seemingly inexhaustible formal daring. (As the liner notes themselves point out: with Death By Hanging alongside 2001, If..., Once Upon a Time in the West...
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Claudia Cardinale, the iconic Italian actress whose credits include several of the most revered films of the past six decades ("8 1/2," "The Leopard," "Once Upon a Time in the West," and "Fitzcarraldo," to name a few), will be in attendance to accept the Audi Dublin International Film Festival's Volta Award for lifetime achievement, along with fellow legend Dame Angela Lansbury. Among the festival's other highlights are opening night selection "Sing Street," from "Once" director John Carney, which made a crowd-pleasing splash at Sundance; closing night selection "Viva," Ireland's Spanish-language Oscar entry; and festival-circuit favorites like "Arabian Nights," "Desierto," and "Nasty Baby." Read More: "Sundance: John Carney Explains How the Crowd-Pleasing 'Sing Street' is Part of a Greater Trilogy" The festival's commitment to Irish filmmaking is further evidenced in the »
- Matt Brennan
It is all change for Dublin as the city’s 10-day festival launches a new programme, new sponsors and a new general manager.
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 18-28) has announced a solid line-up of local and international titles as well as big-name guests.
But behind the scenes, the festival has been carefully manoeuvring its way through a period of transition as it aims to build for the future.
Car manufacturers Audi have replaced Jameson as title sponsors, while beer brand Peroni and Dublin department store Arnotts have also come aboard.
Dublin also has a new general manager, Sian Cunningham, who worked in the arts for more than 15 years prior to this appointment, most notably as general manager with Dance Ireland for nine years.
They include British director Ben Wheatley, who is bringing »
With the recent conclusion of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and the announcing of the 2016 Oscar nominations, awards season in Hollywood is officially upon us. Now’s the time for filmgoers to binge on all, or as many of the Oscar frontrunners as possible before February 28th. Some of us get as much, if not more enjoyment out of emotionally attaching ourselves to potential nominees and winners than the actual film-going experience. Our investment in these films is such a not-so-quiet reverence of the work itself, playing favorites is one of our most cherished annual pastimes. Who we align ourselves with isn’t a complicated process. While we can side with a film for a whole host of reasons, odds are if a particular auteur’s newest offering is in the running, our selection is made for us.
If you frequently pay attention to Rotten Tomatoes scores, maybe it surprises »
- William Penix
Rome – Italy on Monday cheered Ennio Morricone’s Golden Globe victory for composing the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” which marks the maestro’s first original score for a Tarantino pic, and his first for a Western in decades.
“Maestro Morricone, always a certainty. A source of pride for Italy,” tweeted Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
Culture Czar Dario Franceschini praised Morricone as a “giant who has made Italian music and movies great all over the world,” also in a tweet.
Morricone, who is 87, has more than 500 movie credits to this name including scores for Sergio Leone’s so-called “Dollars Trilogy” – “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West,” ” Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables,” Barry Levinson’s “Bugsby,” and Roland Joffe’s “The Mission,” are among other standouts, »
- Nick Vivarelli
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The bloody adventures of a swordswoman dedicated to murderous revenge provided Quentin Tarantino with a major inspiration. Director Toshiyo Fujita's impeccable images make the gorgeous Meiko Kaji into an almost abstract superheroine in beautiful cultured dress and hairstyles -- and soaked with sprayed blood. The Complete Lady Snowblood Lady Snowblood & Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 790 & 791 1973/1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 & 89 min. / "Shurayukime" & "Shurayukihime: Urami Renga" / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Noboru Nakaya, Eiji Okada; Meiko Kaji, Juzo Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Yoshio Harada. Cinematography Masaki Tamura; Tatsuo Suzuki Film Editor Osamu Inoue Original Music MasaaakiHirao; Kenjiro Hirose Written by Norio Osada, Kazuo Kamimura, Kazuo Koike Directed by Toshiya Fujita
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A worldwide revolution hit the movies in the late '60s, with the relaxing of censorship in the west and the collapse of foreign film industries with the rise of TV. »
- Glenn Erickson
Rome – Ennio Morricone will be feted by the 11th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars event comprising movies and music and celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 21-27 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.
The venerable Italian composer, whose long list of credits includes scores for “Once upon a time in the West,” “Bugsby,” and “The Mission” received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2007. He is a Golden Globes nominee this year for composing the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and is considered a possible contender for additional accolades, including a possible Oscar nomination. Morricone is also a candidate for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Los Angeles-Italia is a sister event to two Italian fests, Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global, all run by Italo journo Pascal Vicedomini.
Vicedomini’s Capri in the World Institute, in »
- Nick Vivarelli
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