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It felt good this week to get back to the reason I started this column... old movies I hadn't seen before. This week I watched a pair of flicks I had never seen as well as a few films I'll be reviewing shortly such as Criterion's Blu-ray edition of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, Frank Lloyd's Mutiny on the Bounty and Kino's Blu-ray version of The Complete Metropolis.
But more on those later, let's get to the two films below and then let us know what you watched... I have a feeling more than one of you will be saying Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which I would actually love if you added your opinion to my review right here rather than in the comments on this post, but either will work.
- Brad Brevet
There’s a new screening series starting up in Melbourne, Australia that’s hoping to connect filmmakers directly with local audiences. It’s called Digital Independent Cinema Exhibition — Dice, for short — and its first screening is all set to take place on Oct. 6 at 1000 £ Bend with the feature film Braille.
Dice was founded by Mark Lipkin as an effort to help promote and strengthen the film industry in Melbourne. Screenings will take place once a month where an independent digital Australian feature film will be shown followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
This will give the community the opportunity to come out to see the faces and hear the voices of those making interesting and intriguing local, independently-produced films. It will also give audiences the opportunity to learn about and understand the actual nuts and bolts about the entire filmmaking process.
Braille, Dice’s first film to be screened, »
- Mike Everleth
Seven classic titles are coming to Blu-ray as part of the Studio Canal Collection and Pure Movies are giving you the chance to win the whole set! As part of the release of the Studio Canal Collection, Pure Movies is giving away The Third Man, The Graduate, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist, Le Cercle Rouge, Delicatessen and Breathless on Blu-ray! These new Blu Ray editions provide the best picture and sound quality and are the definitive versions of these films with extensive bonus content – interviews with directors and actors, documentaries, photo galleries and analysis by experts. »
- Dan Higgins
A Bout De Souffle
Jean-Luc Godard's first feature film, a landmark in cinema history noted for heralding the arrival of the French New Wave, is 50 years old this year. Breathless doesn't so much rewrite the book on film-making as jumble up the pages. Godard loved the characters, the situations and the iconography of Hollywood but felt there were better, more realistic ways of telling these stories. Or even, why bother with stories at all? They are usually so fake and predictable. And why carefully refine and edit scenes? Better to just hack out all the boring bits (this is how the film's legendary, jarring jump-cuts were born). Jean-Paul Belmondo plays smalltime crook Michel, who goes on the run with American student Patricia (Jean Seberg). They are the best and worst things that ever happened to each other, their relationship burning brightly but not for long. These are »
- Phelim O'Neill
In the wake of his rather fantastic (and critically lauded) nearly five hour long epic piece of cinema, Red Cliff, it looks like John Woo may finally be back in the good graces of Hollywood producers everywhere.
After a collection of underwhelming studio fair, ranging from original IPs like Face/Off, to franchise films like his take on Mission: Impossible II, the filmmaker didn’t seem to have the same luster that made him one of the greatest action filmmakers of his time, through films like Hard Boiled and The Killer.
Well, since the aforementioned Red Cliff hit, the director has gathered quite a long list of possible projects.
His next film, as announced last week, will be his first IMAX film, a $90 million WWII film called Flying Tigers. The film will follow a volunteer fighter squadron, which is formed to assist the Chinese in fighting the Japanese prior to the U. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Optimum continues its mission to release some of the best back catalogue classics on Blu-ray in September with another burst of titles from their Studio Canal Collection. Next up are The Third Man, Delicatessen, Mulholland Drive, The Graduate, Le Cercle Rouge, The Pianist and Breathless. It's a hugely eclectic collection of superb modern and not-so-modern cinema with surely something for anyone who possesses even a hint of filmic discernment.
All include a host of exclusive extras, with input from some serious names from both industry and academic circles which put those filler heavy packages to shame. And, if previous releases from the label are anything to go by, the transfers will be top notch too.
The titles above are released on 13th September 2010 through Optimum Home Entertainment.
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Because crime in reality is something like a perpetual butterfly effect, kicking off cause-effect chains in every direction at once, modern crime movies are best and truest when they're epic, and of course, the best of them are, from Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge to The Godfather to GoodFellas to Michael Mann's Heat. A new French import (and Oscar-nominee) A Prophet takes on the hefty requirements, weighing at over 2.5 hours and hitting the ground in ultra-real style that leaves little to the imagination in terms of bottom-feeding smells, filth, violence and cold fear. »
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- Rudie Obias
We have had the news that John Hillcoat is attached to direct an adaptation of 'The Revenant,' now word comes in that Hillcoat has been approached to direct a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s film Le Cercle Rouge (aka The Red Circle).
Le Cercle rouge is a 1970 crime film set in Paris, France. It was directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and starred Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté and Yves Montand. Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand).
As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (André Bourvil), and fate begins to seal their destinies.
Johnnie To was originally lined »
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The first day after a long holiday is always a little difficult. People are still shaking off the cobwebs or they’re unsure if today is Tuesday or Monday. Naturally, the news cycle is just as slow….So, stories about Josh Holloway aka “Sawyer” from “Lost” meeting Marvel Films is a big deal….Let’s take a look at the items after the jump.
-Avengers News is reporting the aforementioned Josh Holloway’s people had a ‘talk’ with the people over at Marvel Films about a part, a large part in one of their upcoming productions. The site hypothesizes that this mysterious part could be the lead in Edgar Wright’s Ant Man or a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Last summer, a rumor floated around about Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner had a meeting with the Marvel folks about a role in either The Avengers or the S. »
- Douglas Reinhardt
Though his Christian Bale-led frontier feature "The Revenant" is probably his next film, The Playlist reports that Aussie director John Hillcoat ("The Road," "The Proposition") will likely move on to a remake of a neo-noir classic after that.
That film? Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 effort "Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) about a freshly released aristocratic thief, an escaped murderer and an ex-police sniper teaming for a jewel heist while a revenge-seeking mob boss, a nightclub owner and a pimp try trap them.
The project was originally setup with John Woo directing back in 2004 at Paramount Pictures and later Johnnie To came onboard while the likes of Liam Neeson, Tim Roth and Orlando Bloom were attached to star.
Now, a Production Weekly posting indicates an offer is out to Hillcoat to direct the film, something Hillcoat hinted at this past week saying the post-Revenant project is a "contemporary....crime thriller, »
- Garth Franklin
That the Media Asia backed, Hong Kong and Macau set remake of Jean Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge has lost original director Johnnie To is not news. To told us so himself while attending the Toronto International Film Festival in September. However, those who assumed from that bit of news that the project was now dead may have been a bit premature.
Word is now out that the directing gig has been offered to Australia's John Hillcoat and, from the sounds of things, the director of The Road and The Proposition has accepted. In an interview last week Hillcoat tipped his involvement with the project saying he has "another contemporary thriller, crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macau." It appears that this is Le Cercle Rouge. And while Hillcoat may not be an obvious choice for the job he certainly strikes me as a good one.
- Ryan Adams
Apparently, some studio heads think it’s a good idea to remake Jean Pierre Melville’s classic crime caper, Le Cercle Rouge, with John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) attached to direct; I also hear that Jules Dassin’s french noir classic Rififi (maybe the prince of all heist movies, right up there with John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle) is also up for a remake, with Al Pacino reportedly already attached to star.
My reaction? Booooooooooh!
Jean-Pierre Melville's film Le Cercle Rouge (aka The Red Circle) has been possible remake fodder for years. John Woo had his eye on it at one time (he's long been a Melville devotee) and over the last couple of years it looked like Johnnie To was going to direct his own version. (Which was an idea that thrilled me, frankly.) Now John Hillcoat is being pursued as the latest director, and is actually talking about the project, at least in cautious terms. Talking to Vulture last week, Hillcoat said that in addition to The Revenant, he's has "another contemporary thriller, crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macao." Then The Playlist poked through the latest issue of Production Weekly and found Hillcoat's name attached to the remake of Le Cercle Rouge that Media Asia has been trying to put together for years. An offer has been put to Hillcoat to direct. »
- Russ Fischer
Director John Hillcoat probably didn't get a fair shake with the release of The Road. The Weinsteins never put it in more than 400 theaters in the Us, and even though it didn't cost that much - $25 million - that's about all it brought in worldwide. Hillcoat certainly didn't get a fair shake with Promised Land, which saw financing dry up even though he had acquired Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling, Shia Labeouf, Paul Dano, and Michael Shannon.
But it looks like he's rebounding rather nicely, grabbing Christian Bale for The Revenant, which he'll start shooting soon, and now The Playlist says he has another film lined up, this time a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 French film noir, Le Cercle Rouge.
The original is a heist picture, but it doesn't really follow the traditional formula. It is, however, a great opportunity for a remake, which is why this isn't »
- Colin Boyd
John Hillcoat takes on two new projectsThe Road director John Hillcoat has lined up two projects: frontier western actioner The Revenant starring Christian Bale, and the long-gestating remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic 1970 neo-noir Le Cercle Rouge (Red Circle), according to Playlist.
The Revenant tells the story of an 1820s frontiersman, Hugh Glass, on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Red Circle is described as a "contemporary....crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macao."
...about an aristocratic thief who is released from prison the same day a murderer has escaped the custody of a police superintendent. The thief ends up robbing his mob boss and enlisting the help »
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When talking about Jean Pierre Melville’s classic film, Le Cercle Rouge, you are treading on sacred ground when it comes to yours truly. Not only is this film generally considered a classic, but as a massive film noir fan that I am, it is easily one of my all-time favorite films.
However, you also have a film that has seen its fair share of attempted remakes. The last one, directed by Johnny To and starring Orlando Bloom, fell apart, and prior to that, John Woo tried to get the film off the ground with Chow Yun-Fat, Liam Neeson, and the original’s star, and all around bad ass, Alain Delon in co-starring roles.
Now, according to Production Weekly (via The Playlist) it looks like it may be getting another shot.
- Joshua Brunsting
The Road director John Hillcoat has been in the news quite a bit recently. Last week we covered the news that Hillcoat would be directing a film called The Revenant next. He's also attached to a few other project, as revealed in a recent interview with NY Mag, but it was The Playlist who put two and two together and linked a Production Weekly listing for a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic 1970 neo-noir Le Cercle Rouge (which translates to The Red Circle) to Hillcoat's statements about being attached to "another contemporary thriller, crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macao." Well, we can add another project to Hillcoat's line-up. According to Prod Weekly, an offer is out to Hillcoat to direct The Red Circle remake and it sounds like he's accepted. I guess the locations have changed in the remake in Steve Knight's script, because Le Cercle Rouge »
- Alex Billington
20 items from 2010
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