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Neighbors As I wrote in my review of Neighbors, it's a film that "has the odd distinction of being a film that's both very funny and yet, at 96 minutes long, overstays its welcome". I laughed quite a bit watching this movie, but at the same time just couldn't help but feel like it was way too long and for a film that's just over an hour and a half, that's not a good sign.
The Rover The Rover is a film I consider one of the best of the year and said as much in my review. It's a film you need to just let unfold, don't get impatient and you will be rewarded in the end.
Macbeth (Criterion Collection) I have a copy of Criterion's new edition of Roman Polanski's Macbeth, but my schedule has been brutal lately and I haven't yet had a chance to watch his adaptation of the Shakespeare play. »
- Brad Brevet
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen star as a married couple living in a nice suburban neighborhood with their new baby. When a fraternity moves in next door, the Radners struggle with feeling terrible uncool and also having their lives wrecked by a bunch of hard-partying bros. Zac Efron co-stars as Teddy, the head of the frat, with Dave Franco as his right-hand man.
"Halloween: The Complete Collection"
Do you need this 15-disc Blu-ray box set comprised of all of the "Halloween" movies, including the producer's cut of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers," Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 versions, audio commentary, and lots more? "Need" is such a childish word. You won't literally die if you didn't manage to order »
- Jenni Miller
Launched in 2012, Venice Classics will be presenting 21 new restorations at during the 71st edition of the festival running from August 27 through September 6. Among the highlights: Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967), Krzysztof Kieslowski's No End (1984), Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971), François Truffaut's Stolen Kisses (1968), Anthony Mann's The Man from Laramie (1955), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Guys and Dolls (1955), Marco Bellocchio's China Is Near (1967), Maurice Pialat's Love Exists (1961) and Jack Clayton's The Innocents (1961). » - David Hudson »
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.
The section, introduced in 2012, features a selection of classic film restorations completed over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions or production companies around the world.
Director Giuliano Montaldo will chair the jury of film students which will award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and for Best Documentary on Cinema.
The 2014 Venice Classics line up:
Bez końca (No End), dir Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland, 1984, 108’, Colour) restored by: Studio Filmowe Tor with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute (the Multiannual Government Programme Culture +) and the Polish Film Institute
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
London — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its Venice Classics line-up, which includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Guys and Dolls” (1955) and Francois Truffaut’s “Baisers voles” (Stolen Kisses, 1968).
The section is devoted to classic films that have been restored over the past year by film archives, cultural institutions or production companies, and documentaries about cinema and its auteurs. The pics compete for awards for best restored film, and best documentary on cinema.
The festival, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6, will present 21 restored films in the Venice Classics section, including 18 feature-length films and three short films.
The line-up includes a screening of Marco Bellocchio’s “La Cina e vicina” (China Is Near), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1967 Venice Film Festival. Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, the film is drawn from the collection of Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (Asac).
Other films »
- Leo Barraclough
House of Cards will air on UKTV's Drama from Saturday (July 12) - but the star of this four-part serial is not Kevin Spacey's ruthless Us official Frank Underwood, but rather Tory chief whip Francis Urquhart, played with charming malevolence by Ian Richardson.
Adapted by Andrew Davies - writer of Mr Selfridge, Pride and Prejudice and many more - from Michael Dobbs's original novel, the UK iteration of House of Cards was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Scoring BAFTA and Emmy wins in the early '90s, it went on to inspire the acclaimed Netflix series.
"I feel flattered that Netflix chose to reconstruct it," says Davies. "And I'm delighted that ours has been rediscovered, and that it's going to be shown again on Drama."
Francis vs. Frank
But how does the original House of Cards compare to its modern counterpart? Though in many ways a »
Mighty Aphrodite: Polanski Returns With Spirited Adaptation
The once quite reticent Roman Polanski quickly returns with yet another adaptation of a popular Broadway play, Venus In Fur, which follows his 2011 star studded Carnage. Say what you will, but Polanski, who often tends to favor claustrophobic chamber pieces, excels with chatty subversiveness, and detractors of the sometimes forced Carnage should revel in this latest effort, a dark labyrinth of comedic mind games that does with words what something like Lady from Shanghai does with mirrors.
A dreary, desolate evening sees a desperate theater director, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) pacing the stage as he bitches angrily on the phone about the miserable auditions he witnessed all day long for the lead in his new play, Venus In Furs, an adaptation of an infamous novel credited with birthing the term masochism. Clearly, the play is a labor of love for the man, and »
- Nicholas Bell
Tomorrow, more than a year after its Cannes Competition premiere, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" finally opens in Us theaters. It's the 20th narrative feature of a career that now spans six decades, so a list themed around the Oscar-winning director's work seemed in order. Given that "Venus in Fur" -- Polanski's third film, after "Death and the Maiden" and "Carnage," to replicate the scale and pace of an intimate stage production -- is based so explicitly around notions of performance, and the push-pull relationship between actor and director, a selection of his most successful actorly collaborations seemed the obvious way to go. Like so many auteurs celebrated for their own idiosyncratic style, Polanski's facility with actors isn't discussed as frequently as his formal abilities and preoccupations, yet he's always had the knack for drawing surprising work out of established stars and newcomers alike -- often casting actors intriguingly out of their element, »
- Guy Lodge
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
In Macbeth, Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity.
Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.
Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of Macbeth contain the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Roman Polanski, »
The Criterion Collection has announced their September titles, which include David Lynch's first feature film "Eraserhead" and Roman Polanski's powerful "Macbeth" adaptation. Check out the full list of films (and some special features) that Criterion will be releasing below (Descriptions courtesy of The Criterion Collection): "Eraserhead" (1977) Director: David Lynch David Lynch's 1977 debut feature, "Eraserhead," is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema’s darkest dreams.Special Features to look forward to: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray, "Eraserhead Stories," a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film, new and archival interviews with cast and »
- Eric Eidelstein
David Lynch fans are certainly getting a treat as of late. On July 29 Lynch's "Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery" comes to Blu-ray and now Criterion has announced come September 16, Lynch's Eraserhead will be released on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray. The Eraserhead release will include a new 4K digital restoration of the film, a 2001 "Eraserhead" Stories documentary, a new high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch including Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974) and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all of which include a video introductions by Lynch. Finally it will include new and archival interviews with cast and crew as well as the film's trailer. Also coming in September is the release of Roman Polanski's Macbeth on September 23. The release includes a new 4K digital restoration, new documentary, the 1971 documentary "Polanski Meets Macbeth" and much more. Jack Clayton's 1961 supernatural film »
- Brad Brevet
"[It was] scary. I hope I did justice to it. It's pretty big boots to fill," Fassbender told Pa.
"But I loved the experience and loved working with Justin and Marion. She's so courageous and such a wonderful actor to work with."
The 37-year-old added: "Paddy Considine, I've been a big fan of his for a long time, so it was great to do scenes with him as well."
Sneak Peek battle footage from the set of director Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth", written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine, Elizabeth Debicki and David Thewlis:
"...after being flattered by 'Three Witches' and his own wife, 'Macbeth' rationalizes that murdering his king and usurping the throne is the right thing to do.
"Ultimately, however, the prophecies of the witches prove misleading, and Macbeth alienates the nobility of Scotland, his wife commits suicide and he is defeated in battle by 'Prince Malcolm'. As the King's armies disintegrate he encounters 'Macduff', a refugee nobleman whose wife and children had earlier been murdered by Macbeth's death squads.
- Michael Stevens
Today we have the first character posters for a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Check everything out below. The new film will retain the 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King. "Macbeth" is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and is currently at the Cannes Film Festival selling off distribution rights. Posters: (click to enlarge) »
The problem with most adaptations of William Shakespeare plays is that they treat the material with too much reverence, creating flowery and formal films that add little to the Bard’s work (see: last year’s Romeo & Juliet). The best Shakespeare movies aren’t afraid to risk with translating from book to screen, adopting a modern-day feel or sometimes even completely modernizing the stories. The upcoming Macbeth adaptation doesn’t dump its characters in 2014, but there’s reason to suspect that it will put a new twist on the classic tale. New character posters for the film hit the web today, presenting this Macbeth as the darkest and bloodiest we’ve seen yet. And I’m totally fine with that.
- Isaac Feldberg
Following a couple first look photos at the Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel, the period drama is showing off footage at the Cannes Film Market and looking for distributors. Now we have some bits of the hype machine overseas as two character teaser posters have surfaced online featuring stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The film has already turned heads enough to have Kurzel team up with Fassbender again for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, but it will probably be awhile before we see any footage. In the meantime, these posters, especially Fassbender's is great. Look! Here's the Cannes posters for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth from See Soundit (via The Playlist): Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name. »
- Ethan Anderton
Production is wrapped on Justin Kurzel's Macbeth starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender with footage even being shown to Cannes buyers this week, but will the film have a festival premiere later this year or will it be held entirely for 2015c Considering the amount of coverage it has seen as of late with several new pictures and even a set report appearing online it would seem it's a film begging to be seen. Today two posters, which look like they may actually be sales sheets that were scanned and uploaded, have found their way online featuring Cotillard as "Lady M" and Fassbender as her husband in this new take on William Shakespeare's classic about a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord who seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and three witches. Along with those two, however, the film co-stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, »
- Brad Brevet
An exclusive appearance by acclaimed writer, filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj and a celebration of the life of Bollywood legend Yash Chopra are among the many highlights as the London Asian Film Festival (Laff) returns in June.
Bhardwaj will provide a world exclusive sneak peek into his hugely anticipated new film ‘Haider’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, during a talk on 08 June at London’s famous Globe Theatre, often referred to as the Bard’s “spiritual home” away from his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.
‘Haider’ – set in Kashmir and starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Irrfan Khan – completes Bhardwaj’s trilogy of Shakespearean adaptations following ‘Maqbool’ (Macbeth) and ‘Omkara’ (Othello).
The film is already generating considerable buzz in the industry and is certain to be a shoo-in come awards season.
Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry, founder of Laff, said: “Vishal Bharwaj’s adaptations provide a unique insight into the shared heritage »
- Press Releases
We already know that Michael Fassbender will produce and star in a big screen adaptation of the popular "Assassin's Creed" video game. There have been times that it was doubtful that the film will happen. But now comes word that a director is ready to sign on. That director is Justin Kurzel, who is currently working with Fassbender on "Macbeth," a new adaptation of a William Shakespeare play. Production on "Macbeth" recently wrapped, but apparently Fassbender enjoyed working with Kurzel enough to want to re-team with him. Hopefully hiring Kurzel will give "Assassin's Creed" the boost that it needs. Unless something changed, the film is set to hit theaters on August 7th, 2015. »
Thanks to Empire magazine, we now have a new photo from the upcoming new "Macbeth" movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Check it out below. "Macbeth" is a new adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. It will retain the 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King. The new movie is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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