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Lyon, France — Could Lyon’s Lumière Festival – an event dedicated near entirely to classic movies – be shaping up, outside animation, as France’s second biggest film festival? Last year, it ratcheted up 150,000 admissions. In 2016, it has a guest list most festivals would die for: Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Winding Refn, Park Chan-wook, Gaspar Noe, Walter Hill, Jerry Schatzberg and the French film greats led by Catherine Deneuve, Costa Gavras and Jean-Paul Jeunet and, in industry terms, Nicolas and Jerome Seydoux, heads of Gaumont and Pathe respectively. Not forgetting the Institute Lumière’s Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Fremaux which run and host the affair. “Host” may be an appropriate word. Fremaux insists the festival should be a ‘feast,’ a fiesta. The Lumière Festival unspools as several hundred live shows, where directors, actors, critics and quite often Bertrand Tavernier – who sometimes seems to remember more about films than the people who made them »
- John Hopewell
Drug addicts! Who in 1970 really knew what life was like for them? Jerry Schatzberg, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne's story of hell on the streets of NYC provided a stunning debut for Al Pacino -- and should have done the same for Kitty Winn. It sounds too tough to watch, but it's riveting. The Panic in Needle Park Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Raul Julia, Joe Santos, Paul Sorvino Cinematography Adam Holender Film Editor Evan Lottman Original Music Ned Rorem Written by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne from the novel by James Mills. Produced by Dominique Dunne, Roger M. Rothstein Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
We all know how the 1970s upheaval in Hollywood brought new talent to film -- actors, »
- Glenn Erickson
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, June 14th, 2016.
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Follow-Up Brian’s tweet about The Thing News Twilight Time – September/October Titles Arrow Video – September titles The Deadly Trackers Blue Sunshine Kino Lorber – Moving Violations, The Park Is Mine The Transformers: The Movie Scream Factory Sale Raising Cain The Thing Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Links to Amazon Airport: The Complete Collection Black Dog La Chienne Edvard Munch (1974) (Masters of Cinema) Gold Here Comes Mr. Jordan (The Criterion Collection) Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 2 Star Trek XI Star Trek Into Darkness Too Late for Tears Woman on the Run X-Files: The Event Series The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) on Blu-ray Inserts (1975) on Blu-ray The Member of The Wedding (1952) on Blu-ray The Panic in Needle Park »
- Ryan Gallagher
Artisans break down the anatomy of a crucial scene of season five of “Girls.”
“Girls” Season 5, Episode 6, “The Panic in Central Park” (HBO)
Inspired by Jerry Schatzberg’s 1971 heroin-junkie drama “The Panic in Needle Park,” Lena Dunham penned a script that helmer Richard Shepard brings to life in a surreal way that precisely conveys the angst and confusion of twentysomething New Yorkers. With her new marriage on the verge of collapse, Marnie (Allison Williams) runs into ex-boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott). They embark on a romantic adventure that, per Shepard, “captures the gritty and the lush, the rich of Fifth Avenue to the grime of Brooklyn.” Shepard highlights five crew members who created this “mini-movie.”
Suk Yi Mar, location manager
“Locations are such a central part of storytelling and this episode was such a New York story. Suk Yi, who has been with ‘Girls’ since the beginning, always brings the best ideas to the table. »
- Malina Saval
A few thoughts on last night's Girls coming up just as soon as you pay the $100 gown rental fee... It's funny to think that, when Girls started, Marnie seemed like the normal, relatable member of the group. Some of this was just her physical proximity to Hannah, and how emotionally big and difficult both Jessa and Shoshanna seemed at the time, but she definitely came across as much more sensible than the others at the beginning. And if she wasn't the sanest person on the show, then Charlie was. Jump ahead four years, and where the other Girls — even Hannah — have found some level of maturity and fulfillment, Marnie has turned out to be the most annoying, narcissistic, oblivious member of the quartet, often to great comic effect, but in a way that seemingly rendered her useless as a dramatic character, because who could ever feel sympathy for Marnie? Yet somehow, »
- Alan Sepinwall
TMZ reports that Santos suffered a heart attack Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, Perry Santos. He was put on life support at a hospital in Santa Monica, where he passed away.
The actor played Becker, a frustrated Los Angeles policeman, on the NBC show for eight years, appearing in 112 episodes. Santos received an Emmy nomination for his work in 1979 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.
Santos built a career around playing in police-themed shows including “Magnum P.I.” and “Police Story.” Taking a break from being the good policeman everyone loved in “The Rockford Files,” he played a bad guy on “The Sopranos.”
- Lamarco McClendon
6 items from 2016
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