6 items from 2010
Take One Action, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Want to save the world but not sure where to start? This festival should at least give you some pointers, if not rouse you into action. Its mission is to bring together audiences, film-makers and activists and to highlight pressing global issues through film. There's no shortage of material. Big issues such as global warming, hunger, the oil industry and Israel-Palestine are well covered in fiction and documentary, but it's not necessarily all bad news. There are inspirational stories, such as Persona Non Grata, about a crusader for slum justice in Venezuela, or classic doc Powaqqatsi with a live score, and even a Namibian HIV drama, in which the audience decides the ending.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh & Glasgow Film Theatre, Thu to 5 Oct; visit takeoneaction.org.uk
Branchage Film Festival, Jersey
There aren't that many cinemas on Jersey, but this festival doesn't need them anyway. When it »
- Steve Rose
In the second part of the two interviews I was invited to take part in for the promotion of The Last Exorcism, I met the film’s producer, Eli Roth. Writer, director and sometime actor, Roth is laid back (both figuratively and quite literally), sharply dressed and surprisingly handsome in person. As opposed to director Daniel Stamm’s enthusiastic joy for talking about his movie, Roth is more reserved, although clearly in his element – the filmmaker evidently knows not only how to direct a scene but also an interview. He feeds us information at his own pace, casually displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of horror and sets himself up nicely for some witty jokes. Roth was a compelling orator, as is hopefully evident below.
I was watching your Carson Daly interview this morning and in that you were saying that the reason you produced as well as directed your first couple »
- Jack Kirby
Close-Up Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami Written by: Abbas Kiarostami Starring: Hosein Sabzian, Hassan Farazmand, Mehrdad Ahankhah Abbas Kiarostami's 1990 docudrama Close-Up completely buries the defining line between documentary and drama. It's a subversive piece of meta filmmaking that comments on the value of art and cinema through the trial of one overzealous man whose desire to live vicariously through the films -- and filmmaker's -- he loves drove him to deception. The opening ten minutes of Close-Up manages to lay out the entire plot of the film while still keeping the audience completely in the dark. Two dashboard mounted cameras capture a taxi ride -- in what seems to be real time -- as a journalist and two police officers arrive at the home of an upper-class family to arrest a man who's been fraudulently impersonating Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. We slowly learn that the suspect, Hosein Sabzian, had told the family he was Makhmalbaf, »
- Jay C.
Cannes 2010 Coverage
The Forgotten: Trigger Happy Punks
The Forgotten: Mood Swings
The Forgotten: Seduced and Abandoned
Movie Poster of the Week: "Guns"
Movie Poster of the Week: "Tentacles"
Movie Poster of the Week: "Tropical Malady"
Movie Poster of the Week: "La religieuse"
Image of the Day. Records of Material Objects in the Cinema #1
R.I.P. William Lubtchansky
Images of the Day. Ideal Couples
Cannes 2010. Favorite Moments: Days 1 & 2
Cannes 2010. 3-Wall Realism: "Tuesday, After Christmas" (Radu Muntean, Romania)
Cannes 2010: Sincere Love: "The Strange Case of Angelica" (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal)
Cannes 2010. Favorite Moments: Day 3
Cannes 2010. Love-Hate Relationships: "Au petite bonheur" (Marcel L’Herbier, France, 1946)
Cannes 2010. Playful Protest: "Hands Up" (Romain Goupil, France)
Cannes 2010. Favorite Moments: Day 4
Cannes 2010. Today's Quiet City: "I Wish I Knew" (Jia Zhangke, »
Anthology Film Archives in New York City begins a three-day engagement of a new 35mm print of Peter Watkins' 1970 Punishment Park on Friday, May 14. It should be noted that the screen caps illustrating this post are not derived from that print but from the Eureka!/Masters of Cinema Region 2 U.Kdvd of the film, which has excellent image quality and was no doubt transferred from a first-rate source. I did see the new print, and it's excellent. I wouldn't call it a staggering improvement over the version on the Moc DVD. But seeing the film in a more public/social environment than your home theater does present certain experiential advantages. For one thing, you're less coddled by your home environment, and thus less likely to try and talk yourself into the notion that Punishment Park can't, as it were, happen here. Although if you've got a lick of sense »
The 7th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival is ready to start off with a bang this year on April 12 and then continue through to April 18. Opening night will see the results of the festival’s wildly popular 48-hour Movie Making Challenge, where registered teams were given a genre, a prop and a line of dialogue; then sent out to craft perfect cinematic masterpieces in just two short days.
Then, the rest of the fest is dedicated to some of the wildest films made in both the fest’s home country of Canada and from around the world, including Indonesia, Serbia, the UK and the U.S.
If you’re attending the festival, there’s one incredibly fun documentary you need to see: Michael Petersen’s Eddies: The Documentary, about the craziest beer commercial-making competition in the world — that happens to take place right in Calgary every year! Petersen profiled several »
- Mike Everleth
6 items from 2010
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