9 items from 2015
★★★☆☆ John Schlesinger's Darling (1965), reissued this week for 50th anniversary celebrations, is at once a time capsule piece and an oddly prescient fable about vacuous, ephemeral celebrity which remains tartly relevant in 2015. It is perhaps best remembered as the film that crowned the imperial phase of Julie Christie's career with an Oscar, part of a golden run encompassing Billy Liar (1963), Doctor Zhivago (1967) and Don't Look Now (1973), and lasted right up until Shampoo and Nashville (1975). In retrospect, it's difficult to fathom why the award came for her portrayal of the one-note Diana Scott in this slightly confused film rather than for her spectacular performance in, say, The Go-Between (1971).
- CineVue UK
Edgar Wright popped into the Criterion Collection closet for a look and to tell some stories about a few of the titles he was picking up and adding to his bag. Over the course of the video's four minutes he chats about Eyes Without a Face (read my review here), Alex Cox's Walker, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (read my review here) and Don't Look Now, which he calls one of his top ten of all time, and you can read my review here, though Wright suggests you see it without reading anything about it. Watch below. yt id="M99gL8IBMZw" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
I feel like it was a really good week of movie watching for me as I kicked things off watching Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Don't Look Now (read my review here) and then caught a couple screenings with Kingsman: The Secret Service (read my review here) and Fifty Shades of Grey (read my review here). Then, at home, I watched Edge of Tomorrow yet again (man, I really like that movie) and, for Valentine's Day, my wife and I caught Some Like It Hot at the local Cinerama. Then, on top of that, I watched the five, Oscar-nominated, live action shorts and it's sort of a tough call attempting to predict which one will win, though, right now, I'd probably lean to either Aya or Parvaneh. Certainly Boogaloo and Graham, centering on a couple Irish kids given chickens for gifts, is the most accessible. Aya, centering on a woman »
- Brad Brevet
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- Landon Palmer
The first time I saw Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now was October 2008, as I was watching a slew of films in an effort to put together a list of my top ten scariest films. In the end, I came up with six, Don't Look Now wasn't one of them. I mention this because I initially watched this movie under the impression it was tremendously frightening. I had never seen it before, but everything I read about it spoke to how terrifying it was. I didn't find it frightening in the least, not then and not now. However, revisiting it with this new Criterion Blu-ray release gave me a chance to watch it with different eyes and I found myself appreciating it a bit more. Granted, I still can't bring myself to say I'm an overall fan of the picture, but watching it without the expectation it will be something it isn't, »
- Brad Brevet
Nightcrawler I've already written about the Nightcrawler Blu-ray (read that here) and the film not only made my top ten of 2014, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo recently won 2014 RopeofSilicon Awards (a very high honor). Suffice to say, this is a film I've grown to really love since first seeing it and heartily recommend you check it out.
Don't Look Now (Criterion Collection) I was able to watch about 30 minutes of this new Blu-ray last night as it only arrived recently and I haven't had enough time to get through it, but I can tell you I've only seen Don't Look Now once before and I wasn't a huge fan of it the first time around. However, knowing how many fans the film has I wanted to give it a second chance and what better way than a feature rich Criterion edition. Just below are all the features it includes »
- Brad Brevet
This week: Up to no good with Jake Gyllenhaal and Nightcrawler, Steve Carell starts his Disney phase, and Criterion gives the eerie '70s classic Don't Look Now the royal treatment. ► First-time director Dan Gilroy gets a career performance out of Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler as the Patrick Bateman of newshounds. He plays a freelance cameraman who shoots the aftermaths of crime scenes and isn.t shy to move bodies to get a better shot. »
- John Law
Every month, the Criterion Collection selects a number of cinematically and culturally important films and makes an effort to preserve them with specialized DVD and Blu-ray releases. For February 2015, the Criterion Collection brings a new mix of classic films into the modern era with new restorations that mark the first time they've ever been available in high-definition (usually). In the mix we have Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Martin Rosen's animated adaptation of Richard Adams's Watership Down, Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, Federico Fellini's Satyricon, and Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon.
For full details on all six releases, read on.
- Lex Walker
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
9 items from 2015
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