14 items from 2014
With Isle of Dogs’ director Tammi Sutton’s latest feature Ripped-Off gearing up for principal photography in Los Angeles, CA this spring, we caught up with the filmmaker to discuss what happens when car thieves steal the wrong vehicle (this being a Sutton film, all sorts of stylized hell will break loose, more than likely). Read on.
Currently casting, Ripped-Off was written by Jeff Sisson, and will be produced by Caprice Conley, with cinematography by Jonas Navickas. The film’s tagline is as follows; “They stole the wrong car... Now heads are gonna’ roll."
“The inception of Ripped-Off honestly started when I was winding down filming my last two features in Europe and England,” stated Sutton (her last feature currently in release, the gritty Andrew Howard and Barbara Nedeljakova-starring crime thriller Isle of Dogs, bowed to DVD via Green Apples on January 28, 2014.)
“When I was there and homesick for Los Angeles, »
- Sean Decker
As follow-up to the critical darling The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is bringing us Inherent Vice, a 1970s-set crime drama based on the Thomas Pynchon novel about a drug-fueled detective on a search for his missing ex-girlfriend. His cast includes Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Maya Rudolph. This much-anticipated film isn't scheduled to hit theaters until December, but one insider has tipped what fans should expect from P.T. Anderson's latest. The Film Stage spoke with an audience member from an early screening of the film. Read this unnamed viewer's impressions below: "Mix together The Big Lebowski and Altman.s The Long Goodbye, turn it into a two-and-a-half hour Pt Anderson epic and you.re getting close to the awesome experience of Inherent Vice. Even Joaquin Phoenix.s performance has echoes of 70′s Elliot Gould with a touch of The Dude. »
I don't think there's enough sunshine in all of California to brighten up the dark state of affairs everyone is in as Mad Men begins the first half of its last lap. Where does one begin in this cold January of 1969? Peggy crumpled on the floor in sobs of her great-big-investment Upper West Side apartment? Roger passed out naked on the floor of his filthy, garbage-littered hotel-room-cum-counterculture-commune? Ken – still sporting an eye patch from his little shotgun mishap with the Chevy execs – completely overwhelmed and overworked? A happy, suntanned Pete – seriously, »
Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21
The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...
In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.
Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.
Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »
People complain all the time that there’s nothing good to watch on Netflix, but the truth is, that’s just because we usually like to complain more than we like to do a little work. In reality, there are tons of good movies to watch on Netflix, you just have to do a little digging to find them. For instance, here are 20 movies, ranging from good to great, that just got added to their streaming service recently. No digging required. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix page so you can add them to your queue. Happy vegging. Pick of the Month: The Long Goodbye (1973) Probably the best compliment a movie can receive is Joel and Ethan Coen citing it as an influence, so seeing as the brothers Coen have gone on record as saying that Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye is a big influence on their The Big Lebowski—which »
- Nathan Adams
Struggles of young New Yorkers have provided fodder for countless portraits of urban angst that vainly strive to reach for the tropes of Woody Allen. "Wild Canaries" has all the markings of this formula, but makes some admirable attempts to shake it up by stuffing the usual routine into a detective story. If the "Scooby-Doo" gang grew up and moved into a cramped Manhattan apartment building, they might resemble the oddball characters populating director Lawrence Michael Levine's bubbly murder mystery, in which the ultimate solution to the whodunit scenario matters less than the wily energy its characters bring to uncovering the puzzle. "Wild Canaries" exists somewhere on the spectrum between Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" and Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather:" Moody protagonists, swept up in the aimless flow of their lives, seek escape from its monotonous rhythms. As Noah, Levine plays the self-involved fiancé to the much younger Barri (Sophia Takal, »
- Eric Kohn
We wanted to give a heads-up for an exciting new publication by filmmaker, projectionist, and Notebook contributor Paul Clipson. Published by Land And Sea, Reel is a limited edition "287 page book collecting approximately 15 years of drawings and notes from his job as head projectionist/av tech at SFMoMA. The drawings illustrate the moment before the "cigarette burn" (a symbol used in film projection to indicate when to change the reel of film) shows as a reference intended to assist part-time projectionists."
Only 100 copies will be available, with 5 "artist edition" versions, which come with a DVD Clipson has made for this release of "cigarette" moments, a dust jacket of film stills, and a signed and numbered slip case. More information can be found here.
If you are in the San Francisco area, the gallery Will Brown will be hosting an event for the book release today, Sunday, March 9. If you are in the New York area, »
- Paul Clipson
It's amazing to think that it's been almost three years since LCD Soundsystem called it quits with a marathon final show at Madison Square Garden on April 2. The good news is that soon you'll finally be able to listen to the whole set from the comfort of the chair you put next to your record player. The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden will come out on April 19, Record Store Day, as a 5xLP vinyl boxed set and then May 20 with a full digital and vinyl wide release. Read the full, extensive track list below; watch a performance of "All My Friends" from the show, taken from the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits; and decide whether this release makes them closer or further away from a reunion.The Long Goodbye:01 “Dance Yrself Clean”02 “Drunk Girls”03 “I Can Change”04 “Time to Get Away”05 “Get »
- Jesse David Fox
There’s a haze that covers Robert Altman’s films; from the sun drenched beaches of The Long Goodbye to the cavernous interiors of McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Altman’s films find loquacious antiheroes attempting to understand the details of their murky surroundings. Today would be Altman’s 89th birthday and we’re celebrating with a line-up of documentaries that illuminate [...] »
- Zade Constantine
Neal Thompson is Senior Editor at Amazon Books. He is also a journalist & author, amateur photographer/videographer, and compulsive reader-writer. Neal interviewed Michael Connelly, creator of Bosch, a new Amazon Original Pilot.
In 1992, a seasoned crime reporter named Michael Connelly published his first novel, the story of a body in a drainpipe, a bank robbery, and police corruption, based partly on a true crime that had occurred in La. Featuring Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, a Vietnam vet turned Lapd detective, The Black Echo won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, established Connelly as a new voice in the mystery/thriller world and Bosch as one of the more complex characters in modern crime fiction.
Now, more than a dozen novels later, Bosch is coming to the little screen. Amazon Studios has produced the first episode in a hoped-for series entitled Bosch, co-written by Connelly and with Titus Welliver (who has »
Directed by Robert Altman
Robert Altman’s foray into film in the 70s left him with a body of work densely packed with revered quality, which enshrined him as one of the great American directors. M*A*S*H, Nashville, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, and 3 Women would have been enough to designate him a worthy auteur, one who spoke a certain mystical anti-Hollywood language with beams of nostalgia resonating from current cinephiles who wonder, “How did they get away with that?”. It wasn’t by fitting in with contemporaries such as Scorsese and Hellman or emulating the previous nouvelle vague that made Altman a mainstay in cinematic history — much of that is due to his unabashed critique of genre understanding, his unique editing, and, perhaps unexpectedly, his understanding of his subjects in a »
- Zach Lewis
Robert Altman’s work of the 1980s saw him exploring new stylistic trends as he ventured to adapt popular plays. These works stand in stark contrast with his earlier films as they were often secluded to single locations, with Altman’s sprawling vision of America confined to either a small interior space or even tied to a single character. The richness of Altman’s best work - The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Nashville - stands in stark contrast with this new period of work, their sprawling narratives and settings seeming just a memory amid the very claustrophobic locales of his play adaptations. This transition in style, though, was motivated partially through practical needs that also mirrored his occasional shifts to television. The biggest catalyst in these lower-budget productions was the financial and critical struggles of his most recent work at the time, notably Popeye and HealtH. HealtH, »
- Justine Smith
Coming a year on the heels of Mash, one of his best known films, Robert Altman’s Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller certified the director as a genre revisionist. The opening strains of Leonard Cohen’s “The Stranger Song” lilt underneath a panning wide shot showing McCabe (Warren Beatty in his finest role), unrecognizable beneath bundled furs and astride a donkey, approaching a modest camp. The slow, lyrical pacing is akin to neither the golden-era Hollywood Westerns of John Ford or Howard Hawks, nor the ‘60s explosion of Spaghetti Westerns, emblemized by Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. Cohen’s style is effortlessly poetic and in opposition to the bravado of Dimitri Tiomkin and the percussive bombast of Ennio Morricone; the protagonist introduction is without the fanfare of a John Wayne saunter or a Charles Bronson cold stare. Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography is of murky earth tones, dull snow, and Altman’s trademark slow zooms, »
- Neal Dhand
Director Robert Altman had his fair share of ups and downs. The oscillation between works widely lauded and those typically forgotten is prevalent throughout his exceptionally diverse career. This was — and still is — certainly the case with his 1970s output. This decade of remarkable work saw the release of now established classics like M*A*S*H, Nashville, and McCabe & Mrs. Miller, as well as a picture like 3 Women, which would gradually gain a cult following of sorts and subsequently be regarded as a quality movie despite its initial dismissal. But couched between and around these features are more electric and generally more unorthodox films. There are multiple titles from this, arguably Altman’s most creative of decades, that remain generally unheralded to all but his most ardent of admirers.
For Altman, the 1970s began with this disparity. The first year of the decade saw the release of M*A*S*H, »
- Jeremy Carr
14 items from 2014
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