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Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or enticing, these films are, however, now decades old, taking place well before the digital revolution and our new state of Diy. So what happens when digital brings a new found intimacy to the voyeuristic landscape? J.R. Hughto's second feature Diamond on Vinyl proves to be a most suitable, and thought-provoking playback of these themes, a SoCal-set Noir that effortlessly weaves genre into a naturalistic story of a man who is just trying to gain some semblance of a normal life.The premise goes down like this:...
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Beginning in the 1960s with the shock of the new Hollywood, the waves of cultural sea change in the U.S. were reflected onscreen. The cinematic renderings of our fears and desires at this moment in time took on many shapes. But perhaps the best gift that moviemaking heyday gave us was the paranoid thriller, a genre that took on a life of its own in confronting political conspiracy, social alienation and self-deception. So without further ado, here are six that any self-respecting film fan must see.1. "The Conversation" Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (Netflix) Though everyone says "The Godfather" is Coppola's masterpiece, he was admittedly working for hire to make such smaller-scale art films as "The Conversation" two years later, a quiet study in alienation starring Gene Hackman as San Francisco surveillance expert Harry Caul. Hackman was the go-to man for urban paranoid thrillers in the 1970s -- a real »
- Ryan Lattanzio
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and Vudu each week in Moviefone's Digital Download.
This week's Digital Download picks range from a metal-clawed mutant and street racing crews, to gay cabaret owners and a man imprisoned for 25 years. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: 'The Birdcage' (1996)
A remake of the 1978 French-Italian film "La Cage aux Folles," Mike Nichols's "The Birdcage" stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple who run a cabaret club in Miami. However, when Williams's son (Dan Futterman) from a previous marriage wants to introduce them to his fiancee's (Calista Flockhart) very conservative parents, »
- Erin Whitney
If you're a filmmaker on a credit-card budget, you probably can't afford a helicopter to take those aerial shots of cityscapes and landscapes that big-budget filmmakers use to create a sense of panoramic grandeur. But you can afford the next best thing: a flying drone camera. That's right: the same technology that allows the U.S. to spy remotely and to drop bombs from unmanned aircraft also allows you to capture killer bird's-eye-view shots for your movie.
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A whole mess of factors goes into what projects a director takes on. A young up-and-comer might be happy just to get his first directing credit, regardless of what it might actually be about. A director who's been around the block might pick up a project way outside of their wheelhouse just for the experience. And the promise of a couple bucks doesn't hurt, either.
In other words, sometimes you just can't pin a filmmaker down. Here are some rather odd and unexpected director-movie pairings.
Between "12 Angry Men," "Network," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico," it's fair to call the late Sidney Lumet an all-time great. But considering most of Lumet's career was dedicated to crime and drama, "The Wiz," a musical "The Wizard of Oz" adaptation set in Harlem (and, later, Oz), is a definite oddball in his canon. Starring such powerhouses of African-American culture as Michael Jackson, »
- Adam D'Arpino
Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that they will be honoring Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The actor—who earlier this year earned critical and audience raves for his outstanding portrayal of baseball trailblazer Branch Rickey in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ hit drama “42″—has been an international box office favorite for four decades.
The award will be presented at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a great honor to celebrate Harrison Ford’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career with our ‘Hollywood Career Achievement Award,’” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Film Awards.
- Melissa Thompson
Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that they will be honoring Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The actor—who earlier this year earned critical and audience raves for his outstanding portrayal of baseball trailblazer Branch Rickey in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ hit drama “42”—has been an international box office favorite for four decades. The award will be presented at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. “It is a great honor to celebrate Harrison Ford’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career with our ‘Hollywood Career Achievement Award,’” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. In addition to his recent appearance in Brian Helgeland’s widely praised drama “42,” the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, »
SciScreen All-Nighter | Britten centenary | More London free festival | Dark Side Of San Francisco
SciScreen All-Nighter, Newcastle upon Tyne
If you're the sort of cinemagoer who enjoys attending all-night film shows but has a nagging suspicion that your time could be better spent doing something useful – assisting scientific research, say – then help is at hand. As part of the British Science festival 2013, the Tyneside Cinema is hosting a high-calibre all-nighter during which attendees will be assessed between films to see how their bodies are responding to sleeplessness. Doctors from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University will conduct experiments in the Tyneside bar, while sleep expert Dr Kirstie Anderson will offer tips for the night ahead. You don't have to stay for the full 12 hours, but with movies including The Man With Two Brains, Christopher Nolan's back-to-front mind mess Memento and cult smash Re-Animator, why wouldn't you?
Tyneside Cinema, Sat
Britten centenary, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Donald Sutherland (1900) and Robert Duvall (The Conversation) lead a star-studded cast in the 1976 World War II action film The Eagle Has Landed, which makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut with this release from Shout! Factory.
Based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel, the film revolves around a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Nazi officers Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, the team of paratroopers descends upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission. »
The Primer director's long-awaited second feature, about parasites that absorb identity, is freaky and strange – and attempts a colossal synch-up between the digital and cosmic worlds
Shane Carruth thoroughly earned his cult status in independent American cinema almost 10 years ago with a brilliant debut, a time-travel movie called Primer that included the immortal line: "Are you hungry? I haven't eaten since later this afternoon."
Primer was complex, cerebral and absorbing; comparisons were made by me and others to Darren Aronofsky's Pi and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, but really it looked and felt like nothing else. Carruth's reputation grew year by year as it became clear that he had no immediate follow-up (one project was reportedly abandoned) and so our excitement at the arrival of this second film was extreme: it was rumoured to be an epic scientific excursion into altered states, a rhapsody of ideas, a visual »
- Peter Bradshaw
Director Robert Luketic’s thriller “Paranoia” has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough. This is a film in which titans of industry discuss nefarious world takeover schemes with the discretion of Bond villains, tech whizzes work on top-secret military projects in the middle of dive bars, and corporate henchmen chase targets through crowded restaurants with guns drawn to deliver messages most people would send via text. Indifferently made and nearly tension-free, this Liam Hemsworth starrer should generate moderate opening weekend B.O.; after that, it would be well advised to look over its shoulder.
Inhabiting a strange simulacrum of modern-day New York where Brooklyn is still unfashionable, Silicon Valley companies are headquartered in Lower Manhattan and nightclub doormen profess a “no hipsters” entrance policy, Hemsworth’s oft-shirtless protagonist, Adam Cassidy, is an entry-level programmer at a multinational tech company, »
- Andrew Barker
Five decades after his directorial debut, Francis Ford Coppola sees himself as something of a student filmmaker trying to create cinematic art. At 74, the filmmaker whose staggeringly influential body of work includes Apocalypse Now, The Conversation andThe Godfather trilogy still retains the maverick spirit that led him to abandon the Hollywood machine to build a winery and pursue personal projects. One of these projects was his third self-financed film: the gothic, old-school ghost tale Twixt, a dreamlike horror tale about a has-been author (Val Kilmer) on a book tour that stops in a small town that happens to be cursed. As he ponders a return to large-scale filmmaking with a brand-new Italian-American generational saga inspired by his own family, Coppola reveals how...
- Scott Huver
No amount of bad "buzz" should ever keep you from avoiding a movie you want to see, especially when it's a film that comes from someone like Francis Ford Coppola. Not to overstate the obvious, but the director of The Godfather, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and (the excellent) Tucker: The Man and His Dream has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, plus it's no secret that Mr. Coppola has a clear admiration for horror cinema; some of his other films include The Terror (1963), Dementia 13 (also 1963), and a fairly impressive 1992 rendition of Dracula.
Having said all of that, the filmmaker's latest -- a bizarre and languid horror mash-up known as Twixt -- is an appealing mess (if I'm being kind) and an eye-tickling analysis of how a writer finds his muse (if I'm being smart), but it's recommended only to A) Coppola completists, B) Val Kilmer fans, and C) Edgar Allen Poe fanatics. »
- Scott Weinberg
Aside from quality projections, there is nothing that arouses me more during a festival than to get the feeling of communal caring for the 7th art. Day 2, 9:00 a.m’s screening of Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow (see fest pic below) was packed with Karlovy Vary patrons (the demo are an enthusiastic mid 20′s to early 30′s type crowd) and this trickled onto my screenings of “films from the past” in Afterschool and Reprise. As part of Schatzberg’s homage, both Puzzle of Downfall Child (1970) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971) will be shown. Starring the oddball pairing of a fun to watch, improvisational not-yet-bark full of bite Al Pacino and layered Gene Hackman, this digitally projected copy of the film happened to be was my first ever viewing of the road movie that won big in 73′ edition of Cannes (The Conversation, also starring Hackman would win the same prize »
- Eric Lavallee
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The movie follows Hall Baltimore (Kilmer), a writer appearing in a small town on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall discovers that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.
Independently produced by Coppola, Twixt was shot in 2010 and has been sitting on 20th Century Fox’s shelf since 2011. Though »
A rare audience with Hollywood's best editor, fresh from cutting Particle Fever, a documentary about the search for the Higgs Boson at Cern
To relax, Walter Murch likes to sit in front of the TV. With a stopwatch. Counting the number of times a politician blinks as they give a speech. "I'm just fascinated by it, clinically," he says. "I'll be: 'Can you believe it? He blinked 80 times a minute!' Our normal rate is about 15 and so clearly something is at odds, mentally." The record holder is still Dan Quayle ("a phenomenally high blink rate").
For Murch, the eyelids are the window to the soul. Or, at least, to the synchronicity of brain and mouth. He tests the suppleness of his editing muscles by running a clip of film, noting where the actor blinks, then re-playing and halting at exactly that frame (there's 24 of them a second). This is the key to his technique. »
- Catherine Shoard
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, or – if you’re into the whole brevity thing – DocFest, is 20 years old.
To mark the anniversary of one of the most dynamic and interesting festivals in the world, the organisers have pulled out all the stops. Kicking things off this year are 3 stunning opening night events; The Big Melt – a film celebrating the Sheffield Steel Industry with a live score written by the Steel City’s favourite son Jarvis Cocker and performed by Cocker, Richard Hawley and The Sheffield Brass Band (among others) promises to be quite something; The Summit – a film about the perils of climbing K2 is being screened deep underground in the Peak District’s most evocatively named cave, The Devil’s Arse and finally, a screening of Sundance World Cinema Documentary Award Winner Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which – tantalisingly – features a Q&A with the non-incarcerated band members.
side from that trio of events, »
Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman star in the new film "Paranoia," a thriller about corporate espionage, masters of industry, Oldman's Michael Caine impersonation and suspension of disbelief (Hemsworth's character says he was born and raised in Brooklyn).
1. "Wall Street"
5. "The Ides of March"
6. "Marathon Man"
7. "Boiler Room"
8. "The Conversation"
10. Luketic's own "21"
- Christopher Rosen
"I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived." –Will Smith
Greetings from the apocalypse! It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll, but if you're Will Smith's kid it ain't that long. The thoroughly Thetan-free father-son gods among us will be exemplars of human perfection on screen this weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to give them your money. There's plenty to see, do, touch, taste, smell, snort and vomit with the fully stocked weekend of entertainment I have lined up for ya, kiddos.
Friday, May 31
Pow! In Theaters
M. Night Shyamalan hasn't exactly been an audience's best friend for the last, oh, decade or so, which is why the studio wasn't generous in name-dropping him as director of "After Earth." Indeed, »
- Max Evry
Feature Np Horton 30 May 2013 - 06:28
Oh Enemy Of The State. Released at the tail end of the 90s, it already seemed an out-of-date high-concept action film so beloved of that decade, and time hasn't been kind to it.
Laugh at the high tech equipment used by the National Security Agency (videotapes) and their undercover spy methods at capturing Will Smith (driving muscle cars the wrong way down a traffic-filled tunnel). Cringe at the subtle and not-so-subtle racial slurs spread throughout the script (numerous references to Smith’s lawyer character being an ‘eggplant’, and a bunch of other racial insults), and finally, enjoy the utter crap out of the sheer ludicrous spectacle of it all. Yep that’s right, I said enjoy. Because while it might not »
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