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The Enduring Power of ‘Psycho’ Lives On in ’78/52′

4 October 2017 8:53 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

Picture it: any movie theater in the fall of 1960. It was the shower seen around the world, followed quickly and without warning by the screams of millions that reached the darkest recesses of space. Over a short period of time, it was a story that turned legendary, even without seeing the actual film: amateur thief Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), overwhelmed with guilt to return the $40,000 she’s stolen, goes to take a shower and is brutally slashed to death by motel proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)… ’s mother. To the studio heads at Paramount, it was the tackiest of numerous tasteless scenes schemed up by a great showman of a director trying his hand at a sleazy B-movie. To history, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho‘ is a landmark that broke the rules with aplomb and changed the game, all while inspiring a rise in baths among movie patrons (and a joking »

- William Coffey

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The Essential Harrison Ford

29 September 2017 4:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build up to the release of Blade Runner 2049 [read our review here], Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential films of the key cast, starting with Harrison Ford

A long, varied and fine career has seen Ford become iconic in two franchises in particular (and indeed the upcoming reprise of Rick Deckard could well make that another).

Throughout the 80’s he became firmly established as the ultimate blockbuster icon. No one has quite hit such iconic and consistent status as Harrison Ford. We’re talking Han Solo and Indiana Jones. One beloved franchise character is something every star dreams of, but to get two, on top of all the other great roles he’s had? That’s astonishing.

So in celebration of Ford, and in no particular order, here are the five films that need to be watched to best appreciate the man’s gifts and star power.

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Ford is well-considered »

- Tom Jolliffe

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The 1970s – The Best Era In Cinema History?

23 September 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the 1970s and why it is the best era in cinema history…

There will always be a great deal of debate about the best era for cinema. For my two cents I’ll say with a great deal of assurance that the best period in cinema history was the 1970’s. There was most certainly a transition through that decade which saw the gritty cinema of the late 60’s onward, into the birth of the blockbuster as we know it today.

You could almost split the 70’s into two categories, although I will make some mention of sub-categories like the Blaxploitation period too. On one hand directors were beginning to really move as far from the traditional classic Hollywood production code as they could. Boundaries were being pushed and optimism was being replaced with deeply pessimistic work. It wasn’t all happy endings. Things were getting dark, reflecting »

- Tom Jolliffe

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

21 August 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.

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Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour”) will be recorded and performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brossé.

The Academy will announce the nominees mid September for discovery of the year, best original score for a Belgian production, and the composition competition.

Said Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick »

- Rebecca Rubin

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

21 August 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Review: "Ghost World" (2001); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

7 August 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

High school friends Enid Coleslaw (Thora Birch) and Rebecca Doppelmeyer (Scarlett Johansson) absolutely cannot wait to be free of the prison of school, defiantly flipping the bird and squashing their mortarboards following their graduation. Enid isn’t off the hook just yet: her “diploma” is instead a note informing her that she must “take some stupid art class” (her words) if she hopes to graduate. Their fellow classmates are caricatures of everyone we all knew during our adolescence. Melora (Debra Azar) is inhumanly happy all the time and oblivious to Enid and Rebecca’s sense of ennui and contempt. Todd (T.J. Thyne) is ultra-nervous to talk with the insouciant Rebecca at the punchbowl. Another bespectacled student sits off by himself. Enid and Rebecca are at both an intellectual and emotional crossroads. They want to share an apartment; however, they seem unaware of the amount of money they »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Great Films Unfairly Forgotten in Time

6 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…

Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.

However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or »

- Gary Collinson

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Scribe review – paranoid thriller can't deliver on promising premise

21 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

François Cluzet is hired by a sinister security firm in Thomas Kruithof’s atmospheric debut, which takes its cue from the 70s classics

François Cluzet stars in this initially intriguing conspiracy thriller from first-time feature director Thomas Kruithof, a movie about the French far-right with the underlying paranoia of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation or Von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others. But inexorably, and perhaps inevitably, the movie can’t build on its atmospheric setup, and the neurosis becomes a pose. Cluzet plays the conscientious Duval, a man with a drinking problem who has been out of work since a breakdown two years ago. Out of the blue, he is recruited to work for a shadowy private security firm and employed to sit in a rented room all day, transcribing audiotapes of tapped phone conversations – using an old-fashioned typewriter because computers are not secure enough. Soon Duval realises »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Scribe Review

18 July 2017 3:41 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Daniel Goodwin

Writer/director Thomas Kruithof’s French, forceful debut feature recalls classic conspiracy thrillers such as The Parallax View, All The Presidents Men and Marathon Man, while standing matchless amongst its predecessors due to inherent timeless qualities; stark realism, bleak cinematography and an ability to efficiently subvert/meld several sub-genre styles and components. Mostly resembling Coppola’s The Conversation due to the nature of protagonist Duval (comfortably alone, introvert), similar to Gene Hackman’s Harry Caul, along with his comparable occupation and the central story of a Government surveyor/transcriber in over his head. Scribe also incorporates traits from 90s political thrillers with conspiratorial sub-plots about corrupt officials with ulterior motives. Meanwhile the subtle suggestion of grittier, higher octane latter Bond and Bourne films slightly informs its style, augmented by a lo/sci-fi edge and embellished by the score.

François Cluzet plays Duval, a recovering alcoholic, ex-office clerk, »

- Daniel Goodwin

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Filmadrid & Mubi: The Video Essay—"Silencer"

10 June 2017 7:42 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Video Essay is a joint project of Mubi and Filmadrid Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both Mubi and Filmadrid will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be shown during the dates of Filmadrid (June 8 - 17, 2017) on Mubi’s cinema publication, the Notebook. Also there will be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of Mubi and Filmadrid.SilencerVideo essay by Tope OgundareA mash-up of Blow-Up and The Conversation, »

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New to Streaming: ‘Things to Come,’ Jacques Rivette, ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘Blow Out,’ and More

5 May 2017 4:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Blow Out (Brian De Palma)

In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma’s fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out. In his ode to the conceit of Blow UpMichelangelo Antonioni’s deeply influential English-language debut, released 15 years prior — as well as the aural intrigue of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, De Palma constructs a conspiracy »

- The Film Stage

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5 Things We Learned From Tribeca's 'Godfather' Reunion

30 April 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It may not have been as momentous as the heads of the five families meeting for a Mob-war peace treaty. But the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival's Godfather event – which reunited director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Talia Shire – gave festivalgoers the opportunity to see the cast of the Oscar-winning Mafia dramas talk about the 1972 movie and its equally celebrated 1974 sequel before a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall. (One assumes they were convinced to converse about these classics in honor »

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‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

29 April 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Tribeca Film Festival just closed with a bang. Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro headlined a discussion following back-to-back screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” marking the 45th anniversary of the first film. It wasn’t just that formidable trio onstage: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire were all in attendance as well.

So, too, was Don Corleone himself. A photo of Marlon Brando in character overlooked the proceedings, reminding everyone at Radio City Music Hall (and the 10,500 people watching on Facebook Live) that he’ll always be the head of the family.

Taylor Hackford, who moderated the discussion, began by mentioning the film’s humble beginnings: “The Godfather” was never intended as a high-profile prestige picture. Paramount envisioned it as a “quickie” meant to capitalize on Mario Puzo’s novel’s best-seller status. Coppola elaborated, recalling that he first »

- Michael Nordine

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Criterion Collection: Rumble Fish | Blu-ray Review

25 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The 1980s began roughly for Francis Ford Coppola, one of the most lionized American auteurs ever, whose streak of the 1970s was an unmitigated procession of iconic films (resulting in Best Picture wins for The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and Palme d’Or wins for The Conversation and Apocalypse Now).

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- Nicholas Bell

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The 2017 IndieWire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

19 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Tribeca 2017: 10 Must-Attend Events at This Year’s Festival

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca 2017: New Online Works Showcase Will Premiere Fresh Efforts from Shailene Woodley, Eli Roth and More

Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

Tribeca Talks 2017: Scarlett Johansson, Kathryn Bigelow, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham Join The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino Will Reunite for ‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary Celebration

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: The Obamas’ Virtual Reality White House Tour Leads Experimental Storytelling Program

Tribeca 2017 Short Film Lineup: Elisabeth Moss, Kobe Bryant, Mae Whitman and More Lend Their Talents to This Year’s Program

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons »

- Indiewire Staff

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How Michelangelo Antonioni Mastered the Art of Visual Geometry — Watch

16 April 2017 9:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Visual geometry” might not be the first phrase that comes to mind when thinking of Michelangelo Antonioni, but a new video essay published by Fandor makes a strong argument for it being among the Italian master’s essential tools. (Well, that and Monica Vitti, of course.)

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The minute-long video offers a brief rundown of Antonioni’s recurring visual motifs, from showing characters looking through windows (“L’Avventura,” “The Passenger”) and walking through doorways (“The Mystery of Oberwald,” “Identification of a Woman”) to being shown through fences (“Red Desert,” “Zabriskie Point”) and traversing vast landscapes (“La Notte,” “Blowup”). It also takes note of his geometric compositions, namely his frequent use of straight, vertical and converging lines.

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- Michael Nordine

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Tribeca 2017: New Online Works Showcase Will Premiere Fresh Efforts from Shailene Woodley, Eli Roth and More

24 March 2017 9:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced programming today for its N.O.W. (New Online Works) section, an inspired array of established and emerging creators who are pushing the boundaries of online storytelling.

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Set to Open With ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Premiere Event at Radio City Music Hall

Top-lining the section is the premiere of “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock,” a documentary from the Oscar-nominated team of Josh Fox and James Spione and Executive Producer Shailene Woodley. The project is a collaboration with indigenous filmmaker Myron Dewey about the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Eli Roth’s Crypt TV will premiere “Monster Madness,” a series of several character shorts; and Op-Docs, The New York Times’ award-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, will screen three films at the Festival.

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons »

- Jude Dry

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Homeland season 6 episode 6 review: The Return

26 February 2017 7:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Mar 6, 2017

Homeland has rebounded from its previously mediocre seasons and found its feet again...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.6 The Return

During the past five episodes of Homeland, I’ve been enjoying both the series’ premature expectation of Hillary Clinton being the 45th President of the United States, as well as its likely unexpected prescience in predicting a new Potus at war with her intelligence communities. However, as the smoke clears from the fictional terrorist attack in last week’s Homeland, we are clearly entering a true alternative realm of events far removed from real-life Us politics.

This is actually a huge asset to Homeland, because for the first time since Brody died in season 3, I feel like the producers have a »

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The Soviet sci-fi film reworked by Francis Ford Coppola

20 February 2017 5:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 21, 2017

Before he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola got his start by editing monsters into a Soviet sci-fi film...

Everyone loves a good success story, and Hollywood history's full of them. Actors sleeping in their cars until they get their first lucky break. Writers papering the walls of their lodgings with rejection letters until they finally get a script in front of a receptive producer. Filmmakers who've spent years paying their dues before a studio finally comes calling.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola, before he shot to fame - and, for a time, considerable wealth - with such films as The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, scrabbled around at the lower end of the industry like just about everyone else. »

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‘Psycho,’ Analyzed: Hitchcock’s Famous Shower Scene Gets Scrutinized In the Perceptive ’78/52′ — Sundance Review

26 January 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The shower murder in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” sits alongside the opening of “Citizen Kane” and the climax of “2001: A Space Odyssey” as one of the most famous movie scenes in history, but the reasons are both obvious and elusive. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 proto-slasher film jarred audiences with the sudden death of leading lady Janet Leigh midway through, in a grisly, taboo-shattering bout of nudity and knifing at the ends of a shadowy, cross-dressing Norman Bates. As a complex narrative strategy and a subversive stunt, it kickstarted decades of conversations, so it’s surprising it took so long for someone to make a movie about it.

Enter “78/52,” the latest film-history deep-dive from Alexandre O. Phillipe (“Doc of the Dead,” “The People vs. George Lucas”). A compendium of appreciations, close readings, and reminiscences on the bloody death scene and its lasting impact, Phillipe’s brisk cinematic essay consolidates the enthusiasm »

- Eric Kohn

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