7 items from 2015
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur and Scott Nye to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 11th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Dressed To Kill Follow-up Vudu Aspect Ratios The Simpsons DVD sales Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow Announcements: Jacques Rivette box set, Honeymoon Killers, Nekromantik 2, Moc Announcements: Imamura box set, Naked Prey, Man With A Movie Camera, Seconds Kino Lorber Studio Classics: How I Won The War, Salaam Bombay, Cop, Bray Studios Kickstarter Toy Story That Time Forgot – November 3rd Twilight Time: November / December 2015 titles Star Wars Blu-ray Re-release / Steelbooks New Code Red Blu-rays up for order – Sweet Sixteen, Trick or Treats & The Cheerleaders More Sony Supreme Cinema Series Blu-rays announced: The Fifth Element and Leon The Professional »
- Ryan Gallagher
I've never really mentioned Amazon Instant Video releases, but with today being the digital release of Mad Max: Fury Road I figured no better time than now considering it is still one of the best films (if not the best) of the year so far. So, before we get to the physical discs, here's a selection of new titles available on Amazon Instant starting today. Amazon Instant Mad Max: Fury Road Good Kill Felt Cop Car I Am Chris Farley Aloha Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection Final Girl Return to Sender Of those, I obviously recommend Mad Max and it seems Mike liked Cop Car well enough that a digital rental might be the best way to go. Otherwise, I watched half of Good Kill and couldn't watch any more and I've heard Felt is a pretty solid little horror film. No let's tackle the small selection of physical »
- Brad Brevet
Of all those who revolutionized TV in the last 20 years, David Simon was always the most political and least commercial. From The Wire to Generation Kill and Treme, he's consistently dived into the country's thorniest topics: the Drug War, inner city public schools, the invasion of Iraq, New Orleans post-Katrina. In his new HBO project, Show Me a Hero, he takes on his least likely subject for nightly entertainment yet: public housing. A true story set in Yonkers in the late Eighties/early Nineties, the six-episode miniseries stars Oscar Isaac »
Tony Awards co-host Kristin Chenoweth did double duty as she also led the cast of her hit show "On the Twentieth Century" in a rollicking medley of merry tunes. This is the first rialto revival for the 1978 tuner, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics from Betty Comden and Aldoph Green, who based their book on the 1932 farce by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur ("The Front Page"). -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Among those also showcased in these performances of “Life Is Like A Train,” “On the 20th Century,” “I’ve Got It All” and “Babette,” is Featured Actor nominee Andy Karl. He lost as did Chenoweth with the show going 0 for 5 in all. »
In 1963, Film Quarterly published an essay entitled “Circles and Squares.” It addressed the French auteur theory, introduced to America by The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. Auteurism holds that a film’s primary creator is its director; Sarris’s “Notes on the Auteur Theory” further distinguished auteurs as filmmakers with distinct, recurring styles. Challenging him was a California-based writer named Pauline Kael.
Kael attacked Sarris’s obsession with trivial links between filmmaker’s movies, whether repeated shots or thematic preoccupations. This led critics to overpraise directors’ lesser films, as when Jacques Rivette declared Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business a masterpiece. “It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either,” Kael wrote.
She criticized auteurist preoccupation with Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, claiming critics “work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to mindless, »
- Christopher Saunders
It's spring, which means the days are getting longer, the trees are beginning to blossom, and all sorts of rumours have started to fly around about The X Factor's lineup.
Below we give you the 2015 Digital Spy X Factor Judges' Ladder, where we rank all their hopefuls on their chances of making it behind that table come the summer.
1. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is as close to a 100% confirmed as can be.
An ever-present from 2004 to 2010, Si took some time out to concentrate on the Us show, but came crawling back last year.
His return didn't push the show above Strictly in the ratings, but having signed a three-year deal in 2013, Cowell will likely stick around to try and knock his rivals off their perch.
For the sake of this particular movie column let’s just consider the media types of news personalities, journalists and reporters as interchangeable. With that in mind Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will look at some of cinema’s top inquirers in the name of getting down to the nitty-gritty in bringing the truth to the forefront.
The movies have intensely, if not sometimes comically, showcased those characters that felt justified in reporting their newsworthy findings in the name of riveting entertainment. Whether spotlighting real-life newsmaker and shakers such as legendary luminaries in Edward R. Murrow to Watergate busters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein or profiling parodies of probing journalists as Natural Born Killer’s Wayne Gale it has been a trippy ride in witnessing cinematic reporters and their excitable exploits.
Perhaps Newmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will be irresponsibly »
- Frank Ochieng
7 items from 2015
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