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The best-known films of director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank and the quadruple Oscar-nominee Room, follow sad, and in some cases, broken souls as they search and fight for even the tiniest glimpse of happiness. Frank follows a band with an intentionally unpronounceable name, whose lead singer (Michael Fassbender) always wears a fake plastic head, concealing his scarred face from the world. In Room, a mother (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) survive a tragic fate, held prisoner in a single room for years on end.
The two films share an acute sensitivity to the lives of characters who struggle to make the best of the often brutal fates with which they’ve been burdened. Abrahamson listed the following ten films as his favorite in 2012’s Sight and Sound poll, a brilliant mixture of stories which as he laments in his quote, could have contained far more than a mere ten selections. »
- Tony Hinds
You’d be forgiven for thinking that any film nominated for a hallowed (sense the sarcasm) Best Picture Academy Award would be instantly memorable; this is Hollywood’s top prize, after all. And while it remains that most Best Picture nominees are memorable for one reason or another, it is also true that some have simply slipped from collective cinematic memory.
That’s not to say that they’re necessarily bad films (and indeed the ten on show here range from good to great), but rather that once the Oscar dust had settled, they kind of faded into the background. Nobody forgot them, per se, but remembering them as among the year’s cream of the crop is invariably difficult.
As the category has now been expanded to allow up to ten nominees, these kind of films are becoming more frequent, and you only have to look back »
- Taylor Burns
Glory days: the Ziegfeld hosted many premieres over the decades including the 1972 gala for Bob Fosse's "Cabaret". Forty years later the Ziegfeld hosted Liza Minnelli and other cast members who returned for a screening of the restored version of the film.
By Lee Pfeiffer
In 1969 the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan opened its doors for the first time. The lavish theater quickly won the hearts of movie fans. It was an elaborate place and showcased top films. It was considered New York's secondary jewel, however, as Radio City Music Hall was still alive and well and showing top-notch movies. Over the years Radio City closed its doors, a victim of changing times in the film industry. The Hall would only show family friendly films and there were precious few that could profitably play at the cavernous theater. You used to be able to get to a first run movie »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Acclaimed at Cannes, martial arts film The Assassin finally arrives in UK cinemas today. Ryan checks it out...
The martial arts genre often thrives on astonishing feats of agility, precise choreography and kinetic, frame-perfect editing. Not so The Assassin, Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou's acclaimed period piece; here, the camera lingers observantly. Characters move in and out of exquisitely dressed and lit sets with a quiet hush. This isn't so much a typical martial arts film as a Hong Kong Barry Lyndon.
Taking place in the 8th century, The Assassin is about Nie Yinnang (Shu Qi) an efficient and deadly killer trained by a white-haired nun (Fang-Yi Shue). When Yinnang fails to execute a government official because of the presence of one of his young children, the nun dispatches Yinnang to the province of Weibo. There, Yinnang's ordered to kill another governor - this one her own cousin, »
Each weekend we highlight the best repertory programming that New York City has to offer, and it’s about to get even better. Opening on February 19th at 7 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side is Metrograph, the city’s newest indie movie theater. Sporting two screens, they’ve announced their first slate, which includes retrospectives for Fassbinder, Wiseman, Eustache, and more, special programs such as an ode to the moviegoing experience, and new independent features that we’ve admired on the festival circuit (including Afternoon, Office 3D, and Measure of a Man).
Artistic and Programming Director Jacob Perlin says in a press release, “Jean Eustache in a Rocky t-shirt. This is the image we had in mind while making this first calendar. Great cinema is there, wherever you can find it. The dismissed film now recognized as a classic, the forgotten box-office hit newly resurrected, the high and the low, »
- Jordan Raup
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