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This week, Dave , Devindra , and Adam  discuss Louis Ck's bold new distribution strategy, ruminate on the greatness of Miller's Crossing, explain why Jurassic Park III is terrible, and wonder why Ridley Scott is so invested in this whole Blu-Ray thing. Special guest Matt Singer , joins us from IFC. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Sunday (12/18) at Slashfilm's live page at 10 Pm Est / 7 Pm Pst, where we'll be reviewing Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Young Adult, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Correction: Miller's Crossing was the Coen Brothers' third film, not the second, as we accidentally state in this episode. Download  or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slashfilmcast/Slashfilmcastep169.mp3] Subscribe to the /Filmcast:   Shownotes Introduction What We've Been Watching David Chen (03:15): Louie Ck's Live at the Beacon Devindra (11:20): Miller's Crossing, »
- David Chen
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
A pre-Valentine’s Day release, classic 1970 romance film Love Story finally has its day in high-definition Blu-ray.
The movie that pretty much made Ryan O’Neal (Barry Lyndon) and Ali MacGraw (TV’s Dynasty) stars overnight, Love Story is a kind of modern Romeo & Juliet. Instead of coming from fueding families, the young couple must overcome societal barriers for their love. He’s a Harvard Law student and she’s studying music, and when they get married, they get resistance from his weathly family, especially his father (John Marley, The Godfather).
The PG-rated film won an Academy Award for Francis Lai’s famous music score.
Love Story also was nominated for Best Actor (O’Neal and Marley), Best Actress (MacGraw), Best Director (Arthur Hiller, See No Evil, Hear No Evil), Best Original Screenplay (Erich Segal, author of the book »
This week sees the release of Andrea Arnold’s latest film Wuthering Heights: an affecting and starkly beautiful film which contradicts the old adage that great novels don’t translate into great films.
However, the two principal reasons for the success of this disturbing, gritty and highly idiosyncratic adaptation are Arnold and screenwriter Olivia Hetreed’s willingness to liberate themselves from the letter of the text, and to achieve the same ends as Bronte’s brooding, melancholic yet hauntingly beautiful prose through filmic techniques, rather than linguistic ones. The tender naiveté of Heathcliff and Cathy’s doomed romance is portrayed through physicality and gesture, such as their heavily symbolic wrestling in the mud, and her sensual licking of the wounds on his back. »
As we get closer to the big holiday shopping season, more and more deals for movies and video games are going to start popping up. Case in point: today online retailer Amazon.com has opened up its Gold Box Deal of the Day to an impressive box set of Stanley Kubrick films.
For today only, Amazon is selling the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99. That price is 58 less than the $148.99 list price, and a good $25 less than what it typically sells for.
For around $63 you get nine Kubrick classics in high definition: Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. That works out to only $7 per movie.
Click here to purchase the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99 at Amazon.com. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: And with that, the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival is underway.
“That” being an Opening Night screening of “The Artist” to a packed house at Trustees Theater on Saturday evening. Celebrity guest list included Alec Baldwin, James Toback, and “Artist” co-star James Cromwell, who was gracious and informative in a post-screening Q-and-a.
But pre-show conversation was more interesting, as most sitting around me – 80-90% locals who enjoy taking part in the annual film celebration – had no idea what to expect from Michel Hazanavicius’s ode to Hollywood’s Golden Age.
“Black and white And silent?” the man sitting next to me wondered with a hint of incredulity that his wife, clearly more excited by the prospect, had convinced him to attend. Want to know the scene that won him over? For those who’ve seen Hazanavicius’s film, it was the moment that George »
- Sean O'Connell
I felt it was only appropriate to wait and offer up my first batch of Best Cinematography Oscar predictions the same day Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life was released on [amazon asin="B005HV6Y5W" text="Blu-ray"]. After all, is there anyone out there that doesn't believe Emmanuel Lubezki's work in that film is the clear front-runner in the category? Well, okay, I'll admit, there are some fierce competitors hot on its tail. I had a hard time deciding on number two, but I'm beginning to think Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist may have the chance at becoming a serious Oscar darling and become a front-runner in several categories and Guillame Schiffman's black-and-white work is one of the film's chief standout attributes. The question is, how do you compare Schiffman's work to that of Lubezki's in The Tree of Life or just the little bit we've seen of Janusz Kaminski's work in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, »
- Brad Brevet
We've been huge fans of edit master Kees van Dijkhuizen's chops at summarizing a brilliant director's filmography in less than three minutes, including past outings with Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, Guy Ritchie and Baz Luhrmann.
Now his "[the films of]" series is taking on a serious living legend, a filmmaker with a painter's eye and a commercial director's zeal to sell every single image as the most insanely beautiful thing you've ever seen: Sir. Ridley Scott.
Besides having made such stunning, game-changing classics like "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," Scott has one of the most extensive filmographies covered in this series, dating back to his "Barry Lyndon"-esque debut film "The Duellists" in 1977.
It's easy to see from watching the collage of frenetic action and visual overload how the Brit has had a defining influence on everything from music videos to today's imagery-intense stylists like Michael Bay, Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder. With »
- Max Evry
What’s your take on the state of modern movies? Mark Kermode has put his thoughts down in his latest book, and he’s been chatting to us about it...
Mark Kermode isn’t a man to shy away from opinions, and his new book, The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex, is chock-full of them. It’s an overview of his thoughts on the state of modern cinema, and where it’s going right and wrong. And as he embarked on his promotional tour for the book, he spared us some time for a chat about it...
Your book talks about what’s wrong with modern movies, and I wonder if DVD is one that you missed.
Appreciating that DVD has been a positive thing in many ways, I do wonder if it’s exposed studios to too much money that they didn’t have in the VHS days. »
Versatile actor and writer often called upon to play toffs and bumbling clerics
The actor Jonathan Cecil, who has died of pneumonia aged 72 after suffering from emphysema, spent much of his career playing upper-class characters. That is hardly surprising since his father was Lord David Cecil, Goldsmiths' professor of English literature at Oxford University, and Jonathan's grandfather was the 4th Marquess of Salisbury. Although often typecast as a comic blueblood, there was infinitely more to Jonathan than that. He excelled in Chekhov and Shakespeare, and four times played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, always investing the character with a silvery pathos. In 1998 he had an outstanding season at Shakespeare's Globe, where he appeared in As You Like It and Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters, in which he played Sir Bounteous Progress – "gazing benignly", as John Gross wrote, "on almost everything, even his own undoing".
- Michael Billington
In 1904, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young woman suffering from hysteria, becomes the patient of psychoanalyst Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Between them develops a physical relationship which Jung decides to keep secret from his confidant and mentor, the famous Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). This initial betrayal is the catalyst for a deep discord between the two scientists. Jung and Freud agree on certain issues, but their diverging views about the future of psychoanalysis and its field of experimentation will force them to pursue their research in opposite directions…
Fans of the Cronenberg of The Fly and his more recent Eastern Promises will perhaps be a little disconcerted by the classicism of A Dangerous Method which, in many respects, recalls Stanley Kubrick’s approach when he made Barry Lyndon. »
As Terrence Malick enjoys what could be the most attention he’s attracted in three decades (or, by his measure, three films) with this year’s divisive art flick Tree Of Life, the BFI are releasing a restoration of Days Of Heaven, one of the two films that made his reputation in the 1970s, before his two-decade hiatus from the industry that lasted until 1998’s The Thin Red Line.
In Days Of Heaven, a too-brooding, too-handsome Richard Gere stars as Bill, a young worker who, after a fatal tussle with a steel mill foreman, gathers up his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and his sister Linda (Linda Manz) and abandons 1916 Chicago to harvest crops out West. Posing as siblings, the trio work for a rich, »
Kind of an interesting week for DVD and Blu-ray releases in that it's almost entirely movies that got a very limited theatrical release or no theatrical release at all. The biggest titles include The Beaver starring Mel Gibson, which didn't do very well theatrically but got decent to middling reviews, Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, and Morgan Spurlock's meta-marketing documentary Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Genre fans have a lot to dig into as well including the Norwegian found footage monster movie Troll Hunter, the Jason Statham crime flick Blitz, the killer car movie Super Hybrid, and the Japanese thriller Cold Fish. TV releases include The Event: The Complete Series, and on Blu-ray we have Swingers and Bambi II, plus Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and Lolita. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump. »
At a relatively young age for a director (he turned 36 in April) Arkansas-born David Gordon Green has turned out a number of diverse films in a career which is now over a decade old.
From his earlier, more consciously arty films with which he first made his name (his 2000 debut, George Washington, and the little-seen but much-praised follow-up, All the Real Girls) to the latter mainstream Hollywood fare like the Judd Apatow-produced stoner/action flick, Pineapple Express, he is seen as someone who likes to experiment with each film he makes and refuses to be tied to one genre.
His latest (the comedy fantasy, Your Highness) is released on DVD and Blu-ray next week, and we recently had the chance to chat with him about it.
Undervalued during its cinema release, the film should find a healthy audience via the small screen, where it’s quirky humour and sometimes »
- Adam Lowes
At The Av Club, Steven Hyden wrote a really interesting piece today calling for a new measurement of excellence in the world of popular music. In addition to judging a band's "popularity" and "critical respectibility" he suggests you apply "the five-album test" to determine musical greatness. If an artist puts out five great albums in a row, they pass.
"Lots of artists have five or more classic albums (not including EPs or live records), but the ability to string them together back-to-back means being in the kind of zone that's normally associated with dominant college women's basketball dynasties."
It's a really fun test to apply to music -- The Replacements make the cut but The Rolling Stones don't -- which made me think that it would be equally fun to apply it to film. The five-movies test, though, is arguably even harder to pass than the five-albums test.
Many of »
- Matt Singer
In over a century of cinema, we have seen a wide variety of artistic and technical innovations which have changed the shape (and size) of the silver screen, from the invention of Technicolour and recorded sound to the advent of widescreen and the steadicam. But in terms of the narrative and thematic conventions of the films themselves, several aspects have persisted long after technology has brought them into question. And one of the most persistent of these conventions is the ninety-minute running time.
Ninety minutes is a figure which crops up over and over again in the history of cinema. As silent cinema became a mass medium through the 1910s and 1920s, American distributors selected 90 minutes at the cut-off point for any film being shown in cinemas. If a film were any longer, they reasoned, people would either lose interest and leave, or be put off and not bother to pay in the first place. »
- Matt French
We all know that directors can be, rather, umm, opinionated, but Stanley Kubrick might have taken it to the next level—if such a thing is possible.
In a letter to his "Dear Projectionists" from 1975 and reposted courtesy of Cinema Blend, Kubrick provides what some might call (psychotically) detailed notes on how exactly the projectionists should do their job. You know, in case they didn't know how to do their job already.
The film in question was "Barry Lyndon," which, Kubrick notes, has a running time of a mere 184 minutes (yes, three hours and four minutes).
The director explains, "An infinite amount of care was given to the look of 'Barry Lyndon'… and the careful handling of the film will make this effort worthwhile."
In other words, don't screw up my masterpiece.
Actually, he doesn't sign it that way. But we're sure that's what he meant. »
- Elizabeth Durand
A lot has been made over the last week or so, over not only the way theater projectionists display the movies you pay to watch, but the way in which the filmmakers who make those movies communicate with theaters. We.ve seen the letter Michael Bay sent to projectionists with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, urging theater owners to display his movie as brightly as necessary. We.ve heard rumors that Pixar even goes so far as to bribe projectionists with free stuff, to get them to care enough about their movies to do their job. But all of that.s nothing, compared to this. Let.s consider this the final word on how much filmmakers care about the job theater projectionists do with their movies. The following is a letter from Stanley Kubrick, sent to theaters with prints of Barry Lyndon in 1975. As posted on Reddit, the message not »
We’ve recently posted letters from directors Michael Bay and Terrence Malick to projectionists on how to properly project The Tree of Life and Transformers 3. Recently we recorded our very first and much overdue Stanley Kubrick special. In that episode we reviewed what I think is the director’s best film, Barry Lyndon, which is nothing short of a masterpiece – a brilliant film from start to finish, in which every single frame is gorgeous to watch. So I thought it would be good timing to post this today. Here is a copy of the list of instructions Stanley Kubrick sent for projecting Barry Lyndon.
Also Mr. Whaite created this video game illustration for what an old school 80′s arcade game of The Shining would look like. Here is how he described his work:
Movie tie-in games are commonplace these days, but back in the early ’80s when video games were still in their infancy, »
Holy Family Church Batman. [tdw ] What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us !  Otis Frampton created  this Star Wars sushi bar illustration. Paramount screened  Transformers: Dark of the Moon at 3,000 midnight screenings and 2,700 sneak previews, exclusively in 3D, on Tuesday night.  Today's t-shirt of the day on TeeFury  is a Watchmen parody "QRorschach". Owf  lists the top 50 Pixar characters.  With all the recent news of Michael Bay's letter to projectionists, here is a flashback  to 1975, and Stanley Kubrick's list of instructions for projecting Barry Lyndon. »
- Peter Sciretta
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
I was lured to polish artist/filmmaker Lech Majewski’s art house film through pure cinematic experimental intrigue: exactly how would a director translate a film into a painting? Sure it’s kinda been attempted before with Barry Lyndon’s lurid aesthetic palette that resulted in oil painting perfection. But in The Mill and the Cross, (which uses Pieter Bruegel’s 1564 painting The Procession to Calvary as the source material for re-staging various key events) a combination of green-screen wizardry, location shoots and vast matte backdrops would be spliced together in an attempt to get even closer to a filmic painting effect.
Unfortunately what might have been an interesting experiment doesn’t actually translate into engaging cinema. Minimal dialogue (the first 30 minutes consists of nothing more than the sound of grinding gears, squeaky mills and fumbling children) and a badly cast Rutger Hauer as the intricate »
- Oliver Pfeiffer
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