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Viceland has announced three new TV series. The Payday TV show just premiered last Friday. In addition, Big Night Out and Bong Appétit premiere in December. Get the scoop on these new series, after the jump.The cable channel has also renewed Kings of the Road for a second season, as well as Weediquette, for a third. Learn more from this Viceland press release.Read More… »
DirecTV is also expanding distribution of Viceland to be included in its Select, Entertainment and Choice packages, as well as the entry-level package on DirecTV Now when it launches.
“Payday,” which just had its debut on the network, follows “four 20-somethings over the course of a single pay-period to see how they live, spend, struggle, and thrive, tracing the fortunes of this emerging generation,” according to the network. The series airs Fridays.
The following night on Dec.15, “Bong Appétit,” will premiere hosted by Vice’s Abdullah Saeed. The show explores the “making and consumption of high-end cannabis-infused foods »
- Arya Roshanian
Wim Wenders’ “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez” has received mostly negative reviews on this year’s fall festival circuit. IndieWire’s own Ben Croll gave the film a D grade and said that it’s “ploddingly, achingly dull,” and other reviews have described it as “inert and exasperatingly supercilious,” “prettily sunlit but otherwise insufferable,” and “a literal representation of how creatively bankrupt Wim Wenders has become.” An adaptation of Peter Handke’s two-hander play by the same name, the film features a conversation between a man (Reda Kateb) and a woman (Sophie Semin) as they discuss their childhoods, memories, sexual experiences, and more. Watch a trailer and clips from the film below.
Read More: The Essentials: The 10 Best Wim Wenders Films
- Vikram Murthi
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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »
- The Film Stage
A major talent of the New German Cinema finds his footing out on the open highway, in a trio of intensely creative pictures that capture the pace and feel of living off the beaten path. All three star Rüdiger Vogler, an actor who could be director Wim Wenders' alter ego. Wim Wenders' The Road Trilogy Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 813 1974-1976 / B&W and Color / 1:66 widescreen / 113, 104, 176 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 30, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Yetta Rottländer; Hannah Schygulla, Nasstasja Kinski, Hans Christian Blech, Ivan Desny; Robert Zischler. Cinematography Robby Müller, Martin Schäfer Film Editor Peter Przygodda, Barbara von Weltershausen Original Music Can, Jürgen Knieper, Axel Linstädt. Directed by Wim Wenders
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
World’s second longest-serving film festival director died last week while attending Graz film festival.
Filmmakers in Germany and beyond are mourning the passing of Heinz Badewitz, the founder of the Hof Film Days, who died unexpectedly last week at the age of 74 whilst attending last week’s Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film in Graz.
Badewitz was the world’s second longest-serving film festival director after Chicago’s Michael Kutza (who launched his festival in 1964) and was planning Hof’s 50th anniversary in October.
Hailing from Hof in Northern Franconia, Badewitz had moved to Munich in the early 1960s to train as a cameraman and soon became part of the Munich film scene, later working as location manager on such films as Wim Wenders’ Kings Of The Road and The American Friend, and assistant director for Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and Norman Jewison’s Rollerball.
In addition, he was involved in the selection of German films for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
It's time to start budgeting for the next wave of Criterion releases. The boutique home-video label have unveiled their slate for May, and it's even more impressive than usual, with some true treats for cinema buffs. So you might want to start clearing some space on your shelves. The big attraction of the month is the release of Wim Wenders' Road Trilogy. Comprised of "Alice In The Cities," "Wrong Move," and "Kings Of The Road," these are a terrific trio of early works by the director, and for those only familiar with his more recent films, they may be surprised by their looseness and how much different in tone they are. Criterion will be bulking up the box set with shorts "Same Player Shoots Again" and "Silver City Revisited," plus audio commentaries, interviews, and more. Read More: The Essentials: The 10 Best Wim Wenders Films Shifting gears, Robert Altman's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In his 1969 short film 3 American LP’s, the 24-year-old Wim Wenders, in the kind of feat of earnestness that can befit a young man, attempts to match his two greatest interests” America’s landscapes and its rock-and-roll music. If we’re to pick perhaps the most endearing eye-roller from this “rockist” mission statement, one can look no further than Wenders describing a Creedence Clearwater Revival album as being “like chocolate.”
But this isn’t necessarily an atypical moment in his filmography, as Wenders has always skirted the line of, for lack of a better word, corniness — if not just telegraphing his influences to at-times-obnoxious degrees, also with a kind of sentimentality both formally and politically speaking. Consider Wings of Desire‘s glossy look, which could so easily be reconfigured into a perfume-commercial aesthetic, or even just the title of one of his later, forgotten films; The End of Violence.
- Ethan Vestby
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