20 items from 2016
Arriving on the heels of an array of hypnotic images from earlier this week, the snippet sheds light on the ominous tone underpinning the director’s genre departure, and it’s one that largely emanates from Jaeden Lieberher’s peculiar young boy. Set against the inky blackness of a remote gas station, Lieberher’s estranged character wanders away from the protection of his father (Take Shelter star Michael Shannon), before a chance meeting with a random stranger appears to instigate a sudden meteor shower.
It’s a freak event that the child appears partially responsible for as well, apologizing to Shannon’s frightened patriarch before the camera pans up at the debris scorching through Earth’s atmosphere. But the question »
- Michael Briers
The first of two Jeff Nichols films arriving this year, Midnight Special finds him in sci-fi thriller mode. Inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Starman, the film will finally premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival, and ahead of our review, we have the first clip, a batch of new images, and an official synopsis from the festival.
Led by Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, it follows a father who sets to protect his uniquely gifted son while being hunted by a pair of dangerous groups. Also set to screen at SXSW (where they just expanded their line-up), hopefully this is one of the highlights of the spring as Nichols expands his scope. Check out everything below.
Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. »
- Jordan Raup
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Director Jeff Nichols arrested our attention with two gritty and realistic dramas in the form of Mud and Take Shelter in recent times, but for his latest creative venture, Midnight Special, the filmmaker is harkening back to a very particular brand of old-school science fiction.
A few months back, the movie’s maiden trailer evoked memories of Steven Spielberg’s seminal Close Encounters of the Third Kind, though Midnight Special and its familial dynamic is tailored more to the realm of the supernatural as opposed to extra-terrestrials – so far as we can tell, anyway. Reuniting with frequent collaborator Michael Shannon, the story centers on the relationship between Shannon’s father Roy and his young son (Jaeden Lieberher), who harbors a raw and inexplicable power.
- Michael Briers
Time to check in to see which movies we all can check back in with or catch up with now that they've hit the home market. The big title, Oscar wise is Steven Spielberg's 10th Best Picture nominee as a director, the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both doing fine work as a lawyer and the spy he must bargain with for a prisoner of war trade. Only one of Spielberg's directorial efforts has ever won Best Picture (Schindler's List, 1993) but which is your favorite? I'd rank them like so...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Schindler's List (1993) Jaws (1975) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Lincoln (2012) The Color Purple (1985) Bridge of Spies (2015) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Munich (2005) War Horse (2011)
With the disclaimer that everyone knows I'm not a Spielberg aficionado really (the top three are the only ones I'm completely wild about from this list »
- NATHANIEL R
Last night at 10pm in New York City, the Ziegfeld Theater returned to its glorious heyday one final time. With a jam-packed house of movie lovers and a blockbuster extravaganza set to grace the big screen (that would be "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), the final showing before the theater shut its doors for good was like reliving the golden age of movie palaces all over again. Of course, this wasn't the case for the Ziegfeld for quite some time, but while the irony of its packed final screening certainly permeated the air, it was impossible to deny how it solidified the importance of its famed legacy. Read More: New York City's Iconic Ziegfeld Theater Closing Down After 47 Years For nearly five decades, the Ziegfeld, which opened in 1969 on W. 54th street, hosted some of cinema's most legendary premieres, from classics like "Cabaret" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind »
- Chris O'Falt and Zack Sharf
Is this not the most brilliant screenplay from 2015? Alex Garland assembles a perfect fable about robots, artificial intelligence and the hubris of a software genius who thinks he's a God. Garland's direction is tops as well, as is the acting of Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. When did I realize I was seeing a killer diller Sci-fi winner? He had me as soon as I saw that house. This is the movie with the sexy see-through robot. The question not asked but that every male viewer is thinking is, 'could I have sex with that?' Ex Machina Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date July 14, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno. Cinematography Rob Hardy Film Editor Mark Day Original Music Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury Produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich Written and Directed by Alex Garland
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Read More: New York's New Indie Movie Theater Unveils Stellar First Season of Programming It's a bittersweet time to be a New York City cinephile. While the Big Apple is gearing up to welcome its first independent movie theater in 10 years on February 19 (hello, Metrograph!), news broke last night that the city will also be saying goodbye to an iconic one-screen movie hall. The Ziegfeld Theater, which opened in 1969 on W. 54th street, will be shutting its doors for good in the coming weeks. It's the last remaining large-scale single-screen theater operating in Manhattan, which makes its closing all the more devastating. Over nearly five decades, the Ziegfeld has hosted some of cinema's most legendary premieres, from classics like "Cabaret" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to re-releases of "Lawrence of Arabia" and blockbusters like "The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter." It's currently showing "Star Wars: The. »
- Zack Sharf
Cinema suffered a cataclysmic loss this past Monday when one of the greatest cinematographers of our time, Vilmos Zsigmond, passed away. With a decade-spanning career and collaborations with directors from Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, and Brian De Palma, Zsigmond’s legend will certainly live on, and he’ll continue to inspire generations of cinephiles and newbies alike. Read More: R.I.P Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016) Zsigmond’s contributions to such a variety of filmmaking secure his unparalleled place in history; he was truly a master of shadow and light. In this new video essay by Brad Jones, Zsigmond’s beauteous gift is paramount, and through seamless and clean shots, the beholder is overcome by his talent. Whether it’s the juxtapositional light adorning Warren Beatty’s face in “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” Richard Dreyfuss’ illuminating out-of-this-world experiences in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” or John Travolta and Nancy Allen meandering in the. »
- Samantha Vacca
Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who won an Oscar for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, died on New Year's Day at his home in Big Sur, California at the age of 85. The legendary collaborator with Robert Altman (McCabe And Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), Brian De Palma (Blow Out. Obsession, The Bonfire Of The Vanities) and Woody Allen (Cassandra’s Dream, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda And Melinda), also received Oscar nominations for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell's The River and De Palma's The Black Dahlia. The Cannes Film Festival in 2014 presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Born and raised in Hungary in 1930, Zsigmond’s eye for cinema started early, when he would go on to study at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest, earning a Master of Arts in cinematography. After nurturing a series of low-key B-movies in Austria, his big break arrived in the form of Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller in the early 70s, before earning critical acclaim for his work on Close Encounters in 1977, along with The Deer Hunter the following year.
Throughout his long career, Zsigmond also stepped up to the plate to try his hand at directing, though »
- Michael Briers
Hollywood studios have good reason to be grateful to repressive European governments for having provided them with refugee film-makers who made hugely significant contributions to the American film industry. The cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who has died aged 85, arrived in the Us in 1956, having fled his native Hungary as Russian tanks put down the Hungarian revolution. Over the next few decades, he became associated with many leading American directors, notably Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Michael Cimino and Woody Allen.
Zsigmond, who won an Oscar for his work on Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), was responsible for the distinctive look of many of the best Hollywood movies of the 1970s, starting with Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971). Using the wide-screen Panavision image (before screens got narrower to accommodate »
- Ronald Bergan
Updated With Statement from Cinematographers Guild president 11:31 Am and 7:15 Pm: Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, has died. The Hungarian-born Zsigmond was 85 and passed away New Year’s Day. Zsigmond was also Oscar nominated for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell’s The River and Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia. He rose to fame with a string of iconic 1970s movies including Robert… »
Vilmos Zsigmond, one of Hollywood’s greatest cinematographers, died on New Year’s Day at the age of 85. Ironically, his death came less than a week after the death of Haskell Wexler, another great cinematographer of the 1970s. (Check out the memorable Budapest episode of Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" which focused on Zsigmond and his 1956 escape after the Soviet invasion with canisters of film under his arm.) Credit for good films is usually given to the director and then to the actors. Yet Zsigmond’s stamp on Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate,” on Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” for which he won his only Academy Award, on Brian De Palma’s “Obsession” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” and, most clearly on Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” is unmistakable. Asked what makes good cinema by Filmmaker magazine two years »
- Aljean Harmetz
Oscar-winning cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond, who worked on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter, among others, died Jan. 1 at 85, his business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed. Zsigmond's five-decade career included work on Deliverance, Blow Out, The Ghost and the Darkness and The Long Goodbye. He won an Academy Award for Close Encounters and was nominated for his work in The Deer Hunter, The River and The Black Dahlia. More recently, Zsigmond shot a number of episodes of Mindy Kaling's sitcom The Mindy Project. In 2003, he was ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Visionary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who escaped his native Hungary to set up in Hollywood and became one of the most acclaimed practitioners of his generation, has died aged 85 in Big Sur, California.
The cinematographer fled Budapest in 1956 with his hidden footage of Soviet forces crushing the Hungarian Revolution and along with his dear friend and fellow émigré the late László Kovács went on to establish a brilliant career in the United States.
He shot Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller and won the Oscar in 1978 for Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. He was nominated subsequently for The Deer Hunter, The River and The Black Dahlia, a collaboration with frequent associate Brian De Palma.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Vilmos Zsigmond, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer of Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as films like The Deer Hunter, Deliverance and Heaven's Gate, passed away Friday, his business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed to Variety. Zsigmond was 85.
The Hungarian-born Zsigmond – who filmed the Hungarian Revolution alongside his friend and fellow cinematographer László Kovács before they both relocated to Los Angeles – began his Hollywood career as a director of photography on low-budget exploitation and horror films and TV movies before he was hired by director Robert Altman – another veteran of »
"Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a nominee for The Deer Hunter, The River (1984) and the The Black Dahlia (2006), has died at 85," reports Carmen Dagan for Variety. "Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included Deliverance, Blow Out, The Ghost and the Darkness and such Robert Altman films as McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye. And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike." We're gathering tributes and interviews. » - David Hudson »
Vilmos Zsigmond, one of Hollywood's highly influential cinematographers who won an Oscar for his lensing of the alien visittions in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, has died at 85, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Zsigmond also received Oscar nominations for his work on The Deer Hunter (1978), The River (1984) and, more recently, The Black Dahlia (2006). During a long, prolific career, he shot a wide array of films for top directors: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) and The Long Goodbye (2002) for Robert Altman; Blow Out and The Bonfire of the Vanities (Brian De Palma); The Deer Hunter and
- Duane Byrge
Hungarian cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, an Oscar winner for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” has died at 85, several of his colleagues said Sunday. In addition his Oscar for the Steven Spielberg-directed 1997 sci-fi tale, Zsigmond was nominated for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and “The Black Dahlia” (2006). Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild. Also Read: Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dead at 93 His extensive resume, created over five decades, included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and the Robert Altman films “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and. »
- Todd Cunningham
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.
Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.
Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.
Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director, »
- Carmel Dagan
20 items from 2016
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