Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - News Poster

News

Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Post,” which is set to hit theaters on December 20th, what is Steven Spielberg’s best film?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Freelance for Harper’s Bazaar, /Film, The Undefeated, Birth.Movies.Death

E.T.” There is really no other filmmaker who portrays wonder and innocence quite like Spielberg. While he’s done many great movies, “E.T.” not only captures the purity and curiosity of youth, but its beautiful effects and simple observations implore all of us to stop and take notice of the world around us and humanity itself.

Read More: ‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a
See full article at Indiewire »

"Silent Running" 45Th Anniversary Screening, L.A., December 13

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special screening at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Starring Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, and Ron Rifkin, the G-rated film runs 89 minutes and is being showcased on the big screen in a rare opportunity.

Please Note: Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Silent Running (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts

Q&A with Special Guests Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 45th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking sci-fi movie Silent Running which marked the directorial debut of special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull. Set 100 years in the future, the prophetic script by Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, and Steven Bochco
See full article at CinemaRetro »

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

  • Indiewire
‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
See full article at Indiewire »

Cyber Monday Week: Home Video Deals for Sunday, November 26th

The Cyber Monday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are still here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Distributor Sales Arrow Video USA sale at Barnes & Noble Criterion Collection sale at Barnes & Noble Grasshopper Films 40% off sale Cinema Guild Black Friday sale Cinelicious Black Friday sale (Use the code “M0V1ES” to save 50%) Vinegar Syndrome sale The Warner Archive Collection: 4 for $44 Deals at Amazon Blu-ray Deals Amazon.com 10 Cloverfield Lane [Blu-ray] $17.99 Buy Now - 48% Amazon.com Alien: Covenant [Blu-ray] $34.99 $17.96 Buy Now - 54% Amazon.com Arrival [Blu-ray] $21.99 $9.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Baby Driver [Blu-ray] $19.45 Buy Now - 52% Amazon.com Beauty And The Beast
See full article at CriterionCast »

Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Thursday, November 23rd

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon Home Video Gadgets Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player $34.99 1 new from $34.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (2017 Edition, Pendant) | Streaming Media... $54.99 1 new from $54.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Roku Express - HD Streaming Player $35.00 6 new from $24.99 4 used from $25.24 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Last updated on December 10, 2017 6:08 am TVs Tcl 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model
See full article at CriterionCast »

Recommended Discs & Deals: Black Friday 2017 Edition

To help wade through the plethora of Black Friday deals, we’ve rounded up the Blu-rays on sale that are worth watching. From some of this year’s best films (The Lost City of Z, Get Out, Girls Trip) to favorites in recent years (Under the Skin, The Edge of Seventeen, Gone Girl), and more, check out our round-up below and return for updates throughout the week. All are Blu-rays unless otherwise noted.

Alien: Covenant – $8.99

Allied – $5.96

Arrival – $5.96

The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford – $9.99

The Babadook – $7.88

Baby Driver – $9.00

Beasts of the Southern Wild – $8.47

The Beguiled – $9.99

The Big Sick – $8.99

Bridesmaids – $4.99

Brooklyn – $4.00

Calvary – $8.30

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – $9.99

Crimson Peak – $7.88

A Cure for Wellness – $6.99

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $9.99

Ex Machina (4K Ultra HD) – $9.99

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $7.99

Get Out – $8.99

The Gift – $5.00

Girls Trip – $9.99

Goodfellas / The Aviator / The Departed Triple Pack – $9.40

Gone Girl – $6.99

The Hateful Eight
See full article at The Film Stage »

Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century

  • Indiewire
Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century
On his Twitter profile, fiercely independent filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt describes himself as a “director of things / 2x oscar loser.” He’s selling himself short on both counts. For starters, “things” is an endearingly modest way of describing some of the most essential short films of the last 20 years, animated or otherwise; from revered early work like “Rejected,” to the trio of vignettes that were ultimately stitched together into a feature-length omnibus called “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” Hertzfeldt has created a singular universe of stick figures in crisis.

And then there’s the bit about being a two-time “oscar loser,” a distinction that Hertzfeldt earned when “World of Tomorrow” — his first digital project — was a 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film. It may not have won its creator the chance to give a speech on global television, but it did win him a legion of new fans.
See full article at Indiewire »

Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Shot for Shot: Movie Scenes that inspired “Stranger Things” Season 2 by IMDb

If you thought every scene in Stranger Things season 2 was unique then you’d better take another look. Granted the material is mostly original and doesn’t steal from anything. Well, there are references and Easter eggs aplenty, but the idea is entirely original in the sense that this show hasn’t been done before and it’s not a reboot. But a lot of the scenes in season 2 come off the inspiration to many other films. Here’s the video Here are all the references: Close Encounters of the Third Kind The instance in which the door opening shows the unexpected and

Shot for Shot: Movie Scenes that inspired “Stranger Things” Season 2 by IMDb
See full article at TVovermind.com »

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving
Just a few years ago, “film music in concert” translated to short suites by big-name movie composers (Henry Mancini, John Williams) performed at summer pops concerts. Today, established American orchestras that once didn’t look at the merging of screen and music seriously, take heed of live-to-picture performances as very big business, with concert halls packing in audiences around the world.

That’s something of a surprise, considering how most classical musicians had traditionally looked down their collective noses at movie music. “Film music was a pejorative, and that was the end of it,” David Newman says. Now they see the attendance figures, and attitudes have changed considerably.

Indeed, just a month ago, the New York Philharmonic completed a three-week, four-film “Star Wars” series with Newman conducting John Williams’ scores for the original trilogy plus “The Force Awakens” to sold-out crowds at New York’s David Geffen Hall. “The orchestra absolutely killed it,” says Newman.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

Matt and Ross Duffer have never hidden their inner cinephiles, and Season 2 of “Stranger Things” brings a slew of new homages to horror, action, and adventure films. On top of those are all the ’80s pop culture references essential when making a series set in that decade. Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the second season (sans music, which will be included in another post).

Read More:‘Stranger Things’ Spoilers Review: All the Traps, Twists, and Troubles of a Thrilling Season 2 “Chapter One: Madmax” “Mad Max” (1979) – The Australian dystopian film starring Mel Gibson inspired Max’s (Sadie Sink) high-score name. “Terminator” (1984) – The title appears on the Hawkins movie theater marquee. The film would have premiered two days before the events of the season begin, which happens to be October 28, 1984. “Ghostbusters” (1984) – The paranormal comedy would have premiered earlier that summer and inspired the main foursome’s Halloween costumes.
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

Matt and Ross Duffer have never hidden their inner cinephiles, and Season 2 of “Stranger Things” brings a slew of new homages to horror, action, and adventure films. On top of those are all the ’80s pop culture references essential when making a series set in that decade. Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the second season (sans music, which will be included in another post).

Read More:‘Stranger Things’ Spoilers Review: All the Traps, Twists, and Troubles of a Thrilling Season 2 “Chapter One: Madmax” “Mad Max” (1979) – The Australian dystopian film starring Mel Gibson inspired Max’s (Sadie Sink) high-score name. “Terminator” (1984) – The title appears on the Hawkins movie theater marquee. The film would have premiered two days before the events of the season begin, which happens to be October 28, 1984. “Ghostbusters” (1984) – The paranormal comedy would have premiered earlier that summer and inspired the main foursome’s Halloween costumes.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

What’s So Great About ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’?

You would think the question posed in the title of this piece would be easy to answer. The truth is, there’s a lot to love about Steven Spielberg‘s overshadowed, underrated 1977 science fiction picture. Bookmarked between the years when “Star Wars” and Ridley Scott‘s “Alien” gained wide acclaim in the realm of science fiction cinema, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” remains a classic and one of Spielberg’s most ambiguous and personal movies.

Continue reading What’s So Great About ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’? at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (Exclusive)

Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (Exclusive)
With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 in Bogota, Colombia.

Dubbed The Classics – Festival of the Films That Will Live Forever, the new film fest is founded by producer Ivonne Torres and Juan Carvajal, co-founder and artistic director of the three-year old Bogota Independent Film Festival, IndieBo.

Buoyed by sell-out crowds at IndieBo last July when the festival screened restored classics via a new pact with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Carvajal said: “I saw how these movie gems – rescued and restored with the support of the Film Foundation – deserved nothing better than to be enjoyed where they belong: the big screen.”

For many moviegoers in Bogota, it was the first time to see such classics as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” and [link=nm
See full article at Variety - Film News »

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
See full article at Indiewire »

Canon Of Film: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi classic, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ for it’s recent 40th anniversary. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Director/Screenplay: Steven Spielberg

Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ is an accomplishment is tension-building and then, pulling off an ending that actually matched the amount of tension we had. The first part of that, is tough, the second part is damn-near impossible. ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ kinda unfairly gets ranked as that, other sci-fi film Steven Spielberg did after ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial‘, and hell, I might rank it third and put ‘Minority Report‘ above both of them some days, but it doesn’t play like a sci-fi film. It plays more like a conspiracy theory thriller, an Altermanesque multi-narrative with divergent parts,
See full article at Age of the Nerd »

Close Encounters of the Third Kind gets an 8-Bit reimagining for 40th anniversary

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the classic Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind has received a retro, 8-Bit reimagining, which has been released as part of the promotion for the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray release of the film; check it out here…

The 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind are available now.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Lyon’s Lumiere Festival Honors Classic Film

The 9th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, is again bringing together some of the biggest names in world cinema, including Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar-wai and Michael Mann, while celebrating the history of film with some 400 screenings of international classics.

Launched in 2009 by Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Frémaux, the respective president and director of the Institut Lumière, the event has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Last year it hosted 160,500 festivalgoers – up from 2015’s 150,000 admissions – and more than 1,000 industry professionals.

It was in Lyon where brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph in 1895, and in keeping with the city’s cinematic tradition, the festival celebrates the history of film by presenting restored works, retrospectives, tributes and master classes.

In 2013, the festival also started what it describes as the first and only classic film market in the world, noting that the heritage cinema sector is currently expanding thanks to advancements in conservation standards
See full article at Variety - Film News »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites