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Boston Film-Makers’ Cinematheque 1966-67: The Posters

6 August 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

In 1966, as the underground film wave was sweeping the country, a Boston off-shoot of New York City’s Film-Makers’ Cinematheque opened at a performance space at 53 Berkeley Street. Underground films were shown on weeknights, while on the weekends the space transformed into a music venue called The Boston Tea Party.

The Cinematheque and the Tea Party were founded and run by a controversial figure named Mel Lyman, a harmonica player and the leader of a hippie commune in Boston’s Fort Hill neighborhood. Lyman has also been considered a cult leader on par with Charles Manson, except Lyman’s followers never actually murdered anyone. According to the book Apocalypse Culture, Lyman claimed to be an extraterrestrial and was seemingly obsessed with “ruling” the country’s underground culture.

Whatever Lyman’s background, the Cinematheque showed some cool films, according to the actual flyers from that time period below. Click each poster »

- Mike Everleth

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Locarno Film Review: ‘A Skin So Soft’

4 August 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The English title for “A Skin So Soft” makes Denis Côté’s docu-hybrid sound like an ad for Avon’s bath oil/bug repellent, which is a shame since “soft” isn’t the word that comes to mind when looking at the over-pumped muscles of the Canadian bodybuilders featured here. The French title, which translates as “your skin so smooth,” makes more sense, especially given a scene in which Jean-François Bouchard appears to be undergoing a painful depilation. Smooth, bulging, oiled, tatted, exposed: The subjects of Côté’s fascination with this extreme form of self-creation project a hyper-charged masculinity that’s undercut by rituals traditionally associated with femininity, from make-up and bronzers to the whole act of displaying one’s body for admiration.

Côté doesn’t emphasize this dichotomy (or is it a paradox?); true to his admirably eclectic approach, the maverick director weaves together portraits of six bodybuilders that push to the margins personal details and »

- Jay Weissberg

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Relive the Year That Gave Us ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Eraserhead,’ and More — Watch

31 July 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more seminal year in movie-going history than 1977, which unspooled such game-changers and genre-benders as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Airport ’77,” “Sorcerer,” and many, many more.

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of one of the wildest years in recent cinema history, The Film Society of Lincoln Center has programmed their ambitious ’77, a 33-film series surveying the sweeping cinematic landscape of a prolific year in cinema, in the United States and around the world.

Read MoreHow ‘Jaws’ Forever Changed the Modern Day Blockbuster — And What Today’s Examples Could Learn From It

While the debut of George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” is likely the most notable name in a long list of ’77 titles, the year also played home to “Jubilee,” “Eraserhead,” “Hausu,” “Wizard,” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” That startling breadth of film options speaks to the changing times — both »

- Kate Erbland

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Lawrence Silk, Documentary Editor on 'Pumping Iron' and Woody Allen's 'Wild Man Blues,' Dies at 86

24 May 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lawrence Silk, the preeminent documentary editor who worked on Pumping Iron, Woody Allen's Wild Man Blues and three films that won Academy Awards, has died. He was 86.

Silk, who received the American Cinema Editors' Career Achievement Award in 2013, died Sunday at a hospital in Springfield, Mass., his son, Dan, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wild Man Blues (1997) profiled clarinetist Allen and his seven-piece New Orleans jazz band as they toured Europe in 1996. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, the documentary also is notable for providing an intimate look into Allen's life with his soon-to-be wife, Soon-Yi Previn, and his »

- Mike Barnes

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Lawrence Silk, Documentary Editor on 'Pumping Iron' and Woody Allen's 'Wild Man Blues,' Dies at 86

24 May 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Lawrence Silk, the preeminent documentary editor who worked on Pumping Iron, Woody Allen's Wild Man Blues and three films that won Academy Awards, has died. He was 86.

Silk, who received the American Cinema Editors' Career Achievement Award in 2013, died Sunday at a hospital in Springfield, Mass., his son, Dan, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wild Man Blues (1997) profiled clarinetist Allen and his seven-piece New Orleans jazz band as they toured Europe in 1996. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, the documentary also is notable for providing an intimate look into Allen's life with his soon-to-be wife, Soon-Yi Previn, and his »

- Mike Barnes

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Arnold Schwarzenegger To Intro ‘Wonders Of The Sea 3D’; France Names New Culture Minister – Cannes

17 May 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Three years after he stormed the Croisette as part of the Expendables 3 crew — and 40 years after his 1977 debut here with Pumping IronArnold Schwarzenegger will return to Cannes to present documentary Wonders of the Sea 3D. Directed by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, the film is narrated by Schwarzenegger and will have a special screening on Saturday. From Fiji to the Bahamas, Cousteau and his children take viewers on a voyage to discover the ocean… »

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‘Conan the Barbarian’ at 35: How Darth Vader Helped Arnold Schwarzenegger Beat the Muscle Man Stereotype

13 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films have grossed $1.9 billion in North America. Among his classics are James Cameron’s 1984’s “The Terminator”; 1991’s “The Terminator 2: Judgment Day”; and 1994’s “True Lies,” as well as such hits as 1987’s “Predator” and 2012’s “The Expendables 2.”

His movie catch phrases such as “I’ll be back”; “Hasta la Vista, Baby”; and “Get to the chopper” have become part of the pop culture lexicon.

Schwarzenegger even served as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. And has recently has gone mano y mano in a Twitter feud with President Trump. Guess who won?

But would he have been as big a star — let alone as governor — without his breakout role in John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian”? The violent, erotic R-rated sword-and-fantasy adventure based on the stories of 1930’s pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard opened in 1,400 theaters on May 14, 1982. Though reviews were decidedly mixed — Variety »

- Susan King

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The Top 5 Sporting Documentaries

20 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Everybody loves a good documentary. But not everybody loves sport. However, a really good sport documentary will bridge this gap perfectly and before you know it you’ll feel like the biggest fan of [insert sport] there is and that you want to know every tiny detail of it. One of those is Best (George Best – All By Himself), which you can see on 24th of February, and to celebrate we’ve taken a look at some of the best sporting documentaries there are on offer that anyone and everyone can enjoy, from Formula 1, to professional bodybuilding. And truly, you don’t even need to be a sports fan to enjoy any of these gripping documentaries…

1. Senna

Before the heartbreaking Amy, Asif Kapadia applied his immense documentary making skills to the story of Formula 1 ace, and three time world champion Ayrton Senna, widely considered one of the greatest drivers the sport ever had. »

- Amie Cranswick

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