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Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Want to see great movies for free? This Friday, Lincoln Center brings Film Foundation-restored titles to you at no cost. Ford‘s Drums Along the Mohawk, Scorsese‘s The King of Comedy, John M. Stahl‘s Leave Her to Heaven, Fosse‘s All That Jazz, Donen‘s Two for the Road, »
- Nick Newman
Read More: 53rd New York Film Festival Announces Main Slate Offerings; 'Brooklyn,' 'Carol' and 'Bridge of Spies' Top List "Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things" First Weekend (Free Event) Co-creator Lance Weiler wrote passionately about this event/experience back in August, thanks to a call for storytellers and creators eager to help him reimagine the world of Sherlock Holmes though a technological lens. Now fans of both the world's greatest sleuth and interactive ways of sharing information can participate in (fake) crime solving around Lincoln Center, thanks to a prototype of the experience developed and run by the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab as part of the festival's Convergence section. "All That Jazz" Screening Friday, September 25 at 9Pm (Free Event) Nyff plays home to a host of free screenings as part of their Free Friday campaign, and the classic Bob Fosse musical is the first event on the docket. The film has been restored. »
- Kate Erbland
While Cannes, Toronto, and Venice premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event is better curated than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features this year — and next — have to offer.
A simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. For honorable mentions, we’re looking forward to the stellar line-up of revivals, including The King of Comedy, All That Jazz, Blow Out, Rocco and His Brothers, Ran, Heaven Can Wait, and The Boys from Fengkuei.
We’ve also reviewed a few titles (The Forbidden Room, My Mother, Chevalier) that we were a bit cooler on. Lastly, the festival announced a sneak preview screening of Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, and one can read our review here. »
- TFS Staff
Bob Fosse's All That Jazz starring Roy Scheider with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen; John Ford's Drums Along The Mohawk starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert; John M. Stahl's Leave Her To Heaven with Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde; Stanley Donen's Two For The Road with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn; Elia Kazan's Wild River starring Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick; and Martin Scorsese's The King Of Comedy with Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis are the six free New York Film Festival Opening Day screenings.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
After being a major influence on his work, Martin Scorsese worked with Milestone Films to bring forth a stellar-looking restoration of Luchino Visconti’s 1960 classic drama Rocco and His Brothers. After stopping by various festivals, including Tiff and Nyff, it’ll be released in NYC and Los Angeles next month, followed by hopefully a home release.
We now have a new trailer, which is fairly brief, but gives us a glimpse at the restoration while introducing our main ensemble. Starring Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, and Claudia Cardinale, check out the trailer and gorgeous poster (designed by Lauren Caddick) below for the film which kicks off its three-week run at Film Forum on Friday, October 9.
Joining the tragic exodus of millions from Italy’s impoverished south, the formidable matriarch of the Parondi clan (Katina Paxinou, Best Supporting Oscar winner, For Whom the Bell Tolls) and her brood emerge from Milan’s »
- Leonard Pearce
The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »
Writer-director Keith Gordon had one of the best film schools imaginable in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when he broke into the business as an actor and appeared in several now classic movies including All That Jazz, Dressed to Kill, and Christine. He must have learned quite a bit watching the likes of Fosse, De Palma, and Carpenter direct, because his own filmography is one of the most consistent in all of contemporary American cinema. Gordon has directed five features to date, every single one of which is an uncompromised treasure – and each one is different from the […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Sony Pictures Television has signed a multi-year distribution deal in the U.K. with curated video-on-demand subscription service Mubi, which marks the first major studio deal for the art-house movie platform.
Mubi subscribers will now have access to Sony movies such as “Taxi Driver,” “Closer,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “All That Jazz,” “Adaptation,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Buffalo 66″ and “Snatch.” The Sony partnership follows Mubi’s recent deals with other leading distributors, including eOne, Icon and Studiocanal.
Mubi, which was founded by London-based Turkish entrepreneur Efe Cakarel in 2007, differs from other Svod services in two respects. First, it specializes in independent, cult, classic and festival films, with an emphasis on foreign-language titles. Second, it is curated by the service’s staff: At any one time there are only 30 films to choose from, with the titles constantly rotating. Everyday a new film is introduced, and one drops off. Each film is available to watch for 30 days. »
- Leo Barraclough
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. Up next, Matt Zoller Seitz provides audio commentary for Best Scene of the year. The tooth extraction, The Americans (“Open House”) “All That Jazz” tribute, Better Call Saul (“Mijo”) Race riots, The Knick (“Get the Rope”) Abbi’s wisdom tooth adventure, Broad City (“Wisdom Teeth”) India Arie on Talk Back, Being Mary Jane (“Line in the Sand”) And the winner is ... The tooth extraction, The Americans »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their sixth piece, they discuss Bob Fosse’s film Star 80 (1983).
To say that Bob Fosse’s Star 80 (1983) has a bad reputation is a bit of an understatement. Even after the critical and commercial success of his previous hit All That Jazz (1979), 20th Century Fox executives turned their backs on Fosse. Less than three years after the rape and murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (to say nothing of the necrophilia), a film dramatization seemed to be in poor taste. To magnify the discomfort, Fosse not only left the filming of the grim finale for last – keeping his two lead actors in the dark – but decided to film in the actual house and bedroom the crimes occurred in. The grim »
- Landon Palmer
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations. I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years. However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind, »
- Richard Rushfield
It's hard to know where to look first. Kim Kardashian headed out this afternoon for her first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live since last August in a look that can only be described as half-tuxedo, half Fosse bombshell, and all Kim. Seriously, is there going to be an impromptu performance of "All That Jazz" later? All that's missing is a bowler hat... The E! star wore a plunging black vest over nothing but skin up top, paired with either a bodysuit or hipster-cut shorts under a flowing see-through skirt, which showed off her shapely legs up to there. A satin-trimmed tuxedo jacket completed the dramatic look. Surely we'll get all the fashion credits later. But the »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2015 Film Awards In advance of this year's SXSW Film Festival, Indiewire sent out a questionnaire to the filmmakers taking their work to Austin. Below you'll find some of the inspirations for the competing films, both narrative and documentary. Here are the filmmakers' responses: Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti ("A Woman Like Me"): We were inspired by a wide range of movies: "All That Jazz," Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes," "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm," "Day For Night," "The Wizard of Oz," "Blue Vinyl," "Reds," Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up…." Alison Bagnall ("Funny Bunny"): I don't know if certain films inspire me anymore, though Jerry Schatzberg's "Scarecrow" is always an inspiration. Certain directors inspire me. The usual European suspects; Polanski, Pasolini, Fassbinder-but now it's »
- David Ballard
Jazz Jennings has a lot to look forward to, and she's only a teenager! Jennings, who has been dubbed "The New Face of Transgender Youth," has not only landed a new TLC reality series called All That Jazz, but has also been named the face of Clean and Clear's new ad campaign, "See the Real Me." The campaign promotes skin care products but also doubles as a call-to-action series on social media, asking people to send in their stories using the hashtag #SeeTheRealMe to promote natural beauty, according to Yahoo News. All That Jazz will follow the 14-year-old as she navigates her way through high school, friends, dating and the everyday life of a teenager. But it's even more complicated for »
Jazz Jennings is coming to TV!
TLC has ordered an 11-episode series focusing on the 14-year old activist's family and life as a transgender teen.
Jazz, who was named one of Time's 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014, was assigned male at birth, but has identified as a girl from early childhood, and was diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 2004. Jazz has lived as a female with the full support of her family since age 5.
"Jazz's story is universal, yet unique, and we're proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC's audience," says TLC's General Manager, Nancy Daniels. "Jazz may beknown as an author and activist, but she's first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life."
News: Laverne Cox Cast as Transgender Lawyer in CBS Drama Project
The show will be a jump for Jazz, who currently posts videos on her YouTube channel about what it's like »
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