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Lyon – Seven years in the preparation, and spectacularly designed by architect Renzo Piano the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation opened its doors Sept. 8 to two results as eye-catching as its architecture: Average 80% occupancy rate over five days a week for its screening room; a take-up partnership with schools and young cinemagoers, down to 4- year-old tykes, which can serve as a model for other enlightened fun-while-learning programs around the world.
Rebuilding Paris’ historic Gaumont Gobelins, the Pathé Foundation has three arms, its president Sophie Seydoux said Saturday at Lyon’s Lumiere Festival, which showcases a brace of Pathé restorations, ranging from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux“ to Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” back to Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”
One Pathé Foundation arm is what looks like Europe’s first silent film-only cinema, a 70-seat screening room playing both 35mm prints, via two Kinoton projectors, and Dcp copies at 2 and 4 p. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Without any degree of hyperbole, Robert Duvall might be one of the most underrated “great” actors of all-time. That’s to say, he’s been around forever, has consistently delivered great, memorable performances, and yet he still has the tendency to fade into the background – you don’t tend to think about him until he turns up in something and reminds you of how good he can be. Which absolutely isn’t a way for us to discredit this fine actor, whose body of work pretty much speaks for itself and offers up a deft showcase of acting talent.
Duvall has been part of the cinema scene for over 50 years, and has also worked as a writer, producer and director, though he is best known for his acting performances. Now, he’s perhaps best remembered for notable turns in movies like Apocalypse Now (he got to deliver the »
- Sam Hill
Editor's Note: Faithful reader and frequent Best Shot participant Derreck (see his tumblr here) attended a special film event that we desperately wanted to make it to last week, a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with everyone's favorite red curtain Aussie auteur hosting. I invited Derreck to share his memoir of the event, so here he is to do so! - Nathaniel R.
I've never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard about it. I’ve seen images of Tim Curry in a corset, fishnets and makeup, heard about shadowcasts and seen its enduring cultural presence in movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I’d never actually watched the film. I was born way after it was released and even though to this day, it is one of the longest theatrical releases in the history of cinema, »
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Director David Ayer made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Harsh Times. The gritty drama, starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, which was released in the fall of 2006. Ayer garnered widespread acclaim and accolades for his hyper-realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End of Watch (2012). He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and the experiences of his upbringing shaped much of his artistic vision and his inside knowledge and affection for the culture surrounding law enforcement can be seen throughout his work.
Ayer joined the United States Navy, where he served as sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. After an honorable discharge, Ayer began writing. He wrote and was a co-producer on his “calling card” spec script Training Day, which became a hit film and garnered Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ayer also co-wrote the submarine thriller U-571, »
- Kellvin Chavez
It's hard to believe that on this day 20 years ago, Quentin Tarantino unleashed "Pulp Fiction" onto the world. After winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May 1994, this unexpected masterpiece went wide on October 14 which, for an indie directed by a newcomer, was unheard of. The rest is history. As Tarantino begins his next film "The Hateful Eight" with the recently cast Jennifer Jason Leigh, and has now taken over programming at the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles, it's high time to revisit his favorite films list, a fitful collection of gore-splattered genre films, westerns and American classics. Below, brush up on your "Pulp Fiction" with a few classic clips. (And you can stream the film on Netflix.) Quentin Tarantino's Top 12 films 1. "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966, dir. Sergio Leone) 2. "Apocalypse Now" (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola) 3. "The Bad News Bears" (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie) 4. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Crafting a brilliant script. That’s all it takes to get a project noticed and “green lit”. This was my single-minded approach when I got the bright idea to start skipping down the indie filmmaking road. It was all so clear; admittedly up hill but I saw no potholes or wreckage to avoid. Nope. Curious sights and comfortable, clean rest areas amply stocked with fresh toilet paper lined my highway. The horizon seemed practically at arms length. My first detour: I had as much interest in writing a screenplay as Hunter S. Thompson probably did with the idea of writing sober.
Realistically, my chances of being offered a script to direct were slim to none – emphasis on none. Especially one that might satisfy my unrealistic specific creative goals as the filmmaker that I wasn’t yet. But with this elegant, single tier plan, I could suck it up and author my own brilliant script. »
- Craig Abell-Champion
David Ayer bit off a whole hell of a lot on the World War II drama "Fury." I'm not sure he could chew it all, but it's fascinating to watch the bevy of ideas bounce around on the screen nevertheless. It's a loud, bloody, gut-punching depiction, one that may or may not be too unsettling to appeal to Academy types but is still the best work Ayer has done, the most unflinching, and the most intriguing, certainly. In characterizing the movie as "one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that will bring several World War II films," The New York Times had it pegged a few months back. This is the WWII your grandfather wouldn't talk about. It was bad. That point is probably driven home too much, even. "This is war, and war is hell." After all, you can only observe what a .50 caliber machine »
- Kristopher Tapley
After 1,476,036 seconds we have reached our 300th episode of the podcast and thanks to contributions from listener Greg Mariotti we have some clips to play from those first 299 episodes while we also review Dracula Untold and bring on Mike Shutt for his debut podcast appearance as he reviews Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Automata. From there we have two listener voicemails we play, some news to discuss, some games to play and just general, overall merriment in what I believe turned out to be a pretty great episode, adding 7,238 more seconds to our total. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you »
- Brad Brevet
The Judge is a film that is all about the pain and joy of family – mostly pain. Sure it is also about a prominent local judge in a small town who is accused of murder as well. It is also about how a hot-shot, big city lawyer rides into town to defend the judge (who also happened to be the lawyer’s father) in a backwater district. Mostly though, this film is about family; reconnecting and acceptance of who we all are as people that happen to find ourselves stuck with a group of “others” called family.
The film is directed by David Dobkin who is best known for directing Shanghai Knights (2003), Wedding Crashers (2005), and The Change-Up (2011). The Judge was primarily written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino (2008) and not too much else, with assistance from Dobkin and Bill Dubuque (this is Dubuque’s first credit).
The story opens »
- Steven Gahm
BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.
Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.
That film unflinchingly looks at »
- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline
Robert Downey Jr. set the internet ablaze with crazy and wild speculation after making a comment about the liklihood of his involvement in Iron Man 4 should certain factors fall into place. When asked about his long time friend Mel Gibson directing the movie, Downey responded with an honest and playful answer:
“Why not? That movie would be bananas.”
You’re god damned right it would. Can you even imagine an Iron Man movie directed by Mel Gibson? It wouldn’t just be bananas. It would be a metric ton of bananas soaked in kerosene and hurled into the stratosphere by a catapult made from the remains of the little people who played the Munchkins in Wizard of Oz, lit into combustion by a flaming arrow fired by the ghost of Andy Kaufman.
To be honest, I would have »
- Anghus Houvouras
The IMDb stands as a sort of method of cultural shorthandedness. When somebody asks whether or not a movie is any good or not, it’s perfectly acceptable to say: “Well, it has an 8.1 on the Internet Movie Database,” and nothing else really needs to be said. The reason people seem to value this system as an indicator or quality, then, stems from the fact that the scores assigned to movies on the IMDb are the results of user votes: not critics or movie buffs, necessarily, but regular folk who love motion pictures and like to log on and grade what they’ve seen.
The IMDb Top 250, then, provides an incredibly value resource for those who like movies and are looking for what to see next. If you’re in doubt, scan the list of 250 films, pick one at random, and chances are you’ll find yourself gazing upon an absolute classic. »
- Sam Hill
When it comes to documentaries that chart the making of a particular film, some of the very best have come from those closest to the filmmakers. The most towering achievement in this regard is probably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," an intense making-of documentary that follows Francis Ford Coppola and the bonkers production of "Apocalypse Now," that was co-authored by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Following in Eleanor's footsteps is Liv Corfixen, the wife of "Drive" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who took to cataloguing the production of Refn's polarizing, Bangkok-set thriller "Only God Forgives," with "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn." We had the chance to sit down with Refn and Corfixen at the recent Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The documentary is an intimate portrait of frustration and familial unrest (since they had to move the family to Bangkok), but you can tell that the bedrock of their relationship. »
- Drew Taylor
If I could turn into another person it would be Anthony Bourdain. Why? He's got the life I envy. The television essayist travels the world to exotic locations for CNN Doc series "Parts Unknown." Using local foodies as guides to each new country, he eats yummy mouth-watering cuisine as he grills the locals on their culture and often drinks to excess, while his team of four--two producers and two cameramen--shoot reportage, on the street in Shanghai and Myanmar, inside restaurants and kitchens in India, Thailand and Spain, on rural farms in Colombia and Paraguay, under water off the coast of Sicily, in S & M parlors in Tokyo. They are often inspired by movies they've seen, from "Apocalypse Now" to "In the Mood for Love." It's not all fun and games. Fans of the show will remember the infamous Sicily episode, when Bourdain was in despair when his Mediterranean guide to »
- Anne Thompson
Remember before Keanu Reeves was a badass in The Matrix he was that doofus in a ’80s comedy about time travel that probably isn’t as good as you remember it? You know, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! It was totally excellent and featured life lessons to live by like “Be Excellent to Each Other” and “Party On Dudes” as eloquently delivered by Abraham Lincoln in a high school auditorium. Yeah, it was totally excellent and probably ruined your ability to pronounce “Socrates” correctly.
The film was so popular that it also got a sequel and children’s cartoon, and now 23 years in the making, people are still talking about Bill & Ted 3, even though George Carlin is dead and you’re not quite sure what happened to Alex Winter.
Now Winter has revealed additional plot details for the third film to Yahoo, saying the characters will be all-grown up and »
- Brian Welk
When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.
What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »
The abundance of Netflix Streaming options can be so overwhelming that even picking the right genre to fit a mood can be an all-night affair. We have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming-video roundups, but sometimes you just want to cut to the chase and watch a great film. That's why we've sorted through thousands of possibilities to present you with the best of the best. Critical consensus, general popularity, legendary status — if a movie could be considered great (and it's on Netflix), you'll find it below. As always, feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments. We will try our best to update this list every month, as titles get added and removed all the time.Dramas The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979)With AMC ensuring that there will never be a shortage of The Godfather, it's time to give »
- Matt Patches
Daredevil’s martial arts mentor Stick will be played by Scott Glenn…
With Marvel’s Netflix-based Defenders universe not expected to materialise on-screen until next year, it’s nice to have some reassurance that the constituent shows are pushing ahead at a healthy pace.
Today, we’ve learnt that Stick, martial arts mentor to Daredevil, has been cast. Teaching The Man Without Fear to punch, kick and other important things will be veteran screen actor Scott Glenn.
It’s likely you’ll recognise Glenn from somewhere. In a prolific career spanning back to the 1970s he’s played Lieutenant Colby in Apocalypse Now, Jack Crawford in The Silence Of The Lambs, Captain Mancuso in The Hunt For Red October, Wise Man in Sucker Punch and Ezra Kramer in the Bourne series.
Stick first appeared in the comics in 1981’s Daredevil #176, and has acute control of his senses as well as telepathic and life-draining abilities. »
Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?
Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. Pawn Sacrifice is a »
- Jordan Adler
Scott Glenn has been announced by Marvel to play the mysterious martial artist and mentor to Daredevil, Stick, in the upcoming Netflix series which is set to debut next year. Glenn is best known for his roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, The Silence of the Lambs, Training Day and Apocalypse Now. This is not the first time that the character of Stick will appear in live action, with Terence Stamp previously playing the role in Elektra back in 2005.
“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”
Glenn joins a growing cast »
- Thomas Roach
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