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Francis Ford Coppola is, quite possibly, the director of some of cinema’s finest moments, with the three ‘Godfather’ films and “Apocalypse Now.” And, while the magnitude of these works ought to never be overlooked, the fact of the matter is that some of his other (and in one case, in this writer’s opinion, better) films often end up buried in the periphery of the praise that has slowly amassed over the decades. Said better film? The 1974 Gene Hackman espionage thriller “The Conversation.” Wedged right in there between “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” the flick was undervalued — but surely never forgotten — for quite some time, but has seen a resurgence in recent years (thank you Netflix). Now, a new video essay from the folks over at The Discarded Image has taken on the rather incredible opening sequence for their newest installment. Read More: Retrospective: The Films of Francis Ford Coppola “The Conversation, »
- Gary Garrison
Apocalypse Now editor to receive special award at cinematography festival.
The three-time Oscar winner, who most recently edited Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, will attend the 23rd International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography to collect the honour.
He will also take part in an on stage conversation where he will discuss his film career, which spans more than 40 years.
Camerimage will also host the key crew members of Pixar’s critically acclaimed animation, Inside Out.
The team will discuss how cinematography is practiced in animated filmmaking and share some of the challenges they faced on the production, with work-in-progress »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Generations of UCLA students will salute Howard Suber for his 50 years of teaching on Friday in an event that the legendary film professor likens to the scene from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” where the title character witnesses his own funeral.
“It’s one of my favorite episodes in fiction,” said Suber. “Where Tom and Huck are believed to have drowned in the Mississippi and they watch as the pastor gets up and everyone says these glowing things that no one said when they thought they were alive. I get to hear these eulogies while I’m still around too.”
At an age when many of his contemporaries have given up work for golf or other hobbies, Suber is still at it, teaching two courses this semester on film structure and strategic career planning. It’s been a remarkable run for a man who says he never intended to be a college professor. »
- Brent Lang
Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."
More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.
Leaving Oct. 1, 2015
"Aces High" (1976)
"A Fond Kiss" (2004)
"Agata And The Storm" (2004)
"A Good Day to Die" (2013)
"Alakazam The Great" (1960)
"All Is Lost" (2013)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)
"America Declassified" (2013)
"Analyze This" (1999)
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)
"Angela's Ashes" (1999)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Baby's Day Out" (1994)
"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)
"Baron Blood" (1972)
"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)
"Big Night" (1996)
"Blue Velvet" (1986)
"Brewster's Millions" (1945)
"Buying & Selling" (2013)
"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)
"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)
- Sharon Knolle
In recent times, Hollywood has enjoyed going back into the 1990s to come up with belated sequels to previous hit movies. So, we finally got Dumb & Dumber 2, for instance, whilst a third Clerks, a second Mallrats, a new Sister Act and a Naked Gun reboot are being cooked up somewhere. Further belated sequels? Zoolander 2 finally arrives next year, and Anchorman 2 celebrates, quietly, its second birthday this Christmas.
It was only at the end of the 1990s that comedy sequels suddenly really took off. There were exceptions beforehand of course, but few things raise the eyebrows of Hollywood high brass than lots of cash. This, whilst the enormous box office takings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me were in part down to an utterly inspired marketing campaign, »
Do you enjoy special-effects laden blockbusters? How about gritty crime dramas? Or biting comedies? The New Hollywood movement helped to make all of these possible in mainstream cinema.
New Hollywood is less a trend about the kinds of films that were produced and more about the people making them. The New Hollywood movement was about a new generation of filmmakers who came of age in the 60’s and went on to define filmmaking in the 70’s. These are filmmakers who went against tradition to push film to new heights and explore new genres and ideas. New Hollywood is the passing of the torch from the classic era of filmmaking to the modern era. It showed us both how great intimate character-focused dramas could be, but it also expanded the possibilities of what film could be, giving birth to the blockbuster. The New Hollywood movement is the foundation upon which current cinema is based. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
They might not be quite as nifty as the exclusive imagery we brought you just as this month kicked off, but the two new Macbeth posters are striking enough in their own regard. Beware doubling, bubbling, toiling and troubling and check them out...The protagonists are, of course, Fassbender’s Thane of Glamis, a loyal servant to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and cohort to Banquo (Paddy Considine). Well, he is those things until he encounters three witches (you can see them above) in the post-battle mists of the Scottish highlands and hears their prophecy of great power in his future. Their soothsaying takes root with the help of the honey poured into his ear by Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard).Director Justin Kurzel has summoned the visual power and creeping madness of a medieval Apocalypse Now with an adaptation that's simultaneously faithful and fresh. Rounding out the cast are Sean Harris, »
This film was originally reviewed at Tiff 2014.
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. »
- Jordan Adler
Bruce Beresford says that by 1980 most Australians had forgotten that their countrymen had fought in the Boer War, and this scathing condemnation of England's scapegoating of commonwealth volunteers had a big impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected Aussie Renaissance features of the late '70s. 'Breaker' Morant Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 773 1980 / Color / 1:78 anamorphic widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald Cinematography Don McAlpine Production Design David Copping Film Editor William S. Anderson <Written by Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens from a play by Kenneth Ross Produced by Matt Carroll Directed by Bruce Beresford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Bruce Beresford's 'Breaker' Morant is one of the stronger entries in the late '70s -- early '80s upsurge of quality movies from Australia and New Zealand. »
- Glenn Erickson
It was a winner right out of the starting gate, an instant classic that's still a pleasure for the eyes and ears. Carroll Ballard and Caleb Deschanel's marvel of a storybook movie has yet to be surpassed, with a boy-horse story that seems to be taking place in The Garden of Eden. The Black Stallion Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 765 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 14, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Marne Maitland, Cass-Olé. Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Film Editor Robert Dalva Supervising Sound Editor Alan Splet Original Music Carmine Coppola Written by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff from the novel by Walter Farley Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg Directed by Carroll Ballard
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Can Evrenol’s film centers on a Turkish police unit discovering a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area. Salt Co. has been handling international sales.
The film was produced by Muge Buyuktalas of Mo Films and executive produced by Todd Brown of Xyz Films and Mike Hostench. It stars Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz and Muharrem Bayrak.
The film is based on Evrenol’s 2013 short film of the same name, and draws upon such films as “Quest for Fire,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Hellraiser” along with the paintings of Caravaggio, Bosch, and Giger.
- Dave McNary
Every month, Netflix retires a handful of movies and shows. This month, a ton of great titles are disappearing, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Star Trek Into Darkness, and High Fidelity. Basically, you don't have as much time as you thought to catch up on The It Crowd or The Slap. Don't make the mistake of waiting until If I Stay is gone! Check out the full list of titles below - before it's too late. Once you've stocked up your list with all these movies, take a look at the new ones coming in September! Expired Sept. 1 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Doomsday Preppers, seasons one through three Ink Master, season two Jackie Brown Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Mortal Kombat: The Movie Patch Adams Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rules of Engagement School of Rock She's the One Sleepless in Seattle The It Crowd, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Jeepers Creepers 3: A hungry flesh-eating creature will take flight again in Jeepers Creepers 3, a long-awaited sequel to a horror series that began in 2001. Victor Salva wrote and directed the first two installments, which found good-looking young people as vulnerable victims of the winged creature known as The Creeper. Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now) will serve as a producer on the project -- his company produced the original two films -- and production is expected to get underway early in 2016, with Salva returning as writer/director. [Variety] Our Souls At Night: Robert Redford and Jane Fonda want to star together in Our Souls At Night, a screen adaptation of a novel by Kent Haruf. The story follows two people who have long lived in a small town; after both...
- Peter Martin
Jeepers Creepers 3: A hungry flesh-eating creature will take flight again in Jeepers Creepers 3, a long-awaited sequel to a horror series that began in 2001. Victor Salva wrote and directed the first two installments, which found good-looking young people as vulnerable victims of the winged creature known as the Creeper. Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now) will serve as a producer on the project -- his company produced the original two films -- and production is expected to get underway early...
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Screenwriters and filmmakers are among those set to receive Pen Center USA honors on November 16, 2015, in Beverly Hills. Francis Ford Coppola will accept the organization’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The inimitable Coppola's body of work spans over five decades as a director, producer and screenwriter. He's one of few filmmakers to win two Palme d'Ors, for "The Conversation" and "Apocalypse Now," and he's won Academy Awards for films including "Patton" and "The Godfather" series. Meghan Daum, Claudia Rankine, Noah Hawley and screenwriter Graham Moore (Oscar winner for "The Imitation Game") are among winners of the Pen Center's 2015 Literary Awards, who will receive $1,000. Read More: Watch: Francis Ford Coppola on the Future of Cinema, Marlon Brando and Regrets The 2015 award winners include: Meghan Daum (Creative Nonfiction Award for "The Unspeakable"); Victor Lodato (Drama Award for "Arlington"); Robert »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
- Sasha Stone
The 1970’s was an excellent decade for movies. Pop culture and reality collided to give audiences the most gritty, emotional, and entertaining films they had ever seen. This is our list of the 25 movies from the 1970’s that everyone should see.
Until the 1970’s film was mainly just a pastime. You went to the movies to unwind. You enjoyed comedies, musicals, and sprawling adventurous epics. The 1970’s effectively changed what movies were and what they could be. This important decade paved the way for modern film making by not only challenging traditional methods, but by fundamentally changing audience expectations of what movies could be. The 1970’s gave birth to the blockbuster, piqued our interest in regards to violence and sex on film, glorified the exploits of bad guys for the first time, and really pushed the boundaries to explore new frontiers that had never been depicted on film before.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
In the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Wes Craven predicts that when he dies his obituaries will say “Probably best known for inventing Freddy Krueger.” When he passed away last Sunday the New York Times headline read “Wes Craven, Whose Slasher Films Terrified Millions, Dies at 76,” but the second paragraph of his obit did say, “perhaps Mr. Craven’s most famous creation was the serial killer Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund, who, with his razor-blade glove, haunted the dreams of high school students in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and its sequels.”Though he had been making films for 12 years, starting with the Bergman-inspired Last House on the Left in 1972—not to mention a few years of making porn films before that—it was A Nightmare on Elm Street, a little indie horror film that he both wrote and directed, that made Wes Craven’s fortune. »
- Adrian Curry
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