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Above: a production still from the set of Manoel de Oliveira’s new production O velho do restelo, via our new Mubi Tumblr! Sight & Sound is poised to unveil a Best Documentaries of All Time list and Richard Brody has unveiled his ballot in advance, with annotations:
"...The history of documentary filmmaking isn’t the fact of capturing events on the wing but the idea of doing so, not the invention of investigative recording but its reinvention. That’s why, for this list, I selected movies that open new vistas for documentary filmmaking, which imply vectors of activity and thought that are still being realized today by the era’s best documentarists—and why, in mentioning these films, each of them implies many others that they have inspired. "
Above: Nathan Silver is turning to Kickstarter to fund his next project, Stinking Heaven. Keep your eyes out for his brilliant film, »
- Adam Cook
Glenn here. As Jason already established, today is Francis Ford Coppola's 75th birthday today. Talia's brother, Sofia and Roman's dad, Nicolas and Jason's uncle, and Gia's grandfather presides over a clearly very talented family that keep kicking artistic goals. We're only four months into this new year and Sofia has (apparently) been hired for her first big studio film, Jason Schwartzman has appeared on screen in indie box office hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Gia's directorial debut, Palo Alto, is about to hit cinema screens. What's Frances up to? Well the five-time Oscar winner is laying low it seems after none of his ultra-arty projects - Twixt, Youth Without Youth, Tetro - took off the way he likely expected his artistic return to.
It's then a perfect opportunity to dig a bit deeper into his extensive filmography and find something you've never seen. I know »
- Glenn Dunks
Across the 1970s, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola completed the kind of run that even today, filmmakers could only dream of matching in terms of scope, ambition and accomplishment. From 1972 to 1979, a seemingly non-stop Coppola delivered "The Godfather," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part II," and "Apocalypse Now," with each of the films making a distinct mark on cinematic history. And while he could've easily folded up the director's chair after that, Coppola kept pushing himself. And that's part of the reason why the filmmaker is as revered as he is today, with his undeniable skill and desire to continually find new creative avenues, a source of inspiration, even if the results didn't always match his top shelf work (a peak that would be hard for anyone to hit). And to celebrate the director's 75th birthday today, below is his appearance on "Inside The Actor's Studio" in 2001. As per usual with James Lipton's show, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Interview Louisa Mellor 4 Apr 2014 - 07:00
To mark its UK premiere tonight, we chatted to the star of Da Vinci’s Demons, Tom Riley, about where Leonardo is headed in season 2…
In a catering tent in Swansea last September, an international group of us had the chance to quiz a very tanned, hair extension-ed Da Vinci's Demons' Tom Riley about his character's adventures and relationships in season two of the Starz historical romp.
He told us about Leonardo's character growth, his travels to South America this season, and why he thinks the UK should tune in to tonight's season premiere...
Could you talk about the journey that Da Vinci goes through in season two and how it continues on from the first season?
It literally continues on where we left off, so we don’t leave people hanging. In the first season we started out with a very cocky, arrogant, »
Very few people's lives are peppered with exhilarating car chases, high-octane explosions, and bad-ass heroes saving the day -- which is why we go to the movies.
Putting life on hold for a couple hours and going on an exciting, over-the-top journey is worth the price of a ticket -- even if the movie includes a few gaffes and continuity errors.
In case you missed the blunders in your favorite action flicks (hey, they're easy to overlook), like "The Terminator" or "Apocalypse Now," here's a gallery to get you up to speed. As always, all photos are courtesy of moviemistakes.com.
Article photo courtesy of Everett »
- Jonny Black
Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.
Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.
Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.
- Marc Eastman
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 27 Mar 2014 - 05:42
We look back at one of the most infamous film productions in history. Here are 10 stories of excess from Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate...
In 1979, director Michael Cimino was at the height of his powers. Having just won five Oscars for his finely-honed, controversial Vietnam film The Deer Hunter, Cimino suddenly found himself in the enviable position of being able to make just about any project he wanted. The film he chose to pursue was based on the Johnson County War, a moment in 19th century American history where the conflict between settlers and wealthy landowners was at its height.
United Artists, with a reputation for fostering creativity and Oscar-winning films, eagerly agreed to make what would become Heaven's Gate, and set aside a generous budget of $11.6m to make it. Anxious to have the film in cinemas by the winter of 1979, making it legible »
Mark Levinson's "Particle Fever" is the first great doc of the year (and let's hope it gets remembered next awards season). It's about the ground-breaking, Nobel Prize-winning experiment that helped unravel the nature of existence. Veteran editor-sound designer Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now"), who's always had a fascination for physics, was brought on to "galvanize" the project but ended up spending a year humanizing this compelling work about the collision of science and art. "Particle Fever" follows six leading scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research from 1998 to 2008). This marked the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in history (costing around $10 billion), with 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries joining forces to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the elusive Higgs boson, the key particle that holds the universe together, »
- Bill Desowitz
When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
American Idol's Top 11 sang songs from the cinema on Wednesday, but who possessed the Gravity to impress the judges and which contestants are destined to be Gone with the Wind? Jena Irene, 17, who was in the Bottom 3 last week, earned a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, and a prolonged ovation from the crowd, following her electrifying performance of "Decode" at the piano. Urban said there was a "ferocity" about the way she performed the Twilight song, comparing it to "hurtling along the edge of a cliff," while Lopez called it the best performance of the night and yelled, »
- Wade Rouse
Feature Matthew Giordano 13 Mar 2014 - 07:00
True Detective inspired a mass of complex fan theories. Matthew talks us through some popular interpretations...
This feature contains spoilers for True Detective season one.
HBO’s recently concluded True Detective inspired an almost unprecedented amount of fan speculation on the Internet. I may be in the minority, but I found reading theoretical interpretations of the show to be a far more rewarding experience then actually watching the drama. True Detective moved at such a slow pace, and, aside from the fact it was mostly told in flashback, its mystery unfolded rather routinely. Was there narrative justification for the many well thought-out fan theories about its true meaning? Were the Internet’s devoted writings about the show completely off-base? Were fans simply putting things together that were not there?
What’s fascinating is that not only was there an overwhelming amount of online fan response to True Detective, »
Yes, “300” and its sequel originated as graphic novels, and yes, their highly stylized aesthetic resembles the look of certain videogames. Critics love to make such connections — as dismissively as possible, in most cases — but they aren’t terribly helpful when it comes to analyzing the film.
What intrigues me about “300: Rise of an Empire” (let’s call it “300.2” for short) aren’t such over-obvious comparisons but the more revealing contrasts, starting with just how different it is from other recent military movies. In the four decades since the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, the war movie has been almost entirely replaced by the anti-war movie, except in cases where Orcs or alien invasion are involved. Hollywood, which had served as a patriotic extension of the American propaganda machine during earlier conflicts, changed its tune in the ’70s, responding with such openly critical films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Platoon, »
- Peter Debruge
What drives a man into the heart of darkness? One can’t help but wonder as Rust forages deeper into Errol’s Carcosan shrine by Highway 27, a place moored off from Louisiana’s coastal marsh. True Detective has, at times, aspired to the philosophical and cinematographic scope of Apocalypse Now. And in “Form and Void,” Rust’s travels through vast swampland toward the Childress compound parallel Benjamin Willard’s nightmare on the Nung en route to Colonel Kurtz’s Cambodian hideout — if you allow that one man’s war-induced self-destruction is another’s trauma brought on by personal loss.It’s hard to say what closure Captain Willard anticipated on the other side of horror. But it turns out Rust — to no one’s greater surprise and mixed emotion than his own upon waking from a coma — was merely looking for some light (specifically one that shines upon a reunion »
- Kenny Herzog
Beatty will star as Howard Hughes, as well as produce the project. There is no word on who Sheen will portray.
Back in December, Sheen was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. »
Frequent Francis Ford Coppola collaborator and editor Walter Murch (he’s been there since 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” all the way through 2009’s “Tetro”) famously cuts his movies standing up because surgeons, cooks, and music conductors—all fields and processes that Murch has compared to editing—are standing as they perform their jobs. At last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, Murch stood in front of a crowd for 90 minutes for an editing masterclass, and the video has surfaced for your education. Building on the ideas he’s presented in documentaries like the great “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing” and “Murch: Walter Murch on Editing,” Murch takes the festival crowd through a lecture and presentation on the history of editing and uses the 2013 Higgs-Boson particle documentary “Particle Fever” to explain the editing process. The masterclass is just under 90 minutes, and if you’ve ever been interested in what goes on in the editing room, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Movies with perfect pace aren’t those that move quickly or slowly - they’re the ones that move at the right speed for the story being told and the style being used to tell them. There are lots of movies that I love which fail the pace test, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Superman (1978), Dawn Of The Dead (1979), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Taxi Driver (1976).
Consider in this list - and those aforementioned that didn’t make it to the finals - that pace is not the only thing a film needs to offer, and that it can still be a terrible film even if it is well-paced. So this is not a collection of ‘best’ movies - it’s a collection of movies with great…
What contrasts. What innovation. Hitch’s adaptation of Robert Bloch’s gory, Ed Gein-inspired shocker knows exactly when to speed you uncomfortably to an uncomfortable place, »
A 3D movie entitled Higher Mission starring Casper Van Dien as a Us Senator trying to prevent corrupt Russian politicians from being transformed by God into giant rats, from the producer of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now? What an age we live in.
Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson also executive produced Uhf so, after reading the rather lengthy synopsis below, you might find yourself surprised that Higher Mission wasn’t one of the parody programs “Weird” Al Yankovic aired on that network.
From Academy Award-winning producer Gray Frederickson comes a stereoscopic 3D movie that revolves around a highly respected United States senator, John Perryman, who gets a higher calling from superior forces above. Through his dreams he is given an important mission: to expose and to warn the corrupted government officials of Russia to stop taking bribes or else the superior forces will literally turn them into rats.
The Russian »
While many of Empire’s top 25 greatest films would make excellent stage productions – and in a way, Rushmore’s Max Fischer has already done Apocalypse Now – currently only Back To The Future is actually making the journey. Bob Gale, co-writer of the greatest of all teen time-travel adventures, spoke to Empire about the stage extravaganza that was announced last month.“Sometimes you have an idea and 24 hours later you go, ‘What was I thinking?’, Gale say of the genesis of the show. “This wasn’t one.”Gale and Zemeckis are currently steaming ahead with an adaptation that ramps up our 2015 excitement levels – already pretty silly – to just plain daft. Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard are penning the tunes for the Universal Stage Productions production.“Bob [Zemeckis] and I have always said that we’ll never do a part four, we’ll never authorise a remake, we were always protective of the franchise, »
Legendary film editor, sound designer, writer, translator, amateur astronomer and director Walter Murch needs no introduction. (Oh, what the hell, his credits include The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tetro and more.) In addition to being a great filmmaker, he’s also a great teacher and talker about film. Here, at the 2013 Sheffield Doc Fest, where he accompanied the doc, Particle Fever, he gives an inspiring speech on film editing, technology, audience expectation, how film grammar is changing with digital technologies, and physics. Don’t miss this. »
- Scott Macaulay
With Cheap Thrills finally arriving today on Movies On Demand, I’m willing to bet that a lot of you are planning to cuddle up tonight and descend into this movie's fast track to madness.
At its center Cheap Thrills shows an encounter between the conniving and the conflicted, focusing on two old acquaintances that force themselves to challenge each other with extreme acts of deplorable human behavior. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun, and they win lots of money.
Ph: Oh, Dread Central, the Rastafarian magazine, right?
DC: (laughs) That’s right. We only cover horror films from Jamaica.
Ee: (laughing) That’s probably one of your top shelves! That was really good, »
- Drew Tinnin
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