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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
Last night on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," Will Ferrell, who did an Olympic figure skating routine to the theme song from "Downton Abbey" and co-starred in a Nick Jr. show called "Ew" with Fallon and Michelle Obama, announced that "Anchorman 2" would be returning to theaters for a week, in a completely separate, R-rated version. The movie, described as "super-sized," will hit theaters (again) on February 28th. Check out the trailer below, via Entertainment Weekly.
On "The Tonight Show," Ferrell said that he and director Adam McKay briefly contemplated splitting the sequel into two separate halves. Instead, they had editors working on parallel cuts of a single movie, so this re-release will be completely different, featuring almost 800 brand new jokes and raunchier material (it was rated R by the MPAA).
McKay and Ferrell are notorious for shooting way, way, way too much footage. On the commentary track for "Step Brothers" (which, »
- Drew Taylor
The footage from the set of Apocalypse Now that formed the iconic documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse featured an embittered Francis Ford Coppola battling the elements, unruly actors, and his own creative impulses. Coppola outlasted, delivered a masterful final film, and secured the right to pursue his dream project as a follow-up — a musical entitled One from the Heart. The [...] »
- Zade Constantine
Chicago – Lara Croft is all about her boobs. I mean, seriously. I don’t mean to be this guy, but if you’re a gamer who was around to play or hear about the initial “Tomb Raider,” the first thing your subconscious brings to mind – most likely – is Ms. Croft’s green tank top and those not-quite-round polygonal boobies.
Heck, the second game had a level where Lara runs around in a bathrobe shotgunning dudes. Much like how Indiana Jones is the hat and whip, Lara Croft is her sex appeal.
Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0
In today’s day and age, this is kind of a problem. After numerous sequels, sidequels and puzzle games that have attempted to turn the “Tomb Raider” image into something a little more respectable, it looks like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC reboot of “Tomb Raider” did just that. So it’s a bit ironic then »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Charlie Sheen (TV's Two and a Half Men) is back and badder than ever when Anger Management: Volume Three arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD April 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The third volume of the hilarious hit FX series Anger Management, showcasing some of Charlie Sheen's finest antics, also stars Selma Blair (The Sweetest Thing, Cruel Intentions), Shawnee Smith (Saw) and Martin Sheen (TV's The West Wing, Apocalypse Now).
Anger Management: Volume Three follows Charlie Goodman (Charlie Sheen), a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary-patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend (Selma Blair), his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith) whose positive »
When British director Ben Wheatley’s new film A Field in England was released in the U.K. last year one newspaper hailed the 17th century drama as “Apocalypse Now among the hedgerows.” Certainly this latest movie from the director of Sightseers, Kill List, and the forthcoming, Tom Hiddleston-starring High-Rise makes for an unforgettable experience as audiences here will discover when the film arrives in select cinemas and on VOD tomorrow.
- Clark Collis
Exclusive: Apocalypse Now star to lead cast on Goldcrest horror.
Goldcrest will be talking to buyers at the Efm about the 2013 Blacklist and Bloodlist project which is due to shoot this summer in London, with additional casting underway.
Based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, producers are Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch).
Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are executive producers with Goldcrest Post handling picture and sound post production. Sheen is repped by ICM.
Øvredal told Screen: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Horror creeps ever closer in the third hour of True Detective, and Rust Cohle and Martin Hart may not be doing all they can to slow the arrival. After last week’s episode (read the review here) revealed more about both characters, the most recent entry in the eight-part season dug still deeper into the good and the bad inside the detectives portrayed by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – but mostly the bad. Spoilers follow for the third episode “The Locked Room”.
Not long ago, if you told me the hunky McConaughey and the thick-jawed slacker Harrelson would be in a show together and the latter would be the one involved in a love triangle, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. In a distinct continuation of the character arc presented in the first two episodes, Harrelson’s Hart is far from the family man he pretends to be, »
- Matt Hannigan
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” Let’s face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children’s picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate—that is, the best—scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying, sexy, and awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Coen brothers excel at creating excellent soundtracks for their films. A good soundtrack can be the difference between a scene falling flat or becoming an unforgettable cinematic moment; where would the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now be without Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring out of the speakers?
Longtime Coen-collaborator Carter Burwell has composed music for almost every one of the brothers’ films and while his work is always good, the Coens really come into their element when they choose pre-existing music for their scores. So well is this music integrated that you forget the song wasn’t composed solely for that film, creating some truly iconic moments.
Few filmmakers are as skilled as the Coen brothers at building their movies around the music they use. Often their soundtracks feel natural, and so fitting that films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski effortlessly seem »
- Matt Seton
When John Milius first put pen to paper on a screenplay that set Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel Heart of Darkness in the jungles of Vietnam, he had no idea he’d be embarking on a decade-long trip through creative hell. When George Lucas dropped out of directing Apocalpyse Now in favor of making Star Wars, he had no idea he’d be subjecting his friend and fellow director, Francis Ford Coppola, to the wrath of the filmmaking gods. And when Coppola—with dreams in his eyes of his own company that would make ambitious films with directors like himself—packed up his family and left for the Philippines, he had no idea he was in for years of creative frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, and near-financial ruin.
Perhaps Eleanor knew something. Francis’s wife had the foresight to chronicle her family’s odyssey on videotape. This footage—along with »
- John Gilpatrick
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
“Certain experiences you can’t survive, and afterward, you don’t fully exist, even if you failed to die. Everything that happened…is still happening, only now it’s 20 years later, and what happened is just story.”—from the novel Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
“Strange is the night where black stars rise.” – from The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
True Detective is many things at once—an immersive character study, a gripping head-trippy murder mystery, a psychological profile of the anti-hero zeitgeist, a tour de force for Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But simply and deeply, it is »
- Jeff Jensen
D irector Kamal Swaroop, by answering a volley of questions by his associate Cuckoo, explains his film Om- Dar-Ba-Dar which has already been written about as an ‘entertaining’ and ‘eccentric’ film.
What does ‘Om- Dar-b-Dar’ signify?
I am door by door. Like a moon-frog in a well. Provincial as a TV set. Home on wheels. On a mass level, a train. Travel and rest at once- hold all.
What are the sounds on the titles?
Brass and band. Roadside rehearsal. In the end music.
And the image after?
Outside a travelling cinema. Women deciding to watch or not watch. In a hamlet, Jai Santoshi Maa.
What is before the titles?
Om and ice cream is the dessert, and petrol fumes. And an astrologer who said, “If you make ‘Om- Dar-b-Dar’, the image won’t come. No motor for you ever.” He had a big nose.
And inside the theatre? »
- Kamal Swaroop
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street contains more F-words and derivatives of it (506) than any other movie drama thus far. But with nine others already containing more per minute (Nil By Mouth is tops at 3.34, against Wolf's 2.83), the work for expletive-friendly directors seems plentiful. And with every F-bomb comes more work for editors skilled in dubbing over such expletives for different markets, age groups and broadcast times:
■ The version of Fargo originally overdubbed for Us channel TNT is considered a classic because of the variety of its alternatives for the F-word and its derivatives. One F-word remains, possibly because – having run the gamut from freakin', fruitless, fruitful, frizzin, froozin and freezin' to flip, faking, forget, feel and full-of – the editor was simply lost for a word.
■ Ken Locke, known »
- John Hind
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