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Pablo Larraín’s 10 Favorite Films

29 November 2016 1:23 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s been working as a director for over a decade, but 2016 heralds the international break-out for Pablo Larraín. Not only did the Chilean filmmaker’s subversive drama The Club finally get a U.S. release earlier this year — the Berlinale premiere of which led to talking with jury member Darren Aronofsky, who would present him with what would be his Hollywood debut, Jackie — he also has two more features arriving in December. Along with the aforementioned Natalie Portman-led drama coming this week, he also has Chile’s Oscar entry, the formally thrilling Neruda starring Gael García Bernal, hitting theaters two weeks later.

It’s ideal time, then, to take a look at the films that have most influenced him. Culling from his submission of his top 10 films for the latest BFI Sight & Sound poll, his selections are a Film School 101 of formally distinctive landmarks. Featuring classics from Kubrick, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Dennis Hopper’s 110-Piece Vinyl Collection Is Being Sold For $150K

28 November 2016 11:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Dennis Hopper passed away in May 2010, he left behind a handful of iconic movie performances thanks to the likes of “Apocalypse Now,” “Hoosiers” and “Blue Velvet.” But it turns out those weren’t the only things, as Pitchfork reveals the late actors massive vinyl collection is now being sold for $150,000. The collection, which includes 110 vinyls, is now for sale on the womenswear retail site Moda Operandi, with part of the proceeds going to the The Future Heritage Fund.

Read More: The 10 Best Dennis Hopper Performances

As you’d expect from the man who gave us such cinematic classics as “Easy Rider,” Hopper’s collection is made up culture-defining musicians like Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen and Simon and Garfunkel. Handwritten notes to the actor from artists are also included, as well as some unreleased material he acquired throughout the years. Check out pictures of the collection below, courtesy of  Moda Operandi. »

- Zack Sharf

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Mario Cornejo’s “Apocalypse Child” presents an entertaining view of the Phillippines

28 November 2016 4:56 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

With the image I had of the Philippines being largely formed by the ragtag surroundings of poorness and drama, Brillante Mendoza paints on his films, “Apocalypse Child” was a surprise for me, as the scenery of the beach in Baler provides a radically different perspective on the country.

The script is inspired by the shooting of “Apocalypse Now” in the area, as the crew of the film had quite a lot of “contact” with local girls, with many of those affairs resulting in illegitimate children. One of those children is Ford, a champion surfer, whose mother, Chona supposedly had him with Francis Ford Coppola himself (thus the name), when she was just 14 years old. At the time the story begins, Ford has a new girlfriend, Fiona, who seems to have touched something very deep inside him. However, when his childhood friend Rich, currently a senator, returns in the area with Serena, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Scorsese Answers our Prayers with Astonishing First Silence Trailer

22 November 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Martin Scorsese leaps right into this year's Oscar race with Silence, his epic new adaptation of Shûsaku Endô's novel. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star as Portuguese Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan in the 17th Century. Their mission is to track down their former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), and help re-establish the Catholic Church's foothold in the country, following a violent crackdown by the ruthless magistrate. Scorsese penned the screenplay with Jay Cocks (The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York), and there's more than a passing whiff of Conrad's Heart of Darkness - and by extension Apocalypse Now - to the plot. Scorsese has also recruited some formidable Japanese talent, including Shinya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase and Nana Komatsu, to fill out his international...

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Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan on Bloody Directorial Debut

22 November 2016 6:44 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"There was blood everywhere – a lotta blood," Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells Rolling Stone with glee in his voice. "It was on my shoes. It was on my jacket. It'd be on monitors."

The percussionist, who also works as a photographer and provides his band with many of its stomach-churning visuals, is talking about Officer Downe, the first feature film he's directed. The movie, which just came out, is an adaptation of the gory graphic novel of the same name about a policeman who is brought back from the »

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See Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson in Turbulent 'Kong: Skull Island' Trailer

17 November 2016 7:29 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The new trailer for Kong: Skull Island pays homage to iconic Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now. Helicopters swoop into a jungle, except here the band of soldiers and scientists run into King Kong, who quickly destroys most of them, leaving behind only a small band of survivors.

That group includes members of the film's star-studded cast including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. On the island, they meet a slightly addled John C. Reilly, who appears to provide the movie's comic relief and ally with the native inhabitants. »

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Trailer: Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston Unleash Cinema’s Most Iconic Beast

17 November 2016 4:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kong: Skull Island” set Comic-Com a buzz over the summer with a two-minute trailer that looked more like a Vietnam-era war film than a traditional monster movie (many people jumped at “Apocalypse Now” comparisons, and they weren’t necessarily wrong). Warner Brothers has finally premiered the official trailer, and it defies expectations once again.

Read More: ‘Kong: Skull Island’: The Beast Awakens In First Poster

The set up for this new reimagining of the Kong legend is fairly routine: A scientific expedition heads to the the titular island and awakens its most iconic beast. What looks to set this adventure blockbuster a part from the rest is an epic cast, including John C. Reilly, Tom Hiddleston. John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson and Oscar winner Brie Larson, and some eye-popping direction from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the indie breakout behind “Kings Of Summer.”

Kong: Skull Island” lands in theaters March 10, 2017. Watch the heart-pounding first trailer below. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Cafe Society’ Cinematographer on the Importance of Art, Light, Color

15 November 2016 11:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — Triple Oscar-winner Vittorio Storaro was not easily won over to digital cinematography. But, as he told a packed room of admirers at Camerimage this week, “Progress can be sped up or slowed down; it cannot be stopped.”

Thus, in working out the best approach for following Woody Allen’s vision for “Cafe Society,” he said, the two joined the digital age armed with old school craft.

Working deliberately to create two visual worlds for the film’s main characters — a cramped, cold, pre-World War II New York, and a sunny, wide open Los Angeles of the same period, they studied modern art, Renaissance lighting and German post-expressionism.

The bold images of Tamara De Lempicka and Georgia O’Keeffe helped inspire shots of the world of the larger-than-life Hollywood producer played by Steve Carell, said Storaro.

Vintage Manhattan nightlife, meanwhile, was helped along by studying Modernists, while cramped Bronx »

- Will Tizard

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Top Ten Takeaways: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Lead Box Office Rebound

7 November 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two box office reliables, Marvel Productions and DreamWorks Animation, led the way to a standout early November weekend boasting the best totals since “Suicide Squad” debuted three months ago. “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” were both expected to do well. But both exceeded predictions and along with Mel Gibson’s return to directing, “Hacksaw Ridge,” contributed to the most encouraging results overall since this spring.

The Top Ten

1. Doctor Strange (Disney) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $165 million

$84,989,000 in 3,882 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,893; Cumulative: $84,989,000

2. Trolls (20th Century Fox) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 56; Est. budget: $125 million

$45,600,000 in 4,060 theaters; PTA: $11,232; Cumulative: $45,600,000

3. Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 71; Est. budget: $40 million

$14,750,000 in 2,886 theaters; PTA: $5,111; Cumulative: $14,750,000

4. Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) Week 3 – Last weekend #1

$7,800,000 (-55%) in 2,334 theaters (-65); PTA: $3,491; Cumulative: $64,990,000

5. Inferno (Sony)  Week 2 – Last weekend #2

$6,250,000 (-58%) in 3,576 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,748; Cumulative: $26,058,000

6. The Accountant (Warner Bros.) Week 4 – Last weekend #4

$5,950,000 (-%) in 2,688 theaters »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Is TV Now More Effective Than Film?

5 November 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on whether TV is now more effective than film…

Television is fun but it could never compete with the power of cinema.

That is a statement that was once true and now isn’t. The landscape has changed and we have changed with it. Television for the longest time was a means to bring families together, to gather them around and provide them with information, information above ideas. Its role wasn’t to compete with film — that would be impossible. It was to supplement. It was a completely different medium, a completely different art form. Watching an episode of Mash was not the same as watching a film like The Godfather. They weren’t even comparable. Distinction between today’s most potent and effective TV shows and the best cinema has to offer in 2016 is a lot harder to make.

The two mediums in today’s landscape are swallowing each other. »

- Samuel Brace

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Little Fauss and Big Halsy

29 October 2016 2:43 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Redford's back and Pollard's got him! Or is it Lauren Hutton? Sidney J. Furie fully earns his shaky reputation with this motorcycle buddy picture. Most of the energy seems to have gone into the deal, not the movie. Great cinematography, but it's for fans that want to look at a shirtless Sundance Kid. I know you're out there. Little Fauss and Big Halsy Blu-ray Olive Films 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton, Noah Beery Jr., Lucille Benson, Ray Ballard, Linda Gaye Scott, Erin O'Reilly. Cinematography Ralph Woolsey Film Editor Argyle Nelson Jr. Art Direction Lawrence G. Paull Songs Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins Written by Charles Eastman Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Directed by Sidney J. Furie

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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- Glenn Erickson

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Stockholm Film Festival to open with 'I, Daniel Blake'

18 October 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 27th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 9 - 20) will present 200 films from 70 countries.

The Stockholm International Film Festival will kick-off with Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake, followed by a mid-festival ‘middle film’ screening in the shape of Nate Parker’s Birth of A Nation, and will close with Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea.

Directors attending the festival include Francis Ford Coppola (who will receive the lifetime achievement award, present a public talk, and screen Apocalypse Now), Ken Loach, Francois Ozon (who receives the festival’s Visionary Award), Ira Sachs, Alice Lowe, Mark Cousins, Anne Fontaine, Gabe Klinger, and many more.

The festival’s main competition line-up is:

A Decent Woman by Lukas Valenta Rinner (Arg, S Kor, Aus)A Taste Of Ink by Morgan Simon (Fr)Albüm by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Tur, Fr, Rom)Are We Not Cats by Xander Robin (Us)Birth Of A Nation by [link »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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[Nyff Review] The Lost City of Z

17 October 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It is the little-stated, undeniable truth that critics are surrounded by a nearly countless number of factors when experiencing the work they’ve been assigned to review. Presentation is rarely treated as a basic on the level of form, theme, or auteurist interest, and most mentions will come only if something had gone terribly wrong. This issue sometimes being rather important, I feel compelled to say James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is a rather forceful thing when projected on 35mm, as befits the writer-director’s wishes and with which the New York Film Festival, premiering this picture as the closing title of their 54th year, complied. I can and will compliment the movie for a number of reasons not necessarily pertaining to what material it was printed on and what machine it came out of, so let it be stated upfront that this is most likely the best (only? »

- Nick Newman

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New York Film Review: ‘The Lost City of Z’

15 October 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kurtz, the fabled central figure in “Heart of Darkness,” entered a primitive jungle world and made himself over into its homicidal master. His colonial malevolence was echoed in two landmark films of the ’70s: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” in which Klaus Kinski’s bug-eyed, raving conquistador led a jungle odyssey into madness, and “Apocalypse Now,” in which Martin Sheen’s burnt-out assassin discovered, in Marlon Brando, a different kind of Kurtz — a philosopher of war’s evil, a leader who had gone “insane” only because he was the only one who saw Vietnam with utter clarity. But in “The Lost City of Z,” set within the British Empire during the early decades of the 20th century, the English explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) spends years seeking out the natives of the Amazonian jungle — and the mystery behind them — with a sense of purpose that is never less than high and mighty, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘The Lost City Of Z’ Is A Beautifully Old-Fashioned Adventure — Nyff Review

15 October 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If not for the ineffably modern hollowness of Charlie Hunnam’s speaking voice, or the distinct rind of 21st century celebrity that still clings to co-star Robert Pattinson like the dying traces of yesterday’s cologne, someone could easily be fooled into thinking that “The Lost City of Z” was shot 40 years ago. In fact, that might be the greatest compliment a viewer could pay writer-director James Gray (“The Immigrant”), a man who seems increasingly determined to revive the glory days of our national cinema, when movies were pictures and auteurs were mavericks. Gray pulls from the past as liberally as Quentin Tarantino, but without the ego — he doesn’t try to process his influences through the slaughterhouse of his own fetishes, he simply wants to Make American Movies Great Again.

Uncommonly sumptuous, patient and textured for a movie with such little emotional heat or staying power, “The Lost City of Z »

- David Ehrlich

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Why Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Is an Important Mess (Opinion)

15 October 2016 7:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” represents both a massive step forward for moviemaking and a painful reminder that innovation comes at a price. It is a beautiful mess.

The film is shot in 120 frames-per-second, 4K resolution and in 3D, the first film of its kind to be produced at the accelerated speed.  Lee has said he decided to work in the format in order to produce a crisper image, and, after seeing the film at its New York Film Festival premiere on Friday, I can report that the higher frame rate gives the picture a hyper-reality that is at once galvanizing and disquieting.

The first moments of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” unfold in a darkened hotel room with the title character, a soldier, waking up to a ringing cellphone. He’s overslept, and as he pushes the covers back and steps out of the bed in his underwear, »

- Brent Lang

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Carlton Cuse: How Staying Zen Makes Him One of TV’s Most Prolific Showrunners

14 October 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Carlton Cuse is a busy man. He recently signed a deal with Amazon Studios for ten episodes of his new “Jack Ryan” series, an action packed spy thriller written originally by famous writer of espionage Tom Clancy. And the new series is one of four shows backed by Cuse as an executive producer, which also include “Bates Motel,” “Colony” and “The Strain.” With his experience and almost supernatural ability to juggle a hectic workload (although he admits he has some leeway, as he was able to set up all of his production offices along the Ventura Blvd corridor), the Writers Guild asked him to explain his approach to writing and collaboration, and how to be an effective showrunner.

Here are some of his tips for writers and showrunners alike.

Things Will Change

Cuse says when “Lost” finished, one of the executives at ABC gave Cuse and Damon Lindelof a letter »

- Zipporah Smith

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Carlton Cuse: How Staying Zen Makes Him One of TV’s Most Prolific Showrunners

14 October 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Carlton Cuse is a busy man. He recently signed a deal with Amazon Studios for ten episodes of his new “Jack Ryan” series, an action packed spy thriller written originally by famous writer of espionage Tom Clancy. And the new series is one of four shows backed by Cuse as an executive producer, which also include “Bates Motel,” “Colony” and “The Strain.” With his experience and almost supernatural ability to juggle a hectic workload (although he admits he has some leeway, as he was able to set up all of his production offices along the Ventura Blvd corridor), the Writers Guild asked him to explain his approach to writing and collaboration, and how to be an effective showrunner.

Here are some of his tips for writers and showrunners alike.

Things Will Change

Cuse says when “Lost” finished, one of the executives at ABC gave Cuse and Damon Lindelof a letter »

- Zipporah Smith

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Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation Restores Abel Gance’s Monumental ‘La Roue’

12 October 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the wake of receiving Pathé’s silent film library last year, the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation, founded in 2014 and headed by Sophie Seydoux, is planning to restore Abel Gance’s monumental “La Roue” (The Wheel) in its original six-hour version, as a pan-European endeavor.

The Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation occupies the historic Gaumont Gobelins cinema building in Paris, that has been subjected to a spectacular renovation project by architect Renzo Piano.

Film restorations undertaken to date include Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux,” Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” and Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”

Now entering its third-year of activity, one of Sophie Seydoux’s main priorities is film restoration. Restoration of Abel Gance’s pic “La Roue” is its most ambitious project to date.

The pan-European project involves the French Cinematheque, Cineteca di Bologna, with which the Foundation has a close working relationship, German pubcaster Zdf (especially »

- Martin Dale

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The Siege Of Jadotville Review

8 October 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Across cinema history, few genres have been as enduring and controversial as those releases bold enough to directly tackle the subject of war. Perhaps this is to be expected considering the divisive nature of many of history’s most memorable conflicts – which are often still capable of inciting debate – and the implicit drama both on and off the battlefield that can be mined in a wartime narrative. While the setting and precise message of war films may differ from one filmmaker’s vision to the next, the constant theme is that such conflicts are rarely as black and white as they may seem. The Siege of Jadotville – the new film from first-time director Richie Smyth – fits that description perfectly but not in the way some viewers may expect.

Set in 1961, the film – written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine) – stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, an Irish soldier with no battle »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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