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The art of film editing isn't exactly a subject that will get even the most devoted of cinephiles excited. It's a hidden art, a laborious task and often an undersung skill in the filmmaking world, with few "celebrity" practitioners. Martin Scorsese's regular collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker is probably the most "famous," and ranking right up there with her is Walter Murch. The Oscar winner was the man who brought "Apocalypse Now" down to size, helped reshape Orson Welles' "Touch Of Evil" and lend his touch to "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The English Patient." And if you're going to listen to someone talk editing, he's the guy you'll want to pay attention to. Murch recently sat down with Jon Favreau at the Academy event "Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception," and this excerpt of their talk is pretty fascinating stuff. The discussion kicks off with Francis Ford Coppola »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before he sunk a studio with Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino made The Deer Hunter. Released just three years after the horrific reality of the Vietnam War came to an end, and one year before Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now quickly took it into the realm of metaphors and nightmares, Cimino’s sweeping character study occupied the uneasy segue between war and ‘post’-war. In fact, the aching beauty of The Deer Hunter in every frame evokes a sense of post-everything; it’s very much concerned with pitting its central characters against a howling void of purposelessness, contrasted to their time spent in war-torn Vietnam where, between the chance of a bullet being in the chamber or not being in the chamber in the film’s famous Russian Roulette scene, there existed only clear, pure purpose.
- Gary Green
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. Once upon a time the Filipino film industry was second only to Hollywood in the number of films they released per year. That time was the ’70s and ’80s, but the odds are slim that you can even name a single locally-produced movie during that period. Pre and post Apocalypse Now the Philippines was the go-to locale for film productions looking for cheap crews, crazy stuntmen and geography that included everything from gorgeous jungles to bustling slums, but while foreign visitors churned out memorable features of varied quality local filmmakers struggled to make their mark beyond their own borders. That changed in 1981 with a little film called For Y’ur Height Only and its even smaller star, Weng Weng. A James Bond spoof ostensibly for kids, the lead was a 2’9″ man trained in karate and the art of wooing the ladies, and »
- Rob Hunter
Spartacus, Apocalypse Now, and even Kill Bill all suffered the slings and arrows of editorial misfortune, losing moments their creators thought really tied the project together. Of course, some auteurs go the other way and cut their films in length in order to really put a button on their classics, such as Ridley Scott's Alien clocking in a couple of minutes shorter than the original. In the tradition of those greats, we now have a cut of Muppets Most Wanted, as seen by its most reserved critics: Statler and Waldorf. USA Today was the lucky publication to gain access to the preferred version of one of this year's most underrated comedic gems, and it's a cut that has a lot to talk about. Mainly, the fact that the film is only made up of two scenes, both of which feature the creators to a certain extent. It's daring! It's bold! »
Is it possible for a single movie to capture James Brown in all his multitudes, contradictions and reinventions? Probably not, but “Get On Up” makes an admirable, fitfully successful stab at the life of the brilliant but volatile funk-soul legend who wore at least as many personalities and personas as he did nicknames and honorary titles. Arriving at the end of a high season for biopics of black historical and cultural figures (“42,” “Mandela,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), “Get On Up” runs shorter on the pandering simplifications and sanctifying airs that plagued those films, while still delivering a very digestible, authorized portrait that might best be described as “warts and some.” A strong marketing push by Universal and a dearth of adult-skewing fare bodes well for this Brian Grazer-Mick Jagger production, which clearly has its sights set on the late-summer sleeper success of both “The Butler” ($116 million) and director »
- Scott Foundas
Thursday was a big first day for live-blogging at San Diego Comic-Con. I live-blogged "Penny Dreadful," "Community," "Under the Dome" (ugh) and "24." Friday (July 25) started with "Big Bang Theory," which I'll write up later, but didn't live-blog. Now it's time for chaos, with live-blogs for "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and "Arrow," plus possibly "The Originals," depending on timing. Whee! Up first? The Hall H panel for "The Walking Dead," which is likely to be as big as any panel at Comic-Con, featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, showrunner Scott Gimple, franchise creator Robert Kirkman, long-running EPs Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, producer-director-makeup genius Greg Nicotero and moderator Chris Hardwick, who might as well be on the panel himself. Let's see what goes down! 12:25 p.m. We're running a bit late. But we'll be starting soon. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
The first trailer for Trash, the new film by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) and written by Richard Curtis (About Time) from the book by Andy Mulligan, has been released online, and you can view it below…
Build as a possible Oscar contender come awards season, Trash stars Rooney Mara (Her) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) in a story of three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. A police officer offers them a reward for this parcel but that makes them realize something’s amiss, and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they’re soon on a mission, having to lie, »
- Scott Davis
Right after Francis Ford Coppola turned a Mafia family’s travails into grand opera with 1972’s “The Godfather,” which went on to win 1972’s best-picture Oscar, he topped himself in 1974 with “The Godfather, Part II,” which became the first sequel to ever win the award. Later on, while preparing to film 1979’s “Apocalypse Now,” he tossed those Oscars out the window, shattering all but one. He was enraged that he couldn’t convince major stars such as Steve McQueen and Al Pacino to be his headliner. Eventually Marlon Brando did sign on. “The success … went to my head like a rush of perfume," Coppola recalled. "I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong.” Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
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I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »
Imagine you're one of the bosses at 20th Century Fox. Then imagine that you have a date set for a sequel to your surprise hit sci-fi sequel, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. That date is less than two years away, and your current director doesn't think he can have the film ready in time. He promptly departs.
So with the director's chair now absent, who do you give the project to?
Most people today would likely be shocked to think that in 1972, The Godfather went into the Oscars anything but a sure bet for Best Picture. Aside from Casablanca and Citizen Kane it is recognized as the greatest American film of all time and in hind sight most people forget that not only was it tied for nominations in 1972, but Coppola lost Best Director.
Because hindsight is anything but 20/20 when popular consensus takes over, the narrative of the Hollywood Renaissance is one of Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas getting snubbed for Taxi Driver, Jaws, Close Encounters, and Star Wars. But looking at the 1970s and the race for Best Director, what you see instead is two directors fighting it out for director of the decade, each earning three nominations.
- Mynt Marsellus
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Since Sledgehammer Games’ Vietnam-set Call of Duty title was canned late last year, we’ve gradually learned more and more about the ominous, never-to-be-seen game. And today, a trio of concept images have appeared online detailing some of the ideas behind the third-person spinoff.
In truth, the stills, which come courtesy of entertainment designer Eddie Del Rio, paint a bleak, Apocalypse Now-like picture of the studio’s shelved property. The stark visual style coupled with the jungle setting hints at a Call of Duty campaign that never was; all that seemed to be missing was a solemn voiceover from Martin Sheen.
Speaking with Cvg, the company’s co-founder Glen Schofield touched upon the thematic elements of the title, which would have taken inspiration from another reputable franchise that Schofield worked on while at Visceral Games.
“We had the underground tunnels. We were definitely getting some Dead Space moments. I »
- Michael Briers
There have been so many movies called The Caretakers that it's really easy to get confused which one is actually which. However, there's something that this latest one has that truly sets it apart from the pack as it stars Bill Johnson, who gave a much beloved performance as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
From the Press Release
Recently named the Kentucky Filmmakers of the Year, Big Biting Pig Productions has announced the release of their eighth feature film: The Caretakers.
The movie was filmed in Madisonville, Dawson Springs, and Princeton, Kentucky, as well as Nashville, Tennessee.
The World Premiere of The Caretakers will take place on June 28th, »
- Steve Barton
South Korean filmmaker, Joon-ho Bong, has never been afraid of mixing genres. In his latest and most challenging film to date, Snowpiercer, Bong mixes action, sci-fi and satire to create a delightfully twisted prison break story. Snowpiercer owes much of its effectiveness to an ingenious script that uses 3 discrete acts to effortlessly shift its tone and genre. The first act establishes the prison; delineating the rules, hierarchy and surreal conditions. The second act takes us through the prison; peeling away each layer of corruption with frenzied action and violence. Finally, the third act deconstructs the prison; exposing the true face of tyranny and the rationale behind it. It’s an audacious script that warrants deeper consideration.
The key to any good prison break movie is establishing the prison as its own character. Whether it’s the evil warden’s twisted idea of justice or the intricate kingdoms built by the inmates, »
- J.R. Kinnard
The trailer and poster for upcoming drama The Judge, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) have been released online through Robert Downey Jr.’s (Iron Man 3) official Twitter account. Check out both below…
Downey stars in and produces The Judge, which sees him as Hank Palmer, a big shot lawyer who returns to his hometown after his father (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now) is accused of murder, and sets out to find out the truth. His father, a judge himself, doesn’t hold the best of relationships with his son, and the two have been estranged for many years.
Also starring Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), The Judge hits Us cinemas October 10th, 2014, with a UK release a week later.
The post Trailer and poster for The Judge starring »
- Scott Davis
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