12 items from 2012
Above: 1999 Japanese poster for La jetée (Chris Marker, France, 1962). Designer: unknown.
This Sunday I will be posting my 366th post on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr, meaning that I have managed to keep up this endeavor for an entire year, not yet skipping a day. Back in early July I wrote about the blog and posted the 20 most popular (most liked and reblogged) posters to date. With the year anniversary approaching I thought I would do the same thing, tallying the 20 most popular posters of the past four months. Movie Poster of the Day’s viewership has grown exponentially in the interim and as of writing it has 56,964 followers, which blows my mind. You can scroll through the entire archive here.
The most popular poster of the past four months, and the second most popular of the entire year, was this Japanese B1 for La jetée, which I »
- Adrian Curry
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 13, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Volker Schlöndorff’s (The Handmaid’s Tale) 1979 war drama The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is based on Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed 1959 novel.
Oskar (David Bennent) is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks to bizarre, dangerous and memorable effect.
Characterized by its surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and strong, satirical tone, The Tin Drum is presented in German with English subtitles.
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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.
Heather Page has been named the new Texas Film Commission director, Austin Movie Blog reports. She's worked as a camera operator on a number of locally shot movies and TV shows, is a former Texas Film Commission staff member and is on the board of the Society of Camera Operators.Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to Texas filmmaker Terence Malick's new film To The Wonder. The film, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of a man who reconnects with his childhood sweetheart after his marriage to a European woman fails.Do you have no game? Neither does Scott, the overweight and overbearing fantasy role-playing gamer in the Austin-shot movie film Zero Charisma, from filmmakers Katie Graham, Andrew Matthew and Thomas Fernandes, which will screen as part of the Afs Narratives-In-Progress series at 7 pm tonight in the Afs Screening Room. »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
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Jean-Claude Carrière welcomes me into the former gaming house and den of iniquity that he has called home for nearly half his 80 years; the 19th-century building stands in a sun-dappled Parisian courtyard. It's a glorious afternoon, and I apologise for being so demonstrably English in remarking on that fact, but the legendary screenwriter – tall, with salt-and-pepper stubble and warm, alert eyes – waves away my words. "Why shouldn't we discuss it?" he chuckles. "At least everyone can agree on the weather." Imagine the sense of social rupture if they didn't. "I have a little of that," he confesses, settling into an armchair in a high-ceilinged living room where wooden sculptures stand guard over Persian rugs. "Coming from »
- Ryan Gilbey
Amour: director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant The Cannes Film Festival 2012‘s Palme d’Or winner? Well, though the two — critical raves, Palme d’Or — don’t always go hand in hand, the most widely acclaimed presentation at Cannes this year was Michael Haneke‘s tale of love and death, Amour / Love, starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. So, I’m betting on Amour. [See also Cannes 2012: Best Actor Predictions; Cannes 2012: Best Actress Predictions; several Amour review snippets; the French-language Amour trailer.] In case Amour does take home the Palme d’Or, that’ll be Michael Haneke’s second win in three years: Haneke’s The White Ribbon, about Germany’s Nazi generation (long before they became Nazis), received Cannes’ top prize in 2009. That would also be a record-breaking small gap between Palme d’Ors: Bille August had to wait four years (Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; The Best Intentions, 1992); Francis Ford Coppola five years (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979, tied with Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum »
- Andre Soares
A lot has been written about Volker Schlondorff's film adaptation of Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum. The film is considered one of the most evocative pieces of cinematic art concerning World War II to come out of Germany. I won't pretend that I have much of substance to add to the mountain of critical appraisal for this film, which is massive. I will concern this review more with the release put together by Arrow Academy that is absolutely superb and marks the English language debut of Schlondorff's director's cut of the film which adds about thirty minutes of additional context to a film that is already a masterpiece.Volker Schlondorff's original cut of The Tin Drum ran right around two hours and forty-five minutes. This cut »
Two milestones hit for Francis Ford Coppola this weekend. The legendary filmmaker celebrated his 73rd birthday on Saturday, April 7th (happy belated, Francis) and, on the same day, observed the 38th anniversary of the opening of one of his most artistic efforts, 1974’s “The Conversation.”
Released into theaters just a few months before Richard Nixon resigned as President, the film was commonly interpreted to be a commentary on Watergate. But in actuality, Coppola had written the outline way back in 1966 but couldn’t get financing together until after “The Godfather” became a massive commercial and critical success. After battling Paramount throughout the production of the crime family classic, the studio wound up backing “The Conversation,” which Coppola worked on at the same time as “The Godfather Part II.”
Featuring one of the finest performances of Gene Hackman’s career (one that the actor reportedly considers his favorite) and embodying the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Getty German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass reads an excerpt of his novel “The Tin Drum” at the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt October 16, 2009.
In his 1939 elegy for W. B. Yeats, trying tacitly to pardon the Irish Nobel Laureate’s flirtations with Fascism at the end of his life, W. H. Auden coined a commonplace: “poetry makes nothing happen.” In the past twenty-four hours, however, Günter Grass has demonstrated that a German Nobel Laureate can cause quite a »
- Moira G. Weigel
Andrew Stanton doesn't look like the guy who has earned Pixar more than $1.3bn. You'd think that, as lead writer on the Toy Story trilogy and the writer and director of Finding Nemo and Wall-e, he'd surely walk with at least a mild swagger. He's utterly anonymous in jeans, blue shirt and glasses in a post-production studio in London. I almost expect him to be serving coffee and pastries.
He flew in from the west coast of America just the day before and should be hideously jetlagged, but he's friendly, urbane, focused. He's here to polish the final few scenes of John Carter, his first shift from animation into live-action. The film is an adaptation of Princess of Mars, the first in »
- Amy Raphael
The adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel begins promisingly, but soon drowns in treacly sentimentality
In 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Centre were an unloved New York landmark that became overnight a palpable absence on the skyline and a complex emblem for our tormented times. In his distinguished book Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, published in December of that year, architect and film-maker James Sanders called them "that most overbearing symbol of the new city": he was discussing their unlovely role in Three Days of the Condor (the film's villain, the CIA, had its headquarters there), and in the 1976 version of King Kong.
The book was in proof the week of 9/11 and Sanders considered removing these opprobrious references, but wisely decided this would distort the way Manhattan was perceived by both himself and his readers. Others reacted more precipitately, and film-makers cut shots of »
- Philip French
★★★☆☆ Calm at Sea (La mer à l'aube, 2012), the latest work to come from Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum, 1979) director Volker Schlöndorf, is a classically presented - if unremarkable - World War Two drama that depicts the execution of 150 French POWs by German occupying forces in October 1941. Whilst lacking the surrealist edge of Die Blechtrommel, Schlöndorf successfully evokes memories of Italian neorealist classics such as Rome, Open City (1945) through the careful use of multiple interweaving storylines. Read more » »
Denzel Washington, Dionne Warwick, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Dietmar Bär: Golden Camera Awards Initially a television award, the German weekly Hörzu's Golden Camera Award now covers a variety of categories, including movies, music, sports, pop culture, and even activism. Unlike the German Film Academy's prestigious Lola Awards — Germany's equivalent of the Oscars — the Golden Camera is basically a pop award. At a ceremony held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Berlin headquarters of Hörzu's publishing house Axel Springer, this year's winners in the international movie categories were Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington, while Morgan Freeman received a Lifetime Achievement trophy. A couple of weeks ago, Freeman received a similar honor — the Cecil B. DeMille Award — from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Additionally, Dionne Warwick received her own Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera in the music category. Now, not that the U.S. media would know or care about this little detail, »
- Andre Soares
12 items from 2012
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