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Criterion Link Collection: October 6th 2015

6 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Here are a handful of links that I think are worth reading today, for discerning Criterion Collection fan.


Over on his Criterion Reflections blog, David has just posted his review of Mikio Naruse’s Scattered Clouds:

Since a couple years have passed between my last viewing of a Naruse film (1964’s Yearning, back in 2013, though not reviewed anywhere), I was thus quite eager to sit down and take in Scattered Clouds, available on Criterion’s Hulu channel (and only there, as no version of it on disc is anywhere to be found for the Region 1 market, anyway.)

Don’t miss the Criterion Collection As Haiku blog’s latest entry, on Lonesome.

Jonathan Rosenbaum has republished his review of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan on his blog, adding:

Even though this is favorable, I think I underestimated the achievement of this first feature; reseeing it a quarter of a century later, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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What’s Leaving HBO Now: October

30 September 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At the beginning of each month, HBO announces which films will be leaving its library. We collect the full list of titles here so that you can plan the most effective viewing strategy for the rest of the month. You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Screen: Gravity (2013)  Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 space thriller is a technical marvel, which is why we can’t wholeheartedly recommend that you stream it on anything less than a full-size projection set. If you can’t manage that, then sure, watch Sandra Bullock desperately try to survive as she hurdles toward earth on your laptop or phone, but just know you’re missing out. Leaves October 10. And Now for Something You Can Only Watch for One More Month: Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life (1983)  A collection of sketches about life, death, and making fun of large Catholic families. Not as beloved as Holy Grail or Life of Brian, »

- Jackson McHenry

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‘Brand: A Second Coming’ Review: Russell Brand Captured in Warts-and-All Documentary

22 September 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Very early in Ondi Timoner‘s new documentary “Brand: A Second Coming,” BBC commentator Jeremy Paxman is asked for his opinion of how British stand-up comic Russell Brand has apparently transformed himself from a serious funnyman into a political and social commentator who makes jokes. Paxman references a line from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” speaking to the great traditions of British humor even as he mocks Brand’s new mission to save the world by changing it: “He’s not the Messiah; he’s a very naughty boy.”   Also Read: Russell Brand Documentary 'Brand: A Second Coming »

- James Rocchi

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Bill Review – You Will Chuckle (A Lot) At This Silly Shakespeare Comedy

17 September 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Vertigo Films

Rating: ★★★

Bill is funny. There’s no better way to put it than that. I was chuckling from the simple-but-sharp opening crawl through to the Shakespeare medley finale, with a good few belly laughs along the way. If all you want is a comedy stuffed with jokes, rather than a forced heartfelt story with the odd humorous set-piece (which we’ve grown accustomed to from the genre in recent years), then you’re in for a good time.

The film comes from the same team behind Cbbc’s Horrible Histories, which became notable for appealing as much to parents as it did kids looking for a teatime treat. And those who’ve caught that show will know exactly what they’re in for here – a historical setting populated by a bunch of off-kilter characters, personified by period trappings suddenly making way for very modern tongues.

The big difference »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Incoming Ifta chair attacks Dsm

27 August 2015 8:35 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: On the eve of his third term as the trade association’s chairman, Michael Ryan has fired a broadside at European Commission proposals for a Digital Single Market.

The Gfm Films partner will officially transition into the role on September 24 when the Independent Film & Television Alliance (Ifta) holds its annual membership meeting, marking the third time he will have held the position.

In an interview with Screendaily, Ryan said he wanted to use Ifta’s voice to speak out against what he views as a threat to the livelihood of thousands of industry professionals.

“[The Dsm] is patently something that will destroy the independent film business if they pass it into law,” the incoming chairman said.

“We already have the ability to download and take our favourite programmes with us. We don’t need legislation from the European Union allowing it to be broadcast all over the place and deal a death blow to the independent film business »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Alex Reviews Absolutely Anything – The Absolute Worst Thing Monty Python Has Ever Done

18 August 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Rating: ★★

Everyone has something they regret. Bill Murray has Garfield. Josh Trank has saying yes to directing a superhero blockbuster. I have that article where I said Mad Max: Fury Road wouldn’t be that good. And now Monty Python has Absolutely Anything.

Oh, individually, Messrs Cleese, Palin, Jones and Idle have done worse things, but together – through their smartly silly sketch show and even more accomplished movies – they’ve never produced anything that comes close to this.

The Monty Python™ branding may be lacking from the film, with them only getting a passing mention in the marketing, but all the hallmarks are there. We open with an Idle-esque musical number, the director is Terry Jones and the surviving Pythons reunite to provide the voices of supreme beings who gift Simon Pegg with the power to do absolutely anything with just the flick of his wrist. At this point, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Movie Review – Absolutely Anything (2015)

13 August 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Absolutely Anything, 2015.

Directed by Terry Jones.

Starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Rob Riggle, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones.


A group of eccentric aliens give a man the power to do absolutely anything in order to determine if the Earth is worth saving.

The premise of Absolutely Anything will be familiar to fans of South Park.  In one particularly brilliant episode of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s irreverently astute show, “Pinewood Derby”, a self-professed intergalactic bank robbing alien called Baby Fark McGee-zax (which is of no relevance but is too good to ignore) lands on Earth to take everyone hostage while forcing Stan and Randy to recreate the warp speed that drew him there in the first place, so that he can make good his escape with his massive haul of space cash.  It turns out that *spoiler alert* it’s all an »

- Edward Gardiner

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John Cleese webchat – as it happened: 'Piers Morgan? Big M, small organ'

10 June 2015 6:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Is it possible to train your cat to be vegan? Would he ever present Top Gear? And what’s his beef with Piers Morgan. The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star answered your questions live - read his answers here.

3.45pm BST

That’s it! Thanks for all your questions. A final word from John:

This has been great fun, thanks for entertaining questions. Signed, A Non-Venemous Python.

2.29pm BST

David Gersch asks:

After reading your autobiography, I’m troubled on the conclusion of what type of Cheese you are, initially I thought of you as a Brie, sophisticated and elegant, then I noticed you more of a Goat Cheese, wanting to please everyone and losing yourself in doing so, but as you’ve matured I sense a Blue Cheese quality, an acquired taste. Mr Cleese what Cheese are you? in addition what are the other Pythons cheese types?

What kind of cheese am I? »

- Guardian Staff

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Trailer for Simon Pegg's Absolutely Anything Sci-Fi Comedy

4 May 2015 4:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a trailer for the upcoming "Absolutely Anything" sci-fi comedy, starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. Check it out below. Plot: A teacher (Pegg) at a failing secondary school is unexpectedly given great power by a group of aliens (Cleese, Gilliam, Palin), who are deciding whether planet Earth lives or dies based on his actions. The new movie is directed by Terry Jones (Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and is set to hit UK theaters on August 14th. A Us release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »

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Simon Pegg Has Absolute Power In Trailer For Absolutely Anything

3 May 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Considering his previous credits include Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it's no surprise that Terry Jones' latest effort, Absolutely Anything, promises to be a supremely silly of very British comedy. The first trailer sets up the premise perfectly, with a group of aliens (voiced by Jones and the rest of Monty Python) testing the capacity for good and evil in humanity by granting the power to do absolutely anything to a cynical teacher Neil (Simon Pegg). Of course, Neil wields this power in selfish ways, including giving himself the perfect body, immense success, and granting his the power of speech to his dog (voiced by Robin Williams in one of his final roles). The main meat of the story is thankfully kept under warps, and hopefully it remains there until the movie hits in a few months time, because this promises to »

- (Tom White)

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Absolutely Anything Trailer Gives Simon Pegg the Power

3 May 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Lionsgate UK has released the first official trailer for Terry Jones' (Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) new sci-fi comedy Almost Anything. The film stars Simon Pegg as Neil Clarke, a cynical school teacher who is granted the power to do anything as a part of an alien examination to judge the good and evil in humanity. Clarke uses his abilities in a number of silly and selfish ways including spying on his attractive neighbor (Kate Beckinsale), giving himself ripped abs, and granting his dog the power of speech, voiced by Robin Williams in one of his final roles. Absolutely Anything reunites Jones with his Monty Python colleagues John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin for the first time since 1983's The Meaning of Life. The comedic legends lend their voices to the power-hungry aliens who judge Pegg's character from space, determined to end »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Film Review: ‘Monty Python: The Meaning of Live’

2 May 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gold for fans, though unlikely to mean much to anyone else, “The Meaning of Live” chronicles the reunion of surviving Monty Python’s Flying Circus members as the famed comedy troupe plays its first live shows in 34 years. Mixing a performance record with a light recap of the group’s original heyday, Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary premiered on British TV last fall. Its current fest run is high-profile yet unlikely to generate much further bigscreen interest, with tube and download sales remaining the ingratiating pic’s principal outlets.

The five Pythons (Graham Chapman died in 1989) decide to perform live for the first time since 1980, for the simple reason that a lawsuit (underexplained here) has had a serious impact on some members’ finances. Ergo, they’re doing a 10-day run at London’s O2 stadium, where they’ll play nightly to crowds of 15,000 who’ll mostly have their eyes glued to the Jumbo-Tron. »

- Dennis Harvey

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Experts debate genre film finance models

15 April 2015 3:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The benefits and potential downfalls of film funds and the strength of genre films were among topics covered during Frontières panel at Bifff, hosted by Eave and moderated by Tailored FilmsRuth Treacy.

House of Netherhorror’s Jan Doense noted that one of the benefits of film funds in the European market when it came to genre films was that as it was soft money, they generally give “more artistic freedom”.

“The system gives the opportunity for original ideas to get funded in an easier way than in North America where there isn’t the support of a film fund.”

However, Xyz FilmsTodd Brown countered that support from film funds does have a potential downfall. “It’s certainly the company line about giving creative freedom, but what I see in Canada all the time is that it creates a cycle of dependence. Producers developing projects according to the tastes of the funding body as opposed to the »

- (Ian Sandwell)

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Mary J. Blige and Monty Python Live at the Tribeca Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-04-13 10:08:36

13 April 2015 2:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions at the Tribeca Film Festival

The World Premiere of Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions with Sam Smith, Disclosure, Sam Romans, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy directed by Sam Wrench and Monty Python naughty boys, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese and Eric Idle being celebrated on the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python And The Holy Grail are two of the live rousing special events at the Tribeca Film Festival.

James Rogan and Roger Graef's Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live

The international premiere of James Rogan and Roger Graef's documentary Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live and Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life and Life Of Brian round out the festivities with Q&As following each screening.

Mary J. Blige, in London Sessions, says it is "freedom" she likes about recording in London. It's about the »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Movies This Week: April 3-9, 2015

3 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


This weekend, the Austin Film Society continues with "Perfect Criminals: The 70's French Noir Connection" series, and Friday night has a killer (no pun intended) double feature on tap. Alain Delon stars in Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 gangster film Le Samourai (for a one-off screening) paired with Le Cercle Rouge, another Melville classic from 1970 that also stars Delon. The latter film will screen again on Monday night and both are presented in 35mm at the Marchesa. Amanda Wilder's Approaching The Elephant is screening on Tuesday for Doc Nights and David Lynch's Blue Velvet screens in 35mm on Wednesday night as part of the "Jewels In The Wasteland" series, although this edition will only include a video introduction from Richard Linklater due to an unexpected conflict. Essential Cinema on Thursday night will feature Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire, the 1951 film based on the Tennessee Williams play that features »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Tff 2015: Cast To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’ At Tribeca

19 March 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python And The Holy Grail, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival have announced it will celebrate the occasion with a special screening of the film and the international premiere of Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary Monty Python – The Meaning Of Live. The Festival will also host special screenings of two classic Python films: Monty Python’S Life Of Brian on April 25 and Monty Python’S The Meaning Of Life on April 26 in honour of the anniversary.

The five surviving members of the legendary comedy group: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, will come together for the special presentation of Monty Python And The Holy Grail on Friday, April 24 at The Beacon Theatre in New York.

Continuing its celebration of the Pythons, the Festival will debut Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary Monty Python – The Meaning Of Live Saturday, »

- Sacha Hall

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Tribeca to reunite Monty Python for screening of ‘Holy Grail’

11 March 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Luckily for us, they don’t think Tribeca is a silly place.

Variety reported on Wednesday that the legendary British comedy troupe, Monty Python, is set to reunite for a special screening of their famed film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The reunion will happen in New York for the 40th anniversary of the film.

Tribeca will also host the international bow of Monty Python — The Meaning of Live, Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary about the group’s preparations for its 2014 reunion shows at the O2 in London, as well as screenings of Monty Python titles The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

The screening on April 24 will be proceeded by a Q&A with the cast with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin all expected to be there.

With the Monty Python reunion, it »

- Zach Dennis

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Tribeca Fest Fetes 40th Anniversary Of ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’

11 March 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will bring back the remaining members of Brit comedy troupe Monty Python to mark the 40th anniversary of its classic feature Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There will be a special screening of the film April 24 at the Beacon Theatre, and the fest will premiere the documentary Monty Python – The Meaning of Live directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan. There will also be screenings of Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meanin… »

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