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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 10

10 April 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: 1936 alternative one sheet for Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1936), designer unknown, and Us one sheet for The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1980), designer: Saul Bass (1920-1996).As serendipity would have it, the two most popular posters of the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day were these two black and yellow faces, one a little-known 1930s poster by a journeyman designer at a budget print house, the other a very well known 1980s poster by the most recognizable name in movie poster design. Modern Times and Modern Horror. I’m hoping the love they received (over 500 likes and reblogs for each) were just as much about the items they were promoting: one my article on Leader Press, the other the Poster Boys podcast on Saul Bass by fellow movie poster aficionados (and ace designers) Sam Smith and Brandon Schaefer. Another Poster Boys related poster—Drew Struzan’s The Thing—also made the list. »

- Adrian Curry

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The Coast of Utopia: Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan"

21 February 2015 10:25 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There's a scene near the exact midpoint of Leviathan where the main characters, their legal troubles apparently over, go for an idyll on the Russian coastline.  They tease each other, drink vodka, and create their own makeshift shooting range—first with empty bottles, then with a framed portrait of Brezhnev.  There's a tartness to the scene, not just from the booze and guns, but from the fact that just about everyone in the film has a dark, boorish side; corruption on a small scale instead of a large one. But there's a merry populism mixed in as well. One of the true surprises of Leviathan is how, for such a dour film, so much humor can be found in it.  These people could just as easily be the townsfolk of Bedford Falls or John Ford's Ireland, and the film feels genuinely fond of them, corruption and all.  It's easily Leviathan's funniest, »

- Duncan Gray

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The Noteworthy: On Sundance, Carpenter Speaks, Peckinpah in Locarno

4 February 2015 3:13 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Plenty of coverage has come out of the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped up last week and among our highlights is Wesley Morris's 5-part Sundance Diary for Grantland (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Another Sundance favorite is Manohla Dargis's festival report for The New York Times: 

"Every January at the Sundance Film Festival, a movie or two will pop, exciting a cinematic congregation that descends on this resort town praying for the next big thing and at times finding it. Last year the festival got the party started with “Whiplash,” one of its opening selections, and then sent attendees into raptures with “Boyhood.” No single title has dominated this year’s event, yet after a slow start that had some writing off the event before it really got going, good and great movies — from coming-of-age tales like The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to documentaries »

- Notebook

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‘Hard to Be a God’ is a masterful tour of a visceral nightmare

28 January 2015 8:33 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hard to Be a God

Written by Aleksey German and Svetlana Karmalita from the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Directed by Aleksey German

Russia, 2013

“The scholar is not the enemy. The enemy is the scholar who doubts.”

Aleksey German’s Hard to Be a God is in the running for the most disgusting films I’ve ever seen. The film produces an enormously affecting, intricately detailed, and thoroughly realized visceral nightmare, one that never wanes or becomes numbing over its three-hour runtime but instead accumulates into an at-times overwhelming journey into a world run by a phantom regime of hedonist ignorance and reactionary cruelty. Built upon a twist on science fiction that probes fascinating questions about politics, morality, and the myth of the arc of human progress, Hard to Be a God uses this genre framework as a platform to manifest a carnival of depravity and filth. Decades in the making, »

- Landon Palmer

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