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The Wizard of Link

29 August 2010 4:25 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Journalistic Skepticism What are the 20 Best Movie Weddings? I'm surprised the AFI hasn't made this list yet.

Mind of a Suspicious Kind looks back over Danny Boyle's filmography prior to the release of 127 Hours

Totally Looks Like Miss Hattie (Despicable Me) = Dolores Umbridge. Huh. I do see it now.

Movies Kick Ass compares The Wizard of Oz with... Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker?

Self Styled Siren has a really interesting post on the Shirley Temple / John Ford film Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and...

Self Styled Siren ...another post on the attendant hulabaloo at the time by way of controversial critic/ screenwriter/ novelist Graham Greene who called wee Temple "a fancy little piece" in a review that prompted litigation.

Coming Soon First photos from the upcoming 647th film adaptation of The Three Musketeers (2011). This one stars Mads Mikkelsen and Milla Jovovich.

Antagony & Ecstasy reviews Cairo Time. I love this bit. Which is »

- NATHANIEL R

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Adrian Sitaru Has 'Best Intentions' for Sophomore Project

10 August 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At thirty-nine, although he has made only one single feature film, Romanian filmmaker Adrian Sitaru is already internationally known. He won the Leopards of Tomorrow section of the 2007 Locarno International Film Festival with his short Waves (Valuri) and for his first feature – Hooked (Pescuit sportiv), he received the Special Jury Award and the Best Actress prize for Ioana Flora and Maria Dinulescu at the 2008 Thessaloniki Film Festival. Now, Adrian Sitaru is preparing his second feature. From Love with Best Intentions tells the story of a 33-year-old man, named Alex, whose mother suffers a stroke. "Although his mother seems ok, Alex becomes more and more irrational, antsy and paranoiac. This happens because, from love, with best intentions, we’re getting ignorant, blind and starting to make mistakes." explains the director. Sitaru continues his collaboration director of photography Adrian Silişteanu and when asked about the visual imprint of the future film he mentioned that, »

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Top 15 Cerebral Sci-Fi Films

20 July 2010 1:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As Inception warped our minds and showed us a new generation of sci-fi, Christopher Nolan has admitted to “plundering cinematic history” and using many references while creating his latest film. The films on list below are not only heavily referenced in Inception, but our favorite cerebral sci-fi films. 

15. Akira (1988) (dir. Katsuhiro Ôtomo)

Akira is a hard pill to swallow. You may not take it all in at the first stab, but once you let your mind go and get fully involved, it’s a wonderful experience. Watching the anime makes you feel as if you are transported inside of Manga comic book. It’s a gorgeous world filled with cerebral ideas. While it is a bit of a mess, it’s a great mess. You can enjoy it as simply an action movie or, the preferable, as a cerebral experience. – Jack G.

14. Stalker (1979) (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Andrei Tarkovsky’s brilliant »

- Jordan Raup

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Several Tarkovsky Films Now Available For Free Online

19 July 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Sometimes, some of cinema’s most legendary filmmakers don’t quite get the chance to thrust their art into the zeitgeist as much or as many times as they, or we for that matter, really would like. One of these filmmakers happens to be Andrei Tarkovsky, and with only seven feature length films to his name, it looks like his entire filmography (or at the time of this writing, most of it) is now available online, for free to the public.

According to Open Culture, Film Annex now has five films available, including The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice, and Voyage in Time, available for free to stream online at their website. They had Ivan’s Childhood, Solaris and Andrei Rublev online, but apparently a right’s issue arose, and they have since been pulled down. All three films are current Criterion releases, and are also all available on Netflix, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Nicolas Winding Refn's Rising Star

15 July 2010 9:18 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The characters in Nicolas Winding Refn's films remind one of the famous tale of the scorpion and frog. They're trapped by compulsive behavior, often against their better natures. A small-time drug dealer in "Pusher" (1996), the director's breakthrough debut, seems to go further and further into debt the more he tries to pay back a brutal gangster. In "Pusher 3" (2005), that same brutal gangster, trying to find some normalcy in his middle age, is sucked into a whirlpool of harrowing violence. In "Bronson" (2008), real-life British prison inmate Charlie Bronson is constantly on the search for a fight, even though it only results in him becoming even more confined; he fights, therefore he is.

The characters in "Valhalla Rising," the director's new hallucinatory Viking epic, are no different. These warriors cannot shed themselves of the violence, madness and paranoia that define their world. The Danish director responsible for this brutal and »

- Bilge Ebiri

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James Cameron rejects Avatar plagiarism claims

14 January 2010 1:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director James Cameron is facing claims that his 3D blockbuster Avatar owes an unacknowledged debt to the popular Soviet fantasy writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

It has grossed more than $1.3bn (£800m) worldwide, wowed the critics, and spawned a new generation of fans, the so-called Avatards, who have taken to painting their faces blue.

But the film director James Cameron was facing claims today that his 3D blockbuster Avatar owes an unacknowledged debt to the popular Soviet fantasy writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Cinema audiences in Russia have been quick to point out that Avatar has elements in common with The World of Noon, or Noon Universe, a cycle of 10 bestselling science fiction novels written by the Strugatskys in the mid-1960s.

It was the Strugatskys who came up with the planet Pandora – the same name chosen by Cameron for the similarly green and lushly forested planet used as the spectacular backdrop to Avatar. »

- Luke Harding

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