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17 items from 2013


Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

19 December 2013 5:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant

A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.

Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white »

- Joe Queenan

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Toronto: 'Therese' An Acting Showcase, But Is It Big Enough for Academy to Notice? (Analysis)

8 September 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- On Saturday I attended the Toronto Film Festival's world premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre of Charlie Stratton's Therese, the most recent of many adaptations of Emile Zola's 1867 "naturalist" novel-turned-play Therese Raquin (which may have inspired The Postman Always Rings Twice). The dark period-drama, about an illicit affair that leads to murder and then guilt in 1860s Paris, boasts a first-rate cast led by rising stars Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton and featuring the revered veteran Jessica Lange in a key supporting role. Roadside Attractions picked up its U.S. distribution

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- Scott Feinberg

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Stephen King Responds to Criticism of 'Under the Dome'

1 July 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

  Even if you missed the first installment of Under the Dome, the CBS series adaptation of Stephen King's mammoth novel (we've recapped the pilot episode here, if you need to bring yourself up to speed), you've probably heard about backlash from King fans regarding the show's major divergences from the novel's plot. King himself is obviously not unaware of this criticism, and responded formally in a letter on his official site, the full text of which you can read below.   A Letter From Stephen   For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here's a little story.   Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. »

- Gregory Burkart

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Under the Dome Featurette, Clips, Blu-ray Special Edition Set, and a Letter from Stephen King

1 July 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

If you caught last Monday night’s terrific series premiere of Under the Dome, you were not alone; all reports indicate that it had a boffo opening night. It was a great set-up episode, with several storylines given their initial push into this very interesting scenario. I am totally in.

If you missed it, ou can watch the premiere here. Or save some time and just watch the numerous clips we have for you below. First up is a featurette billed as a recap, but what it recaps are all the cool crashes. Then we have four clips from last week’s premiere, and one sneak peek clip at tonight’s new episode.

Featurette: Under the Dome – Episode 1 Recap

Clip: Under the Dome – Episode 1 Trapped

Clip: Under the Dome – Episode 1 Like a Giant Fishbowl

Clip: Under the Dome – Episode 1 Starting Trouble

Clip: Under the Dome – Episode 1 Being Punished

Clip: Under the Dome »

- Erin Willard

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Stephen King Talks "Under The Dome"

29 June 2013 5:48 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more spoiler footage and images from author Stephen King's "Under The Dome", as well as King's defense of  the 'creative liberties' producers have taken to adapt his sci-fi novel into a live-action CBS TV ratings winner:

"A Letter From Stephen:

"For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story.

"Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper.

"This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity

"Before he could properly get into his rant, the old man interrupted him by »

- Michael Stevens

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Stephen King Comments on Under the Dome TV Series Changes

28 June 2013 2:14 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Any time a novel is adapted into a TV series or movie, there will be differences and fans that oppose those changes. With only one episode having been seen, it may be a bit too early to make a full assessment of the Under the Dome TV series, but there have been complaints from some fans of Stephen King’s novel and he addressed the changes in a recent letter:

 

A Letter From Stephen:

For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story.

Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain »

- Jonathan James

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Stephen King Responds to Under the Dome Changes; Blu-ray Box Set Packaging Leaked

28 June 2013 1:43 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As is normally the case when a writer's book is adapted in any fashion, there are always changes to be made to the plot, the characters, etc. This usually infuriates some of these fans, and such is the case with CBS' "Under the Dome."

Today Stephen King took to his site to speak to fans about changes to his tale.

"For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story.

Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Stephen King Writes To Defend Changes To “Under The Dome”

28 June 2013 12:49 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Under The Dome was met with critical acclaim and a ton of viewers this past Monday, and from someone who read the book and is a King fan, I loved it. Apparently, devout fans of the book and King were upset by some of the changes, as Stephen King fans are wont to be. It’s understandable considering the history of King adaptations, but I don’t think Brian K. Vaughan and CBS’ is one to quibble about. And neither, it turns out, does Stephen King, which I think says something. Here’s a letter he composed to his fans about that very thing, which does address some future plot points of the show, so there is potential for Spoilers here:

For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story. »

- Andy Greene

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So Vain: Our 5 Favorite Ridiculous Things About Birthday Girl Carly Simon

25 June 2013 12:31 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Carly Simon turns 68 today, and to celebrate, here are a few outfits, getups, and videos that prove she might be the underrated camp icon of all time.

Carly Simon rose to fame alongside fellow breakout singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Carole King, but let’s give the woman some distinct credit. First of all, “The Right Thing to Do” is about the loveliest jam I can think of, “Coming Around Again” is the best of ’80s joy, and in general she exhibits a warm cleverness that’s instantly endearing. And best of all? She is so, so wacky sometimes. Since today’s her birthday, I figured we’d celebrate with a quick trip back in time and discover Carly’s zaniest moments.

 1. That time she decided she was Cleopatra in the “My New Boyfriend” video

Never forget that Carly loves to get down. Though her stage fright is notorious — she remains »

- Louis Virtel

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The Grifters: Be Careful What You Wear

5 June 2013 10:46 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Neo-noir is an unusual genre from a costume perspective because although rooted in reality it is generally not specific to one era or setting. This means a variety of influences fill the screen incorporating past, present and future suggesting a particular story could be told anywhere at any time. Yet with noir’s literary and cinematic heyday belonging to 1940s, certain period details are necessary in order to satisfy that vital element of the genre and its all subsidiaries: atmosphere.

The Grifters (1990, directed by Stephen Frears) is about as bleak as noir gets. Its central characters are shysters; they live on the wrong side of the law, fleece the innocent and, like addicts, remain locked in a cycle of risk and repeat, trapped by the thrill of the grift. The film is set in contemporary Los Angeles with familiar genre nods to the past, anywhere from the thirties to eighties, »

- Chris Laverty

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'Iron Man 3' Star Rebecca Hall to Make Broadway Debut

28 May 2013 10:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rebecca Hall, fresh off bewitching Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 3," will make her Broadway debut in "Machinal," Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday. The 1928 Sophie Treadwell play was inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, who was executed for teaming up with her lover to kill her husband. The original production was considered a high-water mark for expressionist theater and featured the first Broadway appearance of Clark Gable. It also was the basis for the iconic film noirs "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice." Lyndsey Turner ("The »

- Brent Lang

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' & More

17 May 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)

Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.

Friday, May 17

Pow! In Theaters

Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »

- Max Evry

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'Upstream Color' Star Amy Seimetz Talks Multitasking and Directing 'Sun Don't Shine' (Exclusive Video)

24 April 2013 1:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Back in 2010, indie producer-writer-actress Amy Seimetz was living in Tampa, Florida and dealing with losses in her family, "a lot of anxiety," she says, when she realized that "I need to get out of acting in these movies... I need to direct my own thing." Her first feature "Sun Don't Shine" is a well-shot micro-budget portrait of a couple on the run for murder in the mold of James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" or Terrence Malick's "Badlands." Seimetz recruited fellow experimental filmmaker Kentucker Audley and actress Kate Lyn Sheil to star as the couple, one rational, the other an "emotional fireball" trying to escape from a bad situation. Seimetz shot up close in intense July Florida heat with grainy Kodak Super 16 for her first stab at not-so-conventional narrative. She decided to avoid her intellectual/referential side in favor of a more emotional nightmare, she told a 2011 SXSW audience. »

- Anne Thompson

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Sun Don’t Shine | Review (AFI Film Fest)

23 April 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Madlands: Seimetz’ Relationship Drama Takes Us on a Road Trip to Love Hell

Managing to balance an insanely busy schedule that boasts quality and quantity, actress/producer Amy Seimetz debuts her feature directorial debut with the histrionically inclined Sun Don’t Shine. A sweaty slow-burn thriller, she throws us right in the mix and manages to keep us intrigued with a satisfying mix of emotions and murderous intentions right to the very end. Popping up out of the Mumblecore crowd after working in several Joe Swanberg efforts, as a well working with Lena Dunham and Megan Griffiths, among many others, Seimetz won Best Actress at Fantastic Fest for 2010’s A Horrible Way to Die. With anywhere between ten or more projects per year, she somehow managed to make this enjoyable doozy of a feature, a vicious tale of a dangerous love.

Opening with a mud wrestling sequence, sparring couple Crystal »

- Nicholas Bell

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What is Obscene? Oshima and His Films Offer the Answer

17 January 2013 12:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nagisa Oshima movies: From Death by Hanging to Taboo [See previous post: "Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker Dies."] Among Nagisa Oshima’s other seminal works are Death by Hanging (1968); and the Cannes Film Festival entries Empire of Passion (1978), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), Max Mon Amour (1986), and Taboo (1999), which turned out to be Oshima’s last effort. With the exception of Max Mon Amour, the Cannes titles were also nominated for multiple Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture. (Photo: Nagisa Oshima.) Much like In the Realm of the Senses, Death by Hanging was inspired by a real-life incident: the botched hanging of a young Korean man convicted of rape and murder. In Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, David Bowie plays a World War II prisoner of war who has a complex Billy Budd-like — desire/hate — relationship with a Japanese captain (played by rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film’s score). Despite its title and the presence of Tatsuya Fuji, »

- Andre Soares

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Five Forgotten Gems From Five Great Movie Music Composers

14 January 2013 11:19 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Anybody who has ever been to a high school reunion (and I’ve been to my share) will tell you that the calendar and the clock can be incredibly cruel (particularly when combined with the long-term effects of gravity, but let’s not go there).

Time punishes creative works as well. Some work grows dated, stale, stiff. Time and the evolving form of the given art leaves a once vibrant and exciting work behind looking dead and obsolete.

More cruel, perhaps, is work that is simply…forgotten. Not for any good reason. Good as it was, maybe it was simply not successful enough to lodge very deeply in the popular consciousness; working well enough in its day, but soon lost among the ever-growing detritus of a lot of other pieces of yesterday.

Movie music is particularly vulnerable to the cruelties of time. Outside of the form’s devotees, it rarely »

- Bill Mesce

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Fund This Film: Bill Plympton’s Animated Feature ‘Cheatin”

5 January 2013 10:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Crowdfunding campaigns are everywhere these days, and with this week’s report on the huge success of films financed through Kickstarter (more than 8,500 projects have made their goal since 2009), the number is sure to keep getting bigger. So, how do you choose which projects to help out, if that’s something you’re interested in? The easiest way to go is to find familiar talent, such as a veteran indie filmmaker looking to both avoid the established studios and financiers and focus on pleasing his fans rather than a suit with a checkbook. Animator Bill Plympton is a perfect model for how crowdfunding works best with an artist’s fanbase, by calling on and also giving back to the loyal followers as well as potential newbies. His latest feature, Cheatin’, is currently in the works and needs financial support, which he’s seeking through Kickstarter. It’s likely mostly people who know and love past “Plymptoons” like »

- Christopher Campbell

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