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The new issue of cléo features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, a profile of Sylvia Schedelbauer and articles on Alexander Payne’s Election, Jonathan Lynn's Clue, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps and Jon Hall's Beach Girls and the Monster. Necsus has rolled out its autumn issue with and essay by the late Harun Farocki. In the new journal Kinetophone, we can read about Dario Argento's Opera, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Federico Fellini's E la nave va. The new Cineaste is out and Fireflies is preparing its second issue on Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr. » - David Hudson »
"A Most Violent Year" marks musician Alex Ebert's second feature experience with film scoring. And he's having a blast. The Magnetic Zeros frontman's work represents a different hue and shade of identity for Chandor's films, a lurking, subtextual element that is less about dressing the films than speaking to their thematic undercurrent. And like "All is Lost," which came with the closing track "Amen" (and earned Ebert a Golden Globe for Best Original Score), "A Most Violent Year" also boasts an original song. "America For Me" closes out the film as a wearied testament spoken from the point of view of one of the secondary characters in the film. It's bold and unique and almost at odds with the tidiness of the film otherwise, but that very conflict is also thematically relevant. Ebert and I talked about that and a bit more, including the influence of artists like Popol Vuh, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Philosopher and critic Slavoj Zizek stopped by the Criterion offices the other day, resulting in this video in which he talks his way through some of the titles in the stockroom. In just five minutes he tosses off tons of quips and instant analyses about films like Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart (“It’s one of those nice, gentle French movies, where you have incest”), Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (“a pretentious fake” but with a good commentary track), and Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, which he compares to Tarkovsky’s Stalker. »
- Scott Macaulay
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen star as a married couple living in a nice suburban neighborhood with their new baby. When a fraternity moves in next door, the Radners struggle with feeling terrible uncool and also having their lives wrecked by a bunch of hard-partying bros. Zac Efron co-stars as Teddy, the head of the frat, with Dave Franco as his right-hand man.
"Halloween: The Complete Collection"
Do you need this 15-disc Blu-ray box set comprised of all of the "Halloween" movies, including the producer's cut of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers," Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 versions, audio commentary, and lots more? "Need" is such a childish word. You won't literally die if you didn't manage to order »
- Jenni Miller
The director passed away in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 20) after a long illness, according to local media reports. Sluizer's relatives told Dutch broadcaster Nos that his health had "remained fragile" after suffering a ruptured artery in 2007.
Sluizer shot to fame in the late '80s when his Dutch-language thriller Spoorloos (later known as The Vanishing) - about a man doggedly searching to find his kidnapped girlfriend - became a hit with critics and mainstream audiences.
Dark Blood was never completed, but after years of legal disputes (involving »
George Sluizer, the Dutch director best known for The Vanishing and Dark Blood, River Phoenix’s last film, died in Amsterdam on Saturday (Sept 20) following a long illness, according to Dutch media. He was 82.
“Sluizer had been ill for a long time. In 2007 he barely survived a ruptured artery and after that his health remained fragile,” according to Dutch public broadcaster Nos, quoting relatives.
The director, producer and screenwriter was born in Paris, where he attended the Idhec film academy.
He made his first film in 1961, Hold Back the Sea, a documentary that won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Up until the early 1980s, Sluizer produced and directed many documentaries and TV specials. He also worked as a producer on numerous films, including Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Cancer Rising with Rutger Hauer.
As a writer »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
When the Ford Brothers made their highly unusual zombie movie The Dead and shot it on location in Africa on 35mm film, they made quite a splash in the bloodbath. Reviews were gushing, and so was fan response. Naturally a sequel is heading our way, in two weeks to be exact!
This time around it’s set in India, and again the Fords, co-writers/co-directors Howard and Jon, shot on location and used locals and local actors in naturalistic settings.
The story follows a migrant American worker who is desperately struggling to get from the barren boonies into Mumbai, where his pregnant Hindi girlfriend waits, while everyone else is trying to run from the zombie plague in the opposite direction.
If you think the terrain looks dangerous and the people a little scary… it’s because they were! As the Brits were filming their movie, they were under constant harassment. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Written an directed by Werner Herzog
You really can’t go wrong with any of the 16 titles included in Herzog: The Collection, the recently released limited edition Blu-ray set. This stunning compendium features several of the incomparable Werner Herzog’s finest fiction and documentary films (including many that fall somewhere between those categories), most available for the first time on Blu-ray. Though the strongest cases could be made for Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, it would be difficult to necessarily pick the “best” film included here, but one movie that has always stood out as being among Herzog’s most unusual is Stroszek, from 1977. Well received upon its release, and now recognized as one of the German filmmaker’s finest films, Stroszek is something of an enigma in Herzog’s career full of enigmatic works.
The picture follows three Berliners as they flee their homeland for »
- Jeremy Carr
In the great tradition of tormented artist iconoclasts, Werner Herzog has never reconciled his obvious affection for quixotic rebels with what their quests often represent: the imposition of the might of the few upon the weaker masses. Herzog’s aware of this irony, and his refusal to smooth over the fascist implications of his grandest dreamers’ dreams is one of the wellsprings of his art’s complexity and of its principle. The filmmaker’s only pivotally fallen from this tonal tight-rope once, and the result was Fitzcarraldo, one of his most beloved movies. »
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"
What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Jenni Miller
It was 2011 when we first attempted our own "Fitzcarraldo"-like endeavor in writing a comprehensive retrospective on the films of the notoriously prolific Werner Herzog. Since then, not only has he added six or so more titles to his filmography, he's been feverishly at work on the seventh—the much-anticipated "Queen of the Desert" which we were hoping to see pop up on a Fall festival announcement list, but no news there yet... However, to tide us all over, today Shout Factory are releasing a limited edition, highly covetable collection of sixteen Herzog films on Blu-ray, and that has given us the excuse to go back and relook, update and generally spruce up our retrospective (which includes all sixteen of those, incidentally). And that's something we're going to do pretty much any chance we get, being huge fans of the utterly unique, brazenly individual German-born director. Because who that loves not just film, »
- The Playlist Staff
Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »
- Brad Brevet
This contest is so good it speaks for itself. ShoutFactory is putting out a massive, limited edition Werner Hezog box set titled “Herzog: The Collection.” Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc set features 16 acclaimed films and documentaries from the German iconoclast, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. "The Collection" also features a 40 page booklet that includes photos, an essay by award-winning author Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog scholars Brad Prager and Chris Wahl. Herzog: The Collection includes: Even Dwarfs Started Small Land of Silence and Darkness Fata Morgana Aguirre, the Wrath of God The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Heart of Glass Stroszek Woyzeck Nosferatu the Vampyre Fitzcarraldo Ballad of the Little Soldier Where the Green Ants Dream Cobra Verde Lessons of Darkness Little Dieter Needs to Fly My Best Fiend · English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, »
- The Playlist
Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog's biopic on Gertrud Bell starring Nicole Kidman wrapped filming in March. Though it's still looking for a distributor it looks like post-production is all done since producers are tweeting about the final cut and calling it "Epic". Herzog has also expressed real enthusiasm about Nicole's performance in his slightly oddball way of speaking.
"Now, Nicole Kidman,” Herzog said of her lead performance in "Queen Of The Desert." “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.”
(You can even hear his voice when you read quotes from him, can't you?)
Nicole shared this photo of the wrap of shooting.first official image. will they keep this aspect ratio? it's so Lawrence of Arabia long
Of course all of this is from people who are involved in the picture so they'd never be anything less than enthusiastic. »
- NATHANIEL R
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Shout! Factory:
A visionary creator unlike any other, with a passion for unveiling truths about nature and existence by blurring the line between reality and fiction, Werner Herzog is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most controversial and enigmatic figures. Audiences the world over have marveled at his uniquely moving, often disturbing, but always awe-inspiring stories, and his ever-growing body of work has inspired an untold number of filmmakers. He is, and continues to be, the most daring filmmaker of our time.
In celebration of this cinematic vanguard, Shout! Factory will release Herzog: The Collection on July 29th, 2014. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc box set features 16 acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Herzog: The Collection also features a 40 page booklet that includes photos, an essay by award-winning author Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I believe there's a hint as to what we're supposed to take out of Werner Herzog introduces Cobra Verde in the speed with which he introduces the film's central character, Francisco Manoel da Silva (Klaus Kinski), a ruined Brazilian rancher-turned-bandit who eventually finds himself at the center of the slave trade between Africa and South America. We never get to know Francisco the rancher, instead we first see him rumbling down a muddy hill, where he works for a gold mining company, and has just learned his wages have gone straight to the bank. That night he kills his boss, the scene cuts to black, next we meet the man Francisco has become, the feared bandit known as Cobra Verde (Green Snake). Cold, fearless and without sympathy, da Silva's travels eventually find him in the favor of Don Octavio Coutinho (Jose Lewgoy), who hires da Silva to oversea his sugar »
- Brad Brevet
Straining, sweating and struggling in the face of physical torment via his commanding officers, Werner Herzog's Woyzeck opens to the pained expression of Klaus Kinski as the film's title character, garrison soldier Franz Woyzeck. The scene plays after a melodic, harpsichord interlude introducing us to the small German town in which the film is set, transitioning to harsh strings as Herzog overcranks Woyzeck's introduction, bounding into view and rigidly going through his marching orders, pushed to his physical limit. Next we're witness to the psychological torment Woyzeck endures at the hands of his captain (Wolfgang Reichmann) and then again from a man we come to know only as Doctor (Willy Semmelrogge). A lowly private and strapped for cash with a child out of wedlock, Woyzeck submits to experiments at the hands of the doctor, including a diet in which he can only eat peas. His descent into madness »
- Brad Brevet
I absolutely need to watch more films starring German actor Klaus Kinski. Outside of his Werner Herzog appearances I've only seen him in Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence and with IMDb crediting him in over 130 films, I've clearly missed a few. Kinski had a raw intensity Herzog clearly knew how to exploit, most notably in Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, films where the production was as harrowing if not more so than the stories they were telling making it hard to tell where Kinski the actor ends and his character begins. Within the confines of Herzog's 1999 documentary My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski, we get a small glimpse of the man Herzog met when he was only a child as he returns to the now-renovated apartment where he first met Kinski. He takes us on a walking tour, »
- Brad Brevet
Ten years after they first worked together on Aguirre, the Wrath of God, writer/director Werner Herzog would reteam with star Klaus Kinski for the fourth time, though it wasn't originally envisioned that way. In fact, I doubt Herzog would say much of Fitzcarraldo was how he originally envisioned it. This ambitious piece of genius cinema would take he and Kinski back into the Peruvian jungle for a film that seems to have been cursed from the start, but even curses are meant to be broken given the proper enchantment. Kinski came aboard the project, replacing original star Jason Robards, playing the lead role of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (aka Fitzcarraldo), an opera-loving Irishman determined to bring the opera to the jungles of Peru. Alongside him was to be his assistant Wilbur (Mick Jagger), but as production was delayed and Robards fell ill with dysentery, the production almost fell to pieces. »
- Brad Brevet
This week wasn't as busy in terms of number of movies watched as last week. I caught two movies in theaters -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Locke -- and at home I watched Burden of Dreams, Les Blank's documentary on the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, and just last night I watched Herzog's Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. As I've already said, I'm revisiting 16 of Werner Herzog's movies and reviewing each of them over the course of the next several weeks, this week I'm hoping to have reviews of both Fitzcarraldo and My Best Fiend, but I don't want to review either until I've finished reading Herzog's "Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo", but I'm finding it hard to fit in enough time to do just that. This coming week is going to be busy for me as screenings for the Seattle Film Festival get underway, »
- Brad Brevet
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