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When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world. He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed. Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975. The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later.
By the time I accidentally discovered Sneak Previews in the early ‘80s, I was already an avid moviegoer. My friends and I went to the theater every Friday night, taking in the latest Hollywood blockbusters (which had already been out about a month by the time it arrived in our microscopic town). We relished every opportunity to be traumatized by R-rated fare. An American Werewolf in London prompted many a sleepless night, »
- J.R. Kinnard
With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Stephane Ceretti about supervising the visual effects work required to bring the cinematic vision of James Gunn and Marvel to the big screen…
“Before we met, James had written a 15 page document of references and visual things he had in his mind,” recalls Stephane Ceretti who was called upon to produce the visual effects for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) under the direction of filmmaker James Gunn (Slither). “He always wanted to do things where you had a mixture of beautiful and ugly within the same frame. We talked about Forbidden Planet  and all of these classic Sci-Fi movies that were colourful and vibrant. The emphasis was on the characters all of the time, and getting Rocket and Groot to look good and be animated in the right way.” Music plays »
- Trevor Hogg
It’s a known fact that one out of every three indie films is essentially a low budget riff on The Big Chill — a group of childhood friends reunite to memorialize the passing of someone or some place and end up ruminating on the passing of their shared youth as revelations and truths come to light. It’s an easy formula in addition to being easy on the budget, but the risk is that your film will get lost amid the crowd of similar ensemble pieces without ever finding its own voice. Daniel (Ryan Eggold, The Blacklist) recently lost his parents in a car accident, and after their lakeside cabin is foreclosed upon he plans one last blow-out for the friends who spent time with him there before splitting and going their separate ways. One by one they arrive for the weekend, each with their own memories and baggage. Tom (Beck Bennett, Saturday Night Live »
- Rob Hunter
Chris Lowell’s inaugural directorial effort opens with Ernest Hemingway’s quote about how “all generations are lost by something.” Judging by the largely uninspired film that follows, the “something” in question could be stale reunion movies.
Like Return of the Secaucus 7 and The Big Chill before it, Beside Still Waters catches up with a group of friends who’ve come back together after many years apart. Unlike those movies, the friends in question share no revolutionary past, unless it involved liberating kegs of beer from the package store. Their sole touchstone: the fact they used to hang out at Daniel’s (Ryan Eggold) parents’ lake house. The parents recently died, and none of them attended the f »
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
There are always a ton of great movies being added to Netflix every month, but the site also takes movies off every month. I know; this is tragic news. But it's better to be prepared than to sign in only to find out that that movie you've been meaning to watch has expired from streaming! Here's a list of the movies that are being taken away on Nov. 1, including a bunch of '80s classics that you'll kick yourself for not taking the time to watch this month. 101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) The Big Chill (1983) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) Footloose (1984) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The Great Outdoors (1988) Hannibal (2001) La Bamba (1987) Les Miserables (1998) The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) The Ninth Gate (1999) The Prince of Tides »
October is generally a jam-packed month when it comes to movies. The Oscar season push is just beginning, and there are so many great horror movie marathons on TV and at your local Cineplex. That's not even counting all the stuff on Netflix Instant! Well, Netflix is a fickle master, and a whole bunch of awesome movies will be removed from its streaming service on November 1st. Here are just a few highlights. You can still rent these on DVD, but then you have to wait for the mail, and who needs that? (Curious as to what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in November? Here's a list.)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
- Jenni Miller
There’s a lot of exciting new fare arriving on Netflix this month, but alas, it’s like they always say: Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Here’s the list of movies that will disappear from the streaming librarynet on November 1. If you’ve been putting off watching Apocalypse Now all these years, now's your chance:101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Balibo (2009) The Big Chill (1983) Blown Away (1992) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Breezy (1973) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) The Conqueror Worm (1968) The Dogs of War (1980) Elvis ’56 (1987) The Escape Artist (1982) Footloose (1984) For a Few Dollars More (1965) Fire in Babylon (2010) The Good, the Bad »
- Anna Silman
The African Diaspora International Film Festival (Adiff) has set the Zuko Nodada indie dramedy "Between Friends," as the Centerpiece film for its 2014 edition - a South African film in the tradition of "The Big Chill" and "Peter’s Friends," as the filmmaker describes it. "Between Friends" explores the strains and old rivalries between a group of old college friends who reunite at a game lodge in KwaZulu Natal, 7 years after graduation. Haunting their reunion is the secret of a wild night they spent together at the very same lodge years ago. Long buried secrets shared by the old friends are eventually exposed, causing »
- Tambay A. Obenson
People turns 40 this year, and we have to say, it's looking pretty good for having four decades in the spotlight. Just like any other cultural institution (the White House; The Peach Pit), the magazine has made more than a few appearances in TV and movies. Let's look at some of our favorites. Jeff Goldblum in The Big Chill Goldblum's performance as a sex-obsessed People journalist was dubbed "perhaps the Goldblummiest of Jeff Goldblum's early performances" by Slate. That said, it's not all that accurate. Not all People writers are self-loathing egomaniacs obsessed over their non-existent novel-writing careers. Just most of them - kidding! »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
This may shock you, but Tim and Eric of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" directed a fake light bulb commercial starring Jeff Goldblum and it's... the weirdest thing I've seen all month. First of all, Goldblum is dressed like Hugh Hefner. Weird enough. Also, Goldblum looks a lot like Bert Convy these days, and it's odd to see a doppelganger of the "Tattletales" emcee acting sexy. We are so, so far away from "The Big Chill," guys. »
- Louis Virtel
This Is Where I Leave You, 2014.
Directed by Shawn Levy.
Comedy-drama about four siblings who reunite after the death of their father. The siblings, along with their mother, spend a week together “sitting Shiva” confronting the choices they’ve made in their past and struggling with their uncertain futures.
Sometimes a movie can premiere at a near perfect time in your life and influence your opinion of the film. Wedding Crashers opened while I was planning my own wedding. I was pregnant when I saw Knocked Up. I most likely would have enjoyed both of those films just as much 5 or 10 years earlier or later, but I’ll never know for sure.
This Is Where I Leave You follows a group of siblings who, together with their mother, »
- Amy Richau
Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual Asc Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of Asc’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the »
- Steve Chagollan
“The Big Chill” and “Ordinary People” cinematographer John Bailey has a double dose of awards coming his way from the American Society of Cinematographers and the International Cinematographers Guild, both of whom have included Bailey in their list of honorees announced this week. The Asc, a non-profit organization that hands out the top award in the field, the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement, named Bailey the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday. The honor comes for a career that also includes “American Gigolo,” “Silverado,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good As It Gets,” “The Way Way »
- Steve Pond
Director of photography John Bailey—who credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo and The Big Chill—will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement, February 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City. Also during the ceremony, Bill Roe will be presented the Career Achievement in Television Award; Phil Méheux will be honored with the International Award; and Matthew F. Leonetti will be recognized with the Presidents Award. Bailey has compiled more than 70 credits with directors such as Robert Redford, John Schlesinger, Michael Apted and Lawrence Kasdan. He earned a Spirit Award
- Carolyn Giardina
It's a magical new world. Increasingly, movies that were deemed worthy of only a limited release in a small number of theaters in Los Angeles and New York are now released via VOD (cables services, iTunes, Amazon Prime) at the same time. Movies without delay! Here's a roundup of what you should be adding to your list this month.About Alex The New York Times compared it to The Big Chill, and for obvious reasons: A bunch of old friends reunite and dig up all of their old shit. (They even dance to a soundtrack of oldies!) But The Big Chill was indeed wonderful, and About Alex holds its own with a cast full of young favorites (Max Greenfield! Aubrey Plaza! Jason Ritter! Max Minghella! Shannon from Lost!) who kiss and scream at each other enough to make this a worthy watch. Dinosaur 13 There's nothing worse than watching a »
- Lindsey Weber
Over the weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its extremely prestigious Audience Award, a prize that’s often considered to be a harbinger of future Oscar success. To one degree or another, almost all movies that win the prize tend to receive some level of Academy Award attention. The award is highly sought after and a number of films were thought to be in the running at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Well, for those of you who don’t know which flick took the prize, I’ll save that for a little later in the article, but right now I want to get into what the Audience Award means and which titles were thought to be eying it up in a big way. Historically, the Audience Award at Toronto has really been a signifier for the Academy, especially of late. The award was first given out »
- Joey Magidson
"The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award for Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival, thus officially emerging as a top Oscar contender. Of the previous 36 Tiff winners, 25 (almost 70%) became Oscar rivals, reaping 122 nominations and 43 victories. Five bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and last year's winner, "12 Years a Slave." Seven other Toronto champs were nominated for Oscar's top prize: "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). -Break- "The Imitation Gam..." »
Jumping from drama to comedy with ease, the sixty-six year old Kevin Kline means different things to different moviegoers. For some, he's the actor with pronounced dramatic chops in early films like "Sophie's Choice," "The Big Chill" and "Cry Freedom," while for others he's the comedic genius who won an Oscar for "A Fish Called Wanda," and was similarly terrific in films like "Dave," "In & Out" and more. His latest leading role in "My Old Lady" sees him touching upon both genres, with the movie premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. The film marks the directorial debut of Israel Horovitz, an award winning theatre director, bringing his own play to the big screen. It finds Kline playing Mathias, an American freshly arrived in Paris looking to sell an apartment he's inherited from his late father, but there's a problem. Mathilde (Maggie Smith) has been living there for seventy. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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