8 items from 2013
Festival top brass said that apart from the dozen traditional Rio Festival sections there will be three new arrivals: Tec Section exploring the impact of technology and the internet on privacy; Vanguard Expectation Section challenging conventional narrative; and Big Documentarians Panorama Section spotlighting recent work from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We always look forward to news of a new Sion Sono release, so colour us happy that Third Window Films has announced the arrival of The Land of Hope on U.K. shores. Prolific director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Himizu) departs from his usual style for this movingly restrained drama of a rural family's struggle to survive in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and the resulting nuclear crisis. Starring Isao Natsuyagi (My Way) and Naoko Otani (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters), special features include an entertaining 70 minute 'Making of' documentary. The Land of Hope arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray August 26th, 2013. We'll be reviewing it very shortly... Synopsis: In the fictional Nagashima prefecture, Yoichi Ono (Jun Murakami) lives a peaceful life with his wife Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), and his parents Yasuhiko (Isao Natsuyagi) and Chieko (Nakok Otani), on the family's small farm. One day, an earthquake disrupts the calm, »
Actors aren’t the characters they play (duh!), but a lot of times we pretend they are. Whoever they happen to be off-screen can dictate the lens through which we experience them on-screen. In The Canyons, Paul Schrader’s raunchy and malevolent dark-side-of-l.A. thriller soap opera, Lindsay Lohan, in troweled-on ’60s makeup (think Elizabeth Taylor meets Tura Satana), plays a Los Angeles hanger-on named Tara who always seems a thin step away from falling apart. The character, in many respects, is worlds away from Lohan herself, yet we can’t help but notice the similarities. Both exude attitude and vulnerability in equal measure, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Like his mentor, the 57-year-old enfant terrible Lars von Trier, the 42-year-old Nicolas Winding Refn is equally fascinated by extreme violence and the austere, mystical Lutheranism of Carl Dreyer, the father figure of Danish cinema and still its greatest exponent. His new film as writer-director, Only God Forgives, exhibits both these elements but is set far from Denmark in a stylised, present-day Bangkok, almost entirely at night in underpopulated, garishly neon-lit streets and dark interiors, though there's one memorable, downbeat shot of the oppressive, smog-ridden city in the early morning.
The film's central character is an American expatriate played by Ryan Gosling, who made a serious impression as a getaway driver in Refn's Los Angeles-set Drive. More recently he appeared as a sad fairground performer and criminal in Derek Cianfrance's A Place Beyond the Pines, »
- Philip French
So... did you hear about the time that author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) and director Paul Schrader (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Cat People, screenwriter of Taxi Driver) decided to collaborate on a crowdfunded movie and cast Lindsay Lohan and a porn star named James Deen in the lead roles? If not, your reaction to the film in question, The Canyons, may vary greatly from mine. Credit my biased expectations to the engrossing, tightly-written New York Times Magazine article which actually makes good on it's sensationalist headline, "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie."Like many films plagued with production problems -- Just try watching Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities after reading the...
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Us director and screenwriter Paul Schrader has been named president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (Aug 28-Sep 7).
“Schrader has continuously exercised his intelligence at the service of cinema and of his constant need for renewal,” stated Venice festival director Alberto Barbera.
“In virtue of his recognized interest in personal forms of film expression, he can contribute significantly to highlighting the specific function of a section such as Orizzonti”.
The section comprises a maximum of 20 films representing “the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema”, with special attention to debut films.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
8 items from 2013
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