6 items from 2015
Early in Steve Jobs, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Danny Boyle-directed biopic about the mercurial Apple co-founder, the hero does something so right yet so peculiar that you understand why a cult sprung up around him. It's 1984, a few weeks after the legendary SuperBowl commercial heralding the arrival of the Apple Macintosh. The official public unveiling is minutes away. The crowd, which has been kept waiting as its creator dithers and tinkers backstage, has begun muttering and stomping its feet. Jobs is a serenely confident pill of a man, micromanaging everything, »
Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.
Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.
Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People »
- Christopher Saunders
Earlier this week we celebrated Star Wars Day, and boy did it bring a lot of goodies related to the next few movies, especially this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what about the other Lucasfilm titles? When is Willow day? When do we celebrate Tucker: The Man and His Dream? When do we get news on the Howard the Duck movie that George Lucas is sure Disney will make at some point? Most important, though... When do we get another Indiana Jones movie? Actually, along...
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Yesterday was Star Wars Day, and boy did it bring a lot of goodies related to the next few movies, especially this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what about the other Lucasfilm titles? When is Willow day? When do we celebrate Tucker: The Man and His Dream? When do we get news on the Howard the Duck movie that George Lucas is sure Disney will make at some point. Most important, though... When do we get another Indiana Jones movie? Actually, along with yesterday's Star Wars festivities, we did get an update on the Indiana Jones franchise. In Vanity Fair's June issue, which is where much of the latest The Force Awakens details and images came from, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the chronicles of the adventuring archaeologist will...
- Christopher Campbell
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
As 27 of our 29 Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Costume Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Costume Design honors from BAFTA and Critics' Choice, as well as the Costume Designers Guild prize for Best Period Design. -Break- This was the fourth Oscar win for costume designer Milena Canonero, who received previous honors for "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), and "Marie Antoinette" (2006). She was also nominated for "Out of Africa" (1985), "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988), "Dick Tracy" (1990), "Titus" (1999), and "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) for a career total of nine nominations. The film was the 2/13 favorite with 27 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Pete ...' »
6 items from 2015
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