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On Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda expects the Oscars ceremony to boldly go where it’s gone before.
The star predicts that celebrities will use the 2017 Academy Awards stage to get political in a new guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.
Detailing Kim Basinger’s 1990 choice to bring up the Academy’s snub of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing while presenting, Miranda wrote, “For her to take a stand, 25 years before #OscarsSoWhite, was incredible — and impressive because time has shown the prescience of that film.”
“I expect we’ll see more of that this year,” he continued. “It’s a political time, »
- Lindsay Kimble
Continuing a series of Guardian writers’ all-time Academy picks, Gwilym Mumford explains why the 1970 winner remains a vital and progressive triumph
The Oscars best picture category has a long and ignoble history of favouring the inoffensive over the revolutionary – Citizen Kane lost out to How Green Was My Valley. Forrest Gump defeated Pulp Fiction. The Third Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Do The Right Thing failed to even be nominated for best picture. (It’s a cruel world when Crash can win the thing and that lot can’t even get a look in). As a rule, the Academy tends to be behind the times – #OscarsSoWhite is recent evidence of that.
All of which makes the decision to crown Midnight Cowboy best picture in 1970 seem, in retrospect, like such a welcome aberration. It was a rare moment when Hollywood saw the coming changes in cinema and, rather than ignore »
- Gwilym Mumford
Let’s start off with the easy stuff, first. Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” should have won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It also should have won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film over “Elle,” another film I adore. It’s a crime Ade missed out on a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination this year and certainly a Best Director nod over “Hacksaw Ridge’s” Mel Gibson.
Continue reading Dear Academy: Do The Right Thing And Vote For ‘The Salesman’ For Oscar at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Aaron is joined by Mark Hurne, Dave Eves, and his future Criterion wife, Jessica. We have a lot to talk about this week, including Black Girl, Cameraperson, Wong Kar Wai, California Split, Do the Right Thing, and we even have a new game show of sorts.
3:40 – Black Girl
7:45 – Cameraperson
12:00 – Tree of Wooden Clogs Preview
14:30 – Wong Kar Wai
20:20 – David Lynch: The Art of Life
25:50 – Newsletter Clue
32:30 – California Split
34:10 – Do the Right Thing
38:00 – May Predictions/Wishes
49:10 – Short Takes (Vagabond, The In-Laws, The Hit, Chronicle of a Summer)
55:00 – FilmStruck
Episode Links Criterion Close-Up 54 – Hausu Party Arik Reviews Black Girl Aaron Reviews Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson Criterion Collection – The Tree of Wooden Clogs Wong Kar Wait at the Criterion Collection Janus Films Announces Theatrical Release of David Lynch: The Art Life David Lynch: The Art Life Trailer Bam »
- Aaron West
The provocatively-titled Gook, written and directed by Justin Chon, boasts a solid, socially-minded premise: set at the beginning of the L.A. riots in the spring of 1992, two Korean-American brothers own and run a fledging shoe store while maintaining a somewhat-complicated relationship with a young African-American girl. Chon pulls triple duty, also starring as Eli, older brother to Daniel (David So). Eli constantly pushes for the shoe store to survive, a responsibility handed down to him from their father. Daniel could care less, far more concerned with recording his demo and becoming a R&B star.
Kamilla (Simone Baker) skips school to hang with Eli and Daniel and help in the store, something she keeps from her brother Keith (Curtiss Cook, Jr.), who harbors deep resentment for the brothers. Filmed in black-and-white, Chon’s Diy feature recalls the films of Sundance past. From an aesthetic and setting similar to Kevin Smith »
- Dan Mecca
International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) presented the world premiere of “Double Play” with the King of Netherlands attending along with the cast and crew. American filmmaker Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”, “The Wire”) directed the film version of the internationally lauded novel Double Play by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion. The film features a host of Caribbean, American and European actors including Brit Lennie James, the Tony Award nominated Saycon Sengbloh and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.
An ostensibly simple game of dominoes unfurls a portrait of Antillean society in Double Play. In 1973, Frank Martinus Arion (1936–2015) provided a unique insight into culture and society on Curaçao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomy in his successful novel Double Play. The film adds a contemporary perspective. The audience sees what lay behind the »
- Sydney Levine
Spike Lee has a noted history of dissent through cinema. It is, more or less, how he rose to prominence. When you think of moments like Mookie throwing that trash can through Sal's window in Do the Right Thing, or even the depiction of Gator's crack addiction in Jungle Fever, you are seeing moments that carry the weight of the "now" without the precedence of anything that came before them. Yes, once upon a time, Spike Lee frequented in controversy and honesty as easily as he did passion and prodigious visual efficacy. And then the late 90's happened. Part of Lee's fall from grace (critically, anyway) was self-imposed. He saw the flaws and troubling tendencies in the American studio system, and was determined to...
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2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »
- Mont. Steve
One of France’s rare movies examining homegrown populism and the country’s own brand of far-right politics in a non-comical way, Lucas Belvaux’s “This is Our Land” has managed to rock the boat even before its theatrical release next month.
The movie, which portrays a charismatic 30-something single mother (Emilie Dequenne) who gets “hired” by the far-right party to become its representative in an underprivileged town in Northern France, has sparked uproar within the real-life National Front party.
Marine Le Pen, the party president who is also a leading contender in the French presidential election, and her right-hand man, Florian Philippot, contend that “This is Our Land” caricatures them and was financed by the Socialist party to damage the image of the National Front before the election in May. The National Front’s attorney went as far as to accuse the film’s producers of being disciples of Goebbels, »
- Elsa Keslassy
9 items from 2017
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