11 items from 2017
A fan trailer reimagines Mike Nichols’ classic coming-of-age story.
It’s always fun to reorient a film’s narrative based on elements of other genres. For example, I once wrote at length about why What About Bob? isn’t just a slapstick comedy but also an intense psychological thriller, and I’ve seen fan-made trailers turn films like There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber into psycho-killer flicks.
From Villareal’s intro:
What if “The Graduate” were a horror movie? The 50th anniversary of “The Graduate” is here. And in honor of this occasion, I created a fake trailer with a slight adjustment in perspective. Imagine “The Graduate” meets “Basic Instinct” meets “Cape Fear” with acne and pimples all over. Mike Nichols’s film is its generation’s grand »
- H. Perry Horton
It's been announced that Jordan Peele (Get Out) will be the recipient of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato)'s "CinemaCon Director of the Year" award. Congrats, Mr. Peele! Also in today's Highlights: Other Madnesses trailer and release details, Kill The Minotaur, Raised by Wolves, and The Quiet Hour.
Jordan Peele to Receive CinemaCon Director of the Year Award: Press Release: Washington D.C. (March 20, 2017) – Jordan Peele, the breakthrough writer/director of Universal Pictures’ smash “Get Out,” will receive the “CinemaCon® Director of the Year,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Peele will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony, which takes place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, »
- Tamika Jones
Short of the DayA bag, a man, and a story of ruthless, hilarious vengeance.
My three-word, gut-punch review of the short film American Beauty 2: “Best. Sequel. Ever.”
Allow me to expand.
There are ingenious films, there are hilarious films, and then there is Zak Stoltz’s American Beauty 2, which is both of these things and so very much more. It doesn’t deal with any of the human characters from the first film, rather the empty white plastic bag floating in the breeze, who we all know was the real star anyway.
More than a decade has passed since last we saw ole baggy (Rite Aid Bag #54987, according to the credits), and he’s still doing his thing, drifting along metropolitan alleyways waiting to inspire pretention in any aspiring artist who comes along, or, alternately, smite any fool who dares offend him. Thus enter said fool (Brooks Morrison), who callously douses baggy in neon-colored Big Gulp »
- H. Perry Horton
Currently the Museum of the Moving Image in New York is putting on a Martin Scorsese exhibit. During the run of the exhibition, the Museum will present a comprehensive retrospective of the director’s work, with the best available film prints and restored versions of his films, supplemented with personal appearances. Additional screenings will feature a selection from the hundreds of classic movies restored by the Film Foundation under Scorsese’s supervision, and a selection of films that formed his lifelong love of cinema. The exhibit spans Scorsese’s unparalleled filmology, from a storyboard he drew at age 11 for an unproduced sword-and-sandals
- Nat Berman
Author: Linda Marric
A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore is back with a predictably dull tech thriller which manages to underwhelm rather than thrill. This psychological drama which stars Pierce Brosnan and Anna Friel – yet despite the cast’s best efforts, I.T falls short of providing any kind of hook and ultimately fails to keep the audience on its side for long enough for anyone to care about what is happening on screen as the narrative unfolds.
Sounding more Irish and looking more menacing than usual, Brosnan is Mike Regan, a self-made aviation millionaire planning to expand his empire by launching an Uber-style app for private jets. Regan seems to have it all, a dutiful wife (Anna Friel), a beautiful teenage daughter (Stefanie Scott) and a modern state-of-the-art smart home with all mod cons. However, things start to go terribly wrong when the firm’s I. »
- Linda Marric
Directed by John Moore
A wealthy tycoon finds his life has been taken over by an It consultant. He, his family and his home are under attack from all the technology that they take for granted.
He’s the geek that you’d ignore most of the time – until your pc gets the jitters and he suddenly becomes a hero, the guy who can restore normality in your life. And yet, as the It guy works his magic, we usually don’t have a clue what he’s doing. We just trust him. Which makes him really powerful.
It also makes him a decent enough starting point for a film. But it quickly loses its edge when it’s given perhaps the least inspired title of the year. And, when it becomes apparent that about the »
- Freda Cooper
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.
Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »
- Nick Newman
Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.
“The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.
Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.
The book title “I Heard You Paint Houses »
- Dave McNary
With a generation now largely measuring their self-esteem by the amount of likes on their Instagram feed, the veneer of a perfect life is a sought-after badge of approval. Call it a cynical observation, but the rush of personal achievement via double taps is an addicting one, especially so for Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), a mentally unstable woman filling the lonely void left by her recently deceased mother with social media stalking. Upon reading an article in Elle, she sets her sights on Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram influencer who gets paid by companies to hawk their latest fashionable products. Using the $60,000 left by her mom’s will, she sets off to Los Angeles to hopefully make a new friend and thus begins the escalating deception of Ingrid Goes West.
In his directorial debut, Matt Spicer gets right what so many other films commenting on today’s technology obsession fail »
- Jordan Raup
Charles Manson's place in pop culture was already well established by the early 1990s, with the provocative, baiting convict portrayed in film and television as a serious criminal ringleader. But Bob Odenkirk, who would later find success on Mr. Show, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, created the most singular performance of the cult leader in 1992, turning the deranged criminal into man's best f(r)iend on the revered, short-lived The Ben Stiller Show.
Simply titled "Manson," the skit finds a long-haired, bearded Odenkirk in a 1950s Lassie-styled TV show wildly gesticulating, »
The legendary director’s latest religious epic is beautiful to look at but boringly devout
Related: The most exciting films of 2017: returning auteurs
We all know how it is with Scorsese. At the core of his work is the solid-gold De Niro material with one foot in Marty’s Italian-American upbringing: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, King Of Comedy and Goodfellas/Casino. Then a second rank of DiCaprio collaborations, offering a lower rate of return: The Departed, Shutter Island, Wolf Of Wall Street. Then there are the oddities – New York New York, Cape Fear and Hugo – where he feels miscast or lost as a director. Then there’s this final category – movies on the subject of religious devotion that gestated in Scorsese’s mind over years or decades: The Last Temptation Of Christ, Kundun and now Silence. These tend to be the Scorsese movies I only ever see once, »
- John Patterson
11 items from 2017
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