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Kobe Bryant, Jim Sheridan, John Turturro on Tribeca Festival’s Short Film Slate

Kobe Bryant, Jim Sheridan, John Turturro on Tribeca Festival’s Short Film Slate
Kobe Bryant, John Turturro, Bobby Canavale, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Sheridan, Imelda Staunton, and Salma Hayek are among the talent involved in the short films tapped for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

The roster of 57 shorts, divided into 10 sections, are all in competition for the festival’s short film awards. Among the contenders are “Dear Basketball,” Disney animator Glen Keane’s movie that features Bryant; Turturro and Canavale’s “Hair,” directed by Turturro and centering on an unscripted conversation about men’s hair; and Sheridan’s 9/11 tale, “11th Hour,” which stars Hayek. Moss appears in Richard Shepard’s drama “Tokyo Project,” while Staunton has a role in London wartime story “Little Bird.”

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19-30. The full list of the festival’s short films follows.

Animated Shorts Curated by Whoopi G

Curpigeon, directed and written by Dmitry Milkin. (USA)

Summer Camp Island, directed and written by Julia Pott.
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Gareth Edwards’ 10 Favorite Films

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story currently dominating the box-office, well on its way to crossing the $1 billion threshold, even if you didn’t fully embrace the movie, it’s hard to withhold appreciation in how Gareth Edwards captured this well-trodden universe in a new aesthetic way. One can now get a glimpse at some of his directorial influences with the latest Sight & Sound poll at BFI, where the director gave his top 10 films of all-time.

“One of the first things I do is grab imagery and put together a document, a Pdf, that is just full of thousands of images,” Edwards told Complex. “For me, the films that I got a lot of images from were Apocalypse Now, Thin Red Line, Alien, Blade Runner, and a film called Baraka.” A few of these can be found in his list, which of course includes George LucasStar Wars, which
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'Sherpa' Director Jennifer Peedom's 'Koyaanisqatsi' Homage, 'Mountain,' Acquired by Submarine and Dogwoof

'Sherpa' Director Jennifer Peedom's 'Koyaanisqatsi' Homage, 'Mountain,' Acquired by Submarine and Dogwoof
Submarine and Dogwoof have acquired all rights—minus Australia/New Zealand and German-speaking territories—to "Sherpa" director Jennifer Peedom’s "Mountain," an examination of humankind's troubled and triumphant relationship with mountains in the vein of "Baraka" (Ron Fricke, 1992) and "Koyaanisqatsi" (Godfrey Reggio, 1982). Read More: "Review: A Decade After Qatsi Trilogy, Avant-Garde Cine-Poem 'Visitors' Marks Godfrey Reggio's Triumphant Return" "Mountain," currently in production, is a collaboration between Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and features cinematography by Renan Ozturk, the Dp behind the gorgeous images of "Sherpa" and Producers Guild nominee "Meru." Renowned author Robert Macfarlane, whose best-selling book "Mountains of the Mind" explores similar themes contained in this work, will write the narration. Watch: "How Star Climber Jimmy...
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Film Review: ‘Planetary’

Film Review: ‘Planetary’
Like “Baraka” or “Koyaanisquatsi” with a scholarly/preachy commentary track, Guy Reid’s “Planetary” is equal parts stunning cinematic picture book and worthy if somewhat overreaching lecture on the imperiled state of Mother Earth. Some viewers may be turned off a bit by the talking-head experts’ eventual shift from scientific to more spiritual matters. Those who prefer their eco-consciousness delivered with a drop (or a full draught) of New Age-iness will have a new favorite movie.

A most impressive logistical and aesthetic feat for the first-time feature filmmaking team, “Planetary” had a single-date release at venues scattered around the globe on (of course) Earth Day, April 22. While it’s not necessarily too late for correction, it’s a pity that the pic otherwise bypassed theaters, going straight to VOD via Vimeo: D.p. Christoph Ferstad’s frequently ravishing widescreen images rep a bigscreen experience if ever there was one.

It’s not his camera,
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Film Review: ‘Monsoon’

Film Review: ‘Monsoon’
Visually fussy to a fault, “Monsoon” applies a near-“Baraka”-level degree of New Age-y pictorialism to its titular subject. We learn superficially about the vast importance of this annual weather phenomenon to India’s people, agriculture and economy, but helmer Sturla Gunnarsson seems far more interested in overstudied imagery that would make for a great coffee-table book, yet feels like a triumph of hollow aestheticism over content onscreen. Nonetheless, that armchair-tourist surface spectacle might push the pic (shot in the extra-high-def 4K format) into the commercial theatrical sphere, attracting the same audiences who’ve glimpsed profundity in the photo-of-the-year compilations crafted by Godfrey Reggio and Ron Fricke.

Considered “the soul of India,” monsoon season provides the majority of that vast nation’s drinking and farming water. (A minority comes from mountain snow melt.) But while the rain may fall anywhere throughout the subcontinent, it can’t be counted on
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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride
Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan
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'Lessons of Darkness' (1992) Movie Review

"The oil is treacherous, because it reflects the sky." Herzog says in voice over as we look upon what could very easily be small ponds and streams of water in an otherwise barren wasteland. Herzog speaks to this very thought adding, "The oil is trying to disguise itself as water." It's a statement only Herzog could make and it's one of the few heard throughout the brisk 50 minutes that make up his 1992 documentary Lessons of Darkness, which I think is best described as a cousin to Ron Fricke's wonderful wordless documentaries Baraka and Samsara, though with this film Herzog has a much more specific topic he's exploring. Broken into thirteen separate sections, all with their own "chapter" heading, Herzog tells the story of the 1991 Kuwait oil fires through sparse voice over (much of which are words read from the Bible), aerial and on the ground images captured on 16mm
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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: Happiness Review

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Earlier this year, Av Festival in Newcastle was the destination of many durational documentary enthusiasts (admittedly a niche market): a meaty Wang Bing retrospective was screened over several days. For all who are unfamiliar with the Chinese documentarian’s work, he has a tight catalogue of epic films such as West of the Tracks and Crude Oil that are in excess of ten hours apiece, which seek to tell objective stories of diminishing local labour or of nomadic existence in the great wilds of China and Mongolia. More palatable docs, while containing a similar gaze, have been delivered to us in recent years by Ron Fricke (namely Baraka and Samsara).

Director Thomas Balmès’ interest in cross-cultural filmmaking has allowed him to scaffold a bridge between these two styles of documentary: employing a lingering, dewy-eyed camera to portray stunning landscapes and untouched panoramas while telegraphing easy-to-watch glimpses of silent societies.
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Visitors Review

It may not be on everyone’s DVD shelf, but filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s first film Koyaanisqatsi – released in 1982 – was a landmark piece of cinema. Comprised mainly of slow motion and time-lapse shots, the film had no narrative in the strict sense of the word, it simply observed our world, both human and natural, and left it up to the viewer to form their own ideas. Stunningly shot (cinematographer Ron Fricke went on to make similar films Baraka and Samsara), Koyaanisqatsi revolutionised techniques that we now take for granted and would be referenced in places as far afield as Grand Theft Auto, Madonna videos, and even an episode of Scrubs. Reggio followed this up with two more films to complete the Qatsi trilogy and now returns three decades later with Visitors, a film similar in concept, but completely different in its execution.

Filmed in a low-key, velvety black-and-white, Visitors runs
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Eat Mor Chikin

One of the best documentaries of last year was Ron Fricke's Samsara, a wordless follow-up to Baraka and if you have any doubts as to how provocative a wordless documentary can actually be, the production has just brought online one of the more devastating clips from the film taking a close look at our world's food production. Here's a quote from producer Mark Magidson that accompanied the clip. "We are happy this clip has struck a chord with so many people, and we hope that the interest in this clip will lead viewers to see Samsara in its entirety. This clip represents only 6 minutes from a 100 minute long film, which was photographed in 25 countries and explores many other diverse aspects of the human experience. We would love for viewers to experience Samsara as a whole." ~ producer Mark Magidson Samsara is a film best seen on the biggest screen possible
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The Beauty of "Baraka" Finds a Successor in "Samsara"

Part of the visionary genius behind The Qatsi Trilogy owes credit to the eye of cinematographer Ron Fricke, whose own film Baraka has become a visual standard unto itself. His follow-up film Samsara, follows almost 20 years later and took five years to put together thanks to its highly varied content and the globetrotting approach, capturing moments of human life and industry across 25 countries. It’s an absolutely stunning work of cinematography and Fricke’s eye for detail and color has only improved over the years, and now it has the benefit of high-definition to make it downright breathtaking at times in terms of scope, and at other times it manages to make the mundane seem incomprehensibly special.

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Blu-ray Review: Dazzling Visuals Overpower Muddled Messages in ‘Samsara’

Chicago – Blending the spiritual majesty of 1992’s “Baraka” with ominous overtones suggesting a world out of balance (so memorably portrayed in 1982’s “Koyaanisqatsi”), master cinematographer Ron Fricke’s “Samsara” is the sort of rapturous visual feast that his fans have come to expect from him. The key difference here is the spectacular level of clarity brought to each image.

Shot on cumbersome 70mm cameras that were dragged through heavy security across 25 countries, “Samsara” was clearly a labor of love for everyone involved. During its limited theatrical run, the film was screened in a brand-new high-resolution 4K digital projection that boggled moviegoers’ minds with its unprecedented depth of detail. The impact of such an intense sensory experience is often dramatically diminished on the small screen, but thankfully the 8K UltraDigital HD version of the film available on Blu-ray is a mammoth exception.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

The scintillating perfection of Fricke’s gorgeously
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DVD Review - Baraka (1992)

Baraka, 1992.

Directed by Ron Fricke.

Synopsis:

A montage of photographed images telling, “The story of our planet, and human interaction within it.”

Cinema is by definition a visual medium, and if this is the beating heart of cinema, then director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson’s Baraka adopts this identity with power. The opening narration of the Baraka trailer introduces it as, “A challenge, a warning, a gift, a blessing… Baraka.” The closing narration describes the film as, “A cinema experience unlike any other. The power, rage and essence of life itself.” Baraka runs for approximately 96 minutes, and whilst the three minute trailer is only a limited peek of the film in its full form, from just these few minutes derives the impression that it is a piece of monumental filmmaking.

Baraka is the result of a challenge issued to storytellers by American mythologist Joseph Campbell. What I understand
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The Qatsi Trilogy Blu Ray Review

Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy is a brilliantly realized, influential piece of cinema that bridges the gap between experimental film and documentary. Completely free of dialogue or any sort of obvious narrative, these three films combine visuals and music to provoke a visceral and intellectual response from the audience, allowing themes to emerge from seemingly disparate images in a freedom of interpretation. The Criterion Collection has finally given the series an HD upgrade and outside of one exception, I'm pretty thrilled with the results. The first film in the series, Koyaanisqatsi (life out of balance), is definitely my favourite. The film casts wider conceptual and thematic net, allowing the audience to decide for themselves what they take away from its imagery, if anything at all. It claims ownership over the originality of its visuals, indulging in long sequences of time lapse photography set mostly in cities and factories. This brand
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Adam Yauch's Film Company Carrying Out His Vision

Adam Yauch's Film Company Carrying Out His Vision
After brothers Bill and Turner Ross screened their new film for the first time at SXSW earlier this year, they went to lunch with representatives of Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film distribution company started by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

"Things came together pretty quickly after that," recalls Bill Ross to Rolling Stone. "It seemed so right. It was a perfect fit for us."

Having grown up listening to the Beastie Boys, Ross had a "geek-out moment," he says, as soon as he realized he'd be partnering with Yauch's company.
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Top Five Documentaries of 2012

I don't typically see many documentaries every year, but since becoming a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) it has become far easier (and necessary) to see more of them over the last two years. One, I have to nominate and vote on the category for the Critics' Choice Awards and two, I get more screeners each year than I used to. This year I've watched 14 documentaries and have yet only seen seven of the 15 documentaries up for Best Documentary at the 2013 Oscars. Of those seven, only one makes my top five of 2012. Outside of the five I list below, virtually all of the documentaries I watched this year were quite great, but seeing how I only saw 14, it didn't make sense to do a top ten. So if you're looking for some additional docs to watch other than my top five, also consider Bad 25 (which would
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NYC Happenings: 70Mm Comes To Film Linc!

Boys and girls, I'll be brief. The Film Society Of Lincoln Center will be keeping the cinephiles of NYC well busy this holiday season thanks to their See It In 70mm! running December 21 - January 1. So what can you see in 70mm? Well it wouldn't be a celebration of 70mm without 2001: A Space Odyssey, so they've got that covered. But how about a 20th anniversary screening for Ron Fricke's travelogue Baraka, a 30th anniversary screening for Tron, restored prints for The Sound Of Music, My Fairy Lady, Lord Jim and Jacques Tati's Playtime? Well, it's all happening. So is that all? Nope, there's just too much to mention here. Get the full schedule below.        ...
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What I Watched, What You Watched #172

It was an interesting week of movies for me in that I had watched only one movie until last night when my fiancee and I watched Love Actually, then caught the final hour of A Few Good Men on Bravo, which we then responded to by grabbing the first season of "The West Wing" before watching what turned out to be a not-so-good episode of "Saturday Night Live", though that cold "Silent Night" opening was fantastic and a grade-a moment of class. Otherwise, the week was filled with watching sports, reading and relaxing as I finally finished Peter Biskind's "amazon asin="0684862581" text="Down and Dirty Pictures"", which I actually began reading in Toronto in April and finished the final 250 pages this week. Yes, the time I find for reading is that sporadic. I do, however, recommend whole-heartedly reading that book if you are any kind of movie fan as
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This week's new films

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Smashed | Neil Young Journeys | Chasing Ice | Love Crime | Dead Europe | UFO | False Trail | Code Name: Geronimo | Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings | Babette's Feast | Baraka | What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A)

(Peter Jackson, 2012, Us) Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis. 169 mins

So the three-movie idea is more likely down to financial demands than creative ones, and the now-notorious higher frame rate reduces cinematic spectacle to pin-sharp TV movie, but this is terrifically wrought escapism. Freeman is the perfect lead, too. But what could have, should have been a masterpiece ends up a fantasy epic with too much epic and not enough fantasy.

Smashed (15)

(James Ponsoldt, 2012, Us) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul. 81 mins

Winstead shows impressive range as a young alcoholic teacher trying to get back on track. The familiar subject feels fresh applied to a new demographic.
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This week's new films

Seven Psychopaths | Celeste And Jesse Forever | I, Anna | Confession Of A Child Of The Century | The Oranges | The Man With The Iron Fists | You Will Be My Son | So Undercover | When Santa Fell To Earth | Gremlins | Khiladi 786

Seven Psychopaths (15)

(Martin McDonagh, 2012, Us) Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits. 110 mins

It's a cult movie formula to die for: Pulp Fiction meets the Coens meets Adaptation, with postmodern high-jinks, wacky crime thrills and lashings of irreverent comedy. The latter redeems a movie that's almost too manically clever for its own good. Reality barely enters into this story of a blocked screenwriter caught up in a dognapping escapade, but there's never a dull moment. Perhaps it could do with a few.

Celeste And Jesse Forever (15)

(Lee Toland Krieger, 2012, Us) Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor. 92 mins

A made-for-each-other couple have trouble staying separate in this relaxed romcom,
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