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Documentaries are particularly wonderful as a genre in how often they introduce viewers to people that they’d otherwise have about as much of a chance of meeting as they’d have of landing on the moon.
Case in point: the Angulo clan, subjects of Crystal Moselle’s intriguing and often unsettling The Wolfpack, live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but it’s a wonder that even Moselle came across them. The family’s seven children (six boys and one girl, all with hair tumbling down to their waists) were raised almost exclusively within the confines of a four-bedroom apartment. Their father held the sole key to the front door, and he kept it locked. Home schooled by their mother and educated by a vast assortment of movies borrowed from the library and bought at a discounted price, the children were barely ever allowed outside during their formative years. »
- Isaac Feldberg
For aspiring, young filmmakers, there are generally two modern-day archetypes of Hollywood heroes. The first is the George Lucas model: majored in film at USC, became a global pioneer in the use of digital filmmaking and went on to create cinematic history’s most iconic sci-fi franchise of all time in “Star Wars.” The second is the Quentin Tarantino model: dropped out of high school, worked in a video store and, in 1992, wrote and directed the cult classic indie crime drama “Reservoir Dogs.”
Two celebrated filmmakers, two very different roads to success.
But the landscape of filmmaking has changed so dramatically over the past several decades — a short posted on YouTube can launch a bigscreen career, while “Tangerine,” a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance fest, was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S — and fledgling screenwriters, producers and directors are faced with a dizzying number of choices as to how to pursue their careers. »
- Malina Saval
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.
Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.
Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Prague — Building on a “you’re the star” theme, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s 50th edition will kick off with a massive street party July 3, serenaded by Czech rockers and forgoing the usual formal do at the spa town’s fabulously ornate Grandhotel Pupp.
“It won’t be a festival like we’ve had before,” said Eva Zaoralova, the fest’s former artistic director, noting the spirit of inclusiveness planned for Karlovy Vary’s fans, which will include open-air screenings and images of festgoers on the event poster unveiled in Prague on Tuesday.
Tributes will honor actors John Cazale (1935-1978), who portrayed the luckless Fredo Corleone in “The Godfather” franchise and also starred in “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Deer Hunter,” and Chris Penn (1965-2006), who appeared in “Rumble Fish,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “Short Cuts.”
There is also a tribute to Ukrainian auteur filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, whose works “Heat, »
- Will Tizard
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. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
They spent their childhoods locked up. Now it’s VIP parties, red carpets and adoring fans for the Wolfpack brothers. But should today’s documentaries really be making celebrities of their subjects?
The stars were out in force at this year’s Sundance film festival, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Lena Dunham all looking great in down jackets on Main Street. But there was an alternate galaxy, if you will, another cast of characters who also smiled for the paparazzi and caused adoring fans to swoon. They were the subjects of the festival’s documentaries – and they included a Texas cattleman, autistic teens, former Scientologists and an ex-porn star.
Also in attendance were the “stars” of The Wolfpack, a documentary about the Angulos, six brothers and one sister who were home-schooled by their mother and virtually imprisoned by their domineering, paranoid father for more than 10 years »
- Tom Roston
A Quentin Tarantino film is unmistakable, and for good reason. The filmmaker has developed a signature style over the years that carries with it a number of tropes that are quintessentially Tarantino, including plenty of driving shots. With that in mind, Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has now taken it upon himself to put together a supercut of all the driving shots from Tarantino’s filmography, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained (yes, there’s a driving shot in Django Unchained). It’s a fun video that serves to highlight Tarantino’s technique while also reinforcing his talent behind the camera, with some of the same shots being repurposed in multiple films and others serving as one-offs. It also reminds me that, while maybe not as great as the rest of his filmography, Death Proof is an underrated oddity that I must revisit soon. Watch the Quentin Tarantino supercut video below, »
- Adam Chitwood
A riveting piece of cinema that plays like a superb combination of Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi films circa 1993, Ishii Takashi's unrelentingly violent, socially conscious 1995 neo-noir thriller Gonin (sometimes translated as The Five) undeniably served as one of the most satisfying additions to the yakuza gangster genre of the the 20th century. Following the collapse of Japan's bubble economy in 1991, the film centers on five men trying to steal a large sum of cash from local gangsters. Their hastily prepared plan doesn't go well and they end up being followed by contract killers.Due to the original feature's huge success both in Japan and abroad, Ishii decided to make Gonin 2 only a year later with an almost all-female cast, but the...
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Cry of the City, 1948
Directed by Robert Siodmak.
Adapted from the novel The Chair for Martin Rome by Henry Edward Helseth, the film tells the story of a charismatic criminal and his nemesis, Lieutenant Candella…
Remember Barzini? The old-crone who was taken out on the steps of the New York Supreme Courthouse in The Godfather? An unforgettable face in Coppola’s masterpiece, he is [spoilers for The Godfather…] the mob-boss behind Sonny’s murder and the powerful force that manages to convince Tessio to give up Michael Corleone. Actor Richard Conte demands our attention, and carries the menace that could rival – but not overpower – the Don’s empire. It goes without saying that Conte wasn’t plucked from obscurity and was chosen carefully by Coppola. He had an unforgettable career in noir thrillers, including one of his earliest, stand-out roles in »
- Simon Columb
If you have a particular aversion to Stealers Wheel's 70's classic "Stuck In The Middle With You," chances are it's because of Michael Madsen's deliciously psychotic performance as Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. In fact, throughout the 1990's, Madsen made a name for himself as a prolific hard case in the Hollywood scene, and his resume will attest to this fact, whether he likes it or not. Though funny enough, it looks like he really doesn't like it, or at the very least he doesn't like how it's handled on the popular movie database, IMDb. That's because he believes the site makes him look bad by listing him as being a part of multiple random projects that he in actuality has nothing to do with. In the latest installment of The Av Club's Random Roles series, Madsen was interviewed about a random sample of performances from his career, »
While we're all excited about the forthcoming new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving shortly, let's not forget that there's a new Quentin Tarantino film coming later this year as well. The Hateful Eight is another western from the director of Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, and now the teaser trailer that was attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last year has officially surfaced online. Again, there's no film footage on display, but just a bunch of stylish title cards running through the title characters in the film. It'll have to do for now as we wait for any kind of first look from Tarantino's anticipated project. Here's the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (via The Film Stage): The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, »
- Ethan Anderton
We were excited as it is for Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise," but just the cast and premise alone for his next movie — the Martin Scorsese produced "Free Fire" — now has us salivating. And another great player has joined the mix. Brie Larson is replacing Olivia Wilde in the film that already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Smiley lined up to star. Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway" and more, the story kicks off "in a deserted warehouse where a meeting between two gangs turns into a deadly shootout and all-out survival." Filming is expected to begin later this year. [Variety] Juliette Binoche is reteaming with her "Camille Claudel »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is handling distribution. Wheatley will write and direct.
“Free Fire” is set in 1978 in a deserted warehouse where a meeting between two gangs turns into a deadly shootout and all-out survival. Sources describe it in the vein of “Reservoir Dogs” with a new twist.
Protagonist Pictures will produce.
Following her breakout role in “21 Jump Street,” Larson has focused on more serious adult dramas rather than big budget tentpoles. She received rave reviews for her performance in “Short Term 12″ and appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg in “The Gambler.”
She can also be seen in A24 drama “Room, »
- Justin Kroll
He might be busy finishing off his current film, J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise, but Ben Wheatley is already hard at work preparing for his next thriller, Free Fire. Change is afoot for the casting of the movie, with Olivia Wilde needing to drop out thanks to scheduling clashes and Brie Larson taking her place. A fair swap, if ever there was one.Free Fire, which recently secured Martin Scorsese’s services as executive producer, is planned as a hard-boiled crime film set in violence-ridden 1978 Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a deserted warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival. Wheatley already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, and intends to start the cameras rolling in a few months. With a script by Wheatley, this one is already being talked up as a new twist on the Reservoir Dogs type setup. »
Rishi Kaneria has put together this excellent 44-second video that simply takes profile shots from Quentin Tarantino's movies, sticks 'em in a circle and sets the beat to the tune of "Snare Liftoff" from Whiplash. Kaneria notes that "certain shots have been scaled, rotated or mirrored from their original format to create the effect seen in this video", but I don't think any of us will have any problem with that. I can't say the video has any measure of educational value as much as it's a fun little watch as it covers much of Tarantino's oeuvre including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Give it a watch below and if you're playing it on your speakers at work, there's a little eff-bomb at the end you may not want coming from your cubicle. via 35mm »
- Brad Brevet
One of the most critically lauded directors of the past 25 years, it's hard to believe Quentin Tarantino is only turning 52 years old today (March 27).
A master of his craft, Tarantino had already won the Palme d'Or -- the top prize at Cannes -- for "Pulp Fiction" (1994) by his early 30s, and that proceeded another gem, "Reservoir Dogs," just two years earlier. Guess he was right when he said, "If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one."
- Jonny Black
No one likes making a list more than Quentin Tarantino. The beloved filmmaker annually updates his fans with his favorite movies of the past 12 months, while he also enjoys amassing lists of his most cherished films from throughout history as well. In fact, the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill director has even gone as far as to list his favorites of the Spaghetti Western genre - and you probably won.t be surprised about what came out on top. Tarantino revealed his list to Spaghetti-Western.net, and you can have a gander at his choices below: 1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. For A Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965) 3. Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) 4. The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1968) 5. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968) 6. A Fistful Of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964) 7. Day Of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967) 8. Death Rides A Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967) 9. Navajo Joe (Sergio »
From the looks of it, there was no cooler place to be in the '90s or early 2000s then a premiere for a Quentin Tarantino movie. The iconic director turns 51 on March 27, so we decided we would take it back to some red carpet moments from screenings of films like "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," and "Kill Bill" for this week's #Tbt. Go back in time with some of Hollywood's hottest with these great throwback premiere pics.
- Alana Altmann
You may not automatically think of Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler at the same time. The two have very different careers. Buscemi is known for roles like gangster Nucky Thompson on HBO.s Boardwalk Empire or Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, while Sandler is most widely recognized for his sophomoric humor. Still, the two friends have teamed up many times and have made eleven movies together over the years, and if you.ve ever wondered which of these is his favorite, Buscemi recently revealed his answer. (Hint: it.s one of ours, too). Over the weekend, the Fargo star participated in an Ama session on Reddit, and when one fan asked which of his Adam Sandler team ups tops his list, Buscemi said: Well, I'm very partial to Billy Madison, because that was one of the first films that Adam did on his own, as part of his production company. »
In less than nine months we’ll all get to see Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated new movie The Hateful Eight and in a recent interview with Grantland, The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen admits that he was once up for a role in the western but that he had to say no due to scheduling conflicts.
Mortensen – who had previously read alongside Harvey Keitel for a part in Tarantino’s inaugural feature film Reservoir Dogs – claims that he met with the director last year to begin negotiations but that it didn’t work out.
“Yeah, we did meet. … [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn’t do that schedule-wise. That’s the only reason [I passed on the project],”
It was heavily rumoured last year that Tarantino was considering Mortensen for a lead role but this is the first time Viggo has spoken about it. »
- Gavin Logan
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