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One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours," "Clouds of Sils Maria") has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach! Have you seen them all? I've never seen the director's cut of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Sacha Guitry's "Désiré" or "Judex" by Georges Franju. I will have to remedy that. 1. "The Leopard" (Luchino Visconti) 2. "Pickpocket" (Robert Bresson) (tie) "Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky) (tie) "White Material" (Claire Denis) (tie) "A Christmas Tale" (Arnaud Desplechin) (tie) "Chungking Express" (Wong Kar-wai) (tie) "Dazed and Confused" »
- Anne Thompson
It was only a few years ago that Focus Features was the “art house” division of Universal Pictures. The studio was responsible for films like Brokeback Mountain, Beginners, and Greenberg. While Focus still churns out a fair amount of drama-focused material, a shift occurred in 2013 when Universal decided to fold its genre arm FilmDistrict into Focus and replace the head of Focus with the former FilmDistrict head Peter Schlessel. This move has resulted in a more genre-leaning bent at Focus over the past two years, but it appears that things are changing once more at the studio. It was announced today that Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label “as branding for boldly imagined action, horror, and sci-fi genre movies.” Gramercy was initially formed in 1992 as an art-house labeled and put out a string of cult classics, including Dazed and Confused and The Big Lebwoski. The new iteration of »
- Adam Chitwood
Matthew McConaughey hit the stage at the University of Houston on Friday to deliver an advice-filled commencement speech to this year's graduates. The actor spoke in the school's new football stadium, where his dad once played for the team, and he shared some life lessons reminiscent of those he's dropped into his award show acceptance speeches over the past few years. "Do not fall into the entitlement trap of feeling like a victim," he said at one point. "You are not. Get over it and get on with it. Yes, most things are rewarding when you break a sweat to get them." Matthew also told the graduates to remove the word "unbelievable" from their vocabulary, and he talked about the difference between happiness and joy. For his appearance, he was paid $120,000, all of which he's donating to his charity, the Just Keep Livin Foundation, which helps high school students lead healthy, »
Houston looks back fondly on “Urban Cowboy,” Matthew McConaghey gives life lessons to college grads, and the Dallas Film Society has announced screenwriting contest is announced with $10,000 up for grabs. It's this week’s Texas News Roundup. Back in 1980, John Travolta went looking for love in all the wrong places at Gilley’s, the honky-tonk bar that sported Debra Winger and a mechanical bull in “Urban Cowboy.” Now, 35 years later, Gilley’s is long-shuttered and Houston a little less country. The Houston Press looks back at Gilley's and “Urban Cowboy” as a time capsule of a bygone Texas. Looking more like he was giving a Ted talk than a commencement speech, Matthew McConaghey nevertheless drew cheers as he sat on a barstool and spoke for 45 minutes to University of Houston grads about such things as the importance of taking responsibility for your actions. Actually, not a bad lesson. At the end, »
Confusingly, the follow-up to the 1995 comedy will be called MallBrats, as announced by the cult filmmaker on social media.
20 years in the making. 113 pages fulla old friends & new jokes. This is for you, Jim. Wish you were here. #MallBrats pic.twitter.com/O6HfIWbRY6
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 11, 2015
Comics legend and professional cameo artist Stan Lee has confirmed that he will be back in a bigger role for the sequel.
Details of MallBrats remain light, although the film will apparently deal with the destruction of the mall. »
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
Jerry Seinfeld had one killer '70s hairstyle when he was in high school. That's gold, Jerry, gold! The comic and Seinfeld alum, who will turn 61 later this month, shared on Instagram on Thursday a sweet #tbt pic—a shot of his first passport, issued in 1971. In a black and white photo, teenage Jerry sports feathered hair with a side part and a patterned '70s-style collared shirt. "My first Passport," he wrote. "16 years old. 1971. Feeling strong. #Tbt." To be fair, pretty much everyone sported a Dazed and Confused-like hairstyle back in those days. And his 'do got even more intense, as seen in his high school yearbook »
In today's roundup of news and views: Kristin Thompson on La Maison du mystère, a silent serial wildly popular in 1923, David Bordwell on Orson Welles, Dan Callahan on Charles Chaplin, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Roberto Rossellini, Gordon Thomas on Bernardo Bertolucci, Roderick Heath on Luchino Visconti, Andrew Tracy on Ingmar Bergman, Jacob Krell on Clint Eastwood, Tina Hassannia on Asghar Farhadi, Stephen Dalton on Blade Runner, Sebastián Silva on filmmaking, an interview with Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater on Dazed and Confused—and more. » - David Hudson »
High school can be hell, especially for outcasts targeted by cliques with malevolent mischief on their minds. As readers of Stephen King's Carrie and its multiple film adaptations know, when you mess with a telekinetic outsider, fires tend to roar and blood spatters the walls. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray hitting shelves on April 14th. Ahead of the Blu-ray's release, we have trailers and clips from both films, including the iconic blood-drenched prom queen crowning and Rachel's glass-shattering house party interruption.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King's debut novel Carrie has been adapted for the screen multiple times for multiple generations, showing us different takes on the telekinetic titular character who's harassed both in the halls and on the home front. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray that hits shelves on April 14th. Ahead of its release, we've been provided with three copies of the double feature Blu-ray to give away to a few lucky Daily Dead readers.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, she endures her classmates' constant ridicule, and at »
- Derek Anderson
The hunt for the original Mallrats cast members continues and Kevin Smith has two more to add to the list. Now confirmed is Jeremy London, who played opposite Jason Lee as leading man T.S. Quint. Not to be confused with his twin brother Jason London (Dazed And Confused), Jeremy has been plenty busy himself with more obscure flicks as of late. He's not alone, however, as sailboat seeker Ethan Suplee is also a returning cast member. The dude has lost a ton of weight, but there's »
- Sean Wist
Made just on the cusp of his turning 70, photographer-filmmaker Larry Clark's latest reckless-youth provocation (see also: Kids, Bully, Ken Park) proves Matthew McConaughey's immortal Dazed and Confused adage: He gets older, but those skinny, objectified adolescents stay the same age. Within this loosely paced West Texas portrait of lyrical desolation (its grungy panoramas quite beautiful when not looking like advertising gloss), smoking pot, fucking, and spanking the boredom away is still the modus operandi for Clark's largely nonprofessional ensemble. Half-Hispanic teen Adam (Adam Mediano) skateboards from one hedonistic distraction to the next and is occasionally bullied by sadistic, racist Border Patrolman Tom (Jeremy St. James). Everyon »
When you imagine growing up in Texas, there’s the idealized Terrence Malick version of things, as seen in “The Tree of Life,” and there’s the casual, down-to-earth sort captured by Richard Linklater in such pics as “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood.” But for the truest depiction of how it feels to come of age in the Lone Star state, look no farther than Micah Magee’s “Petting Zoo,” a piercingly authentic, diamond-in-the-rough debut inspired by its director’s San Antonio upbringing, shaped by her personal experience with unplanned pregnancy and rendered poignant by whatever distance she’s since managed to put between herself and those teenage memories. Following screenings in Berlin and SXSW, Magee’s all-American indie is well poised for acquisition and further festival interest on both sides of the Atlantic — no small feat for a starless first feature.
Neither as witty as Juno nor as woebegone as Precious, »
- Peter Debruge
The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age. Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious […]
The post ‘Dazed and Confused’ Live Read: Nostalgia and Novelty Provide a New Look at Classic Characters appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
"Quit streaming. Start dreaming." Is there a better celebrity endorsement than Matthew McConaughey for a small video store still stocked full of VHS tapes? He's always been a good symbol for retro and nostalgic material. Didn't he encourage you to listen to Aerosmith more through his character in Dazed and Confused? Now let him tell you why you ought to visit Vulcan Video in Austin for the great selection, service and free parking! McConaughey joined Jimmy Kimmel, who is taping his talk show from Austin all this week for SXSW, in producing three hilarious commercials for the indie family-run shop as a tribute to old tech during a convention of new tech. They meet Bryan Connolly and Kristen Ellison, managers for the two-location business and soon-to-be-wed...
- Christopher Campbell
Talk about some great free publicity! Jimmy Kimmel -- who has been taping "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from Austin, Texas for the 2015 SXSW Festival -- just made one small video shop's dream come true with an awesome, celebrity-filled local commercial. The comedian asked local small businesses to send in reasons why "Jimmy Kimmel Live" should make a commercial for them, and Austin's Vulcan Video was the big winner! Check out the awesome clip above to see Kimmel and his good friend Matthew McConaughey star in Vulcan Video's new, hilarious commercial! We love how the "Interstellar" star even found a way to repurpose his famous "Dazed and Confused" "alight, alright, alright" line for the video. "Don’t be a loser, be a Vulcan Video chooser — alright, alright!," the Oscar-winning actor says in the clip. While this commercial doesn't look as glamorous as Matt's Lincoln ads, we love that the "Dallas Buyers Club »
- tooFab Staff
Running a local video rental store in 2015 has to be tough (if not damn near impossible) so you would think an advertising budget would be absolutely out of the question unless you happen to be Vulcan Video in Austin, TX and Jimmy Kimmel is in town for South By Southwest.
If his amazing Lincoln ads are any indication, McConaughey is unquestionably the right guy for the job. Though, marketing VHS tapes when self-driving cars are a thing is a tall order. So Jimmy and McConaughey took three passes at it, and you can watch the whole thing unfold below.
We never thought we'd say this, but is anyone up for going to Austin to rent a video??
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"Quit streaming. Start dreaming." Is there a better celebrity endorsement than Matthew McConaughey for a small video store still stocked full of VHS tapes? He's always been a good symbol for retro and nostalgic material. Didn't he encourage you to listen to Aerosmith more through his character in Dazed and Confused? Now let him tell you why you ought to visit Vulcan Video in Austin for the great selection, service and free parking! McConaughey joined Jimmy...
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Given his track record, Nicolas Winding Refn honestly has my money as soon as he announces a new project. With gripping character study Bronson, stylish modern classic Drive (possibly my favorite movie of all-time) and the hypnotic Only God Forgives under his belt, the filmmaker is one of the most unique voices working in cinema today. And judging by new tidbits about his upcoming horror movie The Neon Demon, that’s not about to change anytime soon.
While being interviewed by Dazed and Confused last month about her documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the filmmaker’s wife, Liv Corfixen, let slip some fascinating details about The Neon Demon‘s inspirations – including that the film is inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory, a notoriously cruel 16th-century countess who was rumored to bathe in the blood of local virgins. Báthory tortured these young girls and murdered them in hopes of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Filming starts this month on Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon," with Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves and Abbey Lee starring in the film. But there hasn't been much in the way of plot details. We do know that the script was co-written by Mary Laws, and that the film is set in Los Angeles, but outside of that things get fuzzy. However, things are becoming slightly more focused. Last month, Dazed And Confused caught up with Liv Corfixen, Refn's wife and the director of "My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn," who revealed that the film is inspired by the tale of Countess Báthory, the serial killing sixteenth century countess who apparently bathed in the blood of virgins to stay young (the last detail is apocryphal, but makes for a good yarn). Moreover, the movie will apparently be like a mix of the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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