7 items from 2013
(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, 2012, Fra/UK/Us) 87 mins
An arthouse fishing-trawler documentary sounds like a practical joke, but this takes us to places we've never before – into the ocean depths and back out on to the decks with the catch. It's a series of dark, semi-abstract tableaux full of flapping fish, clanking machinery and tattooed fishermen doing wet, gory work. It's easy to forget this is real life you're watching.
Saving Mr Banks (PG)
How Walt Disney came to make Mary Poppins was hardly a pressing movie mystery, and one suspects a spoonful of drama has been added, but the leads are eminently watchable.
- Steve Rose
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Peter Weir’s Fearless! The Story: After surviving a horrific plane crash, Max Klein finds that his life is no longer the same. Unable to connect »
- Paul Shirey
Chicago – We’re kicking off a great November of content with another “New to Netflix” feature, in which we help you fill your Netflix queue for the next 30 days. There are some undeniable greats that recently hit the service (like “Say Anything…”) along with some well-known recent hits (like “Olympus Has Fallen”), but we use this feature to track down the films you may miss in the labyrinth of Netflix.
With more and more film and TV lovers using broadband providers more often than video stores, Netflix may be the future of entertainment but it’s still annoying to navigate. Let us guide the way. Complete with links so you can add all ten of these directly to your queue.
Netflix Description: Blending a larger-than-life family story and a rock documentary, this film follows David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, three teenage brothers »
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? This prequel to the Disney-Pixar favorite "Monster's Inc." takes us back in time to when Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) weren't the best of friends. Before the two became big Scarers, they were freshman at Monster's University and quickly became competitive rivals.
Why We're In: Crystal's Mike and Goodman's Sully are undoubtedly one of the funniest and most beloved onscreen animated duos. Unlike most prequels, "Monster's University" is packed with fresh humor, fun and charming moments, and will keep the whole family entertained. The prequel was also ranked one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"La Notte" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic, "La Notte," stars Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni as a deteriorating married couple. The two re-examine their relationship over the course of an evening, »
- Erin Whitney
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
Having tackled a story featuring a talking fish in Maelstrom (2000), explored the real life massacre of 14 female students in Polytechnique(2009), and delved into the Middle East conflict with a brother and sister trying to unravel the past of their mother in Incendies (2010), Denis Villeneuve readily admits, “I feel alive when I take risks.” The creative inclination has continued as the publicity tired Villeneuve promoted two of his latest efforts at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival which mark his English-speaking and Hollywood debuts. Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Zodiac) is the cinematic adaptation of the novel The Double by José Saramago; the story revolves around a university lecturer who seeks out an actor who looks exactly like him. Prisoners deals with a parent portrayed by »
Bruce Beresford and John Stoddart“I was always interested in drawing and painting as a child,” states John Stoddart. "I grew up in Sydney and there wasn’t much theatre at that time. There were no film schools so architecture was the closest thing with an artistic background that I could find. I don’t think I was aware of the theatre until I came to London. I had been to some plays in Sydney but not many. I became more interested during the 1960s and I had no knowledge of opera which I specialized in the theatre.” The trip to England led to an encounter with another Sydney University graduate who would become a frequent collaborator. “I worked with various architects for five years. I was able to branch out on my own. »
7 items from 2013