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How The Vanishing changed the Oscar rules

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

Spoorloos - the original The Vanishing - led to the Academy having to change its ways...

People sometimes come to this site in search of a film to watch, that they’ve not heard of. Sadly, the late George Sluizer’s stunning thriller Spoorloos has been infected by its tepid 1993 Hollywood remake, that Sluizer himself directed. But the original is one of the best, darkest thrillers of the 1980s. It’s an amazing piece of work.

It’s also a piece of work that led to the Academy having to rewrite the rules for one of its Oscar categories.

The film’s country of origin was the Netherlands, and when it came to Oscar time, it was put forward as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Feature Academy Award. Yet the film was deemed ineligible, in spite of the fact that not a word of English is spoken in it.
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'Detour': Film Review | Munich 2017

'Detour': Film Review | Munich 2017
A spurned mistress takes her married lover’s child for quite a ride in Detour, the slick and effective genre debut from German filmmaker Nina Vukovic, who earlier co-wrote the screenplay for the fairytale Nevermore, which won a student Oscar in 2007. There are superficial echoes of superior nail-biters like George Sluizer’s The Vanishing in this story that’s largely set in a vehicle and at a gas station, and which fuses suspense and thriller elements with a relationship drama featuring a handful of elusive and volatile characters, as well as an innocent child. A superb calling card for Vukovic, this Munich...
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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees

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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees
The Guild announced on Thursday nominations for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards across a multitude of categories covering features, TV, commercials and music videos.

Among the film nominees were Café Society, Manchester By The Sea, Hell Or High Water and Arrival.

TV nominees encompass Game Of Thrones, The Night of and Silicon Valley, while Beyonce’s Lemonade visual extravaganza is a heavy-hitter in the music videos section.

The awards show is set for February 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Excellence In Production Design For A Feature FilmPERIOD Film

Café Society, Santo Loquasto

Fences, David Gropman

Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Robison

Hail, Caesar!, Jess Gonchor

Hidden Figures, Wynn Thomas

Jackie, Jean Rabasse

Fantasy Film

Arrival, Patrice Vermette

Doctor Strange, Charles Wood

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Stuart Craig

Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont

Contemporary Film

Hell Or High Water, Tom Duffield

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road
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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road” won the Adg’s
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2016 Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Keep Oscar Momentum Alive

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2016 Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Keep Oscar Momentum Alive
The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for this year’s Adg Excellence in Production Design Awards, with “Jackie,” “La La Land” and more among the contenders. Adg’s awards are different from most others, as it has categories for Period, Fantasy and Contemporary Films; this has led to a wide array of winners in recent years, including the likes of “Her” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This year’s ceremony, the 21st, will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, February 11. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: Writers Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More

Period Film

Cafe Society” (Production Designer: Santo Loquasto)

Fences” (Production Designer: David Gropman )

Hacksaw Ridge” (Production Designer: Barry Robinson)

“Hail, Caesar!” (Production Designer: Jess Gonchor)

“Jackie” (Production Designer: Jean Rabasse)

Fantasy Film

“Arrival” (Production Designer: Patrice Vermette)

Doctor Strange” (Production Designer: Charles Wood)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Ace Eddie Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Stranger Things’ and More

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The American Cinema Editors have announced the nominees for the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards, with “Arrival,” “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land” among the contenders. On the comedy side, “Deadpool” and “The Lobster” continued their surprise awards-season runs by landing nods, while “Stranger Things” also had a strong showing in the TV category.

Final ballots will be mailed to Ace members on January 6, voting ends on January 17 and the ceremony takes place on January 27. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: 35 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016

Best Edited Feature Film (Drama)

Arrival” (Joe Walker)

Hacksaw Ridge” (John Gilbert)

Hell or High Water” (Jake Roberts)

Manchester by the Sea” (Jennifer Lame)

Moonlight” (Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)

Deadpool” (Julian Clarke)

“Hail, Caesar!” (Roderick Jaynes)

The Jungle Book” (Mark Livolsi)

La La Land” (Tom Cross)

The Lobster” (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)

Best Edited Animated Feature
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‘Arrival,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Land Ace Editing Nominations

‘Arrival,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Land Ace Editing Nominations
Members of the American Cinema Editors have weighed in with a list of nominations for the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards, taking place on Friday, Jan. 27.

All three of the awards season’s strongest players — “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — were recognized in the film categories. Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion psychodrama “Arrival,” Mel Gibson’s World War II epic “Hacksaw Ridge,” and David Mackenzie’s indie darling “Hell or High Water” filled out the drama category.

Joining “La La Land” in the comedy field were “Deadpool,” 20th Century Fox’s irreverent superhero blockbuster; “Hail, Caesar!,” the Coen brothers’ latest jaunt (the filmmaker siblings editing together once again under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes); “The Jungle Book,” Disney’s mega-hit that could be a dark horse for an Oscar nod here; and in a twist, “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist satire that continues to maintain a footprint
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The 10 Most Beloved Movies In The Criterion Collection — IndieWire Readers Survey

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The 10 Most Beloved Movies In The Criterion Collection — IndieWire Readers Survey
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.

Last week, IndieWire asked our readers to name their favorite movies in the Criterion Collection, which resulted in hundreds of responses that pretty much covered every nook and cranny of Criterion’s massive library. It was great to see many readers listing dramas as diverse and polarizing as Robert Altman’s “3 Women,” George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing” and Fritz Lang’s “M,” but at the end of the day, our survey revealed which 10 titles our Criterion subscribers can’t get enough of.

An intriguing mix of reliable film landmarks and a few surprises, below is
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 53 – The Vanishing

Mark and Aaron cover the Dutch and French horror/suspense classic, The Vanishing. Having experienced this film numerous times before, we are able to explore the foreshadowing and narrative structure that led us on a wild journey to an even wilder ending. We talk about obsession, control, that harrowing ending, and yes, we even get into the American remake.

About the film:

A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s The Vanishing unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.

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Episode Links & Notes

3:10 – October Horror Schedule

5:00 – Short Takes (The Tin Drum,
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Horror Highlights: Hdnet Movies Horror Marathon, Wolf Creek Series Clip, The Living Corpse: Relics Q&A with Buz Hasson

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In our latest Horror Highlights, we have a new clip from the Wolf Creek series, details on Hdnet Movies' horror movie marathon, and a Q&A with Buz Hasson about The Living Corpse: Relics Kickstarter.

Hdnet Movies Horror Marathon: Los Angeles – October 10, 2016 – Trick or Treat with Hdnet Movies this October, as the network presents a three-day Halloween Weekend block, featuring 16 sci-fi, suspense, and slasher classics. The special event begins on Saturday, Oct. 29, and runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

The thrills and chills kickoff with an out-of-this-world “Sci-Fi Saturday” on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with Nathan Fillion as the captain of a spaceship harboring a mysterious stowaway in the 2005 Joss Whedon adventure Serenity at 7pE. Next up is Henry Thomas as a young boy who befriends a stranded alien in the Stephen Spielberg opus E.T., with Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore, at 9pE; and Bruce Willis travels back in time to save the
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 21 – The Vanishing

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big
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Secret in Their Eyes review – flashback thriller remade with diminished returns

Julia Roberts out-acts and upstages Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor in this muddled film, making its central relationships look implausible and extraneous

And so, yet another great film gets a pointless and slightly wrong Hollywood remake, and this one tiptoes sheepishly into cinemas while everyone is looking the other way – preparing for the Academy Awards. It does, however, have the remake’s beneficial effect of enhancing the original’s prestige: after all, no self-respecting cinephile ever talks about George Sluizer’s cult chiller The Vanishing without first establishing his or her good taste by attacking the inferior English-language remake that Sluizer himself directed. This will now be the fate of Juan José Campanella’s terrific Argentinian drama-thriller El Secreto de Sus Ojos, or The Secret in Their Eyes. The foreign-language Oscar-winner from 2009 is now given a retrospective connoisseur’s boost by this unsatisfying remake, set in modern-day Los Angeles, with
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Damien Power talks debut feature Killing Ground

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Aaron Glenane and Aaron Pedersen in Killing Ground.

Writer-director Damien Power describes the writing process on his thriller, Killing Ground, in one word: "long".

"I was working with producer Joe Weatherstone on another script. With that project we went to the then-afc's IndiVision lab, which was a workshop for low-budget features: a million or less. It's a workshop so we kind of pulled it apart, and I don't think we ever really put those pieces back together again"..

"But while I was in that process I had an idea for something that I thought we could make quickly and cheaply. And then eight years later, I got to make it" (laughs)..

Power's debut feature stars Aaron Pedersen, Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Glenane, Maya Strange, and Tiarnie Coupland, and was inspired by an image that floated into the filmmaker's head: of an orange tent in the bush, abandoned.

The production
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Criterion on Fandor: Mysteries

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Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on 8 mystery films.

Secrets, lies, clues and questionable motives: follow these films as they insist on (or resist) throwing light on the dark corners of human nature.

Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

Confidentially Yours, the French Crime film by François Truffaut

When a real estate agent is framed for the murders of his wife and her lover, it is up to his faithful secretary to solve the mystery.

The Element of Crime, the Danish Crime film by Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier’s stunning debut film is the story of Fisher, an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer with a taste for young girls.
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Q&A with Wrecker Director Micheal Bafaro

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Coming to theaters, VOD, and iTunes tomorrow with the gas pedal to the floor and one eye on the rearview mirror is Wrecker, a new road trip horror film from XLrator Media. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Wrecker co-writer/director Micheal Bafaro.

Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Micheal. How did you come up with the idea for your latest film, Wrecker?

Micheal Bafaro: I’ve always been inspired by the open road. For me, it’s the ultimate embodiment of freedom, adventure, and optimism. However, it can also be unpredictable as one moves away from familiar surroundings into the unknown. I’ve got an active imagination and I’m always having story ideas pop into my head. Highways themselves are an iconic part of the North American landscape and culture, and I felt that it was time to do a road film of my own.
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200 Greatest Horror Films (20-11)

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20. The Innocents

Directed by Jack Clayton

Written by William Archibald and Truman Capote

UK, 1961

Genre: Hauntings

The Innocents, which was co-written by Truman Capote, is the first of many screen adaptations of The Turn of the Screw. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad because most people haven’t – but The Innocents deserves its rightful spot on any list of great horror films. Here is one of the few films where the ghost story takes place mostly in daylight, and the lush photography, which earned cinematographer Freddie Francis one of his two Oscar wins, is simply stunning. Meanwhile, director Jack Clayton and Francis made great use of long, steady shots, which suggest corruption is lurking everywhere inside the grand estate. The Innocents also features three amazing performances; the first two come courtesy of child actors Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hell House), and Martin Stephens (Village of the Damned
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 8: Reversals & Reveals

It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**

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The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best

David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children.
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Larry Brezner, Longtime Manager and Producer, Dies at 73

Larry Brezner, a principal of Brezner Steinberg Partners with extensive producing credits, died Monday night at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte of complications from leukemia. He was 73.

The well-liked Brezner entered the hospital for treatment in July after he was diagnosed with the disease, according to longtime business partner David Steinberg.

Brezner played a key role in developing the careers of Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Martin Short and Bette Midler and was credited with working effectively behind the scenes to set up movie projects. He produced Crystal’s “Throw Momma From the Train” and Williams’ “Good Morning, Vietnam” along with “The Burbs,” “The Vanishing,” “Freddie Got Fingered,” “Coupe de Ville,” “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the Russell Brand remake of “Arthur” and “Ride Along.”

“He had a great eye for comedy talent and was the funniest person I ever met,” Steinberg said. “He was truly one of a kind.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

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Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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