8 items from 2015
With “Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled, Preoccupied, Preposterous,” director-cinematographer Christopher Doyle offers something for the time capsule, an attempt to capture the cultural moment of a city in transition. And there would seem to be no better person to produce this docu-fiction hybrid than Doyle, whose lensing for Wong Kar-wai on films like “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love” had a free-flowing dynamism that helped define his adoptive city for international audiences. But the improvisational rhythms that made Doyle and Wong’s collaborations so special prove disappointingly elusive for Doyle alone, as three generations of Hong Kong voices are brought together for a squeak of a chorus. A section devoted to the “Umbrella Revolution” comes closest to seizing the day, but few beyond the pic’s Kickstarter backers will flip through Doyle’s cinematic sketchbook.
The main problem with “Hong Kong Trilogy” is that it over-promises and under-delivers. Over three distinct sections, »
- Scott Tobias
Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle takes the adage ‘always leave them wanting more’ too far in this clumsy narrative documentary about his adopted hometown
Part documentary! Part narrative! All vaguely intriguing! This could be the billboard ad for Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, though if one were to advertise for this film, you’d likely lead with the visuals and leave words out of the picture.
It’s no surprise that Hong Kong Trilogy has a striking look, as it is directed by Christopher Doyle, the Australian-born cinematographer who rose to arthouse fame lensing Wong Kar-Wai’s slick, stylized films Chungking Express, Fallen Angels and In the Mood for Love before working with directors like Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant. While not the first time in the director’s chair (there was a Polish thriller called Warsaw Dark, a chapter in the Paris, Je t’aime anthology and Ai Weiwei’s music video Dumbass, »
- Jordan Hoffman
Cinematographer Christopher Doyle is set to take the director’s chair once again, this time for a documentary.
Titled Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, the film is Doyle’s third full-length movie as a director, and first since 2008. Doyle writes and shoots the film as well.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Renowned cinematographer and artist Christopher Doyle celebrates Hong Kong and its people with this documentary-fiction hybrid that focuses on Hong Kong residents in their childhood, youth, and old age.
Doyle is most famous for his cinematography work, having notably worked with Wong Kar Wai on numerous projects, including Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love, and 2046. He also shot the 1998 Psycho along with Lady in the Water and The Limits of Control. The trailer itself highlights his skill as a cinematographer, while providing a glimpse at the kinds of stories that will be presented in the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: the first trailer for controversial Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul, a prizewinner at Cannes.You may have noticed that the first round of the Toronto International Film Festival's program has been revealed. We're particularly excited about news films by Johnnie To and Terence Davies.The 72nd Venice Film Festival lineup has been unveiled, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Marco Bellocchio, Jerzy Skolimowski, Aleksandr Sokurov, Frederick Wiseman, and more. The jury has also been announced: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsaio-hsien, Lynne Ramsay and others, all led by Alfonso Cuarón.Above: A film still from Prelude, a new film by Nathaniel Dorsky that will premiere during the New York Film Festival's retrospective of the director.David Davidson's Toronto Film Review is featuring an epic compendium of "interviews with cinephile directors, »
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
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
We film critics have an often infuriating tendency to write as much about ourselves, and the state of our profession, as we do about the movies. This is hardly a new phenomenon, of course, but it may be more prevalent than ever before: Whether we’re seeking out pockets of online validation or trying to provoke those with whom we violently disagree (or both), the rise of social media has made it all too easy to engage directly with our ideological allies and adversaries alike. At the same time, the continual thinning of our professional ranks has fueled endless arguments and think-pieces about whether the Internet has succeeded in decimating or diversifying the field.
All of which makes it particularly important to remember Richard Corliss — not just because the veteran Time critic hailed from that honorable, not-yet-bygone tradition of wordsmiths who composed sharp, beautifully considered reviews for the printed page, »
- Justin Chang
8 items from 2015
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