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Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
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- Michael Nordine
After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.
Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.
As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »
- Jordan Raup
Sales agent Fortissimo Films has filed for bankruptcy.
As first reported by Variety, the company filed for bankruptcy yesterday in Amsterdam, shuttering its offices in Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam and Beijing..
The sales agent began in 1991, founded by Wouter Barendrecht and Helen Loveridge. Michael Werner joined the company four years later and led it from 2009, becoming a partner in the company and producing films such as.Shortbus.and.Mysterious Skin.
Fortissimo specialised in the Asia-Pacific region and was increasingly run out of Hong Kong.
The company's library has over 300 titles, including Scorsese's Shine a Light, Wong Kar Wai.s Chungking Express, Morgan Spurlock.s Super Size Me, Sydney Pollack.s Sketches Of Frank Gehry,.Andrew Jarecki.s Capturing The Friedmans and the film that made a star of Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.
- Staff Writer
Fortissimo Films, the sales agent that has been in business since 1991 and has offices in Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam and Beijing, is entering into bankruptcy, Deadline has confirmed. The company has built up a library of films over the years including Shine A Light from Martin Scorsese, Mystery Train and Coffee And Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express and documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, Sydney Pollack’s Sketches Of Frank G… »
The ‘Wong Kar Wai: In Person’ event, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, will show clips of Wai’s work, and offer insights from biographer John Powers, who is releasing a retrospective book he co-authored with Wai.
Lionsgate will release Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral directed by and starring Ewan McGregor alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning on October 21 in limited release and expand on October 28.The Orchard has promoted Paul Davidson to evp of film and television. Davidson joined »
Veteran Tony Leung Chiu-wai is poised to star in Hong Kong-made action thriller “Europe Raiders.” Alongside Leung is Kris Wu, the Canadian-Chinese former member of K-pop sensation Exo, who recently starred in “The Mermaid,” China’s all-time biggest movie.
The picture is the third film in the Jingle Ma-directed franchise, following “Tokyo Raiders” from 2000 and “Seoul Raiders” from 2006. Production this time through Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films is set to start next month in Europe, China and Japan.
Wu, who also appeared in hit drama Mr Six,” is currently filming Luc Besson’s “Valerian,” and also Hollywood action title “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” which stars Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa and Donnie Yen.
Leung will reportedly join after completing work on “The Ferryman,” which is also being produced by Jet Tone,and which manages Leung.
Leung appeared in both the previous “Raiders” movies and »
- Patrick Frater
“We are not making a fetish of the past,” says Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong Intl Film Festival Society, and one of the co-founders of the fest 40 years ago.
The festival runs March 21 – April 4.
Yet there is notable pride in Garcia’s voice when he is able to announce a retrospective of films by Jet Tone Films, the production company founded and operated by the iconic Wong Kar-wai, pictured,which is 25 this year. “It is good to celebrate such a Hong Kong filmmaker in our 40th year,” says Garcia.
The Jet Tone showcase includes Wong’s “Chungking Express,” “Ashes of Time Redux,” an hour-long version of the 35-minute short “The Hand” that original appeared in the 2004 “Eros” anthology, and the 3D version of “The Grandmaster,” unspooling in Hong Kong for the first time.
Aside from the Jet Tone tribute and a seminar on the future of Hong Kong cinema, »
- Patrick Frater
My guest for this month is David Blakeslee, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1994 romantic comedy-drama film Reality Bites. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
As I mentioned in the intro, this show is joining up with the fine folks at CriterionCast This film doesn’t just feature Ben Stiller, he also directed it It was written by Helen Childress, who is supposedly working on a television version of the film Both David and I are nominally members of Generation X, although that can be argued for both of us as well This film also stars Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder when they were painfully young The film bares some resemblance to my choice for the previous episode Chungking Express The film reminds me of the fiction of Mark Leyner And also of the essay E Unibus Pluram »
- Arik Devens
Last August, Arik Devens created the Cinema Gadfly podcast, an audio supplement to his Web site of the same name. As we do with the CriterionCast, the Cinema Gadfly podcast features discussions of the various releases in The Criterion Collection, but Arik complements each release with an episode discussing a non-Criterion film chosen by the guest.
I’m extremely pleased to announce that Arik will be adding his show to our network, syndicating it in our feeds.
Arik joined us on a recently on our Criterion Favorites of 2015 episode. Over the six months that he’s been producing his podcast, he’s released fourteen episodes, covering films such as Alphaville (featuring Serenity Caldwell), The Love Parade, and most recently Chungking Express with our own David Blakeslee.
Arik spoke at the Layers Conference in 2015, discussing what he loves about the Criterion Collection.
Over the years, our little network (Hyperbolic) has grown, »
- Ryan Gallagher
Wong Kar-wai at the Berlin Film Festival 2013/Cc-Attribution 3.0 Unported
Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films Ltd. will be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong Film Festival on March 21 to April 4, 2016 and some of the production company’s well-known movies will be screened during the course of the festival in spring.
Although a definitive list is yet to be released, you can look forward to some of these movies on the Hkiff screening.
This 1990 drama stars Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Jackie Cheung. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a consummate playboy who breaks the heart of Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Mimi (Carina Lau). The film casts light into the characters’ psychological drama, but has been labelled as frustrating by many audiences because it does not present a clear plot. This project started Wong Kar-wai’s collaboration with premier cinematographer Christopher Doyle »
- Kat Meneses
10 items from 2016
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