5 items from 2017
Simon Brew Apr 9, 2017
City Of Tiny Lights, starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper, is the latest film from director Pete Travis, known particularly in this parish for helming Dredd. We met up with him in London to chat about the movie, about politics, and about Dredd…
I read an interview for City Of Tiny Lights where you were quoted as saying you wouldn’t make the film unless Riz Ahmed did it, and that he was the first choice for the lead role of Tommy. I can’t tell you the number of people I interview who say something like that and…
… mostly they’re lying when they say that!
Well, quite possibly!
There’s a rule about casting I learned a long time ago. The right person for the role is the person who »
Aaron is joined by Martin Kessler and Andrea West (Aaron’s wife!). We talk a lot about the Before Trilogy, including another telling of the story of Aaron and Andrea in France. We also talk about a lot of news, including the latest big Janus touring films, the new Martin Scorsese project, and many other Criterion topics.
3:45 – Reflecting on the Oscars
9:45 – Flash sale purchases
12:30 – Newsletter Clue – Meantime
16:30 – The Before Trilogy
23:30 – 45 Years Preview
25:00 – Janus Touring Chungking Express
27:30 – Stalker Touring
31:30 – Martin Scorsese’s African Film Heritage Project
35:30 – Kevin McDonald Phantom Page
39:00 – Short Takes (Cat People, Black Girl, El Norte)
50:40 – FilmStruck
Episode Links Flixwise – The Leopard Barry Jenkins in the Criterion Closet Newsletter Clue Criterion Winners Criterion Winners Martin Scorsese Film Foundation African Film Heritage Strangers in Strange Lands Kevin MacDonald – Phantom Page Flixwise Canada Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter »
- Aaron West
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.
Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »
- Nick Newman
Legendary Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai is renowned for his vivid use of color, which the kind folks over at Glass Distortion have made abundantly clear in a sweeping new compilation titled simply, “Wong Kar Wai: Color Obsession.” As the filmmaker’s varied spectrum of bright hues and darker tones splash across the screen, one can see how crucial this colorful aesthetic is to creating the distinct mood and atmosphere for which his films are known.
The Chinese auteur’s obsession with color is well documented, as in this 1998 interview with Bomb Magazine, when he compared “Chungking Express” (1994) to “Fallen Angels” (1995) by discussing both films’ palettes: “Whereas ‘Chungking’ was sunshiny and suffused with bright, lovely daytime colors, ‘Fallen Angels’ is more about neon, and night time, and grunge.”
Glass Distortion also »
- Jude Dry
It’s the heat of the awards season, so you know the drill. The Hollywood Reporter gets one too many moderators and misses out on a number of actual contenders for a certain award, but gathers whoever is easily available to discuss their craft in an extensive roundtable. The latest in this series is for the directors and although there’s no Denis Villeneuve, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan, Jim Jarmusch, Mike Mills, Kelly Reichardt, Paul Verhoeven, etc. in sight, they have gathered a few of the top helmers of the year.
Most notably we have Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), and Denzel Washington (Fences), who are joined by Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), along with the directors of a few early fall releases that have all but been forgotten by now, Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) and Oliver Stone (Snowden). They discuss when they first fell in love »
- Jordan Raup
5 items from 2017
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