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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ and More

21 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi)

After a festival tour back in 2006, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday was theatrically re-released by the newly established Grasshopper Films, and now it’s arriving on DVD. The drama is another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi’s skills in constructing empathy machines. Further in line with the director’s filmography, this story has a nesting-doll structure that combines ingrained social hierarchies, domestic drama, and a tragic intersection of misunderstandings. And while it »

- The Film Stage

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Berlin Film Festival Movies

20 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Other Side of Hope”

Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Midnight Cowboy

20 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Continuing a series of Guardian writers’ all-time Academy picks, Gwilym Mumford explains why the 1970 winner remains a vital and progressive triumph

The Oscars best picture category has a long and ignoble history of favouring the inoffensive over the revolutionary – Citizen Kane lost out to How Green Was My Valley. Forrest Gump defeated Pulp Fiction. The Third Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Do The Right Thing failed to even be nominated for best picture. (It’s a cruel world when Crash can win the thing and that lot can’t even get a look in). As a rule, the Academy tends to be behind the times – #OscarsSoWhite is recent evidence of that.

All of which makes the decision to crown Midnight Cowboy best picture in 1970 seem, in retrospect, like such a welcome aberration. It was a rare moment when Hollywood saw the coming changes in cinema and, rather than ignore »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Have A Nice Day’

17 February 2017 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s hardly the first place you’d expect a Goethe reference, but the fizzy, ’80s-influenced synthpop song that closes Liu Jian’s animated Berlin competition title “Have a Nice Day” (written, like all the film’s irresistible soundtrack cues, by composer David Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project) does feature the chorus line, “I am the sorrows of young Werther.” But then, incongruity is sort of the name of the game here: Liu’s storyline may be a slight and generic madcap gangster/hitman/thief movie, but the details of aesthetic design and character interaction flesh it out into something a little more wittily resonant, if not exactly deep. The pointed inventiveness of the carefully premeditated form doesn’t just compensate for the banality of the content, it becomes the content.

Against crisply drawn yet richly textured backgrounds, the actual animation (as in, those things that move on screen »

- Jessica Kiang

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Quentin Tarantino Meets Wong Kar-Wai With Bloody Animated Chinese Drama ‘Have a Nice Day’ — Berlinale 2017 Review

17 February 2017 11:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If Quentin Tarantino remade “Pulp Fiction” as an animated movie set in modern day China, it might look something like “Have a Nice Day,” an ensemble drama about the criminal underworld.

The second feature from Liu Jian (“Piercing I”) presents a series of interlocking tales in a pulpy display of desperate characters, all drawn together by a typical device — money — and the reckless behavior caused by it. The vivid palette of Liu’s animation conveys a comic book-like exuberance to the proceedings, but the underlying socioeconomic frustration is very real.

Read More: Hong Sang-soo Addresses His Marriage Scandal With a Movie in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’ — Berlinale 2017

The movie opens with a quote from Leo Tolstoy’s “Resurrection,” in which the author recalls that even in a reckless world filled with unhappy people, “spring was still spring, even in this town.” Liu takes that stance as a starting »

- Eric Kohn

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What It’s Like Shooting A Martin Scorsese Film, According to Oscar Nominee Rodrigo Prieto

17 February 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shooting a movie with an icon like Martin Scorsese has to be a dream for any cinematographer, but it’s just another day at work for Rodrigo Prieto. The 51-year-old Mexican cinematographer rose to prominence lensing movies for Alejandro González Iñárritu and Ang Lee, but in the last several years he has emerged as the go-to Dp for none other than Scorsese. He’s been behind the camera for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the “Vinyl” pilot and “Silence,” for which he’s Oscar nominated this year, and he’s now in production on “The Irishman.”

Read More: How Martin Scorsese’s Passion of the ‘Silence’ Relies on Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto

You don’t work on four major Scorsese projects without forming a unique rhythm with the master filmmaker, and Prieto provided some details on what it’s like shooting a Scorsese picture in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. »

- Zack Sharf

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Great Job, Internet!: Traumatize your kids with R-rated movie scenes drawn in the style of a children’s book

16 February 2017 12:10 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In his collection Movies R Fun!: A Collection Of Cinematic Classics For The Pre-(Film) School Cinephile, Pixar story supervisor Josh Cooley reimagined iconic moments from R-rated classics in the style of a children’s book. Now, Reddit has compiled a gallery of some of the book’s drawings, which feature scenes from the likes of Pulp Fiction, Alien, Drive, Fight Club, and more.

If there’s one thing that connects the movies represented, it’s that they all exist in a heightened reality that lends itself to the “anything goes” world of animation, whether that be Drive’s bold color scheme, Pulp Fiction’s outsize characterizations, or Alien’s alien, which is just a pair of googly eyes away from being an intergalactic pet.

What’s next? Stuffed Tyler Durden dolls? That would be awesome.

[via Reddit]


- Randall Colburn

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Meredith Baxter to Star in Dystopian Dramedy 'Genesis'

16 February 2017 11:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The future is indeed female in Genesis, a new sci-fi dramedy from Audrey Evans.

“Imagine an individual cloning herself — it’s sort of an immaculate conception, if you will,” explains Meredith Baxter in a clip of the dramedy, which explores the extinction of the male species and the promise of an all-female society.

Robert Romanus, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Dana Goldberg are also set to star in the film, which is described as “a B movie with style” and “Orange is the New Black meets Pulp Fiction meets Enter the Dragon.” It is currently raising funds on Indiegogo.

Evans — a seasoned editor who »

- Ashley Lee

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Alamo Drafthouse, Kodak Partner on 35Mm Film Celebration (Exclusive)

16 February 2017 9:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

We live in a pixelated world. Much of our day is spent staring at watches, laptops, desktops, iPods, and iPads that offer up digitized video, newsfeeds, and Facebook posts. These pixels are even dominating the biggest screens of all, as more and more movie theaters abandon film for the convenience and cost savings of digital projection. But there remain purists, for whom the flicker and luster of film remains a vital component of the movie-going experience. Quentin Tarantino, for instance, once blasted digital projection, dismissing it as “just television in cinema” and predicting it would lead to the death of movies.

Well the “Pulp Fiction” director and his partisans should mark their calendars. Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with Kodak on the first-ever “Reel Film Day,” a celebration of 35mm film. Both companies say they see the advantages of digitization, but they also want to celebrate the look, flavor, and art of celluloid. »

- Brent Lang

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Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Fesses Up: ‘I Once Snuck Into the Governors Ball’

15 February 2017 1:24 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Jimmy Kimmel walks into the annual Governors Ball after hosting the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, it won’t be his first time at the glitzy post-show gala. But this time, he has an actual ticket.

“I snuck into the Governors Ball – I think it was in 1995,” the talk-show host tells People in this week’s issue.

A morning host for Kevin & Bean on Kroq radio at the time, Kimmel and Kevin “put on our tuxedos and we figured if we got there early enough we would become part of the scenery,” the star recalls.

“We hung around for nine hours, »

- Elizabeth Leonard

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Video Essay Makes the Case for Black-and-White Film Noir’s Influence on ‘Breaking Bad’ — Watch

15 February 2017 11:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I can’t watch black-and-white movies?'” asks the creator of the Now You See It YouTube channel in his latest video. Said video essayist takes issue with that mindset, and he’s here to explain why in just four minutes. “Black and white can do just as much as color,” he contends, and for Exhibit A he turns to film noir.

Read More: 8 Essential Film Noir Movies MoMI is Resurrecting From the 1940s

Our intrepid host uses examples of both good and bad parodies to make a point: “Saturday Night Live” got it wrong by using low-contrast black and white in a recent skit inspired by “Casablanca,” while an old “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip mimicked the style much more skillfully. The poor imitation demonstrated by the likes of “SNL,” he argues, is why some consider black and white to be boring — they »

- Michael Nordine

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Return to Montauk review – beached affair takes time to connect

15 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Past lovers Nina Hoss and Stellan Skarsgård border on the unlovable in this slow-paced drama, but Volker Schlöndorff’s film rewards patience for its final twist

Volker Schlöndorff’s scalding film of The Tin Drum shared the Palme d’Or with Apocalypse Now in 1979. The director turns 78 next month and is no longer at the peak of his powers. But Return to Montauk proves that he still has it in him to startle and wrongfoot an audience.

What appears to be a clunky, tasteful, middle-aged rehash of Before Sunset, with two former lovers reunited after one of them writes a novel about their affair, turns out at the eleventh hour to have a sting in its tail. Schlöndorff and the novelist Cólm Toibín wrote the screenplay, which is adapted in part from the memoir Montauk by the late Swiss playwright and novelist Max Frisch, to whom the picture is dedicated. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Arrival,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘The Tree of Wooden Clogs’ & More

14 February 2017 6:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)

Within the alien subgenre, there lies another. Therein, knowledge is treasure and the fifth dimension is love. The major rule: once the mystery and the chills have subsided, the revelations are enlightening and the welcomes warm. Thankfully, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival is more worthwhile than that. The film juggles a bit of world-building with meaty, compelling characters while trying to make linguistics look cool. No easy task, but the film does so in a breeze »

- The Film Stage

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Berlinale: Liam Neeson’s ‘Hard Powder’ Nearly Sells Out Internationally (Exclusive)

13 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Upcoming action thriller “Hard Powder,” starring Liam Neeson, has sold almost all international rights, with the U.S. under negotiation, European film-tv group Studiocanal said Monday.

The sale of the Rocky Mountains-set movie to nine of the dozen biggest markets for international productions marks the first to independent distributors for a big title at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Hard Powder,” which is fully financed and sold by Studiocanal, will be distributed directly by the company in its four home territories: U.K., France, Germany and Australia-New Zealand. The other major licensing deals comprise Italy (Eagle), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Latin America (Leda Films), China (Bona Films) and Scandinavia (Svensk).

Other territories sold include Benelux (The Searchers), Poland (Monolith), Eastern Europe (Freeman), Greece (Spentzos), Middle East (Salim Ramia), South Africa (Times Media),  Indonesia (Pt Amero) and Singapore (Shaw).

Japan is in final talks. A number of other territories are still in negotiation, »

- John Hopewell

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Riverdale Recap: Betty Boils Over

9 February 2017 6:59 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Need to catch up? Check out our previous Riverdale recap here.

After barreling though a ton of murder plot in its first two weeks, Riverdale dialed it back a bit this week to give us a Very Special Episode on the topic of slut-shaming… and to show us a scary new side to Betty Cooper.

Veronica goes out on a date with football star (and coach’s son) Chuck, but then gets taunted by girls at school, asking if she enjoyed her “sticky maple” last night. Chuck apparently posted a photo of himself with Veronica, except he added maple syrup »

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New Halloween Movie Slated for October 19th, 2018, David Gordon Green to Direct

9 February 2017 3:53 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).

In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:

Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »

- Derek Anderson

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Amazon Gets International Streaming Rights to New Regency Films Including ‘Revenant,’ ‘Birdman’

9 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Regency announced a multiyear content-licensing deal with Amazon giving the e-commerce company international streaming rights to about 120 movies, including “The Revenant,” “Birdman” and “Gone Girl.”

Under the pact, Amazon Prime members in more than 200 countries and territories — with the exception of the U.S. — will be able to stream the New Regency films on Prime Video apps and PrimeVideo.com.

In the U.S., HBO has some streaming rights to New Regency’s titles, but only during the premium cabler’s pay windows.

On Amazon Prime Video, starting in 2018, additional New Regency titles will become available internationally, including “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Heat” and “L.A. Confidential.” The agreement was brokered in partnership with Lionsgate Television, which is part of a joint venture with New Regency and distributes the company’s library internationally.

“We are thrilled to bring Prime Video members around the world access to an amazing catalog of films from New Regency, »

- Todd Spangler

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Win a Lionsgate Action Bundle with Life on the Line starring John Travolta

8 February 2017 7:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of new John Travolta action thriller Life on the Line, we have an awesome Lionsgate action bundle up for grabs featuring Criminal,The Last Stand, Heist, London Has Fallen and Killing Season.

Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) headlines this tense and star-studded new action thriller. Travolta is Beau Ginner, a man haunted by the death of his younger brother in a tragic work accident, leaving him to raise his niece, Bailey, alone. Determined to see her go to college and start a new life, tragedy threatens to strike again when a major storm descends on the county. It’s a deadly race against the clock to fix miles of high-wire cable before lightning destroys the power grid and everything in its path.

Nail-biting, action-packed and based on true events, Life on the Line co-stars Kate Bosworth (Heist), Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct), Devon Sawa »

- Paul Heath

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Blu-ray of Life On The Line Starring John Travolta

8 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Working hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, experience the heart-racing story of Beau, played by Academy Award® Nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, 1994, Pulp Fiction; Best Actor, 1977, Saturday Night Fever), and his linemen when Life on the Line arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD February 7 from Lionsgate. Braving dangerously dizzying heights, the unsung heroes dedicated to keeping the populace safe must face a deadly storm as it heads straight for their Texas town. Can they keep their community connected? Also starring Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, and Academy Award® Nominee Sharon Stone (Best Actress, 1995, Casino), the Life on the Line Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Now you can own the Blu-ray of Life On The Line. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away! All you have to »

- Tom Stockman

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Cameraperson,’ ‘Loving,’ ‘The Lobster,’ and More

7 February 2017 1:06 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)

A travelogue through one artist’s subconscious, Cameraperson is perhaps the most plural film of 2016 – a formal, tonal, situational, and pacing exercise that lulls viewers into thinking it’s set on one thing before turning towards seemingly new territory. And it never feels out-of-balance because director Kirsten Johnson has, by building this film around moments that “marked” her, granted such an intimate experience that it almost feels wrong to intellectualize much of anything that’s going on here, »

- The Film Stage

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