11 items from 2011
by Amanda Sprecher
Being an orphan is no laughing matter… unless we're talking about the movies, in which case growing up without parents can actually yield some incredible results. It's become a long standing film trope that parents tend to be the one thing standing in the way of their children's magical adventures — a trope that's pushed even further this week with the release of "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's 3-D family film about a young orphan's fantastic journey through Paris.
In honor of "Hugo" and this fine tradition, here are some of the best examples of awesome movie orphans!
An Entirely New, Magical World
Harry Potter had the tragic fate of losing his parents as a baby, and living with Muggles. Things finally started going his way though when he was old enough to be whisked away to a magical school where he found out that not only does he have magic powers, »
- MTV Movies Team
The benchmark for any decent film festival is the level of cinematic diversity it offers. A good mix of entertaining, provocative, intriguing and possibly even perverse selections from around the globe with a few classic retrospectives thrown in for good measure that inform, intrigue, delight, outrage and provoke thoughtful debate is all that one can hope for in a well compiled line-up. Thankfully Brisbane’s 20th anniversary international film festival, which commences on the 3rd November, appears to have delivered that desired ensemble.
While commencing with the Aussie premieres of Joe Cornish’s UK genre-bender Attack the Block and closing with Pedro Almodovar’s psychologically intense genre hybrid The Skin I Live In, and with a few entries bleeding over from this year’s Sydney Film Festival (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tyrannosaur and Take Shelter amongst others), there’s more than enough fresh material in between to make the trip to another Aussie state worthwhile. »
- Oliver Pfeiffer
The story follows 12-year-old Mibs Beaumont who comes from a family that receive their own special power on their thirteenth birthday. When an accident puts her father in a coma two days before said birthday, Mibs takes off to help him and ends up on a wild adventure with her friends and siblings.
- Garth Franklin
HollywoodNews.com: 2011 Hollywood Film Festival Honors “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Lubezki, Mirrione, and Murakami
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar will be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that Academy Award nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will be honored with the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award,” Oscar-winning editor Stephen Mirrione will be presented with the “Hollywood Editor Award,” Academy Award-nominated production designer James Murakami will receive the “Hollywood Production Designer Award,” and Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, »
- Josh Abraham
After putting everything he had into Chamber Of Secrets - “blood, sweat and tears,” as he put it - Chris Columbus decided that he wouldn't return for the third instalment. He stayed on as a producer, but as the series moved into its regular 18 month cycle of releasing, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban needed a new director.
The studio's choices included Guillermo del Toro, who baulked at how the film was “so bright and happy and full of light”, and Marc Forster, who didn't want to direct children again so soon after making Finding Neverland.
As the Harry Potter series draws to a close this month with the release of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 15, we're taking a look back at the previous seven movies in the series to chart the rise of Jk Rowling's boy wizard. Harry's third year at Hogwarts was brought to life by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It's the first movie without the guiding directorial hand of Chris Columbus, who helmed the successful Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, yet the arrival of Cuarón brought a darker colour palette and fresh energy to the series. Cuarón grabbed the job much to the delight of Jk Rowling, who was a fan of the filmmaker's Y tu mamá también and A Little Princess. The likes of Guillermo del Toro, Marc Forster and Kenneth Branagh were (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Leading lensers choose their favourite living cinematographer
The documentaries Menges shot of the opium trade in Burma [in 1963 and 1972] were amazing. When he directed a documentary in Harlem about the end route of the drug trade, he was following this young girl who was selling drugs on the street. The shot took him into a brownstone and there was no light, but the camera kept running. He was shooting nothing, and that was a miraculous image in my mind.
It's something I have tried to reproduce: in The Hurt Locker, there is a scene where it is written that they disappear into absolute darkness. Not a "cinematic darkness", an actual darkness. If you can make an image that is nothing, but is more powerful than something, that's something to strive towards.
- Emine Saner
Prolific playwright and the hidden hand behind a string of classic TV series
Jeremy Paul, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 71, was a prominent and industrious television writer associated with many of the leading series of the past 40 years, from Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street in the 1970s, to Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected in the 80s and Lovejoy in the 90s. Relatively unknown writers such as Paul – who also wrote three BBC Plays for Today, including The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980), starring Peter Firth as a time-traveller, and many of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke – are the unsung heroes in the sustained supply of wit, literacy and humanity in our popular culture.
- Michael Coveney
With less than a month to go before Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life hits theaters, the first official review has landed, and it is quite positive. Sprouting from the French site Les Echos du Cinéma, we have a translation below from an IMDb user. They praise the film for its natural performances and beauty, but call out its Christian tones. It can be viewed below, followed by extensive production notes from All Things Shining. There are a lot of interesting tidbits in there, so I encourage you to read on.
In related news, the French distributor EuropaCorp have announced (via Blu-ray.com) a July 15th release date for the Blu-ray of The Tree of Life. No region coding is known yet, but that seems wildly early and highly unlikely. We’ll update the story if we hear any sort of confirmation or correction. For now, check out the review and productions. »
- Jordan Raup
Coming Friday to theaters is a mind-bending action flick, a kid-friendly comedy, a politically fraught biopic, and a family comedy out of France. As such, our list of correlating Instant Watches is full of action, laughs, and stars galore!
Zack Snyder returns to ass-kicking with this twisted tale of an institutionalized girl who retreats into an alternate reality, where she can become her own savior.
Pack your weekend with action and heroines with these pulse-pounding flicks:
Aliens: Collector’s Edition (1986) This gritty follow-up to Alien centers on Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the badass who inspired many imitators and a two more sequels. While each of the Alien movies is worth a watch, this one scored Weaver an Oscar nod. Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton co-star; James Cameron directs.
- Kristy Puchko
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004) Direction: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Julie Christie, Pam Ferris Screenplay: Steve Kloves; from J. K. Rowling's novel Oscar Movies Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón may have seemed like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment of the Harry Potter series — if one thinks only of Cuarón’s sleeper hit, the Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget, state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, »
- Andre Soares
11 items from 2011