10 items from 2010
Anyone who has seen Stanley Kubrick.s seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey will probably agree with me that 17 more minutes of that film would likely be excruciating. The film already has been cut down to 141 minutes from its original 160 to help pick up the slow pace; adding 17 minutes right back would probably cause some people.s heads to explode. According to Forgotten Silver, those 17 minutes do exist, discovered by Douglas Trumbull and David Larson while they were researching their now cancelled documentary about the 1968 film, 2001: Behind the Infinite - The Making of a Masterpiece. It seems like it would have been a very interesting look back at the film and the process behind Kubrick.s mad genius, but not only will we not get to see the film, but Warner Bros. has no idea what to do with the new footage they have the rights to. Will we »
Back in September, our Indie Trailer Sunday feature called attention to Beyond the Infinite: The Making of a Masterpiece, a documentary on Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the hands of Douglas Trumball, effects supervisor on the iconic film, and David Larson, the doc was exploring "not just the technical story but the human story, the personal story, the experiences of people who interacted with Kubrick that is really true to the style and look of 2001: A Space Odyssey." But while the doc has since been canceled, the two learned Warner Bros has discovered 17-minutes of cut footage that was presumed lost. In a long chain of discovery, The Film Stage learned this info from Blastr, who translated an article from Forgotten Silver reporting on the documentary duo whilst speaking at a special screening of a 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey (did you »
- Ethan Anderton
Almost like discovering a monolith buried underground, Warner Brothers recently found 17 minutes of lost footage from Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey in a salt-mine vault in Kansas. But before you go and drop acid in anticipation of an extended cut of the film, consider the slippery slope this footage constitutes. One, just because the footage was found doesn't necessarily mean it's going to make it into the public eye. Two, Kubrick himself reportedly cut the footage from the film because he felt it created pacing issues. And three, the film is just about perfect as is, do you really want to screw it up? Hit the jump for more details on the footage as well as what it might contain. The Film Stage  first alerted us to the news of this footage. They point us to a reports from Forgotten Silver  and Blastr  about an event in »
- Germain Lussier
The 17th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference is now underway! From Oct. 21-28, the Austin Film Festival will be host to filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, industry pros, and people who just love film. One man (Executive Writer - Don Simpson) from the Smells Like Screen Spirit crew has single handedly completed the task of reviewing 9 of the films screening at Aff 2010 in the next week, to provide a sneak preview just for you. Stay tuned for further coverage of the festival throughout the next week; including interviews, tweets and many more reviews. _____________________________________________ Conviction (2010) | Review "...Goldwyn takes a few too many dramatic shortcuts and abides all too closely to preexisting formulas and conventions. There is no narrative depth or subtext; what you see is exactly what you get. The only real chance that Goldwyn takes is in casting Rockwell against type (Swank is cast in an all too predictable and standard »
- Dave Campbell
Director: Eric Hueber Writer(s): Andy Cope, Eric Hueber John Wayne once asked, “Have you ever been to Nacogdoches?” Well, few people ever visit the “great white grandmother of the lone star state” -- the home of the ceiling fan, the strip tease and the first oil well in Texas; the great hecklers of Nacogdoches also helped convince the Marx Brothers that they should become comedians rather than singers. Then on February 1, 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere; much of the debris fell on Nacogdoches and suddenly Nacogdoches skyrocketed to international headlines... ...And from the debris of the Columbia -- and I mean this quite literally, as they construct their drum set out of space shuttle debris -- arises the great rock band Country Willie & the Cosmic Debris. Lead singer Country Willie Edwards, guitarist Zack Jones and drummer Brad Maule soon receive »
- Don Simpson
Well this is... odd. Less than a week after Casey Affleck's Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here hit select theatres, he has decided to let the world in on a little secret. Guess what? It was all fake! Yep, Joaquin Phoenix wasn't really going crazy, it was all just an act. We got totally punk'd. Now I think most of us had figured out the truth a long time ago, but it seems that a lot of critics weren't in on the joke -- leading them to deliver some pretty negative reviews. In an effort to temper the reactions, Affleck has decided to make a public statement praising Phoenix's performance. Man, Roger Ebert is gonna be pissed. Casey Affleck had this to say: "It's a terrific performance, it's the performance of his career... I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind. »
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This year's Hot Docs  festival ended a couple of weeks ago, and and only now have we finally managed to purge our thoughts on the many documentaries that we've seen this year. Jay put up a much more comprehensive post over on The Documentary Blog , but I have taken a selection of these reviews and reposted them here for your convenience. If you like what you see, be sure to head over there and read the rest. Also, don't forget to check out previous reviews of the following films: Teenage Paparazzo  The People vs. George Lucas  Gasland  Arsy-Versy  Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage  American: The Bill Hicks Story  The Invention of Dr Nakamats  12th & Delaware  The Oath  Secrets of the Tribe  Capsule reviews for more films including Steven Soderbergh's And Everything is Going Fine, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's Kings of Pastry, and the David Lynch transcendental meditation »
The full line-up and schedule for this year's Hot Docs film festival went online earlier today, and if you're a documentary fan living in the Toronto area, I think you'll be pretty pleased with the selections. This year's festival runs from April 29th to May 9th, and even if you don't plan on attending, it's still worth perusing the listings just to make a note of some of the intriguing non-fiction films to keep an eye on in the coming months. Although there don't seem to be quite as many high-profile films this year, there are still a lot of cool hidden gems buried among the various programs. I've made a short list of some of the highlights after the jump, but you should head over to the Hot Docs official site  to browse the full line-up for yourself. You can also see reviews of some of these films over »
Like old movies? Don’t want to see them disappear? Then join me and a whole bunch of film critics in the fundraising blogathon For the Love of Film, taking place from February 14-21, to support the film preservation efforts of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Learn more -- including about how you can participate or donate -- at Ferdy on Films, etc., blog home of critic Marilyn Ferdinand, cohost of the blogathon; at For the Love of the Film, home of the blogathon; and the blogathon’s http://www.facebook.com/pages/For-the-Love-of-Film-The-Film-Preservation-Blogathon/269318823764" target="_blank">Facebook page. I will participate with a review of Peter Jackson's Forgotten Silver, a mockumentary about the early days of Australian film, which focuses on the “long lost” work of a forgotten filmmaker. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
10 items from 2010
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