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"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.
by Daniel Walber
The films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, though they are many and varied, almost always have striking production design. The obvious examples include the ‘70s scifi chic of World on a Wire and the opulent apartment of Petra von Kant, but it's true of his whole catalogue. The design of Querelle is as bold as it is aroused. And as of this week it’s new to FilmStruck, a place where you can find tons of design classics (like La Ronde and Great Expectations, two of my favorites).
Querelle got terrible reviews when it opened in 1982. It’s often considered an oddity of excess at the end of a career built on precision, an oversexed and underwritten mess with little to say and too much to show. »
- Daniel Walber
The day after the massive celebrity-filled 70th anniversary party at the Cannes Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón strode into the Buñuel amphitheater at the Palais de Festival to give a Masterclass. “First, let me say that I am very honored to be here and be a part of Cannes’ 70th anniversary,” he began. “I’m proud to say that last night the party ended in the proper Mexican way: with tequila and a mariachi band.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Studiocanal has unveiled the first images of Lily James in Mike Newell’s “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” which has completed principal photography in the U.K. The “Cinderella” actress stars in the romantic drama opposite Dutch-born actor Michiel Huisman.
James plays a free-spirited journalist who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II. Huisman, who starred opposite Blake Lively in 2015’s “The Age of Adaline” and on television in HBO’s “Treme” and “Game of Thrones,” plays James’ love interest – the first contact she makes with the island and eponymous society.
Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton co-star in the film, which was adapted from the 2008 novel, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, by U.S. writer and filmmaker Don Roos. »
- Robert Mitchell
So that happened.
Homeland Season 6 Episode 12 just upended a season that had felt tight in its plot and coherent in its character development for...shock value? I don't even know.
So, let's see. Peter Quinn is dead for real this time. That was pretty much my takeaway.
Are we supposed to be grateful that at least they didn't leave his death ambiguous like Homeland Season 5?
Are we supposed to be impressed that Homeland was "brave" enough to bring back a beloved character from the dead; have him suffer relentlessly for one more season; and then kill him off mid-finale without any fanfare?
Is this what makes a television show prestigious?
Because I have a feeling that a lot of Peter Quinn fans – like me – are feeling baited. We felt betrayed at the end of last season when our beloved character survived torture after torture only to have his life left in the balance. »
- Vivian Figueredo
David Crow Apr 17, 2017
The Homeland Season 6 finale has explosive developments that surprise and, more importantly, genuinely satisfy...
This review contains spoilers.
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6.12 America First
Carrie stands there, alone on an already very bleak and chilly winter day. Across the National Mall stands Capitol Hill, a building constructed to evoke both Classical and Enlightenment era ideals of democracy, fairness, and open governance. Perhaps it’s the greyness of the dawn, or the fact that it feels like those principles have become meaningless bumper sticker platitudes in an infinitely more complex national situation, but either way the sensation conveyed is one of abject loss.
It’s a provocative image to end Homeland season six on. »
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here.
Season 6 of Homeland wrapped up with Sunday’s finale… but if you’re looking for a happy ending, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Dar Adal walks through that favorite restaurant of his and back to the meat locker, where he finds a U.S. senator tied up in his underwear. Dar says this is “a reprimand” for keeping him out of the loop. Then a lackey comes in to douse the senator with a bucket of water. Dar grills him about Quinn and the “Toxic Soldier” sock-puppet »
“Homeland’s” sixth season finale took a momentous turn for a beloved character.
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the April 9 episode, “America First.”
As Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison grapples with the new world order in President Elizabeth Keane’s Washington, her longtime compatriot Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) went out in a heroic blaze of glory, rescuing Keane from the convoluted, Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham)-orchestrated conspiracy that drove the season.
“Do what I say,” Quinn tells Carrie in his last words. She does. He drives the President’s black SUV through a hail of bullets to get Carrie and Keane to safety on a Midtown side street. Ever the highly trained special ops pro, he manages to ease the vehicle over to a gentle bump into a parked car before expiring in the driver’s seat.
By the end of “America First,” Quinn was dead, Dar »
- Cynthia Littleton
Overbearing coaches. A kid who missed the crucial shot. A brutal locker room attack.
Law & Order: Svu Season 18 Episode 11 began with a disturbing look into middle school hockey that led down a path to something even worse.
By the end of the hour, a 13-year-old was dead, his best friend was headed to juvenile detention for his death, and an older teenager had been beaten to a pulp.
Worse still, the central question of who was to blame for this tragedy was never really answered satisfactorily.
This story could have gone in many directions. At first, it seemed like a stereotypical story about kids being pushed too hard to excel at sports »
- Jack Ori
Yesterday was a tough one for the Newell family. Actually, the past few months haven’t been easy; my dad is – well, the best way to describe the situation is that my father is a soul trapped in the shell of what was once a healthy, vibrant human being. To be honest, I don’t know why he isn’t dead. And my mom had a stroke about a month ago – and although she’s up and walking around (with the aid of a walker), the energetic and vivacious woman with whom I laughed and fought and loved is gone, too, leaving behind an old lady who is dip-shit batty – though I must admit that some of what she says is pretty funny.
And at least they both are in the same nursing home.
We have spent the last few weeks cleaning out their apartment – especially my brother, who has »
- Mindy Newell
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
10 items from 2017
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