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Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
“The Last Laugh”
- Michael Nordine
Knight of Cups, 2016.
Directed by Terrence Malick.
Ray, a Hollywood screenwriter suffering from a metaphysical crisis in his existence, journeys through his life and considers the road he’s spent his life travelling on…
Right at the outset of Knight of Cups, a caption suggests, from the director, that for an optimum impression, you should listen to the film loud. Loud, that’s the word used. Sound and noise are two of the most key twin bedfellows to Terrence Malick’s film, and indeed the word film can be used loosely to describe this. It’s more like a visual art installation, a free form observation on a man, on life, on the absence and simultaneous fullness of life. If that sounds as pretentious as it reads, then you’re halfway to discovering »
- Tony Black
Illustration by Leah BravoFive years ago, a film came and went with little fanfare, except a spattering of positive reviews, making around $4 million worldwide on a budget of about $10 million: Take This Waltz. More people know it as a Leonard Cohen song, from which its title comes. More people know Leonard Cohen than the director Sarah Polley, but as of this cultural moment, more people might know the star, Michelle Williams, than Leonard Cohen, due to her other movies and a popular TV show. These jejune concerns amplify less than we know and more than we'll admit. Name recognition: these go into the common denominators decision people look for when they decide to fund a film, a book, a play. How will it sell? How will it fit? What can it capitalize on? How can we make something that will not make people think too much or depress them? We »
Augustine and Disorder (Maryland) director Alice Winocour, co-writer of Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, talked Beauty And The Beast, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, Vincent Lindon meeting Matthias Schoenaerts, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on holiday, Pascaline Chavanne's costumes for Diane Kruger, Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone (De Rouille Et D'Os) with Thomas Bidegain, and alluding to David Lynch's Lost Highway and William Holden.
Vincent, a troubled Afghanistan veteran, after being discharged from the army, becomes bodyguard to the wife (Kruger) and young son Ali (Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant) of a wealthy Lebanese businessman (Percy Kemp »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Following her enticing and spirited debut, Augustine, Alice Winocour again proves that she can package troubled states of mind in lush images and strong plots. Disorder (Maryland), written with Jean-Stéphane Bron, stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone) and Diane Kruger with Paul Hamy (Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, Maïwenn's My King), Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, and Percy Kemp.
Vincent: "What is frightening for the character is to not have control over his own body."
Pascaline Chavanne's costumes (Jacques Doillon's Rodin, Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall, Christophe Honore's Métamorphoses), Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, Vincent Lindon, László Nemes's Son Of Saul, Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, Michel Houellebecq's Submission, Julien Lacheray's editing, Gesaffelstein's sound, John Carpenter, David Lynch's Lost Highway and William Holden - »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
July 26 would have been the 88th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, one of Hollywood’s all-time greats. His output was slim — only 13 films in a 40-year career — but his batting average was very high.
Over the decades, Variety chronicled his various films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It began filming in London in December 1965, aiming for a Christmas 1966 release. In September 1966, MGM president Robert H. O’Brien told Variety that the film had been delayed and its original $6 million budget wasn’t enough. “Stanley is an honest fellow and he simply admitted to me that he hadn’t anticipated the tremendous technical problems he’d have with all the fantastic special effects he wanted. For $6 million, we could have had a Buck Rogers sort of thing, but for the extra million we’ve got what we originally planned. Should we have told him to stop at $6 million? Why have Buck Rogers »
- Tim Gray
Choosing the best movie Stanley Kubrick ever made is a contentious task fit for the War Room, but deeming one the funniest is considerably easier: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” elicits more laughter than “The Shining,” “2001” and “Eyes Wide Shut” combined. A making-of documentary available on YouTube goes behind the scenes of Kubrick’s political satire.
By the late 1950s, a narrator informs us in the opening minutes, Kubrick was deeply troubled by the prospect of nuclear war; James B. Harris, the filmmaker’s former production partner, says it was the only thing on his mind after finishing “Lolita.” This led him to read more than 50 books on the subject, one of which came recommended from a friend at the International Institute for Strategic »
- Michael Nordine
“Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick” is a new exhibition that features art inspired by the filmmaker and his work. Somerset House in London will host the event from July 6 through August 24 and will include pieces from artists like Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter, Carl Craig, Doug Aitken, Gavin Turk, Haroon Mirza, Anish Kapoor and many more.
Each one was invited to “respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s lifework.”
Kubrick’s wife of 41 years, Christiane Kubrick will also support the exhibition and contribute a portrait entitled, “Remembering Stanley.” Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s executive producer for 28 years is also a supporter of the project, with Warner Bros. endorsing it.
- Liz Calvario
Ask any cinephile what Stanley Kubrick‘s greatest film is, and you’re likely to get a variety of answers. There is a revisionist camp that asserts the director’s final film “Eyes Wide Shut” is his masterpiece, while others might choose an early work like “Paths Of Glory.” And there are some who will hold up Kubrick’s […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Now, a new interview by The Guardian this week with long time Kubrick assistant Emilio D'Alessandro has revealed that the director wanted to make a movie about "Pinocchio" immediately after 'Eyes' and had begun planning it:
"Stanley was interested in making Pinocchio. He sent me to buy Italian books about [him]. He wanted to make it in his own way because so many Pinocchios have been made. He wanted to do something really big … He said: 'It would very nice if I could make children laugh and feel happy by making this Pinocchio.'
The project is Not to be confused with the similarly themed "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" which Kubrick developed and which ultimately became a Steven Spielberg film. Kubrick's work stretched across many genres, »
- Garth Franklin
With the news that Cary Fukunaga is taking over Stanley Kubrick‘s long-developed project Napoleon, we remarked about the sheer number of projects in various stages of development that the director left behind when he passed away in 1999. Over a decade-and-a-half later we’re still learning about more potential features the visionary director was working, and today brings news of two more.
Speaking to Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant and close friend Emilio D’Alessandro, The Guardian reports The Shining director was developing his first family film: an adaptation of the classic tale Pinocchio. In what would have been “completely separate” from A.I., which was often referred to as a robot take on the story, D’Alessandro says, “Stanley was interested in making Pinocchio. He sent me to buy Italian books about [him]. He wanted to make it in his own way because so many Pinocchios have been made. He »
- Jordan Raup
Legendary director Stanley Kubrick was planning his first children’s film and his first second world war movie shortly before his death in 1999, his friend and former assistant has revealed.
Emilio D’Alessandro, Kubrick’s trusted personal assistant and friend for more than 30 years, told the Guardian that the director wanted to tell the story of Pinocchio and to shoot a movie about Monte Cassino, one of the most bitter and bloody battles of the second world war.
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- Dalya Alberge
There are a number of projects in various stages of development that Stanley Kubrick left behind when he passed away prior to the release of Eyes Wide Shut. While some will never see the light of day under different hands, a few have re-emerged. Steven Spielberg, who brought A.I. to life from the director’s script, previously announced he’ll be executive-producing Napoleon, one of Kubrick’s long-gestating projects, which he heavily researched in the 1960’s. While it was rumored that Baz Lurhmann might get in the director’s chair for it, a perhaps more-fitting helmer is now in talks to direct the ambitious project.
Following reports out of a Kubrick symposium at De Montfort University Leicester, HBO has now confirmed to THR that Cary Fukunaga is indeed in talks to direct the six-hour miniseries. Chronicling the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s mission to conquer Europe in the 19th century, »
- Jordan Raup
Rumours and hearsay are the plague of the entertainment industry, but the recent story about Stanley Kubrick’s passion project, Napoleon, comes from a relatively solid source – the late director’s brother-in-law. At an event held recently at De Montfort University in the UK, Jan Harlan – who also executive produced such Kubrick projects as The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut – explained that the Napoleon project would be headed to HBO as a six-hour miniseries, with Cary Fukunaga possibly at the helm.
Fukunaga has a relationship with HBO which previously bore the phenomenally successful, award-winning first season of True Detective – of which he directed all of the episodes. This Napoleon miniseries would likely be delivered in a similar way, but boasts Steven Spielberg among its producers. As a long-time friend of Kubrick, Spielberg was previously rumoured to be attached to Napoleon – as was Baz Luhrmann, at one time. Neither of those versions made it to production, »
- Sarah Myles
In 2014 we posted Rishi Kaneria’s supercut on Stanley Kubrick’s love of the color red. Now, inspired by that video, Marc Anthony Figueras has created his own video, this time surveying the director’s use of color all across the color spectrum. Films referenced: 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut. And, for those who’d like to simply skip to their favorite hue, here are the chapter markings: Red- 0:07 Blue- 1:30 Yellow- 2:12 Purple- 2:42 Pink- 2:51 Orange- 2:59 Green- 3:15 Black & White- 3:45 »
- Scott Macaulay
There may never be a more precise filmmaker than Stanley Kubrick. Quite possibly the most meticulous and, arguably, most influential director in cinema, there are no happy accidents or mistakes in his films. Each comes with multitudes of planning, staging, thinking and analyzing, and his themes of paranoia can sometimes subsequently drive people mad — depending on how you read the documentary “Room 237.” And among the most distinct and impressionable details in Kubrick’s work come from his use of color, as made evident by Vimeo user Marc Anthony Figueras’ supercut “Kubrick in Color.” Read More: Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Explores How Stanley Kubrick Observes Humanity In His Films Vividly displaying the British filmmaker’s singular vision through his use of red, blue, yellow, orange, green and black & white, namely in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” as well as “Barry Lyndon” and »
- Will Ashton
Michael Stevens For The Good:
"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" is a worthy addition to the 'Batman' movie canon, combining stunning visuals and a powerful soundtrack collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Junkie Xl to create a spectacular, heart-wrenching action movie.
"Mythologizing DC Comics' iconic superheroes, Snyder pays homage to Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut", "A Clockwork Orange" and "Full Metal Jacket", while exploring the life of the alien 'Kal-El' of 'Krypton'..
"Ben Affleck, looking like Frank Miller's bulky 'Dark Knight', is effective enough as 'Bruce Wayne/Batman', introduced early on as a shadowy, pulp mag villain, spread flat across a wall, ready to strike, before his reveal as the crime-fighting vigilante 'Batman'. »
- Michael Stevens
The high concept fantasy film, which will begin shooting in May in Poland, Italy and Utah, is directed by Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross”).
Royal Road Entertainment’s Filip Jan Rymsza is producing along with Majewski, who is producing on behalf of Angelus Silesius. Peter Safran is executive producing on behalf of the Safran Company and Jan Harlan is co-producing alongside Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher.
The story features the richest man on earth, a Navajo legend and a writer (Hartnett) who possesses an unbridled imagination and has the ability to alter reality. »
- Dave McNary
Thanks to leaked audio posted by Page Six, we learned that Kanye West had something of a meltdown backstage at Saturday Night Live after some of his staging was compromised. He went on to call Taylor Swift "fake-ass" and added that he's "50% more influential" than any living human being, then comparing himself to director Stanley Kubrick more than once. Is he obsessed with the man who brought us 2001: A Space Odyssey? One of Kanye's first mentions of Kubrick came as he described the making of "Flashing Lights," his 2008 music video. Touting the video's production, he said, “Look at it graphically, how it starts. With the car, the orange sky, the color palettes, the blue sky, the car pulling up with the orange headlights. And just the beautiful women, taking the Helmut Newton type photo and bringing it to real life and crashing it against Jim Henson and George Lucas type whimsy and taking, »
- Louis Virtel
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