16 items from 2016
New York City’s brand-new Metrograph theater will present the world premiere of “Gems Unseen: Early Apparatus Films from Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes & Barry Ellsworth,” a two-part retrospective consisting of ten films assembled and digitally restored by IndieCollect. Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth will attend the premiere in early December.
Some of the films shown in the series include “Tommy’s” by Barry Ellsworth and “Days Are Numbered” by Christine Vachon, both featuring a young Steve Buscemi; “He Was Once,” which features a special cameo performance by Todd Haynes; and “Anemone Me” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.
Along with films by Apparatus Productions founders Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth, the series will also include a selection of films by directors they mentored, like Mary Bradford, Larry Carty, Brooke Dammkoehler, Susan Delson, Evan Dunsky, Mary Hestand, and Bruce Hainley. All the »
- Vikram Murthi
Subverting the Unexpected
At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.
Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »
- Indiewire Staff
What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.
1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”
2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti »
- Anne Thompson
If hindsight is 20/20, than in the movie business it doesn't exist. What does that mean? Well, when you have a business that is predicated on the simple capitalistic principal of making money, yet, that very principal hinges on Art... Things start to make more sense.
We all have favorite movies. No matter how our tastes might grow or change over the years, we all love certain films more than others. It might be the story, it might be the feelings that a particular film evokes as it relates to our lives, it might be a score that we just can't get out of our heads. Whatever the reason may be, we love things because we love them and that is just the way it is.
Usually, the reason we fall in love with a particular film is the performance by an actor. We bring our own thoughts, values and ideas »
Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to some quality Netflix movies and TV shows as they’ll be leaving the streaming service over the course of the next month. So if you have the time, check out some keepers like Groundhog Day, Private Parts, Wayne’s World or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. If you’re looking for something perhaps you’ve never seen before, try The Station Agent. It was written by Tom McCarthy, who later won an Oscar for Spotlight. It features Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. Following is the full list. If you want to know what’s coming to Netflix next month, check out the list here. June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones’s Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where’s My Car? »
- David Eckstein
No big plans for Memorial Day? Then get busy watching these Netflix titles before they vanish in June. Among the great films leaving Netflix streaming are Disney '90s classics "Mulan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" (don't worry, you'll see more from Disney on Netflix Very Soon).
Here's the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in June 2016. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change.
Leaving June 1
"A Wrinkle in Time" (2003)
"About a Boy" (2002)
"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Clear and Present Danger" (1994)
"Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
- Sharon Knolle
Hopefully you got a chance to watch the movies that left Netflix in May, because now there's a whole new crop leaving the streaming service. Great movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Bridget Jones's Diary are disappearing, along with several TV seasons. Don't be the one who logs onto your account next month all ready to finally watch Wayne's World and find that it's gone! Take a look, and make sure you catch all the new movies hitting Netflix in June, as well. Expiring June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones's Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where's My Car? Duplex Elias: Rescue Team Adventures, season one The Faculty Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Ghost Groundhog Day Hamlet Hercules In the Bedroom Jersey »
- Maggie Pehanick
Kieran, here. Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of the screen’s most magnetic (and gallingly non-Oscar nominated) stars, Ewan McGregor.
Looking at McGregor’s filmography, there are definite peaks and valleys though that's to be expected with any performer who has been active for over two decades. For McGregor, a lot of the valleys occurred in recent years, but man…those peaks are impressive, aren’t they? The best of Ewan McGregor makes us hopeful for what the future holds for the talented Scotsman. He makes his feature-film directorial debut this year with American Pastoral, which he also stars in alongside Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning and “Orange is the New Black” breakout star (and awards magnet) Uzo Aduba. He also has a sequel to Trainspotting, the role that put him on the map, in the works. Rather than speculating about who he should work with, what projects he »
- Kieran Scarlett
While today is just another Thursday for some people, many others are celebrating the heralded Irish holiday St. Patrick's Day. On this holiday, everyone is Irish for a night on the town. But if you prefer celebrating with a night in, we have an incredible contest opportunity you won't want to miss. We're teaming up with Lionsgate Digital and Vudu to give away digital codes for 17 movies that capture the Irish spirit.
Fans will win digital Vudu codes for Ethan Frome, Gangs of New York, The Next Three Days, Played, From Paris with Love, Peacock, Haywire, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Velvet Goldmine, Albert Nobbs, Harrison's Flowers, About Adam, Unhitched, Love's Labour's Lost, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Ghost Writer, Grey Owl, Noble House, Remember Me and Shattered. You'll be able to watch these movies right away through your Vudu account, which you can access through your smart TV, Blu-ray player, »
Carter Burwell has waded into unfamiliar waters, having earned his first Oscar nomination for scoring the drama “Carol,” and doing the requisite rounds on the awards season circuit. The film represents his third collaboration with director Todd Haynes, after the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” which resulted in an Emmy for Burwell, and the glam rock fantasia, “Velvet Goldmine.” When told of his first appearance in Variety on Sept. 27, 1977, related to short he directed called “Help, I’m Being Crushed to Death by a Black Rectangle,” Burwell appeared flabbergasted.
At that time in your life what were you working on?
I was an animator. I was doing hand-drawn animation and that’s what that was, it was a piece of hand-drawn animation. It played at a bunch of animation festivals.
You also performed in bands in the ’80s, with music that was kind of art pop. It’s very different from »
- Steve Chagollan
Didn’t get enough “Heroes” in Moulin Rouge!? Ewan McGregor only sang a few bars of the David Bowie song for a medley in the Baz Luhrmann’s sparkling, stylish musical. But he belted out the whole song in a for-charity tribute to the late singer at Los Angeles venue the Roxy on Monday night. A video of his performance has hit the web, and it’s clear he’s got just as glorious a set of pipes as he did when Moulin Rouge! was made 15 years ago (and when he sang for the Bowie- and Iggy Pop-inspired Velvet Goldmine). Watch McGregor’s performance of “Heroes” below. If this results in you in a puddle on the floor, though, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Also at the tribute: Gary Oldman singing “The Man Who Sold the World” and Seal, who performed “Bring Me the Disco King »
- Emily Rome
While Todd Haynes himself isn't up for any Oscars for "Carol," the film's two stars, Cate Blachett and Rooney Mara, lead the six total nominations the picture received, and the director is out continuing to push his romantic drama and hopefully shine a few more lights on his film before the ceremony later this month. He recently sat down with Vice, and while some folks would be weary of the press circuit by this point, Haynes is as engaging as ever. Read More: 'Carol' Conversations: 31-Minute Talk With Todd Haynes And Kelly Reichardt, Plus 24-Minute Talk With Rooney Mara The conversation, of course, touches upon the making of "Carol," but also interestingly dives into the influence of David Bowie on Haynes' life. The director has no shortage of praise for the late artist, but also says that not using Bowie's music in "Velvet Goldmine" actually opened up the creative possibilities of the film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the longest time, it seemed like the last thing you should expect from Todd Haynes was a simple story. Coming out of the fertile 1990s Sundance scene, he was a provocateur and a delirious mash-up artist: his films were fractured narratives, or anti-narratives, or meta-narratives. His best work either smashed together wildly different styles and stories (as in his debut Poison ), or presented unsettling, contradictory ideas but refused climax or closure (as in his masterpiece Safe ). Even in a zeitgeist defined by Quentin Tarantino, the jukebox musicals Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007) looked like pastiche and homage taken to the farthest limit. But far more than Tarantino, Haynes, the former Ivy League semiotics student, insists on not simply getting swept away in the styles, but maintaining a critical viewpoint of how and why the styles function. In retrospect, everything about his method was already in place in his »
- Duncan Gray
Pt 1 Bowie & Velvet Goldmine
Pt 2 Curio Finale
Pt 3 Beauty Break
A picture released by the family last week to accompany their announcement that they will be having a private ceremony. They are overwhelmed by the public outpouring of love but wanted to remind everyone that they welcome all the tributes and celebrations (as people see fit) but they are not officially endorsed or organized by the family.
Have you been listening to David Bowie for a week solid now? If you haven't we forgive you. Where even to start with that discography? Bowie loomed so large in music and cultural history that we needed more time to process, so a week later here's the final piece of our goodbye - a beauty break to think of him more visually instead... or at least to give you visual accompaniment to go along with your playlists elsewhere.
Musicians have been catching the »
- NATHANIEL R
As the deluge of tributes has shown, the late David Bowie's influence extended far beyond the realm of music. On the heels of notable in memoriam messages from the likes of James Gunn, Lorde, and Conan O'Brien, come touching words from Todd Haynes, the Carol helmer whose work touts the gender-bending that Bowie forged in the earlier stages of his career. In a statement sent to Vulture on Monday, Haynes called Bowie's absence "incalculable." The director's 1998 film Velvet Goldmine (named after a song Bowie penned), in particular, was a glam-rock homage that had Jonathan Rhys Meyers's character mirror the rock idol's Aladdin Sane period — the platform boots, the glitter suits — almost to a T. "Since the end of the ’60s [Bowie] has personified modernity and moved us forward in music, art, fashion, sexuality — identity itself," Haynes continued. "For so many in my generation, Bowie redefined what »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Pt 1 Goodbye to Bowie via Velvet Goldmine
Pt 2 Goodbye to Bowie....and Curio, for now
Alexa here, still reeling over the loss of David Bowie. It really took the steam out of me today, as I'm sure it did a lot of you. He was such a touchstone that it felt as if he would never die. But he lives on as inspiration.
And so too might Curio. I hope it does. If not in this exact form. This weekly arts & crafts series, which Nathaniel invited me to do years ago, has had a long run at Tfe but I must move on for 2016. (Parenthood really alters the life of a cinephile.)
But back to Bowie. I've been enjoying seeing some of this inspiration filtered through the minds of others, so here are a few some beautiful and fun curios -- everything from a career spanning animated gif, to realistic dolls, »
16 items from 2016
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