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"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.
Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.
So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.
Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity, »
What is your security flaw? That’s the question the stylish, gripping Mr Robot asks in this week’s crowded episode…
This review contains spoilers.
Bugs, daemons and exploits. The last three episodes of Mr Robot have been preoccupied with human flaws. We all have weaknesses that make us vulnerable, pressure points that leave our “code” open to exploitation. Identifying and manipulating those flaws in other people and is the key to power, says Mr Robot. People can be hacked just like machines. After all, we’re only human.
It’s satisfying to see a series with this strong a handle on building tension, perspective-play, cliff-hangers and other thriller staples also engage with complicated thematic ideas. How often have you heard genre movies described as big and dumb, as if there’s something inherently simplistic about any story that follows a formula? Mr Robot does on »
Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then.The lineup for the 2015 festival has been revealed, including new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, Bulle Ogier, and much more.Piazza GRANDERicki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, USA)La belle saison (Catherine Corsini, France)Le dernier passage (Pascal Magontier, France)Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, Germany)Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua, USA)Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, USA)Jack (Elisabeth Scharang, Austria)Floride (Philippe Le Guay, France)The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, UK/USA)Erlkönig (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)Bombay Velvet (Anurag Kashyap, India)Pastorale cilentana (Mario Martone, Italy)La vanite (Lionel Baier, Switzerland/France)The Laundryman (Lee Chung, Taiwan)Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA) I pugni ni tasca (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Heliopolis (Sérgio Machado, Brazil)Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder, »
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
Hot on the heels of the news of a “Fight Club” rock opera that Trent Reznor will write the music for, the Nine Inch Nails frontman has released new, unheard music from the soundtrack to David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” on his Apple Music page. This shouldn’t be a surprise, and there’s much more of it stored somewhere. When The Playlist spoke to Reznor and “Gone Girl” co-composer Atticus Ross, he suggested they have at least an EPs worth of extra material left over. “We have more music too, don’t we,” Reznor told us as he looked at Ross who smiled back at him with a playful “maybe” like shrug. “Why did we bring that up again?” he laughed. “Everything you hear on the [soundtrack] album is like the long form version of what’s maybe a few seconds of a snippet in the movie,” Ross said. “Then »
- Rodrigo Perez
Mr Robot demonstrates its versatility this week by morphing from heist thriller into an experimental trip…
This review contains spoilers.
Goodbye Mr Robot’s casual viewers; hello cult status.
That got weird, fast. After a playfully misleading opening that promised a generic heist episode (complete with that classic overhead shot of the map being unrolled in the criminals’ headquarters), the fourth instalment of Mr Robot morphed into a Lynchian experiment. You think you know what this show is by now? Think again, it said.
It takes creative guts to spend a large portion of an episode wandering around inside a junkie’s subconscious. Just when you thought Elliot was going to rouse from his dream and direct the show back to its cyber-thriller roots, he entered another symbolic imaginary chamber, started humming Frere Jacques and struck up a conversation with his pet fish. Ratings suicide though the approach would be, »
Reznor is purportedly writing the 'rock opera' with the intent of moving the production to Broadway.
Journalist Jeff Goldsmith appeared to confirm the news on Twitter, writing: "So @chuckpalahniuk told me he's working with David Fincher & @trent_reznor to do a #FightClub rock opera - an enhanced version of the film!"
So @chuckpalahniuk told me he's working with David Fincher & @trent_reznor to do a #FightClub rock opera - an enhanced version of the film!
— Jeff Goldsmith (@yogoldsmith) July 11, 2015
Reznor recently compared using Apple Music to the simple pleasures »
"Nothing is sacred anymore," is a popular sentiment these days, but if I'm being honest it's sort of true. We've got sequels and prequels, sidequels and threequels, cinematic universes, multiverses, reboots, spin-offs and who knows how many other ways there are of saying "this thing is related to something that already exists", but at the end of the day these phrases usually mean you're about to see more of something you've already seen. Most of these ideas make me say "eh, whatever", but every so often a truly interesting concept for extending or reintroducing an already-existing property comes along, and today might just be one of those moments. Maybe, it's tough to say, but buried deep among the news of exclusive Comic-Con trailers and footage for films like Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Warcraft was the following tweet from journalist Jeff Goldsmith: https://twitter.com »
- Jordan Benesh
David Fincher has talked for many years about producing a Fight Club Musical on Broadway as a means to celebrate the film’s tenth anniversary. That 2009 date has come and gone, and still Fincher has continued to talk about the possibility. I’ve just assumed it was one of those dream projects that would never come into fruition. […]
- Peter Sciretta
We're coming up on sixteen years since "Fight Club" arrived on the scene, going from controversial studio release to cult favorite to contemporary classic, and the novel's author Chuck Palahniuk has continued to find ways to expand upon his defining work. Earlier this year, he launched a comic book sequel series "Fight Club 2," and last week it was announced that David Fincher and Julie Taylor were teaming up to bring the story of dudes smashing the state by smashing each other to the stage with a rock opera adaptation. And it's getting a bit of a twist. Read More: Best To Worst: David Fincher's Complete Music Videography Ranked Jeff Goldsmith of the podcast The Q&A revealed on Twitter that Nine Inch Nails auteur Trent Reznor is also involved in this production. And it's not a big surprise: he's scored Fincher's last three films, so it makes total »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During Dark Horse's Sdcc panel for its Fight Club 2 comic, author Chuck Palahniuk revealed that a Fight Club rock opera is in development. When asked if he'd be open to making a movie based on the comic, and Palahniuk said he knows the project is in the works and that he "doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes by working on another project of that kind at the... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Palahniuk broke the news via his Twitter feed:
— Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) July 12, 2015
The author also revealed the news at a panel at the San Diego Comic Con this past weekend where Bleeding Cool grabbed the skinny with more information:
During the Fight Club panel Chuck Palahniuk dispelled rumors of a movie sequel but did confirm a rock opera by David Fincher with music by Trent Reznor is in the works a possibly headed to Broadway. »
- Paul Heath
Fincher famously helmed the beloved 1999 film adaptation of Palahniuk's "Fight Club", and now a tweet from the author suggests that Taymor is "working with David Fincher on a 'Fight Club' rock opera."
It sounds like Taymor, who has helmed a few films herself including "The Tempest," "Titus," "Across the Universe" and "Frida," is spearheading whatever this "Fight Club: The Musical"-style project is. How much Fincher is involved, who knows at this point but expect more news about it soon.
— Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) July 12, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
Though she has occasional dalliances in the cinematic world — 2002’s “Frida” remains a highlight, though 2007’s “Across The Universe” has some fans — Julie Taymor is mostly thought of as a theater director. Her stage production of “The Lion King” is estimated to have been seen by over 45 million people, and she may be on her way to translating another pre-existing and already successful work to the stage. According to a completely unexpected tweet by author Chuck Palahniuk, Taymor is “working with David Fincher on a ‘Fight Club’ rock opera.” Cruelly, Palahniuk doesn’t elaborate, leaving us to our unanswered questions. Presuming Fincher is actually involved, is it a fair assumption that the rock opera will closely mimic the aesthetic of his 1999 adaptation instead of Palahniuk’s novel? Taymor is not only a director in her own right but also a titan of the stage, so how/why exactly is she “working with” Fincher? »
- Cain Rodriguez
Robert De Niro has been gearing up what’s been known as his “passion project” for some time, a film called The Comedian in which he would play an insult comic modeled off Don Rickles. De Niro has now secured a director for the film, Taylor Hackford (Ray, Parker). Deadline exclusively reported that Hackford came on board after director Mike Newell departed due to scheduling, and that casting for the film is now underway.
Roast comic Jeff Ross wrote all of De Niro’s stand-up material for the film, and the screenplay was penned by Art Linson, who previously wrote De Niro’s What Just Happened and has produced everything from Fight Club to The Untouchables to Into the Wild. It’ll be interesting to see De Niro take on the role, because it’s perhaps most closely similar to his underrated, almost cult performance as Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese »
- Brian Welk
I’m a huge fan of author Chuck Palahniuk and Fight Club is one of my favorite films of all time. To say I’m excited to see what the comic book sequel brings might be an understatement. I’ve decided to wait and binge read the Fight Club 2 comics after the 10-issue mini series is published in […]
- Peter Sciretta
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this marvelous Monday? We have a comprehensive video breakdown of all the Easter Eggs in Terminator Genisys, an animated video that shows Sean Connery portraying Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons gets an Akira mashup. If that wasn't enough, Shia Labeouf's intense motivational speech even gets the anime treatment. But first, we have the ultimate battle between The Joker and Harley Quinn as they square off against Deadpool and Domino. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Super Power Beat Down: Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool and Domino
The latest episode of Bat In the Sun's series Super Power Beat Down features characters from 2 of next year's highly-anticipated superhero movies, »
In a recent interview, Dustin Hoffman said we are at an all-time cinematic low. Is he correct?
While Hollywood is enjoying a record-breaking summer at the box office, not everyone is having a great time at the cinema. In a new interview, Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar, Little Fockers, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has lamented the state of cinema, calling it the worst it’s “ever been”.
But what do you think? We want to know about your best and worst years at the cinema. Did you have a memorable 1999 watching Fight Club, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, All About My Mother and Being John Malkovich? Or was 2003 a disaster for you enduring Daredevil, Boat Trip, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer?
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- Benjamin Lee
Week on week there so many ideas playing out in Wayward Pines, that the superficial framework of plot and structure seem effortless. By showing us behind the curtain producers have added a resonance which underpins these more fantastical elements, with natural character moments. Dillon’s Ethan Burke pulls off the same trick which DiCaprio did for Chris Nolan’s Inception. He continues to provide a solid central performance instilled with charisma, somehow making the improbable realistic. Over the course of this drama Dillon has had the opportunity, not afforded him since Drugstore Cowboy or Rumblefish, to remind us how good he can be. Criminally overlooked and experiencing a career resurgence, he more than holds his own against Jones and Leo who threaten to steal scenes elsewhere.
This subtlety, sureness of touch and assured sense of pace are in evidence throughout as »
- Gary Collinson
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