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A Weakness for Complexity: An Interview with the Philosopher George M. Wilson

In the late 1970s, an associate professor in the Philosophy department at Johns Hopkins (thesis title: "The Nature of the Natural Numbers") began publishing essays on Hollywood movies. George M. Wilson wasn't the first person to undergo this shift in specialism. At the start of the decade, Stanley Cavell had published The World Viewed, a series of "reflections on the ontology of film." But Cavell had always been concerned with how works of art enable us to think through philosophical themes such as knowledge and meaning, and he held a chair, at Harvard, in Aesthetics. Wilson differed in that he brought a range of analytic gifts to an ongoing revolution: the close reading of American cinema, conceived as part of the "auteur" policy of Truffaut and other writers at Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s, and concertedly developed in the following decades by critics in England such as V. F.
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Strictly Come Dancing: week nine – as it happened

The dancers were in Blackpool this week – so who rocked the Tower Ballroom, and who took the first bus home?

8.01pm GMT

Jonnie and Oti take a final turn around the dancefloor to “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. Bit dusty in here.

On that sad note, this year’s Blackpool Special is over! Service will resume as normal next week, with only seven dancers left fighting for the four places in the Grand Final on 16th December. Kick off is at 6.50pm, so join me then for another sparkle-filled Saturday night. Thanks for joining in, and have a great week! Hx

7.58pm GMT

All the judges vote for Debbie and Giovanni, which means Jonnie And Oti are leaving the Strictly dancefloor.

He thanks the judges for judging him as an equal, and hopes the next person with a disability who performs on Strictly can tuck their bum under better than him.
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Once Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland

Once Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland
ABC’s Once Upon a Time this Friday served up its Season 7 versions of Rapunzel and Wonderland, in a pair of back-to-back episodes. Did the new takes improve on the past? And what new twists were on tap?

RelatedOnce Upon a Time Casts Robin for Season 7

ABC was not able to furnish me with advanced screeners of this week’s two episodes, and I had plans (on a Friday night, imagine!), so… no recap follows. Instead, I leave you with the loglines for each episode plus the vivid memories of what your eyeballs just watched on the TV box to
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Stephen Cone, Unexpected Humanist

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Princess CydStephen Cone has been making movies at a steady clip for over a decade and yet remains largely unknown. It is a momentous and wholly deserved occasion then for him to receive a retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Despite mixed receptions and even more erratic distribution patterns, his collection of films isn’t as motley as one might think. While each might tiptoe in a different direction, they maintain a hand in the Stephen Cone universe, imprinted by the same particular humanistic insight. In one of his earliest films, In Memoriam (2011), a young man so subsumed with the sudden death of a couple, fallen from a roof during the throes of pleasure, conducts his own investigation into their ill-fated demise. Innocuous curiosity masks what is essentially an existential inquiry and takes a self-referential pivot when he decides to recreate and film the events,
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Lumière Festival: Henri-Georges Clouzot, an Appreciation

Lumière Festival: Henri-Georges Clouzot, an Appreciation
Nobody is innocent. Nobody is guileless. Nobody is good. Welcome to the seamy, sardonic cinema of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose retrospective at the Lumière 2017 Grand Lyon Film Festival lends a malevolent dark sparkle to a festival named after light. Part of the Cannes-launched “Year of Clouzot,” the selection comprises all 11 of his directorial features, as well as screenwriting credits, his first short and several documentaries, including “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno” which not only explores his unfinished folly “L’Enfer,” but gives great insight into the mercurial, meticulously misanthropic director.

“The awful thing about life is that everyone has their reasons,” goes the famous quote from “Rules of the Game” by Clouzot’s diametric opposite, Jean Renoir. Yet it’s a worldview that these antithetical titans of mid-century French cinema share. All Clouzot’s faithless wives and foolish husbands, all his pious priests and prim school-teachers, from the working stiff to the prideful professional to the grasping
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La Poison

La Poison

Blu-ray

Criterion

1951 / 1:33 / Street Date August 22, 2017

Starring: Michel Simon, Germaine Reuver

Cinematography: Jean Bachelet

Film Editor: Raymond Lamy

Written by Sacha Guitry

Produced by Jean Le Duc, Alain Poiré

Music: Louiguy

Directed by Sacha Guitry

One of the most insightful commentaries on Sacha Guitry’s La Poison can be found right there on the cover of Criterion’s beautiful new blu ray release, a typically “warts and all” portrait by Drew Freidman of the film’s stars, Michel Simon and Germaine Reuver. The film’s diabolic mix of humor and horror is illuminated by Freidman’s precise rendering of Simon’s sagging jowls, Reuver’s venomous stare and the dingy trappings of the cramped little kitchen that threatens to suffocate these damned souls before they can get around to killing each other.

Filmed in just eleven days in 1951 by the speedy Guitry, La Poison tells the story of
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Lucknow Central Ost out now!

Award-winning actor, Farhan Akhtar returns to the big screen in fine form, showing off both his acting skills that have made him hugely popular with box office smashes including Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and his dance moves that turned him into a heartthrob in movies like Rock On! Joining him is Punjabi superstar Gippy Grewal, an award-winner in his own right, as Parminder Singh Gill, and a member of the Band of Prisoners.

We have loved the songs we have heard so far and now the full Ost is out. To go with this story it must have a strong soundtrack and that comes with music composed by Arjuna Harjai, Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna, Rochak Kohli and Tanishk Bagchi includes the songs Kaavaan Kaavaan featuring the vocals of Divya Kumar; Meer-e-Kaarwan, sung by Amit Mishra and Neeti Mohan and Teen Kabootar, featuring Mohit Chauhan and Divya Kumar and rapping by Raftaar.
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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc

Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film
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Gal Gadot on Becoming Wonder Woman, the Biggest Action Hero of the Year

Gal Gadot on Becoming Wonder Woman, the Biggest Action Hero of the Year
Wonder Woman herself is about to bless my unborn child. "Can I?" she asks, before spreading her long fingers around my pregnant belly. Her hands feel warm and maternal. She holds my gaze, unwavering. "Girl or boy?" she asks. "Girl," I tell her. Her smile widens. "Being a woman is a strength," she says. "In so many ways."

Gal Gadot photographed in Los Angeles on July 19th, 2017, by Peggy Sirota. Peggy Sirota for Rolling Stone

Oddly, this is not a dream; it's a lunch at the Chateau Marmont. Gal Gadot
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The Haves and the Have Nots Midseason Premiere Recap: Bloody Hell

The Haves and the Have Nots Midseason Premiere Recap: Bloody Hell
Blood, blood everywhere! The midseason premiere of The Haves and Have Nots began with not one but two characters wearing red — Q, collateral damage in War’s vendetta against Candace, and Melissa, who slit her wrists in the wake of her father’s death. Did either or both of them survive? Read on…

RelatedSummer TV Calendar: 90+ Premiere and Finale Dates to Save for June/July

‘My Nephew Died’ | Picking up where “In Pursuit of Prey” left off, “The Fallout From War” began with Hanna emerging from the hotel bathroom, an unconscious Q in her arms… saying that it was too
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Broken episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Jun 13, 2017

Broken continues with another sad story, but will audiences turn away from drama this bleak?

This review contains spoilers.

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Give me the child and I’ll give you the man, says an old Jesuit adage I’m paraphrasing and probably misattributing, but nonetheless the wisdom stands: what we learn in childhood forms us as adults. Of Broken’s many messages, that’s the loudest.

In childhood, Michael Kerrigan learned there was something wrong with him. He learned to keep quiet. He learned the sexual abuse he suffered was his fault. None of that’s exclusive to Catholicism – those are the lessons all abused children learn and they’re the fastest to sink in. Unlearning them can be the job of a lifetime.

It’s a job that Father Michael,
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Soderbergh, Wild Bunch, Altitude team on 90s rave movie 'Beats'

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Exclusive: BFI, Creative Scotland among backers of UK movie now in production.

Altitude Film Sales and Wild Bunch are teaming up to launch 90s rave movie Beats at Cannes, co-selling the feature which started production in the UK on 30 April.

Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh will serve as executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Camilla Bray (Oranges And Sunshine) of Rosetta Productions, which is housed under Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films.

Beats is being directed by Brian Welsh who recently helmed The Entire History Of You, a popular episode of Charlie Brooker’s hit series Black Mirror.

The screenplay was co-written by Welsh and emerging screenwriting talent Kieran Hurley whose original play inspired the feature and led to a residency for him at Scotland’s National Theatre.

Set in a small Scottish town in the mid 90s, the film tells the story of best friends Johnno and Spanner who, despite being total
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Steven Soderbergh, Wild Bunch, Altitude team on 90s rave movie 'Beats'

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Steven Soderbergh, Wild Bunch, Altitude team on 90s rave movie 'Beats'
Exclusive: BFI, Creative Scotland among backers of UK movie now in production.

Altitude Film Sales and Wild Bunch are teaming up to launch 90s rave movie Beats at Cannes, co-selling the feature which started production in the UK on 30 April.

Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh will serve as executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Camilla Bray (Oranges And Sunshine) of Rosetta Productions, which is housed under Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films.

Beats is being directed by Brian Welsh who recently helmed The Entire History Of You, a popular episode of Charlie Brooker’s hit series Black Mirror.

The screenplay was co-written by Welsh and emerging screenwriting talent Kieran Hurley whose original play inspired the feature and led to a residency for him at Scotland’s National Theatre.

Set in a small Scottish town in the mid 90s, the film tells the story of best friends Johnno and Spanner who, despite being total
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‘The Belko Experiment’ Comes Home on Blu-Ray & DVD

If you missed The Belko Experiment in the theater, well you can thank your lucky stars films get put on Blu-Ray and DVD.

From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! Belko Industries, a normally calm workplace, gets a rude awakening when a mysterious voice on the intercom orders them to participate in a ruthless game of kill or be killed in a blood-soaking battle royale at their office building in Bogotá, Colombia. As the terror escalates, so does the body count. Everyone is a competitor and everyday objects become deadly weapons. Let the corporate carnage commence!

Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment
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James Gunn’s ‘The Belko Experiment’ Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in June

James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) returns to his horror roots with The Belko Experiment. The writer/producer enlisted many familiar faces for a story about 80 office workers trapped in a wicked fight to the death.

Fox Home Entertainment has announced plans to release the Digital HD version of The Belko Experiment starring John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Sean Gunn (Ordinary World) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) first on June 13th.

The Belko Experiment Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive a couple weeks later on June 27th.

A handful of bonus features are included on all versions of The Belko Experiment. They are comprised of:

Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment

Lee Hardcastle's Survival Tips

Deleted
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The Belko Experiment Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD This June

Start sharpening your pencils and learn how to take aim with your stapler, because the office-set survival thriller The Belko Experiment hits home media this June from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The Belko Experiment will come out on Digital HD on June 13th, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on June 27th. Below, we have a look at the cover art as well as the press release with full details, including the Blu-ray and DVD bonus features.

Press Release: The Belko Experiment arrives on Digital HD June 13th and on Blu-ray and DVD June 27th

The Belko Experiment

From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror!
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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood
These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.” From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has
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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood
These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.” From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has
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Warren Beatty on His Long-Awaited Return to Hollywood With ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Warren Beatty on His Long-Awaited Return to Hollywood With ‘Rules Don’t Apply’
“Hello. It’s Hollywood Actor Warren Beatty.”

And so it is. The voice on the other end of the phone would be hard to duplicate. As would the rhetorical joyride that the actor/writer/director is about to take me on — as winding as the road to his Mulholland Drive home.

It begins with a riff on the Democratic National Convention (“authentic,” if a bit “too stage-managed”), followed by a quick non sequitur: news of a man who will attempt to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Then he’s making a quick calculation of how much he stands to collect if someone (like me) watches “Bonnie and Clyde,” on pay-per-view (“$1.39. Let’s call it $1.40.”) All of which seems like mere throat clearing once Beatty launches into an accounting of the multiple preoccupations of the man he plays in his upcoming movie, Howard Hughes.

“Flying, filming, fornicating. All those F’s!
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Movie Review – Krampus Unleashed (2016)

Krampus Unleashed, 2016.

Directed by Robert Conway.

Starring Amelia Brantley, Bryson Holl, Caroline Lassetter and Travis Amery.

Synopsis:

In pursuit of a lost treasure, a group of fortune hunters mistakenly unearth an ancient demonic summoning stone that holds a terrible curse and awakens a timeless evil, the Krampus. After centuries of slumber, Krampus, the Christmas Devil, has awoken.

The relative success of Michael Doherty’s 2015 film Krampus brought the legend of this Christmas demon into the wider consciousness. It also inspired other filmmakers to cash in, exploring their own dark tales of the beast. One such film, released the same year and directed by Robert Conway, was the relatively disappointing Krampus: The Reckoning. This festive season Conway is back with his latest entry to yuletide monster lore, Krampus Unleashed; which is already available on demand now and on DVD from the 13th December.

The films gory opening is indicative of the
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