5 items from 2009
Jim Jarmusch In Context, London
With their relaxed pace, obsessions about seemingly meaningless detail and contempt for the very concept of plotting, Jarmusch's films are very much a context of their own. But on the back of his latest, The Limits Of Control, this is a good chance to see other fine Jarmusch movies such as Dead Man, Down By Law, and Stranger Than Paradise alongside films that inspired them, like Buster Keaton's The Cameraman, They Live By Night and L'Atalante, as well as kindred spirits such as Wings Of Desire and The Man Without A Past.
Ica Cinema, SW1, Fri to 23 Dec
Sally Potter, London
With Dennis dead and Harry taking a well-earned rest, the UK's current Potter of choice is award-winning, genre-bending director Sally. Her small but significant body of work includes 1992's critically lauded Orlando, a highly unusual and witty imagining of Virginia Woolf's classic gender-switching novel. »
- Phelim O'Neill, Andrea Hubert
The movie Rage opens to a black screen. The clicking sound of typing and the words "All the Rage" appear. A cursor hesitates before deleting the first two words. The word Rage fills the screen. The audience is then informed that the film to follow is "by Michaelangelo." Although we never see Michelangelo or hear him speak, he adds prefaces in writing to the multitudinous portrait interviews that he films backstage at a New York fashion show. We are introduced to fourteen characters, all filmed against eye-popping solid color backdrops...
Simon Abkarian is the show’s John Galliano-like fashion designer, Merlin. He proclaims "I am an Event!" but also posits himself as both sensitive and dangerous. For him a "dress is not a dress," it is a revelation, "a sacred vessel for the miraculous." As such, he regards himself as a high priest of fashion.
Judi Dench is Mona Carvell, »
In case you’ve forgotten the name of one of America’s most talented and under-appreciated auteurs, let me reintroduce you to Francis Ford Coppola. Forget about Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Trilogy and Bram Stoker’S Dracula for a moment. We all know and love those films, including those of you who don’t No need to raise your hands and make yourselves look silly. Coppola is so much more than these films, but they’re the only ones he ever gets remembered for.
Let me first take you back to 1974 and a little film called The Conversation starring Gene Hackman, perhaps one of the most under-rated films of all time. Next I would like to fast forward a bit to a pair of little films from 1983 called The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. After having first read the 1967 book “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton in school, I fell in love »
11 May 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The scripted feature is structured as a series of cell phone interviews of New York fashion figures, with mayhem ensuing in the wake of a murder, a fashion crisis and other misadventures.
The companies are planning a day-and-date online, mobile and theatrical release in September, with Babelgum releasing the film in episodic form on its Web site as well as a mobile platform in the U.S., U.K. and Italy.
Alternative distribution has become increasingly appealing for indie productions as new »
- By Steven Zeitchik
Dame Jude Law
first spotted at Filmonic
It somehow escaped me that Jude & Judi had made a film together for auteur Sally Potter. I love it when name actors do one for their art. Well played, ladies.
This film, a treatise on the commodification of beauty, is called Rage and Jude plays "Minx" a supermodel whose beauty is deteriorating. Law is almost always at his best when he plays up (or directly against) his considerable beauty so I'm all kinds of excited to see him work his star mojo here. The rest of the cast is equally to die for: Eddie Izzard, Dianne Wiest, Bob Balaban, Adriana Barraza... Someone pinch me! Is Potter trying to possess my very soul?
Her films aren't always "good" but they're always worth grappling with whether they be rhyming oddities (Yes) beautiful disasters (The Man Who Cried) self-involved larks (Tango Lesson) or. »
- NATHANIEL R
5 items from 2009
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