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16 items from 2011


Blu-ray Reviews: In The Realm Of The Senses and Empire Of Passion

17 October 2011 3:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Today sees the hi-def release of two of the most controversial and sexually explicit films of the 1970s, both of which came courtesy of Japanese New Wave auteur Nagisa Oshima – later the director of the more widely seen David Bowie-starring WWII movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (incidentally itself coming to Blu-ray next week… we are giving copies away Here).

In two tastefully presented “double play” Blu-ray/DVD sets from StudioCanal come 1976′s In the Realm of the Senses and 1978′s more restrained thematic follow-up Empire of Passion. Both films share the same leading man, Tatsuya Fuji, but whilst the former was either banned or heavily censored upon released due to its many graphic scenes of “unsimulated sex”, the latter (less explicit) work earned Oshima a well deserved Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

In the Realm of the Senses

 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Oshima’s most critically significant text, »

- Robert Beames

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Disappointed that Ryan Gosling doesn't drive more? Get over it | Hadley Freeman

11 October 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The makers of the film Drive are being sued for not having enough, er, driving in it. But it's not the first to have a 'misleading' trailer

It would be easy to laugh at Michigan resident Sarah Deming, who has taken it upon herself to sue the makers of Drive for "having very little driving in the motion picture". It would be easy because it would be correct. But this is not to imply that she does not have a point. She does have one. Not a good point, granted, but a point, and one that I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about myself over the years.

Deming claims, wrongly, that the distributors "promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast & Furious, or similar, series of movies". She is also suing the Emagine cinema in Novi, Michigan, where she saw the Ryan Gosling movie, and »

- Hadley Freeman

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Hollywood producer says British actresses are too inhibited to be sexy

20 August 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Paul Breuls, producer of The Devil's Double, the recent biopic about Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, made some curious comments regarding why he lobbied for French actress Ludivine Sagnier to play the role of Uday's hypersexual mistress, Sarrab. Breuls said: "The role is very demanding sexually and it's difficult to find actresses who are willing to take that leap into the sexual unknown, especially in the states or in England. Ludivine Sagnier (who appeared topless in 2003's Swimming Pool) is someone who made our first short list because she's done some of the most sensual work in French film. She's uninhibited, and she's an excellent actress to boot." First off, regarding American actresses, when I think of Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks, Lisa Bonet in Angel Heart, and Chloe Sevigny in The Brown Bunny, just to name a few, I don't [...] »

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Vincent Gallo Refuses to Release His Two New Movies

5 August 2011 1:45 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Vincent Gallo is making waves again, but this time it's not about real blowjobs on film circa 2003's The Brown Bunny. The eccentric artist (though he'd scoff at that word) is refusing to distribute or screen his latest movie, Promises in the Water, which did previously make the rounds at Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In fact, Gallo recently told the Danish Film Institute that he would not be showing his future films ever again.   The Playlist reported that Gallo told interviewers, "I do not want my new works to be generated in a market or audience of any kind." The Buffalo '66 director-actor claims the only reason he went to Venice or Tiff is because of an agreement he made with Promise in the Water...

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No more public exposure: Vincent Gallo puts his films away

5 August 2011 5:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Promises Written in Water – and all future Gallo films – will never be shown again. What's this narcissistic, fantastic director playing at?

A while ago, I wrote here about the sad fate of the movies that graced the world's leading film festivals but never made it into British cinemas. But although it fit the criteria, one movie that went unmentioned was Promises Written in Water, a tale of tortured love from gobby polymath Vincent Gallo which premiered last year in Venice. I simply thought, given the relative fame of its director (and star/writer/producer/editor/composer), it would eventually find some fearless outfit eager to release it.

Well, it turns out it won't, here or anywhere else. And that appears to be the choice of its own prodigiously touchy creator. Specifically, a recent report at The Playlist found Gallo announcing that after a grand total of two festival outings, Promises »

- Danny Leigh

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Anjelica Huston: 'I find extreme characters irresistible'

21 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Her father was scary. Vincent Gallo got vicious. And Jack Nicholson taught her never to give a brown present. Anjelica Huston tells John Patterson about a life among Hollywood royalty

The last time I met Anjelica Huston was six or seven years ago in a luxury oceanfront hotel in Venice, California. It was windy and cold, Huston was still a smoker – we talked outside in the wind while she lit up like a naughty schoolgirl. Today, it's a blisteringly hot day, she's an enviably youthful 60, an ex-smoker now, sitting in the lounge of the luxury hotel next door, before a gigantic cinemascope window affording guests a million-dollar view of the Pacific, which looks seriously tempting in today's heat.

"I went in the ocean this year, the day after my birthday," she tells me as we watch the breakers gently roll in, "and it was actually really nice. It's like the Eiffel Tower is for Parisians, »

- John Paterson

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Are boring films good for the soul?

11 June 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dan Kois's confession that he has 'cultural fatigue' after watching too many boring movies has sparked a bout of soul searching by his fellow film critics

A troubling issue has gripped film critics. Are "boring" films really good for you? And if so, are cinema audiences of the future likely to sit still long enough to take their medicine?

On one side of the aisle sit those critics who embrace the best of popular entertainment and who regard slower-paced films as the equivalent of eating their "cultural vegetables"; on the other side are arthouse aficionados who much prefer an oblique or contemplative work to the hectic approach of multiplex blockbusters such as The Hangover II or Pirates of the Caribbean.

With the release this summer of a new slate of potentially challenging, thoughtful films and the announcement of a British release date for Terrence Malick's perplexing Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Chloë Sevigny To Play An Irish Pre-op Transsexual Assassin In New Miniseries

7 June 2011 12:22 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Not many actresses would be able to recover from doing "that scene" in Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny," but then again, Chloë Sevigny has hardly played by anyone's rules. She broke out in the controversial "Kids" and from there has amassed an impressive CV working with directors like Lars von Trier ("Dogville," "Manderlay"), David Fincher ("Zodiac"), Woody Allen ("Melinda & Melinda"), Whit Stillman ("The Last Days Of Disco"), Jim Jarmusch ("Broken Flowers") and Harmony Korine ("Gummo," "Julien Donkey-Boy"). She's also come on the radar of mainstream America with her role in the HBO series "Big Love." However, her next role… »

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'Tree of Life' joins pantheon of Cannes premieres to earn the Palme d'Boo

16 May 2011 1:32 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

It is both the deepest insult and sincerest flattery.

Either way, earning boos from the otherwise civilized audience at the Cannes film Festival is a guaranteed way to get attention. Such is the case in 2011 with Terrence Malick's bizarre, non-linear opus to the universe, dinosaurs and Brad Pitt, "Tree of Life."

The film debuted to a select group of critics on May 16. And though it's already earned its share of fans (The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly among them), naysayers were also represented, with the Hollywood Reporter citing many boos coming from the audience.

But is a boo so bad? Tons of premieres have gotten a mixed (or scathing) reception at Cannes. And here area few of the most notable:

"Antichrist," 2009

Lars Von Trier's controversial entry, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe as a couple who go camping after their son falls to his death, culminated in a double-castration »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Cannes Critic Still Pissed Over Dancer in the Dark

10 May 2011 12:40 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

You know you're mere hours away from the launch of the Cannes Film Festival when the breeze on the Croisette is redolent of musty old critical gripes. Take the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, still fuming over Lars Von Trier's 2000 Palme d'Or winner Dancer in the Dark: "I think it is still one of the most exasperatingly awful films I have seen in Cannes, up there, or rather down there with Vincent Gallo's legendary The Brown Bunny and Pupi Avati's syrupy Il Cuore Altrove from the same annus horribilis of 2003." Damn. Pupi and syrupy? Where do I sign up? [Guardian] »

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A decade of Cannes winners - and the films that should have won

10 May 2011 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Righting the wrongs of festivals past, I would never have awarded the Palme d'Or to the awful Dancer in the Dark. But the jury got it spot on with Nanni Moretti's deeply-moving The Son's Room

The Cannes film festival is about to start, and today is the day for savouring the eve-of-battle atmosphere … as ever, a luxurious time of leisure before critics and journalists are all plunged into a frantic rush.

For me, the proceedings will be that little bit more hectic, as I am a member of this year's Un Certain Regard jury, chaired by double-Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica. My gibbering excitement about this has, so far, been unremittingly uncool. Last year, at this time, I blogged about an imaginary "No Cannes Do" festival, taking place in my imagination, consisting of 10 well-received or at any rate much talked-about Cannes films which for some reason never made it to the UK. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Review: 'Essential Killing' An Intense, Provocative & Slightly Absurd Survival Tale

31 March 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The name Vincent Gallo is a fairly divisive one. Just the very mention of it usually follows with an impassioned argument for or against the actor and certainly, he's done himself no favors. After breaking out in a big way with "Buffalo '66" the writer/actor/director/musician/sperm entrepreneur wasted no time in using any interview opportunity to slag off pretty much anyone and everyone. He followed up his gritty little indie with the infamous "The Brown Bunny," a road trip movie about a guy on a quest for a resentment filled blowjob. It was savaged by critics at Cannes and when it… »

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10 Things You May Not Know About Vincent Gallo

24 March 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Essential Killing, the latest film from controversial actor Vincent Gallo – directed by Jerzy Skolimowski – we thought we’d take a look at “10 Things You May Not Know About Vincent Gallo”.

Vincent Gallo is widely known for his work as an actor but as a young artist he poured the majority of his creativity and passions into music, working alongside graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat in Gray, a 1970’s experimental music project, and in rock band Bunny with Lukas Haas. Mr Gallo has been around the musical block. As a young artist living in New York Gallo became known for impromptu street performances. He would invite a select few guests whilst the rest of the viewing public remained completely unaware of what was taking place. These performances included The One Armed Man, Boy Hit by a Car, and Boy Cries in a Restaurant. As an invited guest, »

- Phil

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Looking back at Richard Kelly's Southland Tales

23 March 2011 6:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Richard Kelly followed up the cult success of Donnie Darko with the oft-derided Southland Tales. Ryan looks back at a flawed film worthy of reassessment…

Cinema history is filled with directors who never quite lived up to the promise of their first film. Despite a glittering career as a director, writer and actor, popular opinion dictates that Orson Welles never made another movie quite as good as his debut, Citizen Kane, and Michael Cimino followed up the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter with Heaven’s Gate, a film whose financial failure not only brought down a Hollywood studio (United Artists, Rip), but also prompted one critic to famously write “You might suspect Mr. Cimino sold his soul to the Devil to obtain the success of The Deer Hunter, and the Devil has just come around to collect.”

When a rough cut of Richard Kelly’s second movie, the lengthy sci-fi satire Southland Tales, »

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Kevin Smith Intends to Re-Cut ‘Red State’

31 January 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Even a cursory glance at the rather mixed response to Red State following its Sundance debut should indicate that it has problems [1] in [2] need [3] of [4] fixing [5], chief among them being a 20-minute long sermon performed by Michael Parks that many have opined runs way too long. Question is, without any pressure from a studio [6] to cut the film down, does director Kevin Smith have any desire to do so? Well, Kevin Smith has now responded to the criticisms, and his answer to the aforementioned question was an unhesitant, "Kill your babies." Er, I mean, "Yes." Read what he had to say after the break. In an interview with Bleeding Cool [7], Smith provides an explanation for the problems of the current cut of the film, and confirms that he plans on tweaking the picture before he goes on tour with it. The movie that I showed the cast and crew screening at wrap, »

- Adam Quigley

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'Blue Valentine' and 'Somewhere': The return of the American art film -- and, yes, that's a good thing

2 January 2011 3:08 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The term art film probably should have been retired about two decades ago — and when you think about, it kind of was. On the rare occasions that something now gets tagged as an “art film,” it’s generally meant in a vaguely dismissive and even pejorative way. It means not art but arty: high-minded and self-conscious, precious and austere. It means art less as pleasure than as medicine (which, in my book, tends to mean third-rate art, like the pseudo-Euro hitman-with-angst dud The American). Yet I’m tempted, out of a fresh wave of nostalgia, to haul out the old »

- Owen Gleiberman

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