7 items from 2015
Son of Saul
Directed by László Nemes
Hungarian director László Nemes’ first feature Son of Saul plunges us into a pit of despair through the eyes of a member of the Sonderkommando, a group of prisoners forced to burn and bury corpses during the Holocaust. In 1944 Auschwitz, Saul (musician, actor and poet Géza Röhrig) is living on borrowed time as part of this team on the front lines of the liquidating their own people. With the knowledge that the Sonderkommando are slaughtered after a number of months, Throughout this bloodbath, Saul is intent on salvaging something from his predetermined fate. The result is a singular perspective of heartache over what he cannot do, those who have already been lost and the mental despondency that takes over in situations that are beyond control. Son of Saul weighs the horrors of genocide in a »
- Lane Scarberry
Directed by Abel Ferrara.
The final few days of Pasolini’s life, told through dreams and reconstruction.
He had plans. The last shot of Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini leaves us in no doubt toward the plans Pier Paolo Pasolini had for the future. On his passport, his profession is simply “writer”. A novelist, screenwriter, director and artist, Pasolini would express himself in whatever way he could access. Abel Ferrara’s film, screening at a limited number of cinemas across the country, depicts the final few days of Pasolini’s life before he was brutally murdered, his body left on the beach to be found in the morning. This tragic reality lingers throughout, as Pasolini discusses in interview and in conversation, his conflicts, challenges and desires.
The film opens on Salo or 120 Days of Sodom, his infamous final film, »
- Simon Columb
One of the questions I keep seeing people ask about the conclusion of Mad Men is whether the show’s opening credits sequence has prophesied the demise of Don Draper, and if he will take a tumble out of his office window come May 17? I can comfortably declare that, no, he will not be jumping (literally) in the next two weeks. It wouldn’t make sense. In the opening titles of the AMC series, Don doesn’t jump out the window. People see him in a free-fall and feel this is implied, but Don actually starts falling after the floor underneath him evaporates.
Those wondering if the floor will ever evaporate from under Don may remember a moment from “Lost Horizon” when it does. In the scene, Don enters his first meeting at McCann-Erickson, looks around the room and notices that not only are there a lot of men dressed »
- Jordan Adler
AMC's Mad Men starts their final countdown on April 5, but the cast already said goodbye to the set after they wrapped shooting last year. Et got the scoop on the mood for their last day of filming.
"The last shot and set up -- we got it and said that's a wrap and I looked up and there were probably 300 people behind the thing and it was like, 'Oh yeah!' I forgot how big it was," Jon Hamm told Et.
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"It was just a lot of tears and a lot of champagne," January Jones said. "We just stayed there after we were done. We just stayed there. None of us wanted to go home. It was really sad."
For six and a half seasons fans have been captivated by the swoon-worthy Don Draper, but show creator Matthew Weiner said the part almost went to someone else.
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
He returns to his personal history once more with “Queen and Country,” a sequel of sorts and a reflection on his years spent as a draftee in the armed services teaching recruits how to type before they were shipped off to Korea. The picture is sort of a lyrical “No Time for Sergeants,” as Boorman’s alter-ego, re-christened Bill Rohan and played by Callum Turner, finds himself at odds with army brass, gets into mischief with his best mate by stealing the regimental clock, and must defend himself from a charge of “seducing an officer from his duty” for airing his grievances about British foreign policy.
“Queen and Country” opens in limited release on Friday. The 82-year-old Boorman, whose list of »
- Brent Lang
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. »
7 items from 2015
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