19 items from 2017
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress.
Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey.
Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman »
- Michelle Hannett
This is the latest installment of a series exploring significant films from the careers of directors showing new work at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Noah Baumbach characters are almost always enduring growing pains, even if they stopped growing years ago. One of his most defining characteristics as a filmmaker is his ability to create coming-of-age stories for any age group.
“The Meyerowitz Stories,” Baumbach’s first film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, sounds Baumbachian enough: It centers on an estranged family that convenes in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
Soured relationships and artistic achievement are recurring themes in Baumbach’s work, and are often directly related to the painful transitions that take his »
- Graham Winfrey
This won’t be the usual artist biopic, however. The film will focus on Marceau’s involvement in the French resistance when his country was occupied by the Nazis during World War II.
The film’s backers compare it to “Life Is Beautiful,” the 1999 Oscar-winner about a man using comedy to help his son cope with the Holocaust. In a similar vein, Marceau learned to mime to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans whose parents had just been killed by the Nazis. Before taking on his stage persona of Bip the Clown, he was born Marcel Mangel to a kosher butcher from Strasbourg. His father was eventually killed in Auschwitz.
Marceau gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops of General Patton’s army after the liberation of Paris in August 1944. He went on »
- Brent Lang
The Big Sick and more true stories written by the subject for the big screenThe Big Sick and more true stories written by the subject for the big screenAdriana Floridia5/15/2017 10:35:00 Am
Films based on a true story tend to hit a little harder.
Watching a story unfold and knowing that it's not a work of fiction, but the real life experience of an actual human being, makes everything that occurs that much more impactful. It's incredibly common for films to be based on true life for that reason; it is an instant emotional investment beyond what most fiction can provide. It doesn't happen incredibly often, but sometimes we get the treat of not just watching a work of art, but someone's personal life story being displayed in their own words.
- Adriana Floridia
There’s no better way to gain insight into the potential of an actor-director dynamic than by sitting in on a conversation between the two. Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) gave us that opportunity as a part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s director’s series to discuss their approaches to their respective crafts. The two discussed working together for their newest project, the Netflix-scooped “The Meyerowitz Stories.” Starring Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Elizabeth Marvel, the film follows an estranged family reuniting in celebration of their patriarch’s (Hoffman) artistry. On sticking to the script.“It was only the second time in 50 years that I worked with a director who wanted me to say every—single—word. And the last time I was asked to do that was ‘The Graduate,’ ” said Hoffman. “The script supervisor would come »
The Tribeca Film Festival has long boasted hot-ticket events under their “Tribeca Talks” banner, and last night’s hour-long discussion between filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his newly-minted star Dustin Hoffman (who leads the star-studded cast of Baumbach’s next film, the Cannes competitor “The Meyerowitz Stories”) was another insightful entry into one of their best series.
The pair took the stage at New York City’s own Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center to chat about Baumbach’s life and work, and the surprising ways in which he’s changed and evolved as a filmmaker during his two-decade-long career. Her are the best bits (not including a small, but hilarious aside about how Baumbach initially bonded with fellow filmmaker Wes Anderson because they had the same notebook, the kind of detail even those two couldn’t make up).
- Kate Erbland
Every year, celebrities, filmmakers, journalists and movie fans flock to the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival, an illustrious celebration of film and television that features some of the most exciting projects and panel discussions of any media festival in the country.
Founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the festival has helped revitalize the city and remind both filmmakers and fans alike of New York City’s valued place in film and TV while becoming a welcoming community for voices and perspectives from all over the world. “It’s also a fabric of our city. So whether or not it’s a film from Israel or Palestine or something for kids, our festival was about community and it still is,” Rosenthal tells Et. “It’s about bringing community together.”
The 2017 festival, which runs April 19-30, continues to expand beyond film and TV with »
Time for some film education and film appreciation in the form of a video essay from "The Royal Ocean Film Society". The video essay is titled "In Praise of 16mm" and it is exactly that - filmmaker/cinephile Andrew Saladino examines the use of 16mm film (as opposed to the standard 35mm or larger 65mm) for making movies. For those wondering how often 16mm gets used, some filmmakers do still use it every so often. Here are some recent films that were shot on 16mm: Carol, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, The Squid and the Whale, The Hurt Locker, Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan, Happy Christmas, Primer, Listen Up Philip, and others. Watch below to learn more about the aesthetic and what makes 16mm "so darn cool." Thanks to our friends at The Film Stage for the tip on this video essay. Original description from Vimeo: "Film nerds like »
- Alex Billington
As more and more productions attempt to push for pristine clarity through using digital cinematography, there’s a specific aesthetic quality some filmmakers desire that simply can’t be achieved through these means. This week, one can see the ravishing, overwhelming power of Darius Khondji‘s 35mm work in The Lost City of Z, but today we’re taking a look at an even smaller width of film stock that can gave an even more intimate feel.
Recently used by Todd Haynes, Wes Anderson, Pablo Larraín, Kelly Reichardt, Alex Ross Perry, Danny Boyle, and more, 16mm (and Super 16mm) provides a grainy, lo-fi charm that gives an unmatched feel. In his latest video essay for The Royal Ocean Film Society, Andrew Saladino explores the aesthetic power of the decision to shoot in this format. He also shows how some directors attempt to pull off the look digitally, but it’s »
- Jordan Raup
Chris here. Consider me outright clamoring for whatever Noah Baumbach does next, even if Mistress America (and for that matter his DePalma doc) wasn't as long ago as it feels like. Time is a slow beast when you're waiting on beloved writer/directors. His next, The Meyerowitz Stories, is his most star-studded and it just got picked up by Netflix.
The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson (all hippied out to the left), Ben Stiller, and now Netflix mainstay Adam Sandler as a family reuniting in New York to celebrate their artist father. Baumbach's work has been an evolving array of comic tones, so where on his spectrum it will land from bitter pill Margot at the Wedding to the farce of Mistress America is anyone's guess. If nothing else, this could be his largest platform yet - especially if this noteworthy cast is also met with Baumbach's less misanthropic side. »
- Chris Feil
What exactly is it about 16mm that makes cinephiles swoon? Is it the vintage charm, the soft colors, the way the light seems to drip into every inch of the frame? Over at The Royal Ocean Film Society, filmmaker and self-proclaimed hipster Andrew Saladino waxes poetic about the glories of 16mm. “The grain is much more pronounced, the color is nice and dense, and the overall product has a genuine texture to it,” he says.
But that’s not all: Using plenty of gorgeous footage from some of your favorite recent films, Saladino delves deeper into the appeal of his favorite format, which he calls the “perfect middle ground between the retro aesthetic charm” of 8mm and the more polished look of 35mm. He argues that 8mm has too much of a home movie feel, »
- Jude Dry
Potential awards contender produced by Scott Rudin will get day-and-date theatrical release and worldwide streaming launch in late 2017.
Netflix has pulled off the kind of prestige buy more commonly associated with its streaming rival Amazon Studios, swooping on worldwide rights to Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).
The plot centres on adult siblings dealing with the influence of their aging father. A producer roster of Scott Rudin, Baumbach, Lila Yacoub and Eli Bush further bolsters the film’s prestige credentials and a day-and-date theatrical and worldwide streaming launch has been earmarked for late 2017.
“Noah Baumbach is an important voice in American filmmaking and his films are always highly anticipated around the world,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, whose team brokered the deal with Iac Films, said.
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The movie, which was shot last year in New York City, centers on adult brothers and sisters dealing with their father. Baumbach directed from his own script and produced along with Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, and Eli Bush.
“Noah Baumbach is an important voice in American filmmaking and his films are always highly anticipated around the world,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Noah is among the filmmakers that we were eager to work with, and I know that film enthusiasts everywhere will be as moved by this film as we were. We’re thrilled to be the avenue in which global audiences »
- Dave McNary
Tribeca Film Festival heads announced on Monday the Tribeca Talks series of on-stage conversations and masterclasses.
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series includes on-stage conversations between Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johansson, in which the former will discuss feature films ranging from Swingers to Iron Man to The Jungle Book, and his foray into Vr with Gnomes & Goblins.
Alejandro González Iñárritu – one of three directors to win back-to-back Oscars and the only person to do so in 65 years – will talk about his career, while Dustin Hoffman will interview The Squid And The Whale director Noah Baumbach about his work.
The Tribeca Talks: Storytellers series features Bruce Springsteen in conversation with longtime friend Tom Hanks, and a live performance from Common following a conversation with filmmaker Nelson George.
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has lined up a slate of public talks with names including Lena Dunham, Kobe Bryant, Jon Favreau, Common and Bruce Springsteen, among others, joining a roster of talks that already includes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Barbra Streisand.
Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)
Oscar winner Inarritu is part of the directors roster for this year’s Tribeca Talks, along with events that feature Favreau (“The Jungle Book”) in a conversation with Scarlett Johansson (with whom he worked in the “Iron Man” movies) and Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) in a talk with Dustin Hoffman.
Dunham, in a talk with “Girls” exec producer Jenni Konner, is on board for the storytellers section of Tribeca Talks. Also on that slate are Streisand in a conversation with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez; Springsteen, talking with Tom Hanks (whose film “The Circle” premieres at Tribeca); Common »
- Gordon Cox
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today its full slate of panels and discussions with industry leaders for the 16th annual festival.
Under the Tribeca Talks banner, the festival presents a talent-filled roster in discussion with leading creative voices across the entertainment industry. That includes conversations with big name directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, and Jon Favreau, as well as crossovers from the music and sports industries like Common, Kobe Bryant, and Bruce Springsteen. They will be joining previously announced participants Alejandro González Iñárritu and Barbra Streisand.
Scarlett Johansson will interview Jon Favreau as part of the Directors Series, and Dustin Hoffman will do the same with Noah Baumbach. The Storytellers Series will feature “Girls” creator Lena Dunham in conversation with longtime collaborator Jenni Konner, as well as a »
- Jude Dry
As they bicker over the tennis net and over the dinner table, there’s tension in the Berkman family from the start. The year is 1986, and a pair of middle class Brooklyn parents are on the cusp of divorce. As we discover, it’s been coming for a long time. Joan (Laura Linney) had an affair for four years. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is jealous of his wife’s blossoming career, as he finds his own on a down slope.
Upon hearing the devastating news of the separation, the younger son Frank (Owen Kline) starts speaking obscenely and behaving obscener. His older brother Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) is more measured in his grief, but his cocky swagger is no more convincing a mask for the pain. As Joan and Bernard bellow, »
- Rupert Harvey
Sex happens in the shower, love happens in the bath. Among its other virtues, Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” is the rare movie that appreciates the difference between the pleasure of standing in the water and the satisfaction of soaking in it — the difference between trying someone on for size and swishing around in their dirt until your skin prunes and the water runs cold. Almost everything that a second feature should be, the film is bigger, richer, shaggier, and more satisfying than Robespierre’s “Obvious Child,” though obviously a product of the same irreverent imagination. It’s that most elusive of indie dramedies: An honestly told story about the messiness of human relationships.
Set in the fall of 1995, a magical time when people kept all of their secrets on floppy discs and Donald Trump was still just a punchline, “Landline” unfolds like a less caustic version of “The Squid and the Whale, »
- David Ehrlich
We kick off a new podcast by looking at the New Year’s Drawing, FilmStruck, Dardennes, De Sica, and introduce what is to come on the series.
Episode Links & Notes
4:40 – Overview of Show
7:45 – Wacky New Year’s Drawing Discussion
52:00 – FilmStruck
2017 Criterion Wacky Drawing FilmStruck Criterion Cast – Ghost World Criterion Close-Up – Blood Simple Panique – Rialto Trailer Criterion Cast 179 – 2017 Wish List Magic Lantern – Ants in Your Pants, Best of 2016 Aaron’s Ranking of 2016 Criterion Films Criterion Cast – Janus Films Announces The Lure The Lure – Trailer Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Cole and Ericca: Podcast | Twitter Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Matt Gasteier: Criterion Considered | Letterboxd Criterion Now: Twitter Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter
Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
- Aaron West
19 items from 2017
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