13 items from 2016
James Hunt Oct 14, 2016
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4.24 The Mind's Eye
While on his way to Risa in a shuttlecraft, Geordi bumps into a Romulan Warbird, who promptly send a replacement to his artificial intelligence symposium and set about brainwashing him to be the perfect weapon: a confused and tired engineer. (As an aside, I really want to see what that double was up to on Risa. Probably trying to appear inconspicuous and looking awkward at parties.)
Meanwhile, the Enterprise is taking Ambassador Kell to the Kriosian system where a Klingon colony is demanding independence the only way the Klingons will let you: by fighting. »
Listen, I’ve got an inspired idea for a summer movie: an actress-led remake of “Ghostbusters.” Okay, I know, they tried that earlier this summer, and really, it was a great idea. But let’s be honest: It didn’t entirely work out. The negative fanboy buzz hurt it, and whatever you thought of the finished product, it wasn’t as funny as the original. It could have been better. So what I’m saying is, let’s do it better. By the summer of 2018, the “Ghostbusters” remake will be an ancient memory. That will make it the perfect timing for the relaunched version, which can be rowdier and raunchier and wilder, maybe skewering a little younger and hipper, with a touch of that “Suicide Squad” edge. I see Amy Schumer in the Bill Murray role, and we could team her up with Nicole Byer and — why not? — Margot Robbie. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Cassavetes/Rowlands” is precisely what it seems, with Gena Rowlands Q & As held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hawks‘ Scarface screens with De Palma on Friday and Saturday; Psycho has the same treatment this Sunday.
Museum of Modern Art
An extensive Leo McCarey retrospective brings you one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers.
Anthology Film Archives »
- Nick Newman
Mark and Aaron fly back to 1939 to discuss Howard Hawks’ classic Only Angels Have Wings. We evaluate the special effects, how the film built suspense, the context of aviation in the late 1930s, and later films that embody a similar masculinity. We also reveal the winner of our Don Hertzfeldt contest and talk about region free players.
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Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome and aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, »
- Aaron West
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War are in play. Bookmark this page, and come back after you've seen the movie, if you don't want to be spoiled. In Captain America: Civil War, we learned that not only was Bucky kept in cryostasis between the dirty deeds Hydra would wake him up to commit, but he also went through a rigorous mental conditioning to keep himself sharp. We saw the electromagnetic shock portion in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but what we didn.t see was the fact that much like The Manchurian Candidate, Bucky was conditioned to respond to a special trigger that primed him to accept orders. In this case, the trigger was a series of 10 random words. But were they as random as we think? Keep in mind, there.s still a chance that all, if not most, of these words are just interesting sounding words that »
The shaming of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will continue apace — or better still, be forgotten entirely — in the wake of “Captain America: Civil War,” a decisively superior hero-vs.-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Very much an “Avengers” movie in scope and ambition if not title (the conspicuous absence of Thor and Hulk notwithstanding), this chronicle of an epic clash between two equally noble factions, led by Captain America and Iron Man, proves as remarkable for its dramatic coherence and thematic unity as for its dizzyingly inventive action sequences; viewers who have grown weary of seeing cities blow up ad nauseam will scarcely believe their luck at the relative restraint and ingenuity on display. Buoyed by hearty critical support, 3D ticket premiums and enormous fan-ticipation, Disney’s May 6 release should have little trouble »
- Justin Chang
In this second episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye and Arik Devens to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for March 2016.
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- Ryan Gallagher
Welcome Back. This episode features a dynamite interview with stuntperson, actor, producer, Zoe Bell talking about her role in The Hateful Eight and carving out a sustainable career on her own terms. I also offer up some news on Chicago film events for April, take a quick look at the wonderful art mugs of Turkey Merck, and give my own list of ten films that need to be released on Blu-ray...Now! Home enetertainment coverage includes a fabulous edition of The Manchurian Candidate from the Criterion Collection, the incredible American Horror Project Box Set Vol. One from Arrow Video Us, and other Blu-ray releases including Cherry Falls, Children of the Night, Rage of Honor, Pray for Death, 10 Rillington Place, The Curse/Curse II Double Feature, and...
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It's the classic paranoid conspiracy that won't go away... and that seems less impossible with every passing year. Laurence Harvey is a remote-controlled assassin, and Frank Sinatra seems to be under a little hypnotic influence himself... or are we just imagining it? John Frankenheimer and George Axelrod concoct a masterpiece from the novel by Richard Condon, a movie about conspiracies, that may be hiding more secrets in plain sight. The Manchurian Candidate Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 803 1962 / B&W / 1:75 widescreen / 126 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 15, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh Cinematography Lionel Lindon Production Designer Richard Sylbert Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music David Amram Written by George Axelrod from the novel by Richard Condon Produced by George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer, Howard W. Koch Directed by John Frankenheimer
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- Glenn Erickson
Danish director Per Fly recently began shooting the film in Marrakech, Morocco.
The film follows a young idealist — played by James — who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program and is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq, where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Bisset portrays a French Ngo activist overseeing food aid.
James joined the project in January. Kingsley is playing a seasoned diplomat who’s the boss of James’ character.
- Dave McNary
Spoiler Alert: Do not read unless you have watched the premiere episode of “11.22.63,” titled “The Rabbit Hole.”
Time travel is tricky. There is no clearly defined definition on how time could — or even should — work which has led to endless interpretations. Whether it’s with the help of a DeLorean, a Tardis, a super-power, or some newly-discovered technology, each comes with their own set of do’s and don’ts. In 2011, Stephen King threw his hat into the ring with the release of his book “11/22/63” and brought his own twist on time travel. The first episode of Hulu’s eight-part adaptation on the novel had the unenviable task of both explaining how time travel works in King’s world, but also set up the central mystery of the series.
The central story involves President John F. Kennedy and his assassination. That comes later though, as the episode opens with an »
- Jacob Bryant
Josh Hutcherson had been set to star with Kingsley in “Backstabbing” when it was unveiled in late October but is no longer attached.
Danish director Per Fly is helming the film, in which a young idealist lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program and is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Kingsley will portray his boss, a seasoned diplomat.
Fly, who directed “Monica Z” starring Edda Magnason, co-wrote “Backstabbing” with Daniel Pyne (“The Manchurian Candidate”), inspired by Michael Soussan’s memoir, “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy.”
- Dave McNary
"Divergent" hunk Theo James is in early talks to join Ben Kingsley in the political thriller "Backstabbing For Beginners" at Parts & Labor, Creative Alliance, and Scythia Films. James is taking over a role once earmarked for Josh Hutcherson, and filming is slated to begin shortly.
Per Fly ("Monica Z") helms and Daniel Pyne ("The Manchurian Candidate") pens this adaptation of Michael Soussan's memoir about a young idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the Un's Oil for Food program.
Thrown into an fraught post-war Iraq where others are circling the country's oil reserves like sharks, he seeks answers from his seasoned diplomat boss (Kingsley) and soon suspects a conspiracy at the highest level whilst at the same time falling in love with a Kurdish woman.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
13 items from 2016
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