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“Category fraud” — two words that crop up with increasing frequency in the annual Oscar discussion, though rarely quite as early (and quite as heatedly) as they have this year. For those new to the game, the term is industry slang and refers to the practice of campaigning a leading performance in a supporting category (or, more rarely, vice versa) to increase an actor’s chances of a nomination or win — and, in some cases, to avoid internal competition.
It’s a strategy the Academy buys into more often than not: Among the most glaring examples of recent years, one might cite Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” or Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit,” both playing active protagonists who were nonetheless demoted in favor of senior co-stars. It’s not a new phenomenon either. In 1973, Tatum O’Neal was on screen in nearly every »
- Guy Lodge
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Black Coal, Thin Ice (Yi’nao Diao)
Despite having won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival, writer and director Yi’nao Diao’s acclaimed new film, Black Coal, Thin Ice somehow didn’t receive U.S. theatrical distribution. However, it’s finally available on Blu-ray. The modern noir tells the story of an ex-cop and his old parter, who reunite to investigate the chain of murders that brought their careers to an end after »
- TFS Staff
Deakins has a long (Oscar-less) career working with the Coen Brothers on No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, and many of their other hits. But he also is known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Road to Perdition, and most recently in the best shot James Bond movie of all-time, Skyfall.
For some reason Deakins hasn’t won an Oscar for that career yet, but maybe it will change this year with Sicario. If not, the Academy should reevaluate their life choices.
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- Zach Dennis
There are few — if any — cinematographers in Hollywood that create images as memorable as the ones Roger Deakins consistently produces. A longtime collaborator with the Coen brothers, as well as photographing such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Skyfall, and Kundun, he’s now found a new fruitful partnership with director Denis Villeneuve. After working on Prisoners — and before Blade Runner 2 — they’ve re-teamed for Sicario.
I got the chance to speak with Deakins this week about his latest feature, which is now in limited release and expands wide on October 2nd. We discussed conveying certain themes via the cinematography, his biggest inspiration, Villeneuve’s strengths on set and in the editing room, conveying tension without action, Enemy, his thoughts on a Sicario sequel, and much more. Check out the full conversation below.
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- Jordan Raup
If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.
“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought »
- Steve Chagollan
The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”
The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.
Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl, »
- Dave McNary
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- Guardian TV
Since their first appearance onscreen together in the 2005 Doug Liman action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie have gone on to earn critical acclaim for a number of performances. Pitt’s filmography has since added Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, and Burn After Reading, while Jolie has appeared in A Mighty Heart and Changeling while also stepping behind the camera for In The Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. The duo’s next project, however, is poised to see them reunite onscreen, this time in a dramatic turn. The film, titled By The Sea, has the following plot synopsis.
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” essentially came and went without much notice from the general public upon release in 2007 (the film did receive a handful of raves from critics at the time). But over the subsequent eight years, the movie has cultivated a small but devoted following. Scout Tafoya is one of those devoted followers. He has a video essay series on Vimeo called “The Unloved,” where he analyzes films that were underappreciated at the time of their release. With 'Jesse James,' Tafoya expounds on the strong impression the film has made on him and how the the film's devotees eerily mirror the cult left behind by the real Jesse James. Read More: 'The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford' Returns To Big Screen For Showing At Museum Of Moving Image Tafoya touts Roger Deakins’ masterful cinematography, the film’s strong, »
- Ken Guidry
Musician-turned-director John Maclean strikes gold with this haunting mix of genres in the old west
Musicians have long been drawn to the cinematic myths of the old west. From the singing cowboys of early sound cinema (Ken Maynard, Gene Autry et al) through such big-screen Elvis vehicles as Flaming Star (1960) and Charro! (1969), to Glen Campbell in True Grit (1969) and Bob Dylan in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), the western has proved the natural home of the troubadour.
More recently, Australian rocker Nick Cave has done some of his very best work writing and co-scoring The Proposition (2005) and even having a cameo as a storytelling saloon singer in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), on which he collaborated once again with long-term musical compadre Warren Ellis. Little surprise, then, that this first feature from former Beta Band musician John Maclean should be a western, albeit one »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The Old West becomes a distant dreamland as seen through the eyes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, playing a Scottish lad who crosses an ocean and navigates hostile territory to find the girl he loves. Substance doesn't quite match up to the high style of this ethereal western, but Michael Fassbender lends weight as the gruff gunslinger who rides along with the kid, shooting holes through his romantic view of the world.
Jay Cavendish is only 16, fresh-faced (almost a blank canvas in McPhee's rendering) and ripe for a kicking in the backwoods of Colorado where he finds himself in 1870. He strays into the crossfire when a local tribe of Indians are hunted like animals through the trees, a situation that clearly offends Silas (Fassbender) who appears from nowhere to put an end to »
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Over at the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz seems to change each and every single day to the fancy new toy, or in this case…movie. Recently, the big exciting debut was Sicario, which got some of the fest’s best reviews a day or two ago. Chief among the praise was the cinematography of Roger Deakins, a legend in his field. He’s my choice for the best Director of Photography in the business right now, and one of the most overdue people in the industry in terms of not having an Oscar on his mantle. Could Sicario give him his first Academy Award win? When I ran down my picks for the best cinematographers right now in Hollywood, I made Deakins my number one pick. This is what I had to say: “My pick for the best in the business right now, Deakins is the most overdue cinematographer ever, »
- Joey Magidson
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow (May 22) reteams with Villeneuve.
Deakins received his latest Oscar nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.
Film is scheduled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Ridley Scott may be stepping away from the director's chair for the long-gestating Blade Runner 2, but another filmmaking legend will be getting behind the camera, at least. Cinematographer. Roger Deakins, the director of photography who has been nominated for a total of 12 Oscars - yet inexplicably has yet to be awarded one by the Academy - has been tapped to reteam with his Prisoners collaborator Denis Villeneuve, the latter of whom has taken on directorial duties for Blade Runner 2.
While Deakins was not part of the 1982 original cult classic that featured Scott loosely adapting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a hypnotically noirish mood piece, the cinematographer has a long career that includes many genre films. Most recently, he was the director of photography on Skyfall, but his career also includes such unforgettable work as No Country For Old Men, »
Though Chicken with Plums and The Gang of the Jotas missed my radar, Marjane Satrapi proved herself to me as a distinct and vibrant filmmaker with a vision and voice to watch thanks to both Persepolis and this year's The Voices, the former co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud. Still with earnest hopes to stretch her potential, the graphic novelist-turned-filmmaker now signs on to adapt Romain Puertolas's best-selling and mouthful-of-a-title novel "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe" as her fifth feature. The upcoming film, Satrapi's second English-languge feature, follows Ajatashatru Oghash Rathoda, a New Delhi trickster, who ends up in France and eventually falls in love with a Parisian woman, only to be deported accidentally with African refugees to the far corners of Europe. Indian star Dhanush is in talks to play the titular Fakir, while the director searches for three English-speaking actors to fill in three other pivotal roles. »
- Will Ashton
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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