18 items from 2015
Nine 1/2 Weeks, 1985.
Directed by Adrian Lyne.
Two lovers begin a passionate affair that toys with sadomasochistic fantasies and dominance…
Watching When Harry Met Sally during the BFI’s ‘Love’ Season, it’s always worth a chuckle when Harry confidently asserts that Sally’s problem is how she hasn’t had “great sex”. Released three years prior, Nine ½ Weeks, starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, is only interested in “great sex”. Nine ½ Weeks was the Fifty Shades of Grey of its time and, rather than become a bestseller, it become a box-office flop in the Us with critics only coming around to its charms after its release. The central relationship between Rourke and Basinger, though a little creepy at times, is often balanced by Basinger’s comfortable laugh and relatable shock at some of his suggestions. Ignoring the clear gender imbalance, there »
- Simon Columb
True Romance, 1993
Directed by Tony Scott.
Two lovers are on the run after killing a small-time pimp and stealing his drugs …
“You’re so cool”. The three words Patricia Arquette’s Alabama has running through her mind during the finale of Tony Scott’s True Romance. With a script by Quentin Tarantino, a cast that places Brad Pitt in a minor role and a score that seems equally jarring yet perfect, this is a film no one forgets. These early days, when Tarantino simply took his pay check by providing pop-culture savvy scripts to Scott and Oliver Stone, has a comic-book playful tone that even Qt fails to create in his productions. True Romance is edgy, fast and a huge amount of fun. With a shotgun »
- Simon Columb
Read More: Isabella Rossellini Named President of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Jury Legendary actress Isabella Rossellini will receive the Dallas Star award from the Dallas Film Society on November 20 at their 6th annual The Art of Film gala. Rossellini is descended from film royalty -- her parents are Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman -- and has an accomplished career in cinema all her own. Best known for her leading role in "Blue Velvet," the actress also has notable film appearances in "Wild at Heart," "Death Becomes Her," "Infamous," "Two Lovers" and "Enemy." Recently, she has been writing, directing and starring in a collection of short films called "Green Porno," which airs on the Sundance channel. The Art of Film event will feature a moderated conversation with Rossellini, as well as a dinner and a collection of 20 works of art from Andy Warhol. Proceeds from the event will benefit programming »
- Wil Barlow
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Two Lovers is playing on Mubi in the Us through September 15.Little Odessa (1994), The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007), The Immigrant (2013): Written and directed by James Gray, these four films are occupied by characters living extraordinary lives. Yet despite their depiction of an exceptional existence—covering cold-blooded killers, cunning gangsters, ruthless hit men, and the perilous plight of early 20th century immigrants—Gray's cinematic worlds are consistently unassuming and relatable. No matter how high the drama or how dire the circumstances, there is a palpable attention to detail, in character and setting, which attains a surprising level of modest believability. Two Lovers (2009), his fourth feature film, likewise achieves this authenticity, but it is also something of an exemption to his body of work. Anchored by Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard Kraditor, in what was the actor's third straight film »
- Jeremy Carr
Get ready Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, as Nickelodeon has announced they're bringing the complete series to DVD in one box set this October for only $30. It's a ridiculously good deal for this animated goodness.
If you never got the chance to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender on TV while it was airing, many people would call you crazy. The critically acclaimed series continues to have a dedicated following, but don't worry about missing out...you'll get your chance soon. On October 6th, the complete series will hit on DVD, bringing together all the episodes in order, with some bonus features for only $30. That's a tough deal to beat:
Nickelodeon's fan-favorite animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available in this exclusive 16-disc special collection which features every episode from all three seasons of the hit show. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series contains all 61-original episodes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
James WhiteFour films by Truffaut, one each by Kubrick, Kazan, Mackendrick, Donen, Lumet, Aldrich, Spielberg, Henry King, John Huston, Hawks, Hitchcock, Tourneur, William A. Wellman, John Ford, Brooks Mel (two films) and Richard (one), Michael Mann, and two by David Lynch. Classic Arabic movies, Pakistani movies, Romances & Musicals, Indonesian and Vietnamese films, films in Tagalog, Sinhala, Bengali, Mandarin and Cantonese, and six contemplative long take studies ranging in length from ten minutes to an hour. No, this is not the line-up for the Locarno Film Festival; it is but a taste of what was offered on demand on the video screen on my flight from New York to the small Swiss town's nearest large international airport, in Milan. Seeing as I was en route to a festival with several 35mm retrospectives, a competition section of adventurous fare anticipated and unknown, and scads of other program strands I've yet to fully understand, »
- Daniel Kasman
The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here »
Peter Labuza is celebrating the third anniversary of the launch of his excellent podcast, The Cinephiliacs, with a conversation with one of cinema's great talkers, James Gray, director of, for example, We Own the Night (2007), Two Lovers (2008) and The Immigrant (2013). Among the many topics covered in 85'44" is Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria (1957). More interviews: Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen, Bruno Dumont, Craig Baldwin, Debra Granik, Carolee Schneemann, Mia Hansen-Løve, Frank V. Ross, David Thorpe and Ana Lily Amirpour. » - David Hudson »
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.
Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Italian-American actress and director will head a jury that will judge 20 films, set to be announced when the full line-up is unveiled on April 16.
At this year’s Cannes, Rossellini will take part in a tribute to her actress mother by attending the screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. (This year’s Cannes poster features Bergman)
She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini.
With the help of a soon-to-be-announced jury made up of artists, journalists and festival »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Paris — Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard during the 68th edition of Cannes Film Festival.
The lineup of Un Certain Regard, which comprises 20 films, will be unveiled at a presser on April 16, along with the rest of the official selection.
It will be stellar festival for Rossellini, as her mother, Ingrid Bergman, will be celebrated with a tribute. Rossellini, whose father is the Italian helmer Roberto Rossellini, will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute,” a show directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damianito and based on the iconic thesp’s autobiography and correspondence with Roberto Rossellini. The “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” will go on to play at some at the world’s major theaters.
Rossellini has »
- Elsa Keslassy
Director James Gray is something of a cinematic chameleon. While his films to date could be broadly categorized as crime dramas ("Little Odessa," "The Yards," "We Own The Night") or romances ("Two Lovers"), those descriptors are often merely the cloak that hides deeply layered and complex character studies between fathers and sons, men and women, those chasing ambition, or trying to outrun fate. And while the beautifully produced "The Immigrant," on Blu-ray this week, is on its face a period drama, it's also so much more. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, the film tells the story of Ewa, a Polish immigrant who crosses over to America in the early 1900s, only to discover her path to the American Dream thwarted by a charming, but deceptive, young man who forces her into prostitution. But hope lingers for Ewa, thanks to the attention of a magician who is eager to whisk her away. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.
Many authors and their works have been deemed as unfilmable by Hollywood because of unorthodox plots and characters that defy conventionality to great extremes. Nowhere is this more evident than with the works of Thomas Pynchon. The revered author may be the godfather of the postmodern detective, yet due to a number of dizzying elements within his books, none of Pynchon's works ever received the big-screen treatment. Enter Paul Thomas Anderson, who after securing Pynchon's blessing, brought Inherent Vice, one of the author's most acclaimed novels, to the screen. The 60s-set tale of a hippie private eye (Joaquin Phoenix) who takes on a bizarre missing persons case was heralded as one of the year's best comedies and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination. »
- Frank Calvillo
"Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam is headed to the Amazon. The beefy Brit will dust off his pith helmet to play Col. Percival Fawcett in "The Lost City of Z," based on the book by David Grann. Fawcett was a real-life British explorer who disappeared during his search for a lost city in the jungle that he'd dubbed "Z," which he'd hoped would turn out to be the mysterious city of El Dorado.
Hunnam is replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Fawcett. The "Sherlock" star will be busy with "Doctor Strange" and assorted projects, and although Cumberbatch is pretty magical, he hasn't yet figured out how to clone himself. Yet. In the meantime, he'll have to share the wealth.
Hunnam will be joined by Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, who co-star as Fawcett's assistant and wife, respectively. James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will direct the adaptation. Shooting will begin this summer. »
- Jenni Miller
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has signed on to join Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in the adaptation The Lost City of Z. No details were given on what character he is playing in this adaptation of David Grann's non-fiction best-seller of the same name, which explores the true story of British soldier and spy Percy Fawcett.
The story follow Fawcett as he leaves the Victorian society in 1925 to explore in the Amazon jungle with his son, obsessed with finding a civilization known as Z. Neither Percy nor his son were ever heard from again. Facwett's expeditions helped inspire author Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Benedict Cumberbatch was at one point attached to play Fawcett, but he is no longer involved with the project.
Kim Nguyen (War Witch) is directing the movie, which is set in a small town near the North Pole.
Lucy (Maslany) and Roman (DeHaan) find themselves drawn together by a shared passion.
Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie, which is a Canadian co-production that features the involvement of Montreal-based company Max Films. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-March as soon as Maslany wraps “Orphan Black.”
Also Read: ‘Orphan Black’ Cast, Co-Creator Tease New Characters for Season 3 – Including a Scorpion
Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and »
- Jeff Sneider
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
18 items from 2015
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