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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

29 June 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Limping, Lisping and Lobstering: Escaping Yorgos Lanthimos’ Hotel of Purity

25 June 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »

- Nicholas Page

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Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman: Her 11 Best Performances

20 June 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Nicole Kidman Says She's Making A New Movie With Jane Campion, Talks Lack Of Movie Roles For Older Women "Birth" (2004)The visionary director Jonathan Glazer has a way of bringing his lead actresses to a fragile edge (see Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin), and Kidman's work in "Birth" is her most psychologically-disoritenting to date as a result. Playing a widow who gradually comes to believe her deceased husband has been reincarnated into a young child (Cameron Bright), Kidman expertly charts her characters mental evolution from stubborn disbelief to tempestuous acceptance, making it that much harder for the viewer to figure out the truth beneath the surface. All you need to do is watch this astonishing long take of Kidman's Anna wrestling with the reality of her situation while at the opera to see why "Birth" will always be considered one of her best. "To Die For" (1995)Gus Van Sant »

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Edinburgh Film Review: ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’

18 June 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.

“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »

- Guy Lodge

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Grant Gee's 'Innocence Of Memories' set for autumn fest

18 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.

Janine Marmot’s Hot Property Film is readying Grant Gee-directed Innocence Of Memories and is set to unveil the film at an autumn festival.

The Match Factory is handling sales of the feature, based on Orhan Pamuk’s acclaimed book, The Museum Of Innocence.

Marmot confirmed that Italian distribution rights have now gone to the film’s co-producers, In Between Art Film and Vivo Film.

Producing alongside Marmot is Keith Griffiths of Illuminations Films.

Nobel Prize winner Pamuk has provided original narration for the film, which is in the final stages of completion. Pamuk also appears on screen. The film was shot entirely in Istanbul.

Gee is best known for directing music videos for the likes of Radiohead and Blur.

Brand New-u

Marmot will be at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) this weekend for the world premiere of Simon Pummell’s Brand New-u

“This »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Review: Amy Poehler's tremendous work anchors the emotional 'Inside Out'

15 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While it's clear that each new release from Pixar seems to spur people to offer a fresh assessment of the company's entire output, I'd rather not immediately try to figure out where "Inside Out" lands by comparison. It seems like a reductive way to approach this surprisingly sophisticated emotional experience. Co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen have told a very, very small-scale story when you look at what happens in the actual physical world. But in doing so, they've done something very powerful, because they have paid full respect to just how turbulent and important the inner life of a child can be. Ah, hell, who am I kidding? "Inside Out" works because we are all always wrestling with the particular balance required to keep us functioning. The film imagines five distinct beings that work in harmony (hopefully) inside each person: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. To be fair, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Links: Martin, Cheno, Lynch, Diggs, Max, and More

28 May 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

To Purchase Click on Poster

<---Look at this amazing Blue Velvet poster making the web rounds. [Hat tip Mnpp]. I so love painted movie posters and it's only 7 bucks. Click on photo to go to the artist's site.

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El Desio Pedro Almodóvar blogging from the set of Silencio (!!) with two photos

Dissolve Today in Ballsiest News: Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights) who we just celebrated as a Born in '79 Hottie is directing and starring in a feature biopic of Nat Turner, a slave who led a bloody massacre against white captors in 1831. But here's the ballsy part: they're naming it Birth of a Nation (!) 

Vanity Fair Don Hertzfeldt (World of Tomorrow) says being an artist should be your full time job. Hear hear! Start donating to creatives you believe in or purchasing their work. Life is not free. 

Mubi "Psychopolitical Realism in Mad Max: Fury Road" - provocative piece

Far Flung »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: Before 'Under the Skin,' Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Endures Today

25 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jonathan Glazer’s 2004 film, about a ten year old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of Nicole Kidman’s deceased husband, is part psychological thriller and part ghost story. Glazer ("Under the Skin") explores the queasy ambiguities in the film’s premise with an elegant touch and though the movie received exceedingly mixed reviews upon its release, it has gained in favor and appears headed toward an inevitable cult status. Read More: Why Ten Years Later 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece »

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Mad Max: Fury Road - the most important summer film in years

15 May 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t just a brilliant film. It’s one of the most important blockbusters in years. Ryan explains why...

That Mad Max: Fury Road even exists is a miracle. This is, after all, a new instalment in a franchise that hasn’t seen any activity for the best part of 30 years. Its director, George Miller, originally conceived the film at the end of the last century, yet it’s taken more than a decade of cast changes, calamitous weather and a punishing shoot in the Namibian desert to get it finished.

Yet after the kind of production that would give a director half his age a heart attack, the now 70-year-old Miller has finished his fourth Mad Max film. Who could have predicted that a sequel to such a relic of a franchise could be so thrilling, so vital, and stand as a beacon of frenzied »

- ryanlambie

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Win A DVD Bundle With ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ – Out May 22nd!

13 May 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To mark the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s ultra stylish A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, in UK cinemas on May 22nd, we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new UK poster alongside a DVD bundle that includes Under The Skin, Pan’s Labyrinth, Byzantium and Blancanieves.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is released in UK cinemas on May 22nd.

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- Dan Bullock

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

- D. Zhea

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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.19, “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa” wastes the charisma of its host

3 May 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 19, “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa

Aired May 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

The Host: Scarlett Johansson is a mother in lots of films—that’s what Milf means right?—and that’s because she is supernaturally talented. Her 2013-2014 run of Don Jon, Under the Skin, HerCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and Lucy (Chef is in there too as the only arguable demerit) will likely be the greatest string of films by any actor this decade. So it would make sense that with so much star power and charisma in the studio this week, SNL would use it to their advantage. The monologue would seem to indicate that the show would be smartly taking advantage of Johansson’s presence, as she sings what turns out to be a very sexy lullaby that will keep Kenan Thompson up for the rest of his life. »

- Jj Perkins

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Scarlett Johansson and Wiz Khalifa

2 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Scarlett Johansson has hosted “Saturday Night Live” three times before, and each time she’s proven an excellent fit for the show. She hasn’t hosted in four years, so there are a lot of new Not Ready For Primetime Players that have yet to interact with her on Studio 8H. Expect parodies of “The Avengers.” You should probably Not expect parodies of “Under The Skin.” As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. As always, you should comment in real time in the comments. We only have three more episodes in an overall excellent season for the show, so here’s hoping “SNL” goes out on a high note. Come back at 11:30 pm Est when the liveblog officially kicks off. (Note: I'll be referring to the host all night as ScarJo, not because I think it's a good way to refer to her, but it's »

- Ryan McGee

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Movie Review – 8 1/2 (1963)

30 April 2015 10:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

8 1/2, 1963.

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Starring Marcello MastroianniClaudia CardinaleAnouk Aimée and Sandra Milo.

Synopsis:

A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…

“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.

Federico Fellini, shortly after directing the sensual La Dolce Vita, was stuck. Like Guido (Marcello Mastroianni), trapped in the car, »

- Simon Columb

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A24 Sets Cary Fukunaga to Direct the Story of Joe and Jadin Bell

30 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A24 has been making great moves acquiring and releasing films like Under the Skin, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina, and the forthcoming End of the Tour and The Witch. The company is one of a handful of smaller distributors whose name is enough to get me interested in a film. Now A24 is diving […]

The post A24 Sets Cary Fukunaga to Direct the Story of Joe and Jadin Bell appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Father-Son Drama for A24

30 April 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the most exciting young filmmakers working today just added another potential project to his docket. While Cary Fukunaga broke out in a big way after helming all eight episodes of True Detective, he was already doing stellar work on the big screen with his first two features, Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. After True Detective, he shot the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba, which is set to premiere on Netflix as the streaming service’s first entry into awards season fare. And now Fukunaga is teaming up with the fine folks at A24 to develop and direct an untitled drama from Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana. The film is based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, an openly gay 15-year-old, took his own life as a sophomore in high school after being »

- Adam Chitwood

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Ex MacHina – The Review

23 April 2015 6:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating  bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina is small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it’s the best new science fiction film I’ve seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina takes a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.

Ex MacHina tells the story of Caleb (geeky Domhnall Gleeson from Unbreakable), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opens with him winning an in-company competition for the opportunity to spend a week at the »

- Tom Stockman

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Scarlett Johansson in for Universals Creature from the Black Lagoon Reboot

10 April 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

According to The Tracking Board Scarlett Johansson is under the microscope a serious contender to star as the leading lady Universal fans still cherish Julie Adams. Johansson a proven versatile performer certainly has the look and the presence to pull off the role and an Alister like herself certainly wont hurt commercial appeal. Its a smart move from Universal and it could be a very intelligent business decision for Johansson who is already a phoenix in the business thanks to recent hits Avengers (the forthcoming sequel Avengers Age of Ultron isnt going to do anything to damage her momentum for the record) Lucy Under the Skin and Hitchcock four films that were met with warm reception. Why not add yet another major marquee »

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'Paddington' up for South Bank award

10 April 2015 4:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.

Jonathan Glazer’s dark sci-fi Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, is to go up against family comedy Paddington and gay/miners strike feature Pride at the UK’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The awards, which announced its nominees today, will be hosted by Melvyn Gregg in London on June 7.

The TV comedy category will see Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, go up against BBC satire W1A, and Sky Living’s Doll & Em. A film version of The Trip To Italy premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The TV drama category includes Golden Globe winner The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, which will compete against crime drama Line of Duty and Happy Valley.

Full list of nominees

Dance

A Dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream - Ballet Black

Lest We Forget - English National Ballet »

- mam27@bu.edu (Monica Mendoza)

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“In a Dream World, I’d Want People to Leave with the Feeling They Could Do Anything”: Verena von Stackelberg on Film Exhibition in Berlin

31 March 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

I’m walking to a bar after seeing Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin in Berlin’s progressively gentrified neighborhood, Neukölln. Our group of four is unanimously in favor of the sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. But by the time we take our seats in the bar, rumblings of an argument have begun. When my challenger brings up male-gaze, I say that its existence in cinema may be fundamentally problematic, but for me, its presence in Under the Skin is necessary in the experience of the film. He says his issue with male-gaze actually relates to the objectification of the male subjects, not […] »

- Taylor Hess

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