8 items from 2016
Taprobana“These poets are so intelligent,” notes King Philip II of Spain toward the end of Gabriel Abrantes’ Taprobana (2014). “They put a sex scene in the end, and I forget I didn’t understand the rest. Such sophisticated engineering.” He’s talking about the Portuguese national epic Os Lusíadas, but he could as well be describing Abrantes’ eclectic body of work. The Lisbon-based filmmaker's steady output of avant-garde shorts holds together a chain of idiosyncratic filmmakers currently being feted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Friends with Benefits" series. Since 2007, Abrantes has matched an affinity for abstruse, looping narrative with a bawdy sense of humor. Although his work frequently draws on sources like Manet or Aristophanes, it’s never hindered by the dictates of good taste. Ribald slapstick abounds, for example, in the Shakespeare-derived frolic Fratelli (2011), which he co-directed with Alexandre Melo. The characters are earthy, their jokes puerile, »
- Alice Stoehr
"Friends with Benefits: An Anthology of Four New American Filmmakers," a series opening on Friday and running through February 11 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, highlights the work of Benjamin Crotty, Gabriel Abrantes, and Brooklyn residents Daniel Schmidt and Alexander Carver. Sarah Savolaara in Brooklyn Magazine: "Amid colonial, literary and scatological pursuits, the directors mine situational satire through deadpan dialogue, locked-off camerawork and anachronistic aesthetics to varying degrees of success. With a weeklong run as the series centerpiece, it is perhaps fitting that Crotty’s Fort Buchanan is the most effective and cohesive offering across the six programs." We're gathering all the coverage of this eclectic series in one place. » - David Hudson »
The Freeform comedy returns for its fifth season on Wednesday (8:30/7:30c), picking up mere moments after Danny’s big proposal to Riley. But if you thought it would take Ben forever and a day to find his next potential conquest, you obviously don’t know Jean-Luc Bilodeau’s character very well.
TVLine has an exclusive clip from the premiere, which finds Ben spitting game — or »
It’s official: Stitchers fans only have to wait two more months to find out whether or not Cameron survived his season-ending flatline.
Freeform on Friday announced that the sci-fi drama’s second season will premiere Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c. (That’s right, I said 10/9c.)
For those of you who don’t speak fluent Stitchers, the hourlong drama follows Kirsten Clark (played by Emma Ishta), a young woman with the unique ability to “stitch” herself into the memories of the deceased, allowing her to help re-open (and officially close) cold cases. »
Could one of Callie’s closest friends on The Fosters be the one who spilled the beans about her night of passion with Brandon?
RelatedThe Fosters Stars Preview ‘Brallie’s’ Struggle to Move On, New Loves
Only so many people know about what happened between the pair, but Callie’s pal Daphne is adamant in TVLine’s exclusive video that she knows how to keep a secret. She does, however, have some theories about who may be behind the leak.
Once the accusations are over, there’s girl talk to be had about the state of Callie’s complicated love life. »
The Flash this Tuesday drew 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating (per finals), ticking up 9 percent and a tenth to outdraw its ABC (repeats) and Fox rivals and tie an NCIS rerun (12 mil/1.4) for the time slot demo win.
RelatedThe Flash Recap: Reverse Decision — Plus, a Major New Zoom Clue?
Leading out of that, a Legends of Tomorrow encore did 1.7 mil and a 0.6.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
Now that Shadowhunters‘ Clary and Simon are adjusting to their new supernatural surroundings, it’s time to throw another breed of nighttime creature their way. Enter… the vampires.
VideosShadowhunters: Follow the Show’s Cast Into the City of Bones
Following his kidnapping at the end of last week’s episode, Simon finds himself a prisoner of some pretty unsavory vamps this Tuesday (9/8c) — including an enticing little number named Camille Belcourt.
“She’s going to give Simon an introduction to the Downworld that isn’t given to most mundanes,” Alberto Rosende tells TVLine. “The audience will see how the Downworld works, »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Vilmos ZsigmondNEWSVilmos Zsigmond, 1930 - 2016: In December we lost Haskell Wexler, and now another one of cinema's great photographers has passed. Zsigmond was paramount to such films as Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Cimino's Heaven's Gate, De Palma's Blow Out, and many more. Keyframe has a roundup.After many, many years under construction the new home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Bampfa) will open in Berkeley, CA on January 31. "For the first time in sixteen years, Bampfa film screenings will take place under the same roof as the institution’s art galleries." Included in the announcement is the terrific news that the Pfa "will expand the number of film screenings it presents, hosting programs 52 weeks per year." Retrospectives devoted to Maurice Pialat, »
8 items from 2016
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