8 items from 2013
CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” topped Film Comment’s annual survey of 120 critics, journalists, film-section editors and the magazine’s staff and contributors, followed by Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Before Midnight.”
The group’s list, in order: Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”; Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”; Joshua Oppenheimer’s docu “The Act of Killing”; Jia Zhang-ke’s “A Touch of Sin”; Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan”; Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”; Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess”; Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”; and Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color.”
In making the announcement, the org also mentioned such titles and rankings as Spike Jonze’s “Her” (#17), Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” (#18), David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” (#19) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (#37).
The poll also scored films seen at festivals or special screenings that don’t yet have a U. »
- Tim Gray
Amir here, bringing you this weekend’s box office report, which looks curiously like last weekend’s box office report. Of course no one is surprised that Out of the Furnace didn’t have the power to blast off Catching Fire and Frozen. The reviews aren’t over the moon; its stars aren’t quite stars, but famous actors; and this time of year, if you’re not a franchise entry or an animated film, you better be an Oscar player with huge buzz to sell tickets. Furnace is none of those things, and this weekend isn’t particularly notable for big numbers anyway. The last time any film opened in the first week of December to what can be considered reasonably successful sales is The Golden Compass all the way back in 2007. The only other noteworthy release is Inside Llewyn Davis, which opened on 4 screens to a strong per screen average. »
- Amir S.
Watch the new trailer for João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata's The Last Time I Saw Macao. Cinema Guild distributes the film, which opens September 13th. The Last Time I Saw Macao is a wonderfully mysterious, shape-shifting feature and a detective tale that blends film noir, documentary footage and personal travelogue to intoxicating effect. Lydie Barbara, João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues and Cindy Scrash star. »
The Last Time I Saw Macao is a quasi neo-noir cum documentary that centers on Portugal's historical occupation in a city with the highest density on Earth. It has been likened to Marker's Sans Soleil and, on its own merits, has moments of pure splendor stemming from montages of the city itself.The rest of the time the film tries to tell a forcefully engaging noir tale that never works to any effect and does nothing to enhance the investigative and contemplative aspects of the visual essay. It is a goofy and clumsy gimmick of murder and supernatural intrigue where nothing is shown and the occasional hammy acting of a forced scream is heard after the sound of a muffled gun shot. During these sounds, the...
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★★★☆☆ The critical success last year of Miguel Gomes' Tabu (2012) and fresh appreciation for the works of Pedro Costa and Raoul Ruiz has seen Portuguese cinema quietly re-introducing itself on the festival circuit. Continuing this trend, João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata's The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) opens with a magnificent dance routine set in front of caged tigers, before venturing down a rather more ambiguous course. The last Chinese outpost to be handed back to its owners, Macao was previously a Portuguese administrative region. Once a gateway to the East, it's now a monument to the West.
Our window into this world is Guerra da Mata, a former resident who's returning to his homeland in response to a letter of distress he receives from an old friend, Candy - who may have been involved in a murder. Drenched in memories and past regrets, his »
- CineVue UK
After an excellent start to the tenure of new artistic director Chris Fujiwara in 2012, the Edinburgh International Film Festival returns this June with a similarly promising, extremely eclectic line-up. Last summer I provided Sound on Sight’s first ever coverage of the event, the world’s longest continuously running film festival, and shall be continuing to do so in a few weeks time; the festival runs from June 19th to 30th.
Things kick off with the European premiere of Breathe In, following its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Drake Doremus’ follow-up to Like Crazy stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan, and concerns the change in a family’s relationship dynamics when a foreign exchange student comes to stay. The closing gala film is romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending, which receives its world premiere at the festival. The Glasgow-set film stars Doctor Who »
- Josh Slater-Williams
João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata's The Last Time I Saw Macao has a new, theatrical poster. The Cinema Guild distributed musical drama, which at this time has no set U.S. release date apart from opening in the summer, made its world premiere at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival and was an official selection of the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Starring in the film also known as A Última Vez Que Vi Macau are Lydie Barbara, João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues and Cindy Scrash. The Last Time I Saw Macao is produced by Daniel Chabannes, Corentin Senechal and Rodrigues. I really love the design of this poster which harks back to the days of many beloved classics. »
Just in time for Kenya's national election this weekend, Mubi will be specially showing a new film, Something Necessary (Judy Kibinge, 2013), produced by Tom Tykwer, about the country's last elections, in 2007. Something Necessary premiered in January at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and will be free to watch globally on Mubi for 24 hours starting Sunday, March 3. Russian filmmaker Aleksei German has passed away at the age of 74. We've shared one of our favorite scenes of his and would like to point to a piece we published by Maxim Pozdorovkin last March, occasioned by the traveling retrospective of German's work.
We are terrifically happy for and proud of David Cairns—Notebook columnist of The Forgotten and author of the Shadowplay blog—who has just seen the premiere of his new film co-directed with Paul Duane, Natan, at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The documentary is on Bernand Natan, a »
- Adam Cook
8 items from 2013
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