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Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco is obsessed — seemingly at the expense of all other subjects — with how people reconfigure their worldview in the wake of unimaginable tragedies. Michael Haneke is an obvious touchstone, but Franco is more interested in the healing process than he is whatever grim, bourgeois drama caused the wound in the first place.
His debut feature, 2009’s “Daniel & Ana,” watched in nervous horror as two siblings attempted to repair their relationship after being abducted and forced to have sex with one another. “After Lucia,” which won top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, is about a man who’s still reeling from his wife’s sudden death when their daughter becomes the victim of a high school sex tape scandal. “Chronic” may be the most delicate and restrained of Franco’s features to date, but in one key respect it’s also »
- David Ehrlich
After the incredible success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII has now become perhaps the most anticipated movie of all time, continuing this new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. Production has already wrapped, with director Rian Johnson starting work on editing the first cut last month. Today we have some new details from star Adam Driver. The actor had nothing but high praise for directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, comparing this next advanture to the classic Empire Strikes Back, perhaps the most beloved installment in the entire franchise.
Before starring as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was best known for his role on HBO's Girls and indie films like Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha. While promoting his latest indie Paterson at the Toronto Film Festival, Adam Driver spoke with The Toronto Sun, where he »
This fall semester I started taking an Italian language class two evenings a week with my daughter, and Thursday night I was looking to decompress after our first big quiz. (Scores haven’t been revealed yet, but I think we did just fine.) So I started rummaging through my shelves and came across the Warner Archives DVD of Francesco Maselli’s A Fine Pair (1968), an ostensibly breezy romantic caper comedy which reteams Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, a pairing their public was presumably clamoring for after their previous outing together in Blindfold (1965), a Universal programmer written and directed by Phillip Dunne, the screenwriter of, among many other notable movies, How Green Was My Valley. I’ve had a mad crush on Claudia ever since I first saw her in Circus World (1964) with John Wayne when I was but a youngster, and I always welcome the chance to visit movies of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Though Justin Timberlake has made a splash on film with scene-stealing performances in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and the Coen Brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the man is still primarily a pop star. His last worldwide tour in support of his two-part album “The 20/20 Experience” grossed over $230 million and lasted over a year. Director Jonathan Demme captured Timberlake’s final two shows on the tour at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and turned them into the concert film “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.” Watch a trailer for the film below.
Demme is no stranger to capturing live performance or working with musical artists. One of Demme’s most universally acclaimed films is “Stop Making Sense,” the 1984 Talking Heads concert film that has remained in the public imagination for decades. Demme »
- Vikram Murthi
The Daily Show alum Aasif Mandvi, Maya Kazan (The Knick), Robin Bartlett (Inside Llewyn Davis), Ajay Naidu (Office Space) and James Ortiz have booked series regular roles opposite Hamish Linklater, Wanda Sykes and Maribeth Monroe in TBS pilot World’s End. Written by Jonathan Ames, based on Icelandic dramedy Heimsendir, a Sagafilm format, World's End is a dark comedy about an asylum that operates like a family, and as in all families, the question of who is sane and who is… »
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today that Ethan Hawke and Amy Adams will be presented with Actor and Actress Tributes, and Oliver Stone will receive the Director Tribute at the 2016 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards set for Monday, November 28th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Signaling the official kick-off for the film awards season, the Gotham Awards is one of the leading honors for independent film and provides critical early recognition to worthy independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors. Recent winners include Spotlight (2015), The Look of Silence (2015); Birdman, Boyhood, and Citizenfour(2014); Inside Llewyn Davis and The Act of Killing (2013); Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and How to Survive a Plague (2012); and Beginners, The Tree of Life,and Better This World (2011), all of which went on to numerous awards and Oscar® nominations. Anchoring the evening? »
Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke are set to receive the Actress and Actor Tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Wednesday. In addition, Oliver Stone will be honored with the Director Tribute. The first ceremony of the awards season, the Gotham Awards is one of the major independent film showcases. Recent winners include “Spotlight,” which took home Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards, as well as “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Act of Killing” and “How to Survive a Plague.” This year’s ceremony will be held on Monday, November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. »
- Matt Pressberg
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics
Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
"Still wearing the cape?" Today's must see short film discovery is titled Loudini, a charming and amusing story about a struggling magician who goes by the nickname "Loudini". Made by the same guys who made the short film Foureyes that we featured a few years ago, Loudini is described (by the filmmakers) as their "mash up of Punch Drunk Love, Inside Llewyn Davis and King of Comedy". That's an eclectic yet appealing pitch that should grab a few of you. The short also has a performance by the musician Car Seat Headrest. This is a great example of a simple idea made grand and engaging by smart filmmaking choices. Have fun. Found on YouTube. Description: "an original short film -- commissioned by Ray Ban -- about a struggling magician, starring Henry Zebrowski (Wolf of Wall Street) and with a musical performance by Car Seat Headrest." Loudini is written and directed by Conor Byrne, »
- Alex Billington
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Burbank, Calif. (August 10, 2016) — This fall, Star Wars fans around the world, will experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D—through the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition, rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.
For the first time—and just in time for the holidays—viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging. The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams*.
*Collector’s Edition configuration may vary by territory
Upon its debut last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens received rave »
- ComicMix Staff
This fall, Star Wars fans around the world, will experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D—through the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition, rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.
For the first time—and just in time for the holidays—viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging. The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams.
Upon its debut last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens received rave reviews from both critics and audiences, and shattered box office records »
- Kellvin Chavez
This fall, Star Wars fans around the world, will experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D—through the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 3D Collector’s Edition, rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.
For the first time—and just in time for the holidays—viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging. The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams.
Upon its debut last December, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” received rave reviews from both critics and audiences, and shattered box office records »
- Tom Stockman
Live everyday like it's Caturday: Cinema's top catsLive everyday like it's Caturday: Cinema's top catsRachel West8/8/2016 11:00:00 Am
Today is International Cat Day and we're celebrating our feline friends, turning to our attention to our purrfect pals on the big screen.
Cats are all the rage on cinema, every year it seems. This year, one of our favourite actors, Kevin Spacey, is playing a wealthy business-man and absentee father who gets trapped in the body of his new pet cat in Nine Lives. With this film out in theatres right now, as well as it being a day to celebrate cats, there's no better time to take a look back at some of our favourite felines on film. You can get your tickets to Nine Lives by clicking here!
In honour of National Cat Day and because we strive to live every day like it’s Caturday, here are »
- Rachel West
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Science-fiction films don’t get much more immersive than Cloverfield, Matt Reeves‘ thrilling feature debut, putting us directly into the shoes of an alien invasion. One of the rare cases in which intriguing, tight-lipped marketing actually delivered on its promise, this sci-fi found-footage thriller has memorable setpieces at every turn, complete with a sense of genuine panic, a feeling that other post-9/11 films often render as exploitative. »
- The Film Stage
Ah, August, that glorious month when summer officially overstays its welcome and everyone begins praying for a respite from the blistering temperatures. With kids staying home on summer break and working stiffs having already blown through their vacation days by mid-June, there's no better time for an extended hunker-down in the living room. Netflix teams with Baz Luhrmann for a frenetic new birth-of-hip-hop drama, David Cross gives his acerbic State of the Union address in a new special, and a recent Coen brothers masterpiece comes online. Top off that iced »
★★★★☆ Joining other films that revel in a bygone era (Inside Llewyn Davis, On the Road et al.), Born to Be Blue is a captivating portrait of the shadowy remains of jazz musician Chet Baker. Anchored by a wistful, wincing Ethan Hawke, this film is well worth the watch. What comes through in every frame is not only loving direction from Robert Budreau but an equally loving script. There's atmosphere, music and a sharp story-within-a-story nesting doll device which helps viewers better grasp Baker. Born to Be Blue shines.
- CineVue UK
While 2015 marked a breakout year for Oscar Isaac, this year has been a rather quiet one for the actor (as far as movie releases go), with the exception of his villainous appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. But with a slate of big films, which now includes Steven Spielberg’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, in the works, 2017 and beyond are looking rather ambitious.
As Variety reports, Isaac has just been confirmed to join Mark Rylance in Spielberg’s forthcoming religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The story follows a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy in 1858, who was taken from his family by force and later raised as a Christian. The struggle to free him becomes wrapped in a larger political struggle between national governments and the Papacy. Isaac, who’s role is not yet known, will star opposite Rylance, who’s set to play the role of Pope Pius IX. »
- William Fanelli
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