4 items from 2015
Samantha Fuller’s documentary A Fuller Life has been selected to play at the second annual Reel East Film Festival in Oaklyn, New Jersey on August 21 2015. The decision to screen the documentary about the life of maverick filmmaker Sam Fuller continues the festival organiser’s interest to use the festival as a platform to look back to film history. The inaugural 2014 festival year saw screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927) and Humphrey Bogart’s All Through The Night (1942), alongside April Wright’s new documentary Going Attractions that celebrated the story of the American drive-in movie. This year’s festival presents a daughter’s tribute to her filmmaker father and focuses specifically on the career of an individual filmmaker.
A Fuller Life celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even in service to his country. The sry »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆ Ron Mann's Altman (2014) chose to look at the director's career largely through his own eyes, combining archive material and interviews together with the recollections of friends and family. A Fuller Life (2013) is another biographical doc about a master of independent American cinema, but Samantha Fuller's affectionate portrait of her father Samuel goes one step further - the words are exclusively the subject's own. Friends and collaborators lend their voices to gobbets of Fuller's autobiography, which proves the ideal source text. Whilst the surrounding film is a little rough-and-ready, the core dialogue between auteur and audience encapsulates the kind of penetration and energy inherent to his oeuvre.
- CineVue UK
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May 2015…
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has retained the top spot at the UK box office for the third week running, fending off competition from Spooks: The Greater Good to push its cumulative gross beyond £40 million, making it the highest-grossing release of the year so far on these shores.
The big screen adaptation of Spooks debuted in second place, earning £1,010,363, while Blake Lively romantic drama The Age of Adaline pulled in £570,386 to take fourth place, while the Samuel L. Jackson-headlined adventure flick Big Game also cracked the top ten with an opening weekend of £535,905 enough to take seventh.
Number one this time last year: Bad Neighbours
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron, £3,509,620 weekend; £40,353,610 total (3 weeks)
2. Spooks: The Greater Good, £1,010,363 weekend (New)
3. Far from the Madding Crowd, £833,804 weekend; £3,588,881 total (2 weeks)
4. Unfriended, £662,622 weekend; £2,794,074 total (2 weeks)
5. The Age of Adaline, »
- Gary Collinson
MoMA's retrospective Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Politics and Passion opens today and runs through April 17. Aaron Cutler has a quick primer on the Brazilian filmmaker in Artforum. More goings on: Barbara Stanwyck in Nashville, Wojciech Jerzy Has and Ben Rivers at Harvard, Paul Clipson and more experimental film at Crossroads in San Francisco, Paolo Gioli in New York and, in Los Angeles, Sam Fuller's cut of Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, screening with his daughter's documentary on him, A Fuller Life. » - David Hudson »
4 items from 2015
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