Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie

Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie
Thanksgiving is all about the buildup.

You wait for it, that long weekend that you know will include family, maybe some football, plenty of food, and then leftovers and sales the day after that. Everything looks great in those weeks leading up to the fourth Thursday in November, until it all goes to hell, with that long drive probably filled with holiday traffic and the drunk relatives whose opinions you really don't care to hear about. The anticipation of the holiday is fun. The drama that ensues during it is not.
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Who Staged a Months-Long Performance Piece Just for Rick Moody?

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If you happened to have stumbled, two Septembers ago, on a troupe of nearly 100 synchronized dancers wearing jesters’ caps in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons, maybe you wondered, in that split second before rushing on to jury duty, Who’s that stuff even for? You now have your answer. It was for Rick Moody.The arts collective known as Odyssey Works stages multilayered, weekend-long art happenings, each of them designed for an audience of one. In late 2013, that “audience” was the author best known for The Ice Storm. Moody was its most famous subject to date, and the piece, titled When I Left the House It Was Still Dark, was its largest and most complex. For the first time, it wasn’t a weekend but three months of encounters, all meticulously arranged in collusion with Moody’s friends and relatives. Picture a cross between the Macbeth-meets-Myst extravaganza Sleep No More and
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James Schamus: 'The job is an ego crushing ass-kick to the soul. I love it!'

Think of all the great films you've seen in the past 15 years – chances are James Schamus was behind them. The Hollywood player talks about big gambles, snobbery – and getting fired

I meet James Schamus the morning the Oscar nominations are announced, news of which he received with mixed emotions: cheering for the success of Dallas Buyers Club, a film he stewarded as head of Focus Pictures, and which garnered six nominations; and swallowing the somewhat bitter pill of it coming three months after he was unceremoniously fired. "We're going out with a bang." He grins.

We are in a Dominican restaurant around the corner from Schamus's office in New York, which he hired after leaving Focus. For the first time in almost 25 years, the 54-year-old is answering his own phone and has a staff of zero. Renting the office, which his creative partner, Ang Lee, helped him find, was an
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Upgrades Ang Lee’s Masterful ‘The Ice Storm’

Chicago – Ang Lee won his second Oscar this year for his work on “Life of Pi” but he wasn’t even nominated for one of the best films of his career, the masterful “The Ice Storm,” recently upgraded to Blu-ray by Criterion and re-released on DVD. Few films from 1997 have held up more completely as Lee’s adaptation of the Rick Moody novel feels even more symbolically dense and accomplished. It’s a stellar drama, one of the best of the ’90s, and Criterion has loaded it down with special features.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Having said that, the transfer on the Blu-ray edition of “The Ice Storm” is a little less-than-perfect. The 2k audio track sounds flat and the image quality wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Criterion. Don’t get me wrong. The film looks great but Criterion almost always delivers some of the best HD restorations on the market.
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Trance' and More

This week: Director Danny Boyle crafts a stylish modern-day film noir with a bizarre love triangle in "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.

Also new this week is the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," which also stars McAvoy as well as Mark Strong, and the Blu-ray debuts of "The 300 Spartans" (1962) and Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997).


Box Office: $2.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Director Danny Boyle's British psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) When a heist goes wrong and a revered painting goes missing, hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) is hired to help Simon remember where the painting is. The stakes get higher when the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur.

Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes,
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Cannes: Upstart Mulberry Films Kicks Off With ‘Purple America’; Adaptation of ‘Ice Storm’ Author’s ’90s Novel

Exclusive: Mulberry Films comes to the Croisette for the first time with the intention of turning strong literary works into films. First up: Purple America, an adaptation of the Rick Moody novel that Dennis Lee will direct and which Lee will co-write with Daniel Ragussis. This will be the first Moody novel headed for screen treatment since the Ang Lee-directed The Ice Storm. Published in 1998, Purple America is a dysfunctional family drama about how the ordinary, commonplace tragedies of life can sometimes make heroes out of very ordinary people. A fortysomething returns to Long Island to visit his invalid mom, and discovers her husband has bailed. He has to learn to face up to responsibilities. He has previously made a career avoiding this kind of thing, which is why he has not much to speak of in his empty life. “Daniel and I are thrilled to be working with Mulberry
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Dennis Lee To Helm "Purple America"

Dennis Lee is set to direct an adaptation of "The Ice Storm" author Rick Moody's 1998 best-selling novel "Purple America" for Mulberry Films.

The story follows a fortysomething who returns to Long Island to visit his invalid mom, and discovers her husband has bailed. He has to learn to face up to responsibilities.

Lee is co-writing the adaptation with Daniel Ragussis. Spanish commercials director Jorge Torregrossa was previously attached.

Source: Deadline
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Ice Storm

Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

It's all in the dysfunctional family for Kevin Kline, Joan Allen (ctr.) and Christina Ricci in The Ice Storm.

The 1997 film drama The Ice Storm is director Ang Lee’s (Life of Pi) adaptation of Rick Moody’s acclaimed 1994 novel of upper-middle-class American malaise.

Suburban Connecticut, 1973: While Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion.

With a remarkable sense of clarity, subtlety and, surprisingly, humor, Lee’s renders the novel as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls.

The film features a fine cast of established actors, including Kevin Kline (The Extra man), Joan Allen (Pleasantville), Sigourney Weaver (Paul), and rising stars Tobey Maguire (The Cider House Rules), Christina Ricci (Bel Ami), Elijah Wood (The
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RopeofSilicon Movie Club: 'The Ice Storm' (1997)

For the second gathering of the RopeofSilicon Movie Club, I chose Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, which is not only a great film with stellar performances, direction and cinematography, but also a wonderful film deserving of a closer look for its overall composition and storytelling. Involving characters locked in depression, which perhaps contributes to their willingness for experimentation, this is a generational story in which no generation is left untouched. Each seems to be wandering, lost in their own personal wilderness of confusion rooted in the past, clouded by the present and extending into the future. Family ties are fractured, if not broken, and adultery, alcohol and drugs play a part in a sexually driven film where a dinner conversation over Deep Throat holds more meaning than just one. Not having seen the film before assigning it as a Movie Club selection, I was excited to see how the narrative was shaped,
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Laurel Nakadate’S “Wolf Knife” At IFC And In The Believer

Playing at New York’s IFC Center tonight — and on newsstands now in the current issue of The Believer — is Laurel Nakadate’s The Wolf Knife, one of Filmmaker‘s Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Gotham Award nominees for 2010. Tonight’s screening is at 9pm, and will feature an on-stage Q&A between Nakadate and novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm). Additionally, all ticket-buyers will receive the new issue of The Believer containing the DVD.

The video and photography artist’s second feature, The Wolf Knife is a mysterious parable of female adolescence, following two teenage girls who ditch their boring Ft. Lauderdale summer for an impulsive road trip to Nashville. Set less on the road than in the motel rooms and tourist traps along the way, the film explores hazy states of emotional turbulence and erotic confusion. Starring two newcomers — Christina Kolozsvary and Julie Potratz
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The Criterion Collection Announce November Blu-ray Slate Including Three Colors Trilogy

Today, The Criterion Collection officially announced their upcoming slate of films for the month of November and it is quite an assortment of some of cinema's most revered films and beloved filmmakers.

Of the five releases (three standalone releases and two box sets), two of these are new additions to the collection. Sidney Lumet's 1957 acclaimed courtroom drama 12 Angry Men and Krzysztof Kieslowski's amazing Three Colors Trilogy. This is being released as a three-disc box set comprised of all three films (Blue, White and Red) which not only serve to symbolize the French flag, but they also represent the tenets of the French revolution (liberty, equality and fraternity).

The other three releases provide some much requested upgrades to some of Criterion's most beloved DVD releases. First, there is Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game, a French gem from 1939 that is equal parts critique and comedy. Next up
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“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” Poster Art

Some of you may be familiar with artist Chris Ware, an American comic book artist and cartoonist, widely known for his Acme Novelty Library series, and the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. Ware’s art reflects early 20th century American styles of cartooning and graphic design, shifting through formats from traditional comic panels to faux advertisements to cut-out toys. Having been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, the Yale Review, Esquire, and nest, amongst many other periodicals, Ware has received also praise from The New York Times Book Review to ArtForum, and from people as far-ranging as Dave Eggers, David Sedaris, Matt Groening, Rick Moody, Zadie Smith, and his own mother.

Well now the artist has created a poster for last year’s Palme d’Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. (aka Joe.
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What’S In My Instapaper: Sunday Morning Links, 1/16/11

A quick, commentary-lite version…

Joseph Conrad wrote a science-fiction novel.

“Young and Restless Never Gets Old” — Dennis Lim in the Times on Gregg Araki.

Big tech news this week: Google announces that it won’t support the H.264 codec and the HTML5 video tag in its Chrome browser in favor of its own WebM codec. It’s all very complicated and tech-y, but Google’s argument is that they’re supporting “open standards” by backing a codec without royalty issues. Problem is, Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Ie both use the H.264 format and the short-term victor is likely to be Adobe, whose Flash will be required to convert video encoded in H.264. (But not on iOS devices.) More from people who can explain it better than me. (I’m waiting for Koo to weigh in on what this means for web videomakers.)

Good Hollywood Reporter article on Netflix,
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Price of a Movie: 8.24.10

Get cultured with The Ice Storm author Rick Moody, see Travolta start a disco inferno, and Bird is the word this weekend... and best of all, everything's free! "Word for Word Author" with Rick Moody and John Wesley Harding Hey all you midtown office drones! Instead of noshing at the local Subway, take your $5 foot-long to Bryant Park and check out this lunchtime talk and mini-concert with author Rick Moody and songwriter John Wesley Harding. Moody will read from his new book The Four Fingers of Death, the novelization of the 1963 horror flick, The Crawling Hand, and will join Harding for a musical performance. Where: Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd Street side of Bryant Park, Manhattan When: Wednesday, August 25, 12:30 Pm to 1:45 Pm Price: Free! Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: Saturday Night Fever As Tony Manero, John Travolta hustled his way into our hearts, becoming one of the most
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Interview: Personal Effects Director David Hollander

When you make a movie with stars like Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates, based on a novella by an acclaimed writer like Rick Moody, you might figure you were on your way to arthouse success. But David Hollander learned the hard way when he made his directorial debut Personal Effects that getting your movie seen by audiences is never as easy as getting great actors and a promising story. Personal Effects, a story about two people overcoming grief and falling in love in the process, will be premiering for one night only in a theater in New York and Los Angeles apiece. After that it will debut on DVD in May, where the investors figure they'll be able to make back their money. Hollander, who has previously worked on TV shows like The Guardian and The Cleaner, is clearly disappointed about the route his film has gone, but
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"The Ice Storm," "Mélo"

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By Michael Atkinson

On its surface, Ang Lee's career has been distinguished by a seemingly aimless ricochet between nations and milieus (Taiwan, New York, Wyoming, Devon, Shanghai, Connecticut, etc.), and between adapted disparate source materials (Jane Austen, Rick Moody, Annie Proulx, Wang Du Lu, Stan Lee) . and from both perspectives, you can find something to carp about. Indeed, Lee is rarely considered in serious debates about contemporary heavyweights, and his cultural rootlessness (read: opportunism) and dependence on literature may well be the reasons. We commonly like our auteurs to come packaged as purebred cultural expressors, and as artists largely independent of old narrative voices. But Lee's case can also demonstrate, movie by movie, the irrelevance of location, and the depth-finding force of deft adaptation.

"The Ice Storm" (1997), newly Criterionized, makes the point with a cudgel: Lee may have been Taiwanese, but his first all-American movie couldn't have been more American.
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Ang Lee's The Ice Storm: From 9.99 DVD bins to Criterion treatment

[/link] ranked only second in my top films of the 97' (with only the similar in seasonal setting Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter in the number one spot). I own the crappy single disc DVD that most of you have or that I've often witnessed them in the 9.99 dollar DVD bins. Get ready for the second generation edition: sweet cover box office art that the folks at Criterion Collection will unleash upon us in March of the new year. Check out the features below for the 2 disc set + the cover box art that shows the process of crystallization. - New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes- Audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus- New documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and
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