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'Where Is Kyra?' Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives the Performance of Her Career

'Where Is Kyra?' Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives the Performance of Her Career
Do you remember the first time Michelle Pfeiffer showed up on your radar? Was it courtesy of one of her gangster molls, available in both coke-snorting (Scarface) and gum-snapping (Married to the Mob) varieties? Or was it via her costume dramas, playing passive heartbreakers (The Age of Innocence) and the aggressively heartbroken (Dangerous Liaisons)? Taking zero amounts of shit in Dangerous Minds? Slinking across a piano in The Fabulous Baker Boys? Licking faces in Batman Returns, the movie that inspired a thousand Halloween costumes and prepubescent fetishists? Pfeiffer has played
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The Drowning Pool

‘Harper Days Are Here Again,’ reads the advertising tag line for this worthy follow-up to Paul Newman’s first outing as Ross Macdonald’s jaded private eye. The movie is certainly worthy, but how did the producers let the terrific song Killing Me Softly with His Song get away?

The Drowning Pool


Warner Archive Collection

1976 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith, Linda Haynes, Richard Jaeckel.

Cinematography: Gordon Willis

Film Editor: John C. Howard

Production Design: Paul Sylbert

Original Music: Michael Small

Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Walter Hill from the novel by Ross Macdonald

Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Looking to make lightning strike twice, Paul Newman returned to his Lew Harper character in another adaptation of a Ross Macdonald tale. The star handles it very well,
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The Best Cinematography of 2017

“A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist — moving an audience through a movie […] making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark,” said the late, great Gordon Willis. As we continue our year-end coverage, one aspect we must highlight is, indeed, cinematography. From talented newcomers to seasoned professionals, we’ve rounded up the examples that have most impressed us this year. Check out our rundown below and, in the comments, let us know your favorite work.

All These Sleepless Nights (Michal Marczak, Maciej Twardowski)

Using the combination of a Steadicam and computerized gimbal, Michal Marczak and Maciej Twardowski float in and out of crowded dance floors, house parties, lush gardens, and sun-kissed beaches, all in a way that would make Emmanuel Lubezki proud. Coupled with a near-constant soundtrack of the latest in electronic and pop (as well as a Polish version of Pocahontas‘ “Colors of
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‘Three Billboards’ Cinematographer Ben Davis on Camera Placement, Single Takes, and Authentically Capturing America

Our rave review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri notes that cinematographer Ben Davis “captures the action and outbursts of violence with assured zip and clarity.” Though true, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Martin McDonagh’s third feature — his second with Davis behind the camera, following 2012’s Seven Psychopaths — is among the most beautiful released this year, photographed with a knowledge of its small-town environment (North Carolina rather than Missouri, but let’s not hold that against the film) that renders seemingly quotidian settings a scarred landscape of pain and anger.

Speaking one-on-one with Davis will make clear that Billboards‘ fine palette is no happy accident, instead being the result of intense consideration for environment, emotion, color, space, and, especially in the case of a show-stopping single take — one that hardly asks for us to stand and applaud, even as we’re wondering how it could be pulled off — movement.
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"Red Desert" & "Husbands and Wives": Two Visions from Carlo Di Palma

Carlo Di Palma and Woody AllenThe only thing more consistent than the quality of Carlo Di Palma’s cinematography is the routine variance of his work. Though his most prominent titles were primarily those done in collaboration with two key directors—Michelangelo Antonioni and Woody Allen—what he demonstrated over the course of his career, in these films and dozens more, revealed a remarkable exhibition of visual range. His decades-spanning career produced a gallery of fluctuating colors, lighting techniques, temperatures, movements, and tones. And more often than not, what he refined in this richly varying field proved to be a directly corresponding realization of profound psychological consequence.Born April 17, 1925 in Rome, the son of a camera repair man, Di Palma’s cinematic commencement went from focus operator on Neo-Realist essentials like Rome, Open City (1945) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) to serving various capacities on largely subpar Italian fare. A turning point came
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Contest: Win Windows on Blu-ray

What at first seems neighborly becomes something straight out of a nightmare in the 1980 thriller Windows, and to celebrate the movie's new high-def release, Scream Factory has provided us with three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Windows.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:


2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Windows Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 11th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age
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July 4th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bethany, Awakening The Zodiac, Windows, Here Alone

Happy Independence Day, everyone! While most of us in the Us are busy with BBQs and enjoying some outdoor fun, that doesn’t mean this week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are taking any time off, as we have a handful of titles making their debuts on July 4th.

Scream Factory has given the cult psychological thriller Windows something of an HD upgrade this week with their brand new Blu-ray, and we have several indie titles arriving on both formats as well, including Accidental Exorcist, Here Alone, Bethany, and Awakening the Zodiac. Rounding out the July 4th home releases are Peelers and a 9-movie creature feature set on DVD featuring all sorts of murderous beasties.

Accidental Exorcist (Cinedigm, Blu-ray & DVD)

A 30-something, dirt-poor alcoholic (Daniel Falicki) can't hold down a day job or maintain a normal life due to the fact that he is a natural-born exorcist. He soon learns
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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Manhattan review – Woody Allen's masterpiece still shimmers with honesty

Nearly four decades on, Allen’s lustrously shot comedy is as compelling as ever, its big-hitting scenes and performances sitting alongside numerous low-key gems

Woody Allen’s middle-period masterpiece from 1979, co-written with Marshall Brickman and shot in lustrous black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, now gets a cinema rerelease.

It’s the film that, apart from everything else, invented the romcom cliche of the last-minute rush to the airport. Dismayed by a lack of cabs in the dense traffic – casually superb location shooting – Allen’s unemployed TV producer Isaac runs desperately to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment to tell her how he feels, finding her in the lobby with her bags packed, ready to head out to JFK for a trip to London. This is Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), who wryly tells him she just turned 18 and that she is now “legal” – though she was “legal” at 17. However we feel about this scene now,
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Annie Hall

Woody Allen’s breakthrough film, released 40 years ago this week, is a finely observed romance, a surreal time-traveling autobiography and a stand-up comedy confessional. With the help of cinematographer Gordon Willis and editor Ralph Rosenblum, Allen juggles those disparate elements with the skill of a Houdini. Diane Keaton’s exquisitely flakey and funny performance was rewarded by the Academy who named her the Best Actress of 1977.
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Take the Money and Run originally had a different ending that was cut by editor Ralph Rosenblum. What was it?

Woody is killed in a bloody gun ambush. Woody becomes president. Woody appears to tear a hole in the movie screen and “escapes” into the theater.
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Kathryn Bigelow Hones in on a War at Home in ‘Detroit’

The Oscar-winner’s first film in 5 years gets a trailer.

After reinvigorating her career with a pair of films about the war on terror — The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the former of which earned her a Best Director Oscar, a first for a woman — Kathryn Bigelow has turned her focus to a war at home for her first film in half a decade, Detroit.

Set during the 1967 Detroit Riot (aka the 12th Street Riot), the film tells the story of the raid on an after-hours bar that launched a five-day skirmish between a group of citizens and police, the former being predominantly African-American and the latter being predominantly white. Happening just two years after the Watts Riots and a year before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Detroit takes place just as the civil rights movement was hitting a fever pitch, and as evidenced by the first trailer, released
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Holy Overkill! Are there Six ‘Batman’ Films Planned for 2019?

All six are on the slate but not all scheduled.Courtesy DC

Update: This one’s been seemingly debunked by Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, two guys who would definitely know. Dig the tweet chain below. But regardless of when the films are being released, they are still all in various stages of production, so you’re getting them, the question is just when. Thanks to Adam Hlavac for politely correcting me.

Hey @geoffjohns why didn't you tell me we were releasing 4 Batman movies in 2019? Can we increase that to 10?

— @thejonberg

In 2019, Batman will celebrate his 80th year of costumed crimefighting, and if you believe rumors started on the Reddit Dceu board (and as reported by Screen Rant), Warner Bros. is gonna do it up big, like, six films big.

According to the report, all four live-action Batfilms currently in development — The Batman, Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing, and Batgirl — will all drop in 2019, along with two animated
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Q&A: Co-Writer / Director Hunter Adams on Working with Ted Levine & More for Dig Two Graves

A grieving sister encounters strange, supernatural forces in the new thriller Dig Two Graves, and to commemorate its release in theaters and on iTunes, we caught up with co-writer / director Hunter Adams for our latest Q&A feature to discuss collaborating with actor Ted Levine, filming in a brutally cold winter, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Hunter! How and when did you first come up with the idea for Dig Two Graves?

Hunter Adams: I was interested in the idea of a dark fairy tale about a young person who has to wrestle with a morally ambiguous decision. The three moonshiners were modeled after the three witches in Macbeth. Like Shakespeare’s hags, I wanted to create mystery around the moonshiner’s intentions and powers. Are they supernatural or just manipulative? Do they have motivations or are they simply agents
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Review: Woody Allen's "Interiors" (1978); Blu-ray Release From Twilight Time

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“A Long Day’S Journey Into A Little Night Silence”

By Raymond Benson

Woody’s Allen’s first dramatic feature film, Interiors, released in 1978 on the heels of his hugely successful and Oscar-winning masterpiece, Annie Hall, was met with praise by some and head-scratching by others. Most critics, however, acknowledged that the picture was a step the artist needed to take in his evolution as a filmmaker.

Prior to Annie Hall, Allen’s films were zany comedies—the “early funny ones,” as facetiously described in a later work, Stardust Memories. Beginning with Annie, Allen made a quantum leap forward in originality, confidence, and stylistic maturity. He reinvented the romantic comedy. In many ways, Annie Hall is a movie with a European sensibility. It could be argued that Allen’s body of work post-Annie resembles the kind of material made by a director like, say, Francois Truffaut—small, well-written, intimate gems about people,
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‘Manhattan’ Returns in Trailer for Theatrical Restoration of Woody Allen Classic

It’s been a handful of films since Woody Allen stayed put in the city where he made his name. This summer’s Wonder Wheel will finally mark his return to the Big Apple with a film set solely there, but for those that want to revisit one of his most acclaimed films, the opportunity will arrive shortly. One can not neglect to mention Manhattan when it comes to both the greatest NYC-set movies and the best Woody Allen movies, and now it’s been given a 4K restoration.

Ahead of its 12-day return to theaters at Film Forum starting early next month, Park Circus have released a new trailer, which sparkles with Gordon Willis‘ incredible cinematography, as well as includes some of the film’s most memorable scenes — and, of course, ending with that shot. Featuring Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, and Anne Byrne, check
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Food Network Star Alton Brown Dishes on Oscar DPs

Food Network Star Alton Brown Dishes on Oscar DPs
Why care what longtime Food Network personality Alton Brown thinks about the nominees in the Oscar’s cinematography category? Because he knows lenses, film stock, and formats as well as he knows ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques.

“I started off as a cameraman when I was still in college, and moved into shooting music videos in the ‘80s, then became a full-time cinematographer and a director-cameraman for TV spots, which I did for about 10 years,” Brown says.

Eventually burnt out by the ad business, Brown saw two choices. “I could either move on to New York or Hollywood and concentrate on shooting, or I could go to culinary school and try to make a food show.”

He chose the latter, resulting in the groundbreaking 14-season series “Good Eats,” which holds up so well that repeats continue airing today. Brown directed 200 of its 250 episodes. He calls his latest show, “Iron Chef Gauntlet,
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The Bat People (1974), Vicious Lips (1986), The Man From Planet X (1951) & More Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory

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Scream Factory wasted no time kicking their week into high gear, as today they announced six upcoming Blu-ray releases that are sure to scratch the cult horror and sci-fi itch for home media collectors.

Coming to Blu-ray this summer from Scream Factory are Alienator, Vicious Lips, The Bat People, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, The Man From Planet X, and Windows. Specific release dates and special features have yet to be announced, and you can be sure that we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on all six of these releases.

From Scream Factory: “Some of you may remember last year that we asked you to vote on some obscure titles we had existing rights on and if you wanted to see them come to the Blu-ray format. Since then we already announced several from that list and now we can confirm that we have even more planned
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Review: Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982), Twilight Time Blu-ray Edition

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“Smiles Of A Chekhovian Night”

By Raymond Benson

Most cinephiles know that Woody Allen is a huge fan of Ingmar Bergman. Allen has paid homage to the Swedish master several times, and his 1982 work, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, is an example. It draws upon one of Bergman’s very few comedies, Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), which is also the basis of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical and later film, A Little Night Music.

Smiles takes place at the turn of the last century (1800s to 1900s) in a rural village in Sweden, and the story follows the bawdy escapades of several couples. Likewise, Allen’s Midsummer takes place in the same time period, although the story is transplanted to “the country” somewhere in New York state, and concerns an ensemble of six characters—three couples—who also embark on bawdy escapades.

Bergman’s original film, in turn,
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