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,
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
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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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
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 Khondji – Seven
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
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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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.
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
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?
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
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
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,
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
“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,
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
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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