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"To Err is Human, to Film Divine": The Films of Albert Brooks

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In Modern Romance (1981), Albert Brooks plays Robert Cole, a feature film editor who impulsively breaks up with his long-term girlfriend, Mary. Feeling dejected, he skips work and spends the evening alone in his apartment, self-medicating with Quaaludes and chintzy pop music. This bravura sequence of slow-build comedy runs almost 10 full minutes, as Bob’s mental and physical faculties gradually decline while he flits irrationally between optimism, regret, rage and paranoia. Rather than using his mise en scène to enter Bob’s unstable headspace, Brooks’ camera captures Bob’s breakdown from a detached remove, framing him in a series of neutrally-angled wide shots which calmly track his clumsy motion through a series of tight, claustrophobic rooms. Brooks’ wonderfully understated performance nails the thought processes of a neurotic desperately trying to rationalize his actions while simultaneously being eaten away by self-doubt. One minute, he’s indulging in pseudo-profound, maudlin statements affirming a
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ITV & ‘Death In Paradise’ Producer Red Planet Developing Family Drama After Devin Doyle Picks Up Writing Prize

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British broadcaster ITV and Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures are developing a family drama from newcomer writer Devin Doyle after he won their talent discovery scheme.

Dublin-based writer Doyle won the Red Planet Prize 2018, which is run by Tony Jordan’s production company and the commercial network and will now work with the two firms to develop his project Devoted Wife and Mother. The award is intended to recognize talented writers who can create “fresh, original and inspiring popular drama” projects.

Doyle’s Devoted Wife and Mother script follows a woman as she has her life turned upside down when her debt dealing husband is kidnapped with a £500,000 ransom deadline for 5pm that day. He will work closely with Kate Rowland to develop the project; Rowland has previously worked with writers including Lee Hall (War Horse), Stephen Butchard (The Child in Time) and Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None).

“I’m excited,
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‘Mile 22′ Review

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Sam Medina | Written by Lea Carpenter | Directed by Peter Berg

Remember Sabotage, David Ayer’s dodgy DEA task force action thriller from 2014? Probably not, but Peter Berg’s fourth collaboration with muse Mark Wahlberg may jog your memory, with its similarly diverse elite squad (a good thing) and its videogamey attitude to plotting, human beings and basic logic (all bad things). This is perfect vehicle for Berg and his ultra-conservative, cynical and ultimately juvenile worldview. Yet somehow this technically talented director has fudged what should have been a straightforward idiotic pleasure.

Mile 22 opens with a gripping scene involving a raid on an Fsb house. The Fsb – *checks Wikipedia* – is the successor to the Russian Kgb, and they’re doing something nefarious, so Jimmy (Wahlberg) and his squad trick their way in and start gathering evidence. It all kicks off, and we
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Jennifer Lawrence Parts Ways With CAA

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Jennifer Lawrence Parts Ways With CAA
Jennifer Lawrence is no longer with CAA, Deadline has confirmed.

Lawrence had been with the agency for more than 10 years. During her time there she received her first Oscar-nominated role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, along with back-to-back Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. She later received a fourth Academy Award nom for 2015 film Joy. She was most recently seen in features Red Sparrow, Passengers and Mother!

The exit was amicable. She isn’t taking meetings with other agents. So it is possible she goes the direction of Leo DiCaprio, who has run his career with a manager and attorneys. In fact, they are the same managers and attorneys, Rick Yorn at Lbi, and Steve Warren and Gretchen Rush at Hansen Jacobson Teller. She next reprises her role as Mystique in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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Flashback: Danzig Play a Menacing ‘Mother’ on ‘The Jon Stewart Show’

Flashback: Danzig Play a Menacing ‘Mother’ on ‘The Jon Stewart Show’
In 1993, Danzig were still largely an underground phenomenon. Although they’d put out their self-titled debut LP in 1988, they were still best known as the heavy-metal follow-up band for the Misfits’ former singer. But that changed when a live version of “Mother,” from the Ep Thrall: Demonsweatlive, became a video hit, and the group started gaining wider exposure.

Around that time, the band made a menacing appearance on The Jon Stewart Show — the host’s MTV talk show before he went to The Daily Show — and Danzig, the band and the man,
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Vault Shorts #12:

Itibritto By Mahmud Hasan

Biva, a young woman is sitting on the floor of a balcony in her two-storey house, next to a birdcage. She seems very sad, and as we watch the rest of the members of the family doing their daily chores, the reason becomes apparent. A courier delivers a package to the house, and when the father witnesses the DVD inside, erupts.

Mahmud Hasan highlights the fact that “this is a man’s world”, presenting Biva as a waif, whose actions and their consequences are dictated by the men in her life. In such a life, the ending provided by the film’s finale seems inevitable.

Sumon Sarker’s cinematography is very interesting, as he uses his camera in a way that nakes the spectator feel as if he is picking on the action, with shots behind bars, usually from above. The presentation of the everyday chores of the mother,
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Gotham Season 5 Episode Titles Reveal The Arrival Of Bane

Gotham is due to end after its 10 episode fifth and final season, so fans can expect a run that’s jam-packed with Bat-goodness as the story pushes Bruce Wayne to the brink of becoming the hero the city needs right now. What’s more, we can also expect some key new villains to be introduced into the show’s mythology. Those we know so far include Scarface, Mother and possibly Harley Quinn to boot.

This new batch of episode titles, however, reveal another major Batman foe that some fans may be surprised to see considering where Gotham falls on Bruce’s timeline. The title for episode 8 of the new season, in particular, leaves no room for confusion in unveiling which of Batman’s antagonists will debut next.

Episode 5×05: “Pena Dura” Episode 5×06: “The Air is Getting Slippery” Episode 5×07: Tba Episode 5×08: “I Am Bane” Gotham Season 5 Bts Photos
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Review: Hereditary (2018)

Any horror hyped as “the next [insert horror classic here]” is always bound to have a tough time convincing the masses. In fact, with other genres, many seem to accept hyperbole far more easily but horror (much like comedy) is far more scrutinised and through this scrutiny, some films falter, some flourish and some divide. In the case of Hereditary, it is once more a case of the latter. Like The VVitch, The Babadook, It Follows, It Comes At Night and Mother before it, Hereditary is a film that has enjoyed some eye catching reviews but which has split its mainstream audiences like the underbelly of a haddock but also, like all those other titles, it is a film that forcibly requests your attention and observation.

To this point I will say now that this review is not complete because Hereditary, like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, is a film that can scarcely be defined by one viewing.
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'Dallas' at 40: How the Primetime Soap Paved the Way for Peak TV

Forty years ago this week, Dallas premiered on CBS – and changed TV history forever. At a time when network television was staid and dull, this Lone Star Peyton Place came on as a totally shameless melodrama full of sex, money, bad blood, family feuds, cowboy hats and shoulder pads – the first, best and most splendidly ridiculous of the prime-time soaps. It spun the saga of the corrupt Ewing family and their Texas oil empire, as they wheeled and dealed through bedrooms and boardrooms, running from 1978 to 1991. And what a cast
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Jennifer Lawrence Reunites With Ex Darren Aronofsky Ahead of the Holidays

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Jennifer Lawrence Reunites With Ex Darren Aronofsky Ahead of the Holidays
Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky have unfinished business. On Wednesday, the former couple was spotted entering a building together in New York City, sparking rumors of a rekindled romance. In October, Jennifer and Darren called it quits on their year-long relationship, which Jennifer - who was starring in Darren's horror film Mother! at the time - described as "different." She even went on to say it was difficult to date the director because the film was all he wanted to talk about. "I'd come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie," Jennifer told Variety in November. "He comes back from the tour, and that's all he wants to talk about. I get it; it's his baby. He wrote it; he conceived it; he directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be supportive partner while also being like,
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Mark Kermode’s best films of 2017

Cannibalism in France, a latterday Our Gang in Florida, three women in Tel Aviv, and – at last! – a Blade Runner sequel are among the year’s must-sees

• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full

To get a sense of how many great movies played UK cinemas in 2017, just look at some of the outstanding titles that didn’t make my top 10 list. From Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (brilliantly adapted from Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith) to Anocha Suwichakornpong’s dazzling By the Time It Gets Dark, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (featuring an Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert) and Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (with Sônia Braga in breathtaking form), there was a dizzying array of delights on offer. Even so-called mainstream cinema seemed particularly adventurous this year, ranging from Patty Jenkins’s rip-roaring Wonder Woman to Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming Dunkirk, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping Detroit, Edgar Wright’s pulse-racing
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‘mother!’ Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Audacious and Rich Cinematic Allegory Is His Most Daring Film Yet

‘mother!’ Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Audacious and Rich Cinematic Allegory Is His Most Daring Film Yet
“mother!” begins as a slow burn and builds toward a furious blaze. Awash in both religious and contemporary political imagery, Darren Aronofsky’s allusive film opens itself to a number of allegorical readings, but it also works as a straight-ahead head rush. Not just another baroquely orchestrated big-screen freak-out in the vein of “Black Swan” (though it is very much that), the film touches on themes that — if too hazily figurative to be in any way autobiographical — at least tread on factors in the director’s own life.

Come for the house that bleeds; stay for the reflections on parenthood and the difficulty of living with fame.

Read More:‘mother!’: 7 Things to Know About Darren Aronofsky’s Crazy Return to Psychological Horror

The film is divided into two parts that roughly parallel one another for reasons that eventually make themselves clear. Both follow married couple Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem (and yes,
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Fantasy Reality: Catherine George on Costuming Okja

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Okja (2017) is the second film that costume designer Catherine George has worked on with director Bong Joon-ho. Their first together, Snowpiercer (2013), despite being lauded by critics (and featuring Chris Evans), only received a limited theatrcial run in the U.S. and no release at all in the UK. Unlike Okja, Snowpiercer is an out and out sci-fi fantasy set when most of the world’s population have been wiped out and those who remain live on perpetually moving train. Okja is still a fantasy, it revolves around a little girl Mija (An Seo Hyun) trying to save her giant ‘super pig’ from being harvested as Gm bacon, but is set within our recognisable reality. There are smart phones, cars we know, Instagram and Facebook. However the film has a deliberate otherworldly feel about it. Not quite in the future and not as locked as a parallel universe, but
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay
It’s early yet, but already some strong screenplays are rising to the front of the Oscar contender list.

The Sundance Film Festival broke out Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate)), which is turning into the indie hit of the year, and “Wind River” (The Weinstein Co.), the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”). Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24) and two Netflix titles, Bong Joon Ho’s political satire “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s family dramedy “The Meyerowitz Stories: (New and Selected),” competed at Cannes.

Jordan Peele’s brainy genre-bender “Get Out” (Universal) is the surprise sleeper of the year. And the fall film festivals will bring a slew of name contenders, from Woody Allen and Darren Aronofsky to Alexander Payne.

Check out the (alphabetical) contenders below: No film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.
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New to Streaming: ‘T2: Trainspotting, Bong Joon Ho, ‘Mimosas,’ ‘Daughters of the Dust,’ and More

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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)

That there’s a fair chance you’ve never seen Daughters of the Dust — full disclosure: I am among these people — should be taken as a failure of distribution and exposure, not the film’s quality and impact. There’s also a fair chance that the closest you’ve really come to Julie Dash‘s 1991 film is Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which paid a direct visual tribute that,
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Okja director Bong Joon-ho: ‘In films, animals are either soulmates or butchered’

The director’s bold and bonkers fantasies have sparked comparisons with Spielberg, and his latest film delivers a chilling message via the relationship between a girl and a giant, genetically modified farm animal

Halfway through my conversation with the Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho, I notice a tattoo peeking out from under the sleeve of his jacket. “It means ‘wife and son’,” he says, gesturing at the inky characters on his wrist. “Sorry to disappoint. But I do have this …” With that, he yanks down the neck of his T-shirt to reveal a detailed illustration of a tree; its brown branches and green leaves extend across one corner of his chest, over his shoulder, on to his back and out of sight. He and his cinematographer got matching tattoos when they made the 2009 psychological drama Mother, about a woman fighting to help her son beat a murder rap. “There was a
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Jennifer Connelly & Mickey Sumner Cast In Scott Derrickson’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot

The wheels keep a-turning on the casting train for TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” adapted from the critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho (“Mother,” “Okja”) film of the same name. Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (“Requiem for a Dream,” “Noah”) and Mickey Sumner join Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Black-Ish”) for the Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Doctor Strange”) -directed pilot.

Continue reading Jennifer Connelly & Mickey Sumner Cast In Scott Derrickson’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot at The Playlist.
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Get Drunk, Rebellious & Shabby With Awesome New ‘Okja’ Character Posters

South Korean filmmakers are where it’s at and they’ve been leading the wave of international cinema for quite some time, often doing a tonal balancing act of humor, drama, horror, weirdness and more. At the top of the list arguably in Bong Joon-Ho, the director behind, “The Host,” “Mother,” “Snowpiercer” and his latest, “Okja.” And it sounds like another loopy, strange piece of world cinema.

Continue reading Get Drunk, Rebellious & Shabby With Awesome New ‘Okja’ Character Posters at The Playlist.
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The Ghosts of China’s past Haunt Wang Xiaoshuai’s Red Amnesia

Drawing a parallel between grim personal history and the dark secrets of a nation’s past, Wang Xiaoshuai’s Red Amnesia, the third part in the director’s Cultural Revolution trilogy, is a ghost story in the figurative (and perhaps also literal) sense, granting solid presence to the mysterious inhabitants of anxious dreams and haunting memories.

What begins as the tale of a blameless, good-natured widow plagued with harassing phone calls slowly unfurls into a sombre meditation on guilt, denial and the lingering repercussions of long buried sins.

Red Amnesia is streaming on FilmDoo

The wordless introductory minutes of Red Amnesia set the film’s quiet, pensive tone with its moody footage of dimly lit interiors mixed with ominous shots of empty streets and dilapidated buildings (though the location of these eerie exteriors will only become clear in the film’s final stretch).

The near-silent opening is interrupted by the
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Cannes: Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Booed During Technical Glitch and Netflix Logo at First Press Screening

Cannes: Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Booed During Technical Glitch and Netflix Logo at  First Press Screening
Bong Joon ho’s “Okja” was booed at its Cannes Film Festival press screening on Friday after a technical issue caused the film to be projected in the wrong aspect ratio for several minutes at the start of the movie. Boos were also heard when the Netflix logo appeared on the screen prior to the glitch. The screening at the Lumière Auditorium proceeded normally after the issue was resolved.

Read More: Netflix at Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Will Give ‘Okja’ a Fair Shake

“This incident was entirely the responsibility of the Festival’s technical service, which offers its apologies to the director, his teams, the producers and the audience at the showing,” Cannes said in a statement. Netflix was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Ahn Seo-hyun star in the monster film, which was co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats
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