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Bizarre First Trailer For The Alchemist Cookbook

Oscilloscope Laboratories is responsible for bringing some offbeat, strange movies to larger audiences. They're the ones who have given movies like Exit Through The Gift Shop, Bellflower, Samsara, and Meek's Cutoff either theatrical or home video releases, and their latest film looks way more "out there" than those films. Here's the trailer for Joel Potrykus' The Alchemist Cookbook, a trippy-looking movie about a guy living alone out in the woods who starts messing with chemicals and eventually encounters Satan (yep). I don't know if this is something I'll be checking out personally, but I'm sure some of you will dig the stylized weirdness you'll find here.

There's no official release date set, but you can pre-order the movie for $14.99 on Oscilloscope's website right here. What do you think?

Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion.
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Trailer Debut: Meet 'Certain Women' Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams

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li If you enjoyed the melancholy drama Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams as a down-on-her-luck drifter who gets separated from her dog in Oregon, and Meek's Cutoff, a tense Western also starring Williams, then you'll be excited for director Kelly Reichardt's latest: Certain Women. In it, three women in different stages and situations of life in a small Montana town are trying to make their own ways in the world, figuring out how to adapt and learn from moments both...

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Watch: 2 Kelly Reichardt Video Essays, Plus Listen To Her 55-Minute Film Linc Podcast Talk

Singular independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has amassed an incredible body of minimalist, austere, and realist cinema that's very much outside the mainstream, never been worried with traditional narrative tropes, and is uncompromising in its dedication to her vision. Her films, often crafted from a raw, Diy aesthetic — “Old Joy," “Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek's Cutoff,” “Night Moves,” and, most recently, the Sundance hit “Certain Women” — have attracted some of the best characters actors in Hollywood (Michelle Williams, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart) and often premiere at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Read More: Murder Is Thicker Than Marriage In Trailer For Kelly Reichardt's Newly Restored 'River Of Grass' While her debut 1994 film, “River of Grass,” was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie vanished into obscurity for several.
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Sundance completes line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-12-08 01:06:34

Rams (Hrútar), directed by Grímur Hákonarson, won the Prize of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015 Photo: © Netop Films 2015 Sundance has announced the remaineder of its feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Films from the UK and Ireland were among those announced, including the latest from Amy director Asif Kapadia Ali & Nino - his first fictional outing since Far North in 2007. John Carney's Sing Street - starring Jack Reynor and Aidan Gillan - also joins the Premiere's line-up. The Spotlight section includes several films that premiered in Cannes, including Un Certain Regard winner Rams, Cemetery Of Splendor, Green Room and The Lobster. Established names also in the programme include Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do In The Shadows) and Kelly Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy And Lucy).

Festival director John Cooper said: “The Sundance
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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense
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Stewart Joins Another Prestige Low-Budget Effort

Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Movie News: See New 'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs; Kristen Stewart Joins Michelle Williams in Indie Drama

Jurassic World: As Jurassic World prepares to unleash a new breed of dinosaur upon mankind, it's time to take a closer look at how its other dino-tastic creatures have been brought up to date. Visit the attraction's official site to see all the dinosaurs, plus a lot more, in advance of its June 22 bow in theaters. [Jurassic World via Coming Soon]   Kristen Stewart: Actress Kristen Stewart will join an increasingly-intriguing indie drama, to be directed by Kelly Reichardt. As we learned recently, Michelle Williams (Meek's Cutoff) will be reuniting with the director on the still-untitled project, now described as "a series of vignettes that revolves around the lives of people in small-town Montana." Williams will play the wife of an unfaithful...

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Kristen Stewart continues her own path with new Kelly Reichardt film

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Kristen Stewart continues her own path with new Kelly Reichardt film
Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role.  Think about that for a second.  This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own.  Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year.  That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project," In case the name is unfamiliar to you, Reichardt is an acclaimed director whose movies include festival favorites "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy.
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Casting: Lewis, Williams, Rampling, Martini

The Trust

Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis has signed on to join Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira in Ben and Alex Brewer's currently shooting drama "The Trust". Lewis will play the father of Cage's character.

Cage and Wood play two corrupt cops who are stuck working the evidence room of the Las Vegas police department. When one discovers there is a vault full of drug money sealed in the back of a convenience store, both cops team up to pull a heist. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project

Michelle Williams will reteam with her "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff" director Kelly Reichardt for a third and currently untitled indie drama. Reichardt is writing and directing, but plot details are unknown at this time. [Source: Variety]

Waiting For The Miracle To Come

Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe have been cast in Lian Lunson's first film "Waiting For The Miracle To Come
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Michelle Williams Will Star in Another Kelly Reichardt Movie

The actress and director, who previously worked together on 'Wendy and Lucy' and 'Meek's Cutoff,' are going for their third collaboration.

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Michelle Williams Reteams with Kelly Reichardt

Michelle Williams Reteams with Kelly Reichardt
For their third collaboration, Williams and Reichardt are set to reunite on a yet-to-be-titled indie drama. The American actress and indie director previously worked together on "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), a showcase for Williams as a young transient woman, and postmodern frontier western "Meek's Cutoff" (2010). "Wendy" brought Williams and Reichardt Independent Spirit nominations, and Williams a Best Actress prize from Toronto critics. We know Reichardt is writing and directing, and that this will be her first feature since last year's "Night Moves." Plot details are otherwise unknown at this time. According to Variety, Williams will shoot the Reichardt film before heading to Kenneth Lonergan's ("Margaret") "Machester-By-The-Sea."  Read More: How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt's "River of Grass"
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How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt's Debut 'River of Grass'

How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt's Debut 'River of Grass'
You've probably seen "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff," "Wendy and Lucy" or "Old Joy," director Reichardt's quartet of hushed, spare and formally impeccable features set in or around the American Northwest. The Oregon-based filmmaker's singularly restrained approach began with 1994's "River of Grass," a 16mm-shot, sort-of love letter to Godard's "Breathless," Malick's "Badlands" and Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde." Narrated with relaxed poetry a la Sissy Spacek in "Badlands" or Linda Manz in "Days of Heaven," the film centers on a couple of young drifters who go rogue in South Florida outside the Everglades. With under 30 days to go, Oscilloscope's newly launched Kickstarter campaign asks for $20,000 to digitally restore the road movie. Lots of cool prizes include swag, vintage laser discs, a trip to the premiere screening and more.
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Watch: The Best Films of the Decade So Far

Considering it is the halfway point in this current decade of ours, 2014 is about as good a time as many to begin making "Best of the Decade (So Far)" lists -- which I have actually attempted to do over on Letterboxd -- and it seems the fine folks over at streaming site and film blog Fandor agree, as just yesterday video essayist Kevin B. Lee posted a video that counts down the 26 best films of the decade so far, as determined by a poll he took of "290 film critics and movie lovers on Twitter and Facebook." Lee took to Slate yesterday to explain the results a bit more in-depth, including the importance of social media played in the poll, how Cannes was a better predictor than the Oscars, how movies' fortunes rise and fall over time, and more. It's an interesting read, so if you want to check it out,
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Wff 2014: Tommy Lee Jones Nails the Revisionist Western Again with The Homesman [Review]

Generally speaking, the western has never been a genre of particular appeal to me. I always thought of them as those old boring things with horses and men with hats, guns, occasionally fabulous scores and Clint Eastwood being a badass but generally speaking this is my father's genre, one that had never much appealed to me. The western never really disappeared but the 2000's ushered in the era of the modern western; sometimes violent (The Proposition, No Country for Old Men), sometimes pensive (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) sometimes about survival (Meek's Cutoff) and occasionally even a family drama (There Will Be Blood). All great movies I love so yes, The Homesman, with its female lead, instantly caught my attention. [Continued ...]
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Universal's Classic Monsters, 'Draft Day' and 'Night Moves' This Week On DVD & Blu-ray

Draft Day I guess the discussion before releasing Draft Day was whether or not to take advantage of the start of the NFL season with the theatrical release or the DVD and Blu-ray release and the home video marketing team won because clearly that's the reason for bringing it out today, but does anyone care at this pointc The movie is no good, especially for anyone with a passing understanding of, or interest in, the NFL.

Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection I'm not sure what I think about this one. While it would be awesome to own all of these titles, why Universal decided to go DVD-only is beyond me. If someone is a big enough fan of Universal's Classic Monsters franchise aren't they going to want them all and be willing to pay for them all on Blu-rayc Is it the cost involved in restoring them all and
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Night Moves, film review: Hitchcock haunts this explosive thriller

Night Moves is the most plot-driven film to date by the Us indie film-maker Kelly Reichardt. Fans of the determinedly low-key minimalist treasures Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Meek's Cutoff (2010) will know that this isn't saying a lot. And there certainly isn't any extraneous action in Night Moves. But it is precisely its leanness and the tight focus of its storytelling that make it such a tense thriller.
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Film Review: 'Night Moves'

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★★★★☆The films of Kelly Reichardt have often explored the relationship between people and their environment - whether in tune or fatally at odds. Like a polar opposite to the autumnal flow of Old Joy (2006), the director's latest delves into the ambiguous world of fanatical environmentalism in a location ubiquitous with her oeuvre, Oregon. Where as her previous work, Meek's Cutoff (2010), strained relentlessly against its genre conventions and was widely labelled as an anti-western, Night Moves (2013) gives similar credence to the traditions of the thriller. This gripping film eschews typical tropes and character archetypes in favour of gradually wrenching the audience's collective stomach with a building tension.
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Review: Night Moves

Kelly Reichardt is a deliberate filmmaker. The scenes she writes, directs and edits rarely feel hurried or careless, and the stories she tells, incredibly focused, have a way of slowly building towards bigger and (usually frightening) truths about society and the people who exist on its fringes. 

Two of Reichardt's earlier films, Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, portray melancholy wanderers with uncertain future prospects, and in many ways Night Moves does this, too. Though more overtly suspenseful than her previous work, her latest effort still maintains a measured restraint as the story advances towards a clearer view of the ambiguous situation at hand. 

It's tough to describe the plot of Night Moves without giving too much away, but it's fair to say that eco-terrorism, paranoia, simmering frustration and Csa boxes all come into play. Set in gray, moody Oregon amongst co-op dwellers and vaguely rebellious idealists, the story follows
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Interview: Dakota Fanning Talks ‘Night Moves,’ Working With Kelly Reichardt, Spielberg, Tony Scott & More

If you go into Kelly Reichardt's “Night Moves” cold, or knowing only that it's a drama about ecoterrorism from the director of “Meek's Cutoff” and “Wendy & Lucy,” you might wonder about her leading actress, a mousy, moon-faced brunette whose occasionally eerie stillness reflects both her character's implacable dedication to the cause and her failure to look beneath the surface of her beliefs. When I saw the movie at Toronto last fall, I didn't realize until the end credits I'd been watching Dakota Fanning the entire time. As she did with Michelle Williams, whom Fanning calls one of her favorite actresses, Reichardt peels away Fanning's youthful precocity to find an engrossing stillness underneath -- or rather, she got out of the way and let Fanning do it to herself. At first, Reichardt thought Fanning was too young for the role, and in past, she's had trouble with actors used to
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Watch: Jesse Eisenberg is Drunk and Paranoid in a Clip from Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves'

Watch: Jesse Eisenberg is Drunk and Paranoid in a Clip from Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves'
Fans of Kelly Reichardt won't have to wait much longer for "Night Moves," her latest picture that first premiered at the Venice Film Festival before making its way over to Tribeca. Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard join Jesse Eisenberg to complete the trifecta. In this clip, we get a closer glimpse at the film, courtesy of our friends over at  The Playlist. Read More: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, Goes to CinedigmThe three actors star as radical environmentalists, each with different motives, who come together to destroy a hydroelectric dam. In this clip we see Eisenberg chat with Saarsgard over a beer, but the conversation is anything but casual. Reichardt previously directed the critically acclaimed "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy."  "Night Moves" will be released in theaters May 30.
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