Friday, October 14, 2016

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' disappoints at New York Film Festival

'His Girl Friday' gets Criterion treatment + 10 titles that deserve to be released


Courtesy of this late afternoon's Criterion press release:

"In January, we’re releasing the groundbreaking ["Black Girl"] debut feature of African cinema master Ousmane Sembène, ["Fox and His Friends"] a controversial portrait of 1970s gay life from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ["Something Wild"] a harrowing work of psychological realism by Actors Studio pioneer Jack Garfein, and ["His Girl Friday"an endlessly quotable Howard Hawks classic.

This got me to go back to a very popular article I wrote for IndieWire back in the summer of 2015. Notice how one of the entries is David Lynch, who's "Eraserhead" and "Mulholland Drive" just got Criterion treatment recently. The whole article can be read HERE. Or scroll down to find an abbreviated version:

"The Comedian" getting Oscar-buzz for De Niro and a World Premiere at AFI Film Festival

Deniro on the set of the recently wrapped "The Comedian"

AFI has just announced that Taylor Hackford's "The Comedian" will premiere on Thursday November 10th at AFI Film Festival. I have been tracking the film relentlessly the last few months, here are a few things I have had to say about this very promising performance from De Niro.

Writer-Director Kelly Reichardt talks about 'Certain Women' [Interview]

Full interview for The Playlist can be found HERE

Here are review excerpts from the archives about her last four films:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Scorsese still 'deep at work' on 'Silence'

'I, Daniel Blake' is the worst Palme D'or winner since the 80s [Trailer]

I really did like Ken Loach's "I, Daniel Blake this past May at Cannes, but "like" is not enough for a film that won the Palme D'or. It's not like there weren't great films for the choosing at this year's festival: Paul Verhoeven's "Elle," Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson, Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann," Andrea Arnold's "American Honey" and Kleber Mendonca Filho's "Aquarius" were all indisputably brilliant movies that deserved the honor.  The four of them won zero prizes during the awards ceremony. The jury instead opted to give Xavier Dolan's terrible new film a Grand Jury Prize as well. The Cannes jury, which included George Miller, Kiefer Sutherland, Mads Mikkelson and Kate Hudson, might go down in infamy as the worst one since, quite possibly, 1987 when "Under the Sun of Satan" won the Palme D'or.

President Obama's favorite Sci-Fi movies As Per WIRED Interview

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In the latest issue of WIRED magazine, President Obama lists his favorite sci-fi movies of all-time. Can't really disagree with many of these, but I still haven't really warmed up to "The Martian." Maybe over time, but doubt it. Click HERE for full article. Below are his choices with his comments.

Darth Vader shows up in new 'Rogue One' trailer

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New 'Rogue One' Poster Has Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso Front and Center


The rest of the supporting cast for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," opening on December 16th, includes Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. 

Tommy Wiseau, of 'The Room' infamy, is back with a new movie: 'Best F(r)iends'

Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed and financed "The Room" back in 2003, a film so bad that it has transcended genres and is now known as a "cult comedy." The film was so fascinatingly inept that it seemed too good to be true. Were Wiseau's intentions genuine? Did he really set out to make a good movie? The answer is, quite seriously, yes.

5 Facts About Darren Aronofsky's Secretive, Untitled New Movie

THR: 'Mel Gibson Is No Longer Persona Non Grata in Hollywood'

Felicity Jones "tries" to defend "Rogue One" reshoots

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shane Black's 'Predator' movie 'Ollie' loses Benicio Del Toro

Courtesy of Comic Book, Shane Black's "Predator" movie will have the working title of "Ollie." We have no idea why it is called that and the secrecy surrounding Black's film has been very well maintained. Production was set to start this past September, but there has been no indication that it has. We don't even know what the cast looks like, with rumors of Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro being thrown in the bucket.

These are the 85 Films Vying For The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

These are the 85 entries vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. I have bolded the films that I believe to be front-runners.

The 10 Best Pixars - Coinciding with 'Finding Dory' Hitting $1 Billion at the Box Office

"Finding Dory" hit the billion dollar mark last week, a considerable achievement considering it was released in a summer of disappointments at the box-office. This is Pixar's second billion dollar release, the other being "Toy Story 3." It is also the highest-grossing domestic release of 2016 with $485 million in box-office receipts. If you're looking for a review of the film I shared my thoughts HERE, calling it "modest, minor Pixar."

What's not to like? Nicolas Cage travels to Pakistan to kill Bin Laden in loony trailer for 'Army of One'

Come on, I know you're excited for this. I mean why wouldn't you be? This is why we love Nicolas Cage in the first place, no? The man is a national treasure and, sure, he might take a few hack jobs here and there to pay the bills, but the man is an artist at his core. This is a satirical comedy of sorts from Larry Charles, he directed "Borat", and features what seems to be one of the looniest roles of Cage's career and that's saying something. 

Rebecca Hall on her performance in the surreal 'Christine' [Interview]

Monday, October 10, 2016

BFCA announce their 10 Best Docs of 2016

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The Critics Choice Awards (known as The Broadcast Film Critics Association in other circles) have released their Documentary nominations, the first time the tackle non-fiction for a whole bunch of nominations, and the results seem to be accurate, worthy, whatever you want to call it. Im only posting the Best Documentary Feature nominees, the rest can be found HERE

10 Great Films Directed By Women

Guy Ritchie Will Direct Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin'

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So here's how it usually works these days in the industry. A recycled idea works well at the box-office? Recycle it again and again and again and ... you get my drift.

Alice in Wonderland $334 Million 
Cinderella $201 Million
The Jungle Book $364 Million

'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' TV Series is in the works

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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the classic Jim Carrey/Kate Winslet Sci-Fi love story is being turned into a TV series. Of course, the original maestros, Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry have nothing to do with the development of the show.

'John Wick: Chapter 2' Is Not Only Happening, But There's A Third Film Already In Production!

'Inferno' is another terrible movie in the Dan Brown trilogy, but at least Tom Hanks' hairdo has improved

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I don't really have much to say about Ron Howard's third film in the Dan Brown trilogy, after "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons." I mean, there is an audience for these movies. The first two made a lot of money, but I just don't get it. These are, at their core, just really silly movies, with Tom Hanks donning absurd hair plugs, or is it a wig? Although in this new film he actually has a decent haircut. I will give you that moment for moment this might be the 'best' film of the trilogy, but what exactly does that mean? Not really a compliment. What really bothers me is that Ron Howard is a decent filmmaker that shouldn't be wasting his time with these, but, as they say, money talks and he seems to be fully invested in these films.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fox turns down a sequel to cult classic 'Dredd'

Why is Ava DuVernay's '13th' such an important historical document?

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Ava DuVernay's "13th" opened the New York Film Festival last week, the first ever documentary to do so in the festival's 52 year history. It has also been made available to stream on Netflix since Friday. This is a film that shouldn't be skipped. You have no excuse to skip it. That is if you are one of Netflix's 33+ Million subscribers or live in New York and L.A.

UK's Oscar submission 'Under the Shadow' [Review]

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Babak Anvari's Iranian "horror" movie, notice the quotations, Under the Shadow premiered at Sundance this past January and then got quickly snatched up by, who else, Netflix. 

Daniel Craig Says That He's Coming Back as James Bond Because "It's a Good Gig"

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