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The New York Film Festival’s most exciting offerings are often those deemed “undistributable” and unlikely to make a return visit soon, with Tsai-Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs this year’s standard-bearer. By 2009’s Face, Tsai seemed in a...
The New York Film Festival’s most exciting offerings are often those deemed “undistributable” and unlikely to make a return visit soon, with Tsai-Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs this year’s standard-bearer. By 2009’s Face, Tsai seemed in an increasingly droll mood, embracing slow-burn physical comedy for its own sake; Stray Dogs — his first feature since — strips out nearly all levity under digital’s harsh glare. An early daylight shot of an isolated rural area is representatively demanding/rewarding, initially nearly swallowed by a dense cluster of skinny trees, whose semi-open circle hedges in a cave-like darkness lit by floating motes slowly identifiable as […]
about 4 hours ago
The combination of a powerful real-life story and a terrific performance by Tom Hanks, under the direction of Paul Greengrass, would seem to make Captain Phillips a can’t-miss opportunity. That it winds up being a near-miss instead is...
The combination of a powerful real-life story and a terrific performance by Tom Hanks, under the direction of Paul Greengrass, would seem to make Captain Phillips a can’t-miss opportunity. That it winds up being a near-miss instead is something of a letdown, despite the film’s many attributes. Director Greengrass is a master at recreating contemporary, crisis-ridden events in such films as United 93 and the unbeatable Bloody Sunday. In dramatizing the abduction of a U.S. cargo freighter Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, however, he and screenwriter Billy Ray have failed to distill the details to their essence. After a tremendous buildup, the movie’s climax drowns us in ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
about 14 hours ago
The New York-based Thinkmodo has specialized in the best form of advertising on the internet: viral content that is shared freely by viewers and placed by editors — like this one — on websites free of charge. “Thinkmodo mashes-up v...
The New York-based Thinkmodo has specialized in the best form of advertising on the internet: viral content that is shared freely by viewers and placed by editors — like this one — on websites free of charge. “Thinkmodo mashes-up viral fun with marketing function to create effective viral video campaigns for brands,” they write on their site. “Our unique strategy generates tremendous online engagement and valuable earned media coverage worldwide.” Case in point is their latest, advertising Kim Peirce’s upcoming Carrie remake, which I learned about from the Twitter feed of U.K. mentalist Derren Brown, who declared it “magnificent!” (The […]
1 day ago
Now in its seventh year, the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival is both a celebration of Caribbean cinema and of the young country itself, which only gained independence from its British rulers, after a long series of turnovers through the ...
Now in its seventh year, the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival is both a celebration of Caribbean cinema and of the young country itself, which only gained independence from its British rulers, after a long series of turnovers through the hands of Spain, France, The Netherlands and Courland a little over 50 years ago. (Though I’ve covered many film festivals both in the U.S. and abroad over the past few years, this was the first time I was required to stand for the singing of a national anthem on opening night.) And while many international festivals struggle for a taste […]
1 day ago
I can’t think of many producers or studio executives who have penned memoirs. I also can’t imagine one being more entertaining or enlightening than David V. Picker’s Musts, Maybes and Nevers (CreateSpace), which earns my heartiest rec...
I can’t think of many producers or studio executives who have penned memoirs. I also can’t imagine one being more entertaining or enlightening than David V. Picker’s Musts, Maybes and Nevers (CreateSpace), which earns my heartiest recommendation. (The title derives from a quote, about deciding which films to make, by the great Billy Wilder.) Here is an insider’s account of United Artists, the most unusual film organization in modern history, and his working relationship with everyone from Woody Allen to The Beatles, from Bob Fosse to Ingmar Bergman. The book is packed with illuminating, often juicy anecdotes about colorful people and the business end of the movie world. And if you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
1 day ago
Tokyo Sally is the second narrative feature by director-cinematographer-editor Kal, after his 2010 debut Superhero in the Rain. He’s also a prolific producer of music videos, documentaries, and spots for companies like the Food Net...
Tokyo Sally is the second narrative feature by director-cinematographer-editor Kal, after his 2010 debut Superhero in the Rain. He’s also a prolific producer of music videos, documentaries, and spots for companies like the Food Network. The Tokyo Sally project, which features Anna Adams (Sex in the City 2), consists of one 60-minute film and a related app, Tokyo Sally: Lost Highway, both of which are nearing completion. Kal envisions the film as the first in a series of ten pictures that will explore different aspects of horror and suspense films; each will be self-contained but, when seen together, will relate to […]
2 days ago
This third installment of Time Frames draws on The Media History Digital Library, a reservoir of information about early cinema that includes the sorts of magazines, journals, and trade publications that, in the pre-digital era, had only...
This third installment of Time Frames draws on The Media History Digital Library, a reservoir of information about early cinema that includes the sorts of magazines, journals, and trade publications that, in the pre-digital era, had only been available to those able to travel to research libraries. At over 800,000 scanned pages and growing, the collection is daunting. In Time Frames I’ll cull through and select a series of images and text from the collection to highlight key transformative moments in the film culture and industry, as well as other oddities and obscure artifacts. Note: click on images to enlarge. Prior to the publication of the […]
2 days ago
From a new YouTube account, BanksyNY, graffiti’s greatest talent has posted a new video, entitled “Rebel rocket attack.” We’re deep into production on our Fall issue of Filmmaker, so I’ll post this with a mi...
From a new YouTube account, BanksyNY, graffiti’s greatest talent has posted a new video, entitled “Rebel rocket attack.” We’re deep into production on our Fall issue of Filmmaker, so I’ll post this with a minimum of comment and say only this: Watch.
2 days ago
“Love & Anarchy” may have been the motto of the 26th Helsinki International Film Festival, which took over the Finnish capital the last ten days of September, but hospitality and order ruled the three-day Finnish Film Affair. The ind...
“Love & Anarchy” may have been the motto of the 26th Helsinki International Film Festival, which took over the Finnish capital the last ten days of September, but hospitality and order ruled the three-day Finnish Film Affair. The industry event, which takes place during the fest and is now in its second year, was created in 2012 to highlight Finnish films and connect international professionals (mostly sales agents, distributors, and programmers) with the Nordic country’s surprisingly robust film scene. To that end, works in progress were presented alongside prestigious festival hits. And an abundance of networking opportunities at nightly parties […]
2 days ago
The Film, TV & Digital Session at the recent Hacking Arts event focused on film distribution, with panelists Richard Matson from Gathr Films, Adam Mosam from Pivotshare and Albert Reinhardt from Fandor. The panel was moderated by Ell...
The Film, TV & Digital Session at the recent Hacking Arts event focused on film distribution, with panelists Richard Matson from Gathr Films, Adam Mosam from Pivotshare and Albert Reinhardt from Fandor. The panel was moderated by Elle Schneider of Digital Bolex. All three firms are involved with distribution. Pivotshare offers tools to help the filmmaker sell their videos online. Fandor is an online subscription platform that pays its filmmakers a share of its subscription fees. Gathr Films provides an on-demand theatrical experience; a screening of a film can be requested at a local theater, and if enough people buy […]
2 days ago