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Sit Back With The Art Of The Long Take

3 hours ago

The camera work of any film literally brings audiences into the action of a story. However, a risk for any cinematographer is the long take, a form in cinema that immerses the audience but runs the risk of being noticeable, removing the audience from the story to acknowledge that what they are watching is a film.

AlltimeMovies gives a brief history of the long take and produces various examples of the difficult form, noting the risks and the payoffs of the style of camera work.

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- Julia Teti

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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Rocks ‘n Rolls

4 hours ago

There were few movies at the Cannes Film Festival so perfectly overlapping our movie/music Venn diagram as “How To Talk To Girls At Parties.” And while it didn’t quite explode off the Croisette, we’re still eager to discover the picture that our critic called “gloriously bananas.”

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (“Shortbus,” “Rabbit Hole“), based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, and starring Elle FanningNicole KidmanRuth Wilson, and Alex Sharp, the story follows an alien who comes to Earth and discovers punk rock.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Indie Beat Chats With ‘A Feast of Man’ Director Caroline Golum [Podcast]

5 hours ago

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the next episode of Indie Beat!

This chapter’s guest is filmmaker, programmer, and essayist Caroline Golum.

Golum began her movie mania in a place where it is practically inescapable — the San Fernando Valley. She ghosted the West Coast for college, though, attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She made some short films and attended a healthy number of repertory film screenings before tackling her first feature, the darkly funny “A Feast of Man.”

Co-written with writer/director Dylan Pasture (“Cloudy All Day”), ‘Feast’ is a campy, quick-witted screwball comedy following a group of friends that are set to inherit their deceased buddy’s money… if they all agree to dine upon his corpse.

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- Christopher Bell

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The Weinstein Company Pushes ‘Mary Magdalene’ Starring Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix To 2018

5 hours ago

The Weinstein Company, once a fearsome awards season studio, have in recent years forged a reputation for continually delaying the release of movies that don’t have Oscar muster, and sometimes just dumping them outright. For example, you might’ve forgotten that “Suite Francaise” starring Michelle Williams recently “premiered” on Lifetime, a fate that also befell “Grace Of Monaco” with Nicole Kidman.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Is Thoughtless & Incoherent [Review]

5 hours ago

An intelligent but emotionally wounded teenager with the ability to play god by killing anybody he wants to just by writing their name in a book, is admittedly, a compelling idea. The potential for drama packed into the premise alone is worthwhile, not to mention that the boy’s girlfriend is seemingly aroused by his ability to kill, that his father is a reputable cop, and that a secret agency that raises children from infancy to become unstoppable detectives has dispatched their best man to stop him.

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- Gary Garrison

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Robert De Niro Talks ‘The Irishman,’ Says Netflix Is Providing “The Money To Do It Right”

6 hours ago

While those on the sidelines ponder the death of cinema in relation to Netflix, creatives are not hesitating to head to the streaming service (Paul Greengrass is the latest director to head over to the company). From Bong Joon-Ho to Noah Baumbach, Netflix is luring filmmakers who simply can’t get their projects made through traditional channels, and are giving due to the company to backing their work.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ Is An Oddball Answer To ‘The Dark Knight’ [Review]

7 hours ago

In the pilot episode of Amazon’s “The Tick,” the titular superhero declares, via voiceover, that “villainy is real. It has guns and scars and tattoos and it’s licensed to drive.” That about sums up his philosophy on superheroing: Evil is out there, and one must fight that Evil.

It’s no surprise, then, that he can’t wrap his head around the concept that someone might not want to fight evil with him.

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- Eli Fine

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Steven Soderbergh Explains Why “A Film Should Work For An Audience Without Any Sound”

7 hours ago

This weekend, Steven Soderbergh return to cinemas with “Logan Lucky,” and few people showed up. It’s a real shame because not only are audiences missing one of the most purely enjoyable films of the summer, but for folks who are nerds about the technical side of things, it’s truly a wonder.

While the heist comedy might not seem like it, “Logan Lucky” is a showcase of masterful filmmaking by Soderbergh.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Greengrass To Direct Norwegian Terrorist Pic For Netflix

8 hours ago

While Apple is currently negotiating with the major studios to deliver their content in a yet-to-be-determined premium VOD window, Netflix is staying ahead of the competition by producing their own original content. While they’ve made great strides in television, the feature film front is still a burgeoning frontier for the streaming service, but they are making huge leaps and bounds. They’ve got Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” in the works, this fall they’ll drop the blockbuster sized “Bright” starring Will Smith, and now they’ve got another big director under their umbrella.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Jasper Jones’ Trailer: Australia’s ‘Stand By Me’ Starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving & Angourie Rice

8 hours ago

We’re in that weird pause between the end of summer releases and the onslaught of the fall festival season, so it’s a pretty good time to look and see what offerings there are abroad. And one movie that’s piqued our curiosity is “Jasper Jones.”

Described as Australia’s “Stand By Me,” based on the best-seller by Craig Silvey, and starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice, the story follows a 14-year-old who takes on solving a mysterious murder when his friend discovers a dead body.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’ Is “Absolutely Deranged” Says Tiff Midnight Madness Programmer

9 hours ago

Cinematic debuts don’t arrive more fiercely than “Bone Tomahawk.” Writer/director S. Craig Zahler turned heads in a big way with his brutal and original western/horror hybrid that made everyone pay attention to what he might do next. Well, it hasn’t taken him long, as the filmmaker is gearing up to hit both Venice and Tiff with “Brawl In Cell Block 99,” and the good news is that it sounds like it’s going to be awesome as that title indicates.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Twin Peaks’ Brings Hopeful Beginnings & Powerful Endings In Haunting Hour

9 hours ago

**Turn back now if your log is afraid of spoilers**

To refer to an episode of “Twin Peaks” as surreal would be to say that water is wet, but last night’s part of the revival, a more-so-than-usual disparate collection of vignettes that found some of our most beloved characters each on the brink of death, new life, or…something else, was somewhere between a hallucinatory nightmare and a gentle kiss goodbye on the forehead.

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- Anthony Casella

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Apple May Team With Studios For Premium VOD Of Major Releases

10 hours ago

When Napster and Facebook entrepreneur Sean Parker first revealed his plan to offer major studios releases day-and-date at home for $50, the industry recoiled. Cinema owners in particular balked, fearing their already dwindling audience might start staying away in bigger numbers, while filmmakers were split on the issue. As for the studios themselves, Parker’s idea intrigued them, though not enough to work with him. Instead, it was revealed earlier this year, that Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Trailer: There’s Only One War That Matters

11 hours ago

Next week, it all ends. Almost. “Game of Thrones,” television’s biggest show, is headed to the finale of its penultimate season, but here’s the rub — fans may have to wait a bit longer to see how it all wraps up. While season 8 might have fewer episodes than its predecessors, there’s already talk they each might have feature-length running times, which means a hefty production schedule and the possibility you’ll have to wait until 2019 to say goodbye.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: There Goes The Neighborhood

12 hours ago

For many of us, the fall is a time to celebrate two things: pumpkin spice lattes and Oscar-fodder films. And this upcoming autumn is no different: pumpkin spice is primed for its yearly rebirth and we have got a slew of fantastic movies set to be released. Among those films vying for Oscar consideration, there is one particular release utterly chock-full of household names: Paramount Pictures’ crime comedy “Suburbicon.”

Let’s start with the director because you might be familiar with his work both in front of and behind the camera: George Clooney (“The Ides of March,” “The Monuments Men”).

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- Reese Conner

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‘Game of Thrones’: Fire Finally Meets Ice ‘Beyond The Wall’

21 hours ago

I live. I die. I live again. Maybe? The patented “Game of Thrones” Penultimate Episode does it again, with “Beyond the Wall.” It’s possible ‘Thrones’ has descended into fan service, but as fan, I enjoy being serviced in this way. This episode was so balls to the wall nuts, I’m almost certain I pulled a muscle in my neck freaking out. I screamed, I bellowed, I battered a pillow with my feet.

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- Katie Walsh

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