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Damien Chazelle Says ‘Dunkirk’ Is ‘A Giant Middle Finger’ to Anyone Who Thinks Movies Stopped Taking Risks

Damien Chazelle Says ‘Dunkirk’ Is ‘A Giant Middle Finger’ to Anyone Who Thinks Movies Stopped Taking Risks
Damien Chazelle is the most recent Oscar winner for Best Director, and there’s a very good chance he’ll be followed by Christopher Nolan next year. Nolan has never even been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, but he’s widely expected to earn his first nomination and is even considered a strong candidate to win thanks to his work on “Dunkirk.” Chazelle, who was invited into the Academy in 2015, will certainly be championing Nolan this year.

Read More:Dunkirk Will Probably Win Best Picture, but a Changing Oscar Landscape Could Favor A Micro-Budget Dark Horse

The “La La Land” and “Whiplash” filmmaker participated in Variety’s “Directors on Directors” series this year, where he wrote a lengthy love letter to “Dunkirk,” noting the WWII survival thriller was Nolan’s most personal and moving film to date. Chazelle says Nolan’s entire career had been building towards an achievement like “Dunkirk.
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"Lawrence Of Arabia" Premiere Of New 70Mm Print, Egyptian Theatre, L.A, December 15-30

  • CinemaRetro
Cinema Retro has received the following press announcement:

The American Cinematheque debuts a brand new print of Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) this month and has exclusive rights to exhibit the Best Picture Academy Award Winner in the Los Angeles region. Lawrence Of Arabia is one of the all-time favorites of American Cinematheque audiences and has been shown several times a year since the organization re-opened the Egyptian Theatre in December 1998. The first of exclusive engagement will take place December 15-30, 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre.

"When we completed the digital restoration of Lawrence of Arabia in 2012, we also wanted to preserve on film all the hard work that went into the image restoration. So, we produced a new 65mm negative primarily for preservation purposes. In the intervening time, renewed interest in 70mm print exhibition has generated many requests for new 70mm prints of Lawrence and we decided that this would be a
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Widescreen Format Gains Steam With 70mm 'Orient Express'

Widescreen Format Gains Steam With 70mm 'Orient Express'
Is a 70mm film rebirth ahead? The wide, high-resolution format — used to display classics like The Sound of Music, Ben-Hur and Lawrence of Arabia — is a movie-buff favorite, but its use has been limited since the start of the digital cinema era. That may be changing.

A 70mm presentation of Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express opened the Camerimage international cinematography festival on Saturday, and the film also unspooled in the format last weekend on four screens in New York and Los Angeles. The grosses for the film were solid but not spectacular, according to exhibition insiders (the sampling was too small...
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Kolkata Festival Makes a Bright Bollywood Start

Kolkata Festival Makes a Bright Bollywood Start
Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and musician Kumar Sanu shone bright at the grand opening ceremony of the 23rd Kolkata international film festival on Friday. The event was lent further gravitas by the presence of legendary South Indian multi-hyphenate Kamal Haasan who is increasingly visible these days because of his impending entry into politics.

Sharing the stage with them was British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (“The Trip to Spain”). As part of the British Council’s ongoing U.K.-India Year of Culture celebrations, the festival is hosting a Winterbottom retrospective, including the India-set “Trishna” and will screen a selection of classic and contemporary films including “The Red Shoes,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Lady Macbeth,” and “Adult Life Skills.”

The topic of Bachchan’s customary keynote address was the evolution of music in Indian cinema. He made a plea for secularity in these riven times noting that through the years Bollywood has seen
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Play Dirty

In a war film, what’s the difference between nasty exploitation and just plain honest reportage? André De Toth made tough-minded action films with the best of them, and this nail-biting commando mission with Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport is simply superb, one of those great action pictures that’s not widely screened. To its credit it’s not ‘feel good’ enough to be suitable for Memorial Day TV marathons.

Play Dirty

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews.

Cinematography: Edward Scaife

Film Editor: Jack Slade

Art Direction: Tom Morahan, Maurice Pelling

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Written by Lotte Colin, Melvyn Bragg, from a story by George Marton

Produced by Harry Saltzman

Directed by André De Toth

Some movies that were ignored when new now seem far more important, perhaps due to the tenor of times.
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Why Pacific Rim 2 Runtime Is Perfect According to Director

Why Pacific Rim 2 Runtime Is Perfect According to Director
We were recently treated to the first trailer for Pacific Rim 2, which looks like it could be kicking off the much larger franchise that many assumed the first movie would be responsible for. The movie doesn't arrive for another five months and is still going through the post-production process, but director Steven S. DeKnight has things locked down. In fact, he already knows the runtime.

It's one thing for a director to roughly know the runtime of a movie while editing and locking Pacific Rim Uprising, but this is pretty impressive. Steven S. DeKnight is still finishing things up, but he's confident that the movie will be sitting right at the two-hour mark. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview.

"It's resting right around two hours. I always shoot for two hours. If I was doing Lawrence of Arabia it would be a little longer, but otherwise I think the two-hour mark,
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‘Justice League’ Runtime Revealed—It’s the Shortest of the DC Films So Far

While Justice League may be an epic in the sense of its story and large ensemble, in terms of how long the actual movie is, it’s not exactly Lawrence of Arabia. Manabyte and subsequently theater chains AMC and Regal have confirmed the Justice League runtime as 121 minutes, which puts it at just one minute over the two-hour mark. This isn’t actually a bad thing—God knows plenty of superhero movies these days overstay their welcome so they can barrage the senses with visual effects. But it is curious given that Joss Whedon oversaw what most contend …
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'The Deuce' Recap: Welcome to New York

'The Deuce' Recap: Welcome to New York
Let's get this out of the way: What we have just witnessed was, hands down, the best episode of The Deuce yet. By a lot. Titled "Au Reservoir," it's funny, scary, sad, sexy and entertaining as hell from start to finish. How did this so-so show get so damned good so suddenly?

The answers may lie behind the scenes. This episode was directed by co-star James Franco, who previously helmed one of the series' better installments. Judging from his two turns in the driver's seat, he's got a knack for
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New reported Justice League runtime makes it the shortest Dceu movie

  • JoBlo
It’s not too uncommon to watch a modern superhero movie and feel like you’re watching a cut of Lawrence Of Arabia. Most of them pass, or get close to, the two-and-a-half-hour mark, with last year’s Batman V. Superman putting out a director’s cut that pushed it to three hours. People have suspected the upcoming Justice League will have a similar girth, but if new... Read More...
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The Speed of Passion: Close-Up on David Lean’s "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

  • MUBI
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Lean's Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) is playing October 14 - November 13, 2017 on Mubi in the United States.John (J.R.) Ridgefield is a man possessed. The wealthy and influential aircraft industrialist is consumed by his desire to manufacture a plane capable of penetrating the inscrutable sound barrier. This supersonic obsession is a blessing and a curse for the Ridgefield family, providing their ample fortune and triggering largely latent rifts in their ancestral relations. It’s an opposition at the heart and soul of David Lean’s 1952 film The Sound Barrier, a post-war endorsement of British ingenuity and determination, and an emotional, blazing depiction of sacrifice and scientific achievement. The opening of The Sound Barrier (also known as Sound Barrier and Breaking the Sound Barrier), spotlights Philip Peel (John Justin), one of the film’s principal test pilots. In just under two minutes,
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Flickering Myth Film Class: Taking time to immerse your audience

In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at immersing the audience…

In the ever changing landscape of film, it seems in the modern age of digital film-making, modern editing programmes with limitless options and changing temperament (seemingly) with film audiences, that we’ve seen an inherent shift from film-makers devoting time and indeed bravery in allowing an audience time to ingest their story, to entertainment which washes over us.

Films used to do this with far more regularity. I mean how much longer do you need to fully ingest the majesty of the four hour running time of Lawrence of Arabia? Not much, but regardless, this was a film that was visually beautiful and fully immersed the audience into the setting.

We’re now in the age where you can have 14 cuts in 6 seconds (Taken 3…the second time in a film class I
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How Hans Zimmer changed modern film scores

Mark Allison Oct 11, 2017

Big film scores have changed over the past decade - and Hans Zimmer may be the reason why...

For every movie-going generation, there is a film score composer who ascends above all others and comes to encapsulate the sound of their era. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brooding and mysterious tones of Bernard Hermann would define a generation of suspense cinema. Decades later, it was John Williams who ushered in the blockbuster era with a series of bold and iconic melodies, from Jaws through to Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Today’s cinema has its own musical zeitgeist. When future archaeologists uncover the buried ruins of our civilisation, they may well refer to it as the 'Hans Zimmer period'.

Hans Zimmer is a movie composer of singular acclaim. He is one of the only such artists with the clout to fill concert arenas across the world,
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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New York Film Review: ‘Spielberg’

New York Film Review: ‘Spielberg’
It’s never been an all-out love-him-or-hate-him thing — though you can always find a cinephile purist or two to grouse about him, with a fervor as irrational as it is intense. That said, there’s an undeniable Beatles-person-vs.-Stones-person quality to the following debate: Either you think that Steven Spielberg is a genius, that he’s created an array of films — not just the early ones — that are suffused with a transporting vision, with a flow of feeling and a camera-eye intuition unique in the history of cinema; or you think that Spielberg is a gifted fabulist trickster with more flash than depth, the kind of brilliant but ultimately facile entertainer who deserves to be called things like “manipulative,” “sentimental,” “crowd-pleasing,” and — yes — “shallow.”

If you’re in the latter camp, then you probably won’t respond much to “Spielberg,” an unabashedly admiring two-hour-and-27-minute documentary portrait of the man and (mostly) his movies that premiered tonight
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‘Spielberg’: The 9 Most Surprising Things You’ll Learn About the Filmmaker in HBO’s Documentary

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‘Spielberg’: The 9 Most Surprising Things You’ll Learn About the Filmmaker in HBO’s Documentary
For “Spielberg,” an HBO documentary about the highest-grossing director in film history, director and producer Susan Lacy (“American Masters”) conducted 30-plus hours of interviews with Steven Spielberg. She also spoke to more than 80 of his family members, friends, and collaborators, among them Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Robert Zemeckis, J.J. Abrams, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Drew Barrymore, and late “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” screenwriter Melissa Mathison.

All of that makes for a long movie — it clocks at nearly two-and-a-half hours — but the documentary has its rewards. Here’s the highlights of Lacy’s look at the 70-year-old icon.

There was a pet monkey

“My mom was Peter Pan,” said Spielberg. “She was a sibling, not a parent.” Prior to Leah Adler’s death in February at 97, the longtime restaurateur told Lacy about the time she came across
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The Chase (UK)

A big welcome to UK disc purveyors Indicator, or Powerhouse, or how does Powerhouse Indicator sound? Savant’s first review from the new label is a favorite from the Columbia library. The extras are the lure: they company has snagged long-form, in-depth interviews with James Fox and director Arthur Penn. Everybody’s written about The Chase but here Penn tells his side of the story.

The Chase (1966)

Blu-ray + DVD

Powerhouse: Indicator

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date September 25, 2017 / Available from Amazon UK / £14.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall,

Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford,

Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Production Designer: Richard Day

Art Direction: Robert Luthardt

Film Editor: Gene Milford

Original Music: John Barry

Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote

Produced by Sam Spiegel

Directed by Arthur Penn

Yes,
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Saudi Official Fired After Yoda Shows Up in Text Book Next to King

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Saudi Official Fired After Yoda Shows Up in Text Book Next to King
Mohammed al-Hathri, a secretary and educational chief in Saudi Arabia was fired after Star Wars character Yoda was spotted in a text book next to a Saudi King. In most places, Yoda showing up in a textbook wouldn't be such a bad thing, but it ended up costing al-Hathri his job after students noticed the clearly Photoshopped image. Education minister Ahmed al-Eissa has described the incident as an unintended mistake while also announcing that new versions of the textbook were already being produced to fix the Jedi Master error.

The Sun U.K. reports that the doctored image, created by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, more popularly known as Shaweesh, depicts the late King Faisal, who was foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 with the tiny green Jedi Master seated to his right. Shaweesh said that the image is a part of a montage in
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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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