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‘Uncut Gems’ First Look: Adam Sandler Gets Criminal With the Safdie Brothers

‘Uncut Gems’ First Look: Adam Sandler Gets Criminal With the Safdie Brothers
Adam Sandler has become known as of late for his critically maligned Netflix comedies, but the actor could wash the bad taste out of cinephiles’ mouths in a huge way later this year with “Uncut Gems.” The latest from “Good Time” directors Josh and Benny Safdie gives Sandler a juicy leading role that should bring him back to the critical heights he reached with Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

Uncut Gems” was recently announced as a selection for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (see full lineup here), which debuted the first look photo above. The festival has also revealed the official plot synopsis: “‘Uncut Gems’ is a crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime,
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New to Streaming: ‘Transit,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘Anima,’ ‘The Beach Bum’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest feature takes place in a short period of time within relatively few locations, yet seems to pick up every wavelength of the human experience. There are also few funnier
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Paul Thomas Anderson on Directing Thom Yorke for ‘Anima’: ‘I Kept Saying, More Buster Keaton!’

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Paul Thomas Anderson on Directing Thom Yorke for ‘Anima’: ‘I Kept Saying, More Buster Keaton!’
Everything has seemed truly in its right place as director Paul Thomas Anderson has become increasingly associated with Radiohead over the years, from his use of Jonny Greenwood as his primary features scorer to his music videos for the band’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” album. Now he’s joined forces with Thom Yorke for “Anima,” a 15-minute film that premieres on IMAX screens Wednesday night and Netflix Thursday.

And, surprisingly, perhaps, the filmmaker tells Variety that this new piece had its impetus in “Suspiria,” a Yorke film-music crossover that Anderson was of course not involved with, but which left a feeling of “unfinished business” between the singer and choreographer Damien Jalet that they were able to revive in a big way here.

Really, really big: Anyone who can see Darius Khondji’s cinematography for “Anima” on an IMAX screen should, although there’s no harm nor foul if probably
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Netflix Debuts Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s Short ‘Anima’

Anima – Directed By Paul Thomas AndersonThom Yorke, Dajana Roncione – Photo Credit: Netflix / Darius Khondji

Netflix has debuted the trailer for the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson short Anima, which comes to the streamer later this month. The film sees Anderson collaborate with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for a ‘one-reeler’

Here’s the very brief synopsis as provided by Netflix: In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.

Related: Adam Sander film Murder Mystery is reportedly breaking records over at Netflix

We don’t know too much more than that, but what we do know is that the film will play in some IMAX locations around the world on 26th June, which is next week. Details for that can be found here.

Watch the teaser below. Anima will hit Netflix on 27th June.
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‘Anima’ First Look: Surprise Paul Thomas Anderson Netflix Movie Is A Thom Yorke Musical Short

‘Anima’ First Look: Surprise Paul Thomas Anderson Netflix Movie Is A Thom Yorke Musical Short
Paul Thomas Anderson has a surprise new project heading to Netflix and select IMAX theaters later this month: “Anima,” a musical short film starring Thom Yorke. The “one-reeler” is being billed by the streaming giant as a “mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.” The film will feature three tracks from Yorke’s upcoming album of the same name.

In the “Anima” teaser clip below, Yorke defines a one-reeler as “a motion picture, especially a cartoon or comedy, of 10-12 minutes duration and contained on one reel of film; popular especially in the era of silent films.”

For Anderson, “Anima” marks his first directorial release since “Phantom Thread,” his acclaimed Daniel Day Lewis-starring drama that picked up Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, among others. The film won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Anderson has yet to announce a follow-up feature to “Phantom Thread,” which
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Noir Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’: It’s All About Teens & Female Empowerment – Crew Call Podcast

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Noir Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’: It’s All About Teens & Female Empowerment – Crew Call Podcast
“When I made this show, I was interested in going into the world of where the teenagers control,” says director Nicolas Winding Refn, who returns to Cannes for a fourth time in eight years with his upcoming Amazon Lapd cop streaming series Too Old to Die Young, which he co-created with Ed Brubaker.

“This is their domain,” says Refn about his newfound love for streaming, which he declared to the world after the premiere of episodes 4 & 5 at the Grand Lumiere Theatre on Saturday night. The series hits Amazon Prime on June 14, and as cinematic as it is, there are no plans in the works for a special limited two-city release by the streamer — just so Refn fans can savor it on the big screen.

“I don’t want to bring them into where I’m from,” the Danish director says about teen audiences and the cinema. “I don’t need to,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #20. Josh & Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

For their fourth feature film, Josh & Benny Safdie parlayed the success of Good Time into a feature with Adam Sandler in the lead but with a powerhouse of producers aiding and abetting. Uncut Gems was announced before they climbed onto their third feature film, and it sees them reteam with writer Ronald Bronstein. Principal photography began in September 2018 in New York City with the likes of Pom Klementief, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Robbie DeRaffele, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian, The Weeknd. James Gray cinematographer Darius Khondji lenses this one.

Gist: Adam Sandler plays the central character in a story set in New York City’s Diamond District.…
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Rushes. "Clueless" Goes Musical, The World's Biggest Outdoor Studio, Lists!

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSAmy Heckerling on the set of the Off Broadway musical of her film Clueless.We are delighted by the news shared by the New York Times that American auteur Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) is producing an Off-Broadway musical of her pop culture landmark film (and so much more!), Clueless. For more on the director, read our 2016 interview.Recommended VIEWINGMarcelo Martinessi's lovely debut film The Heiresses, a delicate drama focusing on the self-discovery of a wealthy, middle-aged queer women in Paraguay, gets an English trailer. We reviewed the film at the 68th Berlinale held earlier this year.The Criterion Collection produced this lovely video exploring the birth and programming vision of New York's Walter Reade cinema. Recommended READINGIt's that time of the year again: Year-end lists of the best films of 2018 have
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The Cinematographer Is In: Jordan Mintzer's "Conversations with Darius Khondji"

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Delicatessen (1991)Growing up in the mid-to-late nineties, the pan-and-scan generation, I can remember the first time I saw a movie that was shot by Darius Khondji. Se7en, the cinematographer’s first American film and best-known work, looked scarier that any movie I’d seen other than The Shining; it was miasmic and biblically unclean, with deep shadows that seeped and stuck like gunk, rain pelting from a pre-apocalyptic sky. Then came The City of Lost Children, a dark storybook fantasy of Gilliam-esque camera angles, about a squalid port town lost in fog and a mad scientist’s lair built on piles out in a sludge-green sea. That one I watched maybe twenty times, always with sympathy for the disembodied brain Uncle Irvin and for Krank, the child-snatching villain who cannot dream.Later there was Alien: Resurrection, the video for Madonna’s “Frozen,” and The Ninth Gate, another movie I had
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Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch

Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch
Wes Anderson is easily one of the most singular voices in contemporary cinema, and it turns out the same is true of Wes Anderson in the world of advertising. The director has been courted by companies such as American Express, Prada, Hyundai, and At&T over the years to unite their products with his trademark style, and the results are some of the best commercials of the 21st century.

In celebration of Anderson’s ninth feature “Isle of Dogs” opening in theaters, IndieWire looks back at Anderson’s celebrated collection of commercials and short film advertisements. The clips not only bare Anderson’s trademark style but also feature some of his greatest collaborators, including co-writer Roman Coppola, cinematographer Robert Yoeman, and actors like Jason Schwartzman and Adrian Brody.

Read More: Search The Complete Paul Thomas Anderson Music Video Collection, From Fiona Apple to Radiohead — Watch

Watch the director’s 15 most memorable ads below.
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Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality…

Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality EventsHuppert in “Amour”: Darius Khondji/Sony Pictures Classics

The 68th Berlinale hasn’t reached its midway point yet but it’s already seen the announcement of Anne Fontaine’s next film and organized events focusing on industry gender discrimination. According to separate reports from Variety, Isabelle Huppert will star in Fontaine’s “Pure as Snow” and directors discussed the gender gap in European cinema during a panel presented by Eurimages. South African filmmakers also launched #ThatsNotOk, a campaign tackling workplace harassment.

“Pure as Snow” is an erotic comedy based on the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale. Lou de Laâge, the star of Fontaine’s “The Innocents,” will play Claire, who works for her cruel stepmother Maud at her late father’s hotel. “Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud (Huppert), whose young
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Red Carpet Interviews & Winners – The 2018 Critics Circle Awards

Author: Jon Lyus

This evening we were on the red carpet of The 2018 Critics Circle Awards held at the MayFair Hotel in London to speak to the great and good of modern cinema society. The 38th annual awards were hosted once again by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram at which Kate Winslet received the critics’ highest honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

Attending the awards ceremony were Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Hugh Grant, Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Lesley Manville, Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu and Jessica Barden, Florence Pugh, Emily Beecham, Paul King, Fionn Whitehead, Harris Dickinson, and Noah Jupe.

A full list of nominations and winners are below.

Our crack team of Colin Hart and Scott Davis were on the carpet to chat with the assembled luminaries of the big screen. Here’s how they got on…

Full List of Nominations – Winners in Bold.

Film Of
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London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 3 including Best Picture, Timothee Chalamet in Best Actor upset

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 3 including Best Picture, Timothee Chalamet in Best Actor upset
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three of its leading seven bids at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28), including Best Picture. While Martin McDonagh lost the Best Director race to Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) he did win for his script. And his leading lady, Frances McDormand, picked up another prize on her seemingly inevitable march to the Oscars. (See the full list of winners below).

However, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) hit a bump in the road as he lost Best Actor to one of his Oscar rivals — Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) — and the award for British or Irish actor of the year to another, Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”). Oscar hopeful Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) won that homegrown award on the distaff side. And “Dunkirk” claimed Best British/Irish Film over, among others, “Three Billboards.”

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of
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Adventures in Punk: F.J. Ossang Discusses "9 Fingers"

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F.J. Ossang. Photo by Locarno Festival / Sailas VanettiA punk poet and musician, F.J. Ossang’s shorts and features produced since the early 1980s pull vividly from silent cinema, particularly German Expressionism, as well as American noir, to reinvent cinema's legacy for a new era. His latest movie, 9 Doigts (9 Fingers), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Festival and has now traveled to the International Film Festival Rotterdam, begins as a cryptic gangster film—shot in silken black and white 35mm—before the criminals make a break for a cargo ship, plunging the film in the kind of feverish maritime malaise found in Joseph Conrad’s The Shadow Line, Georges Franju’s 1973 TV adaptation of that novel, and pre-Code tropical hothouses like Safe in Hell (1931).But as beautiful as the setting and photography is—and as delirious as some of the cynical, doom-saying criminals are, each prone to mythopoetic threats
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‘Okja’: Bong Joon-ho’s Secrets for Capturing the Rhythms of a CGI Super Pig That Didn’t Exist

‘Okja’: Bong Joon-ho’s Secrets for Capturing the Rhythms of a CGI Super Pig That Didn’t Exist
When cinematographer Darius Khondji walked along the Han River, location scouting with director Bong Joon-ho, the great Dp was trying to get a sense of how his newest collaborator wanted to shoot “Okja.” The conversation never touched upon filmic style or technical matters; instead, they talked about music, through which Khondji was able to understand and visualize Bong’s effusive cinematic style.

“The rhythm of the scene and the way the actors and camera play the scene — it’s very much related to music and rhythm, which is why I love this director,” said Khondji. “His camera has a personality.”

Bong himself talks about the rhythms and pacing of his shots in terms of “energy,” specifically the clashing of energy from three different sources: blocking, the camera and the emotion of the scene. His goal as a director is to control all three and create one rhythm — or more specifically,
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Ofcs 2017 awards winners announced

And the winners are…

Best Picture: Get Out

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Best Actor: Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actress: Sally HawkinsThe Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best Director: Christopher NolanDunkirk

Best Original Screenplay: Jordan PeeleGet Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: James IvoryCall Me by Your Name

Best Documentary: Faces Places (Visages, Villages)

Best Foregin Language Film: Bpm (Beats Per Minute)

Best Editing: Lee Smith – Dunkirk

Best Cinematography: Roger DeakinsBlade Runner 2049

Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Breakout Star of the Year: Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Previous: 12.19.17:

The Online Film Critics Society — of which I am a member — has announced the nominees for its 2017 awards. Links here go to my reviews, with reviews to come for most if not all those I haven’t yet reviewed.
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Rushes. Action Trailers, Paul Thomas Anderson, New Magazines

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGSteven Spielberg has new movie coming out soon. No, not the prestige drama The Post, soon in limited release for Oscar season, but rather his upcoming Ready Player One, an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Vr-themed sci-fi novel. A great idea, surely, but now that CGI can render the fantastic and unlikely with (seemingly) so little effort, doesn't that negate the very sense of fantasy and the thrill of imagination? At any rate, we'll be there front and center.Speaking of thrills on a different scale, after Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014), and Run All Night (2014), director Jaume Collet-Serra and re-invented B-film action star Liam Neeson have another genre film for us in The Commuter, which looks every bit as lean and expert as their previous collaborations.Recommended READINGWe're eagerly anticipating the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's new film,
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations have been announced and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the way.

Awards season is in full swing and all the top contenders from 2017 are jostling for position, hoping to land a few lucrative wins and nominations.

A place that all the main Oscar threats will have wanted to be named is at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, which have just announced their nominees.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has managed to snag the most nominations, earning seven in total, including best picture, director, and actress for Frances McDormand.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread followed behind with six nominations, as did the film Lady Macbeth.

The full list of nominees can be seen below and the winners will be announced on January 28, 2018.

Film of the year


The Florida Project

Get Out

God’s Own Country

Lady Bird


Phantom Thread
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From ‘Zodiac’ to ‘Mindhunter’: 5 Visual Elements that Define David Fincher’s Cinematic Universe

From ‘Zodiac’ to ‘Mindhunter’: 5 Visual Elements that Define David Fincher’s Cinematic Universe
David Fincher is one of the most distinctive visual storytellers working today. On his new Netflix’s show “Mindhunter,” the director’s well-established visual style and use of film language is carried throughout the entire Season 1 arc, despite Fincher having only directed four of the ten episodes himself. IndieWire recently talked the show’s principal cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt – who was once Fincher’s gaffer, and shot 90% of “Mindhunter” – about what defines the cinematic style of the great auteur and how he built off the look of “Zodiac” to create something we aren’t use to seeing on TV.

The Color Palette

The imagery in a Fincher film is grounded in realism, but it’s a dark, stylized realism. This is most notable in the director’s use of colors. “[David] has an aversion to saturated colors and magenta,” said Messerschmidt in an interview. “The show has a desaturated green-yellow look, for sure,
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New to Streaming: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Nocturama,’ ‘The Lost City of Z,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James)

Steve James’ filmography has long been about finding entry into larger conversations through intimate portraits. The director’s landmark debut, Hoop Dreams, and latter-day efforts like 2014’s monument to critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, don’t have much in common on the surface, but they both use their central characters to tell larger stories about big picture topics like structural dysfunction and the purpose of film criticism.
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