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Cannes 2019: The Best 10 Movies From This Year’s Festival

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Cannes 2019: The Best 10 Movies From This Year’s Festival
Going into the Cannes Film Festival, several movies were already generating a lot of buzz, and they certainly delivered for many audiences. Elton John biopic “Rocketman” pleased diehard fans of the singer, who walked the red carpet to much fanfare. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brought Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to Cannes to present some of their best performances yet, as an actor-stuntman duo in 1969 contending with the changing times. As a platform for studio movies generating buzz ahead of their stateside releases, Cannes did not disappoint.

However, the festival offers a whole lot of cinema beyond the most obvious headline-grabbing ingredients. With 69 films in the Official Selection and dozens more in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, Cannes had plenty of opportunities to celebrate new work from auteur mainstays and major discoveries from new talents. Here are the major highlights.

A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick is back.
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Cannes Report, Day 2: ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Bacurau’ Start Strong, John Carpenter Takes a Bow

Cannes Report, Day 2: ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Bacurau’ Start Strong, John Carpenter Takes a Bow
After Cannes’ opening night film “The Dead Don’t Die” got the festival off to a somewhat slow start with mixed reviews, Wednesday’s two debuts, “Les Misérables” and “Bacurau,” proved that this year’s lineup will have some life in it.

Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” isn’t based on Victor Hugo’s classic story, but it’s set in the same region in France and has the spirit of the original. Ly (picture above) originally directed an acclaimed short in 2017 of the same name that set the stage for this larger feature focused on police brutality and crime. The Guardian critic said Ly’s feature debut had a dose of “humor, cynicism, energy and savvy” and was worthy of some comparisons to previous Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan.”

Another reviewer even predicted we might already have a prize winner on our hands. “‘Les Miserables,’ Cannes
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‘Bacurau’ Review: ‘Seven Samurai’ Meets ‘Hostel’ in Delirious Brazilian Western — Cannes

‘Bacurau’ Review: ‘Seven Samurai’ Meets ‘Hostel’ in Delirious Brazilian Western — Cannes
In some respects, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s “Bacurau” can be seen as a logical continuation of the Brazilian critic-turned-auteur’s two previous features. Much like 2012’s revelatory “Neighboring Sounds,” for example, “Bacurau” is a patient and sprawling portrait of a Brazilian community as it struggles to defend itself against the dark specter of modernity. And much like 2016’s unshakeable “Aquarius,” “Bacurau” hinges on an immovably stubborn woman who refuses to relinquish her place in the world — who won’t allow our blind lust for the future to bury her meaningful ties to the past.

In some respects, however, “Bacurau” marks something of a departure for its director (who shares his credit here with Juliano Dornelles). Whereas “Neighboring Sounds” relies on acoustics to weaponize the 21st century against its characters, this film opts for actual weapons. And while “Aquarius” is a grounded character study about a retired journalist who refuses to
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Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' John Singleton

Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' John Singleton
Filmmaker remains youngest person ever to be nominated for directing Oscar.

The entertainment world has been paying tribute to John Singleton, the pioneering director who died in Los Angeles on Monday aged 51 following a stroke.

Several of those who took to Twitter to express their condolences used the word “inspirational”, indicating the depth of feeling and the debt of gratitude many in film felt towards the late filmmaker.

Singleton was in his early 20s when he found widespread fame with Boyz N The Hood. He became the first African American to earn a best directing Oscar nomination for the film
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John Singleton Remembered as a ‘Genius': ‘Thank You for Your Vision’

John Singleton Remembered as a ‘Genius': ‘Thank You for Your Vision’
John Singleton was remembered across the film, TV, music, media and sports communities on Monday, with admirers ranging from Regina King, Chance the Rapper, Magic Johnson and more singing the praises of the deceased “Boyz N the Hood” filmmaker.

“A Genius,” Janelle Monae said Monday in reaction to news of the director’s passing at age 51. “Thank you for capturing Us like no other.”

Singleton died Monday at 51 after suffering a stroke 13 days earlier.

Morris Chestnut, one of the stars who Singleton discovered for his debut film “Boyz N the Hood,” said in an Instagram post that Singleton gave him “a chance” and helped scores of black individuals see themselves better.

Also Read: John Singleton, Director of 'Boyz N the Hood,' Dies at 51

“People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by ‘Boyz N the Hood.’ The magnitude and world-wide impact that his
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NYC Weekend Watch: Big-Screen Action, ‘House of Tolerance,’ Herzog, Trilogies & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

“See It Big! Action,” one of the finest genre retrospectives in recent memory, is underway with screenings such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Seven Samurai.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit plays throughout the weekend as part of an Earth Day celebration.

Once undistributed for fear it would “incite racial tension,
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How Seven Samurai created the blueprint for this year’s biggest film Avengers: Endgame

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at Seven Samurai and its influence on modern action cinema, including the film event of the year, Avengers: Endgame

When everyone in the world within 50 miles of a cinema runs off to see Avengers: Endgame (myself included), I’d like you to bare something in mind; That is a key piece of cinema history. A film that is now 65 years old but is still gripping, epic, exciting, funny and…well, badass. That film is Seven Samurai. Avengers: Endgame owes a large debt to this Akira Kurosawa’s masterful work. As does every big action epic of the last 60 years.

I re-watched Seven Samurai again a few days ago. It’s long. Even if you were gauging it by Marvel standards, it’s hella long. Endgame will chime in at 3 hours, but Seven Samurai has an extra half hour on top of that. So this
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How Mike Leigh Shot the Complex, Poetic, Brutal ‘Peterloo’ Massacre

How Mike Leigh Shot the Complex, Poetic, Brutal ‘Peterloo’ Massacre
The climactic massacre from “Peterloo” may well be the crowning achievement of the nearly three-decade collaboration between director Mike Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the brutal government crackdown of the political rally in Manchester’s St. Peter’s Field, the event marked the first action sequence for Leigh and Pope, thrusting them into new cinematic territory.

The Peterloo Massacre was a massive undertaking in terms of scale and managing a cast of hundreds. The filmmakers reenacted the infamous tragedy, in which the cavalry charged a crowd of more than 60,000 gathered to demand increased parliamentary representation after the English economy was ravaged following the Napoleonic Wars. Hundreds were injured and 15 people were killed. But despite its complexity, the massacre did not deviate from Leigh’s method of shooting unscripted and workshopping the staging and performances.

“It was less a technical challenge and more a matter of
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Criterion Channel Lives! Founder Explains Going Solo After FilmStruck’s Death

Criterion Collection president Peter Becker knew FilmStruck’s death was imminent, weeks in advance of news reports late last October. And long before industry luminaries ranging from Martin Scorsese to Bill Hader sent up flares to save the Turner Classic Movies streaming platform, Becker and his peers had a contingency plan to save FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel.

“Our question wasn’t, ‘What other big service are we turning to?’” said Becker in an interview from Criterion’s Park Avenue offices. “Our first question was, ‘Is it time to start our own channel?’”

By mid-November, the company announced plans for a freestanding streaming service that would launch in spring 2019. The Criterion Channel, now available to subscribers on nearly every major platform for $10.99 a month or $99.99 a year, hit that deadline with ease. When the Criterion Channel went live April 8, it meant that 1,634 films from one of the world’s most-revered film
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10 Films You Must Watch On The New Criterion Channel

Ej Moreno on the 10 must-see films on The Criterion Channel…

Cinephiles and film school rejects felt crushed when WarnerMedia’s Filmstruck, a streaming service filled with classic and contemporary cinema, shut down late last year. Filmstruck included hundreds and hundreds of the greatest films ever created and allowed new and old fans to enjoy them at their leisure. It didn’t take long for someone to recognize the mistake and thankfully, that brings us to today.

Yes, The Criterion Collection picked up the pieces and decided to join the likes of Netflix, Hulu, DC, Disney, and even Apple in the world of streaming services. The Criterion Channel boasts about having an expansive catalog of over 1000 films, so navigating around that is a daunting task for even the most diehard film fan.

Use the ten following movies as a launchpad for some of the most exciting and iconic films you’ll find on The Criterion Channel.
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Short Film Review: Autumn Days (2015) by Tsai Ming-liang

Arthouse director Tsai Ming-liang sits down with Nogami Teruyo, who used to be a screenwriter for Akira Kurosawa for nearly half a century, to talk about poetry, films, and society.

Although “Autumn Days” relies almost entirely on the audio track of the recorded interview, it is not a pure documentary. Tsai Ming-liang experiments with our perception of image and sound. As we listen to the motionless dialogue, he presents nothing more than a black screen. After eight minutes into the conversation, the movie shows Nogami’s face for a short period of time. But in a break from tradition, she keeps the silence during the whole shot. It is the same at the end of the film, when we see Lee Kang-Sheng, Tsai’s favorite actor, and Nogami sitting next to each other on a bench, again in silence.

The director highlights the contrast and therefore demonstrates the interplay, which
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The Filmmakers Podcast #101: Scott Mann on Directing ‘Final Score’

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Not lost in translation: The real reason why Hollywood insists on remaking foreign-language films? Answer: $$$

Hollywood is doing it again – and again. So far in this still-young year, there have been no fewer than five films in theaters that are English-language versions of foreign movies. Opening this Friday is “Gloria Bell,” a shot-by-shot remake of the 2014 Chilean film “Gloria, ” about a divorced middle-aged woman desperate for some romance in her routine life. The Spanish-language import starred Paulina Garcia, a popular actress in her homeland. This one has Julianne Moore, hiding behind those over-sized spectacles. While the cast is more recognizable, this is a rare Hollywood translation that benefits from having the same director, Sebastian Lelio (“A Fantastic Women”), handling matters behind the camera.

Consider that it has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score at the moment — one percentage point higher than the original.

Then there is “The Upside,” a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” is about a paralyzed white billionaire (Bryan Cranston) who hires a
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Badass Poster Art For The Classic 1954 Film Seven Samurai

I remember being in awe as I watched the classic 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai for the first time. I love this film and if you do as well, then I know you’ll appreciate this awesome poster art from Jason Radovan.

This is a very limited edition print of only seven print and the last I checked there were four more prints left! If you’re lucky, maybe there’re still some available here.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

I also included the original trailer for the film below just to remind you of how great this film is.
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The most influential Asian movies of the last 50 years

Asian films are among the best critically acclaimed movies on IMDb. Some of them are more than just good films, however.

Some movies made by Asian directors made a lasting impact on the world of cinema as well as on global culture as a whole. This a list of these kinds of movies.

Honorary reference

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla were made in the 50s and don’t make it to the list of the most influential movies of the last 50 years. However, they are on the list of the most influential movies ever, and we can’t but briefly mention them.

These movies have shaped some aspects and genres of modern day cinema.

Have you ever seen giant monsters destroying a city? Think Transformers and the like. These only exist because of Godzilla’s imagery.

Seven Samurai created even more of an influence on cinema.
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Satyajit Ray's Heroes and Heroines

He turned a frock-clad school going teen Sharmila Tagore into Aparna - Apu?s wife. The clich? concept of all-evil in silver screen villains bored him. Javed Akhtar once said, ?While Hindi films have ferocious villains who only evoked hatred, you actually felt sad for Ray?s negative character. Such was the sensitivity of the man?. He gave Bengali cinemas? most real and grounded hero ? Soumitra Chatterjee who turned into his blue-eyed boy. He used real comedians in humour, he transformed his characters into all time legends ? Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee), Aparna (Sharmila Tagore) Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee), Nayak (Uttam Kumar), had a unique eye for creating child characters, the man who created the iconic Feluda.

One of Indian cinema?s most influential filmmaker it won?t be an exaggeration if I say Asian cinema or world cinema in that matter ? Satyajit Ray if by any reasons or circumstances couldn?t make it as a filmmaker,
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Seven Samurai homage The Glorious Seven gets a poster, trailer and images

Ahead of its home entertainment release next month, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for The Glorious Seven, writer-director Harald Franklin’s homage to Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Shichinin no samurai. The upcoming actioner features a cast that includes Jerry Kwarteng, Fernando Corral, Maurice Nash, Marina Kinski, Ilker Kurt, Ender Atac, Fernando Carrera, Max Gromov, Alek Beardman, Usman Maqbool, Sarah Salomo, Carlos Santos, Juan Ruiz and Julia Mulligan; take a look here…

Ex-military commander David Guerra is hired by a crooked millionaire to rescue his wife who was kidnapped by the leader of a guerrilla group. Guerra recruits six of his former special forces comrades to join him on this task. Outnumbered by their highly skilled opponents the seven start a seemingly hopeless and bloody mission, hoping they can pull off the unthinkable and somehow still survive.

The Glorious Seven is set for a VOD and DVD release on March 12th.
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Artists’ Choice #11: Kanji Furutachi (actor) lists his 10 Favorite Japanese Movies

Kanji Furutachi is best known for playing Toshio, one of the leading roles in “Harmonium”, directed by Koji Fukada, which won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

He has also appeared in numerous plays in Japan, including the title role for the play “The Treasured Son”, which won Japan’s most prestigious drama award: The Kishida Drama Award.

His many film appearances include “Hospitalité” and “My Back Page” (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from the Takasaki Film Festival and the Best New Comer Award at the Tama Cinema Forum). He studied acting with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, and many others at Hb Studio in New York City.

Here are his ten favorite Japanese films, in no particular order

1. Tokyo Story

2. High and Low

3. Rashomon

4. Seven Samurai

5. The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada,
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Cinematographers Share Their List of the 100 Best Shot Films of the 20th Century

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the American Society of Cinematographers has released a list of the 100 best shot films of the 20th century.

This list was released to "showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional cinematographers.” Here's how the list was put together:

The process of cultivating the 100 films began with Asc members each submitting 10 to 25 titles that were personally inspirational or perhaps changed the way they approached their craft. “I asked them — as cinematographers, members of the Asc, artists, filmmakers and people who love film and whose lives were shaped by films — to list the films that were most influential,” Fierberg explains. A master list was then complied, and members voted on what they considered to be the most essential 100 titles.

Here's a little sizzle reel that was cut together showcasing some of the films on the list:

It's hard to argue with the Top 10 films,
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The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to Asc

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) this year, they’ve polled their members to determine 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. Topping the list is David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, shot by Freddie Young. Also in the top ten is Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth), The Conformist (Vittorio Storaro), Days of Heaven (Néstor Almendros), and more.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, he said “Asc members wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another. The selected films represent a range of styles, eras and visual artistry, but most importantly, it commemorates films that are inspirational or influential to Asc members and have exhibited enduring influence on generations of filmmakers.”

See the top 10 below, along with the full list.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Freddie Young,
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