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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

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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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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Tops Asc’s List of 100 20th Century Cinematography Milestones

  • Variety
The American Society of Cinematographers, in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, has revealed its list of 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography from the 20th century. The list culminates with a top 10, topped by Freddie Young’s lensing of David Lean’s Oscar-winning 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Jordan Cronenweth’s work on Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi standard “Blade Runner” came in at number two. Celebrated cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar last year for the film’s sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.”

Vittorio Storaro rounded out the top three for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam odyssey “Apocalypse Now.” He, Conrad Hall and Gordon Willis each appeared on the overall list five times, leading the pack. John Alcott, Caleb Deschanel and Haskell Wexler each lensed four.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, Asc (“The Affair”) and voted on by Asc members, the milestones list is the first of
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Pawel Pawlikowski and Agnes Varda confirmed for Qumra 2019

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Pawel Pawlikowski and Agnes Varda confirmed for Qumra 2019
The Qumra Masters will particpate in workshops and mentoring sessions.

Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Polish-uk filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski and legendary French filmmaker and artist Agnes Varda have been announced as the first three Qumra Masters for the Doha Film Institute’s fifth annual talent development event in Qatar which runs from March 15-20.

The three filmmakers will participate in mentoring and masterclasses with around 30 yet-to-announced local and international first and second- time filmmakers. A selection of films by the three will also be screened. A further three are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Kurosawa is a Cannes
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Comic Book Review – Transformers: The Wreckers Saga

Ricky Church reviews Transformers: The Wreckers Saga…

Over the years of the Transformers franchise, there have been plenty of Autobots and Decepticons who have often gotten the short end of the stick in its many iterations. Plenty of bots on both sides just haven’t been fleshed out or fully explored, leaving a lot of room for potential open to Transformers writers. That’s where James Roberts and Nick Roche came in on The Wreckers, a group of highly trained and deadly Autobots who go on near-suicide missions to defeat Decepticons. Their casualty rate is so high they have a pretty decent turnaround rate in its members. Over the course of two miniseries and one special, one of which has gone down as one of the best Transformers stories ever made, Roberts and Roche delivered some great characters with heartfelt and heartbreaking moments while expanding the lore of Transformers. Now
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Directors Claim Small Victory in Bid to Save Classic Movie Service FilmStruck

Directors Claim Small Victory in Bid to Save Classic Movie Service FilmStruck
They rode in like John Sturges’ Magnificent Seven — or Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai — choose your classic film reference. A loosely organized group of filmmakers and actors, some scattered on sets, some engaged in the promotional march for their new films, one displaced by fire, has banded together to try and save a tiny, besieged streaming service.

WarnerMedia plans to shut down FilmStruck, an art house and classic film subscription-streaming service launched in 2016. Though beloved in the Hollywood creative community for the way it makes hard-to-track-down cinematic masterpieces accessible to a broad audience, FilmStruck was ...
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Steve McQueen’s Widows and Our Enduring Love of Revenge Movies

Robert Blair Nov 14, 2018

Whoever said two wrongs don’t make a right never went to film school...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

There is beauty in the simplicity of a time-honored concept in film. Longstanding cinematic tropes can act as the perfect conduit for some much-needed escapism from the dizzying nature of our day-to-day lives.

Based on the most conventional premise that he’s approached in his career to date, Steve McQueen’s Widows fulfills this criterion of familiarity via the revenge genre. Familiarity here though, doesn’t equal compromise or artistic complacency. In typically subversive fashion, and in keeping with his courageous filmography, this star-studded thriller builds on Lynda La Plante’s drama series of the same name to chart the plight of four bereaved women who refuse to be persecuted for their husbands’ ill-fated deeds. Injected with healthy doses of social commentary that raise pertinent issues around feminism,
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