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The Best Double Features of 2017

Few things are more sublime than finding back-to-back features that hit some specific thematic sweet spot. Drive-in theaters may not be the popular viewing spot they once were, but with the overwhelming accessibility we now have, one can program their own personal double bill. Today, we’ve run through the gamut of 2017 films to select the finest pairings and tried to sway from the most obvious (i.e. a combination of Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and The Finest Hour). Check out list the below, and we’d love to hear your own picks, which can be left in the comments.

Lady Bird and Princess Cyd

On paper, too easy a pairing: coming-of-age stories that are too intelligent to propose that this, here, is the end of a journey; characters (titular characters, no less) whose impulsiveness, close-mindedness, and selfishness are, of course, part of what makes them so empathetic; portraits in miniature
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The Best Movie Posters of 2017

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1. mother!Darren Aronofsky’s divisive nightmare boasted a number of very striking posters this year, including one that blatantly yet beautifully pastiched the iconic Gips/Frankfurt design for Rosemary’s Baby and another in which Jennifer Lawrence’s face is minutely cracked like a porcelain doll. But it is this first teaser poster for the film, by the extraordinary artist James Jean, that stands out for me not only as a surreally appropriate representation of Aronofsky’s uncompromising vision, but as the best movie poster of the year. Grotesque and gorgeous, and dotted with hidden clues, Jean’s looks more like a piece of devotional iconography than a poster for a horror movie. (There is also an accompanying poster by Jean which features Javier Bardem’s character.) Known for his covers for the DC comic book series Fables, Jean has been in high demand this year, creating the charcoal illustration
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Getting with the programme by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jairus McLeary in the Soho House screening room on The Work: "It's very masculine. That's why Amy Foote, our editor, and Alice Henty, the producer, they were the first women to see this footage." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Rebecca Miller's Arthur Miller: Writer; Doug Nichol's California Typewriter; Andrew Rossi on Okwui Okpokwasili's Bronx Gothic; Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene; Michael Almereyda's Escapes on Hampton Fancher; Brett Morgen's Jane on Jane Goodall; Ceyda Torun's KEDi; Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum's Letters From Baghdad with Tilda Swinton voicing Getrude Bell; Griffin Dunne's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Agnès Varda and Jr's Faces Places; Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane's School Life; Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh; Lara Stolman's Swim Team; Kirk Simon's The Pulitzer At 100, and Josh Koury and Myles Kane's Voyeur on Gay Talese
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Lost in time by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher: "You know, I wrote Blade Runner for Robert Mitchum. The first draft was for him. And Robert Mulligan was going to direct it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher, co-screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, told me that he had Robert Mitchum in mind, not Harrison Ford, while writing his first draft of the Blade Runner screenplay when Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird) was going to direct the film.

In our conversation at Lincoln Center, Hampton also saw Sam Shepard and Mitchum similarities, that Harry Dean Stanton had a Mitchum-like attitude, and expressed what Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and a Wallace Stevens poem can do to him.

Hampton Fancher, subject of Michael Almereyda's recent documentary Escapes and director of The Minus Man (starring Owen Wilson as a serial killer) starts out with coming to grips with evil and beauty.
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New to Streaming: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘Marjorie Prime,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘Landline,’ 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.

Abundant Acreage Available (Angus MacLachlan)

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available.
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Hampton Fancher remembers Jerry Lewis by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher at the reflecting pool with Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center) 1963–5 Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher, the beguiling subject of Michael Almereyda's Escapes and co-screenwriter of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Denis Villeneuve's upcoming Blade Runner 2049, shared some memories of Jerry Lewis, who died at the age of 91 this past Sunday, August 20, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We started out with Michael Pfleghar's film Romeo Und Julia 70 where Hampton interviewed Jerry Lewis, went onto the connection to Joan Blackman and Hal B Wallis for Norman Taurog's Visit To A Small Planet, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's In A Year With 13 Moons (In Einem Jahr Mit 13 Monden) and You're Never Too Young with Dean Martin and Lewis, a gurney in Frank Tashlin's The Disorderly Orderly and a rabbit in Geisha Boy, meeting Jack Benny and Buddy Hackett,
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The Escapologists by Anne-Katrin Titze

Escapes at the IFC Center: "It's like that Thom Andersen movie Los Angeles Plays Itself. This is not a portrait of a place but a portrait of a person." Photo: Ed Bahlman

Escape artist Hampton Fancher reveals beating out Jean-Pierre Léaud and the pathway that led him to star in Michael Pfleghar's Romeo und Julia 70, opposite Tina Sinatra. Norman Taurog's Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley and Joan Blackman, Teri Garr, Brian Kelly and Flipper surface. Michael Almereyda makes a Skinningrove (his film on photographer Chris Killip) connection to a scene with Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and remarks "it's called Escapes for a reason as almost every episode involves a near-death experience."

Hampton Fancher starred with Tina Sinatra in Michael Pfleghar's Romeo Und Julia 70

When do you think you know a person? What does this knowing entail? A face, a name, a voice,
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Watch the Trailer for Escapes, A Documentary About The Blade Runner Writer

A new trailer from the Wes Anderson-produced documentary Escapes has been released. It follows the strange and eventful life of Blade Runner screenwriter, Hampton Fancher.

The documentary is directed by Michael Almereyda and it's a fascinating look at Fancher's career and the road that led him to write and produce 1982's Blade Runner. He also penned the story for the upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049.

Here’s the official synopsis for Escapes:

“Directed by Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and executive produced by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, Blade Runner 2049.) A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life — romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry,
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Escapes: trailer for documentary about Blade Runner screenwriter

Ryan Lambie Jul 31, 2017

Wes Anderson is the producer on a forthcoming documentary feature about Blade Runner screenwriter, Hampton Fancher...

There are all kinds of fascinating stories from behind the scenes of 1982's Blade Runner, but one of the ones we've never really heard before is that of its screenwriter, Hampton Fancher.

To sci-fi fans, Fancher's perhaps best known for adapting Philip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep into one of the classic genre films of 80s cinema. The forthcoming documentary Escape, produced by Wes Anderson and directed by Michael Almereyda, and aims to dig a bit deeper, bringing us the colourful story of Fancher's early life.

Before he wrote Blade Runner, Fancher was a flamenco dancer and actor before he turned his hand to screenwriting. As the trailer below reveals, he's also a natural storyteller. 

Escapes is out in selected Us cinemas in August, and when it gets a UK release,
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‘Escapes’ Trailer: Wes Anderson-Produced Doc On the Unlikely Story of the ‘Blade Runner’ Writer

‘Escapes’ Trailer: Wes Anderson-Produced Doc On the Unlikely Story of the ‘Blade Runner’ Writer
The only way we could get a Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott crossover would be in our dreams. But the next cl0sest thing is the Wes Anderson-produced documentary Escapes, which follows the strange and beautiful life of Hampton Fancher, the former flamenco dancer-turned screenwriter of one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, Blade Runner. How did […]

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Time is on my side by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Almereyda with Hampton Fancher on the form of Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson: "This is my tribute to Bruce Conner." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In my Escapes conversation with Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, starring Peter Sarsgaard) and Hampton Fancher (co-screenwriter of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049) we start out with Federico García Lorca, Bruce Conner, Philip K Dick and Chris Marker. Then we encounter a Jean-Pierre Léaud, Tina Sinatra, Michael Pfleghar (Romeo Und Julia 70) connection and next stop over at Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself, Brian Kelly and Flipper, Skinningrove on photographer Chris Killip, Yasujiro Ozu's influence on Wim Wenders (Yuharu Atsuta in Tokyo-Ga) and Jim Jarmusch.

Hampton Fancher: "It's looking at my life through other people's eyes."

Michael Almereyda's approach in Escapes turns the idea of a biopic inside out. Clips from Hampton Fancher's television and movie performances mixed with those
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Storytelling, Memory and Alternate Worlds: Michael Almereyda on Marjorie Prime and Escapes

Michael Almereyda has two films this year, the curiously rhyming duo of Marjorie Prime and Escapes. The former, as I wrote from Sundance, is “a heavily modified adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s play, customized to fit the ever-adventurous Almereyda’s tastes and frames of reference. The premise is both simple and tricky: in the future, your deceased loved ones can be brought back as holograms for company. Marjorie (Lois Smith), aging and losing her memory, has her late husband Walter (Jon Hamm), eternally in his 40s, for company, a development which makes her daughter Tess (Geena Davis) a little nervous. From this low-key sci-fi […]
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Jon Hamm Becomes a Hologram in First Trailer for ‘Marjorie Prime’

Director Michael Almereyda’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 film Experimenter is twofold: his documentary on Hampton Fancher, Escapes, opens today at the IFC Center, and his latest fiction feature entitled Marjorie Prime, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and received the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, is set to open on August 18.

An adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s 2014 play, the science-fiction drama concerns the eponymous Marjorie (Lois Smith) who uses hologram technology to recreate her late husband (Jon Hamm). The result appears to be a contemplative gaze upon memory and mortality, bolstered by the presence of Marjorie’s daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, respectively), which you can get a taste of in a new trailer.

“Played out in a calm, low-key manner, Marjorie Prime can be most compelling in the ways it prompts contemplation about one’s own life experience,” we said in our review.
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‘Escapes’ Review: A Breezy, Rambling Doc About the TV Actor Who Slept Around, Cheated Death, and Wrote ‘Blade Runner’

‘Escapes’ Review: A Breezy, Rambling Doc About the TV Actor Who Slept Around, Cheated Death, and Wrote ‘Blade Runner’
In order to understand the kind of life that Hampton Fancher has led, consider this: He once spent a month living in sin with a schizophrenic lingerie model, and it barely merits a passing mention in the breezy documentary that “Experimenter” director Michael Almereyda has made about him. Fancher is just one of those guys — you know the kind. The word is usually “raconteur,” but that doesn’t quite seem to cover it, here. In fact, there isn’t a word in the English language that does.

Born in 1938 and an undefinable survivor ever since, Fancher choreographed striptease routines for his sister when he was 10, he snuck about a ship to Spain when he was 15, where he became a flamenco dancer before sailing back to the States with Marlon Brando and Salvador Dali. He started working as a two-bit television actor, though he really only liked the job for the
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‘Marjorie Prime’ Trailer: Jon Hamm is a Hologram in This Indie Movie Spin on ‘Black Mirror’

‘Marjorie Prime’ Trailer: Jon Hamm is a Hologram in This Indie Movie Spin on ‘Black Mirror’
If you ever wanted to see an episode of “Black Mirror” on the big screen, “Marjorie Prime” might be the perfect indie movie for you this summer. The latest from Michael Almereyda (“Experimenter”) is an adaptation Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play of the same name.

Marjorie Prime’ Review: Jon Hamm as a Hologram Can’t Save This Lifeless Adaptation

Set in the future, “Marjorie Prime” tells the story of an elderly woman (Lois) who uses a service that creates holographic projections of late family members in order to reconnect with her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). The two revisit their most intimate memories, but the relationship between human and artificial intelligence creates surprising results for all involved, including the women’s children. Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, and Stephanie Andujar co-star.

Marjorie Prime” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. FilmRise will be releasing the movie in New York
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The Dreamer by Anne-Katrin Titze

Blade Runner 2049 co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher with Anne-Katrin Titze on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: "Dreaming is much better than counting." Photo: Michael Almereyda

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) have two main common threads - Hampton Fancher as co-screenwriter (with Michael Green and David Webb Peoples respectively) and Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling joins Ford with Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis, to catapult us 30 more years into the future.

In our conversation at Café Loup in New York on Hampton's birthday, Escapes director Michael Almereyda shared his memories of seeing Blade Runner on opening night in Montana, the year that Steven Spielberg's E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial took off. Hampton had alternate titles in mind for Blade Runner and says that "dreaming is
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‘Atypical’ Trailer: Jennifer Jason Leigh Keeps It Together in Netflix’s New Autism Comedy

There is no such thing as too much Jennifer Jason Leigh. After a high-profile turn in “Twin Peaks,” the beloved actress Leigh returns to television as a lead in a promising new Netflix series about a teenage boy on the autism spectrum. The show is called “Atypical,” and it handles its subject with humor and grace, as evidenced by a charming first trailer released today.

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Serving as an executive producer, Leigh looks to join contemporaries Mary Louise Parker and Toni Collette, who both received mid-career bumps from prestige television shows where they played unhinged mothers. (Parker on “Weeds,” and Collette with “United Sates of Tara”). The connection is also in the casting: “United States of Tara” actor Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum who craves love and a “normal” life.
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‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ Trailer: Annapurna Presents Wonder Woman’s Polyamorous Origin Story — Watch

‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ Trailer: Annapurna Presents Wonder Woman’s Polyamorous Origin Story — Watch
When Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” gave us Diana Prince’s fabled origin story, there was no trace of the whips and chains she so often battled in early comic editions by original Wonder Woman scribe William Moulton Marston. Diana’s inventor was as eccentric as they come, living in sin with two women and harboring some radical views about dominance, submission, and monogamy. In “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” we get to see the saucy side of Wonder Woman in this sultry new biopic of Marston and his notorious love triangle.

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Directed by Angela Robinson (“D.E.B.S.”) and released by Annapurna Pictures as one of the first films in its new distribution arm, the movie stars Luke Evans (“Beauty and the Beast”) as Marston, Rebecca Hall (“The Prestige”) as his wife,
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‘Escapes’ Trailer: ‘Blade Runner’ Writer Hampton Fancher’s Unlikely Story Is Told in New Documentary — Watch

‘Escapes’ Trailer: ‘Blade Runner’ Writer Hampton Fancher’s Unlikely Story Is Told in New Documentary — Watch
After directing one of the most acclaimed films of 2015, Michael Almereyda is back with “Escapes.” The “Experimenter” writer/director’s latest looks at the life of Hampton Fancher, who wrote and produced “Blade Runner” after a first act in Hollywood based in very different projects. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “‘Escapes’ blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic ‘Blade Runner.’ (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, ‘Blade Runner 2049.’)

“A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life — romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship — matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops,
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Trailer for Michael Almereyda's 'Escapes' Doc About Hampton Fancher

"He's asking you to walk through the front door and you're saying, 'No'?" Grasshopper Film has debuted a trailer for a documentary called Escapes, profiling the life and times of one Hampton Fancher. You may not recognize the name at first, but you will after learning this - Fancher was the original screenwriter on Blade Runner, and also helped write the story for Blade Runner 2049. But this is not his only claim to fame - Fancher is also a flamenco dancer, actor, and producer, and shares many stores in this doc: "romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship." Not only does it give us an inside look at Hollywood life and the various happenings that lead to big moments, but it's also a fascinating look at the life of one man who can't really be defined. The film is executive produced by Wes Anderson,
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