The Kids Talk Film: DUNE

Jodorowsky's Dune, in all its crazy ambition, may never have come into existence, but in the early 1980s, David Lynch, after turning down the job of directing the second Star Wars sequel, then titled Revenge of the Jedi, got the go ahead to make... More »
  

New To Netflix: HOUSE OF CARDS Or Bust!

This weeks entry of New To Netflix starts with the elephant (or should we say donkey?) in the room, the new season of House of Cards, which went up in its entirety on Valentine's day. However, we've got a number... More »
  

Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's Annual Showcase Offers Innovative, Challenging, and Beautiful Films

The 13th edition of Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art's annual showcase of documentary features, short films, and installations, screens from February 14-28. The wide-ranging, international selection, as always, is very impressive, featuring films that are innovative, beautifully made,... More »
  

Film Comment Selects 2014: Ecclectic Mix of Critics' Darlings and Rediscoveries

Each year, Film Comment Magazine holds a film series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, its selection of films assembled from festivals around the world by its esteemed editors. In its 14th year, Film Comment Selects 2014 consists of... More »
  

The Stack: Twilight Time Releases, Indie Horror LORD OF TEARS, THE KILLING FIELDS, And More

Welcome Back to The Stack. I'm Dave Canfield, here to help guide you through the last few weeks of DVD and Blu-ray releases. All sorts of stuff has come across my path since I last did an episode and this... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Girls and LEGO

Major spoilers for The LEGO Movie follow. If you don't want to read about the ending, bookmark for later! So girls can't play with LEGO? That's the takeaway from The LEGO Movie, a takeaway which I thought was just a... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE LEGO MOVIE and THE MONUMENTS MEN

Sure, it's a film about building blocks, but The LEGO Movie proves to have all the right pieces. It's a tonne of fun, and easily one of the best films of 2014.Also chatted about the disappointing The Monuments Men, a... More »
  

Berlinale 2014: Laying Bare The NYMPHOMANIAC Director's Cut

Lars von Trier swore a vow of silence after his controversial remarks at 2011's Cannes Film Festival. You may recall him comparing himself, tongue firmly in cheek, to a Nazi during the Melancholia press conference and the whole thing... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Hooray For Hollywood! A Contract Is Better Than A Handshake (But Only Just)

For this, our second installment in this exercise of my disabusing you all of the notions of cinematic high art in favor of the realities of the movie business of it all, I thought I would answer one of the... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Twitch's Favorite Robotic Cops (Resurrection Optional)

The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: William A. Wellman's WINGS

Dubbed the last great silent film, William A. Wellman's 1927 action-packed epic is a simple story of friendship, love and rivalry set against the colossal backdrop of the First World War. Featuring some of the most incredible aerial battles ever... More »
  

Lee Daniels on Racism and THE BUTLER: The White House Was "A Plantation"

Director Lee Daniels has been in Japan recently to promote his latest, Lee Daniels The Butler, and after a screening of the film at the Foreign Correspondent's Club the director was met with more than just the usual film-related inquiries.... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Joker Effect

The casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight has become the cure-all response to any outcries of disappointment about the casting of any major pop cultural characters in any major film, ever. (Heck, it nearly even... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces Of Polish Cinema At Film Society Lincoln Center

New York City-based readers! The great Martin Scorsese is about to give you a one of a kind opportunity to explore the magnificent world of classic Polish cinema. For just 12 busy days Film Society of Lincoln Center will turn... More »
  

Ambulante 2014 Dispatch: DEATH IN ARIZONA (MUERTE EN ARIZONA), Love Hurts In This Fragmented Docu-fiction

Ambulante 2014 is screening Tin Dirdamal's feature length docu-fiction Death in Arizona (Muerte en Arizona) together with Gilberto González's short film Love In Time of Fires (El Amor en Tiempos de Incendios). I think there's a thematic reason behind the... More »
  

Hooray For Hollywood! The Answer To Your Question Is: Money

Hello! My name is Todd and I will be your humble(ish) guide through the sausage factory that is Hollywood.  Or, to be more precise, I will be endeavoring to provide a window into aspects of the business of filmmaking that... More »
  

70s Rewind: TWO-MINUTE WARNING, A Sniper Threatens The Big Game

Snipers entered the public conciousness in the U.S. on August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman shot dozens of people from a tower located on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Whitman's shooting spree claimed the lives of 14;... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Dispatch: GREEN PRINCE and A MOST WANTED MAN

Festivals are funny things. You're seeing loads of films all at once, a kind of gorging that only happens sporadically throughout the year. Often you get inadvertent connections between films, thematic consistency that otherwise might go unnoticed. Sometimes these connections... More »
  

Ambulante 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must-See Documentaries

While Ambulante 2014 kicked off yesterday in downtown Mexico City with a public screening of The Square, today (1/31) is the first real day of activities. More than thirty Mexico City venues are ready to offer documentaries from this Friday... More »
  
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