Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE

Released in 1951, Ace in the Hole marked a pivotal moment in the career of its writer-director, Billy Wilder, for a number of different reasons. His scathing attack on the media was Wilder's first film after breaking his long-term writing... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Paul Giamatti

This weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in the US, after having done a bit of a world tour in other territories. And the most interesting piece of casting in it must surely be Paul Giamatti as the villain known... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Ebertfest Marches On

This week I attended the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois, the first installment of the festival put together after Ebert's death. (The 15th annual festival, last year, was a week from taking the stage when Ebert... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Roy Scheider

This week, a Blu-ray has been released of director William Friedkin's Sorcerer, an English-language adaptation of Clouzot's The Wages of Fear. A difficult production once thought to be a big fat failure, Friedkin's version is now seen by many as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: BACK TO THE FUTURE and The Power Of Love

The power of love is a curious thing, as Back to the Future's power ballad affirmed. If you grew up in the 1980s (or really, any decade of cinema which mythologized the fairy-tale patriarchy, in whatever modernist guise), movies like... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TRANSCENDENCE

We hit a bit of a nadir with new releases this week, as Transcendence proves something of a flop, a throwback film that misfires on pretty much every level. As I described in my review, it's "more than a Lawnmower Man redux, mowing... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Cillian Murphy

This week, Wally Pfister's Transcendence is out in cinemas, and rather than focusing on its famous lead, I thought this to be a splendid opportunity to highlight Cillian Murphy, who plays Agent Buchanan in the film. Cillian Murphy is an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: DIVERGENT Adaptations

Adaptation fascinates me. Sometimes it perfectly achieves its objectives: I couldn't have cared less about the entire Dorne storyline in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels before two weeks ago; but now that Pedro Pascal is... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE RAID 2, OCULUS and DRAFT DAY

A couple genre gems this week - the first, Gareth Evan's epic sequel to The Raid: Redemption (the film that made me write for Twitch in the first place!), The Raid 2 is as ambitious as it is impactful.Oculus from TIFF... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sam Fuller's WHITE DOG

One of Hollywood's true maverick filmmakers, Sam Fuller was never a man to shy away from tackling important social and political issues in his films. Famously, he was the first American filmmaker to tackle the Korean War, in The Steel... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage

This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Winter in the Captain's America

Spoilers follow for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Institutional paranoia may be the low-hanging fruit of the American blockbuster, but Captain America 2 exploits it well - even ingeniously, when the movie does reality one better by claiming that all... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, UNKNOWN KNOWN, JODO'S DUNE & MORE

A slew of indie releases this week, some solid TIFF 2013 titles finally making their way to regular screens. Errol Morris' The Unknown Known puts Rumsfeld in the spotlight, while Jodorowski's Dune takes us on a journey into a great... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is currently red-hot, and I'm not talking about her physical appearance, no matter how many magazines vote her as "sexiest woman of the year". After all, she is the actress who got whole theaters swooning just by her... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Pay the Writer?

The news last week that Entertainment Weekly was kicking off a program to shanghai unpaid internet writers into their content delivery system didn't raise many of my hackles. This was only because my overall opinion of the future of journalism... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NOAH and BAD WORDS

Darren Aronofsky's Noah storms our screens this weekend, and while not a total success it's still a hell of a lot better than trailers made it out to be.Also another look at Bad Words, opening this week after its appearance... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Russell Crowe

This week sees the premiere of Darren Aranofsky's Noah, and while the plot of that film is the subject of heated discussion between theologists, atheists and comic-book fans (who often tend to be both), nobody disagrees with the choice of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: A GIRLS Gotta Do What A GIRLS Gotta Do

The other day I quipped that HBO's Girls is "messy-relationship porn," which was reductive and crass, but was honestly meant with respect and even gratitude. I think the world needs more messy-relationship porn. The messier the better. The more we... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Hooray For Hollywood! No, Hollywood Did Not "Steal" Your Script

I just returned home from a film festival where I was asked one of the most amazing questions, I think, ever. After sitting on a panel discussing the growing nexus between short-films and Hollywood, this young man -- early to... More »
  
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