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Did You Know Movies: Spirited Away. Ideas psycho. Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Hateful Eight' And Theatrical Experiences : Monkey See. Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Hateful Eight' And Theatrical Experiences : Monkey See. The man behind the Razzies: 'Brian de Palma had no talent' John JB Wilson traipses into his local library, looking to check out the latest Adam Sandler DVD.

The man behind the Razzies: 'Brian de Palma had no talent'

He is obliged to, for Wilson is something of an authority in matters of bad taste: in 1980, in a living room in Los Angeles, he founded the Golden Raspberry Awards. For 35 years, the annual ceremony has honored the worst in American film. This is a time of considerable strain for Wilson. Reverse Shot Lists Its 11 Offenses of 2015. By Vikram Murthi | Criticwire January 11, 2016 at 3:34PM Some of the publication's targets include "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," "Sicario," and "Son of Saul.

Reverse Shot Lists Its 11 Offenses of 2015

" 00000152-3221-d726-a377-faabddcd0000. The Assassin director: why I gave plot the chop. Hou Hsiao-hsien sits at a table beside the window, gazing out at the narrow street.

The Assassin director: why I gave plot the chop

He has a bottle of water and a packet of lozenges for his throat. His baseball cap is pulled so low that his eyes are in shadow. Why Quentin Tarantino's inner movie nerd should stop directing his films. Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, The Hateful Eight, focuses on a small posse of bandits who spend most of the film shut away in a room, revolvers and repartees at the ready, trying to figure out who’s on whose side.

Why Quentin Tarantino's inner movie nerd should stop directing his films

Punctuating the profanity and pistol-fire are enough tall tales to keep everyone’s trust to a minimum, and there’s never much doubt that by the time the credits roll an assortment of characters will lie prostrate in a pool of their own blood. If that description rings a bell, so it should: the symmetry between Tarantino’s latest movie and his 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs, is clear. But rather than signifying a return to the stripped-down fare with which he burst on to the scene, The Hateful Eight demonstrates just how far the director has now departed from his early masterworks.

ReThink Review: <em>The Hateful Eight</em> As its promotional material is fond of telling us, the Hateful Eight is only Quentin Tarantino's eighth film in his more than twenty-year career.

ReThink Review: <em>The Hateful Eight</em>

However, few if any other filmmakers have had as much of an impact on film and television as Tarantino has. And his films are so distinct, singular, and uniquely Tarantino-esque in their use of dialogue, violence, and genre that they're in a category all their own, making it nearly impossible to compare his work to any other director's. Tarantino's films can only really be compared to each other, and the Hateful Eight serves as an excellent progress report for how Tarantino has and hasn't evolved as a filmmaker, since not only does it find Tarantino revisiting the themes and conventions that define his work, but also bears similarities to his 1992 film that started it all, Reservoir Dogs. Watch the trailer for the Hateful Eight below. Culture - Is Nordic humour too dark for the rest of the world?

Two brothers haven’t spoken in forty years, and a plague threatens to destroy what’s dearest to them – their prize-winning herd of sheep.

Culture - Is Nordic humour too dark for the rest of the world?

There’s blood, there are tears, and it’s all set against a brooding grey landscape. But Hrutar, or Rams, isn’t the latest success story of Nordic noir – although it’s from Iceland. It’s a tragi-comedy, which its director, Grímur Hákonarson, calls “sad and funny at the same time. We call it ‘gálgahúmor’ in Iceland, or ‘gallows humour’. Better Than Ozu and Kurosawa: Mizoguchi.

When the Sight & Sound poll of the best movies of all time came out in 2012, one of its biggest surprises was the absence of any film by Kenji Mizoguchi from its highest reaches.

Better Than Ozu and Kurosawa: Mizoguchi

By contrast, Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Story” came in at three and his “Late Spring” at fifteen, and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” finished in seventeenth place and his “Rashomon” in twenty-sixth. Noted Schmuck Michael Moore Just Made a Very Good Movie. Michael Moore is the worst kind of asshole: the kind who's right a lot of the time.

Noted Schmuck Michael Moore Just Made a Very Good Movie

He tells us mostly agreeable things in the most disagreeable way, rich in smarm and hyperbole and self-regard. A certain kind of messenger seems to revel in people's occasional desires to kill him. Coolmaterial. This blasted heath – Justin Kurzel’s new Macbeth. How many children had Lady Macbeth?

This blasted heath – Justin Kurzel’s new Macbeth

The great Shakespearean critic L. C. Knights asked this question in 1933, as part of an essay intended to put paid to scholarship that treated Shakespeare’s characters as real, living people, and not as fictional beings completely dependent upon, and bounded by, the creative works of which they were a part. “The only profitable approach to Shakespeare is a consideration of his plays as dramatic poems, of his use of language to obtain a total complex emotional response,” he wrote. Rigorous Intuition. "There are stories of coincidence and chance, of intersections and strange things told, and which is which and nobody knows; and we generally say, 'Well, if that was in a movie, I wouldn't believe it.'" - Magnolia As mourners prepared for a funeral near Los Angeles in July, 1869, blood and flesh rained out of a clear sky for three minutes, blanketing two acres of a corn field.

Rigorous Intuition

The flash ranged in size from small particles to eight-inch strips, and included what witnesses took to be pieces of kidneys, livers and hearts. Samples were taken to the Los Angeles News, whose editor wrote, in the August 3 edition, "That the meat fell, we cannot doubt. Even the parsons in the neighborhood are willing to vouch for that. Rigorous Intuition: What do kids know? While the world is asleep, you can look at it and weepFew things you find are worthwhileAnd though I don't ask for much, no material things to touchLord, protect my child - Bob Dylan Sarah Eight-year old Sarah Payne was snatched from a quiet street in West Sussex on July 1, 2000. Her body was found 16 days later, ten miles away. The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’ Burnt review – bad taste Bradley Cooper hotshot chef drama leaves awful smell.

Here is a film about posh restaurant food and shouty, sexy chefs pausing between outbursts to bend over and stare intently at something on an aluminium surface. It stars a smouldering and bestubbled Bradley Cooper and with profound solemnity, buys into the concept that rudeness and temper tantrums are the signs of passion and flair – as opposed to, say, being a fantastically tiresome prat. Maybe soon director John Wells will make a new film starring Bradley Cooper as a tempestuous surgeon who screams: “You call these scalpels sharp?” Before smashing them clatteringly into a metal dish, picking up a heart, throwing it with a deafening splat at the wall, shoving a brain squelchingly into the face of some penny-pinching hospital accountant and then storming out of the operating theatre into the courtyard outside with the bins, where he will perhaps enjoy an impulsive snog with a besotted blonde sous-surgeon or commis-surgeon.

A Good American review: fascinating revelations about the NSA's role in 9/11. Despite the controversy over Edward Snowden’s revelations of US surveillance of its citizens, it’s easy to imagine the country’s security services privately not being that embarrassed: there might be professional pride in overzealous snooping. But such bodies’ role in 9/11 is another matter entirely. What if it could be shown that the NSA could have – should have – prevented the attacks on the World Trade Center; that its failure to do so wasn’t due to bad luck, but a lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance and greed; and that they then sought to cover up their mistakes? This possibility is the driver of a fascinating, conspiracy theorising documentary: Friedrich Moser’s A Good American, which premieres on Tuesday at the CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen. It may not have the contemporaneous frisson of Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning Citizenfour, but it certainly packs a punch. The Making of Blood, Sand and Gold.

At the bottom are independent filmmakers, like Connell, who face obstacles analogous to any startup, like securing talent, licensing and resources with limited budgets. For Blood, Sand and Gold, Connell could only pay his actors a small stipend and cover their living expenses. To secure some of them, he had to provide backend compensation of 2 to 5 percent of the film’s profits. Even after shooting is done, most filmmakers will have spent up to 40 percent of their budget on advertising and distribution.

To cut costs, the SAG contracts Connell’s crew signed state that the film has to be premiered online. After that, Connell, along with many other low-budget filmmakers, may rely on film festivals to showcase his work to potential distributors for the box office. 'Burnt' Movie Review. Bradley Cooper starring as a chef in a movie about food and how it reflects life. How can it miss? ‎‘28 Weeks Later’ review by James Haves. This hurts. This really fucking hurts. I adore 28 Days Later. From coquette to cold-eyed killer: How Scarlett Johansson became the face of female horror.

“Lucy,” released this week, is many things: It’s director Luc Besson’s return to action filmmaking. It’s Scarlett Johansson’s first chance to play the lead in an action film, having proved herself more than capable while playing Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” “Captain America 2” and “The Avengers.” “Lucy”: The Eurotrash “2001″ ScarJo action sequel you’ve been waiting for. An Esoteric Take on The Big Lebowski. More than a movie The Big Lebowski is the kind of miracle that, more rarely than occasionally, slips through the cracks of the Hollywood machinery.

That’s because the Coen Brothers’ previous film, Fargo, earned seven Academy Nominations and won two, for best original screenplay and best actress in a leading role, Frances McDormand, incidentally Joel Coen’s wife. So, with a lot more clout behind them, the Coen Brothers embarked on their next project, The Big Lebowski, in which the leading role of the Dude is sublimely played by Jeff Bridges. The Dude, by the way, was inspired by a real man, Jeff Dowd, a publicist who helped the Coen Brothers in launching Blood Simple, their first film. The Importance of Living: Lin Yutang Meets the Dude – An Esoteric Take on 'The Big Lebowski,' Part 2. [Readers may wish to read An Esoteric Take on The Big Lebowski prior to reading this post] Razzle, dazzle, drazzle, drone, time for this one to come home Razzle, dazzle, drazzle, die, time for this one to come alive And hold my life until I’m ready to use it Hold my life because I just might lose it Because I just might lose it Lin Yutang.

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Autómata: a believable robot future. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars sees Hollywood as a disease. “Inherent Vice”: A first look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s loopy Pynchon movie. “Fury”: Brad Pitt brings the macho back to WWII in this relentless battle flick. 'Audition' (1999) - 20 Scariest Horror Movies You've Never Seen. The Minor Miracle of John le Carré’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’ « Early Review: Interstellar. Culture - Film review: Does Interstellar reach the stars?

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“Nostalgic for the apocalypse”: George Miller’s long, strange trip to “Mad Max: Fury Road” Culture - Does Mad Max: Fury Road take it to the max? The Political Subtext of “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Sham. Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart act each other off the screen in Clouds of Sils Maria. Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands D.

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