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It might be the best movie of the year, and it's a Black gay love story

Moonlight (official site with trailer) [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Nov 6, 2016 - 14 comments

'On the Silver Globe' is the best sci-fi film never made

Daniel Oberhaus, Motherboard: "On the Silver Globe [full film] is one of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen, or at least it would’ve been if Zulawski had been able to finish it. As it exists today, it is only partially complete, a victim of censorship by Poland’s communist government. Fortunately Zulawski returned to Poland to rescue the film in the late 1980s after a period of self-imposed exile, so we have at least some idea of what could’ve been. At once the retelling of a 100-year old sci-fi novel written by Andrzej Zulawski’s granduncle Jerzy Zulawski, a meditation on communist Poland, and a deeply personal insight into the breakdown of Zulawski’s marriage, On the Silver Globe is a kaleidoscopic tour de force that was almost swallowed by history."
posted by sapagan on Oct 31, 2016 - 8 comments

TycoCINEr

The Professor Who Made Movies Talk. On June 9, 1922, Dr. Joseph Tycociner, the University of Illinois's first professor of electrical engineering held a public demonstration of his invention that simultaneously recorded sound and picture on the same film, instead of having to sync them on separate contraptions.
Those in attendance saw harshly lit pictures of people ringing bells, reciting oratory and playing the violin. They stayed close to the microphone -- taken from a telephone, with a megaphone attached to capture the sound. The film’s sound track was plainly visible on the right-hand side of the movie image, a strip that carried the encoded sound by shifting quickly from white to shades of grey and back again.
[more inside] posted by obscurator on Oct 31, 2016 - 11 comments

Just because you saw a rat (okay, two rats) you want your money back?

RIP to the Worst Movie Theater in NYC
posted by Mchelly on Oct 27, 2016 - 46 comments

Another Hyper Realistic Stab at HFR

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is the latest film by Ang Lee and premiered this week at two theaters. It also happens to be the latest major experiment with HFR (High Frame Rate, previously) in a major motion picture since Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. But wheras Jackson shot at 48 fps, Lee has gone all the way up to 120 fps. The results? Well, reactions are mixed, but Slate's Daniel Engber tries to get at why that might be.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 21, 2016 - 28 comments

the process by which we all eventually pass away

Taller Than the Trees [N/YT] by Megan Mylan - "Japanese men haven't traditionally been caregivers. But for Masami Hayata, it's a crucial part of raising his family." (via)
posted by kliuless on Oct 16, 2016 - 1 comment

"I'm Brian and So's My Wife!"

Rest in peace, Terence Bayler - groundbreaking NZ actor, Monty Python alum, and so much more. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Sep 23, 2016 - 17 comments

The Great Recession: American Movie Acting Today

Film acting is built from the very stuff of social life: norms of behavior, standards of interaction and communication, communally legible gestures, and personality tropes and dynamics. But if this poses a challenge for the critic, it’s also the reason acting styles, taken in the aggregate, are such unusually good barometers of cultural modes, themes, and ideas, whether they respond to prevalent motifs or are generated themselves.
posted by felix grundy on Sep 8, 2016 - 17 comments

1 country, 1 movie

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the best of "worldly cinema" according to Reddit users. The individual country threads provide alternate suggestions. The list is as idiosyncratic as can be expected from a Reddit poll: entries on Niger, Nigeria and Palestine had to be deleted because the threads were downvoted to death, Vietnamese cinema does not exist at all and the Best Swedish Movie Ever is [spoiler]. It is, however, a powerful reminder that movies are made everywhere. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Aug 28, 2016 - 48 comments

Cinema isn't dying, it's evolving

The 100 greatest films of the 21st century (so far), as determined by 177 film critics from around the world.
posted by imaginary_mary on Aug 22, 2016 - 148 comments

"the ad indicated whether the A, B or C ending was playing..."

“[John Landis] thought it would be really great box office,” director Jonathan Lynn told BuzzFeed. “He thought that what would happen was that people, having enjoyed the film so much, would then go back and pay again and see the other endings.” Here’s The Odd Way Audiences Experienced ‘Clue’ 30 Years Ago (Andrew Husband, Uproxx) Previously: Mrs. White, in the marketing office, with a focus group
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2016 - 46 comments

Now just imagine Michael Cera starring in it

Bruce Wayne Vs. The World (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 5, 2016 - 6 comments

Kim Jong Il: The man who brought love to North Korea’s silver screen

Among the many weird manifestations of Kim Il Sung’s tyranny was a prohibition of romance in the works of North Korean culture ... Growing up on the very best of Soviet and Hollywood movies, Kim Jong Il comprehended that romance could be an essential spoon of sugar to help people better swallow the bitter medicine of social mobilization and various other political campaigns. “People love love,” he once claimed in his characteristically laconic manner. “We must show it on the screen”.
[more inside] posted by Small Dollar on Aug 3, 2016 - 8 comments

The David Spade Index

Which Actors Are Hated by Critics but Loved by Fans? Not a listicle.
posted by ogooglebar on Jul 30, 2016 - 33 comments

"Some blonde guy in Sally Jesse Raphael glasses"

Now that the Ghostbusters reboot has finally hit the big screen amid generally positive reviews (with a healthy dollop of wailing and teeth gnashing), someone has come forward with her very own personal two cents on the subject: Violet Ramis Stiel, daughter of the late Harold Ramis, writes about her memories of the original films, her feelings about the new film and the nature of reboots for Splitsider.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 16, 2016 - 77 comments

Ladies of the 1980s

Bitch Flicks offers a number of pop culture related essays (mostly film) from their recent website event, Ladies of the 1980s Theme Week. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 comments

Here's to cinema's winning streaks

A list from the BFI: 17 rare times when a director made five or more great films in a row. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Jun 30, 2016 - 151 comments

100+ years of Holmes & Watson movies, in one vid

As part of the fanworks exchange "A Holmesian Solstice", fanvidder sanguinity made "Something Good (Will Come From That)" (video, 3min16sec), covering "One hundred years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson." The fifty-four video sources used include Sherlock Holmes stories from several countries, including India, Russia, China, South Korea. The vidder's commentary discusses noticeable changes in cinematography over the past century, how those changes make Holmes and Watson more or less "shippy", re-gendered and chromatic retellings, and contemporary settings versus the "It's always 1895" conceit.
posted by brainwane on Jun 25, 2016 - 17 comments

Enhance

After studying Alien in intimate detail, it’s time to look at the typography and design of Ridley Scott’s other classic sci-fi movie, Blade Runner.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 21, 2016 - 38 comments

"How do we know you're that good?" "Get in."

Back in January, AV Club started a series called "A History of Violence", which discusses the most groundbreaking action films, year by year, starting with Bullitt in 1968. Last week after ten entries, they have finally circled back to the car chase film and arguably one of the peaks of the genre: Walter Hill's The Driver. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 18, 2016 - 10 comments

"Oh, you go to Hell, Sean."

Actors have to go through a lot of repetitive interviews when they're out promoting a film. So you would imagine they would welcome something totally unique. At least, that's the theory when Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key stopped by the First We Feast YouTube channel several months ago to promote their movie Keanu, discuss their careers... and consume the spiciest chicken wings known to man.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 10, 2016 - 31 comments

Our goal is to change the way readers think about the history of movies

In order to expand the discussion of black cinema beyond #OscarsSoWhite, Slate put together a panel of cinema experts and historians to create The Black Film Canon - fifty important films by black directors, showcasing the black cinematic voice spanning over half a century. (SLSlate)
posted by NoxAeternum on May 31, 2016 - 10 comments

Is it Ghostbusters Trailer 2?

The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy
posted by Artw on May 26, 2016 - 73 comments

Let's do the baby's room in "Edward Scissorhands"!

Cinema Palettes is a Twitter account that takes frames from films old, new and those to come and then breaks down the color palette of that frame.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 17, 2016 - 7 comments

Those 70s Shows

Every 70s Movie: The Best, The Worst, The Weirdest, and Everything in Between. A new review a day since October 2010.
posted by MoonOrb on May 13, 2016 - 39 comments

To cut or not to cut

The Internet's gift to movie geeks that just keeps on giving is out with another video. Tony Zhou (so many previouslies) makes an examination of the editing process in film with some particular examinations of Hanna and Her Sisters, In the Mood for Love and The Empire Strikes Back. And if that isn't enough to wet your editing whistle, have a look at CineFix's Top Ten Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time (Warning: Un Chien Andalou. I learned my lesson from last time).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 12, 2016 - 16 comments

The Summer of '66

Batman, remakes, TV spin-offs, comic adaptations — not much has changed in half a century. Here's what the summer movie schedule looked like in 1966. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 5, 2016 - 32 comments

Technically 101, but let's not quibble.

100 Years/100 Shots - Starting with Birth of a Nation in 1915 and ending with Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, a series of iconic shots in film with one shot per year.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 18, 2016 - 28 comments

Wakaliwood!

the DIY action film studio from the slums of Uganda that took over the Internet and made it plausible for anyone in the world to become an East African kung fu movie commando. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Apr 7, 2016 - 5 comments

“It's fierce, an' it's wild..."

RIP Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave that was adapted into the British film classic Kes. He also wrote the screenplay for Threads. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 21, 2016 - 16 comments

"How audacious."

The British Film Institute has compiled a list of 30 best LGBT films of all time in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their Flare festival. BFI has placed Todd Haynes's Carol at the top spot, forcing Slate to ask, is it really the best LGBT film of all time? [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Mar 18, 2016 - 83 comments

120 Years of Film (MLYT)

Last year, it was 120 years since the Lumière brothers [previously: 1, 2] filmed workers leaving their factory. Here are various tributes to cinema. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 14, 2016 - 4 comments

Dr. Straitslove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Be-Bop-A-Lula

The Walk of Life Project. Hypothesis: "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits is the perfect song to end any movie. (via Paleofuture)
posted by oulipian on Mar 11, 2016 - 44 comments

What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood*

What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man.) (SLNYTimes, Interactive)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 24, 2016 - 32 comments

The Third Coen Brother

Much like Steven Spielberg and his longtime collaboration with John Williams, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine a Coen Brothers film without the indispensable work of Carter Burwell: [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 23, 2016 - 14 comments

1.21 Gigawatts

The Back to the Future prequel you never knew you wanted.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 17, 2016 - 24 comments

Snack Check

Last year Regal Cinema started checking bags and backpacks in their theaters. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 12, 2016 - 195 comments

Your Friday touch of Zen

With the highly-anticipated release of two King Hu masterpieces on home video by the Masters of Cinema organization, as well as the critical success of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin last year, it seems like the wuxia film is making some inroads into the Western critical consciousness. So I thought I’d put together a guide to some of the essential films of the genre. - 30 Essential Wuxia Films
posted by Artw on Feb 12, 2016 - 32 comments

the reaction to 'chaos cinema'

How Video Games Are Changing The Action Movie - "It’s evidence in the case that videogames have started showing a strong influence on cinematography beyond goofier incarnations such as CGI, tie-ins, or critically derided adaptations. Instead, the movies leading this charge across mediums are rooted in physicality and often adored by cineastes."
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 12, 2016 - 26 comments

Save the fucking Curzon

"Pretty please, with a cherry on top." The Curzon is one of the best cinemas in London, but it's under threat from plans to redevelop its Soho home. In its bid to survive, the cinema has produced this original, inventive (and very sweary) video (SLYT).
posted by Paul Slade on Feb 12, 2016 - 5 comments

Imperial History and Film Culture

Having fallen down the rabbit hole of British colonial cinema history, I thought to share some of the wonderful discoveries with you.
posted by infini on Feb 9, 2016 - 3 comments

Is this just Fantasy?

The "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy... Suicide Squad Style! (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 3, 2016 - 15 comments

"You sound like John Ritter. ALL THE TIME."

Key and Peele may have said their goodbyes to television, but they will soon return to the big screen in their first feature film "Keanu", whose red band NSFW trailer dropped today.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 21, 2016 - 39 comments

The Best Video Essays of 2015

Tony Zhou [prvsly] and others polled for the best video essays of 2015. [via]
posted by KMB on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 comments

The Luttrell Psalter Film

The Luttrell Psalter is a mid-14th century English illuminated manuscript containing a large number of illustrations of everyday life in medieval England. In 2008 the Psalter was adapted into a 20 minute short film for The Collection Museum in Lincoln, drawing on 35 scenes from the manuscript. There is also a blog describing the making of the film. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 21, 2015 - 4 comments

“How did we get from Kitty Hawk to here?”

Take Flight [New York Times] [Magazine] The year’s best actors lift off in a series of tributes to the ultimate Hollywood magic trick. To watch in virtual reality on your phone, download our app. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 10, 2015 - 4 comments

"Why you do something is more important than how."

"In order to recover a bit from a recent feeling of exhaustion, I spent a significant amount of this past weekend diligently sitting on my ass, in front of the television. On Saturday night, I popped in my copy of Woody Allen’s 'Manhattan,' which, among other things, is as stunningly designed a movie as I’ve ever seen. This is largely thanks to the work of Gordon Willis, a master cinematographer who, apart from his incredible work on this film, was also responsible for photographing an alarmingly high share of my favorite movies of all time: 'The Godfather,' 'The Godfather Part II,' 'All the President’s Men,' and 'The Parallax View,' among others." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 18, 2015 - 23 comments

"I don't know. It never really made sense to me."

ESPN uses the "30 for 30" series to tackle the most important sporting event of the Cold War. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 16, 2015 - 29 comments

Old habits ...die hard.

Somebody took out a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to pitch a Die Hard sequel
posted by The Whelk on Nov 12, 2015 - 66 comments

I think the internet might be running out of supercut material.

Atlas Obscura (?!) presents an inventory of cinematic worms by size, smallest to largest (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 26, 2015 - 16 comments

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