"DISCLAIMER TIME! 50 is a very small number. I make no claims to any of these lists being either comprehensive or some sort of objective analysis of the 'best' films directed by women. I make selections based on on what I've seen, what I like, and the position of the stars. One film per director. Ready? Let's go
." [more inside]
Sight & Sound
's prestigious Greatest Films of All Time
poll is conducted only once per decade. The latest edition polled 846 film critics (up from 144 in the 2002 edition) and 358 directors. The results were revealed earlier today and, for the first time since 1962, Citizen Kane has not topped either the critics' or the directors' poll
. It has been unseated as the Greatest Film of All Time by Vertigo and Tokyo Story.
The magazine has also revealed the Critics' Top 50
. [more inside]
Rotten Tomatoes asks some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Name Your Five Favorite Films
. Browse at the link or click on people of possible interest below the fold. [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
Simply the Worst.
Film blog Reverse Shot is looking this month at the worst (by various criteria) films of some major directors, including the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers
, Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
, Woody Allen's Anything Else
, and more
Pauline Kael called it "a huge, jerry-built, crumbling ruin of a movie". Roger Ebert called it "such a silly and stupid movie... our immediate reaction is pity". Few directors of Michelangelo Antonioni
's stature have followed a film as acclaimed as Blowup
(1966) with one as reviled as Zabriskie Point
(1970). [more inside]
Robert Altman, RIP. The Director
of Nashville, Mash, and A Prarie Home Companion has passed on.
Three new ways of thinking about David Cronenberg
(director of Videodrome, Dead Ringers, etc.). A documentary filmmaker, an avant-garde filmmaker, or maybe just a guy who looks at couples and probably wonders what they look like having sex. Kind of par for the course.
the little girl in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
, finds out that another little Canadian girl is about to star in another Terry Gilliam film, and writes--and warns--about her experiences. Gilliam responds.
Director Ryan McFaul
(whose music video for Gay Boyfriend
was previously seen in this MeFi thread
) is back with a dizzying MGM-meets-digital-compositing advert for a Broadway production of Wonderful Town
. (Slightly less dazzling, but still worth seeing, is his ad for a San Francisco production of White Christmas
.) Somebody give this man a feature film!
: a site devoted to the work of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.
bizarrely philosophizes during a press conference about playing god and technology "becoming our masters." I can't imagine 2 issues that couldn't take a bigger backseat to the most pressing concern of how government uses said technology. Steve, the bogeyman isn't The Matrix its Uncle Sam.