Winner of Cannes Film Festival 2014 for Best Director, as well as, a strong Oscar Contender, “Foxcatcher” Nov 14, 2014!
September 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Champions in sport, winners in life, and good citizens for America.”- John du Pont
Based on a true story, Foxcatcher, opens with black and white clips of equestrians with their hunting dogs, and quickly turns to Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), wrestling with a dummy alone on a mat in a gym.
It’s March, 1987, and Mark is wearing a gold medal around his neck and talking to an auditorium full of young children about his wrestling career. “Both he and his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), have competed in some of the world’s toughest competitions. Dave, earned a silver medal and was the highest-placed American in the Tblisi Tournament in Soviet Georgia, and in 1984 both Mark and Dave won Olympic Gold. The following year Mark won the World Championships and faced all the Eastern bloc countries that boycotted the 1984 Olympics. In the World Finals, Mark built a 10-2 lead after one minute and won 10-5. Dave Schultz is the only 1984 Olympic Champion to win the 1983 World Championships and Mark is the only 1984 Olympic Champion to win the 1985 World Championships.
Sitting on the couch playing a handheld electronic Mattel video game, the phone rings. A very official sounding representative for John du Pont (Steve Carell), invites Mark to the du Pont estate in Pennsylvania to meet with the John du Pont, an eccentric, multi-millionaire, in person.
After going through a background check, Mark meets with John, who talks very slowly, and appears to exhibit signs of Asperger’s or schizophrenia. He asks Mark what he hopes to achieve in life. When Mark tells him that he wants to go to the World Championship and Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Olympics, John explains his belief that “our nation has failed to recognize you. I am a patriot and I want to see you soar. I think that without your brother, you can do anything you set your mind to.” He allows Mark and other wrestlers to live and train on his estate.
As the movie continues on, and the relationships become more complicated, an ominous feeling that something terrible is going to happen, lurks.
There is already Oscar buzz for Best Actor: Steve Carell, Best Supporting Actor: Channing Tatum, and Best Picture: for the Bennett Miller directed working class hero drama, Foxcatcher.
5 out of 5 stars.
In theaters November 14, 2014.
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September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Jon Stewart made the packed audience laugh while he was in Telluride, Colorado this past Labor Day weekend (29 August to 1 September, 2014) as he was introducing his new film, ROSEWATER.
“I am just starting to adjust to the altitude, so I guess that means it is time for me to leave to go home now. What is the best thing for adjusting to high altitude? Water. So, most of you are hydrating and drinking a lot of water? And now I get to watch you squirm in your seats while you watch ROSEWATER, because you won’t be able to use the bathroom for the next two hours.”
The 41st Telluride Film Festival is hard to get to, but worth the trip, and showcases the most anticipated US premieres from first time filmmakers like Jon Stewart to veteran filmmakers including Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Bennett Miller. There were also several classic auteurs honored such as Orson Welles, his incomplete feature, made just three years before Citizen Kane, which was never shown publicly, THE MAGICIAN, a 2014 documentary about Orson Welles himself, Robert Altman, CALIFORNIA SPLIT, 1974, and Francis Ford Coppola, APOCALYPSE NOW, 1979, A CLOSE-UP ON APOCALYPSE NOW and HEARTS OF DARKNESS, 1991. The festival has a low key, small, casual, and approachable style, without any fancy red carpets. At 8,750 feet, this gorgeous mountain town, with a history rich in mining, is set in a valley surrounded by mountain peaks. The sun shines in that Rocky Mountain High sort of way which places a halo around the person you are talking to. The screenings are held at approximately 12 venues all within walking distance in town, and if you ascend in the gondola 1,000 to 2,000 additional feet, to Mountain Village (a ski resort plaza with hotels, outdoors shops, and restaurants), there is another 500 seat theater, named after Chuck Jones. The gondola is very safe, is powered by solar energy, and offers 360 degree panoramic mountain views. It is breathtakingly gorgeous and offers the opportunity to meet others who share the same passion for film as yourself.
There are three airports that service the Telluride area; Telluride, Montrose, and Durango, and if you are unable to fly directly into Telluride (because soon it will be for private flights only), Tellurides.com offers transportation from Montrose or Durango. It may sound far to an East Coaster, but the hour and 20 minute ride from Montrose to Telluride is part of the vacation as you drive by ranches, 14,000 foot peaks, red rocks, and rivers with trout jumping from them. In other words, getting there is half the fun.
I saw 10 films in only four days, most of them brought me on an emotional catharsis.
Films included the following;
FOXCATCHER: the sports drama about two brothers, both Olympic gold medalists in wrestling, and an eccentric wealthy mentor.
WILD: based on the novel by Cheryl Strayed, about a recently divorced woman who reflects back on her past and her relationship with her mother and ex-husband as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.
THE HOMESMAN: Tommy Lee Jones as a claim jumper, who tries to help three troubled women make it across the prairie safely,
BIRDMAN: a washed up action film actor who tries to rekindle his career in the theater,
RED ARMY: a hockey documentary about the Cold War,
71: an IRA war drama set in Belfast, starring Jack O’Connell from “Starred Up,”
ROSEWATER: based on the true story about a detained journalist (Maziar Bahari) in Iran.
PARADISE LOST: a Godfather-like film about Pablo Escobar starring Benicio del Toro, and Josh Hutcherson, and lastly,
DANCING ARABS: a young boys viewpoint growing up Arabic in Israel.
Many films received terrific buzz at the festival. There is already talk of Oscar contention for Foxcatcher, Birdman, and Imitation Game.
Thanks for reading.
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August 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
Lots of loss, and a whole lot of soul.
“I paid the cost to be the boss.” ~ James Brown
The James Brown biopic starts off when a 55 year old James Brown reacts negatively to a tragic event that just took place in his life and storms into an insurance meeting. It is not until the end of the film that you piece the timeline of events together to understand why and how he behaved the way he did.
Next the film turns back to 1968 with James Brown and his entourage on a military plane flying through a war zone trying to make it to a concert for the troops. Although it is dangerous, James feels that it is not yet his time to go.
Flash back to 1939, when you see him as a young boy being raised in the woods in Augusta, GA. His father is abusive towards him and his mother and, eventually she leaves. The father goes off to war, leaving James alone in the center of town. He ventures into the community church where he looks up to the eccentric minister, who is twirling around, while preaching the gospel. It is obvious, this was one of his influences.
Skip ahead to 1949 where he steals a mans suit, and is about to be punished when a band member from a group called “The Starlighters” comes to his aide. James begins to sing with them.
From there you journey on his rise to fame, his wife and family, King Records signing him, the return of his mother, his relationship with his wife, his band, his good tried and true friend, Bobby Byrd, his manager, stage performances, the infamous concert at the Boston Garden, MLK’s death, back taxes, his desire to stay on top, and finally back to the first scene in Augusta, GA in 1988.
He died on Christmas Day 2006. He was 73.
The film flips back and forth over his lifespan more than any other film I’ve ever seen, however, it is understandable and entertaining.
4 out of 5 stars.
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July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Starts on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City, and on 80 screens throughout the United States.
Producer, Regina Scully, refers to “Alive Inside” as “the little film that could.”
The film demonstrates how music connects, heals, and restores lives.
“Alive Inside” starts out with the founder of Music and Memory, Dan Cohen, interviewing a 90 year old woman sitting in a wheelchair explaining how she can’t remember anything anymore.
Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or wandering out of their neighborhood.
As people age, it is not uncommon for them to loose their independence, loose their dignity, and may even be dealing with loss of loved ones as well.
Over the course of three years, Dan visited many Nursing Homes in the NYC area including, Cobble Hill, Patterson Extended Care Nassau University, LI State Veterans Home, and North Shore University Hospital-LIJ, and placed headphones connected to nano-sized ipods downloaded with songs from their past, on those diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia. As we all know music takes you back in time. When you listen to a song from a certain time in your life, you reflect back on where you were, who you were associating with, and the memories that you shared. When the elders listened to songs that they were familiar with, songs that they had grown up with, and maybe even their favorite song of all time, the results were astonishing.
Their faces lit up, they started singing and dancing along, and even became emotional. It was as if a new person was awakened. The music had meaning, and connected them to memories from the past and who they are as human beings. They were able to leave the daily routine and their illnesses behind and go into a world that they were familiar with on their own terms. By getting to know the person first, and helping people find that song, the nursing home population was able to sing and live again.
“Music and Memory” has grown from 56 nursing homes to 650 locations and has a core belief that as the population ages, they will need to do so healthily.
“It takes me back to my school days.”
“I like Cab Calloway.”
“It reminds me of riding a bike, which is how I used to earn my living.”
“Music and Memory” is a non-profit, and the nano and headphones cost approximately $50.00 each. Old ipods or financial donations are appreciated.
Article by Sharon Abella
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July 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Virunga” premiered at this years Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014, in the WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION, and was graciously screened again, last night, with the generosity of Bennett Miller, the Cannes 2014 Winner for BEST DIRECTOR, for his latest film “Foxcatcher,” which will be released in November, 2014.
Bordering on Rwanda and Uganda, “Virunga” is a 7,800 square kilometre National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Established in 1925, it is Africa’s first National Park, as well as, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979.
The wildlife population, especially, the mountain gorillas (only 800 left worldwide), are under attack by illegal hunters and rebels, the LRA, Kivu, and Ituri fighting within the Congo Civil War. Not only is the park valuable from an environmental stand point, but as a mineral resource as well.
In 2010, oil was discovered in Virunga. The film alleges that an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in London and listed on the London Stock Exchange, made their way into the park to search for the precious commodity, however, the oil company states that none of the films allegations are accurate. Most recently, the company has stated that they have pulled out of the park all together, a claim, which the films producers say is false, and which is only being used as a pr strategy. All parties involved are playing with forces that are very powerful and extremely dangerous.
On April 15th, 2014, two days before the films premiere, Belgian national, and the director of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot by three gunmen while driving through the park. He and park rangers appeared many times in the documentary. Director, Orlando von Einsiedel, stated the bullets missed Emmanuel’s major organs and spinal cord, and at the time of the Tribeca premiere, he was listed in stable condition. At the screening held on July 9, 2014, the film’s producer, stated Emmanuel has since made a full recovery and is back to work in the park.
Howard Buffett (Howard G. Buffett Foundation), and author of ‘Threatened Kingdom: The Story of the Mountain Gorilla,’ stated, “Virunga is one of the most beautiful and most dangerous places on Earth. This film is about choices and heros. The choice is putting our time and effort into preserving a world treasure, and a resource for so many, OR watch the mineral resources in the park get exploited. The choice is clear.”
The goal now is to raise public awareness.
Visit http://virungamovie.com/ to learn more and get involved.
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June 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
DIR. RICHARD LESTER • U.K. 1964 • BLACK AND WHITE • 1.75:1 • 87 MINUTES
50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”
New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative
New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin
Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities
(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).
Courtesy of Janus Films
This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a summer night out!
If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four, and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.
It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.” John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.
So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really ELVIS who was the King of their inspiration.
For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.
One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson, who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the opportunity.
However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.
The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.
Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say it back to me.”
The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.
Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was, spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan. I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”
Recorded at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.
Photos of Liverpool and Article by Sharon Abella
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