Showing Tonight, 17 July 7.30pm: Seconds
With Seconds John Frankenheimer completed the so-called paranoid trilogy formed by The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days in May, both expanding and transforming the menacing conspiracy style of the earlier films with a dark turn into the realm of science fiction. In one of his most iconic roles, Rock Hudson stars as the victim of his own secret desires, a successful businessman who signs a Machiavellian plot with a mysterious "company" by accepting their irresistible offer to change his identity and lifestyle, effortlessly abandoning his home and wife to become an artist in Malibu. Seconds’ dark parable about masculinity and the American dream is enhanced by James Wong Howe's virtuosic black and white cinematography, with the veteran master audaciously using a dolly and fish eye lens to invent the film's unforgettable opening sequence.
While testing my buggy media center I randomly put on The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011). Before I knew it, the film managed to grab me and I wound up watching it again. A happy little accident, as uncle Bob would call it. I blame the film's effortless, earthy quality which precious few Hollywood products have. Payne's languid pace hits the mark because it allows him to slowly develop the characters, most of them members of a Hawaiian family in the process of reconnecting.
Although it's about infidelity and injury it's all pretty inoffensive and light-hearted, until a hospital scene hit me right in the feels. The sweet and the bitter meet and it doesn't feel forced - a bit like life itself, really. PS: What a beautiful place Hawaii is! PPS: My media center crashed only once 💪
Heard about ‘La Jetee’ for years and basically saw a longer version in ‘Twelve Monkeys’. Told entirely in Voice Over and still images it has some of the most haunting images and sequences I’ve ever seen. Incredible at only 28 mins.
‘Call Me By Your Name’ initially left me cold. A beautifully shot and fine drama, it mostly left me inert. When found the main character annoying. Then I found myself thinking about it the last few days and now it’s heartbreaking. Economical for this most part, poetic when it needs to be with great performances all round.
- ‘Last Flag Flying’ is very much an actors film. A road trip movie that doesn’t have quite the venom of its “spiritual” prequel ‘The Last Detail’ it does hold interest. Carrell is understated to the point of vanishing. Cranston overplays the obnoxiousness at times and Fishburne plays one of the cinemas finest clergymen. It’s a good drama. Not much more.
‘The Big Sick’, a rom com where one of the couple isn’t on screen for half the movie, cause she’s sick! One of the wittiest American scripts in years. The combination of cultural satire and anti romance troupes raise it to a higher plane of storytelling.
Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967) Directed By John Huston
When I was just an actor Reflections In A Golden Eye was one of those I admired because of depth of performance from its core cast of Liz Taylor, Marlon Brandi and Julie Harris. I have always admired the depth of performance from those eras of American cinema and the chances they took as actors in portraying the human condition. Reflections might not be John Hustons crowning achievement but it’s probably his most bold work, taking advantage of a Hollywood on it heels he took it as a opportunity for creative freedom and made something while not perfect - there is a problematic character in the film, those who have seen will know - it served as unknowing preview of what was to come in American cinema the next decade of stories that really went inside. It’s a film that gets forgotten but shouldn’t be. I always encourage people to check it because you will hardly ever get a film about repressed desire and the fear of inadequacy quite like this
You can rent it on @primevideo
#FilmAuditions 🗞 Breaking News:
Kore-eda reunites American, European and Asian cinema in his upcoming film!
After his Palme d’Or triumph in Cannes, the Japanese director of "Shoplifters" Hirokazu Kore-eda confirmed that his next film titled "La Vérité" will feature two of France’s biggest stars #JulietteBinoche and #CatherineDeneuve , joined by #EthanHawke and #LudivineSagnier . #LaVérité or #TheTruth will be filmed entirely in France in October and November this year and will be jointly produced by French firm #3BProductions (#JeanBréhat & #RachidBouchareb ) and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku. Paris-based Wild Bunch is set as the international sales agent. A release in 2019 is penciled in, but a Japanese distributor has not yet been set.
The participation of Binoche, Deneuve and Hawke has been teased for months, with #WildBunch reportedly supplying casting and other information to the press
Binoche and Hawke co-star as a married couple who return to France from the United States when the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her autobiography. During their reunion, various truths are revealed. The script is based on a stage play Kore-eda wrote nearly fifteen years ago, but never produced.
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Агент ЦРУ, уволенный с должности из-за "проблем с алкоголем" , решает написать разоблачительные мемуары и теряет диск с аудио набросками в женской раздевалке одного из фитнесс-центров. Недалекий душка-тренер находит записи и совместно с коллегой, мечтающей о чудотворной пластической операции (точнее-о четырех) желает немного подзаработать с помощью наидобрейшего шантажа (они ведь добрые самаритяне, как-никак!). Так и начинается вся заварушка в этой истории.
Наверное картину вряд ли можно причислить к лучшим работам братьев (хотя сортировать их фильмы, по-моему, дело неблагодарное) , но та лёгкость и обаяние, с которыми она подаётся, положительно влияет на вашу-нашу зашоренность.
Человеческая глупость вообще вещь забавная, вот и Коэны не устают над ней потешаться. Очаровательный дурачок Питт, ловелас Клуни, настоящая стерва Суинтон, простушка Макдорман и истерик Малкович-вот тот "золотой состав придурков", бороздящих просторы шпионской Америки. Ну когда дни превращаются в огромную толстую задницу, нужно себя как-то растеребить, разве нет? "После прочтения сжечь" (2008), реж. Итан и Джоэл Коэны
@bamcinematek’s “On Whiteness” series, presented in collaboration with Claudia Rankine’s @theracialimaginary, examines constructions of whiteness in American film history and runs through July 19.
Still from Claire Denis’s “White Material,” starring Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert and Isaach De Bankolé. // #OnWhiteness#AmericanCinema#allarts#nycscreenings#filmnyc
July is a good time to repost the "Everything You Really Need to Know About Laura Dern in Blue Velvet" collage.
Any questions? Save 'em. Because this is all you need to know.
On a side note, kinda wish this was how she played Admiral Holdo in the Star Wars franchise. (Untitled collage of screen shots from the 1986 film "Blue Velvet", directed by David Lynch. 2014.) #bluevelvet#lauradern#davidlynch#nineteeneightysix#collage#americancinema
Room to Dream, a Life in Art | Kristine McKenna and David Lynch | Canongate | 496p | English | 2018 | €33,95 | In this memoir, David Lynch - co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition. Part-memoir, part-biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch's own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch's friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art. #lynch#davidlynch#twinpeaks#eraserhead#elephantman#inlandempire#bluevelvet#roomtodream#film#cinema#americancinema#director#memoirs#leidseplein#theatreandfilmbookshop#amsterdam#stadsschouwburg