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Jan 29 2015

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AV Clubdeep screen capture to reveal how well constructed shots inDivergentdont make for a good film
BuzzFeedgreat essay on the current relevancy ofBefore Sunrise(1995) and instant nostalgia
Heat VisionTyrese Gibson obsessed with playing Green Lantern in a film that's at least 5 years away based on a character already ruined by the movies
Decider10 essential movies about nuns from our belovedBlack Narcissusto less impressive but famous offerings likeDoubt

HuffPoAdam Scott and Jason Schwarzmann discuss their prosthetic penises inThe Overnight.(Takeaway: no actor will ever truly be naked again onscreen.That's only for actresses)
THRtalks to the director ofBook of Life- though disappointed by the lack of an Oscar nomination,he cherishes stories from fans about how it effected their families
Towleroadarts teacher in Texas does "Uptown Funk"with students.Cute.But I only share it because I love Uptown Funk because you know why (first verse)
PlaylistPaul Thomas Anderson lovesEdge of TomorrowandThe Grand Budapest Hotel
THRWhyMe and Earl and the Dying Girldid not choose the highest bidder at Sundance

This Week's Must Read
You undoubtedly know already that Mark Harris is one of the best writers on movie culture and the awards beat in general (if for some insane reason you haven't read his first bookPictures at a Revolution,it's the most invaluable Oscar book since "Inside Oscar") but I think his latest column for Grantland is one of his all time finest.He goes deep on "HowSelmaGot Smeared: Historical Fiction And Its Malcontents"I only wish this essay had broken sooner before Oscar nomination voting.Now you may be thinking 'please,Nathaniel,I have read enoug about Selma's LBJ problem' and you may even be thinking (as I have been) that complaints about Selma's "Oscar snub"are starting to feel weirder and weirder as the season progresses.Fact:Selmawill now go down in movie history as a Best Picture nominee,something only 8 movies from hundreds and hundreds released in 2014 can claim.But trust me you need to read this anyway.

Here's a part I particularly love (bold is mine) that is really illuminating about historical fiction:

About a third of the way intoSelma,Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) has a private meeting with Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch) in an Alabama church (this is not an invention of the movie;the two met in Selma on February 5,1965,two weeks before Malcolm X was assassinated).The scene is introduced with a shrewd recurring device — an onscreen teletype legend that tells moviegoers what's happening,but only through the warping prism of FBI surveillance."C.King in Selma to meet with Negro militant Malcolm X.03:46 p.m.LOGGED."The description denotes the assumption of white law enforcement that a conspiracy of one kind is taking place — a clandestine meeting in which King may be moving closer to throwing in with a more militant,potentially violent faction of the movement.In reality,the "conspiracy"that's unfolding is exactly the opposite;Malcolm tells the wary Coretta that he is not in Selma to impede her husband's work,but to allow himself to be used,even to be misrepresented,to further King's goals.


DuVernay's view of the uses of history and of (mis)representation is not careless in this scene or in the movie;it's clearly thought through.The onscreen typed summary is a perfectly deployed example of how something can be factually correct (meeting with a "Negro militant"is,literally,what Coretta King is doing) without being true;the movie,by contrast,finds many ways of being true without being strictly factual.That is exactly what good historical drama must sometimes do,and must be given permission to do,including in this scene itself,in which DuVernay has a character express an understanding that his presence and his motives may have to be slightly distorted in order to achieve a greater truth and justice.

And Harris illuminates it,strategically,in a scene not even involving LBJ.

Dec 02 2013

Interview: Julie Delpy on the ideal way to watch the "Before" trilogy

Julie Delpy speaking in West Hollywood in NovemberStargazing sometimes leads us to believe that we really know the faces who act out our human dramas onscreen.Or that we know the characters they portray as if they were neighbors.It's a false intimacy and a fantasy,fiction being fiction and strangers being strangers,but sometimes the illusion is too perfect to deny.Such is the case with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke as Celine and Jessie in the "Before…"trilogy.The actors cowrote and costarred in the decades spanning trilogy under the guidance of Director Richard Linklater and the films,perfectly spaced out every nine years,have allowed audiences to age along with them,which has only added to their ephemeral mystique.The films are grounded in reality through their short single day stories and long takes - real life happens one day at a time and without a lot of fussy crosscutting – and the only fantastical element is that every day conversations are rarelythisthrilling andthiswide ranging andthisfunny simultaneously for 90 minutes straight without some dud moment or mundane distraction breaking the spell.For that kind of perfection you need miraculous writing and great acting.

Julie Delpy is not,of course,Celine.And though I know this as I settle into our conversation over the telephone I'm temporarily stunned when she,unasked,repeats her trilogy's most famous line when I bring up the ending toBefore Sunset(2004,for which she won a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination though not,tragically,the Best Actress nod she deserved as its companion).She sounds just like Celine… only somehow not...

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May 23 2013

Those Who Have Gone "Before"

Hi all,it'sTim,here on the eve of what is,by far,my most-anticipated summer release of 2013.Not,shockingly,The Hangover,Part III.Not evenEpic.No,like most right-thinking people,2013 for me is all aboutBefore Midnight,the third film in one of cinema's most unlikely series,in which we revisit lovers Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) every nine years to see what they've been up to.The first time we met them inBefore Sunrise,they met by accident on a train into Vienna,then inBefore Sunsetthey had an afternoon to walk around Paris,and in this third entry- I have no idea,I'm on completely spoiler lockdown with this film,to the level where I won't even look at the poster.But I'm willing to guarantee that whatever they're up to,it's going to have some very deep resonance and profound truth to speak about the lifespan of romantic relationships.

For the benefit of anyone who hasn't had the chance to see the earlier movies yet –pleasechange that as soon as possible,I beg you – or to get series veterans riled up for its imminent return (like that's even necessary),I wanted to share five reasons that,for me,the first twoBefore…movies are some of the finest romantic dramas in the history of cinema.[more...]

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Apr 22 2013

Still there.Still there. Gone.

The new poster forBefore Midnighthas just been released viaEW,reminding us all that the next chapter in the lives of Celine and Jesse is only 32 days away.

Are we all excited yet?

Also: for anyone living in the L.A.area,the LA County Museum of Art will be hosting a double feature of the first two films,Before SunriseandBefore Sunseton Friday,May 17th.Tickets are availableherestarting Thursday at 5:00,and at $10 for both films on the big screen,it's not even a bargain anymore.It's a freakin'steal.

Get them,lovelies.

Apr 04 2013

Reader Spotlight: Zé Vozone

We're getting to know The Film Experience community with little spotlights on YOU the readers.亚博主页Here's Zé from Portugal who you've talked to in the comments section as he's a regular.

What's your earliest movie memory?

: The dinner scene inIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,what with the beetle hors d'oeuvres and the "chilled monkey brains".I live for Kate Capshaw's histrionics in that scene and throughout the whole movie.

Your three favorite directors?

: Roman Polanski,David Lynch and John Cassavetes

When did you start reading The Film Experience?亚博主页

During the 2006 Oscar season.I had always been a huge movie and awards buff and in that year I was particularly outraged that Helen Mirren (who I nevertheless thought was wonderful inThe Queen) was steamrolling what I thought was one of the best Lead Actress line-ups ever.So more than ever I started looking up "second opinions"on the matter and eventually ran into The Film Experience,亚博主页where you had just awarded Meryl the gold medal forPrada.I loved the weekly charts for each category and the more I explored the more I came to appreciate such a witty,unpretentious and most of all passionate take on cinema,its history and the inevitably love/hate affair we have with The Academy Awards.

I've always loved the special care you give to actressing without ever disregarding other aspects of moviemaking.I do admit having a bit of nostalgia when I go dig for old posts.Speaking of which,the quartet withyou,Joe,Katey and Nick on podcastis one of the msot delightful online experiences out there.I still crack up thinking about that mess of the 2008/2009 awards season and those back-to-back Globe/SAG podcasts,with Nick being pissed off at Salma Hayek for going all "there she's an honour to be presenting this movie on which my soulmate's in"to everything Penelope Cruz-related and how Meryl reenacted the running through the woods scene inMamma Mia!after beating Kate Winslet at the SAGs.The best!

Nick is too funny.Speaking ofthatmoment...which 3 movies makeyourunning screaming like Meryl,filled with crazy joy?

I have to go with bothBefore SunriseandBefore Sunset.Can we count them as one?They're so different though...I watched both back to back whenSunsetcame out and I was like 16,and for a while I was in the narrow camp which preferred the whole naive and carefree vibe ofSunrise.As the years have gone by though it's beenSunsetthat keeps hitting home.I don't think I've seen any other movie where a feeling and the chemistry between the two leads remains so intact 9 years after the first was made.It's mesmerizing that they made that specific format work.

Zé's first actress crush reveals...awesome taste!

Same Time,Next Yearused to be a (random) favorite of mine when I was a kid.I watched it like a gazillion times and again the uncomplicated nature with which those two characters so genuinely enjoyed each other's company really moved me.Ellen Burstyn was the first of my (many) actress crushes.I was 8 or 9 when I watchedAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymorefor the first time,and that was probably the moment the Oscars really started meaning something to me as my mom told me she had won.亚博主页

I can't not talk aboutEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.At first I found it extremely depressing even though I kept watching it.I thought that ending was so disencouraging,that yeah you just have to deal with the fact that you can't live without a relationship which is way past its expiration date.But now I have a brighter take on being dependable and that needing someone is can actually be a sweet thing.

I'm seeing a weird pattern in these I'm going to sayThe Witches."You may remove...YOUR VIGS!"

Feb 05 2013

Burning Questions: What Kind of Sequels Should Be Made?

I've hijackedMichael C's column this week because I have aburning questionof my own to ask.

With that hot buzz forBefore Midnightfrom Sundance warming the expectant hearts of even the coldest cinephiles this winter (it'll win more fans in warmer temperatures next month at SXSW),I've been thinking about movie sequels.Why do we get them,how we receive them,and whether or not we need them.

The first and usually sole reason of "why"is money.Humans are creatures of habit so it's an organic reality that nearly every artform indulges in sequels (whether they're named as such or not) and has since long before "branding"was a term people without business acumen understood.Branding is so common and catch-phrasey now that even non-sequels feel like sequels.What is,for instance,each new Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaboration but an endless series of sequelsJohnny & Tim: Now...Vampiric.Johnny & Tim: Now...Caloric...Now...Johnny & Tim: in Garish 3D.Usually sequels make enough money to suggest that Hollywood should make them forever and preferrably split each sequel up into two parts to double investment.And,if they can control costs,make them for everything that was successful.

But what kind of sequels should be made?

Maybe it's the edge-of-my-seat expectant bliss/wracked nerves regardingBefore Midnight(dare I trust the critics who've already seen it?Critics are least trustworthy,I find,during the heat of festival mania and during the heat of awards season when constant conversation/groupthink and jetlag/movie-binging are most likely to affect them.) Maybe it's my now comical tries at seeingYossi(things keep going wrong and I still haven't seen it!) which is the ten-years later sequel to the charming Israeli gay dramaYossi & Jagger(2003).The point being that I've decided that my absolute favorite kind of sequel is the "let's drop in on these characters again for no particular reason"When these films are done right it feels like they're done for the art of it,to illustrate what changes and insights the passage of time brings.And because we love spending the time with the characters.Now of course this doesn't always work out.The Evening Starwas a big letdown for anyone expectingTerms of Endearment 2.But in concept,whynotrevisit one of the most indelible characters of 1980s cinema?

Terminator 2: The Return of Sarah Connor

Come to think of it this stance also helps explains my super-intense abiding love forTerminator 2: Judgment Day(1991) which is a sequel of the traditional kind (i.e.this will make TONS of money!) but which I would rank -- easily -- near the tippity top of a list of the greatest sequels ever made.And that's largely because of the authentically shocking evolution of character.The Sarah Connor therein is nothing like the one we met in 1984 but once you're past the 'what the hell!?'reveal the new one feels like a natural progression nonetheless to traumatic events from the first film.And it immediately shows how lazily written most characters are in sequels where nothing between films has ever affected them.Big blockbusters so rarely feel that deeply rooted in actual human drama.

What kind of sequels do you long for?
Which film characters would you love to drop in on again?