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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ turns 40: Karen Allen and Belloq actor Paul Freeman reveal secret treasures

Karen Allen was on location in Northern California when she got word that she’d gotten the part of Marion Ravenwood in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” A courier arrived with a copy of the full script of the 1981 movie that would introduce Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. The courier stayed in the room while Allen read it — this was top secret stuff, after all — and Allen knew she was all-in on this adventure movie that director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas had offered her. “I had fallen ...
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What Makes Citizen Kane a Great Film: 4 Video Essays Revisit Orson Welles’ Masterpiece on the 80th Anniversary of Its Premiere

To understand why Citizen Kane has for so long been referred to as the “greatest film of all time,” simply watch any film made before it. Glib though that often-made prescription may sound, it gets at a truth about Orson Welles’ tale of the rise and fall of an American media magnate, his first and by far his most highly regarded picture, now just days from the eightieth anniversary of its premiere. “Its impact on cinema was so profound, and its techniques became so ubiquitous, that its o...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, Film, College, Orson Welles, History, Seoul, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Kane, Welles, Ted Turner, Fincher, Pauline Kael, Colin Marshall, Mankiewicz

Cicely Tyson, groundbreaking actress, dies at 96

By Hillel Italie and Mark Kennedy | Associated PressNEW YORK — Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper's wife in "Sounder," a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers' hearts in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," died Thursday at age 96.Tyson's death was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details."With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cice...
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Do Critics Shape The Theatre Of Their Time? Ben Brantley Says —

“Has it really happened that way, though? To go back to my paragon, Pauline Kael, she was perceived as shaping the course of Hollywood, and I’m not sure she did when you look back at it. Culture — like history, and we know how perverse and also cyclical history can be — follows its own inevitable patterns. … I don’t think critics are shapers. I think we’re mirrors.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Theatre, Ben Brantley, Pauline Kael, 01.11.21

Oh, An All-Streaming World Is What You Want? Think Again

It’s not going to be great, friends. “If the movie theater experience, as a cultural force, winds up withering on the vine, then it’s likely that movies as we’ve known them will also wither on the vine. Pauline Kael said it best in the ’70s, when she was writing — witheringly — about the phenomenon of TV-movies. She said that what you make for television isn’t a movie. What you make for television is a TV show.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Pauline Kael, 12.06.20

‘Mank’ Trailer: One Final Look at David Fincher’s Trip Back to Hollywood in the 1930s

Mank is now on Netflix, and the streaming service decided to release one last trailer to seal the deal. This final Mank trailer is appropriately old-timey, cut like the type of trailers for Hollywood’s yesterday. It also comes with plenty of gushing pull-quotes to remind you that this is a prestige picture over at Netflix. Watch the latest, and final, Mank trailer below. Mank Trailer Happy Mank day, everyone! In David Fincher‘s new Netflix movie, Gary Oldman plays Herman J. Mankiewicz, ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Orson Welles, Netflix, Movie Trailers, Gary-Oldman, David-Fincher, Kane, Welles, OLDMAN, Fincher, Victorville, Herman Mankiewicz, Pauline Kael, Mankiewicz

‘Mank’ Soundtrack From Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Now Streaming

Hey, do you need 1 hour and 33 minutes of music to fill your day? Well, you’re in luck, because here comes the Mank soundtrack! The score, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, runs for 52 tracks, which is pretty damn long, even for a soundtrack. Mank, David Fincher‘s film about the writing of Citizen Kane, hits Netflix today, and with it comes the release of the soundtrack, which you can stream below. The Mank soundtrack is now streaming on Spotify, and it’s long. It runs for 52 tra...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Orson Welles, Netflix, David-Fincher, Social Network, Ross, Trent Reznor, Kane, Reznor, Fincher, Atticus Ross, Pauline Kael, Soundtracks, Mankiewicz, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Quentin Tarantino’s Copycat Cinema: How the Postmodern Filmmaker Perfected the Art of the Steal You can call Quentin Tarantino a thief. Call him unoriginal, a copycat, whatever, he doesn’t care. But if you really want to get him going, call him a tribute artist. This, he insists, is the last thing he has ever been: great directors, Tarantino declares, “don’t do homages.” They outright steal, from anyone, anywhere, without regard to intellectual property or hurt feelings. But great directors don’t plagiarize in the Tarantino school of film...
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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Novel Confirmed for 2021, Will Feature Deleted Scenes From the Movie

Back in April, Quentin Tarantino teased on the “Pure Cinema Podcast” that he was considering writing a novel adaptation of his 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. And now, Tarantino will get to write that novel after landing a two-book deal with the HarperCollins imprint Harper. Under the deal, Tarantino is writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel as well as a non-fiction book titled Cinema Speculation.  Deadline reports that Tarantino has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins i...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, Italy, Sony, Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Manson Family, Harpercollins, Quentin-Tarantino, Burt Reynolds, Harper, Tarantino, Pauline Kael, Rick Dalton, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Indian Acting Legend Soumitra Chatterjee, 85

Chatterjee had a six-decade career in Bengali language films and worked with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray. His death is from complications of Covid-19. “Pauline Kael … called Chatterjee Ray’s ‘one-man stock company’ who moved ‘so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable.'” – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Pauline Kael, Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, 11.15.20, Satyajit Ray His, Chatterjee Ray

‘Mank’ Review: David Fincher Creates a Gorgeous, Old School Hollywood Drama About Movies, Politics, and the Messy Art of Burning Bridges

“It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.” – Citizen Kane Herman J. Mankiewicz, genius Hollywood screenwriter, has been sent away to Arizona. Broken – his leg is in a thick cast following a car accident – and eager to get drunk at the drop of a hat, Mank – as everyone calls him – has been tasked with hammering out a screenplay for Hollywood’s new golden boy, Orson Welles. And Mank has a whopper of an idea: he’s going to write about newspaper tycoon William Ra...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, California, Russia, Orson Welles, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Gary-Oldman, David-Fincher, Collins, MGM, True Story, Trent Reznor, Kane

The Cinematography That Changed Cinema: Exploring Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Peter Greenaway & Other Auteurs One type of argument made against “auteur theory,” which posits a film’s director as its “author,” holds that certain non-directorial collaborators contribute just as many — or, as Pauline Kael argued about Citizen Kane, more — of a work of cinema’s defining qualities. Surely a video essayist like Lewis Bond, co-creator with Luiza Liz Bond of Youtube channel The Cinema Cartography, subscribes to auteur theory: just look at the increasingly in-d...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Akira Kurosawa, Cuba, Seoul, David Lynch, Peter Greenaway, Kane, Lawrence, Facebook Twitter, Lewis Bond, Pauline Kael, Alain Resnais, Mikhail Kalatozov

‘Mank’ Trailer Breakdown: Who is Who in David Fincher’s New Hollywood Drama

Happy Mank day, everyone! The trailer for David Fincher‘s long-awaited return to feature films dropped today, and it’s stylish and cheeky in all the right ways. There’s even an old-timey Netflix logo to seal the deal. To be fair, though, this is really a teaser, so there’s not a whole lot of detail. It’s more like a mood piece introducing us to the basic story – alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) has to write Citizen Kane, on the double! And make it snappy! It’s a true st...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, California, Features, Netflix, Kirsten Dunst, Gary Oldman, David-Fincher, MGM, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kane, Hearst, Sara, Chaplin, Davies, Welles

Blow Out – The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Some pictures of the Criterion Collection release of Brian De Palma’s most excellent crime/mystery film Blow Out (1981) which I picked up recently, together with Silence Of The Lambs and Cold War. I watched Blow Out a good many years ago and the tense story and De Palma’s superb direction really left a deep impression on me, so I was always eager to re-visit the film again. (below) Pages from the small booklet that features a new essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original...
Tags: Film, Filmmaking, Editing, Anime, Blu-ray, Criterion Collection, New Yorker, Cinematography, John Travolta, Brian De Palma, Blu, Directing, Noah Baumbach, De Palma, Pauline Kael, Nancy Allen

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Review: Charlie Kaufman’s Long, Strange Trip is a Surreal Masterwork

“I’m thinking of ending things.” So thinks a young woman (Jessie Buckley) as she sets off for a road trip with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet Jake’s parents. The young couple has been dating for about six weeks, and there’s a spark between them – albeit an awkward one. But as the car plods on, the snow drifts down, and the wiper blades hypnotically cut back and forth, the young woman can’t shake that thought, lodged in her brain like song lyrics, or a parasite. “I’m thinking of endi...
Tags: Movies, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, Eva, Lucy, Charlie-Kaufman, Jake, Buckley, Collette, Kaufman, David Thewlis, Reid, Andrew Wyeth, Wordsworth

August 4 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW August 4 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s August 4 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Promare Collector’s Edition Thirty years has passed since the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, TV, London, Movies, Horror, Germany, Berlin, Shanghai, TV News, Diana, Albert Einstein, Venezuela, South America, Jack, Blu-ray

Mike’s Strange Cinema Cavalcade - WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL

Documentary explores the work of the influential American film critic. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
Tags: Movies, Documentaries, Dvd, Mike, Pauline Kael, New Releases, The Movie Waffler, By Mike Vaughn

An Analysis of Quentin Tarantino’s Films Narrated (Mostly) by Quentin Tarantino

For nearly thirty years, the work of Quentin Tarantino has inspired copious discussion among movie fans. Some of the most copious discussion, as well as some of the most insightful, has come from no less avid a movie fan than Tarantino himself. Every cinephile has long since known that the man who made Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown — and more recently pictures like Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood — is one of their own. Now the su...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Film, College, America, Uma Thurman, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, Seoul, John Travolta, Tarantino, Jackie Brown, Facebook Twitter, Jean Luc Godard, Godard

"America is not a country. It's just a business": Layers of Venality in Killing Them Softly (2012)

I didn't know what to expect when I went to see Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, but after watching eight moviegoers leave the theater in the midst of the film, I had fun imagining why people hated it.  Was it because most of the movie took place in rainy slum areas of New Orleans, or was it perhaps due to Dominik's cheerful curse-filled immersion in the tawdry milieu of scummy lowlifes? Greasy junkie Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) has such skanky-looking hair, one can practically smell h...
Tags: Movies, Obama, America, Tennessee, Richard Jenkins, New Orleans, Emma Stone, James Gandolfini, Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jackie, Leon, Ray, Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Bush

I Wish I Made That: Willow & The NeverEnding Story

I Wish I Made That: Willow & The Neverending Story Welcome to the first edition of’s I Wish I Made That, a new feature in which filmmakers Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here, Mohawk) and Victoria Negri (Gold Star) each pick a film they wish they had actually made! This discussion focuses on the fantasy epics The NeverEnding Story (1984) and Willow (1988). Check out their conversation below! RELATED: Jonathan Kasdan Confirms Start of Willow Series Victoria Negri is an actress, pro...
Tags: Europe, Movies, Cdc, Montana, Earth, United States, Harry Potter, Victoria, Lucasfilm, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Willow, Luke Skywalker, Carroll, Val Kilmer

police links (2020)

---Pauline Kael on Writer's Workshop---"Every Breath You Take" by the Police---"Land of Confusion" by Genesis---sinking scenes from Titanic (1997)---The Last Seduction trailer---a scene from The Grifters (1990)---a scene from Coppola's Apocalypse Now (2001)---a scene from They Live (1988)---"Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison---a scene from The Godfather (1972)---"Big Time" and "Steam" by Peter Gabriel---"Need You Tonight" by INXS---"Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals---"Venus" by Bana...
Tags: Movies, George Harrison, Bliss, George Michael, Don Henley, Lupita Nyong, Peter Gabriel, INXS, King Kong, Tom Petty, Coppola, Pauline Kael, Ben Dickson, Bananarama, Roy Flannagan, The Film Doctor

21st Century Spielberg Podcast: With ‘A.I.’ and ‘Minority Report,’ Steven Spielberg Redefined His Work for a New Century

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg , an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. First up: A.I. and Minority Report .) “What if Peter Pan grew up?” pondered the tagline of Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fantasy Hook . It was an intriguing premise: what would happen if the perpetual child – the boy who refused to get older – embraced the cold, stark, finite nature of...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Sci-fi, Roger Ebert, Adaptation, Playboy, Stanley-Kubrick, Kubrick, Peter Pan, Spielberg, Steven-Spielberg, Minority Report, Francois Truffaut, Jaws, Robert Altman, Ready Player One

Stuart Gordon, Horror Legend Who Directed ‘Re-Animator’, ‘Castle Freak’, and More, Dead at 72

Stuart Gordon, the filmmaker behind cult horror classics like Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Robot Jox, and more, has died at the age of 72. Gordon’s career began in theatre, a path that lead him to found the Screw Theatre and then the avant-garde Organic Theater Company. His life in film began with Re-Animator, an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Gordon first intended to bring to the stage, then to television, before making it into a feature film. The results were well-received, and launched...
Tags: Death, Movies, Disney, Roger Ebert, Peter Pan, Cannes film festival, University Of Wisconsin, Gordon, Ebert, Combs, Lovecraft, Pauline Kael, Kael, Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon

Yes, watch 'What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.' But you've gotta read her work, too

Yes, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is worth watching. But better to read the New Yorker movie critic's writing, which inspired Roger Ebert.          [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Religion, Roger Ebert, Arizona Republic, Pauline Kael

weaponized boredom links

---"Nondigital surveillance is weaponized boredom" --from William Gibson's excellent new novel Agency---"How AI Will Turn Us All Into Filmmakers" by Clive Thompson---"No Treatment Protocol": Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and The Die-off Scenario"---"Along with trust, a sense of individual agency – heroic centrality in your own story, the ability to make and carry out choices of your own, the “capacity to act” – is the central offer of most Hollywood dreams, and the product sold to us by the maj...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Steven Soderbergh, William Gibson, Clive Thompson, Gibson, Pauline Kael, John Harrison, Anne Helen Petersen, Farran Smith Nehme, The Film Doctor, James Pogue, Katherine Trendacosta

Remembering Fellini On His 100th Birthday

Anthony Lane: “Fellini is the great divider. “La Dolce Vita” was the film most loved by Roger Ebert, for whom it was transformed with every viewing, whereas Pauline Kael likened Fellini’s efforts to “poking your head into a sack of fertilizer and then becoming indignant because you’re covered with excrement.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Roger Ebert, Anthony Lane, Fellini, Pauline Kael, 01.17.20

A 10-film trip through the "acid western"

BFI, the British film organization, has posted a list of ten "acid westerns." The term ‘acid western’ is an elusive one. First coined by Pauline Kael in her New Yorker review of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo (1970), it wasn’t until 2000 and the publication of his monograph on Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1995) for the BFI Modern Classics series that critic Jonathan Rosenbaum would expand upon the terminology more specifically. “What I partly mean by acid westerns,” wrote Rosenbaum, “are revisionis...
Tags: Post, News, Westerns, Jim Jarmusch, BFI, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Cult Movies, McCabe, Rosenbaum, Pauline Kael, El Topo, Mrs Miller, Jonathan Rosenbaum

This Week In Trailers: VHYes, The Age of A.I., Hillary, The Circle, What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we go retro with our comedy, write a few movie reviews, revisit what happened in 2016 to this nation, see what Robert Downey Jr. is ...
Tags: Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Netflix, United States, This Week In Trailers, Roger Ebert, Movie Trailers, Hillary, Mel Brooks, Sarah Jessica Parker, Francis Ford Coppola, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ralph, David Edelstein, Pauline Kael, Ted Bundy

Berlin Film Review: ‘What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael’

If I could demolish any one idea in the history of film criticism, I think it would be the often stated canard that Pauline Kael wrote flashy exuberant prose, spilling her gut reactions to a movie all over the page — but that she wasn’t an “analytical” writer. That opinion is miles-out-of-the-ballpark wrong, and it’s […]
Tags: Reviews, Berlin Film Festival, Pauline Kael, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Outsmarting the Auteur: Reassigning Power in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie'

None Is Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film, Marnie a sex story? a mystery? a detective story? a romance? a story of a thief? a love story? The many questions posed in the trailer are curiosities that film scholars and audiences continue to grapple with to this day, over 50 years since a release that saw Hitchcock's Marnie greeted with poor box office returns and widespread bewilderment from critics. As mirrored in Film Society Lincoln Center's 35mm screening of the film this past September, it has be...
Tags: Feature, Misogyny, Music, Hollywood, Crime, Drama, Sexism, America, Netflix, Mystery, Baltimore, Alfred Hitchcock, Wood, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Mark