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    • The 2016 Gotham Award nominations were announced yesterday, and we were proud to see Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, a Janus Films release, in contention for best documentary.
    • Writing on Claude Arnaud’s expansive new book, Jean Cocteau: A Life, Kevin McMahon notes that “the ideal biographer of Cocteau needs not only diligence but a sensitive bullshit detector as well.”
    • Rolling Stone has ranked the fifty best horror films of the twenty-first century, and the list includes Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone.
    • In conjunction with its Black Star series, the BFI has asked both industry experts and the public to vote for their all-time favorite performances by black actors. Among the most popular selections: Pam Grier in Jackie Brown, Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night, and Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It.
    • Also at the BFI, check out a list of screenwriting tips from German director Maren Ade, whose latest film, Toni Erdmann, is one of the most acclaimed films of the year.
    • In the latest Film Comment podcast, Violet Lucca speaks with documentary legend Errol Morris.
    • For the Library of America’s Moviegoer column, Farran Smith Nehme explores The Haunting, Robert Wise’s 1963 film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.
    • The Terrorizers, which opens at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek today, represents late Taiwanese master Edward Yang “at his most crabbed and cryptic,” writes Artforum’s Nick Pinkerton. “But somehow he retains that irreducible ‘lovability.’ . . . I know of few other filmmakers who can keep their characters at a length while remaining in such proximity to their inner lives. It is a marvelous thing to see, and Yang took the secret with him.”
    • BBC Radio 4 delves into the brilliant career of director Michael Powell and his relationship with the great editor Thelma Schoonmaker, whom he met at Martin Scorsese’s apartment in the 1980s.
    • In the below clip, Scorsese introduces a new restoration of Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks at the New York Film Festival:

6 comments

  • By Malickite
    October 21, 2016
    07:28 PM

    The Housing of Hill House?
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  • By JeffK.
    October 21, 2016
    11:51 PM

    Rolling Stone is ranking horror movies??? What a sad world.....
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  • By John Sullivan
    October 22, 2016
    09:55 AM

    It would be great to see In the Heat of the Night and Jackie Brown added to the Criterion Collection. Also some more films featuring black actors that are actually directed by African Americans: Malcolm X, Daughters of the Dust, Sweet Sweetback (which is also in the BFI collection). Would be a nice change from the waspy likes of Richard Linklater and Whit Stillman. Just sayin' :-D
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    • By Patrick
      October 24, 2016
      07:36 AM

      They did just announce Sembene's Black Girl.
  • By AP
    October 25, 2016
    07:57 PM

    Please keep a spine number on hold for The Terrorizers. Central Motion Picture Corporation and Sony Music did a 2K restoration of it circa 2010-2011. There was a limited edition BD+DVD combo pack published in Taiwan that had English subtitles, but is now OOP. Criterion, if you can get the rights, please publish an edition that will fit alongside A Brighter Summer Day, Yi Yi and Taipei Story. And caveat emptor for buyers who see a Sony Music Japan variation of the Tawian edition: it is just as legit and has the same transfer but with no English subtitles.
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  • By Kevin M.
    October 31, 2016
    12:14 AM

    I've honored that Criterion, which I revere, noticed my review of Arnaud's Jean Cocteau. May I take the opportunity to emphasize the part of the review where I plead for somebody needs to release U.S. versions of Cocteau's Les Parents terribles and L'Aigle à deux têtes?
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