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.
For the Library of America’s Moviegoer column, Farran Smith Nehme exploresThe 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:
“Never been a huge fan of the Hepburn/Tracy pairing (I've always preferred her films with Cary Grant), but this is an absolutely marvelous piece of film writing that makes me want to watch this particular . . .”
“Jon, I sent you an email regarding my defective BIGGER THAN LIFE blu ray. Not only has the brilliant color faded, but picture starts breaking up at 19 minutes and continues to do so after that point . . .”
“I bought Solaris on Amazon in September 2016 and I'm just now (April 2017) attempting to play it. My PS4, which is up to date and doesn't have a problem with any other discs, won't play it after . . .”