Steven Spielberg’s Letter to George Lucas

This was Steven Spielberg’s open letter to George Lucas published in the December 2, 1977 issue of Variety after Star Wars eclipsed Jaws in domestic rentals.

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Gores Eats Film : THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Nolan) | ★★★

Perhaps expectations were simply too high for the finale to Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. TDKR cannot live up to TDK (or even Batman Begins), but, as the third act of a multi-film narrative, it works. The picture overcomes plot conveniences, unnecessary bloat, and scope problems on the strength of its cast, the conviction of its director, and an undeniable sense of awe.

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Three Amazing Trailers to Upcoming Films

MAN OF STEEL

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LES MISERABLES

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THE MASTER

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Christopher Nolan’s Longtime DP to Step Down

The Dark Knight Rises could very well be the last collaboration between Christopher Nolan and his longtime director of photography, Wally Pfister, who has been behind the camera on every Nolan film since and including Memento.

Pfister is taking his first turn sitting in a director’s chair this year, and in a story earlier this spring that talks about that project, the UK magazine Empire first reported that, “Wally Pfister … is retiring as a DP and moving on to his directing debut.” This past Friday on BBC Radio, Nolan confirmed, with a definite note of regret, that he’d be looking for a new cinematographer for his next film. That could mean that the next phase of Nolan’s directorial career could look very different indeed.

Read the entire article here.

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Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick!

On this day, what would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 84th birthday, we remember him with an excerpt from his 1968 Playboy interview:

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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Gores Eats Film : KILLER JOE

KILLER JOE (Friedkin) | ★★★

Though we’re still waiting for William Friedkin to return to the masterful filmmaking he displayed in the 1970s, his film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play, Killer Joe, passes the time quite nicely.

This is a nasty little crime thriller that evokes the work of other renowned filmmakers. There’s a Lynchian quality to its sleaze and brutality (think Blue Velvet or Wild at Heart) and a Coenesque feel to its pitch-black humor (think Fargo or Blood Simple). Yet it remains wholly Friedkin in its no-holds-barred matter-of-factness. This is some bold filmmaking.

Matthew McConaughey is having quite the year. After a surprisingly great turn in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, he gives an even more shocking performance here as the titular character—a slimy, vicious policeman who moonlights as a contract killer. Sadly, the film is probably too marginalized (thanks to the NC-17 rating) to garner any end-of-year award consideration for McConaughey. That’s a shame because he steals the show.

Killer Joe is a ferociously wild ride that flirts with absurdity and brandishes its gallows humor. And it may make you think twice the next time you have a taste for KFC.

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#103 : THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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GUEST: Mark Riechers of 8-Bit Dairyland. The guys discuss the finale to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Right-click on the link to download.

#103 – The Dark Knight Rises

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135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

From Flavorpill:

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Stanley Kubrick’s Letter to Ingmar Bergman

This letter has been making the rounds on the internet recently. Really got a kick out of it and thought you all might as well.

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#102: The Importance of Being Prolific

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The guys discuss the Chicago Tribune editorial, “The Importance of Being Prolific” by Christopher Borrelli. Before you listen, read the article for yourself here.

#102 : The Importance of Being Prolific

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