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#233 August 27, 2014

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    Sheila writes: Some long takes in cinema are gratuitous and flashy, some connect themselves to the theme of the movie, but all of them are fun to pick apart and deconstruct. The technological challenges are daunting and it's fun to see film-makers rise to those challenges. I came across a video analyzing 12 long takes in cinema, and it should be a fun jumping-off point for discussion. What are your favorite long takes?


    '71 (2014). Directed by Yann Demange. Written by Gregory Burke. Starring Jack O'Connell,
    Sean Harris,
    Sam Reid. Synopsis: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Opens in the UK on October 10, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    Bird People (2014). Directed by Pascale Ferran. Written by Pascale Ferran and Guillaume Bréaud . Starring Josh Charles,
    Anaïs Demoustier,
    Roschdy Zem . Synopsis: An American arrives in Paris, checks into a hotel, turns off his cell phone and starts his life anew. Opens in the US on September 12, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    Automata (2014). Directed by Gabe Ibáñez. Written by Gabe Ibáñez and Igor Legarreta. Starring Antonio Banderas,
    Birgitte Hjort Sørensen,
    Melanie Griffith . Synopsis: Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. Opens in the US on October 10, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    Far From Men (2014). Directed and written by David Oelhoffen. Starring Viggo Mortensen,
    Reda Kateb,
    Jérémie Vigot. Synopsis: A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident is ordered to turn in to the authorities. Release dates TBD.

    Force Majeure (2014). Directed and written by Ruben Östlund. Starring Brady Corbet,
    Jakob Granqvist,
    Kristofer Hivju . Synopsis: A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. Opens in Norway on October 24, 2014. Opens in the US in November, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    Amityville: The Awakening (2015). Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun. Starring Bella Thorne,
    Cameron Monaghan,
    Jennifer Jason Leigh. Synopsis: A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house's bloody history. Opens in the UK on January 1, 2015. Opens in the US on January 2, 2015.

    Pride (2014). Directed by Matthew Warchus. Written by Stephen Beresford. Starring Bill Nighy,
    Andrew Scott,
    Dominic West . Synopsis: UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Opens in the UK and Ireland on September 12, 2014. Opens in the US on September 19, 2014.

    Men, Women & Children (2014). Written and directed by Jason Reitman (based on the novel by Chad Kultgen). Starring Ansel Elgort,
    Adam Sandler,
    Judy Greer . Synopsis: A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world. Opens in the US in limited release on October 1, 2014, and opens to a wider release on October 17, 2014.

    Queen of Carthage (2013). Directed by Mardana M. Mayginnes. Written by Mardana M. Mayginnes and Shiloh Fernandez. Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes,
    Graham Candy,
    Amanda Tito. Synopsis: An American Drifter discovers a New Zealand Singer and develops and obsession for him. Release dates TBD.

    Annabelle (2014). Directed by John R. Leonetti. Written by Gary Dauberman. Starring Annabelle Wallis,
    Alfre Woodard,
    Eric Ladin. Synopsis: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle. Opens in the US on October 3, 2014.

    Outcast (2014). Directed by Nick Powell. Written by James Dormer. Starring Nicolas Cage,
    Hayden Christensen,
    Yifei Liu. Synopsis: A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel Uncle, who seeks their deaths. Opens in China on September 26, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    White Bird In a Blizzard (2014). * New trailer * Written and directed by Gregg Araki. Starring Shailene Woodley,
    Eva Green,
    Angela Bassett . Synopsis: In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears. Opens in the US on September 26, 2014.

    Richard Attenborough 1923-2014

    Sheila writes: Actor, director, producer Richard Attenborough died on August 24. Fandor has a great link roundup of tributes, obits, and essays.

    "Apocalypse Now" Turns 35

    Sheila writes: Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" turned 35 this August, and director James Gray pays eloquent tribute to the film in Rolling Stone.

    45 Greatest Concert Movies

    Sheila writes: Another anniversary this August, that of the Woodstock music festival in 1969, led to Jason Bailey at Flavorwire writing a piece listing the 45 Greatest Concert Movies. Many I have seen, some I have not. What is your favorite concert movie?

    Free Movies

    Notorious (1946). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains. Synopsis: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

    Watch the great "Notorious."

    Man In the Attic (1953). Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Starring Jack Palance, Constance Smith. Synopsis: After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

    Watch "Man In the Attic."

    The Return of Dracula (1953). Directed by Paul Landres. Starring Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn. Synopsis: After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

    Watch "The Return of Dracula."

    By: Sheila O'Malley
    Posted: August 27, 2014, 2:32 pm


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