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See This or Die: Tarsem's 'The Fall'

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See This or Die: Tarsem's 'The Fall'
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: If you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? Released in 2006, Tarsem’s “The Fall” is a gorgeous celebration of storytelling that reveals how stories touch and change the people they are told to and those who tell them. It’s an ode to the very specific mode of storytelling of film. A few minutes into 1915-set “The Fall,” a character played by a pre-stardom Lee Pace attempts to explain to a five-year-old girl, “Pictures, y’know, flickers: moving pictures.” The girl, Alexandria, responds, confused, that she’s never seen one. With a hint of a sly smile, Pace’s Roy replies, “Oh you’re not missing much” – a line that strikes with irony, considering Tarsem’s clear passion for filmmaking and the fact that were “The Fall” to go unwatched,
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From 'The Thin Man' to 'Dogfight': A broken-hearted Valentine's playlist

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From 'The Thin Man' to 'Dogfight': A broken-hearted Valentine's playlist
It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years.
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Thoughts on... The Fall (2006)

The Fall, 2006.

Directed by Tarsem Singh.

Starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Daniel Caltagirone, Marcus Weasley and Robin Smith.

Synopsis:

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

I was recommended The Fall by a friend who knew my love of Mr Nobody and Big Fish. I'm happy to say my friend has very good taste in films, and knows me well. The Fall is quietly comedic and very, very loudly poignant, if such a thing is possible. Director Tarsem Singh crafts an almost otherworldly story with characters that although are caricatures, are also a little too close to home to ignore.
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Chinese Superstar Gong Li Joins Tarsem Singh's 'Marco Polo'

As the historical 13th century voyage of Marco Polo stands as a symbol of the West's relationship to China, it seems fitting that an upcoming feature film about the explorer, long gestating from “The Fall” director Tarsem Singh, will provide opportunities for both cultures to partner up on the project.

Screen Daily reports Chinese actress Gong Li, previously seen State-side in “Miami Vice” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” will star in the pic as a Mongolian empress. Li is of course a superstar in her native lands, but she personally hopes the film, an American/Chinese collaboration between Endgame Entertainment, will promote a more expansive film landscape. “So far the collaboration between China and the Us has mainly involved Chinese actors going to work abroad,” Li said, “so it's a great thing to have a Chinese story shoot in China with both Chinese and foreign actors.” Such joint ventures have
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Lee Pace Joins Steven Spielberg's Lincoln To Play A Confederate New York City Mayor

Lee Pace, the adorable star of the adorably short-lived TV show Pushing Daisies, has had a tricky time pursuing movie stardom since that show ended. He was excellent in Tarsem's The Fall, but I think we all know the visuals and the preternaturally talented child actress Catinca Untaru were the real stars of that movie. He's also been excellent in movies like Ceremony and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, but I'll give you a dollar if you can find 10 people in your zip code who saw both of them. And then, to pay the bills, he's showed up in Marmaduke and When in Rome, but since we like the guy we'll just not talk about it. Things are looking up for the actor, though, and in the form of a hilariously diverse resume for 2011. He's just wrapped up a stint on Broadway in The Normal Heart, the revival
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Trailers: Tarsem Singh’s ‘Immortals’

The trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, his long anticipated follow up to The Fall, has hit the web today in preparation for it’s premiere in theatres before Fast Five. This epic tells the story of the ancient Greek Theseus and his quest for vengeance against the bloodthirsty King Hyperion. The film stars Superman himself Henry Cavil as Theseus and Mickey Rourke as Hyperion. Joining them is an incredibly stacked cast including Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Kellen Lutz, and Freida Pinto.

The trailer doesn’t disappoint either, showing off Tarsem’s trademark beautiful imagery with some impressive action sequences. The story also looks interesting enough and there are some modern parallels to be drawn. The trailer is really pushing the 300 aspect but unlike that film, most of this film was shot on location and the effects are practical, something Tarsem prides himself on doing. He shot The Fall
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Films Of The Decade – Martyn’s List

The first decade of the new millennium would see an abundance of cinematic treasures, disasters and all things in between. It was the decade in which the Webbed-Wonder swung through the streets of New York and battled the Green Goblin, Doc-Ock, Sandman and Venom. It would be the decade of torture porn. It would be the decade in which The Matrix sequels thoroughly disappointed. It would be the decade Michael Bay came into his own as the purveyor of crash-bang action flicks and discovered the photogenic quality of Megan Fox’s ass. It would be the decade that many screen icons left us, whilst others were made. It would be the decade that belonged to high school musicals, vampires, wizards, hobbits and superheroes. It would be the decade that saw the return of Indiana Jones and would see the last screen performance of Clint Eastwood. So many films, so many hours.
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Pass the Hanky: The Fall

Pass the Hanky: The Fall
When I first saw The Fall, I was trying to slink out of the theater afterward without anyone noticing my red eyes and nose. Too bad someone caught me and asked me if I was okay. "Uh, sure," I stammered, and ran for the subway. Today when I revisited the movie on an airplane, I warned my seatmate that I would be sniffly and not to worry. About midway through, he took pity on me and handed me some napkins.

The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh (he prefers to go simply by his first name), takes place in a hospitals in California in the '20s. Lee Pace plays Roy, a stuntman who had an accident that left his paralyzed from the waist down; his girlfriend left him for the smarmy star so he's broken-hearted as well. His costar is Catinca Untaru, who plays a mischievous, smart, adorable little girl named Alexandria,
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Top Ten Underrated Films (Of All Time)

Great movies sometimes do not hit it off with the audience upon first viewing. Not even the sublime Citizen Kane found much appreciation on its release in 1941, taking over twenty years and critical re-discovery in order for everybody to agree it was a pretty special movie.

Cult films are different (and this is not a list of cult movies) – those do tend to find an audience (usually people who become hardcore fans) allowing the film to become celebrated in alternative ways – as opposed to garnering a multitude of awards.

This is a list drawn up of films I consider under-rated; overlooked; not thought about; dismissed, and so forth. I am not suggesting they should be regaled as masterpieces anointed and placed in a cinematic pantheon of greatness.

Compiling lists is very tough and as this is limited to a mere ten films, some wonderful films did not make final cut.
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Movies that are made for forever

I have feelings more than ideas. I am tired, but very happy. My 11th annual film festival has just wrapped at the Virginia Theater in my home town, and what I can say is, it worked. There is no such thing as the best year or the worst year. But there is such a thing as a festival where every single film seemed to connect strongly with the audience. Sitting in the back row, seeing these films another time, sensing the audience response, I thought: Yes, these films are more than good, and this audience is a gathering of people who feel that.

Let me tell you about the last afternoon, the screening of a newly restored 70mm print of "Baraka." The 1,600 seats of the main floor and balcony were very nearly filled. The movie exists of about 96 minutes of images, music and sound. Nothing else. No narration. No subtitles.
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The best train set a boy could ever want

It's a good thing Ebertfest is no longer called the Overlooked Film Festival. One of my choices this year, "Frozen River," was in danger of being overlooked when I first invited it, but then it realized the dream of every indie film, found an audience and won two Oscar nominations. Yet even after the Oscar nods, it has grossed only about $2.5 million and has been unseen in theaters by most of the nation.

Those numbers underline the crisis in independent, foreign or documentary films--art films. More than ever, the monolithic U.S. distribution system freezes out films lacking big stars, big ad budgets, ready-made teenage audiences, or exploitable hooks. When an unconventional film like "Slumdog Millionaire" breaks out, it's the exception that proves the rule. While it was splendid, it was not as original or really as moving as the American indie "Chop Shop," made a year earlier. The difference is,
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35th Annual Saturn Awards Nominees in Feature Film

"The Dark Knight" may not get much from the 2009 Oscars, but it definitely received big recognition from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror as the academy announced the nominations for the 35th annual Saturn Awards. On Tuesday, March 10, it was unraveled the 2008 biggest selling movie has led the pack with 11 nods in its pocket.

One of the counts the superhero movie nabbed was for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. In the category, it will compete against two of Clint Eastwood's films, "Changeling" and "Gran Torino", a James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace", a Don Cheadle-starrer thriller "Traitor" and a Bryan Singer's world war II drama "Valkyrie".

Aside from Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film nom, "Dark Knight" also picked up gongs for its stars,

Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger, as well as for director Christopher Nolan. Nolan was also up for the Best
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"The Dark Knight" Lords Over the 35th Annual Saturn Awards

"The Dark Knight" grabbed 11 nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" received nine while "Iron Man" took eight.

The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The awards will be presented June 25.

Here's the complete list of nominees:

Film

Science Fiction Film

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (20th Century Fox)

"Eagle Eye" (Paramount / DreamWorks)

"The Incredible Hulk" (Universal / Marvel)

"Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Paramount / Lucasfilm)

"Iron Man" (Paramount / Marvel)

"Jumper" (20th Century Fox)

Fantasy Film

"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Walt Disney Studios)

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)

"Hancock" (Sony)

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" (Paramount)

"Twilight" (Summit Entertainment)

"Wanted" (Universal)

Horror Film

"The Happening" (20th Century Fox)

"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal)

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (Universal)

"Quarantine" (Sony)

"Splinter" (Magnolia / Magnet)

"The Strangers" (Rogue / Universal
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Why Tarsem’s The Fall is a miracle at 24 frames per second…

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Filmed in over 20 countries over a period of 4 years and entirely self-financed by its director, it is a miracle indeed that The Fall (2006) ever got made. Since The Fall made its premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival it remained in limbo, unseen by the world until two of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers; David Fincher and Spike Jonze rescued it from distribution hell and maybe just brought us the most beautiful film of 2008…

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The fact that anyone can purchase the DVD and watch it is down to one director’s ultimate determination for artistic integrity. Nathan Lee at the New York Times calls it ‘a real bore,’ while Ebert at the Sun Times says it's ‘one of the most astonishing films I have ever seen.’ Currently sitting with a 61% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes (as of March 2009), The Fall is not a film loved by all but clearly hits a particular
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I'm not trying to be coy...

...about which film wins my personal Best Picture prize for 2008. If you've been reading for the past three months, you'll have that figured out already. L'chaim!But I'm guessing there's more than enough suspense within the other Fb Award categories to keep you into it -- hell, there's even enough suspense for me... since 4th and 5th spots are still in flux in most categories. Hence, the blank pages. So as I finish write ups I'll be posting them. I've added notes on The Wrestler and Reprise on the top ten page. I've also posted a F.A.Q. for new readers (welcome! there's a lot of you) and/or forgetful ones and made sure the Oscar prediction pages were in order. A bit later I hope to throw up an entry into StinkyLulu's Supporting Actress Blog-a-Thon which is already a fun party. I was particularly enthralled by Stinky's brave
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Top Ten Movies of 2008

Top 10 Movies of 2008 Trying to figure out my personal list of favorite, top ten, exceptional, "best" movies of 2008 was not an easy task. 2008 was an odd year for film. So many have gone on record saying it was a down year, but I don't entirely agree with that. While 2008 didn't have very many "great" films it had A Lot of good films. Of course, this is where making a top ten list gets difficult. So often you have one clear cut favorite and anywhere from 10-15 movies behind it that you simply need to figure out where they fall in the grand scheme of things. This year, my top five films are almost interchangeable and the bottom five and my Honorable Mentions could all compete for the final five spots, this just so happens to be where they all fell when I typed this list up. This year I saw
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Blu-ray Review: The Fall

I avoided reviewing The Fall after I saw it at the Seattle Film Festival earlier this year. I even avoided saying much about it when I named it one of my favorite movies from the first half of 2008. The reason I have strayed from writing much about it is due to the fact that there isn't a whole lot to say. At least there wasn't. The Fall is a love story as seen through the eyes of a child, told by a man with a broken heart. It's beautifully shot, told, acted and imagined. Director of The Cell, Tarsem Singh, spent 17 years preparing to make the film and once he met 7-year-old Catinca Untaru he knew he finally had his star and she was only going to be this old for so long. It then took another four years to finish while being shot in 18 different countries. Picking up where The Cell left off,
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DVD Review: The Fall

Director and co-writer Tarsem's The Fall, the follow-up to the visually resplendent Jennifer Lopez thriller The Cell, is one of the year's best films you probably haven't seen. Filmed in 18 different countries over a four year period, this audaciously constructed and paced gothic fairy tale of friendship and loss is as engrossing as it is wonderful. It is a story of intense drama, stirring action and heartbreaking emotion, all of it stimulated by the actions of a five-year-old child whose limitless curiosities can't help but inspire. Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is the young daughter of immigrant migrant farmers working the fields in 1915 Los Angeles. After she breaks her arm in a fall during a tragic accident, she finds herself wandering the halls of a secluded hospital looking for things to do. It is here she meets bedridden movie stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace), also the victim of a horrific fall
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Eye Candy of the Week: Tarsem

  • There is no doubt that you've seen his commercials.  Indian-born director Tarsem SinghTarsem Singh
[/link] Dhandwar (who often goes by just Tarsem) has directed dozens upon dozens of commercials for big-wigs like Levis, Nike, Coca-Cola, Reebok, Pepsi, Smirnoff, Mercedes Benz, Campari and Absolut Vodka, just to name a few.  Most recently, you've probably seen his commercial for Motorola Razr, in which the cell phones are so "sharp," a man and a woman on a subway seductively duel, slicing eachother's clothes.  Or perhaps you remember the savvy "chain-of-events" 1997 Levis commercial series, in which through an odd series of events, one commercial always leads into another.  But my personal favorites of the Tarsem commercial collection are his sexually shocking Campari ads.  One being "The Secret," where the genders of a flirtatious duo are revealed as opposite as how they appear.  Another being "Scratch," where upon discovering that the man she is with is
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Opening This Week

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By Neil Pedley

This week sees the return of the Wachowski brothers, Tarsem Singh ("The Cell") and Henry Bean ("The Believer") to the big screen, not to mention new films from documentarians Nick Broomfield ("Tupac and Biggie") and Doug Pray ("Scratch"). On the other hand, after running around Tribeca, we still need to catch up on last week's releases.

"The Babysitters"

The idea of the spunky teenage boy succumbing to the allure of an experienced older woman is the kind of Hollywood golden goose that launches major careers (think Dustin Hoffman). But when the roles are reversed, the result is the directorial debut of David Ross that sees an entrepreneurial high schooler (Katherine Waterston, daughter of Sam) and her friends turn their babysitting ring into a call girl service, realizing there are alternative ways to pay for college besides waiting tables. It stars when one local dad (John Leguizamo) goes
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