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Peter Bart: By Focusing On Class Divide, ‘Parasite’ Alters Perception Of Oscar Voters But Rankles The Right

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Peter Bart: By Focusing On Class Divide, ‘Parasite’ Alters Perception Of Oscar Voters But Rankles The Right
The double bill last week was confounding: Parasite playing side by side nationally with Love Story — the edgy Korean thriller nudging the 50-year-old weepy.

There was a perverse logic behind the playdates. Having won every statuette in sight, Parasite now was opening wide in quest of a giant payday, already approaching $200 million worldwide. Love Story, meanwhile, was being resuscitated in 700 theaters as a Valentine’s Day celebration of Hollywood’s consummate date movie (dates usually were consummated).

Filmgoers had a right to be baffled: Would Ki-woo finally emerge from his underground lair to buy the mansion he’d secretly infiltrated? On the other hand, would the Harvard rich kid, Oliver Barrett IV, be banned from hitting on the cute but impoverished (and sickly) Italian girl?

Although the movies are opposites in every way, a filmgoer would detect a common denominator: Both films are fixated on class — a theme that has
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Room at the Top

One of the first ‘kitchen sink realist’ films of the British New Wave is also one of the best English films ever — believable, absorbing, and emotionally moving. The adaptation of John Braine’s novel launched Laurence Harvey as a major star, and English films were suddenly touted as being just as adult as their continental counterparts. It attracted a bushel of awards, especially for the luminous Simone Signoret. Unlike the average Angry Young Man, Joe Lampton’s struggle feels universal — bad things happen when ambition seeks a way through the class ceiling, ‘to get to the money,’ as says Donald Wolfit’s character.

Room at the Top

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1959 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date January 14, 2020 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston, Hermione Baddeley, Allan Cuthbertson, Raymond Huntley, John Westbrook, Richard Pasco, Ian Hendry, April Olrich,
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Does the Sam Mendes DGA win make ‘1917’ unbeatable for Best Picture at the Oscars?

Does the Sam Mendes DGA win make ‘1917’ unbeatable for Best Picture at the Oscars?
Sam Mendes won at the Directors Guild of America Awards on January 25 for his helming of the WWI epic “1917.” The guild has a great track record of previewing the Best Director winner at the Academy Awards. Since aligning its awards with the academy, only seven of the DGA picks failed to pick up an Oscar bookend. That stat makes Mendes all but certain to claim his second Oscar for directing. He won both the DGA and Academy Award for his directorial debut, “American Beauty,” back in 2000.

For that film, Mendes numbers among the 55 DGA winners for best director of the year who went on to claim bragging rights as the helmer of the Oscar winner for Best Picture. But we are just coming off one of those 16 years when there was a disconnect between the guild and the academy.

Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA prize for “Roma” but “Green Book
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Will Directors Guild Awards preview Best Picture again after leading us astray last year?

The Directors Guild of America has been handing out awards for 71 years. Fifty-five of its picks for the best director of the year went on to claim bragging rights as the helmer of the Oscar winner for Best Picture. This translates into a success rate of 77%. That eclipses the track record of both the PGA (21/30 = 70%) and SAG (11/22 = 50%).

We are just coming off one of those 16 years when there was a disconnect between the guild and the academy. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA prize for “Roma” but “Green Book” took home the top prize at the Academy Awards. While that film’s director, Peter Farrelly, had been nominated by the guild he was nubbed by the directors branch of the academy. And his movie did not number among the five nominated for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards; “Black Panther” took home that prize.

In 2018, Guillermo del Toro bagged the DGA
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The War Lord

One of the more satisfying costume adventures of the ‘sixties is also one of its star’s best vehicles. Charlton Heston was born to play bigger-than-life historical types, and his Norman knight in this film has the benefit of an intelligent screenplay and a terrific supporting ensemble. This hero’s armor doesn’t shine — he’s more than willing to risk everything to possess a pagan woman with whom he’s become infatuated. Many would-be epics want us to think that the charms of unlikely damsels like Virginia Mayo and Claudette Colbert changed the course of history, but this show makes it seem more than possible. Plus, it features great action scenes and a terrific music score by Jerome Moross.

The War Lord

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1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 123 min. / Special Edition / Street Date January 21, 2020 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, Maurice Evans, Guy Stockwell,
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Will 2020 Directors Guild Awards preview Best Picture again after leading us astray last year?

In the 71-year history of the DGA Awards, the guild has honored the director of the eventual Oscar Best Picture winner a staggering 55 times. That success rate of 77% far eclipses that of both the PGA (21/30 = 70%) and SAG (11/22 = 50%). This year’s slate of Directors Guild of America Awards nominees will be announced on January 7.

We are just coming off one of those 16 years when there was a disconnect between the guild and the academy. While Alfonso Cuarón won over the DGA for the helming of his memoir “Roma,” it was “Green Book” that claimed the top prize at the Academy Awards. That film’s director, Peter Farrelly, was nominated by the guild but snubbed by the directors branch of the academy. And his movie did not number among the five nominated for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards; “Black Panther” took home that prize.

In 2018, Guillermo del Toro bagged the DGA
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20-year itch: Sam Mendes could set record for the longest gap between directing Oscar wins with ‘1917’

20-year itch: Sam Mendes could set record for the longest gap between directing Oscar wins with ‘1917’
Sam Mendes really knows how to end a decade on a high note. Twenty years ago, he made his feature film directorial debut with “American Beauty” (1999), which went on to win the Best Picture Oscar, along with Best Director for Mendes — the most recent director to prevail for a debut. Now, he’s back with his World War I epic “1917” and is a massive contender to take home a bookend Best Director statuette, which would give him the longest gap between two wins.

Twenty-one people have scored multiple Best Director Oscars — 18 with two, two with three and one with four — but most have typically won two of them within a period of 10 years. Five have a gap of more than 10 years between two victories. The record is currently held by Billy Wilder, who won his two awards 15 years apart for “The Lost Weekend” (1945) and “The Apartment” (1960).

Two have a gap of 13 years: Fred Zinnemann,
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Universal Screens ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Releases Franz Waxman Score for First Time

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Universal Screens ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Releases Franz Waxman Score for First Time
Halloween is only days away, and what better way to celebrate than with a classic monster movie that’s been fully restored and whose original score has, 84 years later, finally been issued as a soundtrack album?

Universal screened its 1935 “Bride of Frankenstein” Monday night to an appreciative audience on the studio lot, following a reception to celebrate the first release of the movie’s Franz Waxman score, part of the Universal Pictures Heritage Collection series.

“Bride” was the first original score composed in Hollywood by Waxman, a later Oscar winner for the music of “Sunset Boulevard” and “A Place in the Sun.” Its release as an album on La-La Land Records is part of the studio’s drive to restore many of its classic musical assets, making them available commercially as well as for licensing.

Alexia Baum, director of music publishing for the studio, explained that the Heritage Collection began
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Film Review: ‘Zeroville’

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Film Review: ‘Zeroville’
I’m tired of hearing how some novels are “impossible to adapt.” Balderdash! Just because some books don’t lend themselves to being translated from page to screen doesn’t mean that the attempt ought not to be made. Just ask James Franco, who’s shown a speed freak’s determination to tackle some of the unlikeliest literary adaptations of the last decade, from William Faulkner to John Steinbeck (“In Dubious Battle”) to Cormac McCarthy (“Child of God”). Frankly, he’s not very good at it, but that doesn’t stop him. Nor should it. Even Franco’s failures are fascinating, like asymmetrical pottery-wheel mishaps that wouldn’t passs for a vase, but wind up looking like modern art.

From the moment of its publication in 2007, Steve Erickson’s postmodern showbiz satire “Zeroville” was widely described as “unfilmable” — which was like waving a red flag in front of Franco. Truth be told,
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Movie Review – Zeroville (2019)

Zeroville, 2019.

Directed by James Franco.

Starring James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Joey King, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Craig Robinson, Horatio Sanz, Will Ferrell, Scott Haze, and Gus Van Sant.

Synopsis:

A young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry.

Halfway through Zeroville, a hotshot early 1970s producer tells a casually racist joke offensive to Polish people, suggesting that they are dumb enough to sleep with a writer but that even they have enough common sense to know sleeping with an editor will not further their career. The ignorant comment serves as a way to look down on a filmmaking process that is often, unfortunately, disregarded and overlooked (a concerning amount of people over on Film Twitter seem to have no idea what actually consists of editing) in a film that, for the most part, sings the praises of the
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‘Zeroville’ Review: James Franco’s Psychedelic Ode to Classic Hollywood Is a Train Wreck

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Adapted from Steve Erickson’s brilliant and hypnotic 2007 novel of the same name, this is a story about someone who thinks that movies are the most precious things in the universe; someone who believes that cinema reveals the work of God, and that celluloid hides the secrets of all creation in the space between sprocket holes. Franco, on the other hand, has always maintained a somewhat messier “throw shit at the wall and see what sticks” approach to artistic creation. Prolific to the point of self-parody before reports of sexually exploitative behavior slowed him down, he’s been emboldened by a digital culture that rewards volume and encourages disposability.

That isn’t meant to be a criticism so much as a statement of fact. Franco is a creature of the 21st century, far better equipped to pay homage to “The Room” than to solve the hidden mysteries of George Stevens’ “A Place in the Sun.
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First Trailer for James Franco's Hollywood-Set Film Zeroville with Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, and More

"Love. Cinema. And punk rock!"

The first trailer has been dropped for James Franco’s next film project called Zeroville. Franco directed the film, wrote it, and stars in it. The movie is an adaptation of the author Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name, and it looks like it’s going to make for a weird, wild, and crazy flick.

The film is set in 1969 Hollywood, and it follows an actor named Vikar who loves movies and is taking any kind of job he can in the industry to be a part of it. Franco is joined by a solid supporting cast that includes Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, James Franco, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Craig Robinson, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Cynthia Murell, and Horatio Sanz as Francis Ford Coppola.

Here’s the synopsis:

Vikar (Franco) is a lost soul journeying through Hollywood 1969, a land of myths,
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James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ Resurfaces With New Trailer

It’s been a whopping five years since James Franco shot hit adaptation of Steve Erickson’s Zeroville and two years since an initial trailer leaked, but now the film has emerged from the post-production ether and will be released next month. Starring Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Joey King, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jacki Weaver, a new trailer has now arrived.

A dark parody of the New Hollywood movement, the story focuses on Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has just moved to Hollywood in 1969. With tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his head, his journey ends in both tragedy and discovery. The book features many New Hollywood icons, such as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, John Milius, and Paul Schrader, with the ghost of Clift even showing up.

Check out the trailer and poster below.

Vikar is a lost soul journeying through Hollywood 1969, a land of myths,
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James Franco’s Zeroville gets a trailer and posters

With just a month to go until its release, a new trailer and posters have been released for the upcoming comedy drama Zeroville. Directed by James Franco, the film is based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name and sees Franco starring alongside Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Joey King, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jacki Weaver; take a look below…

Vikar is a lost soul journeying through Hollywood 1969, a land of myths, beauty and monsters. The studio system is in decay, and a new generation of brash filmmakers are on the rise. With his shaved head marked by a tattoo from his favorite film, 1951’s A Place in the Sun, Vikar is a bizarre presence even amid the dreamers and players. He finds work first building sets, then as an apprentice editor obsessed with wielding the power of moving images. As his involvement in the creative process deepens,
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Zeroville Trailer: Long-Lost James Franco Movie Finally Arrives This Fall

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Zeroville Trailer: Long-Lost James Franco Movie Finally Arrives This Fall
The long-time coming Zeroville has finally released a trailer. The James Franco (The Disaster Artist) directed film was originally picked up by Alchemy for distribution in 2014, but after the company went under, Zeroville's fate was left up in the air. Now, under the online-based myCinema, the comedy-drama is getting a theatrical release in September 2019.

Based on Steve Eirckson's novel by the same name, Zeroville follows Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies. The film follows his trip to the heart of a transitioning Hollywood in 1969 where the studio system is in decay, and a new generation of brash filmmakers are on the rise.

Vikar is a na&#239ve newcomer with nothing but his 'outsider' past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor from his favorite film, 1951's A Place in the Sun tattoo on his shaved skull. He is driven by the "allure
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Film Review: The Wrath (2019) by Yoo Young-sun screening at Fantasia Festival 2019

One of the finest South Korean genre efforts in the 1980s, Lee Hyeok-su’s Cry of a Woman is one of the finest films from the country when they weren’t known as a genre heavyweight that they are now. Nearly thirty-five years later, director Yoo Young-sun decides to follow-up his impressive debut The Wicked by tackling a modern remake of the film which has it’s North American premiere at the 2019 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival.

The Wrath” is screening at Fantasia Film Festival 2019

After returning to his home-town, master Myong-ku (Choi Hong-il) finds that his servants Lady Shin Kim Kyeong-ran and Park Yeong-sok have set up a new bride for him to take. Initially reluctant to wed Ok-bin (Son Na-eun) based on her humble status, she is admitted into the rest of the house only to soon be at their mercy when he dies in a
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When Under the Dome Sliced a Cow in Half, It Stirred a 'Bloody' Debate

When Under the Dome Sliced a Cow in Half, It Stirred a 'Bloody' Debate
To quite vividly illustrate an unsuspecting town’s sudden entrapment by an invisible barrier, Under the Dome defied Bart Simpson and halved a cow, man.

It was six years ago (on June 24, 2013) that CBS’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel made its debut. The premise found the fictional town of Chester’s Mill suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious and indestructible dome, leading to a clash of would-be heroes, opportunistic residents, local government, military forces and the media.

At the instant that the dome dropped, Iraq War veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara (played by Mike Vogel
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QFest Continues Tuesday with Gospel Of Eureka, Montgomery Clift, and Knife+Heart

Come get your Q on! The 12th Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis,runs April 28-May 2, 2019, at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar) .The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 28 films. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of Lgbtq people and to celebrate queer culture. The full schedule can be found Here

The 12th Annual QFest St. Louis continues Tuesday April 30th. Here’s Tuesday’s schedule:

5:00pm April 30th: The Gospel Of Eureka – This is a Free screening

(though tickets are required from box office)

Eureka Springs, Ark., is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving and open queer community. Known for its natural springs, the town
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'A Place in the Sun' ('J'veux du soleil'): Film Review

'A Place in the Sun' ('J'veux du soleil'): Film Review
Ever since the Champs-Elysees descended into a cloud of chaos last December, news reports worldwide have focused on the destruction unleashed by members of the yellow vest (gilet jaune) movement during protests in Paris and the rest of France.

But as the illuminating new documentary A Place in the Sun (J'veux du soleil) reveals, the violence has been carried out by only a small faction of an otherwise large and generally peaceful crusade to improve the lives of French workers, especially those residing in the countryside. And as much as it’s been easy to shun the yellow vests for ...
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Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…

Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…
Alfonso Cuaron just added another Best Director Oscar to his shelf with his victory for “Roma,” a personal story about growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s. The win came just five years after his first one for “Gravity” (2013). He became the 92nd person in history to clinch that prize, beating out Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”), and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). Tour our photo gallery above of every Academy Award winner for Best Director, from the most recent winner to the very first one.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

At the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1927, two awards were given for directing: one for comedy (Lewis Milestone for “Two Arabian Nights”), the other for drama (Frank Borzage for “7th Heaven”). The next year, only one prize was given.

Since 1927, only 21 directors have won this category more than once.
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