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Udo Kier on Life Playing Degenerates, From ‘Painted Bird’ to Lars von Trier: ‘I’ve Been to Hell Many Times’

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Udo Kier on Life Playing Degenerates, From ‘Painted Bird’ to Lars von Trier: ‘I’ve Been to Hell Many Times’
Udo Kier was sad he didn’t get the call from Lars von Trier to play Satan in the gloomy Dane’s 2018 “The House That Jack Built.” “I’ve been to hell many times, you know,” the cult character actor told IndieWire in a recent interview. But he managed to triumph over that disappointment to play yet another deranged freak in “The Painted Bird,” the Czech Republic’s black-and-white, punishing but unforgettable, trudge through Holocaust hell, a drama now vying for the 2020 Best International Feature Academy Award.

In “The Painted Bird,” the German actor with the steely blue eyes plays a jealous husband, who’s taken in a young orphan adrift in the WWII-ravaged Eastern Europe countryside. Kier’s Miller is convinced his wife is sleeping with their sexy young farmhand, so as vengeance, he plucks out the peasant’s eyeballs and feeds them to the family housecats.

Business as usual for Kier,
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‘The King’ Film Review: Timothée Chalamet Fights for the Crown, On and Off the Battlefield

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‘The King’ Film Review: Timothée Chalamet Fights for the Crown, On and Off the Battlefield
The King” is a film full of surprises: It’s a saga that strays both from history and from Shakespeare in its tale of power and betrayal; it brilliantly casts Timothée Chalamet against type to portray a young man who has weighty responsibilities suddenly thrust upon him; and it’s a smart and taut bit of storytelling from David Michôd, whose previous feature “War Machine” was neither of those things.

How well this moody (and moodily-lit) story will translate to Netflix is anyone’s guess — watch it in a dark room for full effect — but on any-sized screen, it’s a historical piece that defies expectation and offers both the thrills of battle and a thoughtful critique of war and imperialism.

Structurally, this is a story you know from “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V” (or “Chimes at Midnight” or “My Own Private Idaho”). Prince Hal (Chalamet) lives a life of hedonism,
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River Phoenix movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Running on Empty,’ ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘Indiana Jones’

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River Phoenix sadly was one of those actors whose career burned bright for only a few years and then ended way before its time. August 23, 2019, would have marked his 49th birthday but tragically the gifted young actor only made it to age 23.

Phoenix and his siblings (including Joaquin Phoenix) began acting as children. He found his first job in a television show based on the popular film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” That show only ran for one season, but Phoenix would continue to work on TV for the next few years. In 1985 he would have his breakthrough in a supporting role in an acclaimed all-star TV movie called “Surviving” and then that same year in his first feature film “Explorers.” The following year would mark an even bigger breakthrough when he starred in the sleeper hit “Stand by Me” as one of four childhood friends who go looking for a dead body.
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River Phoenix movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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River Phoenix sadly was one of those actors whose career burned bright for only a few years and then ended way before its time. August 31, 2019, would have marked his 49th birthday but tragically the gifted young actor only made it to age 23.

Phoenix and his siblings (including Joaquin Phoenix) began acting as children. He found his first job in a television show based on the popular film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” That show only ran for one season, but Phoenix would continue to work on TV for the next few years. In 1985 he would have his breakthrough in a supporting role in an acclaimed all-star TV movie called “Surviving” and then that same year in his first feature film “Explorers.” The following year would mark an even bigger breakthrough when he starred in the sleeper hit “Stand by Me” as one of four childhood friends who go looking for a dead body.
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

SEENicole Kidman movies:
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

He hit the
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Woodstock,’ ‘Point Break,’ ‘Dracula’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

The director’s cut of Woodstock plays on 35mm this Saturday.

The Pasolini retrospective continues.

The restorations of A Bigger Splash and Audition still screen.

A series on documentarian Kevin Rafferty runs this weekend.

Whale Rider and Max Mon Amour play at opposite ends of the day.

Museum of the Moving Image

“See It Big!
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Rushes: Edith Scob, Chinese Censors, Walt Whitman, Giant Squid

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSEdith Scob by Christophe BeauregardThe prolific actress Édith Scob, a frequent collaborator of George Franju and Raúl Ruiz, has passed away. Scob first gained widespread attention for her role as the masked and disfigured daughter in Franju's 1960 Eyes Without a Face, to which she would later pay tribute in Leos Carax's Holy Motors.Guan Hu's war epic The Eight Hundred has been pulled from Chinese theatres and the Shanghai Film Festival, joining Zhang Yimou's One Second as yet another title affected by increasingly strict Chinese film censors. Recommended Viewingh. Paul Moon analyzes every appearance of Walt Whitman in cinema and television, from Intolerance to Breaking Bad, on the occasion of the poet's 200th birthday. Recommended READINGKenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising.“When you do find a version of yourself, or many, a tectonic change occurs.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Recalls Seeing River Phoenix the Night He Died

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Leonardo DiCaprio Recalls Seeing River Phoenix the Night He Died
Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood celebrates the bygone era of 1960s Tinseltown, which is much different than today. Star Leonardo DiCaprio came up in the 90s era, which is also quite a bit removed from the modern day world of filmmaking. While talking about his own early experiences in Los Angeles, trying to make it as a teen star, he recalled seeing his idol River Phoenix on the same day that the actor died.

Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed that he was one of the last people in Hollywood to see River Phoenix alive but the chance encounter was short lived, and DiCaprio didn't actually get to speak to Phoenix, who was considered one of the best actors of his generation. Leo describes the moment as 'ominous and sad' and has carried it with him through his own career as a cautionary tale of what not to become.
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Video Essay. Anaphora: Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park"

Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors. Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park (2007) is showing May 17–June 15, 2019 on Mubi in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland as part of the series Cannes Takeover.Gus Van Sant can be a difficult director for which to wave the flag at present. You just never know if he’ll be making a pleasant if weightless drama designed to play endlessly on cable channels in need of harmless programming or if he’s going to make the single most haunting film you’ll see in a given year. After almost a decade of not-quites and outright critical disasters, he made Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which looked like a run-of-the-mill inspirational movie but in fact contained some of his most engaged and empathetic filmmaking to date, housed a murderer’s
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Keanu Reeves' Enlightened Answer to What Happens After We Die Quickly Goes Viral

Keanu Reeves' Enlightened Answer to What Happens After We Die Quickly Goes Viral
Keanu Reeves has gone viral again. However, this time it's not over the upcoming release of John Wick 3, or his role in Toy Story 4, or even over the fact that he's preparing to shoot the long awaited Bill & Ted 3. Instead, the actor had some profound words to offer when asked about what happens when we die. The question is as old as time itself and there are many different beliefs from all over the world, but Reeves has a theory in which everybody can get behind and agree on.

While doing press for John Wick 3: Parabellum, Keanu Reeves stopped by for a chat with Stephen Colbert. Obviously, after talking about the upcoming assassin movie, the questions had to lead back to Bill & Ted 3, and Reeves was asked if he could reveal anything about the movie. The highly anticipated sequel takes place 25 after we last saw our heroes and
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NYC Weekend Watch: Abel Ferrara, Pasolini, Black ’90s & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of Modern Art

The master Abel Ferrara–with whom we spoke this week in a wide-ranging interview–is given his largest-ever retrospective.

Film Forum

Films by Pasolini, Hou Hsiao-hsien, John Ford, Rossellini and more screen in “Trilogies.”

King Kong vs. Godzilla plays on Saturday and Sunday.



Quad Cinema

A restoration of James Ivory’s Quartet,
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Keanu Reeves Was Put in Fox Movie Jail for a Decade After Turning Down ‘Speed 2’

Keanu Reeves Was Put in Fox Movie Jail for a Decade After Turning Down ‘Speed 2’
Keanu Reeves had already become a household name prior to 1994 thanks to his cult favorite “Bill & Ted” movies and roles in critical favorites like Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Point Break,” but it was Jan de Bont’s 1994 action thriller “Speed” that turned the actor into an international superstar. The film was a huge box office hit ($350 million worldwide on a $30 million production budget) and won Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The film’s success made it a no-brainer for 20th Century Fox to develop a sequel, although Reeves knew it would be impossible for lightning to strike twice.

In a new profile for GQ magazine, Reeves said his decision to turn down “Speed 2: Cruise Control” resulted in him being put in “movie jail” by 20th Century Fox. At the time, Reeves surprised many in the industry (and
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‘Sauvage / Wild’ Film Review: Debut Feature Examines a Gay Hustler’s Life Without Sentimentality

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‘Sauvage / Wild’ Film Review: Debut Feature Examines a Gay Hustler’s Life Without Sentimentality
There have been quite a few high-quality American films about male prostitution, from John Schlesinger’s Oscar-winning “Midnight Cowboy” to Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” and Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin,” and from France there has been Patrice Chéreau’s “L’Homme blessé,” and several films from André Téchiné, most notably “J’embrasse pas,” which translates as “I Don’t Kiss.”

Camille Vidal-Naquet’s first feature “Sauvage/Wild” is very much in the Téchiné tradition of “J’embrasse pas,” and the subject of kissing or not kissing is actually central to the narrative. What’s most impressive about this film is the intricacy of Naquet’s screenplay, which plays out in a series of subtly mirroring episodes that follow the life of Leo, a 22-year-old street kid played by Félix Maritaud, who made an impression on screen in “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” and carries this movie almost singlehandedly.
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Samantha Mathis Speaks Out About the Night Boyfriend River Phoenix Died 25 Years Later

Samantha Mathis Speaks Out About the Night Boyfriend River Phoenix Died 25 Years Later
Samantha Mathis is opening up about the tragic night her boyfriend, actor River Phoenix, died in 1993 on Halloween at the age of 23.

The American Psycho actress was with Phoenix and his younger brother Joaquin Phoenix when the Running on Empty actor died of a drug overdose outside of the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

Mathis, 48, told The Guardian in a phone interview that she accompanied Phoenix to the Viper Room, a Los Angeles club then-owned by Johnny Depp.

The actress said she thought they were there to drop off his siblings “but when we arrived he said to me, ‘Oh,
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Keanu Reeves movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Speed,’ ‘The Matrix,’ ‘John Wick’

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Keanu Reeves movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Speed,’ ‘The Matrix,’ ‘John Wick’
Happy birthday, Keanu Reeves! On September 2, the youthful Reeves will receive his 54th birthday cake (if you can believe it). Reeves’ film career has been filled with highs and lows, from such triumphs like “The Matrix” series and “Speed” as well as marked career lulls, from which he has always bounced back.

As part of his birthday celebration, lets take a tour of his 12 greatest films and rank them from worst to best. Others as part of our photo gallery include “My Own Private Idaho,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and the “John Wick” movies.

SEEDiane Keaton movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

12. Bill & Ted’S Excellent Adventure (1989)

“Bill and Ted” was a double-edged sword for Reeves, introducing him to a wide audience as high school student Ted Logan, but forever equating in some critics’ minds the real-life actor with the dim bulb of a character that he played here,
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Keanu Reeves movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Keanu Reeves movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Happy birthday, Keanu Reeves! On September 2, the youthful Reeves will receive his 54th birthday cake (if you can believe it). Reeves’ film career has been filled with highs and lows, from such triumphs like “The Matrix” series and “Speed” as well as marked career lulls, from which he has always bounced back.

As part of his birthday celebration, lets take a tour of his 12 greatest films and rank them from worst to best. Others as part of our photo gallery include “My Own Private Idaho,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and the “John Wick” movies.
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Ethan Hawke Would be Lying If He Said He Didn’t Want an Oscar, but He Wants to Win Under the Right Circumstances

Ethan Hawke Would be Lying If He Said He Didn’t Want an Oscar, but He Wants to Win Under the Right Circumstances
Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Academy Awards throughout his career so far. The first came in 2002 when his role opposite Denzel Washington in “Training Day” earned him a nomination for best supporting actor, a category he would compete in once again in 2015 for “Boyhood.” Hawke’s other two nominations are for writing the screenplays for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.” Despite four nominations, Hawke has yet to earn the golden trophy, which is something he admittedly cares about.

“Everyone in the world knows that when an actor says that they don’t want to win an award, they’re lying,” Hawke said to GQ when asked if he’s trying to win an Oscar. “I interviewed Patti Smith and I asked her about that and she said, ‘I want to win every award!’ I loved that answer.”

Hawke is back in the Oscar conversation this year thanks to
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Gus Van Sant Goes Back to His Roots

Gus Van Sant Goes Back to His Roots
When Gus Van Sant began working on Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot more than 20 years ago, the movie looked a whole lot different. Back then, Robin Williams, at the height of his considerable fame, had optioned the memoir of the same name by John Callahan and was set to star as the quadriplegic, recovering-alcoholic Portland cartoonist. And when Robin Williams is in your movie, it looks different.

“It was always thought of, I think, as a Robin Williams film – people, including Robin, thought of it
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Full Lineup for the 2018 North Bend Film Festival Includes Anna And The Apocalypse, Piercing, Don’T Leave Home

Named after the town of North Bend, Washington, that acted as the original filming location for David Lynch's cult classic Twin Peaks, the North Bend Film Festival has announced its full lineup, with plans to showcase 10 films and 13 shorts including Anna and the Apocalypse (co-presented by Collider), Sandi Tan's Shirkers, and much more! Continue reading for a full breakdown of the festival's screenings and guest appearances:

Press Release: The North Bend Film Festival is right around the corner and we’re thrilled to announce the full line-up for our inaugural edition, including Cinema Vista and Something Strange feature and short film programs. In addition to the films, the weekend of August 23rd to the 26th will be rich with events that embrace the town of North Bend, once the original shooting location for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, such as a special Twin Peaks Tour, a scenic mountainside
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