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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #9

  • MUBI
The Third MurderDear Danny and Fern,By the time you read this I will have already arrived back home, four days before Tiff's end. Attempting to cram everything into a shortened schedule was a struggle for me, but I’m very satisfied with what I’ve seen and those few people that I’ve met. I wish I could've stayed longer, and I hope to be back soon! As a newcomer, I found Tiff to be a welcoming space that merges the many fruits of Toronto-tourism, cinephile gatherings, and late night city walks. And many, many movies! Possibly too many, but better more than less! There were a few rough patches but they were more tied to my inexperience (forgetting to charge my phone, forgetting to check my schedule, forgetting to eat, forgetting to sleep…) than anything. The sheer magnitude of the event made even the easiest tasks feel like
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Preview: Second-Week Films at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – It’s Week Two of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, and with Closing Night coming next Thursday, what film gems still are yet to see? The film reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com has been previewing several second week screenings, and offers the following capsule summaries.

HollywoodChicago.com reviewers are Jon Espino (Je) and Patrick McDonald (Pm). For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.

Kaleidoscope” (United Kingdom)

Kaleidoscope,’ Directed by Rupert Jones

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival

This tense, Hitchcockian thriller would score praise from the Master of Suspense himself. Taking the mother/son relationship to a new and ever weirder level, the unwanted appearance of Carl’s (Toby Jones) mum interrupts a potential date, and throws him into a tailspin of psychological dread. The cutting and the camera work, including a sequence following a rolled up newspaper, makes this major film debut of director Rupert Jones
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Off The Shelf – Episode 75 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, January 19th 2016

In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, January 19th 2016.

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Follow-Up Ryan screwed up in discussing Arrow’s Fassbinder titles News HBO airs Godfather “Epic” Kino Studio Classics: Freleng DePatie Cartoons Covers & Dates Masters of Cinema: Eureka & Rocco Arrow low-quantity warnings Waking Life cover Links

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The American Friend Bed Sitting Room Bitter Rice Bodyguard Figures in a Landscape Hotel Transylvania 2 How I Won the War How to Smell A Rose The Image Revolution Irrational Man Knack The Look of Silence The Martian Out 1 Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

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12 Monkeys: Season 1 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records American Gigolo Adventure Time – Stakes! Miniseries Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Arrow) Christmas Eve The Diary of a Teenage Girl Everest Gilda The
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Figures in a Landscape

Where was Leonard Pinth Garnell when we needed him?  Joseph Losey is often accused of pretension but in this case he may be guilty. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are escapees scrambling across a rocky terrain, pursued by a helicopter that seems satisfied to just harass them. Keeping the audience in the dark doesn't reap any dramatic or thematic benefit that I can see. Figures in a Landscape Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Lloyd Pack, Pamela Brown. Cinematography Henri Alekan, Peter Suschitzky, Guy Tabary Film Editor Reginald Beck Art Direction Ted Tester Original Music Richard Rodney Bennett Written by Robert Shaw from the novel by Barry England Produced by John Kohn Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Joseph Losey is a gold mine for film criticism but a real problem for simple film reviewing.
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Review: "Figures In A Landscape" (1970) Starring Robert Shaw And Malcolm McDowell; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

I've long had admiration for the work of actor Robert Shaw ever since he impressed me at age 8 with his chilling interpretation of the Spectre psychotic killer Red Grant in "From Russia With Love". Shaw could always be counted on to deliver a fine performance even if the material he chose was sometimes underwhelming. Shaw was also a talented writer and playwright, having won acclaim for his play "The Man in the Glass Booth", which was inspired by the war criminal trial of Adolf Eichmann. Shaw, like many actors, participated in many questionable films in order to enable his real passion, which was to bring avante garde movie projects to fruition, even if they only appealed to the art cinema crowd. One of Shaw's most interesting vehicles is one of his least seen. "Figures in a Landscape" was his 1970 adaptation of an allegorical novel by Barry England
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'Lego', 'Nut Job', 'Art of the Steal' and Shawn Levy's New Ensemble Comedy in Today's MPAA Ratings

Today's MPAA ratings bulletin is a little light on intrigue as we get the PG ratings for a pair of animated films in The Lego Movie and The Nut Job and an R-rating for The Art of the Steal, which played the Toronto International Film Festival and already opened up north, but Radius has yet to set a release date for the comedy. The most interesting title is one I had not heard of from Shawn Levy (The Internship) over at Warner Bros. This is Where I Leave You apparently stars Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Bateman, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard, Tina Fey, Kathryn Hahn, Jane Fonda, Ben Schwartz, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver and centers on a Jewish family that isn't used to observing their faith's traditions, but is forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit Shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems.
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sCare Foundation to Honor Malcolm McDowell with a Lifetime Achievement Award

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The sCare Foundation has announced that it will honor Malcolm McDowell with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its Halloween Benefit this weekend:

Los Angeles, CA — The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012. The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Project (http://hhyp.org/), as well as Safety Harbor Kids (http://www.safetyharborkids.org/).

“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors,
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sCare Foundation to Honor Legendary Actor Malcolm McDowell with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012.

The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, as well as Safety Harbor Kids.

“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors, he has always shown unwavering support to our cause, and his generosity and compassion truly appreciated.”

Malcolm McDowell is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors,
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Living Legend: The World's Greatest Stuntman Reflects On His Beginnings

Living Legend: The World's Greatest Stuntman Reflects On His Beginnings
Leading up to one of the most well-known stunts in cinema history, Indiana Jones –- galloping atop a stolen horse –- flies alongside a Nazi tank in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped father. As the tank descends into a canyon, Indy detours up the ridge alongside it, rises to his feet and leaps off of the horse onto the speeding tank below, proceeding to shoot, stab and fistfight a whole bunch of Nazis atop two moving vehicles.

That leap, a highlight from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," is widely considered one of the greatest stunts ever. But Harrison Ford didn't do it. It was Vic Armstrong, the most prolific stuntman of all time, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records."

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Armstrong planned the stunt for weeks, scouting the scene's desert location in Almeria, Spain, laying rocks along the ridge to keep the horse
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Going solo: the grinding power of the single-actor film

The recent flowering of one-actor set pieces join a tiny but diverse sub-genre exploring the sad gnaw of solitude

As the second film from the director of a low-budget sleeper hit now working with a large sum of money, Duncan Jones's Source Code has the perfect profile for a spirit-sapping let down, a CGI-laden kick in the shins. But in fact, the only small disappointment I felt about it was how its four leading actors represented a departure from the makeup of Jones's debut Moon – which apart from the occasional appearance from the likes of Matt Berry, was essentially a one-man show (that man the tireless Sam Rockwell).

Not that Jones has completely abandoned the single-character motif – amid Source Code's exploding trains and homages to The Manchurian Candidate, chunks of the story find a lone Jake Gyllenhaal hunched in a dingy airtight receptacle, that image at least providing
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