Sheila writes: In Roger Ebert’s Great Movies review of Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” he writes: “The technique of slow motion is familiar to audiences, who usually see it in romantic scenes, or scenes in which regret and melancholy are expressed–or sometimes in scenes where a catastrophe looms, and cannot be avoided. But Scorsese was finding a personal use for it, a way to suggest a subjective state in a POV shot…one of Scorsese’s greatest achievements in ‘Taxi Driver’ is to take us inside Travis Bickle’s point of view.” I came across a wonderful video that shows Scorsese’s storyboards for “Taxi Driver” alongside the actual filmed scenes.
Dennis Hopper. Synopsis: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. Opens in New York on March 25, 2016. Other 30th anniversary screenings across the US with dates TBD.
. Synopsis: The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer. Opens in US theaters on April 8, 2016. (Joachim Trier was a guest at Ebertfest in 2013, where he presented his film “Oslo, August 31st”. Here is Roger’s review.)
Rachel Weisz . Synopsis: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. Opens in US theaters on September 2, 2016.
Benoît Magimel. Synopsis: The story centers on a young delinquent as he comes of age. Release dates TBD.
J.K. Simmons. Synopsis: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. Opens in US theaters on April 22, 2016.
Mike Epps. Synopsis: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson. Opens in US theaters on April 22, 2016.
Rio I Love You (2014). Directed by
Guillermo Arriaga, Stephan Elliott
, Sang-soo Im, Nadine Labaki, Fernando Meirelles
, José Padilha
, Carlos Saldanha
, Paolo Sorrentino
, John Turturro
, Andrucha Waddington
, Written by Paolo Sorrentino
, Andrucha Waddington
, César Charlone
, Mauricio Zacharias
, Antonio Prata, Chico Mattoso
, Stephan Elliott
, Sang-soo Im, Elena Soarez
. Starring Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Harvey Keitel, Fernanda Montenegro, Vincent Cassel, John Turturro. Synopsis: A series of short films set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Opens in US theaters on April 15, 2016.
The Trust (2016). Directed by
Jerry Lewis . Synopsis: A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault. Opens in US theaters on May 13, 2016.
Vincent Nemeth. Synopsis: A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. Opens in US theaters in limited release on April 1, 2016.
Toby Jones. Synopsis: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy. Opens in US theaters on April 29, 2016.
Loving Vincent (2016). Written and directed by
Helen McCrory . Synopsis: A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. Release dates TBD.
Gilles Lellouche. Synopsis: Romy is on holiday in the USA with her French husband, Richard. The journey quickly turns into a settling of old scores for this worn-out couple. Opens in US theaters on April 15, 2016.
Jinpachi Nezu. Synopsis: An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. The film will be re-released into theaters on April 1, 2016. Locations TBD. (Read Roger Ebert’s Great Movies review of “Ran.”)
Greta Gerwig . Synopsis: Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette. Opens in US theaters on May 20, 2016.
I Am Belfast (2015). Written and directed by Mark Cousins. Synopsis: A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens. Themes brought up range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure, to the repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict. Opens in the UK on April 8, 2016. Other release dates TBD.
Too Late (2015). Written and directed by Dennis Hauck. Starring John Hawkes, Robert Forster. Synopsis: Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he’s hired to help find. Opens in US theaters in April, 2016. Exact release date TBD.
Interview with Sally Field
Sheila writes: Rogerebert.com contributor Susan Wloszczyna interviews Sally Field about her new film “Hello, My Name Is Doris.” When asked about roles for older women, Field had this to say: “I think it is still hard for to find roles, although I can’t really answer that accurately because only now I’ve become an older actress. It always has been difficult for women and doubly difficult with age. I don’t think it is hugely different now. Television and cable along with Netflix and Amazon are inviting new ways to distribute film. It’s possible to make films that aren’t just for young boys in another country and that don’t necessarily cost $200 million. They can make movies that audiences here want to see.” You can read the whole interview here. “Hello, My Name Is Doris” opens in US theaters on March 11, 2016. Check out the trailer.
Sheila writes: MoMA is currently running a film series in honor of Jerry Lewis’ 90th birthday (March 16th) called “Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis: The Kid Turns 90.” Last fall, Martin Scorsese and Jerry Lewis, collaborators in “The King of Comedy,” had a conversation as part of MoMA’s Icons of Comedy series. A transcript of their talk is online. So many gems, like this one:
Jerry Lewis: There’s nothing to correct in [Victor Fleming’s “Captains Courageous”]. It was sheer magic, and the performance of Spencer Tracy made you realize why you’re not an actor. What I took from Tracy was that he had a wonderful time. I got that from his performance, and I knew that I had to find the device where I could have a wonderful time.
Martin Scorsese: Exactly, exactly.
Read the Scorsese/Lewis conversation here!
Raymond Massey . Synopsis: When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.
Watch “The Woman in the Window.”