#272 March 9, 2016

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.


Blue Velvet (1986) * 30th anniversary re-release trailer * Written and directed by David Lynch. Starring
Isabella Rossellini,

Kyle MacLachlan,

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.

Louder Than Bombs (2015). Written and directed by Joachim Trier. Starring
Jesse Eisenberg,

Amy Ryan,

Rachel Brosnahan
. 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.)

The Light Between Oceans (2015). Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Starring
Alicia Vikander,

Michael Fassbender,

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.

Standing Tall (2015). Written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Starring
Catherine Deneuve,

Rod Paradot,

Benoît Magimel. Synopsis: The story centers on a young delinquent as he comes of age. Release dates TBD.

The Meddler (2015). Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. Starring Susan Sarandon,
Rose Byrne,

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.

Nina (2016). Written and directed by Cynthia Mort. Starring
Zoe Saldana,

David Oyelowo,

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
Vicente Amorim,

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.

A Beautiful Planet (2016). Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. Synopsis: An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from outer space. Opens in US theaters on Apri 29, 2016.

The Trust (2016). Directed by
Alex Brewer,

Benjamin Brewer . Written by
Benjamin Brewer,

Adam Hirsch . Starring
Nicolas Cage,

Elijah Wood,

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.

Francofonia (2015). Written and directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Starring
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing,

Benjamin Utzerath,

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.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). Written and directed by Matt Brown. Starring
Dev Patel,

Jeremy Irons,

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
Dorota Kobiela,

Hugh Welchman . Starring
Saoirse Ronan,

Aidan Turner,

Helen McCrory . Synopsis: A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. Release dates TBD.

Sky (2015). Directed by Fabienne Berthaud. Written by Pascal Arnold . Starring
Diane Kruger,

Norman Reedus,

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.

Ran (1985) * Restoration and re-release trailer * Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Written by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni Starring
Tatsuya Nakadai,

Akira Terao,

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.”)

Maggie’s Plan (2015). Written and directed by Rebecca Miller. Starring
Julianne Moore,

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: 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.

Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese

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!

Free Movies

The Woman in the Window (1944). Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring
Edward G. Robinson,

Joan Bennett,

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.”

Black Angel (1946). Directed by Roy William Neill. Starring
Dan Duryea,

June Vincent,

Peter Lorre . Synopsis: When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer’s murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent…aided by the victim’s ex-husband.
Watch “Black Angel.”

I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958). Directed by Gene Fowler Jr.. Starring
Tom Tryon,

Gloria Talbott,

Peter Baldwin . Synopsis: Aliens from outer space are slowly switching places with real humans – one of the first being a young man about to get married.
Watch “I Married A Monster From Outer Space.”



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