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The Film Stage Show Classic – Stalker

10 hours ago

Welcome, one and all, to another classic review from your friends here at The Film Stage Show. Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by freelance critic Nate Fisher to talk about the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker, a classic of science fiction and Russian cinema.

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M4A: The Film Stage Classic – Stalker

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- Brian Roan

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New Trailer for Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ Brings Futuristic Horror

23 hours ago

We’ll be getting one of our most-anticipated films of next year quite soon into 2018. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina follow-up Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, stars Natalie Portman, Gina RodriguezTessa ThompsonJennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi, and a new trailer has arrived today. The film features a group of women — an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist  — who embark on a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Recently, there’s been reports of a behind-the-scenes clash on the post-production and distribution of the film. Long story short: Garland seems to have been faithful to the peculiar, enigmatic source material, which may be off-putting to audiences expecting a palatable sci-fi thriller. So, Paramount struck a profitable deal with Netflix for those outside the U.S., Canada, and China and the »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Tells Another Tale of Real-Life Heroism

23 hours ago

Completing his unofficial trilogy of American heroism after Sully and American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s latest film recreates the 2015 event in which Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern were on the #9364 train from Brussels to Paris when an Isis terrorist boarded with an Ak-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to kill all 500 people on board. The three American friends took it upon themselves to charge the gunman and stop him. The 15:17 to Paris, arriving in February actually stars the three men, playing themselves, and today the first trailer has arrived.

“I looked at a lot of very good actors who could possibly have done the job. But I kept looking at the faces of these young men — “boys,” I call them,” Eastwood tells EW. “I thought these faces were unique. It just struck me that it would be an interesting experiment. It could be bold or reckless, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

13 December 2017 5:10 AM, PST

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Rian Johnson Cherishes the Past, Then Burns it to the Ground

12 December 2017 9:00 AM, PST

The tranquil blue introduction. The boom of the Williams fanfare. The warm yellow crawl. They invite you home to the familiar, a place in the past where wondrous adventures of swashbuckling in a galaxy far, far away came few and far between. They’re comfort incarnate and work without fail – for a time. With the roar of applause that accompanied the top of The Last Jedi’s opening prologue, you’d think the words “Episode VIII” were a complete surprise to those in attendance. Such is the power of Star Wars. These aren’t quite movies anymore as they are an exercise in feeling something – the pangs of nostalgia – and Rian Johnson understands this almost innately throughout The Last Jedi.

Saddled with the mammoth and unenviable position of potentially disappointing pop culture’s most volatile of fanbases, Johnson unflinchingly maneuvers these characters with a special cunning. He plays to the »

- The Film Stage

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Review: A Starchitect is Born in the Illuminating ‘Big Time’

12 December 2017 6:27 AM, PST

Grand ideas changing skylines and sidewalks take center stage in Big Time, an illuminating portrait of starchitect Bjarke Ingels. Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, he rides shotgun for the young architect as he transitions his practice from Copenhagen to New York. The move, around his 40th birthday, is marked with some tension as his design from Big (Bjarke Ingels Group) has trouble retaining its European clients as Ingels puts down roots in North America. While here, he works on projects like Two World Trade Center with the Silverstein Properties group and West 57 with Durst Organization, which houses the only movie theater in New York City currently showing the film.

On camera these developers praise the Big’s team for their willingness to be flexible on these grand projects, while Ingels finds himself battling his patrons over oxidized vs. painted surfaces in a particularly fascinating scene as he expresses disappointment with »

- John Fink

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 275 – Lady Bird

11 December 2017 7:45 PM, PST

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, it’s just Michael Snydel and I throwing down over the solo directorial debut from Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird.

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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 275 – Lady Bird

00:00 – 06:44 – Introductions

06:45 – 39:02 – Lady Bird review

39:03 – 01:40:59 – Spoilers

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- Brian Roan

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The Black List’s 2017 List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

11 December 2017 1:06 PM, PST

Rounding up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives, The Black List has been a strong resource to clue one in on projects to potentially anticipate, but first, to kickstart Hollywood on bringing them to screen. Last year’s chart-topper, the Madonna film Blonde Ambition by Elyse Hollander, was picked up by Universal Pictures and also in the top five was Liz Hannah’s The Post, which Steven Spielberg turned out quite fast. Today we have this year’s edition.

Topping the 2017 edition we have the post-wwii drama Ruin by Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo, which Gal Gadot is set to star in with direction by Macbeth and Snowtown‘s Justin Kurzel. Also among the list is the abortion drama Let Her Speak, the story of Anne Frank’s diary, Keeper of the Diary (which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh at Focus Features »

- Jordan Raup

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2018 Golden Globes Nominations Include ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

11 December 2017 6:07 AM, PST

Ahead of a ceremony on January 7 the nominations for the the 75th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized Dunkirk, Call Me by Your Name, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri for Best Motion Picture, Drama, while Lady Bird, Get Out, I, Tonya, The Disaster Artist, and The Greatest Showman earned Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical nominations.

Check out the film nominations below and see the TV ones here.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Dunkirk

Call Me by Your Name

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Lady Bird

Get Out

I, Tonya

The Disaster Artist

The Greatest Showman

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Meryl Streep, The Post

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Michelle Williams, »

- Jordan Raup

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