Drafthouse Films continues to blaze a singular trail in distribution

With the announcement today that it would be acquiring the lost Australian thriller Wake in Fright, Drafthouse Films has cemented (in my opinion) its claim to be one of the most interesting, fearless and passionate distribution outfits working today. The 1971 film from First Blood director Ted Kotcheff, as championed by Martin Scorsese at Cannes... Continue Reading →

Tindersticks release details of ‘Film Scores’ tour

Readers of Sight and Sound who look forward to each new issue may have noticed an interesting covermount attached to April's issue: a sampler of Tinderstick's forthcoming release, collecting their soundtracks to the French filmmaker Claire Denis' ouevre. I've always made time for Denis' films, particularly 35 Shots of Rum and last year's White Material.... Continue Reading →

Maria Schneider 1952-2011

"I didn't want to be a star, much less a scandalous actress - simply to be in cinema" - Maria Schneider Thursday brought news of the very sad passing of Maria Schneider, the talented and troubled French actress most famous for her role opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris. Few actresses could have... Continue Reading →

Premakes – Up

Youtube user whoiseyevan has raised his game with his latest work, breaking Pixar's Up down to it's constituent molecules (harmless grouch, eager boy scout, talking dog) and reconstructing it through the medium of 60s Hollywood. Carl Fredericksen is now Spencer Tracy, and his nemesis is Kirk Douglas. The editor comments, "I have always enjoyed old... Continue Reading →

BFI – The Wonderful World of Disney

With the upcoming release of Tangled, Disney will celebrate its 50th in-house animated feature, the culmination of 70 years of almost non-stop production. It's easy to be cynical about certain periods in Disney's history - the lean years of the 1980s, which were documented in the excellent Waking Sleeping Beauty, certainly don't inspire much fondness... Continue Reading →

Tim Burton successfully outsources creativity

Vastly over/underrated filmmaker and kook Tim Burton recently launched a particularly interesting project via Twitter: a collaborative storyline for his cult hero Stainboy, written with the assistance of his Twitter followers. The 'Exquisite Corpse' technique, familiar to bored schoolchildren throughout history, sees a group of people adding to the same story sentence by sentence. Burton... Continue Reading →

Geek Chic: Evil Dead Tees

From the patron saint of movie geeks and graphic designers Olly Moss comes a magnificent and minimalist Evil Dead tribute T-shirt. Available at Mondo Tees, for whom Mr Moss has created plenty of posters, these fetching and not-too-nerdy designs come in red and navy. To you - $24, plus shipping.

Mike Leigh – Another Masterpiece

In news which has shocked the film world, Mike Leigh's Another Year is winning terrific praise from audiences and critics wherever it goes, with serious accolades expected for stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen.  Even better news for Londoners: the Barbican have scheduled a Q&A session with the legendary director himself, following a screening of... Continue Reading →

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