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Thursday, January 19, 2017
PASTE SUGGESTS 'THE UNTOUCHABLES'
"CHEERFUL CONTENT" TO HELP "FEEL BETTER THIS WEEKEND"
Paste today posted its "Official List of Cheerful Content," which consists of staff "suggestions for how to feel better this weekend." Staff writer Jason Rhode explains, "Paste friend Sean Doyle had a suggestion: during this highly fraught week, while Paste will certainly be publishing plenty of serious features, it might be helpful if we put together a list of light-hearted/cheerful/delightful media or ideas that we turn to in these moments; really, anything that keeps us sane during the next several days. I asked Paste staffers to compile a staggering list of heart-dazzling brilliance, so all may taste the rainbow. In this winter of discontent, we bring you the winners of this content."

Rhode himself begins the list with his choice of Brian De Palma's The Untouchables:

When I consider media which brings me good cheer, one movie immediately comes to mind. In any moment, for any reason, for any question, there is a single answer, and that is Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables. You know that movie you love? Well, all the movies you love secretly adore this flick, and have been writing fan letters to this piece of pure American kino. Oh, the greybeards and Philip Roth will say that this is not a cheerful movie. You know what makes me cheerful? Knowing when they go to sleep and wake up they are wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Untouchables is one of most encouraging movies ever made. I’ll spare you a recitation of the plot, since we have all watched at least five minutes of TBS in our lives and thereby absorbed DePalma by means of osmosis. What can account for the cultural cachet of this epic tale of brotherhood and bloodspill?

You know all of those empires which have fallen? Looks like they weren’t Untouchable. There are Oscar-winning movies that cover tweens learning violin, kids discovering that dinosaurs were just like us, and how the yam farmer is the noblest of God’s creatures … but they don’t have Kevin Costner pushing a Prohibition baddie off a roof and into a car. Does your beloved Jennifer Lawrence vehicle feature Sean Connery chasing an assassin out of his house in his suit-vest, only to be shot himself? No? Oh, how disappointing that must be for you.

Does your movie happen to be the most heartwarming bro-picture of all time? In the other movies, does an accountant discover in the moment of trial that he can go full truffle-shuffle and wreck shop on Capone’s illegal hooch empire with a gun in his hand, and an even bigger gun in his chest—his heart? Yes, the heart is a gun. The Untouchables teaches this lesson, and so many more. DeNiro’s Capone isn’t even acting; it’s as if the memes from all his Scorsese movies (“To-day! To-day! To-day!”) plugged into an feedbacking amp the size of the world. This movie does not chew the scenery, it devours the backdrop for the fuel to rise above the concept of scenery. That’s the Chicago Way.


Posted by Geoff at 11:50 PM CST
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
'BLOW-UP' & 'BLOW OUT' IN BROOKLYN THURSDAY
DOUBLE FEATURE IS PART OF "STAFF PICKS" SERIES THIS WEEK AT SYNDICATED
Hot on the heels of last Friday's double feature of Blow Out and The Conversation at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina-- a theater in Brooklyn will pair Brian De Palma's film with its other main antecedent, Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up. The double feature happens at Syndicated this Thursday night (January 19th), as part of the theater's weeklong "Staff Picks" series. Blow-Up screens at 7pm, followed by Blow Out at 9:45pm.

Posted by Geoff at 10:22 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:24 PM CST
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
CRAMPTON: 'ALWAYS SHINE' FEELS VERY DE PALMA


Previously:
Always Shine director discusses her influences
Tweet: Always Shine "feels like De Palma's 3 Women"
Star Mackenzie Davis says the gaze of Always Shine feels very different from that of De Palma's cinema

Posted by Geoff at 11:34 PM CST
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Friday, January 13, 2017
'BLOW OUT' / 'CONVERSATION' DOUBLE FEATURE
TONIGHT IN DURHAM, NC - ALSO, THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN COPPOLA & DE PALMA
The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, North Carolina, has a fantastic Friday-the-13th double feature tonight as part of its RetroClassics Film Series: Brian De Palma's Blow Out, at 7pm, followed by Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation.

It just so happens that the 1974 conversation between Coppola and De Palma has been making the rounds on the internet the past three or four weeks, thanks to a post at Cinephilia & Beyond that includes the full article from Filmmakers Newsletter #33, and, at the botom of the page, an hour-long documentary about the early years of American Zoetrope.

Posted by Geoff at 1:16 AM CST
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
PIPER LAURIE w/'CARRIE' & 'HUSTLER' SATURDAY
IN ORINDA, CA; AND ARMOND WHITE LINKS 'BROKEN BLOSSOMS' WITH 'CARRIE'
Piper Laurie will be on hand at the Orinda Theatre in Orinda, California this Saturday, January 14th, for a double feature of two of her greatest films, Brian De Palma's Carrie (5pm), and Robert Rossen's The Hustler (8pm). According to Diablo Magazine's Pete Crooks, Laurie will appear for a Q&A with the audience following each film.

Meanwhile, the other day, Armond White mused on D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms for Out, and mentioned De Palma's Carrie:
Film buffs esteem Broken Blossoms for its artiness — dreamlike, fuzzy images project us into the exoticism of other states of being. It heightens our response to effeminacy while critiquing Battling Burrows’s masculine threat. Crisp’s macho sneer is on a behavioral continuum with Gish’s fragility (her fright hiding in a closet was repeated in Brian DePalma’s modern sexual gothic Carrie) and Barthelmess’s ethereal, idealized compassion. The man and girl’s idyll is crushed (“The spirit of beauty breaks her blossoms all about his chamber”), and no contemporary gay-bashing would be more heartrending.

Posted by Geoff at 8:01 PM CST
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Monday, January 9, 2017
TWEETS - ELDER STATESMEN OF CLASSICISM

Posted by Geoff at 12:11 AM CST
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017 8:18 AM CST
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Saturday, January 7, 2017
PIC - DE PALMA w/SCORSESE & JAY COCKS
AT LUNCHEON TUESDAY TO CELEBRATE PARAMOUNT'S NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW WINNERS
The photo at left, taken by Marion Curtis, shows Brian De Palma with Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks at a luncheon hosted by Paramount Pictures this past Tuesday to celebrate the studio's National Board of Review award winners (Scorsese and Cocks won best adapted screenplay for Silence). The three have been friends, of course, for many many years. Cocks did the documentary-within-the-film for De Palma's Sisters, and the two are also credited together with rewriting George Lucas' opening crawl for Star Wars (back when it was just called Star Wars). In 1998, Cocks co-wrote De Palma's unrealized project Nazi Gold.

As for the luncheon, The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg included a brief description in an article about that night's awards ceremony:
Other big winners included Arrival's Amy Adams for best actress, introduced as a "badass" by Chris Messina; and Silence's Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese for best adapted screenplay, introduced by the film's supporting actors Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. (Adams, Cocks and Scorsese also were feted earlier in the day with a Paramount-hosted, Academy member-packed luncheon high above Manhattan in Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room; many attendees of that gathering subsequently hustled over to the 21 Club, where Lonergan and Affleck were at the center of a similar event, hosted by Manchester distributors Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions; and later to The Monkey Bar, where The Weinstein Co., which was shut out of the NBR Awards, toasted Lion lead actor Sunny Pawar, supporting actor Dev Patel and supporting actress Nicole Kidman.)

Posted by Geoff at 6:33 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, January 7, 2017 6:38 PM CST
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Friday, January 6, 2017
CARLOTTA ULTRA 'PHANTOM' BOX - APRIL 12
NEW RESTORATION, BLU-RAY/DVD, BOOK, COVER ART AND OTHER SPECS STILL TO BE REVEALED
Carlotta Films announced on its Facebook page today that it will release an Ultra Collector's Box of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise on April 12. The set will include a brand new 2K restoration of the film. If it is mostly like the Ultra Collector's Box of De Palma's Body Double that they released in 2015, we can expect that the discs will be region free. The cover art depicted here is not final-- for Body Double, Carlotta had commissioned a fantastic illustration by Jay Shaw. Other features of the set have not yet been specified, but when pressed in the comments of the Facebook post, Carlotta responded, "the book will bring together many texts and analyses unreleased on the film archives, exclusive promotions, interviews of the era... and much more!"

Posted by Geoff at 10:25 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, January 7, 2017 11:04 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
WATCH & TWEET 'THE FURY' TONIGHT

Posted by Geoff at 8:22 PM CST
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Monday, January 2, 2017
NEW SHORT FROM ROMAIN LEHNHOFF
NEW YEAR'S THEMED 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH', W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Posted by Geoff at 2:03 PM CST
Updated: Monday, January 2, 2017 2:05 PM CST
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