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Thursday, July 11, 2013


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'BLOW OUT' COMES UP IN SEVERAL '80s BALLOTS
'THE UNTOUCHABLES' & 'BODY DOUBLE' ALSO MENTIONED ONE TIME EACH


Movie Mezzanine collected ballots from staff and friends listing their top ten movies of the 1980s. Brian De Palma's Blow Out was the number one pick of the site's editor-in-chief, Sam Fragoso, and so has the good fortune of being the very first film mentioned on the page, right at the very top. Four other lists included Blow Out: Kevin Ketchum (#7-- top film is Blade Runner); Kenji Fujishima (#5-- top film is Videodrome); Matt Prigge (#10-- top film is Modern Romance); and Jack Giroux (#6-- top film is Raiders of the Lost Ark). The day after the lists were posted, the site's James Blake Ewing posted an article about Blow Out as part of a series called "The Second Criterion."

Back to the lists, Scott Renshaw placed De Palma's The Untouchables at number nine on his list (top film: Airplane!), and senior editor Jake Cole placed De Palma's Body Double at number ten (top film: King Lear). The site is collecting readers' top tens in the comments section, and will post the results and analysis in about a month.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells posted his choices, but displayed his own amazingly short-sighted "aesthetic perception problem" with the following notice at the top:

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Warning: It is the respectful opinion of this columnist that anyone who picks Brian DePalma‘s Blow Out as one of the great ’80s films either (a) has a serious aesthetic perception problem or (b) is being intentionally perverse. I tried watching the Criterion Bluray and I couldn’t get past the first 45 minutes or so.
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Posted by Geoff at 12:49 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:13 AM CDT
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
OLIVER STONE PRESENTS 'SCARFACE' SCREENING
AT KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAST WEEK
Oliver Stone was at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last week, where he received a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stone presented several of his films, including an "Ultimate Cut" of Alexander, and Scarface, for which he wrote the screenplay.

Stone posted the following about the fest on his Facebook page:
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Wonderful week long film festival. Was honored with the lifetime achievement award and was able to show "Alexander: The Ultimate Cut" in a large hall with wonderful projection. The film played out well for the first time. The Shanghai Film Festival projection was too dark almost by two full stops of exposure. Also able to show Chapter. 3 & 10 of "Untold History of the United States" to a very responsive young crowd.

They also screened "Scarface" (1983) at a packed screening of 1,500 people. The film doesn't feel dated. In fact, it seems slower, and was more able to concentrate on the acting of Al Pacino and wonderful supporting cast. Kudos to Miriam Colon and Robert Loggia. Also showing "Wall Street."

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In other Scarface happenings, a 36-minute video has been popping around the internet during the past few days. It seems to be the same video from the Scarface DVD special features. The video, broken down into three parts and posted to YouTube, was embedded in a post at The Playlist the other day, along with a terrific 1983 De Palma interview segment from The Movie Channel that was embedded here a couple of years ago.

Posted by Geoff at 12:26 AM CDT
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Sunday, July 7, 2013
MUST-SEE VIDEO: DE PALMA DIRECTING 'FEMME FATALE'
B-ROLL FOOTAGE: STUNTMEN, BRIDGE, BALCONY, POOL TABLE FIGHT, CANNES 2001

Posted by Geoff at 5:23 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, July 7, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
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'PASSION' AT PORTUGAL'S VILA DO CONDE FEST
NATIONAL PREMIERE WAS LAST NIGHT; WILL ALSO SCREEN JULY 14
Brian De Palma's Passion screened last night to cap off the opening day of the Vila do Conde International Film Festival in Portugal. The "special session" was billed as the national premiere of the film. Passion will also screen on the closing night of the festival next Sunday, July 14.

Posted by Geoff at 4:10 PM CDT
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OFFICIAL SITE FOR 'PASSION' IS LIVE


The official web site for Brian De Palma's Passion is up and running. It features the new trailer, pictures (same ones we've seen before), bios and other production notes, many of which are borrowed from the Wild Bunch press kit published last year. But there are also fresh descriptions, such as this one from the "Synopsis" page: "With his trademark mix of wit, melodrama and lush cinematic style, De Palma peels back the layers of a spiraling murder mystery that is as full of jet-black humor and villainous fun as it [is] with doubts and suspense. For deep beneath the icy, cool veneer of modern life and work, De Palma playfully exposes a realm where the wildest passions rage."

And there is also this lead in from the "Talk" page:

"Throughout a career that has spanned four decades and some of the most suspenseful and provocative films of contemporary cinema, Brian De Palma’s storytelling has been fueled, informed and inspired by the shifting fascinations of popular culture. In Carrie, based on the blockbuster Stephen King novel, he exposed the shocking horror beneath the allure of teen-aged angst and high-school drama. In Dressed To Kill he stripped the popular crime thriller down to its erotic core of sexual obsessions. With Scarface he flipped the American gangster movie into a moral fable of brutal excess in the name of ambition. In Mission: Impossible, he re-tooled the Cold War spy movie into a breathless exploration of paranoia via high-tech style.

"Now, with his new film, Passion, De Palma puts his own twist on the latest incarnation of the thriller: the corporate thriller set against our 21st Century enthrallment with money, power, image and control. But this deadly corporate battle unfolds between two beautiful, complicated, ambitious women who have taken the gloves off and become as aggressive and merciless as any of their male higher-ups in the boy’s club. Using the divergent personalities of Rachel McAdams as the icy blonde executive Christine and Noomi Rapace as her secretive brunette protégé Isabelle, De Palma tells a story of go-getting that has gone too far — to a deliciously dark place, where these two characters have come to believe that any desire, no matter how kinky or vengefully wicked, can be attained if you’re willing to work hard, do your research and abandon all morals."


Posted by Geoff at 2:41 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, July 7, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
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Friday, July 5, 2013
'PASSION' MAKES DAYOUB'S 2013 MIDYEAR BEST LIST
Many saw Brian De Palma's Passion at film festivals last fall. Some of those viewers already placed Passion on their top 10 best lists for 2012. Now, knowing that De Palma's latest will be released in U.S. theaters next month, Cinema Viewfinder's Tony Dayoub has placed Passion on his midyear list of the best films (so far) of 2013. Here's what Dayoub posted about the film today:

"That this illogical but virtuosic movie still ranks so high despite the fact that I saw it at a press screening last September should tell you how strongly I believe in it. Detractors will scream at the movie's nonsensical plot holes. What, they never saw Dressed to Kill? If you allow De Palma to put you under the picture's dreamy thrall I guarantee you will be swept up by one hell of an erotic suspense thriller."

Posted by Geoff at 7:26 PM CDT
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
MR. BEAKS CHIMES IN ON 'PASSION'



Posted by Geoff at 11:51 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
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Monday, July 1, 2013
IRISH PREMIERE OF 'PASSION' JULY 27
AT TRISKEL CHRISTCHURCH IN CORK CITY


Brian De Palma's Passion will get its Irish premiere on Saturday, July 27, at Triskel Christchurch, a former church located in Cork City that has been converted into a music/cinema venue. Christopher O'Neill, Head Of Cinema at Triskel Christchurch, had heard that Passion was not going to get a theatrical release in the UK/Ireland, and requested the special screening, which is presented in association with Metrodome Distribution. O'Neill will be on hand to give an illustrated talk entitled ‘The De Palma Thriller’ following the screening. This past May, O'Neill hosted a small De Palma retrospective at the Dundead Film Festival in Dundee, Scotland.

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