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Thursday, July 30, 2015
SOME 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE' LINKS
MORE TO COME AS 'ROGUE NATION' HITS THEATERS TONIGHT
Thanks to Rado for sending along the poster at left, which is part of a series of Saul Bass-style posters put together by Paramount's Rogue Nation promotional team that depict key stunts performed by Tom Cruise throughout the film series. You can see the rest of the posters here.

Christopher McQuarrie has been saying that the new film is a sort of "Greatest Hits" of the Mission: Impossible film franchise, and reviews have been noting that, as well. In Entertainment Weekly, McQuarrie mentions that Casablanca was also a key influence on Rogue Nation. There are a million and a half links to reviews of the new film, reviews of De Palma's film, best-stunt articles, podcasts, etc. I'll just start listing the links here-- check back here for updates throughout the day.

The Missions Improbable Podcast
A podcast where John Leavitt and Sydney Bernstein discuss the Mission: Impossible movies as if they matter. "Mission Impossible or 'Brian De Palma directed this?!' John and Syd discuss the surprisingly tight and retro thriller and what rebooting Mission Impossible for the 90s meant. Also discussed: Vanessa Redgrave, when is a twist not a twist, and computers, are they magic?"

Matt Perri, The Workprint
"The movie is very stylish. Having Brian De Palma at the helm does that to a film. Seriously, whether you want it or not, you’re getting style. If you were a family member and you handed the camcorder to your cousin, Brian De Palma, the part where you exchange vows with your S.O. would be really intense. But his style works. The claustrophobic camera work and angular shots add a nice dimension to the paranoid mood of the film and Danny Elfman’s score is very much old school, brilliantly mimicking the tackiness of a 60’s spy show with heavy militaristic drums and horns — and the occasional bongo drum to smooth it all out because spies are hip, baby."

Russ Fischer, /Film, The Best ‘Mission: Impossible’ Action Scenes
"Brian De Palma‘s first Mission: Impossible film wasn’t packed with action setpieces — there are only three, really, but those three are all top-tier action filmmaking, and one of those three defined the series for years to come. In the two decades since, the series has been tackled by a variety of directors — John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie — each of whom with a slightly different balance of action and espionage."

Joe Walsh, Cine Vue
"The opening scene with a 53-year-old Cruise clinging to the side of a military plane as it takes off (whilst managing to say his lines) is a sight to behold. McQuarrie and his team have cherry-picked the most enjoyable elements of the previous four instalments and attempted to generate a hybrid Mission: Impossible film. We have a cat and mouse chase through London echoing De Palma's street scenes in Prague and a motorcycle chase through Morocco, near mirroring John Woo's Mission: Impossible II (2000)."

Scott "Movie" Mantz, Access Hollywood
"The fact that Rogue Nation triumphs as an action film with a tightly-plotted screenplay should not come as a surprise, since it was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995's The Usual Suspects and has been on something of a roll with Cruise ever since he co-wrote 2008's under-seen suspense thriller Valkyrie. McQuarrie also co-wrote last year's flat-out brilliant sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow, and he wrote and directed 2012's underrated Jack Reacher. (He also did an uncredited script polish on the aforementioned Ghost Protocol.)

"But the key to the success of Rogue Nation is that it moves the Mission: Impossible series forward while also looking back on the staples that made it so great in the first place. The highly publicized stunt with Cruise hanging from the side of an airborne cargo jet is an envelope-pushing nod to his hair-raising climb outside the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol. There's also a gripping underwater break-in scene that brings to mind the dangling heist scene that Brian De Palma directed in the first installment, and that's followed by an exhilarating motorcycle chase that harkens back to what many regard as the best scene from director John Woo's Mission: Impossible II."


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DVD BEAVER DTK BLU-RAY COMPARISONS
DE PALMA-SUPERVISED TRANSFER ON NEW CRITERION RELEASE
DVD Beaver's Gary Tooze compares three Blu-ray versions of Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill: MGM, Arrow Films, and the new Criterion. Most striking are the screen shot comparisons reproduced in the post, showing that the new De Palma-supervised Criterion transfer is radically different from the previous two Blu-ray editions. "Wow," states Tooze in the DVD Beaver post. "The Criterion is advertised as a 'New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, supervised by the director...'. It is extremely different from the other two Blu-rays (both with max'ed out bitrates). It shows more information the frame - mostly on the side edges - and seems vertically stretched (or the other two or horizontally stretched. This makes the criterion faces thinner and taller and the Arrow and MGM faces fatter. It is also more faded and has a yellow/green tinge to it. The Criterion has a less robust technical transfer for the film - with a decent, but lower bitrate. I never saw this theatrically so its hard for me to categorically state this Criterion transfer is not accurate. The Criterion transfer skin tones are cooler. I will say it gave me a new viewing experience. It is also the unrated-cut of the film. NOTE: The round (?) lamp behind Michael Caine (below capture) is oval in the Criterion 1080P, but strangely, at times, the Criterion ratio looks more 'right' to me - at other times the Arrow and MGM appear more natural. The more I look at it though - the more the Criterion appears correct to me."

The Criterion Blu-ray of Dressed To Kill is set to be released on August 18, 2015.

Posted by Geoff at 1:00 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:22 AM CDT
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
DE PALMA DOCU BY BAUMBACH & PALTROW
PREMIERE ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING AS PART OF VENICE 2015 LINE-UP
Some surprising news hit this morning as the Venice Film Festival announced its line-up. Among the non-fiction films revealed is a 109-minute documentary called De Palma, co-directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Variety's Nick Vivarelli notes that the film marks "the first time the somewhat reclusive Brian De Palma talks in-depth about his life and career." Baumbach and Paltrow are friends of De Palma's, of course, and Baumbach has interviewed De Palma on camera twice now for separate Criterion releases: Blow Out, and the upcoming Dressed To Kill. The pair (De Palma and Baumbach) have also appeared on stage together at the New York Film Festival.

Also announced for Venice is a 16-minute short by Martin Scorsese, The Audition, starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Scorsese himself, according to Vivarelli.

The Venice Film Festival this year runs September 2-12.

Meanwhile, speaking of Baumbach and De Palma, Ari Gunnar noted last month that Charles Grodin, who plays a legendary filmmaker in Baumbach's While We're Young (pictured here), was "cosplaying" in that film as Brian De Palma.


Posted by Geoff at 11:35 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015 9:33 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
JOCELIN DONAHUE TWEET - 'SISTERS'

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Monday, July 27, 2015
ABOUT THAT MUSIC ON LAST NIGHT'S 'TRUE DETECTIVE'

Previously:
LATEST 'TRUE DETECTIVE' BRINGS DE PALMA TO MIND


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LATEST 'TRUE DETECTIVE' BRINGS DE PALMA TO MIND
JOBLO: "MASTERFUL" DE PALMA-STYLE SET-PIECE AT SEX PARTY INVOLVING RACHEL MCADAMS' CHARACTER


Recapping last night's sixth episode of the second season of HBO's True Detective, JoBlo's Chris Bumbray begins with a summary of the episode's plot: "Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) goes undercover at a drug and sex fueled party to find a missing woman with info on Caspere's blackmail tape." Later in the recap, Bumbray writes, "Things get insane in the second half when Ani goes undercover at Mayor Chessani's son's sex party, where the mob imports girls for the town's richest men to have their way with. This whole sequence is amazing, with director Miguel Sapochnik (director of Repo Men) expertly staging the Brian De Palma-style set-piece at the party, with the tension being ramped up to an almost intolerable level. I was literally on-the-edge of my seat, helped by McAdams' wired performance as Ani's drugged and starts to hallucinate that the man who molested her as a child is stalking her, while having to fight off armed bodyguards (with some nifty knife work). The shooting, editing and – especially – the T. Bone Burnett soundtrack here deserve top marks, and I think I even preferred this set-piece to the shootout in episode four. It was absolutely masterful."


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Updated: Monday, July 27, 2015 7:36 PM CDT
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
SUNDAY TWEET

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Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:30 PM CDT
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
'SCARFACE' POSTER KEY PART OF 'TRAINWRECK' JOKE
"PLEASE DON'T BE A DORM ROOM... PLEASE DON'T BE A DORM ROOM..."
In the new film Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, Schumer plays Amy, who makes it clear right from the start that she enjoys casual sex, drinking, and various drugs. Early in the film, she awakens from one boozy night in a bed that is not her own. As she opens her eyes, we see her look around the room, from her point of view, and the first thing she sees is a Scarface poster (from the 1983 film) hanging on the wall. The camera briefly pauses on the poster, in the center of the frame. She verbally notes the Scarface poster and begins muttering to herself as her eyes continue to dart around the room, "Please don't be a dorm room... please don't be a dorm room." It's a quick gag that got a lot of laughs at the packed theater in which I viewed Trainwreck the other night.

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Friday, July 24, 2015
VIDEO SCRUTINIZES 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE'
"EVERYTHING WRONG WITH" SERIES GIVES EXTRA POINTS FOR DE PALMA'S ARTISTRY


The "Everything Wrong With" series looks at Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible in the video above. After two quick "Movie Sins" right at the beginning, the narrator (Jeremy Scott) says, "I'm going to go ahead and knock off five sins because Brian De Palma shows how you can tell a story visually without having to cut to a new shot every second-- he uses the anamorphic format beautifully in this movie, and if you pay attention, you're rewarded." And there's another subtraction of "sins" later on. Also, make sure to watch the end of the video-- after going through the movie, there are some mash-ups of Mission: Impossible with other films, such as Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.
(Thanks to James!)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
ORIGINAL 'PHANTOM' FILM MATERIALS FOR SALE
SWAN ARCHIVES READY TO PART WITH ORIGINAL NEGATIVES, ETC., IN EBAY AUCTION IF RESERVE PRICE IS MET
Now that the footage has been made available to fans, and in high-quality formats, the Swan Archives is ready to sell the original outtakes, deleted scenes, and more original materials from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. There is an Ebay auction for the materials that ends July 29, with a reserve price that must be met before the auction can be won. Here is the description of the materials from the Ebay listing:
The Swan Archives is parting with its entire collection of original 35mm and 16mm film related to Brian De Palma's 1974 masterpiece, Phantom of the Paradise. Most of this material is ONE OF A KIND.

Among this footage is the material that was borrowed from us and used as the basis of the outtakes and deleted scenes bonus material on the recent bluray editions of the film in the UK (from Arrow Films) and the US (Shout Factory).

You are bidding on:

- Approximately an hour's worth of deleted scenes and outtakes from Phantom of the Paradise on the original 35mm negatives and interpositives, in the original film cans, with the original labeling from the processor, from 1973/1974. Most (but not all) of this footage was used on the Shout/Scream blurays. There are still a few surprises left in there!

- Three 35mm "coming attractions" trailers: one from the first campaign in 1974, one from the second campaign in 1975, and one negative from the first campaign. The negative is pristine, and the positives have very light use.

- 16mm Negatives and separate audio track for 2 60-second TV spots, plus one positive. These are as minty as they can be.

- Original runcards from the processor, as well as dozens of pages of handwritten notes about how to piece the film together, plus dozens of pages of invoices and related correspondence between the processor and the production. You can see much more about the footage on the Swan Archives website, on our Promotion, Production Fiasco, and Production Outtakes pages.

I will pay shipping within the USA. Sorry, I'm not willing to ship this item internationally; I don't want to deal with the customs hassles. If you're outside the USA, maybe you have a friend in-country...I'll be happy to ship it to them.

You're also welcome to pick this item up at the Archives, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're always happy to meet other fans.

This is a piece of cinema history. Sale of this film does not imply any rights in the footage embodied in the film. There is a reserve price on this auction. If the reserve price is not met, the item won't sell. Thanks for looking, and for bidding!


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