The 10 Best Movies About The Poetry of Everyday Life

By Chris van Dijk

Here’s something most of you have probably figured out already: things don’t always work out like they do in most movies. Sometimes you get the girl, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you get the girl and lose her within a short space of time. It doesn’t matter how much you love her.

People have a mind of their own, they don’t follow a conventional movie script. We make plans for this grand future only for something to happen that will forever ruin this future from happening. You ask the Gods why this is happening. You’ve been a good person. You don’t deserve any of this. It’s their silence that hurts the most.

Dreams don’t always come true. Movies are full of dreamers who make their dreams come true: Rocky goes the distance, Billy Elliot defies his blue-collar upbringing and becomes a professional ballet dancer, a slumdog can become a millionaire, the short but spirited Rudy can fulfill his dream of playing football for the University of Notre Dame, etc.

Sometimes these films can brighten our day and there’s certainly truth to be found in each of these movies. You should chase your dreams. You shouldn’t give up when faced with an obstacle. But sometimes we need to watch something a little closer to life. A little less fluff, a little more human. A film that doesn’t sugarcoat the existential darkness woven into our existence. Something far more relatable. These people on the screen are just like you and me. We are not alone.

In this list I have compiled 10 films that celebrate or portray everyday life. Some are more cynical than others, but I thought it was important to not just choose depressing films because even those with daily struggles – though don’t we all have them? – life isn’t constantly depressing. Sometimes → continue…

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5 Reasons Why “Frances Ha” is One of The Best Indie Movies of The 2010s

By Hannah Sayer

Greta Gerwig has had quite a year. Her solo directorial debut Lady Bird (2017) became the best reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history while passing last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) to become A24’s highest grossing film. Gerwig has also made history by becoming only the fifth woman ever to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, where she was also nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category.

Reflecting on this pivotal and groundbreaking moment in Gerwig’s career, it is the perfect opportunity to revisit the film she co-wrote with her frequent collaborator and real life partner, director Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha (2012). Gerwig plays the titular role in the film: a twenty-something woman living in New York whose ambition it is to become a dancer.

It is easy to fall in love with the infectious and endearing spirit captured in Frances Ha. It is an absolute joy from start to finish. Repeat viewings of the film, which at first could be dismissed as light and cliché, reinforce the complex character study which Gerwig and Baumbach have created. The film is about friendship, love, being young and having ambitions but it also explores themes of loneliness, failure and betrayal.

This list will demonstrate the ways in which Frances Ha is successfully crafted and how this makes it one of the best independent films of the 2010s.

5. New York, New York

From Manhattan (1979) to the HBO series Girls (2012-2017), New York has become a city regularly captured in film and television. In Frances Ha, New York becomes an integral part of Frances’ narrative as she struggles to stay afloat in the city.

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Trailer Watch: Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca’s The Pearl

By Scott Macaulay

“Christopher LaMarca and Jessica Dimmock’s The Pearl is a nighttime movie,” wrote Vadim Rizov out of True False in 2016, “all quiet, warmly illuminated interior spaces populated by a self-supporting community.” That community is one of older trans women living in the Pacific Northwest and coming out for the first time in their fifties and sixies, and LaMarca and Dimmock’s is indeed a beautifully shot and empathetic portrait. The film was selected for our 2016 “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” program, when we wrote: Dimmock and LaMarca’s debut feature documentary is an intimate portrait of a […] → continue…

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The 10 Worst Robert De Niro Movies Ranked

By David Zou

Robert De Niro is one of the finest actors ever to appear in film. He is a respected icon whose greatest achievements include memorable turns in films like Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), among others.

Most frequently recognized for his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, De Niro is arguably the finest actor of a generation filled with talented performers including Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Paul Newman.

Like most talented performers who enjoy a long career, De Niro has made his fair share of bad movies, most of them coming in his later years. While his more high-caliber achievements will forever earn De Niro a pass for his missteps, their existence cannot be denied. With this in mind, we will look at the actor’s 10 worst films, ranked for your enjoyment.

10. Righteous Kill (2008)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, both Italian leading men, burst onto the Hollywood scene at roughly the same time in the early 1970s. The two actors would appear in The Godfather: Part II, but wouldn’t share a single scene together. Both would make careers out of doing the same types of films, and they would frequently find themselves competing for the same roles.

For a long time film buffs questioned what it might be like to see the two actors on screen together. When they were finally cast as the leads in Michael Mann’s heist extravaganza Heat (1995), this frequently asked question was answered. While De Niro and Pacino lit up the screen in the two scenes in which they appeared together, fans clamored for more. Many felt cheated and conversations about → continue…

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The 10 Best Frances McDormand Movie Performances

By Joseph Stanger

Frances McDormand is probably one of the best actresses in the past 30 years. She’s selective in her roles, but It’s very rare, if not impossible to find a weak performance of hers.

In her entire career, McDormand has accumulated 5 Oscar nominations, including a win for the award of Best Actress in 1997 for ‘Fargo.’ She’s mostly known for her performances in films directed by the Coen brothers, but her recent performance in Martin McDonagh’s excellent 2017 drama ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ will more than likely become one people will know her for.

The 60 year old actress was born in 1957. She starred in her first feature film, ‘Blood Simple,’ in 1984 and was married the same year to Joel Coen, one of the co-directors of that film. She started her acting career in 1982 after receiving a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. Interestingly enough, while going there she roomed with actress Holly Hunter who has worked alongside McDormand in films like ‘Blood Simple’ and ‘Raising Arizona.’

Keep your fingers crossed that she wins the ‘Best Actress’ award and hopefully ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ snags a few Oscars too. McDormand is an exceptional actress with a fantastic filmography that you shouldn’t miss out on. Hopefully you’ll see her in even more great films in the coming years.

10. Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda (1990)

This film was directed by Ken Loach and stars Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, and Brad Dourif. It’s a slow burning political crime drama set in Ireland during the country’s fight for independence. McDormand plays the girlfriend of a lawyer sent to Ireland to investigate supposed shady affairs happening within the Irish government. It was released to critical and commercial acclaim back in 1990.

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15 Upcoming Horror Movies To Look Forward To In 2018

By Vlad Albescu

2017 wasn’t really the best year for horror films. With the exception of “Get Out,” “Raw,” and to a lesser extent, “Annabelle 2: Creation,” “Gerald’s Game” or “It,” there weren’t too many horror films worthy of being mentioned. However, when it comes to horror films, 2018 already looks more hopeful.

Some classic horror films are getting promising remakes or sequels, great directors like Steven Soderbergh and Lenny Abrahamson are making their debuts in the horror genre, and on #7, we’ve got a film that has already been called “the scariest horror movie in years.”

The following list features 15 upcoming horror films that we’re looking forward to seeing this year. Let us know in the comments which of the following titles you think will have the most potential of being great films, and what other horror movies you’re expecting this year.

1. Summer of ’84
Release date: January 22, 2018 (Sundance Film Festival)

“Summer of ’84” is said to be a film in the same vein as “Stranger Things,” but instead featuring serial killers.

A group of kids spends their summer spying on their neighbor, who they suspect is a serial killer. As they come closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

This film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival where it has received mixed reviews. Many criticized its overuse of the nostalgia factor and called it inferior to “Stranger Things.” Others praised its dark, more mature take on the genre and praised its unexpected ending. However, with only five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment, it is too early to judge this film and we are looking forward to a proper release.

2. Winchester
Release date: February 2, 2018 (USA)

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Documentarian Alma Har’el is Making Super Bowl Ads and Breaking the Cycle That Kept Women Out

By Chris O’Falt “The dirty little secret male directors keep is how they build filmmaking skills and financially sustain themselves making commercials,” said Har’el, whose Free the Bid is flipping the script for… → continue…

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ARRI Delivers a Knockout With Its First Large Format Camera System

By Logan Baker Once again, ARRI is making waves in the industry with the announcement of their new native 4K, large-format camera system. → continue…

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New Alexa large-format 4K cinema system introduced by Arri

Cinema camera manufacturer Arri has launched a completely new, ‘large format’ 4K system comprising a camera with a new lens mount and 16 new lenses to go with it. The Alexa LF camera uses a sensor fractionally larger than what stills shooters would consider ‘full frame’ and can record in resolutions up to 4.5K and at frame rates of 150 fps.

Arri introduced the new system today at London’s BSC Expo, and claims the new system is smaller and lighter than current full frame models. The camera’s sensor measures 36.70 x 25.54mm and uses 4448 x 3096 pixels – all of which users will be able to utilize in open gate mode. When used in 16:9 mode a 31.68 x 17.82 mm area is exposed with a full 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is a 36.3mm diagonal, so is fully compatible with lenses such as Zeiss’s Compact Prime and Cinema Zoom series of lenses.

A 2.39:1 ratio mode uses 4448 x 1865 pixels and a 39.8mm diagonal.

In all of these modes the camera can shoot at up to 90fps in Arriraw, but it can manage 150fps when used in 2.39:1. Arri says the sensor has an exposure latitude of ‘14+ stops’. Newsshooter is reporting that the sensor is essentially two of its existing, 8-year-old ALEV-III sensors stitched together.

Large PL mount

A new lens mount has been introduced with the system that uses a wider throat and a shallower flange so that lenses can be made with large maximum apertures that would not be possible with the narrow throat of the PL mount. It should also allow lenses to be slightly smaller and lighter. The LPL (‘Large PL’) mount is 62mm in diameter and → continue…

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Photographer struck by rally car while standing near track corner

An incident involving a photographer struck by a car during the outdoor racing event Sno*Drift Rally has spurred discussion and criticism over shooting practices in risky situations. Photographer G David LaClair was standing near a corner of the outdoor racing track when a vehicle lost control and spun out, slid into the brush, and directly impacted the photographer.

The collision was captured in a pair of videos, both of which are graphic in nature. In a post shared via a screenshot on Facebook, the photographer LaClair reports that he suffered a lacerated liver and broken scapulas, as well as many bruises. The incident has resulted in many pointing out that better attention to safety would have prevented the collision.

Photographers were reportedly warned not to stand on the outside of a track corner due to the risk of a car losing control

In a Facebook comment left on a video of the accident, photographer Adam Bachi explains that a mandatory safety meeting for media personnel was held before the event. During this safety meeting, photographers were reportedly warned not to stand on the outside of a track corner due to the risk of a car losing control. Whether LaClair was present in that meeting and why he chose to stand in that spot is unclear.

Discussions have focused, in part, on how future incidents like this can be avoided, including potentially having experienced photographers follow inexperienced photographers, posting warning signs in dangerous shooting spots, and having safety personnel monitor dangerous spots to turn away anyone who unwittingly positions themselves there.

Via: Fstoppers

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ARRI Large Format Camera System

By Jon Fauer This is a standalone, 64-reprint of the ARRI Large Format Special Report from FDTimes February 2018 Issue 86. Download 9 MB PDF here. → continue…

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NBCUniversal LightBlade LED Production Lighting Debuts 3 New Products At BSC Expo

By aaron.rogers@nbcuni.com

Universal City, CA

Launched in 2017, the highly successful NBCUniversal LightBlade LED will release 3 new products at the BSC Expo (Stand 526) in London, February 2-3, 2018. The new 1 Blade, 2 Blade and 4 Blade product configurations will be showcased in…

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New flash storage standard opens the way for 8K video capture on smartphones

Photo by veeterzy

Storage speeds on smartphones, Chromebooks, VR headsets and automotive devices are about to make a huge leap forward. Standards group JEDEC has announced the new UFS 3.0 flash storage standard, which doubles the theoretical speed of the current UFS 2.1 standard to 2.9 GB/s, all while lowering power consumption and allowing for operation at a greater range of temperatures.

This theoretical maximum likely won’t be achieved by production devices, but the standard does require the host device to use hardware that supports these blistering fast transfer rates.

What does this actually mean for smartphone cameras? If you are only capturing still images, you won’t see much of a difference; but for video shooters, this could be huge. The new standard allows for 4K video capture at 60 frames per second or even 8K resolution without putting nearly as much stress on your device.

In combination with larger storage capacities—Samsung, for example, has promised to include 512GB modules in its upcoming smartphones—this new standard could make ultra high-resolution video recording on mobile devices standard. If you later want to transfer the recorded footage to another device or computer, the faster speeds help with that, too.

And, finally, the new standard also offers lower power consumption and increased reliability in a wider range of operating temperatures.

As usual, it’s not clear when we will see the first UFS 3.0 ready devices; the new standard will probably take a while to implement on a wider scale. But given Samsung is by far the biggest NAND memory module manufacturer, there is a good chance the Korean company will be among the first to offer the new standard in its smartphones. Something to look forward to in the Galaxy S10, perhaps?

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Arri’s New Signature Prime Series “Large Format”

By Matthew Duclos Today, Arri officially announced their new, keeping up with the Jones’s, Alexa LF (Large Format). More importantly, the announcement wasn’t just a new camera, but a new system. This means new camera, new mount, and new LENSES! I suppose the new camera is large format compared to other cameras, but what about the new lenses? … Continue reading Arri’s New Signature Prime Series “Large Format” → continue…

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More About the “Major Mirrorless Presentation”, It’s the Canon EOS M50

By Canon Rumors We’ve had a vague update to the “major mirrorless presentation” we reported last month. It turns out the invitation was likely just for one specific country and wasn’t a global event. We never received a visual confirmation of the invite, but the follow-up from the source is enough for us to be confident of its … → continue…

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