It’s common for black-and-white classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn to get modern facelifts through digital colorization. The reverse, a celebrated contemporary film going monochrome, is much rarer.
Chances are if you ask a veteran what the most realistic war film is, you’ll be told there isn’t one. As lived-in and frightful as Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" may have been, there is no film that captures the totality of the military experience.
Disney’s latest formula works: Start with a classic children’s story, sprinkle it with knowing nostalgia to draw in a generation of adults, and invite a smattering of famous faces on screen, with an extra helping of action and 3-D visuals. As the studio’s profit margin shows, it’s a winning recipe.
LOS ANGELES — Dev Patel knows how special a film like Lion is. He’s been waiting nearly 8 years, since his breakout in Slumdog Millionaire, for a role as substantive and soulful as Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was lost as a 5-year-old, adopted and raised by Australian parents, and who, 25 years later, used Google Earth to retrace his steps to his hometown and his birth mother, not knowing the name of either.
If you grew up in Denton, you’re bound to have heard a few different stories about Warren Beatty and his 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The infamous couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were known for using secluded areas in and around Denton County as hideouts between their crime sprees in the 1930s, and portions of the 1967 film starring Beatty were naturally shot in the area, too.
There is no rulebook for creating Disney animated features. The film just needs to come from an honest place, be expressive and provide a sense of adventure for viewers to get lost in. This idea stretches back to when a certain mouse sprung onto the scene to bring about smiles and educate on how to live life to the fullest.
There’s no doubt the Harry Potter series has instilled magic into the lives of many. There’s a cozy and inviting place it takes you to. It provides a sense of escapism that is rare for movies to offer these days, where one can leave their worries outside the door, live in the moment and cherish what unfolds on screen.
The demands of sci-fi filmmaking often require massive sums of money, because when aliens arrive on screen, humanity has to blow them up. Thankfully, there are some movies that land without breaking bank or depending on smash-and-grab space conflict to warrant your attention.
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is no doubt an important one: They’re the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws against interracial marriage. But oftentimes in movies that are based on true stories, we hope they say more than what we can read in a newspaper article or book. As we’ve come to know, film is a visual medium and it gives filmmakers the opportunity to impact us in ways we could never get from words on a page.
With hundreds of scripted series to watch on television and streaming services, it’s hard to keep up with the Joneses. A smart premise and a good cast can be two of the many components to lure you into a new series. Such is the case with Showtime’s Billions, starring Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy).
The exceptional film Moonlight is a work of fiction, but it draws upon universal themes and the lives of its talent and filmmakers.
BASTROP (AP) — A small slice of movie history sits on a stretch of Texas 304 in Bastrop. It’s a quaint enough spot, well past the charred-tree graveyard from the 2011 wildfires that devastated the area, and nothing that would demand attention from the road.
Superhero movies have been the crux of the film business for more than a decade, with franchises such as Iron Man and The Avengers sweeping in the dough and winning over audiences at a time when convincing people to visit a movie theater has never been more difficult. (Thanks, Netflix.)
Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) no doubt stands apart from his counterparts. It’s apparent Park puts an abundance of thought into his projects and filmmaking technique. Everything has a reason for its place and why it’s shown the way it is, which could stem from his former position as a film critic in South Korea while he was trying to ignite his directorial career.
In-Lawfully Yours is an inspirational romantic comedy that may stir a faint memory of the biblical tale of Ruth and Naomi within your heart. Written to include modern day challenges, the film captivates from the beginning until the end.
Sometimes a relatively generic story can be redeemed by a confident central performance, as proven with 2012’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. What appeared to be a bombastic action flick in the same vein as Cruise’s other stealthy crime franchise Mission: Impossible, wound up being a rather smart, low-key, stylish and — most notably — fun thriller. While it has many action set-pieces that feel borrowed from M:I films, Cruise’s movie star charisma shined through with a fascinating character who outsmarted and beat his way out of every corner he was backed into.
We plowed through a crowded docket of films at Fantastic Fest in Austin at the end of September to bring you our picks for the features you need to be on the lookout for in the coming months. Some of these films have their release dates confirmed, while others may take longer than expected.
A24 is one of the best film studios working today. It’s responsible for cinematic juggernauts such as Ex Machina, Room and TheWitch. Never does it represent narratives that are safe, traditional or capable of generating a nice cash flow. A24 is more about the art and filmmakers’ unique voices. You know, what movies should be about.
Twilight Time essentially serves as a movie buyer’s guide to vintage movie collecting. It specializes in releasing movies that have been collecting dust on shelves and have yet to receive the remastered treatment.
The promotion of The Birth of a Nation has been crawling through the shadows in recent months, due to the controversy surrounding a resurfaced 1999 news story involving its filmmaker and leading star. As a film journalist, however, I’ll leave the altercation to social media comment threads and stick with what Nate Parker puts on screen.
Film colorization has been around since the dawn of film. One of the first forms of media to receive this treatment stretches back as far as 1902, when each film had to be individually hand colored by an artist.