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Rushes. Jordan Peele’s “Us,” Very Slow Movie Player, Lists!

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NEWS
Charlie Chaplin in The Pilgrim (1923).
  • Happy New Year! Thanks to the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, all copyrighted American works from 1923 have entered the public domain, legally allowing for re-publication and re-use. This includes Cecil B. DeMille's silent version of The Ten Commandments, and Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim.
  • Two legends, directors Ringo Lam and Mrinal Sen, have passed away past week. Lam was a trailblazing member of the Hong Kong New Wave in the 1980s, while Mrinal Sen helped to usher in a new wave of filmmaking in India alongside Satyajit Ray.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Actor-comedian turned auteur Jordan Peele has swiftly produced his followup horror film to his unanimously celebrated Get Out. Here's the ambiguous yet stirring first trailer for Us.
  • Janus Films have gracefully restored Jackie Chan's death defying Police Story films, in which he brilliantly stars, directs, and choreographs.
 
  • Here's a curious one: designer Bryan Boyer has crafted a new device which revises how we watch movies. Dubbed the "VSMP" or, "Very Slow Movie Player," it slows films down from 24 frames per a second to 24 frames per hour. See it in action in the video below.
  • A TV-spot trailer for the forthcoming PBS documentary My Country No More, which focuses on the many communal, economic, and political consequences of oil drilling in rural North Dakota.
RECOMMENDED READING
Film Comment's January-February 2019 issue.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
  • A previously lost, newly translated interview with the great German-Hollywood auteur Fritz Lang.
  • Caspar Salmon investigates Cary Grant's screen image, and with it, the presence and influence of queerness in old Hollywood.
  • Michael Sicinski reflects on a year of "deeply resistant" experimental filmmaking.
EXTRAS AND RE-DISCOVERIES
  • "To Learn About the World," "Rock Generation," "No More Rock," these are just a few terrible examples from an extensive list of alternative titles Universal suggested to George Lucas for his film American Graffiti...

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