- The BFI London Film Festival has announced its 2012 award winners. Jacques Audiard's Rust & Bone is the Best Film, and Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild (which also picked up an award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this past week) is the Best Debut. For a complete list of winners, click here.
- The Rome Film Festival has unveiled some additions to their lineup, including new films from Paul Verhoeven (his mid-length feature Tricked, which we've previously shared the trailer for) and Peter Greenaway.
- Via The Guardian: It's hard to go very long without hearing word of new projects from Werner Herzog, and his list of forthcoming films has grown yet again with the announcement of his adaptation of DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little:
"Herzog will return to Texas: it's about a teenager who heads to Mexico after becoming a scapegoat for a high-school killing in a small Texan town. The novel was given the Man Booker prize in 2003 and Whitbread first novel award (now Costa) in 2003.
- Franck Barcellini, the composer of Jacques Tati's Mon oncle, has passed away at the age of 92.
- Back in May, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky reviewed Dragon Eyes, a film by John Hyams, a director you may not be too familiar with that has had our attention since Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Well, a new trailer (which he cut himself) for the sequel, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, has surfaced just a couple days before it hits VOD on Thursday. Between this and the trailer for Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, which dropped a while back, it's a good time for the artistic exploration of American genre. Take a look, it's rather stunning:
- In Moving Image Source, Phil Coldiron writes on the films of Raya Martin and poses a bold question: "How can cinema be dying, or dead, when one of the great directors in the world hasn't even hit 30 yet?
- Above: from the Tumblr "Kanye Wes", in which Kanye West lyrics and images from Wes Anderson films, are finally, rightly, united.
- Preview and download the soundtrack from RZA's The Man with the Iron Fists, which is unsurprisingly filled with, among other jams, new music from Wu-Tang Clan alumni.
- Over at The Chiseler, Tom Sutpen (of If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats fame) writes on "the first and by far the best Hecht-MacArthur production," 1934's Crime without Passion, which opens with "a breathtaking opening montage by Slavko Vorkapich; a wild, truly unhinged emanation that loudly and triumphantly introduced the avant-garde into mainstream American filmmaking."
- Above: more Tumblr shenanigans, this time in the form of the singular genius that is Badly Recreated Animated Film Frames.
- In Cinema Scope Online, Jose Teodoro takes a look at John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, newly released by The Criterion Collection:
"Captivating while remaining unvarying in tone and pace, acted with seamless naturalism and attention to detail, elegantly photographed (by Billy Williams), edited (by Richard Marden) and designed (by Luciana Arrighi, who seems to have been unable to place a single object in a room that doesn’t feel true to the film’s characters), Sunday Bloody Sunday seems to me flawless."
- Check out our Notebook regular Fernando F. Croce on The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation in Film Comment:
"Diversity is something many a film festival promises, but few can match the wide-ranging selection of titles showcased at MoMA’s annual “To Save and Project” series. In its 10th anniversary edition, the Museum of Modern Art’s mix of restoration premieres, discoveries, and revivals, which this year features J. Hoberman as guest curator, remains a haven for the omnivorous cinephile."
- On the occasion of the Stanley Kubrick retrospective that opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 27th, Tom Cruise and Terry Semel, the former head of Warner Bros., reminisce about the legendary auteur.
From the archives.
- ...Speaking of Kubrick, here's a tremendous photo from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey: