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Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25
After naming Alfonso Cuarón the best-reviewed filmmaker of the 21st century and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer the worst, Metacritic’s next list explores the 25 best movies directed by women. Unsurprisingly, Kathryn Bigelow takes both the #1 and #2 spots with “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” respectively.

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Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director with the latter, a painfully tense drama about the Iraq War. (Her latest, “Detroit,” just misses the list by a few points.) Ava DuVernay also shows up twice (with “Selma” and “13th”), as does Sarah Polley (“Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell”), while the likes of Sofia Coppola, Mia Hansen-Løve, and Maren Ade are represented as well. Here’s the data-driven review aggregator’s full list:

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Nfdc Film Bazaar Work-in-Progress Lab announces selection

A still from Vinay Shukla and Khushboo Ranka’s Proposition for a Revolution

Nfdc Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress Lab has announced its selection in Fiction and Documentary categories.

The Work-in-Progress (Wip) Lab gives filmmakers a chance to have their rough-cut feature-length films viewed by an eminent panel of international advisers. These advisers have a one-on-one discussion with the filmmaker with an intention to help the filmmaker achieve an accomplished final cut of the film.

Nfdc Film Bazaar 2014 will be held from November 20-24 in Goa Mariott Resort.

Work-in-Progress Lab 2014:

Fiction :

Bokul by Reema Borah Highway by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Nil Battey Sannata by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Tathagat by Manav Kaul Thithi by Raam Reddy

Documentary :

12 Acres by Rajesh Thind Maidaan (Home Ground) by Kavita Carneiro Nehi Mozo Hanü Dizo Le (Without You, I am Nothing) by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar Proposition for a Revolution by Khushboo Ranka
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Despite MPAA's 'R' rating, '12 Years a Slave' to become a high school learning tool

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If the National School Boards Association is to be believed, we're in a golden age of education Oscar movies. Fox Searchlight announced today that a partnership with the Nsba, New Regency and Penguin Books will make copies of the 2014 Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" and Solomon Northup's autobiographical source material available to America’s public high schools. This follows Participant Media's own educational campaign for "Lincoln," which put DVD copies of Steven Spielberg's historical film and the necessary projection technology in a number of underserved communities. According to Fox's press release, the initiative was the brainchild of director Steve McQueen and Montel Williams, the latter feeling particularly strong about getting the film in front of young eyes. Educators who gain permission to teach the movie in class can receive the "12 Years a Slave" educator toolkit, which includes a DVD, book and study guide. The push doesn't end there.
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Popcorn Preview: Bully

Film: Bully (2011) Director: Lee Hirsch (Amandia! A Revolution ii Four Part Harmony) Genre: Documentary (98 minutes) Tyler looked like an adorable kid in the home movies. "He always had an infectious laugh," his dad tells us. But as he grew older, he became more introverted. He wasn't very athletic, always the last to be chosen for team sports. Some kids called him names, such as "geek" or "fag." At first Tyler cried... "and then he didn't cry." Tyler's dad goes on: "Some kids had told him to go hang his self... that he was worthless. I think he got to a point where enough was enough." Tyler's dad has to speak for him now because Tyler finally did hang himself. The movie follows five kids who are still the victims of bullying, including 12-year-old Alex. Alex has a strong overbite, which is the reason kids in school call him "fish face.
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Popcorn Preview: In Darkness

Film: In Darkness (2011) Cast includes: Robert Wiechiewicz, Benno Fürmann (Joyeux Noel), Agnieszka Grochowska (Wasaw) Director: Agnieszka Holland (The Secret Garden) Genre: WWII drama based on actual events (145 minutes) | Mostly Polish with subtitles Socha is an opportunist. Since the German invasion of Poland, Lvov's Jews have been living in a ghetto. They regularly have to sell their valuables to get money for food. And while "The shit is worth nothing now," Socha knows it'll be worth something someday. And as a sewer inspector, he has something few others have... a perfect hiding place. "No one knows the sewers better than Socha." So, you can imagine his surprise when a small band of Jews secretly dig a tunnel into the sewer. "So we meet again." Socha knows this particular Jew. It's Mundek, the one who sold him the fake engagement ring. Mundek offers a bribe for Socha's silence. "There's no place for Jews in Lvov anymore.
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Harvey Weinstein Threatens to Leave MPAA Over Bully Rating

Harvey Weinstein is a guy who uses every trick in the book to promote independent films, even if it means playing a little bit dirty sometimes. Can you blame him? He's up against Hollywood blockbusters with multimillion dollar marketing campaigns, and without his aggressive tactics, movies like The King's Speech and The Artist would probably never have found their way to mainstream audiences. However, the problem is that sometimes it's hard to tell whether he's truly doing what's right for the movie or if he's simply doing what benefits himself. This week he is threatening to take a "leave of absence" from the MPAA after they handed down an "R" rating for the documentary Bully. But is he taking a legitimate stand or is it just a publicity stunt? The documentary, formerly titled The Bully Project, is directed by Lee Hirsch and examines the severe problem of bullying in schools across America.
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When Are Films Political? When They're GreenHouse Films

Greenhouse is a prestigious development program for documentary filmmakers from Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, with a record of 10 completed films since its inception in 2006 at the Berlinale. Their films are powerful films with impressive awards in international film festivals such as Berlinale, Sundance, Hotdocs and Idfa. You may heard of some of them like A Film Unfinished which premiered at the Sundance 2010. They have managed to create a true professional environment for filmmakers from our very problematic region, with participation of filmmakers from Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia Jordan and…
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Radical Light, Nyaff, Kushner, "Nuremberg," Cold War, More

Updated through 5/10.

"The filmmaker and Oakland native Sidney Peterson once scatted that after World War II, San Francisco 'was a city hanging loose, a small pocket edition, for a brief period, of the Vienna of Wittgenstein and Musil, and the Zurich of Tzara, the Cologne, the Berlin, the Paris, the Hanover, the New York of Dada.'" In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis notes that the version of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945 - 2000 presented at Anthology Film Archives today and tomorrow and at MoMA on Sunday and Monday "doesn't go as deep or as wide as the original, of course. But it's something of a movable feast nonetheless, and it gives you plenty to chew on, starting with an entire program dedicated to Peterson, a sculptor, painter and novelist whose adventures in the seventh art in the late 1940s turned him
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Pajiba After Dark 5/3/11

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Lots more sports tonight, and as I sit here gazing out at weather in the mid-80s (or high 20s for those of you who speak Celsius) I find myself wondering how it is that two 'winter' sports are still going strong. Basketball makes slightly more sense, because it's always been played indoors so it doesn't matter as much what time of year the games are played. But hockey? I don't doubt there are still places where you could have an outdoor ice rink around this time of year but not for much longer. Is there an explanation for this other than "the season starts later than it should to accommodate football" or is that it? Questions for the ages, for sure. Here's your Tuesday night TV:

6:30pm: "NHL Playoffs: Washington at Tampa Bay, Game 3" on Versus

7:00pm: "NBA Playoffs: Boston at Miami, Game 2" on TNT

"What the
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PBS A Film Unfinished, A Haunting Exploration of Nazi Propaganda Film May 3

"A Film Unfinished," A Haunting Exploration of Nazi Propaganda Film" comes to PBS from Independent Lens on May 3, 2011 at 10Pm. From PBS At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered intact in an East German archive. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Das Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1998, another reel was discovered that radically complicated the scholarly interpretation of "Das Ghetto." The foobaby in arms 2tage, in which glimpses of the Nazi filmmakers can be seen when they accidentally step into each others' shots, makes clear the great extent to which the Reich's
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #312: Sucker Punch, Paul and Hobo with a Shotgun

0:00 - Intro / New York Trip Recap 24:40 - Headlines: Rip Elizabeth Taylor, Darren Aronofsky Leaves The Wolverine, David Slade to Direct Daredevil, Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Body Double Speaks Out, The King’s Speech PG-13 is Happening, Megan Fox in Knocked Up Spin-Off, First Photo from New Wonder Woman TV Show, Amy Adams is the New Lois Lane 37:10 - Review: Sucker Punch 1:00:35 - Review: Paul 1:18:40 - Review: Hobo with a Shotgun 1:41:45 - Trailer Trash: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Three Musketeers 1:51:10 - Other Stuff We Watched: Celebrity Apprentice, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Prison, Cutthroat Island, A Film Unfinished, Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, The Times of Harvey Milk, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, The Tillman Story, BMX Bandits, The Goonies, Punisher: War Zone, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,
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[DVD Review] A Film Unfinished

There’s no denying the inherent historical value of A Film Unfinished, it features filmed footage intended for a Nazi propaganda film. For that slice of historical recording alone, A Film Unfinished earns itself a pass. However, assuming you’re not viewing the footage on mute and taking it in the way it was filmed (there’s no native sound to the footage), you have to watch it alongside the narration and interview audio that makes it a documentary. Its unique capacity for offering insight into Nazi propaganda is night unrivaled, unfortunately the exploration comes across as quite bland despite what should be an incredibly interesting subject.

The 1942 footage of Warsaw, as it was originally known, suggested a utopian world of Jewish society in the midst of the Nazi’s increasingly tight grip on their culture in the Polish city’s ghetto. At first the footage seemed like opportunistic editing,
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DVD Review: Two Great Docs in ‘A Film Unfinished,’ ‘Inside Job’

Chicago – Two of the best documentaries of 2010 were recently released on DVD and both are well-worth your time in the very near future as they serve as prime examples of the vitality of the form of non-fiction filmmaking. Both “A Film Unfinished” and the Oscar-winning “Inside Job” are riveting filmmaking, proof that subjects that one might consider dry can be turned into a devastating experience.

DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0

Just glancing at the descriptions of “A Film Unfinished” or “Inside Job,” a potential renter or buyer might think that they know all there is to know about their subjects or, worse, that they’re going to be lectured like they’re sitting in a classroom on a Saturday night. What more could we possibly learn about the Holocaust after decades of books and films on the subject? And how could a subject like the fall of the economy possibly be dramatically interesting?
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A Film Unfinished

Reviewer: James van Maanen

Rating (out of 5): ****

After all the films made about life, and death, in the Warsaw Ghetto – from Polanski’s award-winning The Pianist to Cannon Films' rather silly Jews-fight-back-while-falling-in-love War and Love (aka The Children’s War), not to mention countless documentaries -- it is still a kick in the gut and the head to experience a movie like the new A Film Unfinished from documentarian Yael Hersonski. Whatever the "magic of movies" (and I'm a firm believer in same), to my mind no narrative film I've yet seen begins to pack the punch of watching a documentary such as Shoah. There is something about the reality of documentary film that wipes the floor with the romanticizing in narrative Holocaust movies, from Schindler's List to the latest Claude Lelouch, which – as much as I love his new film, Ces amours-là -- gives us this in spades.
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This Week on DVD: Jackass 3, Four Lions, The Walking Dead: Season 1

From flying porta-potties and bumbling Jihadists to the Third Reich and zombie plagues, not all of this week's DVD releases will go over well with all viewers. However, there is definitely some stuff worth checking out, if you think you can stomach it. Major studio releases include Jackass 3 (available in true high-definition 3-D!), Morning Glory starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, and The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe. Non-fiction fans will want to check out Oscar-winning doc Inside Job and historically significant piece of Nazi propaganda A Film Unfinished, while Studio Ghibli fans should be excited to see the release of both Tales from Earthsea and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on Blu-ray. All this plus the edgy British comedy Four Lions and the first season of AMC's wildly popular adaptation of The Walking Dead. What will you be buying or renting this week? Find a full
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: March 8, 2011

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Before we begin, one title you won't see in the "Latest Announcements" section at the bottom of this article is the just announced release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy extended editions on Blu-ray. It's not listed because the release date has not yet been set, but you can pre-order it from Amazon by clicking here. Now let's get to this week's releases...

Morning Glory Even though I enjoyed Morning Glory, I wouldn't recommend it as a buy. This is an easy title to recommend for rental and I would bet there will be some people out there that will actually consider this a solid purchase, but I won't be the one to recommend it. You can read my theatrical review right here where I basically praise Rachel McAdams.

Oh, and I can't forget to mention how hideous
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Trailer Park: Paul, Ice Road Truckers, Birdemic, The Last Lovecraft Relic Of Cthulhu, A Film Unfinished

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By Christopher Stipp

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Check out my other column, This Week In Trailers, at SlashFilm.com and follow me on Twitter under the name: Stipp

Paul - Screening

I could not be more excited to see this film, the final product of a project that nerds who appreciate Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been hearing about for years. On purpose I’ve been trying to avoid anything and everything about this movie but it’s been hard because it has been everywhere. An alien, Comic-Con, a road trip, Jason Bateman, the laundry list of good things brewing within this movie’s run time is just scrumptious.

So, if you live in the Phoenix area and can make it to a screening on March 15 then send me your name to Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com and I’ll get you entered to win a pair of passes to see this before everyone else.
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Out of "Nowhere," "Four Lions" Attack and More New DVDs

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Out of
"The Man From Nowhere" (2010)

Directed by Lee Jeong-beom

Released by Well Go USA

Matt Singer said there's a sequence in this Korean revenge thriller that has "already taken up permanent residence in the Movie Hall of Fame section of my brain," so what more do you need? "Mother" star Won Bin stars as the man who is framed by local gangsters and seeks to retrieve the young girl he lives next door to after she's been kidnapped.

"Abducted" (2011)

Directed by Jon Bonnell

Released by Brain Damage Films

Originally called "Match.Dead," this 2009 thriller details the perils of online dating when a teen girl (Kathleen Benner) arranges a date with a man she soon learns is a psychopath (James Ray). Alan Smithee is the credited screenwriter on IMDb, so one might not want to go in with high expectations.

"Babysitters Beware" (2011)

Directed by Douglas Horn

Released by Phase 4 Films

If you're the
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The 10 Best and Worst Reviewed Movies of 2010 | The Golden Tomato Awards

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Rotten Tomatoes handed out its Golden Tomatoes yesterday, the ten best and worst reviewed movies of the year. I offer them here for your approval/disapproval. I will point out that just because, say, 95 percent of critics liked a movie doesn't necessarily mean they liked it a lot, which is something of a glitch in the Rt system. Take, for instance, Unstoppable. A full 86 percent of critics "liked" Unstoppable (as did I), but I doubt many of them liked it with 86 percent enthusiasm (I liked it more than I didn't, which is to say, around 60 percent enthusiasm). It also means that incredibly well made films that divide critics would not appear here. It's a consensus thing (which also explains why Let Me In, a good but not great movie, is in the top ten).

Best Reviewed Wide Releases

1. Toy Story 3 (99 percent)

2. How to Train a Dragon (98 percent)

3. The Social Network
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National Society of Film Critics Lambastes MPAA Ratings System

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine National Society of Film Critics Winners In addition to handing out awards to the likes of The Social Network, Carlos, Jesse Eisenberg, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, David Fincher, Roger Deakins, Aaron Sorkin, Olivia Williams, Geoffrey Rush, and Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme, the National Society of Film Critics issued two statements this year. The first statement lambastes the Classification & Ratings Administration of the Motion Picture Association of America for its ludicrous and hypocritical — not to mention undemocratic — censorial stance. The second statement pertains to the punishment meted out to Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, "whose sole crime is telling the truth." (Ironically, as far as the American censorship board is concerned, that's also the "crime" of documentaries such as The Tillman Story and A Film Unfinished.) The Nsfc's anti-censorship statement follows below. The Panahi/Rasoulof statement can be found in the next post. (See
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