Sunday Video Essay: 100 Years 100 Shots

The Tribeca film festival and Jacob T. Swinney put together this super-cut through the past 100 years of (mostly American) cinema. Each year is represented by a single shot. Some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations.

Irish Film Critic Mark Cousins is not likely to agree with this selection, but do you?

The full list of the films used is tucked under the seat:

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Tribeca/Lionsgate Announce VOD Service

We had a long talk the other night about HBO breaking away from cable and moving to their own subscription-based service. CBS recently announced something similar with their “CBS All Access” service (anyone need an instant “Twin Peaks” fix?). Is this the way TV and movies are moving for good? Obviously Netflix is here to stay, but what I mean is, with all of these off-shoots, rather than paying a hundred bucks a month for cable, will we be shelling out a hundred bucks a month (or more) for several different streaming platforms? Though in my utopia there would be one service with everything I could possibly want and I’d be willing to pay a premium price for it. But it’s unlikely this will ever happen and with Hulu and Amazon and Netflix already going strong, the future seems to be an ala carte selection of various video on-demand services that you’ll have to navigate to separately. But I digress…

The latest “media conglomerate” seems an unlikely pairing at first whisper since when I think Tribeca Film Fest I think of artier, more thoughtful dramas and Lionsgate conjures thought of people having their limbs sawed off while evil clowns stand by laughing. But of course those are both generalizations and not altogether true. The Tribeca/Lionsgate VOD service has been dubbed “The Tribeca Short List.” Possibly a little misleading to some as some sort of shorts program; but no, this will be a highly curated list of titles from festivals around the world as well as critically acclaimed and prestigious films from the Lionsgate and Tribeca. The list of titles are to be replenished and refreshed each week.

Launching in early 2015, this sounds like a way to see the newest The Hunger Games movie as soon as possible while at the same time making it possible to hunt down all of the festival titles you heard about on podcasts and blogs, but know will never see the light of day (or the darkness of the cinema). In other words, depending on the launch titles announced and price point, I’m kind of digging this idea; count me in!
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Trailer: The Broken Circle Breakdown


Quite simply put, this one of the best films you will probably see all year. Felix Van Groeningen’s vivid emotional drama of life, love and Bluegrass tunes with its mouthful of a title, The Broken Circle Breakdown (Kurt’s review here) brought me to the brink of dehydration from all the tears of pleasure and pain that I shed over it’s runtime. Flemish director set the bar pretty high with his last film, 2009’s The Misfortunates (Bob’s review here), a family drama about four men who cannot seem to get this shit together, until you realize that they are living life to its fullest. Here the amount of growth and intimacy and yes melodrama (but the good kind) is heightened that audiences kind of stagger out of the cinema emotionally drained. Edited in an elliptical fashion that only heightens the intensity of the feelings, and sprinkled liberally with great music (as seen in this trailer) I cannot wait until November 1st when it hits select cities (Including a full run at Toronto’s TIFF LIGHTBOX) in a limited theatrical release. And hey, lookie there, Tribeca Films marketing folks even quote me in the trailer (My review was also cross-posted over at Twitchfilm)

Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

Superb English trailer for Let the Right One In

If there is one upcoming movie we talk about around here more than any other, it is probably Thomas Alfredson’s Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. This may be a function of the recent resurgence of vampire properties (from Twilight to True Blood), but really, it is because this film is an certainty for ‘instant classic.’ While there is the inevitable US remake scheduled for 2010, Magnolia pictures genre arm Magnet are putting the original out into the theatres; meaning the chance of catching this one outside of a festival on a big screen is a very real possibility.

I was (justifiably) upset that Magnet went a long way towards spoiling Timecrimes with their super-explicit trailer; and in selling Let The Right One In stateside there are a lot of ‘money shots’ on display. But you have to hand it to them for capturing the dangerous innocence/corruption/love tone which the movie so delicately balances. For those who want the really pure experience, I still suggest avoiding this (excellent) trailer; however for those who want to start salivating now: See Below.

Further note that the Toronto After Dark film festival has this one as their opening night feature on October 17th, 2008. Hope to see the locals there.

Both the trailer (High Res version recommended) and my Fantasia capsule review are tucked under the seat.

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