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Worst Grammy snubs 2020: Shocking omissions include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Jonas Brothers and more

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Worst Grammy snubs 2020: Shocking omissions include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Jonas Brothers and more
Who didn’t make the cut when the 2020 Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, November 20? Scroll down to see noteworthy names, songs and albums that missed out in the top four general field categories. And check out the list of nominations here.

Taylor Swift wasn’t completely absent from the general field as she was a couple of years ago when her “Reputation” was snubbed everywhere except Best Pop Album. She did show up in Song of the Year for “Lover.” However, the album of the same name was left out of the race for Album of the Year, and “You Need to Calm Down” was missing from Record of the Year. “Calm Down” did pick up a Best Pop Solo Performance nom, though, and “Lover” is up for Best Pop Album.

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Lady Gaga also had a mixed result,
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Ford V Ferrari Review

James Mangold’s Ford V Ferrari is an old-school odyssey, sensationalized by burnt rubber, colliding pigheads, and grease stains. Based on a true story, it contrasts the openness of the road with the restrictiveness of the destination, and while a great deal of its hostility rightfully rests in the laps of assembly line ringleaders, much of the film feels similarly contrived by rehashed nuts and bolts.

However, this strange contradiction makes sense in conversation with its arena. Ford V Ferrari seeks pure cinematic gold when it comes to being voluptuously entertaining, a benchmark it surpasses on several occasions. This is partly because the film is spearheaded by two cases of pleasantly zesty acting – courtesy of the remarkably untapped chemistry between Matt Damon and Christian Bale – as well as an entire ensemble of fine supporting performers. But it’s mostly because the rhythmic velocity of the action is so crisply composed
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“If the Co-Producer Disappears, Our Company is in Danger”: Komplizen Film’s Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach

Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman, Western, Tabu, Syndromes: Each bears the name Komplizen Film as either primary or co-producer. Founded in 1999 by Maren Ade and Janine Jackowski at their Munich film school, Komplizen has gone on to produce a body of work that displays a keen and consistent intelligence, is distinctive to their own tastes and avoids the whiff—evident even with many fine arthouse production houses—of the cookie-cutter. Komplizen has produced Ade’s three films to date, providing a backbone to their experiments in other fields and giving them the confidence to draw other directors and co-producers into the fold. […]
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“If the Co-Producer Disappears, Our Company is in Danger”: Komplizen Film’s Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach

Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman, Western, Tabu, Syndromes: Each bears the name Komplizen Film as either primary or co-producer. Founded in 1999 by Maren Ade and Janine Jackowski at their Munich film school, Komplizen has gone on to produce a body of work that displays a keen and consistent intelligence, is distinctive to their own tastes and avoids the whiff—evident even with many fine arthouse production houses—of the cookie-cutter. Komplizen has produced Ade’s three films to date, providing a backbone to their experiments in other fields and giving them the confidence to draw other directors and co-producers into the fold. […]
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10 Things We Know So Far About The Mandalorian Season 1

The first of several live-action Star Wars series coming out in the next few years, The Mandalorian is the highly-anticipated story of a lone gunslinger making his way in the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and directed by Dave Filoni fresh off his successes with The Clone Wars and Rebels, it promises to be an exciting look at the adventures of an all-new character in the Star Wars Universe separate from the Skywalker Saga.

We’ve been able to gather information from Jon Favreau’s Instagram and Twitter feed, as well as panels at the latest Star Wars Celebration in Chicago to help illuminate what the series will focus on, what it will look like, and who’s going to be in it. Drawing from several different genres (including Samurai and Western), and marrying practical effects and CG, this eclectic and exciting
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Interview with Sonny Sison: Doing stunts doesn’t mean being a daredevil, though it certainly takes guts and toughness.

With over 25 years of experience working in Hollywood as a stunt performer and action actor, Sonny’s career has led him to reinvigorating the action genre in the Philippines as an action director and producer with a focus of bringing international productions to film in the country. In addition, future projects in development are slated to film in Asia and Europe.

On the occasion of “Maria” premiering at Netflix May 17, we talk with him about his training, his experiences working in Hollywood and in the Philippines, Anna Curtis and Cristine Reyes, Erik Matti, and about his approach on the particular film.

How did you first enter martial arts? What kind of training did you receive and how is your training program at the moment?

I started martial arts training in 1975 in Shorin Ryu Karate. My main martial arts style is a hybrid system of Karate, Judo/Jujutsu, Kenpo, Boxing called Kajukenbo-Wun Hop Kuen Do.
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Review: Lines of Flight—Christian Petzold's "Transit"

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Christian Petzold’s latest film Transit—his third consecutive period piece, second successive literary adaptation, and first theatrical feature to not star Nina Hoss in quite some time—continues what might be described as the German director’s ongoing European project. It is telling that the title of his 2000 feature The State I Am In, after which last year’s New York retrospective of his work was named, suggests a filmmaker concerned with taking the pulse of a nation. Adapted from Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel of the same name, drawn from the writer’s experience of fleeing to Mexico during World War II, Transit completes Petzold’s self-dubbed “Love in Times of Oppressive Systems” trilogy, comprised of the 1980s spy-melodrama Barbara (2012) and his post-wwii Vertigo-facelift Phoenix (2014). From its first frame, though, one would be forgiven for echoing the enduring refrain of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)—for though
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The Four-Color Film Podcast #106 – Jonah Hex

Allen Christian, Gerald James, and Lacey Day bring you a weekly podcast chronicling the ups and downs of comic-book-to-film adaptations from the very beginning. Every single one of them, as in-depth as each deserves.

This week is 2010’s Jonah Hex! Much maligned upon its original release and forgotten in the years since, we revisit this adaptation of DC’s fantastical comic book cowboy to see if it really is as bad as the 12% Rotten Tomatoes score would suggest, or if perhaps the world simply expected too much of a comic book Western.

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Tiff 2018: Trailer For Genre-Twisting ‘The Man Who Feels No Pain’

The Midnight Madness strand at Tiff is always a highlight. This year, the likes of The Predator and Halloween get their world premieres in the strand, but here’s a trailer for another movie playing late at night in Toronto, the genre-twisting The Man Who Feels No Pain. You can watch The Man Who Feels No Pain trailer below.

The Man Who Feels No Pain trailer

The Man Who Feels No Pain is an action-packed flick that combines an outrageous premise, show-stopping Bollywood set pieces, inventive martial arts brawls, and a freewheeling, pop-culture sensibility. It is described as a delirious action-comedy about a young man born with the ability to feel no pain who begins a quest to vanquish 100 adversaries.

It is a glorious B-movie homage to kung fu and exploitation films of the VHS era: martial arts films, Bollywood extravaganzas, Shaw Brothers shoestring epics, Django and Western movies, American trash classics.
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‘Naruto’ Director Michael Gracey Updates the Status of the Anime Adaptation

Back in 2015, it was announced that a Western, live-action Naruto movie adaptation was in the works with Lionsgate reported as being in negotiations with Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) to direct. Nothing much followed that report for about a year and a half, but then the project got a big bump by the reveal that the series' creator Masashi Kishimoto would be involved with the production. Still, after the likes of Dragonball: Evolution, The Last Airbender, Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note, Western, Americanized adaptations of inherently Japanese properties have gotten more wrong than right. And that …
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Slow Burn German Masculinity Drama 'Western' Gets an New Us Trailer

"You're either with us or against us." The Cinema Guild has debuted a new Us trailer for the highly praised German drama Western, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and played at every other major fest in the fall of last year. From director Valeska Grisebach, Western is a slow burn about a group of German construction workers who take on a job on the Bulgarian countryside. The men compete against each other for the attention of local women, and get into some trouble. I still think the title doesn't fit the film, but Western is a solid examination of masculinity and the hot-headedness of men. Meinhard Neumann stars, with a cast including Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Viara Borisova, Kevin Bashev, and Aliosman Deliev. This film has received rave reviews from critics all over the world, and is worth your time to discover if you're looking for something
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018. Lineup

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My Own Private HellThe titles for the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam are being announced in anticipation of the event running January 24 - February 4, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.SIGNATURESInsect (Jan Švankmajer)Asino (Anatoly Vasiliev)Lek and the Dogs (Andrew Kötting)The Bottomless Bag (Rustam Khamdamov)Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing)Readers (James Benning)The Wandering Soap Opera (Valeria Sarmiento, Raúl Ruiz)Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel)Bright FUTUREThe Flower Shop (Ruben Desiere)Look Up (Fulvio Risoleo)My Friend the Polish Girl (Ewa Banaszkiewicz)Rabot (Christina Vandekerckhove)Respeto (Alberto Monteras II)The Return (Malene Choi Jensen)Windspiel (Peyman Ghalambor)All You Can Eat Buddha (Ian Lagarde)Azougue Nazareth (Tiago Melo)My Own Private Hell (Guto Parente)Ordinary Time (Susana Nobre)3/4 (Ilian Metev)Cocote (Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias)Drift (Helena Wittmann)The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)Gutland (Govinda Van Maele)The Watchman (Alejandro Andújar
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Sight & Sound’s 2017 Critics’ Poll Includes “Mudbound,” “Zama,” and More Women-Directed Films

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Sight & Sound asked 180 critics to pick their top five films of the year, and the results are in. The UK mag announced the 20 films to receive the most votes, and six are helmed by women. The highest-placing woman-directed pic on the list is Lucrecia Martel’s long-awaited epic “Zama.” An adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel of the same name, the drama is set in the 18th century and centers on a Spanish officer stationed in a remote South American town awaiting a transfer to Buenos Aires. Argentina’s foreign-language Oscar pick earned the fourth-highest amount of votes in the poll.

Just behind “Zama” is Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” which scored fifth place. Set in rural Bulgaria, the pic follows a group of German construction workers who are installing a hydroelectric plant. “I grew up with the Western genre, sitting in front of a TV set in 1970s West Berlin.
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‘Get Out’ and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Lead Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2017 Poll

The best in 2017 polls and lists continue today with one of the most respected organizations, Sight & Sound. After polling over 180 critics from around the world, Jordan Peele’s Get Out landed in the top spot while close behind, with some controversy, is David Lynch and Mark Frost’s 18-part Showtime series Twin Peaks (which, fittingly, arrives on Blu-ray today).

Although the man who directed every episode has insisted his monumental undertaking is a film from the beginning, we imagine some may not agree with the distinction. Yet, three-plus decades later, many would classify Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part, 931-minute miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz as a film, so perhaps we just need some more distance.

The excellent list also features Call Me by Your Name, Good Time, A Ghost Story, mother!, and Personal Shopper, as well as a handful of stellar 2018 U.S. releases (Zama, Western, You Were Never Really Here) and some 2016 U.
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AFI Fest Adds 13 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders, Including ‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’

AFI Fest Adds 13 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders, Including ‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’
This year’s AFI Fest will play home to some major contenders, thanks to a sterling World Cinema lineup that boasts no less than 13 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entries from around the globe. The annual Los Angeles festival has announced its latest picks, including a World Cinema section rounded out by 30 films from 39 different countries. Of those films, over a dozen are already in contention for Oscar attention, from festival favorites like “A Ciambra,” “Foxtrot,” and “A Fantastic Woman” to new works from modern masters like “Happy End” and “Thelma.”

The full list of Oscar contenders includes: Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra,” Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot,” Michael Haneke’s “Happy End,” François Girard’s “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” Amit V. Masurkar’s “Newton,” Ildikó Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul,
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Westerns, Redefined: How Two New Movies Provide Fresh Meaning to a Dated Genre — Nyff

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Westerns, Redefined: How Two New Movies Provide Fresh Meaning to a Dated Genre — Nyff
The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

The western is an iconic genre tied to the very genesis of cinema itself, but it doesn’t have the currency it held decades ago. That’s why it’s such a thrill to see Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” and Valeski Grisebach’s “Western” — two highlights from this year’s New York Film Festival — reshape the genre from the ground up.

It’s only possible to appreciate that if you consider how far the genre has come. The western reigned Hollywood for decades—particularly from the ‘30s to the ‘60s. The genre’s appeal was that its unequivocal good vs. evil narrative could translate to any cultural zeitgeist. It wasn’t until Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns and
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New York Film Festival 2017. Coverage Index

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This year's New York Film Festival, running September 28 - October 15, features some of our favorite films this year, including Valeska Grisebach's Western and Lucrecia Martel's Zama, as well as Hong Sang-soo's On the Beach Alone at Night, The Day After, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Before We Vanish. Below, you will find an index of our coverage of the films playing in the 55th New York Film Festival.The Posters of the 55th New York Film FestivalMAIN SLATEWonderstruck (Todd Haynes)Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) | Director interviewCall Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)Faces Places (Agnès Varda, Jr)Félicité (Alain Gomis)The Florida Project (Sean Baker)Ismael's Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin) | Director interviewLover for a Day (Philippe Garrel) | Director interviewOn the Beach Alone at Night (Hong Sang-soo) | Director interviewThe Other Side of Hope
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 55th New York Film Festival

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Above: French poster for Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis, 2017, France).Seven years ago, when I did my first round-up of posters of the New York Film Festival, I led off with a Juliette Binoche poster (for Certified Copy) so it seems fitting to kick off again with this rapturous image of Binoche for Claire Denis’ Let the Sun Shine In. It may not be the best poster of the festival—though it’s not bad—but Binoche’s look of blissful abandon seems fitting as New York cinephiles head into another fortnight of cinematic nirvana.As usual I’ve tried to collect posters for all the films in the festival’s main slate, the only two I came up short on being Serge Bozon’s Mrs. Hyde and Chloé Zhao’s The Rider. The best poster of the festival might well be one of many designs for Lucrecia Martel
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Tiff 2017. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

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Below you will find our favorite films of the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Top Picksfernando F. CROCE1. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)3. Western (Valeska Grisebach)4. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)5. Faces Places (Agnès Varda, Jr)6. Manhunt (John Woo)7. Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)8. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)9. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)10. Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)Kelley DONG1. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar), Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)3. Good Luck (Ben Russell)4. Manhunt (John Woo)5. The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)Daniel KASMAN1. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)2. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)3. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)4. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)5. I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)6. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar)7. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)8. below-above (André
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Valeska Grisebach’s ‘Western’ Is A German Riff On The Cowboy Movie [Tiff Review]

Perhaps the most salient and unsung thread in last year’s arthouse comedy epic “Toni Erdmann” examined the shifting economic frontiers in Europe. This becomes the point of departure for “Western”—the third feature of fellow German filmmaker Valeska Grisebach—which further scrutinizes the human scale of these permeable borders. This, however, is where the similarities end; as its title suggests, Grisebach’s film takes on the classical American genre of the Western as a template for its thematic preoccupations.

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