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Vale Craig Lahiff

Craig Lahiff, director/writer and producer and one of the pillars of the South Australian screen industry, died in Adelaide on Sunday after a short illness. He was 66.

His final film, Swerve, a thriller about an honest guy who stumbles upon a suitcase of money and a decapitated body on a desert highway, starring David Lyons, Jason Clarke and Emma Booth, was released in Australian cinemas in 2012 and was sold to the Us and the UK.

Helen Leake produced three films with Lahiff: Heaven.s Burning, Black and White and Swerve. .Renowned for his calmness and quiet persuasion in all aspects of his work Craig brought to all of his films a very clear vision that he imparted to all his collaborators,. she said. .Long-time friend Louis Nowra recalls Craig.s .grace under pressure. as a director, and all his colleagues found his craft skills and technical understanding of all
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Priscilla producer Al Clark to receive Aacta Raymond Longford Award

  • IF.com.au
Veteran Australian producer Al Clark will receive the Aacta Raymond Longford Award in recognition of his three-decade career which has included iconic films such as Chopper and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Clark, who emigrated from the UK in the 1980s after representing music acts such as the Sex Pistols and Phil Collins, has produced or executive produced 19 feature films. He has also served on the board of the Australian Film Commission (1989-1992) and participated in official juries of several international film festivals, including the San Sebastian and Valladolid Film Festivals.

..With a love of films that always transcends the frustrations of getting them made, I.ve tried to choose distinctive projects, to navigate them soundly, to find gifted people to work with, and to bring out the best in their considerable talents," Clark said after being told of the award. "I.m grateful to Aacta for
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The Forgotten: Post-Nuclear Family

  • MUBI
I first became aware of Sogo Ishii's The Crazy Family when it got a UK release around 1985. Most western critics found it wearisome and baffling, and I didn't go. Five years later, a Japanese friend showed it to me—he'd already won my confidence by introducing me to Miyazaki's films, still largely unknown in the West at that time. Neither Miyazaki's Totoro nor Ishii's Crazy Family had subtitles, so my friend served as amateur benshi translator, offering some English language help approximately once every ten minutes. Now I've finally seen both with subtitles, I can't say being unable to follow the dialogue greatly hurt either film, since what they really speak is the language of cinema.

But Ishii, inspired by the punk rock ethos, is a very different creature than Miyazaki: his jet-black satire perhaps depends on an awareness of Japanese culture, hence his success at home and puzzled reactions abroad,
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‘Snow Falling on Cedars’: The veracity of hope

Directed by: Scott Hicks

Written by: Ronald Bass & Scott Hicks

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh

Genre: Drama

Year: 1999

Some films cannot be contained by a script. And some filmmakers cannot just trust in their material. They must believe in the themes of their story and in the facets of filmmaking that enrich a viewing experience. Simply put, a filmmaker must know when to indulge. Snow Falling on Cedars is a film that indulges–in its visual splendor, the potency of its dramatic arc, and even in the talent associated with it.

In the sleepy coastal town of San Piedro, a fisherman has been found dead. It is 1950, only nine years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in a community with a heavy Japanese population, tensions have never ceased. Kazuo Miyamoto is charged with the murder of the fisherman. Reporter Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke), a local man whose compassionate father
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Memoirs Of A Geisha Review – Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe d: Rob Marshall

Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) Direction: Rob Marshall Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Mako, Tsai Chin Screenplay: Robin Swicord; from Arthur Golden's novel Oscar Movies Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Memoirs of a Geisha There are some movies that are released before their time. Only years or decades later, do they come to be appreciated. In the case Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, based on Arthur Golden's bestseller about the life and love of a young geisha in pre-World War II Japan, it's the other way around. It is a movie released after – way after — its time. Had the filmmakers chopped off about a third of its endless 145-minute running time, Memoirs of a Geisha would have worked beautifully as a silent film, with intertitles decorated with red and blue lanterns, floating kimonos, Japanese scripts, and abstract drawings of Buddhist temples.
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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #31: 'Mystery Train'

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'Mystery Train' (1989), Dir. Jim Jarmusch

Starring: Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan and the raspy tones of the great Tom Waits.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: My first exposure to director Jim Jarmusch was when Teenage Me (perhaps you remember
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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #31: 'Mystery Train'

Where Everyone Has Gone Before #31: 'Mystery Train'
Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'Mystery Train' (1989), Dir. Jim Jarmusch

Starring: Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan and the raspy tones of the great Tom Waits.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: My first exposure to director Jim Jarmusch was when Teenage Me (perhaps you remember
See full article at Cinematical »

"Undeclared" Ep. 15 and 16, "The Perfect Date" / "Hal and Hillary"

  • IFC
"Undeclared" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that further cemented broadcast television's inability to recognize the genius of Judd Apatow. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on two more episodes.

Episode 15

The Perfect Date

Written by Judd Apatow & Brent Forrester

Directed by Greg Mottola

Episode 16

Hal and Hillary

Written by Kristofor Brown

Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar

"Intercourse you!" -- Kikuki

We're rapidly approaching the end of "Undeclared," with just one week and one episode left after this column. As "Freaks and Geeks" neared its premature conclusion it reinvested in narrative, bringing Sam Weir and Cindy Sanders' storyline to a head and throwing Lindsay into an existential crisis about what she was going to do with her summer and, by extension, her life. "Undeclared," in contrast, appears to intentionally avoid anything resembling a wrap up.
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Mystery Train Blu Ray Review

Mystery Train Directed by: Jim Jarmusch Written by: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joe Strummer, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan Everybody has their list of important or great films that for one reason or another they've yet to see. Jim Jarmusch's triptych anthology Mystery Train had eluded me all of these years, but thanks to a fancy Criterion blu ray release, I finally had the chance to check it out. Not unlike Jarmusch's other films, it's a cool, clever and funny piece of classic indie filmmaking that sheds an outsider's light on the cultural significance of Memphis and all of the unusual characters who live there. The film is broken into three separate stories. The first, titled 'Far From Yokohama', finds a young Japanese couple stepping off a train in Memphis with only a red suitcase between them. I had read somewhere that Jarmusch thought
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Blu-ray Review: Mystery Train (Criterion Collection)

I'm not much of a fan of Jim Jarmusch's films, but this is only based on the small selection of his films I've seen, most of which are his later pictures while his more celebrated films have eluded me. I haven't seen Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law or Dead Man, which tells me I haven't really seen the Jarmusch most people think of when his name is mentioned. I have, though, seen his last four films starting with Ghost Dog and ending with last year's The Limits of Control and I haven't been much of a fan of any of them. So, when Mystery Train arrived in my mailbox I felt it would be yet another Jarmusch feature I just wouldn't connect with... I was wrong.

I was gliding along with Criterion's Blu-ray presentation of Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. It felt like another Jarmusch feature to me,
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[Movie Review] The Limits of Control

When we first meet The Limits of Control’s mysterious protagonist, played with cool mystique by Jim Jarmusch regular Isaach De Bankolé, he is in a bathroom stall practicing tai chi. Slipping into his sharp monochrome suit, he meets two equally mysterious men at an airport who give him cryptic messages.

Named only in the credits as “Lone Man,” he travels from place to place, waits in hotel rooms, orders two espressos he insists on being served in two separate cups, and exchange pertinent matchboxes with various secret contacts, each of them offering more cryptic conversations. The way Jarmusch acquaints us with the Lone Man is deceptively clever. He doesn’t bother with introduction or information, only behavior. It’s the most effective way of describing a character. When Lone Man orders the same drink each time, we know he is particular. When he carefully folds his suit in his hotel rooms,
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Summer Movie Preview

  • IFC
We're all for getting out in the summertime, but there might not be anything more refreshing than cooling off in a movie theater... or seeing a movie in the comfort of your air-conditioned home on demand, on DVD, or online... or better yet catching a classic on the big screen at a nearby repertory theater. With literally hundreds of films to choose from this summer, we humbly present this guide to the season's most exciting offerings.

May 1

"Eldorado"

The Cast: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon, Didier Toupy, Franise Chichy

Director: Bouli Lanners

Fest Cred: Cannes, Warsaw, Glasgow, Palm Springs,

The Gist: When Elie (Adde), a hapless young thief attempts to rob Yvan (Lanners), a 40-year-old car dealer, the two form a unlikely friendship that leads to a road trip across Belgium in this slight comedy that won the Best European Film at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes last year.
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"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opens with $87 million estimate

20th Century Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened on Friday with a big $35 million estimate from 4,099 theatres. On Saturday, the film directed by Academy Award®-winner Gavin Hood, added a further $29.7 million and Sunday’s figured are indicated to be somewhere in the region of $22.5 million, making the actioner’s total opening weekend around $87 million. Film averaged $21,225 per theatre. Looking at the franchise’s run, “Wolverine” is second only to “X-Men: The Last Stand” which debuted on Friday, May 26th, 2006 with $45.1million. David Benioff and Skid Woods write. Cast constists of Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Liev Schreiber (Victor Creed/Saber tooth), Danny Huston (Stryker), Will I Am (John Wraith), Taylor Kitsch (Gambit), Dominic Monaghan (Beak), Lynn Collins (Silver Fox), Thayne Tizzy (Diamond Girl), Kevin Durand (The Blob), Daniel Hennery (Agent Zero), and Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson/Deadpool) Second placed romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” finished in second place with a very respectable $15.3 million from 3,175 theatres.
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The Weekend Ahead in Film - "Wolverine" ready for his cut.

Wolverine” ready to rip through the weekend. 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” unspools into a massive 4,099 theatres. Directed by Gavin Hood, the Academy Award®-winning helmer of South African film “Tsotse,” “Wolverine” has had its hurdles thanks to its bootlegged availability and review of the leaked, incomplete material by entertainment blogger Roger Friedman. Still, “Wolverine” is ready to carve up a hefty slice of the box office pie. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” looks to attract fans of the romance and comedy genres with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner frontlining. Mark Waters, director of “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “Mean Girls” and the “Freaky Friday” remake, helms from the writing by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film debuts in 3,175 locations. (Read the Review) The next widest release comes in “Battle for Terra,” the animated sci-fi flick from Roadside Attractions. Film is directed by Canadian-born Greek Aristomenis Tsirbas, an experienced digital
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Lone Rangers

  • IFC
Back in the early '60s, when Sonny Liston ruled boxing and hard bop could still be found on the corner jukebox, just wearing a sharkskin suit could be construed as an act of aggression, passive or otherwise. Sharkskin is the uniform of choice worn by the protagonist of Jim Jarmusch's alluring, enigmatic "The Limits of Control." Isaach De Bankolé's Lone Man (for that's how he is ID'd in the program notes, if not the movie itself) is like Jarmusch's Ghost Dog, taciturn and resolute, if also exposed to more sunlight. Lone Man's granite-slab impassiveness is buttressed by the sharkskin's implicit provocation. Yet, as with his suits, De Bankolé maintains his character's angular, creased surfaces throughout the movie. Only when the routine is ruffled does his composure show nicks -- as when a café waiter brings him a double espresso in one cup instead of two espressos in separate cups,
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Full Cast for Zatoichi The Last announced!

While it has been known for some time that Shingo Katori from the Japanese Pop-group Smap (jup, the one from the Ninja Scroll live-action adaptation) will continue the work of Shintaro Katsu and Takeshi Kitano and will play the role of Ichi, the full cast has just been announced. Tokyograph mentions Takashi Sorimachi (Fulltime Killer, Yamato) and Satomi Ishihara (The Climber’s High) in supporting roles and Chieko Baisho, Youki Kudoh, Koichi Iwaki, Yoshio Harada, Kanzaburo Nakamura and Seishiro Kato in smaller roles.

But I think more interesting than all these names is the fact that Sorimachi will play a close friend of Ichi while cute Ishihara will be his wife!

Looks like director Junji Sakamoto (Children of the Dark, Chameleon) wants to show another side of the lone wolf Ichi, who already went through a sex change in 2008 when Haruka Ayase played his/her part in Ichi.

The shooting began in early March,
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"The Limits of Control" - New clips added!

We have new clips in from Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control," starring Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Luis Tosar, Paz De La Huerta, Tilda Swinton, Youki Kudoh, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Hiam Abbass, and Bill Murray.   Jarmusch returns to the helm after his last film of 2005 "Broken Flowers" also starred Bill Murray. The Ohio born director's previous credits include "Coffee and Cigarettes" and the documentary "Year of the Horse."   Focus Features releases this on May 1st in limited areas.   See the clips here!   What's "The Limits of Control" about?   The story of a mysterious loner (to be played by Mr. De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. The film is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain
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"The Limits of Control" - New clips added!

We have new clips in from Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control," starring Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Luis Tosar, Paz De La Huerta, Tilda Swinton, Youki Kudoh, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Hiam Abbass, and Bill Murray. Jarmusch returns to the helm after his last film of 2005 "Broken Flowers" also starred Bill Murray. The Ohio born director's previous credits include "Coffee and Cigarettes" and the documentary "Year of the Horse." Focus Features releases this on May 1st in limited areas. The story of a mysterious loner (to be played by Mr. De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law...
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"The Limits of Control" - New clips added!

We have new clips in from Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control," starring Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Luis Tosar, Paz De La Huerta, Tilda Swinton, Youki Kudoh, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Hiam Abbass, and Bill Murray. Jarmusch returns to the helm after his last film of 2005 "Broken Flowers" also starred Bill Murray. The Ohio born director's previous credits include "Coffee and Cigarettes" and the documentary "Year of the Horse." Focus Features releases this on May 1st in limited areas. The story of a mysterious loner (to be played by Mr. De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law...
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"The Limits of Control" - New images in from the Focus Features release. Check out these exclusive clips.

We have new images in from Focus Features' "The Limits of Control," starring Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Luis Tosar, Paz De La Huerta, Tilda Swinton, Youki Kudoh, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Hiam Abbass, and Bill Murray.   The story of a mysterious loner (to be played by Mr. De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. The film is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain (both urban and otherwise).   See more images here.   There are also new exclusive clips over at MySpace you'd want to see.   The film opens on May 1st, 2009  
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