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35 Years Of 'Apocalypse Now': Watch Vintage Roger Ebert Review, Making Of Doc, Clips And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 1:07 PM
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" 'Perfection' can be its own limitation, and sometimes a 'flaw' may contribute mightily to a work's ultimate power. (A work without flaws is a work without ambition).' The Roman poet Horace often inserted lines in his poetry that stuck out like sore thumbs, forcing the reader to confront the established pattern; Horace's aims were different, and more profound, than the reader initially thought they were. 'Apocalypse Now' functions in the same way, its makers committed to a rare and glorious vision," director James Gray writes in Rolling Stone, as part of a longer, must-read appreciation of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film. And Roger Ebert agreed with him.

Listen: James Gray Talks To Bret Easton Ellis In 1-Hour Podcast About 'The Immigrant,' Love Of Cinema & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 12:01 PM
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The Immigrant, James Gray
It doesn't have explosions or spandex, it isn't based on a best-selling book, nor is it a spin-off, but what we can tell you is that "The Immigrant" is one The Best Films Of 2014 So Far. The slow burn drama about the sourness of the American dream may not be a crowd-pleaser in the traditional sense, but it's the kind of dense, smart storytelling you don't get often at this time of year—or really any time of year. So, it's worth hearing what director James Gray has to say, particularly since the conversation is about film, and not about how (for example) his movie fits into the Marvel-verse.

Watch: 20 Minute Marion Cotillard & James Gray Interview On 'Charlie Rose'; Plus New Pics Of ‘Two Days, One Night’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2014 10:24 AM
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Two Days, One Night
Something strange happened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Marion Cotillard was hotly tipped to win the Best Actress award for the Dardenne brother’s latest drama “Two Days, One Night.” The buzz was loud after the film screened and she seemed like the frontrunner (read our review from Cannes here), but the jury, lead by Jane Campion, instead went with Julianne Moore for “Map To The Stars.” Was Cotillard “robbed”? Who’s to say, this writer wasn’t there and furthermore, the award was made by an eclectic body of nine people that isn’t obligated to reward the consensus choice.

Interview: James Gray Discusses Harvey Weinstein, Cinematic Influences, His Career, 'Die Hard' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2014 2:52 PM
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James Gray, The Immigrant
“The Immigrant” stars the terrific cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, and the 1920s-set period piece is superficially something very different for filmmaker James Gray. Gone are the genre trappings, macho-male leads with guns, stories deeply connected to the pain and sadness of family, and the shrouded Gordon Willis-like photography the filmmaker evinced on films like "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Little Odessa." However, “The Immigrant,” with its themes of the fallacy of the American Dream, the desire to fit in and idea that no one is beyond redemption is very much a James Gray film. It’s a further continuation of a singular pursuit told slightly differently, retaining Gray’s signature sense of emotional intelligence, intimacy and graceful restraint.

Interview: Director James Gray Talks ‘The Immigrant,’ Working With Marion Cotillard, The Late Harris Savides & Much More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 14, 2014 2:22 PM
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As we recently noted, filmmaker James Gray has only made five films in 20 years. That’s a positively low number, but Gray has had many hardships that distracted from his body of work. His debut “Little Odessa” won a major prize in 1994 at the Venice Film Festival and that jumpstarted his career, but obstacles both minor and major threatened to derail that momentum. For “The Yards,” he ran into the might of Harvey Weinstein and a compromised ending saw him booed at Cannes (Miramax subsequently dumped the film into a few theaters with barely a regular release).

Review: James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard Is Restrained, Thoughtful Filmmaking

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 13, 2014 6:00 PM
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The Immigrant
A strangely chimeric movie, that only reveals its truest colors in its closing moments, James Gray’s “The Immigrant” is a meticulous reframing of the director’s familiar themes and concerns that mostly lived up to our high expectations, while never bursting their bounds the way we might have dared to hope. It’s a beautifully shot film marked by deeply felt performances from its leads, that will play to those attuned to the loveliness of Gray’s minor-key redemption stories, but is unlikely to win new converts among the impatient or those whose expectation of a period drama is something more traditionally epic and grandiose.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Defies Gravity In New Magic Trick Clip From James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2014 2:34 PM
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The Immigrant
James Gray’s upcoming, beautiful period-piece film “The Immigrant” has a stellar cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner. Set in 1920s New York with émigrés coming off the boat to America through Ellis Island, Phoenix plays a manipulative pimp, Cotillard is a Polish migrant coming to the U.S. for a better life and Renner portrays a magician who crosses paths with both these characters.

15 Thematic Trilogies From 15 Directors

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2014 1:48 PM
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15 Thematic Trilogies
It’s quite likely that, in a few summers’ time, cinemagoing will start to resemble entering a giant narrative web, as each auditorium will be hosting a film featuring characters on their way to the plot being screened in the next theatre over. Disney, Marvel, DC—the brilliance of their crossover strategy seems only matched by the appetite of moviegoers for the results. The thought, then, of a standalone narrative, a one-off rather than a sequel springboard, is a rare phenomenon in today’s cinematic landscape, let alone the idea of linking films together only loosely, in such a way that they can't be shorthanded by sticking a "2" or a "3" on the end of the original title.

James Gray Says ‘Lost City Of Z’ Will Shoot Next; Talks His Sci-Fi Project, Dances With Brad Pitt & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 6, 2014 3:02 PM
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The Immigrant, James Gray
Over the course of twenty years, filmmaker James Gray has only made five movies. For comparison, if you subtract Terrence Malick’s twenty-year absence from cinema, you roughly get six of his movies in a span of about twenty-one years. However, Gray didn’t go AWOL in France for two decades; he just obsessed over the same project for years and years.

Watch: New U.S. Trailer, Pics & Poster For ‘The Immigrant’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2014 1:57 PM
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The Immigrant
Look, we know not all Photoshop artists were created equally, and perhaps poster art is not the domain for real art these days (folks like Neil Kellerhouse and Drafthouse artisans aside), but this recent poster for James Gray's upcoming indie drama "The Immigrant" is… let’s say politely, something else. Sure, even the original French poster had the three stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner photoshopped together like they were members of the European 'Avengers,' but this North American poster for the film butchers Cotillard's beautiful face.

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