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Terrence Malick Thought It Was Too Slow: 10 Things Learned From The Revival Screening Of 'The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford'

  • By Jordan Hoffman
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  • December 9, 2013 12:10 PM
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This weekend either witnessed the harbinger of specialty exhibition for cinephiles or was just a nice night out for New Yorkers. It was the “revival” of Andrew Dominik's “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford,” a movie not quite old or obscure enough to merit the Lazarus treatment—but, then again, what self-respecting movie snob doesn't want to see Roger Deakins' cinematography or hear Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' original score at a state of the art facility like the Museum of the Moving Image?

'The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford' Returns To Big Screen For Showing At Museum Of Moving Image

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 12:36 PM
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Struggling through a fraught post-production and eventually given a cursory, half-hearted theatrical release by Warner Bros., Andrew Dominik's epic, lyrical and beautifully tragic "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" has only gained in critical and cult standing since it first arrived in 2007 (and named one of The Playlist's best movies of that year). The film, featuring some career best work by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, is an exploration of the false allure of myth, setting its story around the legendary outlaw Jesse James, whose Robert Ford soon discovers isn't the same man that's written about in newspapers and books. It's the kind of movie that deserves, and needs, to be see on a big screen to fully take in Roger Deakins' breathtaking cinematography (which we recently discussed here), and for those of you in New York City, you'll get your chance.

'Prisoners' Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 18, 2013 3:41 PM
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Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films
Denis Villenueve's brilliantly unnerving "Prisoners" is being sold primarily based on the star wattage of its cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Maria Bellow, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano, and its gripping, worst-fear-realized setup, involving the mysterious abduction of two young girls (read our review here). But "Prisoners" packs a secret weapon every bit as powerful as Wolverine looking for his missing daughter: the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. With "Prisoners," Deakins pushes his love of source lighting to wild extremes: a candlelight vigil turns into a field of starry bulbs, a captive's face is illuminated solely by the light that seeps in through a small hole, and ashy snowflakes are only visible due to headlights and the spinning lights of a police car. Deakins' work is deeply beautiful, moody stuff (some subtle camera moves also stand-out as best-of-year material too), intrinsic to the movie's oppressively moody atmosphere.

10 Essential Cinematic Antiheroes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 25, 2013 3:48 PM
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30 years since its release, the undersung "The King of Comedy" seems finally to be edging into the sun, to take its deserved place as not just one of the finest, smartest and most daring Martin Scorsese movies, but one of the greatest American movie satires, period. It's an excoriating, often excruciating watch, boasting razor-sharp insights into the excesses of celebrity culture and the quest for fame, but it's also, most unforgettably, a character study of one Rupert Pupkin, delusional sociopath, shit-poor comedian and all-out creep. Pupkin, whom Robert De Niro doesn't so much inhabit as crawl into, is simply one of the most offputting creations ever committed to celluloid -- a dreadful squit of a man, talentless, self-aggrandizing, self-deceiving, pathetic -- and at the same time one of the most compelling.

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