8 items from 2017
Short of the DayFrom a member of the ‘Avatar’ VFX team.
Today’s short film comes from Peter Szewczyk, who some of you might know for his work in the field of visual effects: Szewczyk has worked on such groundbreaking films as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2012, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Thor: The Dark World, and oh yeah, Avatar.
The following film, Dark Clouds, was made back in 2009 in Szewczyk’s spare time between the productions of 2012 and Avatar, and marks his first time in the director’s chair. It’s dialogue- and actor-free, environmentally-minded, and — as you’d expect given the director’s day job — visually dynamic and stunning. It’s also brief, just 1:45 seconds, but in that time it manages to pack a powerful punch and relay a vital message.
For more of Szewczyk’s directorial efforts, jump over to his Vimeo page to see the rest of his »
- H. Perry Horton
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Anthology Film Archives
Dziga Vertov features screen.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
An Andrzej Wajda series begins running this weekend.
- Nick Newman
Blu-ray.com is reporting that March 28th will see the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire following later in 2017.
See Also: Ranking the Harry Potter Films from Worst to Best
Each Combo Pack will cost $44.95 and features a 4K Hdr Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the film, complete with DTS:x audio, along with a Blu-ray disc and Digital HD versions. The special features will be available in HD, and are the same »
- Gary Collinson
Burbank, CA, January 27, 2016 – Immerse yourself in the wizarding world when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina, Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob, Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie, Ezra Miller (Trainwreck, Justice League) as Credence, two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, »
- ComicMix Staff
The Wizarding World is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a big way this year with today's announcement that all eight Harry Potter films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be getting the 4K Blu-ray treatment.
Warner Bros. is releasing the Harry Potter 4K Blu-rays in two separate waves. The first wave drops March 28th and includes Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Wave 2 is scheduled for an unannounced release date later this year and includes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
You might be wondering why the last four films are coming before the first four. The best we »
Something I've touched on many times before is that the accounting offices over at Warner Bros. deserve a closer look. If you follow box office analysis like I do, you'll come across experts in the field making claims like Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix actually Lost money for the studio, despite earning $938 million worldwide (I'll include a link to that in the Source). You'll also hear about the idea that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice needed to make something like $900-$920 million in order to be profitable, meaning the $827M it made actually leaves Warner Bros. in the red!
A new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals exactly what kinds of practices often lead Warner Bros. to doing anything but "laughing all the way to the bank" when their movies fail critically but seemingly do so well financially.
Producer Jon Peters, famous in fanboy circles for »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Oh, Harry Potter. The franchise that’s launched a thousand careers. Okay, that may be overselling it a bit. However, there’s no doubt that no matter your opinion on the Harry Potter books or the Harry Potter films, they've had an immeasurable impact on pop culture, and while it may not have launched a thousand careers, it definitely launched two healthy ones with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. A good five-plus years after the final film hit theaters, these two are still as relevant today as they ever were. In addition to the careers the films have launched, there’s also the fact that they were released over the course of an entire decade, after all, and with such a release schedule comes the fact that it’s a film series that’s shaped millions of childhoods.
It’s with all this in mind that we go into the »
- Joseph Medina
This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…
With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.
2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.
It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »
- Neil Calloway
8 items from 2017
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