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Put a Glacier on It! ‘Fortitude’ Is a Potentially Great, Atmospherically Overwhelmed Crime Drama

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The new hour-long crime drama Fortitude (a British show made by Sky Atlantic, which aired in the US last night on Pivot) begins promisingly: it’s hard not to see televisual promise in a man getting torn apart by a polar bear against a breathtaking backdrop as Dumbledore (well, fine, just Michael Gambon) watches horror-struck, attempts to shoot the bear, and instead shoots the now-fragmented man straight in the head. No spoilers there: this is the first scene in Fortitude’s pilot. Then a Scandinavian woman sings a haunting theme song, and we’re told to be transfixed by sweeping aerial shots of a landscape that already had us at “hello” (and “check out this polar bear eating this dude”).
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Revisiting ‘Whiplash’ Director Damien Chazelle’s Debut Film, ‘Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench’

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Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the second feature by the young director who’s turning thirty in a matter of days, made a strong showing for itself during yesterday’s Oscar nominations, garnering five notices overall, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (where it’s a frontrunner), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Chazelle). You’d be forgiven to think that the Harvard-educated director came out of nowhere, fully formed. But that isn’t the case.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in December

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December is upon us, and the studios are breaking out the big guns: The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County, Her, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will all vie for Oscar gold (was that a Variety enough turn of phrase for you?) in the coming months. But as usual, the indies have some interesting pictures on the runway as well, including a few thankfully sour antidotes to all that “holiday cheer.”
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The Best and Worst of Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a rare, special screening of The King of Comedy, perhaps the most underrated collaboration between Martin Scorsese and festival co-founder Robert DeNiro. That event ended a week and a half of premieres, screenings, and events, and while your film editor was only able to sample a fraction of the dozens of movies at this year’s TFF, all of them made an impression — for good or ill.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

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Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s a ton of new and catalog titles streaming on Netflix — great flicks from Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Ewan McGregor, Adam Scott, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, and Leos Carax, plus two of last year’s best documentaries. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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Watch a Trailer for Coen Brothers-Scripted ‘Gambit’

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You’d think that making (mostly) perfect films on an almost-yearly basis would leave Joel and Ethan Coen little time to script other people’s movies. And yet, here is a trailer for Gambit, a remake of the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine comedy of the same name, which was given to the Coens to write way back in 2003 and attached to several directors — including Alexander Payne and Robert Altman —  at various times. The man who finally ended up making the film is Michael Hoffman, whose unusual career has included such films as Soapdish, Restoration, The Emperor’s Club, and most recently 2009’s The Last Station. His version stars Colin Firth as an art curator plotting to dupe his horrible boss (Alan Rickman) into buying a faux Monet, with the help of a cowgirl played by Cameron Diaz. The delightful Cloris Leachman, Tom Courtenay, and Stanley Tucci round out the cast.

Judging by the trailer, the wit and playfulness with which the Coens approach comedy made it into Hoffman’s version. The wackiness factor is high, Firth is endearingly disheveled, Diaz’s accent is appropriately campy, Tucci is doing his artiste thing, and Rickman is briefly naked (in a SFW kind of way). Even if we might have preferred to see the Coens behind the camera, we’ll go along for this ride. Let us know if you agree.
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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

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Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. Last time, we walked you though a mass exodus of titles at the end of July, but as Netflix taketh away, it giveth; a ton of new (and catalog) titles were added at the beginning of August, so we’ll walk you though the best of those, and a few other films worth seeking out as well. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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Video Essay: “All of Woody’s Surrogates”

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Woody Allen’s flawed but funny new film To Rome with Love opens this Friday, and while it marks his first acting appearance in one of his movies since 2006’s Scoop, he plays the role of a retired father while continuing his tradition of writing his leading man as a “Woody Allen role” — played, in this film, by Jesse Eisenberg. In his early works, Allen would occasionally engage a young actor to play himself as a child, but as he got too old to play the leading man (okay, let’s face it, after he’d gotten a little too old to play the leading man), he began putting younger actors in roles that were still distinctively Woody-esque, and which said actors played as varying degrees of imitation. We’ve assembled a montage of those actors and some of their most Allen-inspired moments; check out our latest video essay after the jump.
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