Thank you For Your Service: Interview with Director Jason Hall, Miles Teller and War Vet Adam Schumann.

We have all grown accustomed to seeing distant images of war, soldiers engaging in combat and even flag draped caskets. While we salute their bravery and courage, for many it only takes a few minutes to move on without really ever taking a closer look at the sacrifices our soldiers have made and the traumatic experiences they have endured.

What happens to these soldiers after they return home from war? How do they get back to their normal lives like the rest of us? That is exactly what Jason Hall (AMERICAN SNIPER) intended to bring to light with his latest film THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE which stars Miles Teller (WHIPLASH and ONLY THE BRAVE), follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

In the clip below, we sit down with director Jason Hall, actor Miles Teller and war veteran Adam Schumann to discuss the attentiveness it took to explore the subject of PTSD and bring this honest and vulnerable story to the big screen.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE opens October 27th.

 

A Ghost Story – Interview With Director David Lowery

If there is one film that has everyone talking this year, A GHOST STORY is it. If you’re a cinephile, then you have most definitely heard about the already infamous “pie scene”. We had the pleasure of interviewing director David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON) at our Dallas location to discuss his latest work of meditative art.

David, who is based in Dallas, shares how he relied heavily on the city’s film industry and landscape to shoot the film. Lowery also revealed the ease in which he cast his friends Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for the lead roles (Affleck, without question, agreed via text).  Both actors starred as a couple in a previous film directed by Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) and so it was that existing chemistry he chose to draw upon for A GHOST STORY.

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The director also gives some insight and describes why his decision to keep long scenes in the film was essential in order to put an emphasis on the passage of time, a prominent theme throughout,  as well as “teaching the audience how to watch the film”.

Watch the full interview here:

A GHOST STORY is now playing at Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Watch the trailer below!

Acclaimed Director David Lowery returns with a singular exploration of legacy and loss in this Sundance Film Festival Official Selection that Indiewire calls “brilliant and profound.” Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

THE BEGUILED – Q&A with Director/Writer Sofia Coppola

The Angelika New York was honored to have acclaimed Academy Award winning director/writer of THE BEGUILED, Sofia Coppola, in attendance for a Q&A on the film’s opening night.

Met with resounding critical acclaim and a Best Director win at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, THE BEGUILED is a film Indiewire describes as being “told with surgical precision and savage grace.”

Sofia chats about the casting process, working with the film’s incredible actors (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning), the film’s poignant moments, sound and visual intricacies, the writing process and more.

Watch the full Q&A here:

The film unfolds at a Virginia girls’ school during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world. When a wounded Union soldier is discovered and taken in, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an dark, unexpected turn of events.

THE BEGUILED is now playing at the Angelika New York, and opens Friday (6.30) at Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Plano.

If you’re in NYC, you can also catch a glimpse of two of the film’s gorgeous costumes, worn by Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, in the cafe at Angelika New York!

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Spirited Away Named Second Best Film of the Century by the New York Times

In a recent article written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, the New York Times named the top twenty-five best films of the century (so far).  In the list, the duo placed Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, SPIRITED AWAY, at number two.  The film beat out other masterpieces, including “Million Dollar Baby,” “Inside Out,” even this year’s Oscar-winner for best picture “Moonlight.” The link to the full list can be found here.

SPIRITED AWAY is part of our Studio Ghibli Festival, a celebration of the beloved studio’s greatest hits.  Visit our website for more information.

Click below to watch the trailer.

Fearless Femmes in Film

Fearless Femmes in Film celebrates the women in front of and behind the camera throughout cinematic history. Fiery, fervent, and fascinating, their work broke down walls, pushed the women’s movement forward, and made progressive statements that cannot be denied.

This monthly series celebrating women takes place the second Wednesday of each month at Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA and Village East Cinema in New York, NY.

Upcoming films include:

THELMA & LOUISE – 7/12 @ 7:00pm
Academy Award winner for Best Screenplay, THELMA AND LOUISE follows meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and independent waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon) on a short fishing trip that quickly becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who attempts to rape Thelma at a bar. Ending with one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history, the two friends escape from the consequences of patriarchal society the only way they know how, in a film that broke down the walls of the traditional female buddy-comedy, and most definitely passes the Bechdel Test.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

THE DIVORCEE – 8/9 @ 7:00pm
After three years of marriage, Jerry (Norma Shearer) discovers that her husband (Chester Morris) has been unfaithful to her. As a result, she decides to take her revenge by attempting to seduce her husband’s best friend.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE 35MM – 9/13 @ 7:00pm
Starring two of the best leading ladies of all time, Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball, and presented on 35mm film, DANCE, GIRL, DANCE follows two women who, after their dance troop disbands, work together to support themselves. However, the two wind up clashing when they fall for the same man (Louis Hayward).
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

MILDRED PIERCE 35MM – 10/11 @ 7:00pm
When Mildred Pierce’s (Joan Crawford) wealthy husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred is left to raise her two daughters on her own.  Despite Mildred’s financial successes in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter (Ann Blyth), resents her mother for degrading their social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband (Zachary Scott), Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

PARIAH – 11/8 @ 7:00pm
Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). Alike quietly embraces her identity as a lesbian, but realizes that her parents would never accept her queer identity. What befalls is a poignant, gripping depiction of her search for love, acceptance and, ultimately, peace within herself.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – 12/13 @ 7:00pm
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this Academy Award winning film follows young New Yorker Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), who meets an intriguing man when he moves into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way of their potential relationship.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

THE HERO – Q&A with Brett Haley & Sam Elliott

Brett Haley’s moving new feature THE HERO debuted this month at the Angelika New York, with opening weekend Q&As from Haley and the film’s leading man Sam Elliott.

After its premiere at the Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festivals, THE HERO was met with resounding critical acclaim, and Rolling Stone raved, “Sam Elliott is perfect. The moment we begin referring to him as a canon-worthy dramatic actor has officially arrived.”

Check out the full Q&A here:

THE HERO is currently playing at Angelika New York,  Angelika Plano, and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

American Valhalla in Theaters

Recently, Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal front man, Joshua Homme, teamed up with his idol, punk legend Iggy Pop, to record what would become Pop’s newest album; Post Pop Depression. Luckily, a documentary titled AMERICAN VALHALLA captured this epic occasion. The film chronicles the secret recording of the album and gives insights in to the planning of the supporting tours. From Homme gushing over his childhood musical icon, to the group learning of the great David Bowie’s passing, the film captures every raw and vulnerable moment. All the while reminding us of the pervading theme, “You risk nothing, you gain nothing.”

Click below to watch the trailer:

Tickets are on sale at Angelika Film Center Mosaic, Angelika Film Center Pop-up, Angelika Film Center DallasAngelika Film Center PlanoAngelika Film Center Carmel Mountain.

New Trailer for NT Live’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Featuring Imelda Staunton

The first trailer for NT Live’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is here. The production stars the incredible Imelda Staunton, famous for her portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.  Also starring Conleth Hill (Varys from Game of Thrones), this is an unforgettable take on a classic play.

 

THE TRANSFIGURATION – Q&A with Filmmakers and Cast

Director/Writer Michael O’Shea’s THE TRANSFIGURATION made its debut at the Angelika Film Center in NYC, and was met with Q&As opening weekend featuring filmmakers and cast members including O’Shea, Producer Susan Leber, actors Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Larry Fessenden and more! We were proud to have such a crowded stage, as the filmmakers, cast and crew discussed the making of this Cannes Film Festival and SXSW selected film.

Michael O’Shea states that the film’s plot was inspired by a friend’s child, who was being bullied for their love of vampires. From there, it grew into something much greater – an exploration of life, death, mortality, and transformation.

If you missed out, you can view the full Q&A here:

If you’re in New York, this is your last call! The film’s final day at the Angelika NYC is Thursday, 4/20.

In the DC area? You’re in luck! THE TRANSFIGURATION opens Friday, 4/21, at the Angelika Pop Up.

Cinema History 101: An Introduction To Record-Breaking Oscar Nominations in 2017

nominationsCheryl Boone Issacs, Academy President, joined by a team of our favorite Hollywood stars, announced the Oscar nominees this morning for the 89th annual awards via a live-streamed event.

Today was a day in movie-making history for many reasons. The much talked about musical LA LA LAND started on a high-note, receiving nominations in 14 categories. This ties with the most Oscar-nominated film in history, James Cameron’s Titanic. We will see if they close the curtain in February with a record-winning Oscar run.

Today’s nominations also marked a historic year for diversity with a record six black actors nominated. In addition, Viola Davis is now the first black women to receive three Oscar nominations. We were introduced to MOONLIGHT, a tender coming of age tale which left a twinkle in our eye; FENCES, a play turned film that mixed art with heart; HIDDEN FIGURES, a powerful story that launched us into the early 1960s following a cast of African American mathematicians at NASA; and LOVING, a story of an interracial couple who falls in love and fights for love in a time of segregation. Also recognized was Dev Patel, a British actor of Indian descent, who received a nomination for his supporting performance in the tenacious LION. Many  other noticeable categories also recognized people of color.

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Unsurprisingly, Meryl Streep still reigns as Oscar Queen, receiving her 20th Oscar nomination for FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (Katharine Hepburn & Jack Nicholson are the next most-nominated with 12 Oscar nods each).

Finally, streaming on the sea to the future was MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Amazon Studios made Oscar History as the first streaming service to earn a Best Picture nomination. Could this be the future?

You can check out these Oscar Nominated films that made history & more at The Angelika Film Center. Also, Watch The Oscars LIVE! with us on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26 7e|4p at select Angelika Film Center locations!

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The full list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is below:

Best picture:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Lead actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve

Animated feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
“Moana,” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
“My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras and Max Karli
“The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
“Zootopia,” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Animated short:
“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Adapted screenplay:
“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
“Fences,” August Wilson
“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
“Lion,” Luke Davies
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay:

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography:
“Arrival,” Bradford Young
“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
“Lion,” Greig Fraser
“Moonlight,” James Laxton
“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

Best documentary feature:
“13th,” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
“Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
“I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
“Life, Animated,” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
“O.J.: Made in America,” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best documentary short subject:
“4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki
“Extremis,” Dan Krauss
“Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
“Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
“The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best live action short film:
“Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi
“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
“Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
“Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

Best foreign language film:
“A Man Called Ove,” Sweden
“Land of Mine,” Denmark
“Tanna,” Australia
“The Salesman,” Iran
“Toni Erdmann,” Germany

Film editing:
“Arrival,” Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
“Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts
“La La Land,” Tom Cross
“Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Sound editing:
“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare
“Deep Water Horizon,” Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
“La La Land,” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“Sully,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound mixing:
“Arrival,” Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
“La La Land,” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Production design:
“Arrival,” Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
“Hail, Caesar!,” Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
“La La Land,” David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
“Passengers,” Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena

Original score:
“Jackie,” Mica Levi
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Original song:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls” — Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
“City of Stars,” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story” — Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana” — Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Makeup and hair:
“A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
“Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
“Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Costume design:
“Allied,” Joanna Johnston
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
“La La Land,” Mary Zophres

Visual effects:
“Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
“Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
“The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story