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All 10 Kathryn Bigelow Movies, Ranked: From ‘Point Break’ to ‘Detroit’ (Photos)

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All 10 Kathryn Bigelow Movies, Ranked: From ‘Point Break’ to ‘Detroit’ (Photos)
It’s the rare director who can make consistently compelling films over the course of three decades, but every one of Kathryn Bigelow’s movies is worth watching. (Well, all the ones she directed solo, at least.) This week brings the release of her latest Oscar contender, the riveting historical drama “Detroit.” If you’re hoping to catch up on her impressively varied career, here’s how to prioritize. 10. “The Loveless” (1982) Well, everyone has to start somewhere. And we see what Bigelow and her co-director, Monty Montgomery, were aiming for with this uneven drama: an updated version of “The Wild One,
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Willem Dafoe To Star in Daniel Graham’s ‘Opus Zero’

Willem Dafoe To Star in Daniel Graham’s ‘Opus Zero’
Morelia, Mexico – Willem Dafoe will play the lead in “Opus Zero,” the directorial debut of Oz producer Daniel Graham, which starts shooting next week in Mexico. Dafoe revealed his new role while attending the 14th Morelia Int’l Film Fest as a guest of honor and to co-present the world premiere of “Padre,” the latest pic by his wife, Italian filmmaker Giada Colagrande. Graham was the line producer of “Post Tenebras Lux,” directed by Carlos Reygadas who boards the project as an associate producer. “Opus Zero” leads an ambitious slate from Julio Chavezmontes’ Mexico City-based production-distribution house, Piano. Sutor Kolonko y Maze Pictures co-produce.

Dafoe will play a musicologist grieving over the demise of his father who settles in the town of Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi. While there, he tries to reconstruct an early 20th century symphony by a Norwegian composer, and gets drawn into investigating the disappearance
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night review – exhilarating vampire girl power

Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is a bloody triumph…

Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her weirdly exhilarating feature debut, which premiered at Sundance last year, as the Iranian love-child of Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with Nosferatu as a babysitter. It is set in the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City (the name nods toward Frank Miller’s Sin City) and plays out like the missing link between Kathryn Bigelow’s first two features; the ultra-cool biker pastiche The Loveless and the latterday vampire flick Near Dark. It is steeped in the pop iconography of the past, yet its crystalline anamorphic black-and-white photography has an unmistakably contemporary edge. Cinematically, it exists in a twilight zone between nations (American locations, Iranian culture), between centuries (late 19th and early 21st), between languages (Persian dialogue, silent cinema gestures) and, most importantly, between genres.

Arash Marandi is “the Persian James Dean
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night review – exhilarating vampire girl power

Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is a bloody triumph…

Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her weirdly exhilarating feature debut, which premiered at Sundance last year, as the Iranian love-child of Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with Nosferatu as a babysitter. It is set in the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City (the name nods toward Frank Miller’s Sin City) and plays out like the missing link between Kathryn Bigelow’s first two features; the ultra-cool biker pastiche The Loveless and the latterday vampire flick Near Dark. It is steeped in the pop iconography of the past, yet its crystalline anamorphic black-and-white photography has an unmistakably contemporary edge. Cinematically, it exists in a twilight zone between nations (American locations, Iranian culture), between centuries (late 19th and early 21st), between languages (Persian dialogue, silent cinema gestures) and, most importantly, between genres.

Arash Marandi is “the Persian James Dean
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Willem Dafoe Remembers His First Mention in Variety

Willem Dafoe Remembers His First Mention in Variety
Willem Dafoe has played tough guys in films like “To Live and Die in L.A.,” starred in boundary-pushing pics like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and been Oscar-nommed for his roles in “Platoon” and “Shadow of the Vampire.” He got sentimental as he reflected on coming of age in the 1970s New York theater scene and starring in his first film, 1981’s “Breakdown” (later retitled “The Loveless”). That film, which earned him his first mention in Variety, also marked the debut of director Kathryn Bigelow.

How did you get the “Loveless” role?

Kathryn saw an early performance of the Wooster Group’s “Point Judith” at the Performing Garage in New York City, where I was playing a roustabout on an oil rig. She called me the next day, and offered me the part.

What was it like seeing your name in Variety?

I’d been a glorified extra in “Heaven’s Gate,
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Re-Viewed: Kathryn Bigelow's vampire gem Near Dark

Re-Viewed: Kathryn Bigelow's vampire gem Near Dark
Near Dark opens with a close-up of a mosquito siphoning blood from an arm. Like the vampires - who, notably, are never referred to as such in the film - that haunt the velvet shadows of Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 picture, the mosquito feeds on blood in order to exist, no more, no less. But another comparison presents itself.

"When we realised we were going to have a live mosquito interact with one of our actors, we had to grow that mosquito so that there were no contaminants. That was a six-month process," Bigelow tells us on the DVD commentary. The same applies to the movie's mythology. Near Dark strips away gothic elements (crucifixes, holy water, stakes through hearts) and supernatural hokum (transformations into bats, etc) to offer a spare tale of love, family and survival. It's a vampire movie, but clean and purpose-built.

Back in the mid-'80s, Bigelow wanted to make a western.
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The films of Kathryn Bigelow

Challenging stereotypes and conventions for nearly 30 years, Kathryn Bigelow is one of the most successful female directors to date. While most female filmmakers have risen to power by directing films that appeal to women, Bigelow has broken the mould with challenging and engaging topics, and largely directing men in high-adrenalin action films, such as Point Break and Strange Days making her an exception to the rule. The American film director, producer and screenwriter, received high critical acclaim for her 2008 film The Hurt Locker, including two Oscars for Best Film and Best Director – making her the only woman to ever win this prize in the 84 years of the Academy’s history.

In honour of her latest film, the highly anticipated Zero Dark Thirty, about the decade long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, we have compiled a list of Kathryn Bigelow’s films over the years, showing what it is that makes
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Kathryn Bigelow: drama queen who captured Osama | Observer profile

As an action woman in a medium ruled by men, the Oscar-winning director has always bucked convention. But does her new film about the hunt for Bin Laden defend the use of torture?

Next month, the new Kathryn Bigelow movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden opens in British cinemas. It's called Zero Dark Thirty and it arrives in eye-catching style, trailing a great noisy convoy of criticism, praise and controversy.

When production was first announced, several Republican politicians and various rightwing groups accused the film of being a propaganda weapon for the re-election of Barack Obama; the idea was that a film about the apprehension and killing of Bin Laden would reflect well on the president.

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch claimed that the Obama administration had unfairly and improperly given Bigelow and her writer-co-producer, Mark Boal, access to classified information. And a Republican-directed pressure group, involving former CIA officers,
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The Big Shot Movie Club

Via the internets comes news of The Big Shot Movie Club, “a club for movie fans of all kinds.” The Big Shot Movie Club is Sarah Winshall and Julia Bembenek, and they write on their website:

We will watch and discuss three movies we love every month relevant to a specific theme. The movies we watch will always be available online or at a your local video store. Hopefully, each month our loyal club members will learn about some lost gems and be reminded of their favorite classics as they watch and read and comment along with us.

Coming up on their blog are discussions of Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast and Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue, but I’m also excited by some of the byways the blog has already traveled. For example, following a discussion of Kathryn Bigelow’s debut film, The Loveless (“… this world spreads out
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The Hurt Locker Review

The Hurt Locker is easily the best of the movies which have focused on the ongoing war.

Skillfully directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Locker is both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film. It captures the complexities of the war in Iraq with visceral suspense as well as explosive battle sequences and powerful performances.

By taking a close look at a trio of courageous but also very human soldiers, it brings the conflict to life in a way that no previous movie has managed to do…read more [USA Today]

What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing. According to press reports, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally found a movie about the Iraq war they liked because it is “apolitical.” Actually, “The Hurt Locker” is just the
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Awards Watch: Directors Roundtable

In the last of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Awards Roundtable series, THR's Elizabeth Guider and Matthew Belloni gathered six A-list directors -- Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"); James Cameron ("Avatar"); Lee Daniels ("Precious"); Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"); Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"); and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") -- for a candid discussion of filmmaking at the highest level.

The Hollywood Reporter: Do you guys consider yourselves outsiders or insiders?

Jason Reitman: Dead silence. (Laughs.)

James Cameron: If we're all outsiders, who's on the inside?

Quentin Tarantino: Well, actually, that's a very interesting question to start off with because I did my first movie in '92, so this was the year I actually counted how long I've been in the business. Officially as a director, that's 17 years, and I think for the first 10 years I did consider myself an outsider. But if you last this long
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Hollywood Film Festival Honors Kathryn Bigelow with "Hollywood Director Award"

The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Near Dark, Strange Days) will be honored with the "Hollywood Director Award."

Kathryn Bigelow recently directed the The Hurt Locker, a film that has received great acclaim. It stars Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie in a riveting portrait of three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Eod) squad battling insurgents in Iraq. Bigelow's remarkable work has alternated between edgy and art-house fare (The Loveless, Near Dark, The Weight of Water) and action products (Point Break, Strange Days, K-19: The Widowmaker) throughout a highly regarded career spanning more than 25 years...

The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009.
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2009 Gotham Awards Announce Career Tributes

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday November 30th in New York. Ifp also announced it has moved the gala awards ceremony to Monday, November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street, from the previously announced date of Tuesday, December 1st.

Signaling the official kick-off to the film awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film. Anchoring the evening's six competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, are four Tributes to film community icons.

This year's Tribute selection represents a range of individuals -
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New Thread: Women in Movies

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My blogs are often created as responses to requests of clients seeking research or to my own interests. I was recently put on the board of the new website www.Twolia.com and my blog on that site will be posted here as well because it is hitting that all important demographic: Woman.

Here is the first:

I am going to blog about women in film...starting with Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" which is bound for Academy Awards.

If you want to follow this blog, also sign up for free to www.imdb.com because that's where you can find out more about the names here. If you are a film professional, you might sign up ($100/ year) to www.IMDbPro.com where you'll get even more information with contact information.

So, Kathryn Bigelow has been an actress, is a writer, director and producer. A list of films she's
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Voight, Dafoe among CineVegas honorees

Voight, Dafoe among CineVegas honorees
The 11th annual CineVegas Film Festival, which takes place next month in Las Vegas, will honor actors Jon Voight and Willem Dafoe, directors George and Mike Kuchar and videogame developers Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago.

The awards will be presented on June 14 at the CineVegas Awards Reception at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort.

Voight, with credits ranging from "Midnight Cowboy" to the just-completed season of "24" and an Oscar for "Coming Home," will be given the Marquee Award, recognizing "his artistic excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to cinema." As part of its tribute to the actor, CineVegas will present a newly remastered director's cut of Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out," in which Voight starred.

Dafoe, who stars in the controversial "Antichrist," which bowed at the Festival de Cannes, is to receive the Vanguard Actor Award, which honors "the distinctive mark he has made in film through his brave performances.
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Kathryn Bigelow In-Person Tribute at American Cinematheque

Action/Horror director Kathryn Bigelow is being given an entire weekend devoted to her films at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California by the American Cinematheque June 5, 6, and 7 2009. Bigelow directed the vampire movie Near Dark and action flicks Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker, and the sci-fi movie Strange Days. Her new action war film The Hurt Locker is premiering in Los Angeles on June 5th and she'll be in person, all weekend, for screenings of all her recent films.

Bigelow is one of the only women to ever direct big budget action movies in Hollywood and to be seen as a peer by her male counterparts like James Cameron, Michael Bay, and Ridley Scott...

Native Californian director Kathryn Bigelow began her artistic endeavors at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Whitney Museum Independent Study program, She later transferred into graduate work in filmmaking at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
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