Mission: Impossible Franchise

Talk about impossible: somehow, Mission: Impossible has blossomed into the best modern-day action franchise. Since 1996, Tom Cruise has been inviting audiences along as he defies the odds, risks his life, runs like hell, and delivers increasingly entertaining adventures. Unlike most franchises, Mission: Impossible has generally improved with each subsequent entry. Now, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is ready to draw us in once again.

Before the film arrives, we’ve decided to accept the most dangerous mission of all: a journey through the entire Mission: Impossible franchise in an attempt to learn what makes it tick.

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Brian De Palma Harvey Weinstein

It’s been six years since we’ve seen a movie from Brian De Palma, the director of Carrie, Scarface, and Mission: Impossible. He has completed a new film that we may never see (more on that in a minute), but in the meantime, De Palma says he’s writing a new horror movie that features a “sexual aggressor” in the mold of infamous producer Harvey Weinstein. Learn more about the potential Brian De Palma Harvey Weinstein movie below.

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scarface re-release

Brian De Palma‘s ultra-stylish, ultra-violent crime epic Scarface is returning to theaters for its 35th anniversary. Along with the film, the Tribeca Film Festival retrospective event featuring De Palma and actors Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer will be screened as well.

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Chris Evangelista’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hello, /Film readers. It is I, Chris Evangelista. You may (or may not!) be familiar with my writing here, as I’ve been contributing to /Film since April. But now I’m part of the staff, and I’m very excited about that. I’m also very excited to tell you my 15 favorite movies. Some of these movies are downright masterpieces, others are like comforting junk food. I try not to limit myself in terms of “quality.” If a movie gets a reaction out of me, I consider it a success.  

I see a lot of movies. Too many, in fact. And what I’m always looking for is that spark. That feeling that I’m seeing something unique; something special; something to make me sit up and take notice.

This was a bit harder than I thought it would be, simply because there are so many movies I could include on this list, but these are the ones that I think are the most important. For now, at least. This list could easily change in a week.

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Brian De Palma

If Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach’s candid and surprisingly intimate doc De Palma left you even more hungry for another Brian De Palma film, then you should be happy to hear the filmmaker will shoot Domino in the coming months. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) are currently in talks to star in the crime thriller. The project, which Petter Skavland (Kon-Tiki) wrote, will hit the market at the Cannes Film Festival in search for buyers this month.

Below, learn more about the next Brian De Palma movie.

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Slow Motion in Movies

Slow motion is used so often today that it’s easy to forget that filmmakers use it as a storytelling tool beyond making action simply look cool. A new video essay dives into the art of slow motion in film by showing how various directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and more use the tool in different ways.

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Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma has lined up a few promising projects for himself since making his last directorial effort, 2012’s Passion. De Palma and his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star, Al Pacino, both became attached to Happy Valley and RetributionHappy Valley, a biopic about the disgraced and deceased Penn State head football coach, Joe Paterno, ran into budget issues at HBO and was placed on hold. As for Retribution, we’ve heard little about that thriller since it was announced.

Now, De Palma has signed up to direct The Truth and Other Lies adaptation. Learn more about the project below.

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de palma directing lights out

Brian De Palma has been attached to quite a few promising projects over the years. Most exciting of all, the director was going to reunite with his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star, Al Pacino, for a film about coach Joe Paterno. Whether De Palma is still involved with Happy Valley is unknown, and the same can be said for The Key Man and Heat. But we do know the director is now moving forward with Lights Out, a thriller set in China.

Learn more about Lights Out after the jump.

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Original star wars opening crawl

The opening crawl from Star Wars is familiar to most of our readers by now — even the people who don’t know it by heart would recognize the text immediately. But that crawl, like any other part of a film, took some editing and whittling to knock into final shape. Brian De Palma helped George Lucas trim down the opening crawl after seeing a rough cut of the original film. Now the text of the first draft crawl has been revealed, thanks to a draft of the script from the film’s script supervisor Anne Skinner. Read More »

Al Pacino

Brian De Palma is responsible for two of Al Pacino‘s many iconic roles: the leads in Scarface and Carlito’s Way. Now, after a long break from one another, the two are reportedly shopping a new movie at the American Film Market called Retribution. It’s a remake of the 2003 Belgian film, The Memory Of A Killer, which is about a hitman with Alzheimer’s who is on the trail of a child prostitution ring. Read more about Brian De Palma and Al Pacino’s Retribution below. Read More »