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Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time To Die comes out on April 4th and duties to pen the final theme was assigned to the young rising pop star Billie Eilish.

Earlier tonight she dropped her Bond theme “No Time To Die,” and is shows a more restrained performance from Eilish, one surrounded by lovely strings and instrumentation that allow her vocals to soar.

It’s a safe bet to say that this song will go the distance come next Oscar season. But for now, let’s just hope that the film itself is a good farewell for Craig.

Enjoy a listen to “No Time To Die” below.
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New York Film Festival Announces 2018 Main Slate

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2019

Today the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 30 films that make up the main slate for the 56th edition of the New York Film Festival.

It was previously announced that Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite would open, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma will serve as the centerpiece and Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate will close things out. 

The rest of the main slate is an interesting and well-rounded of a lineup as one would come to expect from the festival. Some heavy-hitters include If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning (and NYFF selected) Moonlight, as well as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latest from the Coen Brothers.

There’s also Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book, Claire Denis’ High Life, Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction, Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, among many others.

This main slate showcases films from 22 different countries and is described by NYFF Director Kent Jones as a lineup with the shared theme of “bravery.”

The 56th New York Film Festival takes place from September 28-October 14 and tickets can be bought right here.

New York Film Fest Announces 2015 Main Slate

By Will Oliver, August 14th 2015

New York Film Festival 2015

One of my favorite experiences of the year is the New York Film Festival each fall. For nearly a month from September to October (September 25 – October 1), I have the honor, and privilege of catching screenings of great films that the festival offers, in conjunction with the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. At the festival (in its 53rd year) all kinds of films are shared. From potential Oscar contenders, experimental indies, as well as films that aren’t due to hit theaters for another year. Your bound to find treasures of all shapes and sizes. The festival has a unique New York flavor to it, ironically a rather low key festival where film simply comes first. Check out my coverage from last year here and over at Monday Morning Matinee.

We already knew what the opening, closing, and centerpiece films of the 53rd edition of the fest would be, and now they have announced the full main slate of films, coming to a grand total of 26.

The Walk

The Walk

Opening the fest will be The Walk, the latest from Robert Zemeckis, which tells the amazing true story of Phillipe Petit (played by the always fantastic Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his historic cable walk across the Twin Towers. The highly anticipated Steve Jobs will feature as the Centerpiece, giving us a unique look at the legendary Apple man’s life (played by Michael Fassbender) from the vision of director Danny Boyle, and a sure-to-be fast-paced script from Aaron Sorkin. And closing out the fest will be the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, which serves as Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, who will also star as Davis.

Bridge Of Spies

The full lineup release has revealed a few more world premieres. The festival will serve as the premiere of Steve Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies, starring Tom Hanks in the Cold War story of the 1962 exchange of a U-2 pilot for a Soviet agent. Also premiering is Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, a documentary about the great photographer and filmmaker.

Carol

This year’s edition of the fest will be the first time that Award winners from Cannes will be presented to New York audiences. This includes Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin (Hsia-hsien won Best Director), Todd Hayne’s Carol (Rooney Mara won best actress), Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (Vincent Lindon won best Actor), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (which won the Jury Prize), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (Kurosawa won the Un Certain Regard Best Director award), as well as Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure (which won the Un Certain Talent Prize award).

Where To Invade Next

Rounding out the festival are The festival will be rounded out by new ones from Michael Moore (Where To Invade Next), Hong Sangsoo (Right Now, Wrong Then), Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days), Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan), Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre), Michel Gondry (Microbe & Gasoline), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Thomas Bidegain (Les Cowboys), Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and Miguel Gomes (his 3 part film, Arabian Nights).

The 2015 edition of the festival is shaping up to be a great one. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in September. For more info on the films and tickets, head to their website.

Wish I Was Here Poster

The Shins and Zach Braff go way back. His use of “New Slang” and “Caring Is Creepy” in his directorial debut Garden State helped launch their popularity, changing their career forever (or really James Mercer nowadays).

So it’s no surprise that they’ve reunited again for Wish I Was Here, Braff’s new film (and first since Garden State).

The film’s latest trailer features a brand new song from The Shins. It’s presumably set to appear on the film’s soundtrack, and it sound amazing from what we can tell.

You can check out the trailer right now over at Monday Morning Matinee.

[new]: M83 – Ali & Matthias

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2013

M83 - Ali & Matthias

M83’s frontman Anthony Gonzalez just doesn’t stop working. He’s easily one of the hardest workers currently in the game. When he’s not releasing stuff with his band, he’s scoring soundtracks such as the Tom Cruise starring Oblivion or producing songs for The Killers.

He continues his soundtrack contributions with a score for the film You and the Night. You can find the film’s trailer over at MMM.

He’s already shared a song from the soundtrack called “Ali & Matthias.” It’s more of a lovely orchestration from M83, with a more dear approach, as opposed to the widescreen bombast that we’re so used to. Here’s the description of the song that accompanies its soundcloud stream:

Here is a new track from ‘You And The Night’. The soundtrack pays tribute to French soundtracks from the 70’s and is much more intimate than ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ and the ‘Oblivion’ Soundtrack. This score is really for lovers and ghosts.

Check out “Ali & Matthias” below.
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Arcade Fire are lined up to score Spike Jonze’s upcoming film Her. This should come as no surprise as the director worked with the band before on their short film Scenes From The Suburbs. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man in the future who purchases the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. It basically turns human and causes Phoenix to question if one can love someone who really isn’t there. Read more about the film and catch the trailer over at Filmtastic.

It looks pretty great, and I can’t wait to see what Arcade Fire add to the film in addition to their new album which should be released on October 29, and may be titled Reflektor.

Ad-Rock

Back in the 80’s/90’s Adam Horovitz, who we know better as Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys, had a small acting career going. He hasn’t been in a movie in 2 decades, but that might change if he gets casted in Noah Baumback’s upcoming film, ‘While We’re Young.”

It’s just a rumor for now, but it would be a bit role next to a cast that features Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried. Head over to Filmtastic to read a little bit more about it. Sounds pretty cool. Not likely that we will be hearing any new music from The Beastie Boys for obvious reasons, so this could be something that we see Ad-Rock venture in more often.







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