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Global Lens 2008

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Now in its fifth year, the Global Lens film exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco-based organization the Global Initiative. Spotlighting “eight features from countries with developing and emergent film cultures,” the series is devoted to promoting cross-cultural understanding. This year’s films include Antonio Nuiç’s All for Free, Rodrigo Moreno’s The Custodian (part of last year’s New Directors/New Films festival), Ali Raffi’s The Fish Fall in Love, Partho Sen-Gupta’s Let the Wind Blow, Randa Chahal Sabbag’s The Kite, and Wang Chao’s Luxury Car. Two films, Jeffrey Jeturian’s The Bet Collector and Garin Nugroho’s Opera Jawa, will each screen for one week. Opera Jawa is a story of seduction, infidelity, and death, based on The Abduction of Sita from the Hindu epic The Ramayana, and what the film lacks in variety of staging it makes up for with an opulence of color (which is to say nothing of its actors’ uncanny physical contortions). But The Bet Collector is the more thrilling immersion. Jeturian’s acknowledgement of the hypocritical link between police and the illegal numbers operations they’re supposed to bust lacks bite, but there’s great nuance to the filmmaking and Gina Pareño’s award-winning performance. The camera roves through the narrow streets of a squatters’ area of Manila, capturing joy and panic with canny interest, but Jeturian’s docu-realist nerve and concentration is matched by Pareño’s. The actress stars as a working-class woman who works for a jueteng operation collecting bets in order to support her family, and the film builds to a startling explosion of violence and emotion that tears a metaphysical hole in the story through which a ghost slips through, shedding further light on Amy’s humanity. (Jeturian will introduce and discuss The Bet Collector in a post-screening Q&A on January 14th.)

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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