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Waste Land, 2014.
Directed by Pieter Van Hees.
A Brussels homicide cop (Jérémie Renier) begins to lose control of his life as he tries to solve a bizarre murder.
A child peacefully sleeps in his bed while a rabbit nightlight glows on the floor creating the impression that you are looking at a painting; he is not alone in the room as his father watches over him with a grim expression. Surreal elements start to creep in as desolate Brussels has the occasional sleeping inhabitant stretched out on benches or dozing in cars while a riverbed which contains a discarded wing back chair encounters a strong wind.
The father leaves his wife who is a teacher and son at school; he turns out to be a police inspector who gets to role play the victim at »
- Trevor Hogg
Famous film critic Roger Ebert once said, “for me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” It’s great actors who carve characters from stone that we identify and empathize with, and then they have the power to break our hearts when tragedy strikes.
Since Marlon Brando took acting to another level in the 1950s, actors like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep with their methods have taken our immersion in cinema and our believability in characters one step further, making films much more intense experiences. It’s in those single moments in which they break our hearts where they earn their place in film history.
Particularly heart-breaking scenes are absolutely unforgettable and often leave us with our lasting impression of the film. The more powerful the scene, the more »
- Jack Moulton
Apocalypse Now star Marlon Brando was "like a kid, very irresponsible," said director Francis Ford Coppola at an Aug. 29 Telluride Film Festival panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of his Vietnam War classic, whose $31 million budget — $110 million in 2014 dollars — Coppola had to finance himself at 17 percent interest, which meant that Brando's behavior could have bankrupted him. The panel, hosted by Scott Foundas, featured winners of a dozen Oscars: producer Fred Roos, editor Walter Murch, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and writer John Milius. Since Brando — like co-star Dennis Hopper, who shunned showers and
- Tim Appelo
During the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Miley Cyrus used her platform to raise awareness of homeless youth, but attentions also turned in on her awards show guest this week. The pop star, in lieu of delivering an acceptance speech for her Video Of The Year win for "Wrecking Ball," sent up her new friend Jesse to speak about his experience of living homeless. Cyrus directed fans to her website to learn more about Los Angeles non-profit My Friend's Place and to learn more about the plight of poverty and homelessness in America. But Jesse -- identified Jesse Helt, 22, this week -- actually has a warrant out for his arrest in his homestate Oregon, for violating probation. According to the Associated Press, he'd previously been arrested (as a juvenile) for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. Court documents said he'd broken into an apartment of a man "who had been »
- Katie Hasty
In The Drop, Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini play two Brooklyn cousins trying to make ends meet on the fringe of gangster life without sticking their necks out too far. Gandolfini, in what is his final onscreen performance, plays Cousin Marv, the manager of the seedy bar who once was respected and feared in the neighborhood but now settles for something less. Hardy plays Bob, the detached bartender who sees and hears nothing while he makes the nightly money drops that keep the business alive.
But when Bob finds an abandoned puppy and meets a pretty woman (Noomi Rapace), his »
- Jeff Labrecque
Marlon Brando was, quite possibly, the last celebrity we expected to be imitated on last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — to wit, this was a show that included an homage to that time that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore matching denim outfits, so that’s the direction things were headed early on — but there it was, a callback to forty-one years ago, delivered care of Miley Cyrus. No, you’re not hallucinating. Cyrus picked up the Moon Man for Video of the Year for her “Wrecking Ball” (a song that I, somewhat begrudgingly, really like), but although she stood up when her name was announced, she ultimately pushed a tall young man to the stage to accept her award from a charmingly bewildered Jimmy Fallon, who was dressed as if he had been shaken out of a Miami Vice box set. Jesse identified himself as a homeless youth, and »
- Kate Erbland
Source: Getty / Christopher Polk/MTV1415 Miley Cyrus turned her acceptance speech at the 2014 MTV VMAs into an opportunity to raise awareness about homeless youth in La. When Miley was named the winner of the best video award, the singer started walking to the stage with a young man but stopped short of the stage and instead chose to hang back while he walked alone. Miley's guest, named Jesse, then went on to make a speech about the homelessness issue in La, including noting that he himself had been homeless. At one point, the young man struggled to get through his speech and Jimmy Fallon, who presented the award, reached out to help steady the microphone in his hands. (Miley watched from near her seat and began tearing up in the middle of Jesse's speech.) After Jesse's speech, Miley's Facebook page shared a video by the star, urging fans to donate to My Friend's Place, »
What a difference a year makes: Last year, Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards as twerker-in-chief (she left that this year to Nicki Minaj). This year, she’ll be remembered as head humanitarian. Taking a page from a book written before she was born— In 1973, when Marlon Brando has Sacheen Littlefeather decline his Oscar for “The Godfather” and use the time to talk about the American Indian Movement— Cyrus ceded her acceptance speech time for Video of the YEar (for “Wrecking Ball”) to Jesse, a homeless youth, who made a plea for help for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States. Cyrus looked on, welling up, as Jesse talked about how he had “the same dreams that many of you here tonight,” before directing people to Cyrus’ website. There, Cyrus has posted a video asking people to donate to My Friend’s Place, »
- Melinda Newman
We’ve heard all the insane rumours and scandals attached to the ill-fated 1996 remake of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. How director Richard Stanley spent four years developing the project only to be fired after four days of shooting and replaced by John Frankenheimer and how headliner Marlon Brando impacted on that decision…
Helmed by Severin’s David Gregory, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is an intriguing look at the intricacies and fragility of film-making in Hollywood – the battle between creativity, money and power. For the first time the cast and crew recount what really happened on the set of the film and why it all went so spectacularly wrong.
- Phil Wheat
Even though scripts play an incredibly important part of the movie making process, sometimes a little improvisation is just what a movie scene needs to take it from good to great. CineFix has put together a fantastic video that highlights the 10 greatest improvised scenes in film history. I think they did a great job putting this together, and I can't think of anything that I would add to it. Check it out! I've included the list of films mentioned in the video below.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance… »
- Joey Paur
One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately »
- Clark Collis
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
At the end of Manhattan, perhaps Woody Allen’s masterpiece, he lies on a couch and lists all the things that make life worth living. As a twelve-year-old, I thought it was the coolest and hippest list I’d ever heard. Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato-head Blues, Swedish movies, Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, and Tracy’s face. But as I’ve gotten older, I see that list differently. It’s a list to reaffirm a sense of self. […] »
- Noah Buschel
Four years after taking a foodie road trip around northern England and giving us endlessly spot on celebrity impression after celebrity impression, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back again playing trumped up versions of themselves, but this time in Italy.
The name basically says it all, and the film itself makes no pretense about it being nearly a carbon copy of the first film with a few details flipped and fudged around. This seemingly redundant method of going about a sequel almost always cripples those second films stupid enough not to acknowledge what was so great about the first installment, and much like this year’s winking and hilarious 22 Jump Street—with its knowing nods and meta-commentary on what it means to do the same damn thing all over again—The Trip to Italy captures what was essential about the first time around and embraces it, making this »
- Sean Hutchinson
Chicago – “The Giver” must have seemed a lot newer back when it was written than it does now. The Newberry Medal winning, middle school staple predates many other Young Adult series about oppressive big brother-ish societies.
But its filmed adaptation, coming on the heels of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” can’t help but feel like it’s riding their coattails.
The film follows a teenager named Jonas (Brendon Thwaites) in a seemingly perfect, peaceful society. The ruling elders have eliminated all war, pain, arguments and conflict – and wiped out free will, choice, art and emotions along with it. Children are assigned which families they will live with, then when they grow up to maturity they are assigned roles within the society, while old people are released to a magical retirement home known as “elsewhere.” However, Jonas is chosen to become the new receiver of memories, and learn from »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Upon its release in 1990, Madonna's "Vogue" was an appreciation of a long-gone age of Hollywood glamour. Now that age is truly lost: as xoJane's Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, the passing of Lauren Bacall means every star name-checked in the song has died. Bacall was the last surviving member of the 16 famous names in the song; nine of these stars were still alive when the song hit airwaves on March 20, 1990. ("Vogue" itself is 24 years old.) Below, find the full list of celebrity names included in "Vogue." "Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and Dimaggio"As fate would have it, Greta Garbo »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
In discussions regarding the beginnings of onscreen method acting, Montgomery Clift is often unfairly shunted away in favor of Marlon Brando and James Dean. The actor first came to prominence in 1948, courtesy of lead roles in both Fred Zinnemann’s WWII film “The Search” and opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks’s "Red River." Clift went on to celluloid immortality via films like "From Here To Eternity," "I Confess," "Judgment At Nuremberg" and "A Place In Sun," earning four Oscar nominations along the way. A documentary examining Clift's life and work from the early nineties has surfaced, and is an excellent primer for his exceptional and yet underexamined career. Despite his distaste for "business as usual" in Hollywood and some poor career choices, Clift could very well have been as celebrated as the two famous contemporaries mentioned above. But a near-fatal car crash in 1956 »
- Cain Rodriguez
It was “Dead Poets Society” that did it. That was the movie that pushed me over the edge from casual moviegoer to full-blown film junkie, the one that sent me back to the video store night after night looking for my next fix, desperate to discover other movies that could make me feel the same way.
There, in the role that earned Robin Williams his second Oscar nomination, was the full range of the actor’s incredible talent: He could have you laughing hysterically one minute and crying the next, often within the span of a single film.
At the moment movies mattered most in my life, Robin Williams was my favorite actor. Let me assure you, Oscar nomination or not, this was not a popular position at the time — nor is it now. Here was a high-energy actor who had gotten his start playing a spastic alien on “Mork and Mindy, »
- Peter Debruge
August is upon us, which invariably means withering heat and a hell of a lot of bad cinema. Worn out by the time the dog days hit, the studios enter hibernation mode, concerned mostly with counting their early summer blockbuster returns (or licking their wounds). There's hope around the corner — the fall festivals loom — but that moment isn't here yet. The last month of summer is usually barren.
Except when it isn't.
It certainly wasn't 35 years ago — August 15, 1979, to be exact, when Francis Ford Coppola »
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson have posted their annual back-to-school index, a guide to entries from the past year that might serve as supplements to individual chapters in their classic survey, Film Art: An Introduction. They also link to seven previous similar entries. Plus: 10 "Defining Moments in Movies" from Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ted Hope's new memoir, a profile of novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Maps to the Stars) and a review of Susan L. Mizruchi's new Marlon Brando biography. » - David Hudson »
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