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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Not all are from war movies or even war scenes, but a lot of the clips from this heroic sacrifices in movies supercut are definitely Memorial Day worthy: This montage highlights the most memorable military deaths in movies, in tribute to the real soldiers who've died in service: If Captain America: The First Avenger was a classic Hollywood war movie that had come out decades ago, this is what its poster might have looked like: Stanley Kubrick made some of the greatest war movies of all time. Here's a supercut of those movies: This video essay focuses on "The Role of Landscape, Nature and Environment in War...
- Christopher Campbell
To celebrate the '90s classic's big birthday, we dive into Braveheart trivia to find out who nearly took on the role of William Wallace, the role originally earmarked for Sean Connery and which celebs count the Gibson flick among their all-time favourites.
1. Randall Wallace came up with the idea for the film while on holiday in Scotland in 1983. Visiting Edinburgh Castle, he asked a tour guide to tell him the story behind the statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The guide did just that, and the rest is movie history!
"The Shining" turns 35 today. Can you believe it? Truly, Stanley Kubrick's horror classic feels as fresh today as it did when it was released. Not only that, but it stands as possibly the most picked-apart horror film in cinematic history. Scratch that: it is the most picked-apart horror film in cinematic history. Watch Rodney Ascher's fascinating documentary "Room 237" for more on this. What always got me most about "The Shining" is that unlike most horror movies, there aren't a lot of peaks and valleys -- i.e. setup-scare-setup-scare, loud-soft-loud. Instead it's an exercise in sustained horror, filled to the brim with small, subtle scare moments that -- while not as iconic as, say, the elevator of blood, the bathtub crone, or Nicholson's psychotic invocation of that famous late-night line -- are arguably all the more frightening for their very casualness. Let's celebrate the 35th birthday of this »
- Chris Eggertsen
A film about visionaries from all corners of our world meeting to create a brand new one filled with the advances of the future, Tomorrowland isn't too shy to name drop a lot of historical figures. Figures such as Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and, of course, Walt Disney himself are all mentioned at one point. As if that wasn't a prestigious enough grouping of minds, Brad Bird suggests that another historical heavyweight would have appeared: legendary film director, and avid futurist, Stanley Kubrick. Disney Insider spoke with Bird about his most recent film, as well as a bunch of other projects he's been linked or committed to with the studio in recent times. When the conversation turned to Tomorrowland's various easter eggs for properties such as The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, the question was asked whether there were any concepts that Brad Bird had wanted to include in »
Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland is a celebration of dreamers and thinkers of all kinds. A few famous dreamers and thinkers, like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Jules Verne, even make it into the film in a roundabout way. And originally, there was at least one more that Bird wanted to include. The filmmaker reveals he initially […]
- Angie Han
As our review of Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" notes, part of the film's core is built upon "the aspirational dreams of the Edison, Tesla and Einstein-style inventors of the world." It's a spirit that's key to the upcoming movie, spinning a universal appeal out of the imagineering magic that Walt Disney conjured during his peak. In early versions of the movie, the plan was to show another one of cinema's greatest visionaries getting his own dose of inspiration. In an interview with Disney Insider, Bird reveals that he had plans for a fictionalized Stanley Kubrick to appear in the kind of cameo that only the most diehard cinephiles would probably notice. "There was briefly a storyboarded moment where young Frank went to a part of the World’s Fair called 'To the Moon and Beyond.' It was a movie that was shot in 70 mm and projected in what they called Spacearium 360 by Cinerama, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Next week marks the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and it will be screening during the 16th season of Film on the Rocks on June 9th. Also in this round-up: a Dark Was the Night trailer and listing information for the house from Poltergeist.
The Shining 35th Anniversary Screening: Press Release -- "Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues announced the line-up for the 2015 edition of Film on the Rocks (Fotr). Presented by Pepsi, the 16th season includes nine events throughout the summer. Each film is preceded by a live concert and local comedian, courtesy of Comedy Works.
"Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to Summer and Film on the Rocks is a Colorado Summer tradition," said Britta Erickson, Festival Director for the Denver Film Society. "We are so excited to kick off the season on the holiday weekend and bring cult-classic and fan-favorite films, great »
- Tamika Jones
Heeeeere's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is just one title being added to Amazon Prime: Instant Video in June 2015. Classics like "Roman Holiday" and "Apocalypse Now" are also coming, along with more random additions like "Troll" (and "Troll 2"!) and "Leprechaun: Origins." Most of the additions are arriving June 1, which is just a couple of weeks away at this point, but here's the full list:
"Apocalypse Now Redux"
"Something Wild" (1986)
"Sid & Nancy"
"Rep: The Genetic Opera"
"Word and Pictures"
"Life of Crime"
"Covert Affairs" - Season 5
"Katy Perry: The Prismatic »
- Gina Carbone
Chicago – Far more marvelous than imperfect, “Interstellar” is the answer for moviegoers who have lost the zeal for massive films, citing a lack of ideas, heart, or general passion for filmmaking. Director Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space odyssey is an event of beauty, with the rare experience of showing viewers something they haven’t seen before.
As a blockbuster of familiar features but unique successes, “Interstellar” welcomes comparisons to numerous films but consistently stands apart from them. Nolan has fashioned a singular experience that works with the busy simplicity of his previous movies, like “Inception”: It’s recognizable and easy to follow along, but with a clear interest in the philosophy that puts these tales into action.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Angelic Avengers, published in 1946 under the pen name Isak Dinesen, is billed as “a Gothic romance”.
The Angelic Avengers is the story of two young women abandoned and trying to cope with poverty and grief in 19th century Britain and France. An elderly Scottish cleric and his wife invite the girls to live on their estate in France, apparently kindly intentions.. But the girls discover that, under cover of piety and idealism, the clergyman and his wife lure young girls into their grasp into to sell them into the white slave trade.
Jensen is looking for British partners for the project, which is likely »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »
- Andre Soares
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
There was a time when Malcolm McDowell’s status as a jobbing actor in numerous celluloid stinkers appeared to eclipse his defining roles in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Lindsay Anderson’s If.
However, good reviews for Amazon Studios’ Mozart In The Jungle brought him back to public attention in a way he maybe hadn’t experienced for a while. This success may be consolidated by his now taking the lead in a remake of Vincent Price comedy horror classic The Abominable Dr.Phibes.
The 1971 movie saw Price’s irrevocably-scarred academic seek revenge on the surgeons who he believed killed his wife following the devastating car crash that put her in hospital and destroyed his face. To make things more interesting he despatched each of them in the florid fashion of the Old Testament’s Ten Plagues Of Egypt. A sequel, Dr.Phibes Rises Again, followed and Price »
- Steve Palace
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.
Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds
It’s an inevitable »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The poster for Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour, bound for Cannes.Great news for fans of Louis Ck the actor and the director: the comedian-auteur is gearing up to make a new feature film, titled I'm a Cop.Producer Bero Beyer has been appointed the new General and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam Above: A vintage nitrate release print of John M. Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven. The print screened at the first ever Nitrate Picture Show at the George Eastman House last weekend. You'll hear more about this wonderful festival soon on the Notebook.A new issue of Film Comment is out, with many articles available online.That's Stanley Kubrick, above, talking to Jeremy Bernstein in 1965.At Reverse Shot, Nick Pinkerton considers under-appreciated French New Waver Luc Moullet's A Girl Is a Gun.Author F.X. Feeney has not one but two videos celebrating »
Afterlife with Archie #8
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Published by Archie Comics
Afterlife with Archie is finally back, with the third chapter of the ominously titled arc “Betty Rip.” So far the series has shown it is willing to expand its horror goals beyond mere zombies, first intertwining H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos into the series, and now paying homage to Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick’s paranoia filled tale, The Shining, with a healthy dose of Charles Dickens. The result is an issue that is more somber and dread-filled than previous issues, full of slow-burn fear and hidden threats.
After a Thanksgiving marred by violence and betrayal, the remaining survivors of Riverdale settle into the sinister Bradbury Hotel for Christmas. The building bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconic Overlook Hotel featured in The Shining. Artist Francesco Francavilla pays homage to the labyrinthine, distressing »
- Halden Fraley
Some weird stuff happens when you’re asleep. Just about everyone can attest to that, whether they just half-remember an unusual dream or they’re susceptible to sleepwalking. But The Nightmare points out that for some people, there’s something bad waiting for them in the dark when they go to sleep. A horrible force that makes them fear the very act of lying down to rest.
The unusual nature of sleep paralysis is the subject of this documentary, and as for the movie itself, it’s an unusual way to address the topic. The Nightmare, in essence, is a horror documentary, set-up like a horror movie, shot like a horror movie and delivered like a horror movie. It’s perhaps the most based on a true story “based on a true story” horror ever made.
- Adam A. Donaldson
Rodney Ascher’s first documentary Room 237 was an eerie look at the conspiracy theories and hidden clues that people believed were hidden in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, already not exactly a charming, light affair. But the haunting testimonies placed over footage from the film was less for cinephiles and more an understanding of how people’s minds work in strange ways.
Ascher’s latest doc The Nightmare uses a similar approach for an actual horror story. He explores the condition of sleep paralysis, in which people find themselves unable to move while they sleep, and in the process experience disturbing, horrific nightmares. Alongside the talking heads and testimonies, Ascher brings their nightmares to life.
After first premiering at Sundance, Jacob Carter reviewed it at SXSW and applauded its storytelling while becoming less impressed with his special effects and numerous recreations. Read his review here.
The Nightmare opens June »
- Brian Welk
Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare looks like a very scary documentary. As you can see in this trailer, via Indiewire, the oneiric film examines the ambiguous cause, and petrifying effect, of night terrors and sleep paralysis. Ascher’s previous film, Room 237, collated a bunch of conspiracy theories regarding the “real meaning” of Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining, using the theories (which vary in eccentricity) to show how a film can provoke such a wide array of responses in different people. In The Nightmare, Ascher uses horror film techniques to emulate the visceral sensation of sleep paralysis, with terrifying results. »
- Greg Cwik
It was a homecoming of sorts for Gus Van Sant on April 30 when the director participated in a conversation following a special 35mm screening of "Drugstore Cowboy" at the Northwest Film Center in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. The 1989 film, which stars Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch as junkie outlaws who rob drugstores, was partially shot in the area surrounding the Film Center. The screening was part of the Northwest Film Center's "Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences),"a series of Van Sant movies as well as others that influenced his work including films by Stanley Kubrick, Werner Herzog, and Béla Tarr. Mario Falsetto, Professor Emeritus in Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and author of the just-published Conversations with Gus Van Sant," asked the Academy Award-nominated director a few questions about "Drugstore Cowboy" before Van Sant fielded questions from the audience. Here's the key takeaways from the »
- Paula Bernstein
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