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The most fervent of the detractors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prefer to obsess over the group’s Golden Globes balloting lapses, while obstinately overlooking the org’s real awards voting history.
For every Pia Zadora, there are dozens of Globes winners that consistently demonstrate a seriousness of purpose that regularly matches or surpasses the Academy’s Oscar champions.
The HFPA’s track record of rewarding edgier, more demanding achievements in the dramatic film category is ironically the benefit of the group’s recognition of comedies and musicals.
Cynics will say having both film drama and comedy/musical Golden Globes categories means more stars on the HFPA’s red carpet and awards TV broadcast and more tables sold to the producers. Those are certainly byproducts, but the more significant impact of the acknowledgement of lighter efforts is the ability to double-down on rewarding the more demanding serious fare.
- Steven Gaydos
In 1980, the idea of having a puppet as a supporting actor was still untested. Ryan looks back at The Empire Strikes Back's big gamble...
"You will go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi master who instructed me..."
George Lucas may have had a wider saga planned out in his head, but he couldn't have predicted just how much hunger there would be for more space adventures in the wake of Star Wars. But as audiences flocked to watch and rewatch the film through the summer of 1977, Lucas was already putting the groundwork in place for a sequel, with its title, The Empire Strikes Back, firmly in place by November that year.
Shall we sing the praises of actress Marie Windsor? A self--assessed Queen of the Cheapies, she was anything but cheap, gracing some of the better films noirs and delivering some of the most deliciously acidic dialogue ever heard on screen. The woman doesn't just have bedroom eyes, she has bedroom everything, and a wicked smile to go with it.
No Man's Woman Blu-ray Olive Films 1955 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 70 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Marie Windsor, John Archer, Patric Knowles, Nancy Gates, Jil Jarmyn, Richard Crane, Louis Jean Heydt, Percy Helton, Morris Ankrum. Cinematography Bud Thackery Film Editor Howard A. Smith Original Music R. Dale Butts Written by John K. Butler story by Don Martin Produced by Rudy Ralston Directed by Franklin Adreon
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
According to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris’ own interview philosophy, through which he has coaxed controversial personalities ranging from Donald Rumsfeld to Robert S. McNamara to Fred A. Leuchter into revealing an unexpected side of themselves oncamera, “If you leave people alone and don’t interrupt them, within three or four minutes, they’ll show you just how crazy they really are.”
Audiences of the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam got to see that theory in action as Morris, who’d been invited as Idfa’s central guest, commandeered a 90-minute masterclass, all but ignoring film theorist and moderator Bill Nichols’ questions as he spun amusing anecdotes and ideas for the overcrowded Pathe Tuschinski theater.
Nichols opened the session by likening the revolutionary impact of Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line” on the documentary medium to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” rolling a clip that cut from the bone a »
- Peter Debruge
Few directors come to mind when you consider a large chronological scope in filmmaking. Sure, Stanley Kubrick had a great film in nearly every genre, others like John Ford are synonymous with Westerns and Woody Allen with a well-written comedy, but take someone like Paul Thomas Anderson, whose oeuvre spans the decades and lifetimes of his misanthropic characters, oftentimes creating an entirely new universe within a specific period or era. (That’s not to say Kubrick or Ford or Allen is by any means not on a par with Anderson, but you get my drift). Anderson’s characters and themes can be seen in each of his films — the importance of family, neglect, the emotional significance of a father figure, religion as an antagonist — but if edited correctly, these themes can be seen sequentially. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson In his new video essay, Jeremy Ratzlaff »
- Samantha Vacca
The various trailers that have been released for Jonathan Levine.s The Night Before have done a good job painting the movie as a fun, holiday-set stoner comedy - but while that.s a partially fair assessment, the director didn.t exactly look to those kinds of films when he was putting the feature together. Instead, he actually looked to the work of filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and Spike Lee . specifically After Hours, Eyes Wide Shut, and 25th Hour. Levine mentioned these three titles when I had the chance to sit down with him earlier this month during a Los Angeles press day for The Night Before. While discussing the comedy, I told him that the film very much reminded me of After Hours - being a dark comedy that plays out over the course of one night . and the director confirmed not only was the Scorsese film »
So it’s true. Or it’s not true, depending on how you look at it. The 1969 Nasa Apollo 11 moon landing never happened. A fake, all filmed at Pinewood Studios by Stanley Kubrick, just as he would later fess up to – or at least hint at – in The Shining.
How do we know? Because a young Steven Toast – Toast of London (Channel 4) – was also at Pinewood that day; to film some sex comedy probably, it’s hard to remember, he was smoking a lot of children in need (weed, I’m assuming) at the time. Anyway, he wandered on to the wrong set, Studio D instead of Studio B; right on to the surface of the moon in fact, where Stanley K »
- By Sam Wollaston
Though I may be dating myself, I still remember sneaking up late some evenings as a kid and watching “At The Movies” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Was it foreshadowing to my future as a film writer and contributor? Perhaps. But what it certainly did solidify was my appreciation for other critics, particularly opening up my mind to films I hadn’t heard of, or wouldn’t normally consider watching. Read More: Watch 20-Minute ‘Siskel & Ebert’ Special On The Films of Stanley Kubrick Now I am not quite old enough (by a long shot) to have lived in the 1970s, but it was undoubtedly the greatest decade for American cinema (1940s anyone?) and amongst the infamous titles, there are surely a few gems that fell through the proverbial cracks. In this delightfully nostalgic special from 1979, Siskel and Ebert discuss a few of the films that they loved and the public didn’t appreciate. »
- Samantha Vacca
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Guy's CollagesThe Criterion Collection is highlighting the collage work by The Forbidden Room co-director Guy Maddin.Richard Linklater's SXSW Opening Night FilmVery exciting news for fans of Richard Linklater (sure to be a much larger number after the wide success of Boyhood): his next feature, Everybody Wants Some, will be the Opening Night Film of the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.Berlinale's RetrospectiveSpeaking of festival lineups, the Berlin International Film Festival has announced its first major programming strand for 2016: their retrospective will be dedicated to German cinema in 1966.Rosenbaum's Ten Best Movies of the 90sIt feels like every week Jonathan Rosenbaum (the latest guest, by the way, on the podcast The Cinephiliacs) has republished a fabulous piece of criticism on his website. Most recently, it's his essential »
I have the full rundown on the notorious spacey alternate ending to this sci-fi winner by design specialist Saul Bass. The ants are taking over, and they mean business. World conquest begins at a research lab in Arizona, where Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy and Lynne Frederick try to hold out against super-intelligent hormigas that cut them off, build sophisticated weapons and instantly adapt to any chemical attempt to stop them. Phase IV Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford Cinematography Dick Bush Insect sequences Ken Middleham Art Direction John Barry Film Editor Willy Kemplen Original Music Brian Gascoigne Written by Mayo Simon Produced by Paul B. Radin Directed by Saul Bass
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Just a little warning, if you happen to be a conspiracy nut maybe skip this trailer, probably also the movie when it’s out. For the rest of us here’s the red band trailer for Moonwalkers. “What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the […]
Today we have a restricted trailer for Alchemy's "Moonwalkers" action comedy, starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter). Check it out below. Plot: What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the Us administration? This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Perlman) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with a lousy manager (Grint) of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time. The new movie is directed by first-time helmer Antoine Bardou-Jacquet from a script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral). It's set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on January 15th, 2016. Trailer: »
This one goes out to all those conspiracy theorists who believe the moon landing has been one great big hoax all these years. The new film Moonwalkers is red meat for you as it presents the story of a CIA agent, a rock band manager and a guy who looks like Stanley Kubrick who somehow got together and created a back-up for the United States in their space race with the Russians. That back-up, of course, would be... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
A new poster and red band trailer have been released for the upcoming comedy Moonwalkers which stars Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman as a rock band manager and a CIA agent who team-up to help Stanley Kubrick fake the 1969 moon landing. Check them out here…
What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the Us administration? This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with a lousy manager (Rupert Grint) of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time.
Moonwalkers is set for release on January 15th in the Us.
- Amie Cranswick
Garrett Brown might not be a household name but in movie circles his invention certainly is: in 1975 he revealed the Steadicam, a stabilizing mount that allowed camera operators to dispense with time-consuming dolly shots and provided a smooth alternative to jerky hand-held. Since it made its debut in Hal Ashby’s “Bound for Glory,” the Steadicam has lent itself to many iconic moments in landmark films of the last 40 years, from the Philadelphia steps scene in John G. Avildsen’s “Rocky,” to the snowy maze chase in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and the speed-bike sequence in Richard Marquand’s “Return of the Jedi.”
A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Brown holds some 50 patents for camera devices, including the Steadicam Merlin for camcorders, Skycam, which flies on wires over sporting events, »
- Damon Wise
Director Trent Harris’ The Beaver Trilogy screens at The St. Louis International Film Festival Saturday, November 14h at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Harris will be in attendance and will receive a Contemporary Cinema Award. Ticket information can be found Here. It will be on a double bill with director Brad Besser’s The Beaver Trilogy Part 4. Trent Harris will also attend a screening of his 1995 science fiction comedy/musical Plan 10 From Outer Space on Sunday November 15th at 6:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Ticket information for that can be found Here.
The long, odd tale of director Trent Harris’ The Beaver Trilogy begins in 1979 with the chance meeting between Harris and an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Charmed and amused, Harris soon accepts the stranger’s invitation to come to the small town of Beaver to film a talent show, where »
- Tom Stockman
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
"Do you really want to go back to your boss and tell him that you don't have Stanley Kubrick and you don't have the money?" Alchemy has released the first trailer for Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers, a comedy about a CIA agent and a rock manager who team up and try to find Stanley Kubrick in order to fake the moon landings. I initially labeled this as an alternate history, but realized it's actually more of a funky comedy about what could've been happening down on Earth while the real moon landing was taking place. Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint star, with Robert Sheehan. There's a really fresh, original, very 60s vibe to this that makes it much more interesting than most of the comedies we see these days. Enjoy it. Here's the first official trailer for Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers, direct from IGN: What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? »
- Alex Billington
Man, Hollywood really likes making movies about and or related to Stanley Kubrick. There’s “Color Me Kubrick” with John Malkovich, it feels like every year there’s some Kubrick-related script on the Black List, and this year we have “Moonwalkers” which is about that conspiracy theory that Apollo 11 never actually happened and in reality, Stanley Kubrick, secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the U.S. administration. Set in swinging sixties London, it focuses on a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman a.k.a. “Hellboy") who can’t find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with the lousy manager of a seedy rock band (Rupert Grint) to develop the biggest con of all time: staging the moon landing. The film made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2015 SXSW where is was described as a “riotous, high-tempo action-comedy. »
- Edward Davis
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