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The good-vibing ’60s are slip-sliding away in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” and along with them a certain idea of pre-Vietnam, pre-Manson California life — of boho beach towns and uncommodified counterculture soon to be washed away by a tsunami of gentrification, social conservatism and Reaganomics. Freely but faithfully adapted by Anderson from Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 detective novel — the first of the legendary author’s works to reach the screen — Anderson’s seventh feature film is a groovy, richly funny stoner romp that has less in common with “The Big Lebowski” than with the strain of fatalistic, ’70s-era California noirs (“Chinatown,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Night Moves”) in which the question of “whodunit?” inevitably leads to an existential vanishing point. Not for all tastes (including the Academy’s), this unapologetically weird, discursive and totally delightful whatsit will repel staid multiplex-goers faster than a beaded, barefoot hippie in a Beverly Hills boutique. »
- Scott Foundas
It’s virtually impossible to recognize Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem as anything but a spiritual sequel to Brazil. It’s a similar story of a corporate cog lamenting his status in an insane (and insanely large) world that makes him feel powerless, but it takes place in the universe next door where the Marx Brothers didn’t invent the bureaucracy. Christopher Waltz plays a man desperately waiting for a phone call that will explain his purpose. He kills his time by obsessively trying to slam math blocks into an impossible equation for a paycheck. It’s a somber absurdity, which is why this new poster represents the film beautifully. The stoicism, the closed eyes, the deconstruction. Not only is it striking, it looks like the back of his mind turns to stardust just off the edge of the page — a fitting representation of the movie’s larger-than-the-universe sentiment that plays out in a cramped church nave »
- Scott Beggs
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile. His knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a unique way. Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. Yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, as do Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200, let us know in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Multiplicity: Goldberg’s Latest a Mediocre Mash-up of the Masculinity Affliction
A handful of exquisite references are bound to crop up in a discussion of Howard Goldberg’s third directorial effort, Jake Squared, which proves to be the helmer’s first stint behind the camera since 1996 indie flick, Eden. However, Goldberg’s work doesn’t stand as an equal to a bevy of obvious influences utilized in the film, from any number of Woody Allen’s nebbish protagonists, to Fellini’s autobiographically inclined 8½. Abundant quotes flash across the screen from a series of additional notables, the least of which include Jean Cocteau and Groucho Marx. And yet, for all the inspired quirks, Goldberg’s material is never elevated beyond banal cliché, despite a cavalcade of names and an energetic lead performance.
A 50 year old filmmaker in Hollywood, Jake Klein (Elias Koteas), credits himself as a hopeless romantic, yet has never »
- Nicholas Bell
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »
- Drew McWeeny
Those were just some of the impressions that Robin Williams performed in the guise of the almighty blue Genie in Aladdin. Perhaps another comedian could’ve supplied similarly outrageous voices, but no one could’ve infused that dynamic, shape-shifting character with so much heart and humor. For many fans of a certain age, Genie was the Robin Williams character that immediately popped into their heads when the sad news broke yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor had died tragically in California »
- Jeff Labrecque
This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down »
In a Trump SoHo Hotel suite, high above the city, I met up with The Last Of Robin Hood directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for a conversation on Kevin Kline's portrayal of Errol Flynn. Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning as Florence and Beverly Aadland led us to Marjorie Morningstar, starring Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood - Too Much, Too Soon and the Barrymore clan - Groucho Marx and You Bet Your Life - John Huston's Roots Of Heaven and all the way down to Barry Mahon's Cuban Rebel Girls.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Roseanne reunites with her daughter Darlene.
Roseanne reunites with Darlene!
Roseanne Barr showed up on Tuesday's The Talk where her former on-screen daughter Sarah Gilbert is now co-host. When asked which of her TV kids she was most like --Darlene (Gilbert), Rebecca (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) or D.J. (Michael Fishman)-- the 61-year-old comedian revealed to Gilbert's delight, "I was most like Darlene. I was kind of a rebel, and, you know, I had periods of depression and stuff like that, and I just thought that was a cool and very accurate way that a lot of girls are, especially intelligent, thinking, sensitive girls, so it was important to me to have that element in the show."
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Barr gushed over the 39-year-old co-host, "You brought it to life, and it's wonderful."
This reunion also brought to light an amazing story about George Clooney. Barr said that »
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis revisits the 1939 Marx Brothers gem "At The Circus." John Landis was the natural choice to talk about this middling post-Thalberg Marx Bros. movie. Can you guess why? Because it has Charlie Gemora in a Gorilla Suit! Groucho introduces the now iconic, W.S. Gilbert-inspired song “Lydia the Tatooed Lady." This is the one where the boys save a circus from bankruptcy. Kinda topical, except for the circus part. »
- Trailers From Hell
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks the Marx Brothers' classic, "Duck Soup." "Duck Soup," arguably the Marx Brothers’ best film, is also one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. Director Leo McCarey gave the picture a disciplined structure that still allowed his anarchistic stars plenty of room to wreak havoc, resulting in an absurdist comedy with an undercurrent of no-nonsense political commentary. This 1933 classic could be seen as the spiritual father of the darkly comic anti-war films that emerged in the sixties including "Dr. Strangelove" and "How I Won the War." »
- Trailers From Hell
Essentially, at its core, cinema is just storytelling. Which is exactly the reason why Mike Myers’ directorial debut – alongside Beth Aala, in what is her sophomore endeavour – is such a treat. As Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon explores the life of a man who has dined, wined and revelled in the company of some of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century, and believe me, this man has some stories to tell.
Shep Gordon is one of the most famous people you’ve never heard of, and a contact list full of people you have. From a young age he was mixing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, while managing eccentric rockstar Alice Cooper, partly responsible for creating that unique brand that saw the musician go on to achieve great success. From there he went on to manage the likes of Luther Vandross to Groucho Marx, »
- Stefan Pape
Duck Soup, arguably the Marx Brothers' best film, is also one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. Director Leo McCarey gave the picture a disciplined structure that still allowed his anarchistic stars plenty of room to wreak havoc, resulting in an absurdist comedy with an undercurrent of no-nonsense political commentary. This 1933 classic could be seen as the spiritual father of the darkly comic anti-war films that emerged in the sixties including Dr. Strangelove and How I Won the War.
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- TFH Team
Chicago – If you are lucky enough to have the 50th Anniversary edition of “A Hard Day’s Night” playing in your area, drop everything and go see it, especially if you’ve never seen it before. The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – are ageless and timeless in a new print restoration and sound remastering of their 1964 debut film.
There is no way to describe the luck and timing of the music phenomenon called “The Beatles.” They were four guys in a rock band, but they virtually influenced everything the 1960s had to offer, due to the perfect moment they entered the arena and fired their creativity into the mass production era of record albums and baby boomers. Their first film was a coming together of the right screenwriter (Alan Owun) and the perfect director (Richard Lester), who captured a zeitgeist as it was happening »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Wes Anderson’s intrinsic surreal style is so unmistakable it is safe to assume it can be seen from space. Each ounce of each frame is so unmistakably his own that it identifies itself as a Wes Anderson film moments into the opening credits. Having such an intoxicating panache has caused him to have his fair share of detractors. Those who find he relies on the same type of ostentatious bells and whistles far too often.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will do nothing to silence those criticisms, and rightfully that is never the intention. Anderson creates cinematic confetti where each piece is intricately woven into the next. It is storybook come to life inside a live-action carton next to a screwball comedy of yesteryear. There is an elegancy with »
- Dan Clark
Chicago – Saturday, June 21st, 2014, marked a special night at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago – “A Salute to Dick Cavett.” The iconic talk show host, who seemingly knew every celebrity and newsmaker of the 20th Century, was honored for his broadcasting career, which has spanned over 50 years.
Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett was born – like his fellow talk show host Johnny Carson – in Nebraska. Like Carson, he began his entertainment career as a magician, right before he began college at Yale University. Shortly after graduating from Yale in the late 1950s, he was working at Time Magazine when he saw a notice in the newspaper that Jack Paar – then the host of “The Tonight Show” –was having difficulties with his opening monologues. Cavett wrote some jokes, and hand delivered them to Paar, who used them that night. The door to his career was open for Cavett, as he was hired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Perhaps not since Greta Garbo uttered her celebrated first chortle in “Ninotchka” has a film artist’s entrance into comedy been quite as unexpected as that of French director Bruno Dumont. A high priest of cine-miserablism drawn to Bressonian tales of spiritual suffering, Dumont lets loose his inner clown for “Li’l Quinquin,” a four-part TV miniseries that frequently suggests a cross between “True Detective” and Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops, while remaining every inch a Dumont movie, from its windswept northern French locales to its sometimes discomfiting use of nonprofessional actors. The odd mix of elements makes for an alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) hilarious and unsettling whole, and yet another compelling example of established bigscreen auteurs finding their richest opportunities in longform television. A more challenging sell than either Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos” or Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake,” Dumont’s pic should nevertheless see many fest bookings »
- Scott Foundas
The Austin Film Society has teamed up with Dan Halstead of Portland's Kung Fu Theater to host the 2nd annual "Old School Kung Fu Weekend" at the Marchesa. Three films will screen tonight and three more tomorrow, all directly from rare 35mm prints. The lineup is top secret and most of the movies have never before played in town. Passes are available for the entire series or individual tickets will be sold at the door, capacity permitting.
The Afs Screening Room hosts an Avant Cinema screening on Wednesday night of the 1947 film Dreams That Money Can Buy, created by avant-garde masters Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder and John Cage. Thursday night's Essential Cinema selection is Abel Gance's J'Accuse. Presented in a Dcp of a recent restoration, this 1919 silent classic presents a love triangle between a soldier, his wife and her lover during World War I. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
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