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Film Nerd 2.0 is an ongoing series in which we explore the ways we share media with our kids, particularly those of us who grew up deeply in love with movies. The media landscape has changed completely, and parents need to be more engaged than ever in what their kids watch and what they take from that entertainment. "Daddy, why did the Karate Kid Johnny die?" When "The Outsiders" was released in 1983, I was 13, and I already dearly loved the S.E. Hinton novel. It's melodramatic as hell, but that's how it feels to be a teenager, no matter what era you're talking about. I may not have had to deal with Socs or Greasers, but navigating the turbulent emotional landscape of adolescence was something that informed every line of Hinton's book. Francis Ford Coppola's film is burnished and beautiful, and it featured a young cast made up of actors on »
- Drew McWeeny
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
It seems that the summer has inspired publications to take the long view of cinema history. Just last week, BBC Culture published their ranking of the 100 Greatest American Films. Now Time Out is doing them one better, going with their list of the 100 Best Movies Of All Time. And their top selection might surprise you. Read More: Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More Time Out's survey didnt't turn to critics, but to a select group of actors (whose individual lists you can see here) who provided their personal top tens, which in turn were used to calculated the top 100. So you won't see Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" or Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in this particular top ten. Instead, it's a surprising selection, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," Powell & Pressburger's "The Red Shoes," Woody Allen's "Annie Hall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robert Duvall has a few inviolable rules when he's making a movie: If there's a horse to be ridden, he will ride it; if there is a dance to be danced, he will dance it, and if there is a song to be sung, he will sing it.
"Those three things I am going to do myself without a double, unless it's a dangerous stunt," the legendary actor tells Rolling Stone Country.
So when the script for his new film, Wild Horses, called for him to sing the western standard, »
Whatever you think of the results of the poll of critics the BBC's conducted to come up with its list of the "100 greatest American films," we can surely all agree that we're glad to have the notes on the top 25: Glenn Kenny, for example, on #1, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane, Stephanie Zacharek on #2, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Ali Arikan on #4, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bilge Ebiri on #6, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise, Molly Haskell on #11, Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons, Jonathan Rosenbaum on #18, Charles Chaplin's City Lights and so on. Also today: Ai Weiwei gets his passport back; remembering E.L. Doctorow—and more. » - David Hudson »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
The just-released BBC poll of the 100 best American films of all time is both predictable and eccentric: a mirror image in some respects of its fellow British Sight & Sound poll taken every 10 years, and a reflection in other ways of some willfully weird and cultish academic influences. The top 15, with multiple titles from Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Ford Coppola and including five Oscar-winning classics, includes nothing made within the last 40 years, suggestive of a reasonable, old-fashioned inclination toward requiring that films stand the test of time before admitting them to the
- Todd McCarthy
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
The BBC have unveiled their list of the 100 greatest American Films of all time. The BBC polled 62 critics from around the world to compile the list that includes Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Psycho. »
- Jazz Tangcay
Us actor best known for his role as the mobster Moe Greene in The Godfather
Alex Rocco, who has died of cancer aged 79, might have had bigger and more challenging parts than the Jewish mobster Moe Greene in the first part of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy (1972), but it remains his most celebrated role.
“The Godfather gave a great boost to my career – although casting directors would always see me as ‘the guy with the bloody eye’, even years later after I had gone in a few different directions,” Rocco commented. “The guy with the bloody eye” was one of several murdered victims who had refused an offer presented to them by Mafia boss Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).
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- Ronald Bergan
Actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing mobster Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather, passed away on Saturday in his Studio City, California home at the age of 79. The actor's stepson, Sean Doyle, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the actor passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor's long career spanned 50 years, with over 150 TV and film credits.
Alex Rocco was born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, who caught the acting bug at the age of 30, when he took an acting class to meet women. After moving to Los Angeles, he took a class taught by Leonard Nimoy, who promptly kicked him out because he couldn't understand his thick Boston accent. He then enrolled in a speech class which transformed his Boston accent with a New York accent, which Leonard Nimoy said he could work with. He made his acting debut with the 1965 Russ Meyer film Motorpsycho! »
Ch-ch-changes are coming to the second half of Hannibal‘s third season — as anyone who watched last weekend’s “Digestivo” is well aware.
After Dr. Lecter’s surrender to Jack Crawford — following Will and Hannibal’s escape from the clutches of Mason Verger — Bryan Fuller’s beautiful nightmare will flash-forward several years in this Saturday’s installment (10/9c on NBC), and we’ve got first-look images of your old faves in fresh settings, plus the show’s new Big Bad.
In Episode 8, “The Great Red Dragon, »
Actor Alex Rocco died of cancer this weekend at the age of 79, Variety reports. Rocco went from being a "wannabe gangster" as a kid in a rough Boston neighborhood to playing an actual gangster in Francis Ford Coppola's classic film The Godfather. The actor, who trained under Leonard Nimoy in the 1960s, starred in dozens of films and TV shows and won an Emmy Award in 1990 for his turn as a Hollywood agent in The Famous Teddy Z. Though he had a career replete with roles as heavies, thugs, cops, and entertainment big shots, he remains best known for his performance as Las Vegas casino owner Moe Greene in The Godfather. Greene’s untimely demise at the behest of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone during the baptism/murder climax — one of the great scenes of American cinema — signifies the changing of the regime, as Michael literally and symbolically becomes the Godfather. »
- Greg Cwik
For a man who, in his earlier days, wanted to be a real-life gangster, Alex Rocco never quite seemed the type, but made a career out of playing bad guys and various other characters in a long and satisfying career. He died on Saturday at the age of 79. Born Alexander Federico Petricone in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rocco spent his youth in the tough Winter Hill district of Boston as a hanger-on with the local Winter Hill Gang. He ended up questioned as part of an investigation into the murder of a gang rival, was released without charge and left the Boston area shortly after that. He’d decided to move to Los Angeles and won his first film role working on Russ Meyer’s Motorpsycho! Several smaller parts followed, but he scored a big break playing Moe Greene on The Godfather for Francis Ford Coppola, which became the real bedrock of his career, »
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
One of the more florid and unfashionable forms an artist can use these days is the epic. Of course, no one denies the greatness of Homer, the Mahabharata, Gilgamesh, The Aeneid, Dante, Milton, or Melville. Few would argue with Philip Glass, Francis Ford Coppola, Nan Goldin's Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Kara Walker, and maybe Matthew Barney — though he is often castigated and snickered at for his form. Yet these days, the epic is often the domain of the overblown Hollywood blockbuster sequel, pseudo-intellectual serial television dramas, and multipart books about soft-core porn or young-adult coming-of-age or dying stories. Epics are viewed as overwrought, platitudinous, clichéd, swollen with sincerity and melodrama, a form of eras gone by. Not by me: I love epics for how their authors can claim to be channeling muses and deities who speak through them, recounting stupendous narratives. I love art that attempts to be about »
- Jerry Saltz
The horror movie genre is more popular than ever, with its influence felt right across popular culture like a blood spatter from a slashed artery. Audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and strap themselves in for a good old frightfest, a sensory rollercoaster ride that’ll make eyes pop out of sockets and bathrooms get frequently used. However, sometimes there’s an element that just doesn’t sit right amongst the mayhem. More often than not, that factor is the lead actor or actress!
Does it matter if there are plenty of heads flying around, or if you’re stuffing a cushion into your face every thirty seconds? Well, yes. Even if the film is really delivering the gory goods, that mismatched central figure can really start to bug you. What were the producers thinking? Give it some time and the true terror may turn out to be »
- Steve Palace
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
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