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The top 20. The scripts by which all others are defined and to which all others are compared. Brilliant scripts can be wordy. Brilliant scripts can be confusing. Brilliant scripts can be sweeping or intimate. This section runs the gamut, ranging from first time writers to established writing vets. It only gets better from here.
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20. Easy Rider (1969)
They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.
This portion’s “anybody can write a film” segment comes from 1969, with a landmark film that truly doesn’t have much weight. A road movie if there ever was one, Easy Rider follows Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) as they ride their motorcycles across the country to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. »
- Joshua Gaul
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is no stranger to letting fans down: after a semi-promising start with the first film, the franchise nosedived into two horrible sequels that looked good in the trailers, but translated into horrific films. When Transformers 4 was announced, it was bad enough, but when it was touted as the start of a new trilogy, bad news became worse.
And yet, with the first full trailer of Transformers: Age Of Extinction now out for the world to see, it manages to do something all the others didn’t, promising a new angle that not only reinvents the franchise, but allows for more mature stories, which some might have considered unthinkable. There’s still time to be ultimately disappointed of course – and we’ve all had our fingers burned before – but (for the moment) there are reasons to actually be kind of excited to see Transformers: Age Of Extinction. »
- Mike Reyes
Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke. Nominated for seven Oscars, and winning two (for Best Actress Frances McDormand and Best Original Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen), "Fargo" is perhaps the Coens' best film -- and that's saying a lot -- certainly rivaling their 2007 Best Picture winner "No Country for Old Men." (Writing "Coens" and "Oscars" in the same sentence is still a bit painful for us die-hard "Inside Llewyn Davis" fans.) Starring an unraveling William H. Macy as an unwise Minnesota car salesman who hires two thugs for a kidnap-and-ransom scheme, and Frances McDormand as the level-headed cop on the case, the film is a neo-noir masterpiece of cultural specificity. Hilarious and deeply upsetting in equal measure, with ace work by the Coens' go-to cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell. Deakins' »
- Beth Hanna
The “middle of nowhere” has never looked better in this new edition of directors Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 classic, now remastered for the best high-definition picture yet. In this film Nominated for seven Oscars®, things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge (Frances McDormand) takes the case. Will she stop at nothing until she gets her man? You betcha. Fargo Blu-ray Street Date: April 1, 2014 Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1 Subtitles: English/Spanish/French U.S. Rating: R Special Features ● Feature Audio Commentary with »
- Pietro Filipponi
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Set to premiere April 15, FX's new series "Fargo" has its first teaser, and it features Billy Bob Thornton. Intriguing and oblique? You betcha! Executive produced by the Coen Brothers, who penned and directed the 1996 black comedy starring Frances McDormand -- who won an Oscar for her performance as a scrappy and rather pregnant cop in small town Minnesota -- the series will expand on the mythology of the film across a ten-episode season. It will be a limited run a la "True Detective" or FX's own "American Horror Story." The series stars Tom Musgrave, Liam Green and Julie Anne Emery. The Coen brothers have writing credits on the first three episodes.
- Ryan Lattanzio
Set to premiere April 15, FX's new series "Fargo" has its first teaser, and it features Billy Bob Thornton. Intriguing and oblique? You betcha! Executive produced by the Coen Brothers, who penned and directed the 1996 black comedy starring Frances McDormand -- who won an Oscar for her performance as a scrappy and rather pregnant cop in small town Minnesota -- the series will expand on the mythology of the film across a ten-episode season. It will be a limited run a la "True Detective" or FX's own "American Horror Story." The series stars Tom Musgrave, Liam Green and Julie Anne Emery. The Coen brothers have writing credits on the first three episodes. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Long before Spider-Man got rebooted and any wolves got punched in The Grey, Sam Raimi and Liam Neeson collaborated on a superhero flick with a Gothic love story that was a hit with both audiences and critics.
To celebrate the release of the Darkman: Collector's Edition, Scream Factory is sponsoring an amazing contest. Two winners will receive a Darkman: Collector's Edition Blu-ray each, and one Grand Prize winner will get both a Darkman: Collector's Edition Blu-ray And a limited-edition 18"x24" poster (only 200 have been printed) featuring the newly commissioned artwork!
Dread Central readers can to enter this contest by sending us an E-mail Here including your Full Name and Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
If the link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line »
- KW Low
Director: Amy Berg
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Based on the Laura Lippman (novel) Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg makes her feature debut with this intriguing thriller. Based on a novel by Laura Lippman, director Nicole Holofcener adapted the screenplay, which is certainly one of several exciting and curious aspects of the film. Likewise, Berg has amassed a trio of notable headliners, including Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, and Diane Lane, for what promises to be a top notch title to look forward to in the coming year.
Gist: A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death.
Release Date: While we thought this would pop up at Sundance, it could be a contender for Cannes, »
- Nicholas Bell
Darkman is a movie I have a lot of affection for, as it was one of the first R-rated movies I snuck into with friends back in junior high. Undoubtedly one of Sam Raimi’s most ambitious projects, Darkman goes for gusto with its wacky sense of humor firmly intact.
While its imperfections are numerous, there’s a lot I will always admire about Darkman. It still remains one of Sam Raimi’s most ambitious projects to date and it’s hard to do anything but admire the kind of lofty ambitions Raimi tosses at the screen with his self-created superhero crime thriller/dark comedy mash-up.
In Darkman, Liam Neeson plays lovesick scientist Peyton Westlake, who gets caught in the middle of a dangerous political cover-up when his well-meaning girlfriend Julie (Frances McDormand) leaves an incriminating document at his lab connecting a corrupt developer to maniacal mob boss Robert Durant (Larry Drake, »
- Heather Wixson
Darkman - Shout Factory - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita. Full cast + crew When it comes to movie nostalgia, there's liking movies because they were so highly specific to a time when you were younger and couldn't always see a film's obvious flaws, and then there's liking a movie because it's so highly specific to the time in which it was made that it just could not get made these days. Darkman may have some flaws, but it's far more of the latter. There is simply no way this movie would get made in today's studio system. Sam Raimi's earliest Hollywood gig, Darkman is about a scientist (played by Liam Neeson) who is burned...
- Peter Hall
What an amazing week for TV fans. As if you didn’t have enough stacking to do with the new, brilliant season of “House of Cards” on Netflix, there are four other full seasons in this week’s What to Watch that you really should watch front to back. And then there’s the still-amazing “Darkman,” a cult classic that perfectly captures Sam Raimi’s skill at controlled chaos. Finally, we have two ’80s horror flicks in one set in “Bad Dreams” and “Visiting Hours.” Check ‘em all out (Ok, you can skip the genre stinkers).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
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“Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season”
One of the best shows on TV gets the glorious, fantastic, always-perfect HBO treatment, complete with absolutely perfect HD transfers and enough special features to stop a TV fan in their tracks. 12 audio commentaries! The »
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a frustrated stay-at-home who's enjoying a naughty night out at the strip club with her husband (Josh Radnor). After Rachel gets a lap dance from the beautiful young McKenna (Juno Temple), she becomes fascinated with McKenna and tries to forge a friendship. Rachel invites McKenna to live with her and her husband and act as a live-in babysitter for their young son. What starts as an afternoon delight becomes much more complicated.
Why We're In: Hahn is usually very, very funny, but here she's given the chance to show off her dramatic, dysfunctional chops. Plus, it's by writer/director Jill Soloway, who worked on "United States of Tara" and "Six Feet Under."
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (Criterion)
- Jenni Miller
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion »
- Scott Hallam
New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein said it best as preface to a 2007 article: “Writing about the Coens – and mining their oeuvre for Big Ideas – is a sure way of looking like an ass.”
Their films are simultaneously straightforward and arduously-intricate, enjoyable in the casual moment while encouraging deeper analysis. Attempts to elicit answers from the brothers regarding any messages or meanings to their movies are met only with smiles and shrugs. In short, even a “bad” film from Joel and Ethan Coen will be able to make your head hurt.
One thing is for certain: even a bad Coen Brothers film is good, and the distinction “Worst” is used only in relation to the rest of their filmography. Their first feature, the thriller Blood Simple, came in 1984, and since then the brothers have enjoyed strings of successful movies. They won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay »
- Matt Hannigan
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
“Crime has a new enemy, and justice has a brand new face. Fans of visionary director Sam Raimi (The Spider-Man trilogy) know well the story of Dr. Peyton Westlake and his tragic transformation into the action hero known as Darkman. Based on Raimi’s short story “The Darkman,” the popular crime-fighting master of disguises comes to life in the 1990 film adaptation Darkman, starring three-time Golden Globe® nominee Liam Neeson (Taken) and Oscar® winner Frances McDormand (Fargo). Directed by Sam Raimi, this explosive, action-packed thriller also stars Colin Friels (Dark City), Larry Drake (Dr. Giggles), Dan Hicks (Evil Dead 2) and Nicholas Worth (Swamp Thing) and features soundtrack by award-wining composer Danny Elfman. On February 18, 2014, Scream Factory™ will release Darkman Collector’S Edition Blu-ray, »
- Jonathan James
Regular recapper Arik Littrel is out sick this week so I’m filling in. Get well soon Arik, and too bad for you because last night’s Supernatural, though slight, was a fun one! Forget angels, demons, expansions of hunter mythology, Destiel, Wincest or anything else heady and fraught with feels. Just gimme Sam in yoga pants and Dean in a hair net and I’m happy!
Last night’s ep was a lighthearted caper involving unexplained cases of fatal spontaneous weight loss in a Minnesota town. (Let’s face it, any weight loss in Minnesota is a freakish event, so no wonder the Winchester’s hunter instincts were pinged.) Dean calls it a “Thinner sitch”, and they get the basic details (and powdered donuts) from a nice lady cop who is doing her best Frances McDormand from Fargo.
Once the boys eliminate a possible gypsy curse, their investigation leads »
- Aaron Landry
Bill Hader is in talks to join Amy Schumer in Universal’ “Trainwreck" which Judd Apatow is helming and producing, reports Variety. There are no details on the plot at this time, and the film hits theaters on July 24th, 2015. The "Saturday Night Live" actor was seen in Sundance Film Festival player "The Skeleton Twins" drama from director Craig Johnson, also with Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson and Boyd Holbrook. He's in production on "The Good Dinosaur" alongside Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris and Frances McDormand. That film's an animated comedy from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. »
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