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Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott ("Plan 9 From Outer Space"!). »
- Trailers From Hell
Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space!)
- TFH Team
'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him, »
- Andre Soares
One of my favorite online series of the year was Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman's Florida neo-noir "Bloodline," a dysfunctional family drama that explains just how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother, played memorably by Ben Mendelsohn, who is nominated for a supporting actor Emmy. He played the family black sheep Danny Rayburn, who, Glenn Kessler revealed at the TCAs, will return in Season Two via flashbacks (do catch up with the first season on Netflix to find out why). One newbie joining the cast when the new season goes up on Netflix in the first half of 2016 is John Leguizamo, TVLine reveals. Clearly, Leguizamo's Ozzy Delvecchio will function similarly to Danny, as a volatile wild card who disrupts the Rayburn family, led by matriarch Sissy Spacek and local sheriff Kyle Chandler (Emmy nominated for Best Actor). I can't wait. »
- Anne Thompson
One of my favorite online series of the year was Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman's Florida neo-noir "Bloodline," a dysfunctional family drama that explains just how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother, played memorably by Ben Mendelsohn, who is nominated for a supporting actor Emmy. He played the family black sheep Danny Rayburn, who, Glenn Kessler revealed at the TCAs, will return in Season Two via flashbacks (do catch up with the first season on Netflix to find out why). One newbie joining the cast when the new season goes up on Netflix in the first half of 2016 is John Leguizamo, TVLine reveals. Clearly, Leguizamo's Ozzy Delvecchio will function similarly to Danny, as a volatile wild card who disrupts the Rayburn family, led by matriarch Sissy Spacek and local sheriff Kyle Chandler (Emmy nominated for Best Actor). I can't wait.
- Anne Thompson
Brian De Palma, the Us director of Scarface, Carrie and Carlito’s Way, is to receive the Venice International Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to those who have made significantly original contributions to contemporary cinema.
The award will be given to De Palma on Sept 9 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the world premiere of documentary De Palma, directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film is billed as an intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process.
De Palma has previously presented seven films at Venice, the first being crime thriller Blood Sisters in 1975.
In 1981, De Palma screened Blow Out in the section Mezzogiorno/Mezzanotte; in 1987, The Untouchables, out-of-competition; in 1992, Raising Cain, the closing film in competition; in 2006, The Black Dahlia, the opening »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Joan Crawford Movie Star Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her work, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it took – and more – to reach the top and stay there. Nearly four decades after her death, Crawford, the star to end all stars, remains one of the iconic performers of the 20th century. Deservedly so, once you choose to bypass the Mommie Dearest inanity and focus on her film work. From the get-go, she was a capable actress; look for the hard-to-find silents The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Taxi Dancer (1927), and check her out in the more easily accessible The Unknown (1927) and Our Dancing Daughters (1928). By the early '30s, Joan Crawford had become a first-rate film actress, far more naturalistic than »
- Andre Soares
Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.
- Nicholas Bell
Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno, Leslie Ann Hudson, Patricia Ann Hudson, Beverly Ross, John Davey | Written and Directed by Robert Altman
There are some movies that just get under your skin and cause you to have to think, and the worst part is you realise that they aren’t meant to be understood, and that is how they get their hooks into you. Robert Altman’s 3 Women was said to be based on a dream. I guess it comes as no surprise that it feels like it is one of the most haunting dreams you’ll have. With Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray it is also a dream of a release…
- Paul Metcalf
This year’s acting races are the most competitive in years, which makes predicting a risky proposition. Still, we couldn’t resist hazarding a guess at who’ll be celebrating on Thursday. These are our predictions for the actors and actresses in the drama categories. Click to see our picks for those in the running for the comedy series categories.
Adman Don Draper found bliss — and bought the world a Coke — in the final moments of AMC’s “Mad Men,” all but guaranteeing Jon Hamm an acting nod for the role. (Will he finally earn that elusive trophy? That’s for another column.) Hamm may once again have to fend off Kyle Chandler, who played a tormented brother in Netflix’s family drama “Bloodline” and won the category in 2011 for “Friday Night Lights.” Bob Odenkirk found the heart in »
- Debra Birnbaum
3 Women, 1977.
Directed by Robert Altman
An awkward adolescent begins work at a spa in the Californian desert. The shy and reserved young woman becomes overly attached to her more confident co-worker and eventual room-mate.
3 Women is a memorably disturbing film with its heart set firmly on the art house. Said to be inspired by a dream, Robert Altman’s (M.A.S.H., Short Cuts, The Player) feature is also strongly reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s beautifully nightmarish Persona. Indeed, both films focus on the transient nature of behaviour and psyche, and reveal the unlimited potential for personalities to rebuild and redevelop.
Taking a look at the mysteries of femininity through a male filmmaker’s hazy vision is something else both films have in common. This fear of pre-judged emotional unpredictability and instability has been »
- Robert W Monk
"Bloodline" fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast and crew of Netflix's suspenseful family drama? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini and series creators Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler. -Break- Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Kyle Chandler, (below with Ben Mendelsohn) on playing opposite A-list co-stars: "I think also there's a competitive spirit on set, and I like that. It is a sport. We're allowed to play with the words and play with the meanings. We're asked to do different things with these scenes, so there's a competitiveness. It's like duking it out with other actors using your acting skills." Sissy Spacek reflects on the story of a black sheep returning home: "I know most mothers, certainly I'm that kind of mother, that you never give up »
"I did know that I had to make a decision. Do you want to jump with these three guys or not? And I decided yes," says Kyle Chandler in a new featurette for the Netflix drama "Bloodline," discussing the leap of faith it required to undertake the mysterious drama. (Watch the complete video below.) -Break- Watch Our "Bloodline" Interviews: Kyle Chandler & Ben Mendelsohn | Sissy Spacek | Linda Cardellini | Glenn & Todd Kessler "These guys do have a process that's quite different … It's a pretty exhilarating way to work," adds co-star Ben Mendelsohn, describing the loose, seat-of-the-pants style adopted by series creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, who previously earned multiple Emmy nominations for their similarly complex legal drama "Damages." "Bloodline" follows the Rayburn family, a respected clan in the Florida »
When Bloodline producers Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman set out to create an entire world around their Netflix family drama, they went south because, as Glenn recently told AwardsLine, “The Florida Keys was something that we had not seen explored.” And much the same way Albuquerque is such a fitting backdrop for Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, the Keys—idyllic by day, “anti-glamorous,” as Sissy Spacek describes it, by night—parallels the… »
It's been almost three months since "Bloodline" debuted on Netflix. In a traditional distribution model, the show's first season would be wrapping up right around now. In the world of the binge, most of the people who cared about that show finished it within a week or two of its release. I took my time, not because I'm opposed to a good binge (I zipped through "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which debuted only the week before), nor because I felt like "Bloodline" was something worth savoring. Rather, I felt so lukewarm about the three episodes Netflix made available to critics prior to its premiere that I was in no hurry to watch the rest. There was enough there — a great cast, a strong sense of place, a rich atmosphere — that I was willing to see where it was going, but only in those occasional gaps in my schedule where there weren't »
- Alan Sepinwall
Gary McCurry reviews the twelfth episode of Bloodline…
It’s at that point now that we’re watching the Rayburn’s crumble. Bit by bit each member is falling and they’re also taking their families down with them. John orders his wife, Diana to take the kids and leave town in the aftermath of Danny’s stunt with their daughter. Danny has had a showdown with pretty much everyone he’s ever met in his hometown and now comes the time to watch the spiral begin towards the end that was shown to us in the pilot.
The penultimate episode of Bloodline is here so expect a whole bunch of nasty spoilers.
The previous installment was a masterclass in many areas. Although it has been said by many, including me, the two leads, Ben Mendelsohn and Kyle Chandler are stunning. When either, and particularly both are on-screen you are drawn into that world, »
- Gary McCurry
When Jon Voight agreed to take the role of Mickey on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” he was enthusiastic about being a part of a capable ensemble and didn’t give any thought to where his name might land in the credits.
“I’m a real character actor. I like stutters and limps,” says Voight, who built a career on playing leading men in films like 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy” and 1978’s “Coming Home,” for which he won an Oscar. “Every role is a character, and some of the characters are enjoyable to me because they’re so crazy. So Mickey’s perfect. I was fortunate to meet with him at this juncture.”
Voight is just one of the accomplished actors better known for playing »
- Christy Grosz
Read More: Watch: New Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love & Mercy' With Paul Dano & John Cusack Has Good Vibrations"Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) Sissy Spacek won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in this depiction of Lynn's tumultuous and rocky journey to country music stardom. The intense story is expertly told in Michael Apted's "Coal Miner's Daughter," which thoroughly covers Lynn's life from her early days in Kentucky to her later success as a country star. Filled with the drama of Loretta Lynn's poverty combined with her early marriage and teenage motherhood, matched with her evident extraordinary talent and eventual discovery, this biopic does not fail to demonstrate both the perseverance of the singer and the culture in which she was rooted."Control" (2007)Few rock n' roll biopics capture the rise and fall of a music legend as personally as "Control," Anton Corbijn's heartbreaking and darkly funny look. »
As chance would have it, the news of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" re-return hit only a few hours after I got off the phone with Catherine E. Coulson, better known as the series' enigmatic "Log Lady." I had just spoken with the actress at length about the Showtime revival, which at the time of our interview remained in limbo following Lynch's declaration last month that he had pulled out of the project over a budget dispute. It was truly an odd coincidence, and came at a time when many fans of the original series had all but given up hope that the revival would ever make it to air. But it's clear that the dogged loyalty shown by Coulson and a number of her "Twin Peaks" co-stars, including Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall, Madchen Amick and Kimmy Robertson -- all of whom participated in a video »
- Chris Eggertsen
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
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