13 items from 2014
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 Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success...as a drug dealer.
Along with Alex's younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah's house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex (some of »
In Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success…as a drug dealer.
Along with Alex’s younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah’s house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex »
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"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"
What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.
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- Jenni Miller
Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »
- Brad Brevet
Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation. The triumph and tragedy of religious themes in the movies have never been championed as much as when the protagonist at the helm is a loving nun. Film nuns come in all varieties: nurturing, helpful, complex, obstinate, crusading and flawed.
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen will take a look at some of the movies most colorful and notable women of the cloth. You decide…will these God-serving maidens give you a sense of uplifting forethought?
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen selections are (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) Sister Agnes from Agnes of God (1985)
An unlikely religious murder mystery surrounds a novice nun in Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) as questions »
- Frank Ochieng
In 1983, a film was released titled The Big Chill. Featuring an ensemble cast of Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams, it was about a group of baby boomer college friends who reunite after fifteen years due to the suicide of a friend.
In About Alex, a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown.
Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, »
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.
The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.
Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).
Co-opted a zillion times over the »
Criterion has announced their July 2014 titles and among them is one fans have been waiting a long time to see introduced, David Cronenberg's head-exploding sci-fi Scanners, set for a July 15 release. The set will include a newly restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, "The Scanners Way" visual effects documentary, a new interview with Michael Ironside, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack, an excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's "The Bob McLean Show" and Cronenberg's first feature film, Stereo (1969). Also on July 15 comes Robert Bresson's 1959 classic Pickpocket, telling the story of Michel (Martin Lasalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. Features include: New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader The Models of "Pickpocket," a »
- Brad Brevet
Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.
courtesy of criterion.com
40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »
- Joshua Gaul
Last April, it was announced that Bomb Girls was being cancelled after two seasons. While there wouldn't be a third season, a movie has been produced to wrap up the series.
Here are the details:
Honoring Our Veterans, The WWII-Era Movie Airs Monday, May 26 at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt
Oscar(R)-Nominee and Golden Globe(R)-winner Meg Tilly Stars as Lorna Corbett
(Albuquerque, Nm) Monday, March 24, 2014 - ReelzChannel today announced the two-hour television movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy is set to premiere Monday, May 26 at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt, transporting viewers to a dark hour in »
The final episodes of Bomb Girls season two left us with so many questions. Will Betty be convicted of murder? Will Kate acknowledge her feelings for her friend? Has Gladys really joined a spy organization? Thankfully, we now know when we'll finally get the answers to all these questions: Reelz will premiere the two-hour original movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy on Monday, May 26th at 9p Et/ 6p Pt.
The movie is set during the Battle for the Atlantic and will find the employees of Victory Munitions tasked with working on a sonar system to detect German U-boats. When it becomes clear that a saboteur is among the ranks of the VicMu staff, Gladys is tasked with finding the culprit. This means she will be forced to spy on her best friends, her coworkers, and even other intelligence agents. Though the movie can stand alone, there will definitely »
- Mandy McAdoo
The war-time drama Bomb Girls, which aired in the U.S. on ReelzChannel, has received a Best Dramatic Series nomination from the Canadian Screen Awards. The show, which follows four women working in a Canadian munitions factory during World War II, also received an astounding 5 additional nominations, including Best Make-Up, Best Costume Design, Best Photography and Casting.
Meg Tilly, who plays tough, factory matron Lorna, received a Best Dramatic Actress nomination, having won the Award last year for her Bomb Girls role. That didn't stop the actress from excitedly announcing the nomination on Twitter, stating: "Congratulations 2 my #Bombgirls family! A testament 2 wonderful work & love we poured in2 our show!"
Of course, we never tire of watching Bomb Girls gather accolades, and are thrilled to see it continue to get recognition. The Canadian Screen Awards airs on March 9th.
Link | Posted 1/14/2014 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
13 items from 2014
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