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12 items from 2015


11 of action cinema's great movie villain pairings

25 February 2015 8:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...

You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.

Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »

- ryanlambie

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Verhoeven's Elle Promises Parisian Perversion

24 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Dutch helmer Paul Verhoeven is back in the saddle with Elle, just the fourth directorial effort from the prolific auteur since the turn of the millennium and his first ever in the French language. But while the language may be new for Verhoeven, the director of Basic Instinct and Showgirls attraction to dark, psycho-sexual material appears very much intact.An adaptation of he novel Oh by Philippe Djian, Isabelle Huppert and Laurent Lafitte star in a story summarized as "one month when men get drunk, kill, rape, pair off, acknowledge children who aren't theirs, run away, moan, die... Thirty days of an unrelenting life, where memories, sex and death could short-circuit at any moment."Now five weeks into what is scheduled as a ten week shoot expect...

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Win Digital Downloads of Secretary, Basic Instinct, & Another 9 1/2 Weeks!

13 February 2015 3:42 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Win Digital Downloads of Secretary, Basic Instinct, and Another 9 1/2 Weeks!

With 50 Shades of Grey now in theaters, Cinelinx is giving you the opportunity to win Digital Downloads of three movies that handle romance different ways: Secretary, Basic Instinct, and Another 9 ½ Weeks!

 

Secretary, from director Steven Shainberg, features James Spader in a sexy and daring comedy as the original Mr. Grey, a seemingly normal lawyer whose relationship with his new secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) descends into a kinky affair that would give nightmares to any human resource director! The film is now available on Video On Demand and Digital HD, and for the first time ever, a behind-the-scenes featurette is available via Digital HD.

 

Basic Instinct: The Unrated Director’s Cut from director Paul Verhoeven, is now available in Digital HD only! Oscar® winner Michael Douglas stars with red-hot Sharon Stone in this groundbreaking and controversial film that redefined the genre of the sexy thriller. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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10 ridiculously silly movie orgasms: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Biggs & more

13 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The hotly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally released in cinemas today (February 13) to coincide with Valentine's Day this weekend, and it's got our minds racing about just one thing....

The most ridiculously silly orgasms in movie history, obviously!

From Jennifer Aniston's otherworldly pleasure to Jason Biggs's doubly embarrassing shortcomings - here are 10 fantastically farcical orgasms on the silver screen below:

1. Jason Biggs in American Pie (1999)

Virginal, apple pie-bonking Jim Levenstein can't believe his luck when his history tutoring with sexy Slovakian exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) turns into something more. So excited is Jim, however, that he barely contains himself at her touch, only lasting a few more seconds on second go, until he, er, explodes again.

Sadly Stifler (Seann William Scott) had previously coerced Jim to set up a webcam in his room so they can all watch the frisky teenage pair, but he unwittingly »

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Week in Review: New details on Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ and ‘Voyage of Time’

6 February 2015 12:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Terrence Malick is having a busy week, which for the director who formerly took ages between films, must rank among his busiest. Malick has first been working on a documentary called Voyage of Time that will incorporate footage from The Tree of Life and be “a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse,” according to a press release via HitFix. One version of the film will be just 40 minutes long, will feature narration by Brad Pitt, and will appear on IMAX screens. Another longer version will appear in traditional theaters and will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. Neither version has a release date just yet but are being planned for 2016.

His latest film however, Knight of Cups, is about to premiere at the Berlinale on February 8 (watch the trailer here), and the full plot revealed for the film sounds perfectly Malick-esque. »

- Brian Welk

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. Dead Man Walking

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »

- Joshua Gaul

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Eli Roth thriller Knock Knock gets a teaser trailer

24 January 2015 10:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eli Roth has released a teaser trailer for his latest film, Knock Knock.

The thriller, which stars Keanu Reeves, premiered this weekend at the Sundance Festival.

Knock Knock follows a seemingly happy married man who's left alone while his wife and children go away for the weekend.

Two beautiful girls show up at his house, and turn his life upside down.

The two young girls will be played by The Green Inferno's Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas, who recently starred in Hands Of Stone.

Roth recently said: "I had a window before I promote Green Inferno, and I wanted to make a movie like Roman Polanski or Paul Verhoeven made when they were young, a classic psychosexual thriller that's not a horror movie, but would have everyone on the edge of their seats.

"Getting Keanu is amazing, he's a fine actor who is perfect for this."

The film is currently without a distributor. »

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Sundance 2015: ‘Eden’ at least has a great soundtrack going for it

24 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Eden

Written by Mia Hansen-Løve and Sven Hansen-Løve

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

France, 2014

I suppose it’s a right of passage of sorts to find your own music scene and counterculture when you’re growing up. And I suppose many of us try our hand at the artistry of it all. And I suppose some of us never really make it. I just never realized until this film how underwhelming it could be to watch it all happen on screen. You could argue that Eden is trying to point out how underwhelming the whole experience is, but did the film have to be so underwhelming too to make that happen?

Mia Hansen-Løve’s film follows the 20-year journey of a young French DJ named Paul, who gets caught up in the house and electro scene that propelled Daft Punk to stardom. Daft Punk is even represented in peripheral roles by »

- Dylan Griffin

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Movie Poster of the Week: “The 4th Man” and the Poster Art of Vincent Topazio

23 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Us one sheet for The 4th Man (Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands, 1983).

I’ve always liked this elegant poster for Paul Verhoeven’s The 4th Man with its striking combination of soft realism and hard geometry (that knife-like number 4!) and I decided recently to look for other designs by the artist who signs himself Topazio. But, although I have found a number of pieces with his signature, I have so far come up short on much information on the man. Vincent Topazio was, it seems, an illustrator who worked from at least the mid 70s (I found a 1975 New York magazine illustration for an article on dog trainers credited to him as well as the cover for The Average White Band’s Cut the Cake from the same year) through at least the mid 80s. I have found seven of his movie posters, all illustrated in what seems to be a combination of crayon and airbrush. »

- Adrian Curry

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Isabelle Huppert Talks About Her Recent U.S. Productions

19 January 2015 7:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech’s jury prexy, Isabelle Huppert, has just completed a four-month stint in the United States, where she co-starred with Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theater Company production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids,” at the Lincoln Center Festival, followed by her film roles in Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs,” alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne, and in Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Valley of Love,” with Gerard Depardieu.

In an interview at the Marrakech film festival she explained that her recent intensive U.S. experience is a pure coincidence of back-to-back projects.

She then talked about her upcoming projects with directors such as Paul Verhoeven, as well as other helmers with whom she would like to work, including Christopher Nolan and David Cronenberg.

Huppert explained that she’s very happy with the roles that she has been offered recently and is not overly concerned about being typecast, for example »

- Martin Dale

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #2. Paul Verhoeven’s Elle

9 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Elle

Director: Paul Verhoeven // Writer: David Birke

One cannot overlook the plentiful cinematic contributions of Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven, who made waves back in 1973 with Turkish Delight and helmed a handful of notable collaborations starring Rutger Hauer, though they parted ways indefinitely after Verhoeven’s 1985 English language debut, Flesh+Blood. Of course, Verhoeven’s Us big-budget genre work, such as RoboCop (1987) and Total Recall (1990), both spawning recent lackluster remakes, and pulpy neo-noir Basic Instinct (1992) were overshadowed by the debacle that would come to be Showgirls (1995), now celebrated as one of the best worst films ever made. Twenty years after that, with only a few more features since, including 1997’s Starship Troopers, the maligned Hollow Man (2000) and a welcomed return to his native Holland for Black Book (2006), Verhoeven has been mostly an absent figure. In 2012, a mid-length film graced the lineup at the Rome Film Festival, while his long-gestating Jesus of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

5 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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