12 items from 2013
If you’re a fan of Jim Morrison, you might want to keep an eye on the indie drama, The Last Beat. The film is loosely based on his last days in Paris, and it’s always interesting to see how a movie does a biopic without being a straight biopic (Todd Haynes pulled this off brilliantly with the I’m Not There, which was based on the life of Bob Dylan). Today, we have samples of two songs from the film, and I’ll leave it to the Morrison fans to decide how well they evoke the deceased musician. Hit the jump to listen to the songs and an exclusive new image, and click here to keep up with the movie on Facebook. The Last Beat stars Shawn Andrews (Dazed & Confused), Cameron Richardson (Entourage) Martha Higareda (Street Kings), Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express), and Seymour Cassell (Rushmore). Here’s the »
- Matt Goldberg
Chicago – It’s rare that I feel comfortable using this kind of hyperbole in a Blu-ray review but here it goes — having watched it again on Criterion Blu-ray, after not seeing it in years, I’m more convinced than ever that John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” is one of the best films ever made. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and have a family of my own, but my most recent viewing of this masterpiece was heartwrenching in a totally different way. It’s stunning.
And the Criterion remaster of it, accompanied by four other of the most important films in the history of the independent film movement in “Cassavetes: Five Films” is a beauty. Oh, yeah, “Shadows,” “Faces,” “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” and “Opening Night” are damn good too. This is one of the best possible gifts you could pick up for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $124.95
A former theater actor fascinated by the power of improvisation, Cassavetes brought his search for truth in performance to the screen. The five films in this anthology of dramas—all of which the director maintained total control over by financing them himself and making them outside the studio system—are electrifying and compassionate creations, populated by all manner of humanity: beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, children.
Cassavetes has often been called an actor’s director, but this body of work—even greater than the sum of its extraordinary parts—shows him to be an audience’s director.
Here’s a breakdown of the movies:
Each week we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the home entertainment offerings, reviewing and rating the films and the special features packed onto the discs.
Release of the Week
The BFI have been working hard on their Masters of Cinema collection, a British equivalent to the Criterion Collection. This is their fifth and final introduction into the John Cassavetes collection which includes Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night. The story of Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara – mesmerising), a small strip-club owner who gets in too deep with some murky characters because of his consuming gambling addiction which leaves him $23,000 in the red. The mob then use this as a handle to blackmail him into murdering someone to wipe off some of his debt. It goes behind the scenes of a seemingly successful man »
- Adam Lowes
Madrid – Continuing the move of international companies into English-language fare with name casts, FilmSharks International has boarded Guy Pearce starrer “Mis-Fits,” a singular comedy from writer-director L.D. Napier with Doug Claybourne (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Rumble Fish”) producing.
In a deal struck by Claybourne and John Logigian for the production and FilmSharks founder Guido Rud and Roxy Kohan on behalf of FilmSharks, Rud’s sales-financing company will handle the international pre-sales and part of the international equity financing on “Mis-Fits,” which is looking to go into production in 2014.
Also written by Napier, whose latest picture was the Woody Harrelson narrated brain injury docu feature “Every Twenty One Seconds,” “Mis-Fits” narrates the misadventures of a Brooklyn detective, played by Pearce (“Iron Man 3, »
- John Hopewell
It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is just around the corner. Why not start it off right with a couple of cool documentaries on a couple of cool directors? After all, the new season “Arrested Development” doesn’t come until Sunday, so you've got some time. First up is a two-part documentary -- nearly 100 minutes total -- on John Cassavetes, “Anything For John.” It features interviews from many key collaborators like his wife/muse Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk and Seymour Cassel and focuses as much on his films as it does on the man himself. It’s a hugely informative film that we’d recommend for both Cassavetes fans and newbies alike. Next is a nearly hour-long documentary -- “The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera” -- that focuses on “Shock Corridor” and “The Naked Kiss” director Samuel Fuller. Beginning from his time as a reporter, continuing »
- Cain Rodriguez
Ian shares the frame with living ‘legend’ Seymour Cassel.
We’re pretty stoked about Ian Somerhalder‘s new movie Time Framed, in which he slips into a tuxedo to save clean energy, and it sounds like Ian’s pretty excited too! SinFactory Media released a new poster for the movie May 9, and Ian couldn’t wait to share it with his 3.6 million+ followers.
“Our TimeFramed movie poster-with the legend Mr. Seymour Cassel!” Ian tweeted, with the poster attached.
Here’s the official description of Time Framed, from production company SinFactory Media:
Time Framed tells the story of Agent Truman Black (Ian Somerhalder), a gun-for-hire secret operative who is entrained to protect government and corporate interests in high-stakes missions. During his latest assignment to stop the supposed heist and expulsion of a revolutionary clean energy method that brings free power across the world, he finds himself framed and becomes a whistleblower »
- Andy Swift
By Lee Pfeiffer
The little-seen 1983 thriller Double Exposure has been released on DVD by Scorpion Releasing as a special edition. The film has an interesting background. It was originally filmed in 1971 under the title of The Photographer by director William Byron Hillman with Michael Callan cast as a photographer of beautiful women who also turns out to be a serial murderer. Hillman and Callan were frustrated that the movie received only a limited release. Twelve years later, they collaborated on a remake of the movie using the title Double Exposure. This time around, Callen served as an uncredited screenwriter on Hillman's new script and he also produced the movie, as well. Major script changes included having the main character, Adrian Wilde (Callan), not certain if he actually is a murderer. He's a generally kind and decent man who eeks out a modest living photographing models. He resides in a mobile home in L. »
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Breaking Glass Pictures has announced that “Silver Case,” starring Oscar nominee Eric Roberts, Claire Falconer, Brian Gamble, Chris Facey, Seymour Cassel, Shalim Ortiz and Vincent DePaul will have its nationwide release this spring! The film will premiere on broadcast VOD on April 15 and the DVD will be released May 7. This film is the debut feature of award-winning Italian director Christian Filipella. Shot in Los Angeles and Italy, “Silver Case” has been really successful on the festival circuit, premiering at the Rome International Film Festival and showing at the Cannes Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, and the Hoboken International Film Festival, among others. [ Read More ]
The post Silver Case Coming To VOD And DVD This Spring appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Feature James Peaty 8 Mar 2013 - 06:24
With Sundance London fast approaching, we've highlighted ten Sundance films you really should watch...
For nearly 30 years the Sundance Film Festival has been the pre-eminent North American independent film showcase. Helping to make the names and careers of filmmakers as diverse as Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino Bryan Singer and Christopher Nolan the festival's reach has now spread even further thanks to the inaugural Sundance London show in 2012.
But despite Sundance’s enviable influence at the top of the film tree not every movie – or even award winner – shown at the festival ends up becoming as ubiquitous as Sex, Lies and Videotape or Clerks.
Fast approaching is the Sundance London 2013 festival (full details on that are here), whose line-up is set to be announced on March 11th. The event runs from 25-28 April, and tickets go on sale at the end of next week. »
We're sad to report that actor Ben Gazzara has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 81. Over Gazzara's nearly-sixty year career, his greatest screen moments occurred in collaboration with close friend John Cassavetes, along with actors Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, and Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands. With Falk's passing last year and now with Gazzara's, it seems an opportune time to revisit a 2004 chat I had for Venice Magazine with the surviving members of the Cassavetes "company" that coincided with Criterion's release of their "John Cassavetes: Five Films" collection. Cassel was the only member not present during the conversations, which took place in the home that John and Gena shared from 1962 until his death, and which served as a location for many of their films together.
The Legacy of America’s Most Important Indie Film Pioneer Is Preserved in the Criterion Collection’s New Release John Cassavetes: »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"I have a brain tumor."
"It's all in your head."
What to make of Moment to Moment, Robert Downey's 1975 sketch-format feature film? Following in the wake of rather more professional, organized and (relatively) big budgets romps like Putney Swope, Pound and Greaser's Palace, it in a sense marks a step backwards to the shambling, purposeless derangement of Chafed Elbows (1966) and similarly centers around a series of deft and goofy comic performances from Downey's writing partner and muse Elsie (L.C.) Downey.
"Why don't you go outside and make a movie?"
"And ruin my skin?"
In a sense, this 85 minute affair, available in its original cut as an Avi ripped from a DVD-r ripped from VHS (until recently the fate of most of R.D.'s films), or in a new re-edit on the Eclipse Box Set Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr., can perhaps best be understood as »
- David Cairns
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