8 items from 2014
We’ve been big fans of the Royal Albert Hall’s tremendous film events for quite a few years now and they continue their incredible and unique run with the announcement that they’re giving you an offer you can’t refuse as we’re set to see Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless The Godfather alongside a live orchestra, who will bring Nino Rota’s immortal orchestral score live and to life on Monday, 8 December 2014.
The world premiere of The Godfather Live will be a celebration of a crime classic regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made. Justin Freer, conductor of The Godfather Live, had this to say:
“It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film to the Royal Albert Hall. That we are able to preserve and present some of the most cherished music in the history of »
- Dan Bullock
London's Royal Albert Hall has announced details of The Godfather Live.
Nino Rota's iconic score for the classic 1972 movie will be performed live alongside a screening of the film on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said of the project: "We are making movie fans an offer they can't refuse - The Godfather as it has never been seen, or heard, before.
"The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota's legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue. »
Meryl Streep knows a thing or two about long-term success, and her marriage is no exception. She and sculptor Don Gummer have been married since 1978, and he'll likely be her red carpet date to this Sunday's Academy Awards. Meryl may have been mentioned more than God in Oscars acceptance speeches over the last decade, but at the 2012 Academy Awards, it was her husband who received a sweet shoutout. When Meryl won best actress for The Iron Lady, she said, "First I'm going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me." The pair first met after her partner, John Cazale - of The Godfather and Deer Hunter - died of bone cancer. She was invited to move into the vacant apartment of her brother's friend, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with The Godfather Part II....
Is The Godfather Part II superior to The Godfather? In a lively discussion on sequels, film fanatic Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) in Scream 2, argues how “sequels suck”. But, unlike Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens, The Godfather Part II stumps him. It covers a greater space of time, tells a grander story and turns what was a family-centred, but nevertheless New York “Gangshter” story, into a personal drama set on an epic, ambitious scale.
Though the dialogue in The Godfather holds iconic and memorable lines, definitive scenes in The Godfather Part II show Michael Corleone’s true menace revealing itself. The Godfather portrays his sinister and deeply-calculated methods of management, but they are subtle and carefully-constructed. He recommends the hit on Solozzo and MacCluskey; he marries Kay (Diane Keaton) to maintain a strong family unit; he settles »
- Gary Collinson
Coppola's classic belongs to an age when the best picture Oscar went to a deserving winner, or in this case, one of the finest Us movies of the late 20th century
Remember the good old days when the best picture Oscar went to the best picture of the year? Me neither, but 40 years ago it went not only to the best film of the year, but to one the finest American movies of the decade, indeed of the entire second half of the 20th century: The Godfather Part II.
Like many people, I've had a longer relationship with this movie than I've had with anyone not actually related to me. It has enlivened me, astounded me, alienated me, and finally it seemed to be swamped by the great comet trail of works – Scorsese, The Sopranos above all – that imitated it, argued with it, and seemed to render it obsolete.
- John Patterson
The untimely death of the wonderfully gifted actor Philip Seymour Hoffman led to an outpouring of warmth for the man and affection for his work all day yesterday and today. You can find the man's "best" moments from Boogie Nights, Capote, Almost Famous, Moneyball, Twister, The Master or (insert your choice here) in numerous articles (and in the actual films, of course), but I had a quick, short memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the excellent HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale. The late John Cazale is noteworthy not only for his acting skill, but also for one truly excellent piece of Oscar trivia: all five of the films that John Cazale appeared in (The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer...
- Scott Weinberg
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
In which a new Film Experience tradition begins. A pre-nomination mini-symposium about fifth spot battles...
Nathaniel R: Things that are awesome that come in sets of five: fingers, boy bands, the filmography of John Cazale, golden rings to be used for Olympics or in song, toes, Oscar nominees... It always comes back to the Oscars here at The Film Experience, don't you know?
I never thought of myself as any more averse to change than the average person but when the Academy changed the Best Picture system in 2009 and 2010 to a top ten and then to anything between 5 and 10, the magic number suddenly becoming 9 in both 2011 and 2012, it felt like a direct attack on my sanity. But Oscar categories come in fives!!! I've never stopped internally protesting and whenever anyone suggests that the acting categories should widen as well, a little part of me dies inside or reaches for smelling salts. »
- NATHANIEL R
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