13 items from 2009
Philippe Mora: Ballad Of A Mad Dog
Born in Paris in 1949, Philippe Mora is a member of one of Australia’s best known artistic families. His parents, Georges Mora and Mirka Mora, migrated to Australia from France in 1951 and settled in Melbourne, where they quickly became key figures on the Melbourne cultural scene. Georges, a wartime resistance fighter, became an influential art dealer, and in 1967 he founded one of the first commercial art galleries in Melbourne, Tolarno Galleries. The Mora family home and restaurants were focal points of Melbourne's bohemian subculture. As a result of this, Philippe and his brothers had what he has described as a "culturally privileged childhood."
Philippe moved to London in late 1967 to pursue painting and filmmaking. He was one of many important Australian artists, writers and others who »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
By Terry Keefe
(This article is currently appearing in this month's Venice Magazine.)
“Eric Roberts is the [expletive deleted] Man,” proclaimed Mickey Rourke at this past year’s Independent Spirit Awards, while accepting his trophy for Best Male Lead, at the very beginning of a speech which then saw him singling out Roberts, his one-time co-star in 1984’s The Pope of Greenwich Village, as someone who was worthy of a comeback like Rourke had with The Wrestler. From the audience, Roberts himself watched his friend at the podium with what looked to be a combination of embarrassment at being mentioned and some pleasure at the same, finally throwing it back at Rourke by shouting good-naturedly, “Accept your award!” For »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
By Lee Pfeiffer
Tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:00 Pm (Est) the Fox Movie Channel will present Hard Contract, an offbeat 1969 thriller that casts James Coburn as an international man of mystery: a hired assassin who travels the world on behest of an equally mysterious employer (Burgess Meredith) to kill off high profile targets for reasons never specified. What makes the film so intriguing is Coburn's character: he's charming but completely without morals and will happily kill even his closest associates if the money is right. He also has sexual hang-ups that preclude even making small talk with the prostitutes he hires (look for young Karen Black among them). The plot thickens when Coburn meets socialite Lee Remick, who is determined to find out the truth about his background- at any cost. The great supporting cast includes Lili Palmer, Patrick Magee and Sterling Hayden.The film is followed by a telecast of another oddball thriller, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Robert Altman and Leigh Brackett, cowriter of the screenplay for The Big Sleep, turn Raymond Chandler's La gumshoe into a figure of '70s angst in what many consider Altman's masterpiece and Elliott Gould's finest hour. Bonanza star Dan Blocker was to have played Sterling Hayden's role, but passed away before filming began. John Williams' witty score is almost entirely variations on one theme. »
Editor's Note: Originally hailing from the capital of Venezuela, writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez has had a strange cinematic trip to where he is today. Starting in 1998 with the solid thriller Judas Kiss starring Carla Gugino, Gutierrez got an unexpected bump in popularity after writing a little film called Snakes on a Plane. The man has been involved with a couple pulpy films about undead reporters and mermaids, but he's made a truly fantastic (and strange) film with Women in Trouble, and he did it by calling up a few friends and filming on the weekend. The sequel Elektra Luxx is already in post, and he's working on a third installment as we speak. In November, American audiences will get to see Women in Trouble, so we thought it would be fun to have Gutierrez share his Top 5 Films with us. The parameters aren't exactly defined, like most things here at Fsr, so »
- Guest Author
Funny movies make us laugh, that’s a no-brainer. But, what happens when you get a movie with Lots of funny people in it? Chances are, if it’s done well, you get an exponentially funnier movie. It’s like asking someone if they’d like a scoop of ice cream, or if they’d like three scoops of ice cream with hot fudge, caramel, whipped topping, nuts, sprinkles (gotta have sprinkles) and a cherry on top… it’s an easy decision. That’s sort of like asking someone if they want to see Mike Judge’s new comedy Extract, which opens nationwide in theaters this Friday. This should be an easy decision as well. So, we Movie Geeks decided to reflect on these movies and “extract” a list of our Top Ten Best Ensemble Comedies.
One of the most quotable, most intelligently ridiculous films of all time, »
- Movie Geeks
It's the first line of the last trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds": "I'm putting together a special team," Brad Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine says. Most of Tarantino's movies pay homage to particular strains of genre cinema, from kung fu flicks to heist thrillers to grindhouse slashers, and with that pronouncement, Tarantino puts "Inglourious Basterds" in that cinematic tradition of pictures about the recruitment and implementation of a specialized squad of badasses.
"Putting a Team Together" is more a structural motif that crosses into different genres than a genre unto itself. There are musicals -- "The Blues Brothers," for instance, where Jake and Elwood Blues reassemble their former band in order to fulfill a "mission from God." There are superhero films like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel in which one famous literary figure drafts several other famous literary figures »
- Matt Singer
I am sure most of you remember the collection of 12 teaser posters Turner Classic Movies released last July in celebration of their "Summer Under the Stars," which is their 31-day series of films featuring a new actor every day. Well, they have debuted even more posters... 32 of them as a matter of fact, and over the next six pages I have every single one of them for you. Seeing how it is already August 13th, here is the list of actors left to have their day: August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August 23 - Angela Lansbury August 24 - Fredric March August 25 - Merle Oberon August 26 - Yul Brynner August 27 - Ida Lupino August 28 - Frank Sinatra »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Turner Classic Movies In August, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be celebrating their "Summer Under the Stars" marathon for the seventh year and in celebration of the event they have released a series of twelve posters and there are some real beauties in this gallery. First off, for those that may be interested, here is how the series breaks down: August 1 - Henry Fonda August 2 - James Mason August 3 - Marion Davies August 4 - James Coburn August 5 - Harold Lloyd August 6 - Judy Garlan August 7 - Glenn Ford August 8 - Bette Davis August 9 - Cary Grant August 10 - Dirk Bogarde August 11 - Audrey Hepburn August 12 - Clark Gable August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August »
- Brad Brevet
A half century has passed since the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced, keeping the world under the constant threat of a nuclear holocaust. While Russia may no longer be the "Nuclear Boogeyman" it once was, the specter of someone using nuclear missiles, bombs and other weapons of mass destruction still looms large. This constant global threat is just one of the reasons why that after 45 years, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb is still a film that dazzles, entertains and maintains its surprising degree of tension. Based on the novel Red Alert, Strangelove tells the tale of a nuclear war started by a rather delusional Brigadier General named Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden). Ripper believes that Communist Russia is planning an attack on America in order to drain its citizens of their precious bodily fluids (through fluoridated water, »
Chicago – Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb” is nearly as important a film today as when it was released, over 45 years ago. The Anniversary Special Edition of the comedy classic is now available on Blu-Ray and it’s a must-own for any true film historian.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0 Personally, I think All Kubrick films are “must-owns for any true film historian”. He is one of the most influential and important voices in the history of the medium. But “Dr. Strangelove” has always been one of my personal favorites for a simple reason that’s perfect for Blu-Ray - it doesn’t age. If “Strangelove” came out today, it would be just as resonant, hilarious, and brilliant. Do you know how few films from the early ’60s that you can accurately write that about?
Dr. Strangelove was released on Blu-Ray on June 16th, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Stanley Kubrick was an upstart kid from The Bronx when, in 1955, he borrowed $40,000 from an uncle and directed, wrote, edited and photographed a movie thriller called "Killer's Kiss."
Kubrick would not make a name for himself until his next movie, "The Killing" (1956), a yarn about a racetrack heist featuring Sterling Hayden. But more than half a century later, "Killer's Kiss" remains a watchable work of raw energy.
Rarely shown on the big screen, the black-and-white noir will unreel tomorrow and Saturday at midnight at »
- By V.A. MUSETTO
by Jon Zelazny
Editor’s note: this article originally appeared at EightMillionStories.com on November 14, 2008.
With the back-to-back success of his Oscar-nominated role in the off-beat wife-swapping hit Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and the even bigger off-beat hit Mash (1970), Brooklyn’s own Elliott Gould skyrocketed to worldwide fame.
While perhaps best known to those under 40 as Ross and Monica’s dad on “Friends,” or Vegas financier Reuben Tishkoff in the blockbuster Ocean’s 11 series, cine-scholars generally regard Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) as Gould’s most iconic starring role. 2008 marks the 35th anniversary of their extraordinary modern-day reinterpretation of Raymond Chandler’s classic private eye, Philip Marlowe.
Elliott Gould invited me to his home in west Los Angeles, where he generously spoke at length of his three major collaborations with Altman, who passed away two years ago.
I read »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
13 items from 2009
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