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10 items from 2013

Movie overacting

11 October 2013 8:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Hugo Weaving's Agent Smith to Heath Ledger's Joker to the entire oeuvre of William Shatner, mannered or stylised acting is an underrated skill. If what Olivier does is acting, let's hear it for schmacting

• Why I love ... non-professional film actors

Christopher Walken: five best moments

Is Bruce Lee the most technically adept kung fu practitioner ever to shoot action films? I don't know. Would Lee, to use the martial arts vernacular, have gotten his ass handed to him by Iko Uwais or Tony Jaa or Jean-Claude Van Damme? I have no idea. (Let's hope not in the case of Jcvd.) But is Bruce Lee the best kung fu actor of all time? You bet your flying sweat droplet he is. And I can prove it to you. It only takes 10 seconds. Watch this (starting at 0:13):

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- Chris Michael

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1993

9 October 2013 2:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...

What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.

Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.

But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »

- ryanlambie

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The 10 Best Movies Adapted From Plays

3 October 2013 12:57 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

As we inch closer towards the release date of August: Osage County, the movie adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer winner starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and everyone else I’ve ever loved, it’s time to give props to a dying art: movie versions of great plays. I personally loved Rabbit Hole (2010), but was ultimately underwhelmed by Pulitzer-based films Doubt (2009) and the unbelievably awkward Carnage (2011). To preserve the legacy of kickass play adaptations, here are ten legendary examples of stage triumphs that translated wonderfully on celluloid.

10. Amadeus

This Academy Award-winning epic (161 minutes) has a dynamic Mozart in Tom Hulce, but it’s impossible to think about Amadeus without first recalling the gripping and one-of-a-kind work of F. Murray Abraham as his adversary Salieri. (Wow, those two words sounds too much alike.) Jealousy is arguably the most recurring theme in great theater, but the command and despair of Abraham »

- Louis Virtel

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Disney 53: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

7 September 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.

1996/91 minutes

Perhaps the darkest film for the Disney 53, and certainly of the Renaissance period, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was the first to focus on a major religion, and led to some controversy during production, mostly due to the heavy subject matter. There were many issues that caused friction between the creative team and the studio, notably the character of Frollo, his profession and motivation.

Like many/most of Disney’s adaptations, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is considerably lighter, and somewhat happier than Victor Hugo’s original novel, but its themes of religion, racism, moral and social commentary and the rights of all peoples to exist in peace remain firmly in place.


Synopsis: Paris, the fifteenth century; the kindly, deformed Quasimodo lives a lonely existence within the belltower of Notre Dame cathedral. His only living companions are a trio of stone Grotesques (not Gargoyles, »

- Rob Burch

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15 Movies That Make Men Look Like Animals

28 July 2013 10:14 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

July 28 marks the 35th anniversary of the release of "National Lampoon's Animal House."

Starring John Belushi, Tom Hulce, and Kevin Bacon, among others, "Animal House" focuses on fraternity life at Faber College. The beloved comedy film brought in $120.09 million during its box office run, quickly becoming a cult classic.

To celebrate, we've rounded up 15 movies that make men look like animals. Check out the list below.


- Madeline Boardman

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Blu-ray Review - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

25 March 2013 1:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996.

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.

Featuring the voice talents of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay and Mary Wickes.


At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leave the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loved and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.

Among a line of hits for Disney in the 1990s - including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is little remembered, but it’s one of the more striking and entertaining, and deftly engages with themes of religious prejudice and state power, »

- Flickering Myth

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Sequel Blu-ray Review

23 March 2013 8:47 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

By the time Disney released The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the famed animated movie house was on the tail end of its 90's renaissance period, releasing hit after hit and reaffirming itself as the one true animation powerhouse of its day. While The Hunchback of Notre Dame is quite serviceable, with some compelling animation and a rousing song or two, it is terribly uneven and feels like the beginning of the end of that era of Disney animated films.

The story, based off of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel of the same name, follows Quasimodo (Tom Hulce), a deformed young man that was orphaned just after birth and taken in by the deplorable Minister of Justice, Frollo (Tony Jay). Quasimodo has been forced to live out his years in the solitude of the grand Notre Dame cathedral, believing himself to be a monster that the public would ridicule on sight, thanks to Frollo's misleading ways. »

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame/The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II - Blu-ray Review

14 March 2013 7:43 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Victor Hugo devotees will not exactly like what Disney did to his classic novel, but musical and animation devotees may be able to forgive. Some still might not be able to being forced to buy the inferior direct-to-video sequel. Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996): In 15th century Paris, Minister Frollo (Tony Jay) pursues the law with an iron fist, especially against gypsies. His pursuit ends with a mother dead and her deformed baby nearly cast into a well. The Archdeacon of Notre Dame (David Ogden Stiers) tells Frollo that can.t murder the child at the steps of the massive cathedral. Frollo fears for his mortal soul so he has the Archdeacon raise Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) as the »

- Jeff Swindoll

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The Cult of Keanu Reeves

28 February 2013 7:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Each and every month, we here at Sound On Sight dedicate the entire month to a specific theme. Sometimes we follow an event, an actor, a filmmaker and so on, as decided by our readers who vote on our monthly poll. February of 2013 was dedicated to actor Keanu Reeves. When the results came in, just about everyone was surprised that Keanu won over Steven Soderbergh, who finished a close second. But what has been even more surprising is that our Keanu Reeves marathon is without a doubt the most successful so far – driving in more traffic than the likes of Quentin Tarantino and 007.

Despite the fact that his acting has frequently been ridiculed as wooden, Keanu has always had a magical presence everywhere he appears, both on and offscreen. There is something to be said about a man who dropped out of high-school to follow his dreams of acting, and 27 years later, »

- Ricky

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Folk Music and Condoms in '60s Manhattan: Coens' Latest Gets a Trailer

24 January 2013 8:52 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Inside Llewyn Davis trailer: The Coen Brothers and Oscar Isaac in 1960s Greenwich Village The Inside Llewyn Davis trailer is out. Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen’s first directorial effort since the Oscar-nominated True Grit more than two years ago, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac in the (mostly) title role of a struggling folk musician with woman trouble (in the person of Carey Mulligan) and, much like Art Carney in Harry and Tonto, with a cute orange (beige?) cat as his pal. (Please scroll down to check out the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.) [Photo: Oscar Isaac in the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.] In other words, Inside Llewyn Davis has absolutely nothing to do with either Peter Pan or J.M. Barrie. For the record, the family that inspired Barrie — and that was portrayed (in outrageously fictional form) in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland — was called Llewelyn Davies. Inside Llewyn Davis trailer: Coen brothers’ trademarks There isn’t »

- Andre Soares

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