9 items from 2010
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Sam Peckinpah’s The Deadly Companions starring Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith has never been released in Germany in any form other than being shown on television, so Retro ‘regular’ Mike Siegel, one of the world’s foremost experts on the renegade director, was more than pleased when his friend Ulrich Bruckner of Koch-media asked him to co-produce a special edition DVD for the German/Austrian market. Koch-media also specialize in rare and niche titles on DVD, with titles including The Sergio Sollima Western box set, Blindman, and special editions of certain Hammer films, to name but a few.
Siegel had just completed and co-produced the very successful German 2-disc special edition on Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. Although Bruckner has since left Koch-media, the label owned the rights to The Deadly Companions and Siegel agreed to supply the bonus materials for this new release, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
At one time, Westerns were the most popular genre of television program. There were as many westerns on TV in the fifties and sixties as there are reality shows today. One of the longest running and most popular of these was The Virginian. It was among the first of the “Adult Westerns” (meaning it wasn’t the stereotypical white hat vs. the black hat shoot-em-up) and was the first 90-minute show of the Western genre.
The series starred James Drury as the unnamed hero, perpetually known only as “the Virginian”. It’s never made clear (at least, not in the first season) why the Virginian left his home to travel to Wyoming or why he never reveals his true name but no one in the series seems bothered by his secretive nature. Drury is one of the more laid back western heroes. He isn’t in the larger-than-life John Wayne mold. »
- Rob Young
Joe Dante's addictive Trailers from Hell site presents the original trailer for John Huston's kinky Southern Gothic sex drama Reflections in a Golden Eye with Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Robert Forster and Julie Harris. Director Dan Ireland provides insightful commentary on the trailer and points out that the haunting film was far ahead of its time. In fact, it's shocking even by today's standards. Click here to view »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift both wanted to play the lead in John Huston's adaptation of Carson McCullers' Southern Gothic novel. But after Clift's death Huston chose Brando to play the Us army major whose obsession with serviceman Robert Forster leads to disaster. Brian Keith is especially good in support. Imagine this being made by a major studio today! »
This elaborate second remake of the French classic Wages of Fear (following Violent Road, a 1958 Howard W. Koch B-picture starring Brian Keith) suffered at the boxoffice from its supernatural-sounding title (especially coming from the director of The Exorcist), which obscured its origins as a nail-biting suspense classic. Two tough, grueling hours that grab you by the throat and won't let go. »
Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…
8.00pm Meteor Storm (Sci-Fi Channel)
San Francisco becomes a target for waves of destructive meteors after a rogue comet orbits around the earth… For astronomer, Michelle Young, what was meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event, soon turns into her worst nightmare as thousands of meteors break the surface of the atmosphere and bombard the city of San Francisco. Directed by Tibor (The Gate) Takacs.
9.00pm Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (Zone Horror)
In 1948, a group of miners finds a gallery full of emeralds in a salt mine in Switzerland, but they are attacked by giant black beetles and only one of them survives. In the present day, the explorer John Palmer is ready to take a vacation in Greece with his family »
Wednesday night's (February 24) episode of "American Idol" didn't provide a whole lot of memorable moments (more on that later), save for another potentially star-making turn care of "Idol" favorite Andrew Garcia. He took Fall Out Boy's breakout hit single "Sugar, We're Going Down" and smoothed it out to a shuffling acoustic ditty that sounded simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking.
Garcia tapped into the same approach that made his stripped-down version of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" such a head-turner during the audition process. Unfortunately, the judges weren't as enthusiastic about "Sugar, We're Going Down" as they were about "Straight Up" (they seemed to think the treatment of the song was too much of a downer).
Despite the panning from Simon and the rest of the judges, "Sugar, We're Going Down" was an excellent choice for Garcia. It's got nice balance of pop hooks and pathos, and it was remarkable how »
- Kyle Anderson
While you’re already getting your big Academy Awards party ready in time for the telecast on March 7th, we’ve got something for even bigger movie fans to enjoy. Of course, we’re talking about a movie marathon!
All month long, Turner Classic Movies will be running over 360 Academy Award nominated and winning films, back to back, with an interesting twist. In the vain of the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” each film will have a common actor or actress from the previous film.
For example, tomorrow night’s schedule consists of The Graduate with Anne Bancroft and William Daniels, which goes into Reds which stars Daniels and Jack Nicholson, into Chinatown with Nicholson and John Huston. Though we’re already about two weeks into the marathon, there are still plenty of great films to look forward to, including some TCM firsts like Gladiator, Titanic, Alien, and Trading Places. »
- Matt Raub
Every season on "America Idol," there is a moment when a contestant distances him- or herself from the field, when they become instantly memorable — perhaps even bankable — stars. Think Adam Lambert's emotive take on "Mad World" or David Cook's soulful rendition of "Billy Jean." These are performances that made viewers begin to think "Wait a minute, I like this guy."
On Tuesday night's (February 9) "Idol," we had what many are considering to be the first moment of season nine. Andrew Garcia, the likeable, neck-tatted dad, wowed pretty much everyone with his acoustic version of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up."
The performance earned high praise from the judges (Kara Dioguardi proclaimed it "genius") and almost instantly Garcia became the contestant everyone was watching.
But not me.
Because while I was impressed with the song, I had actually started paying attention to Garcia during his Los Angeles audition for something »
- James Montgomery
9 items from 2010
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