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13 items from 2009

Free Flick of the Day: O. Henry's Full House

22 December 2009 4:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

One of the greatest Christmas short stories of all time is "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry (a.k.a. William Sydney Porter), that all-but-forgotten master of "the twist." If you don't know the story (published in 1906), I won't tell it to you, except that it's about a young couple who dearly wish to get each other something for Christmas but lack the means. But director Henry King very nicely adapted it to film as part of this 1952 five-part anthology film based on five great Henry stories. It's definitely not your typical feel-good Christmas tale, and its heartstring-tugging might be a nice alternative to the usual chirpy, colorful stuff on TV (like The Santa Clause 3, which I accidentally caught the other night).

As great a story as "Magi" is however, it's not even the high point of this film. In Henry Koster's segment "The Cop and the Anthem, »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Films About Friendly Ghosts

8 December 2009 7:38 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

They can be harmful. They can be helpful. They can be annoying as all get-out.  The film world has given us everything in the spectrum of ghost virtue from Bruce Willis to the creepy girl from Ringu. Today, in honor of The Lovely Bones, we salute the good guys, the friendly ghosts who ride high along with Casper in the act of moral solidarity.

10. Heart And Souls

Anything starring Robert Downey, Jr. is worth checking out in my book, but this comedy was surprisingly enjoyable. Downey plays a guy used by four ghosts to reconcile their lives before moving on into the afterlife. The catch is, Downey is less than enthusiastic, but finds himself the catalyst for something bigger than himself and goes along for the ride. The cast is comprised of several well-known actors making the film that much more enjoyable.

9. Truly, Madly, Deeply

The 1991 charming, English love story of a woman, »

- Movie Geeks

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15 November 2009 8:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Emil Jannings, Warner Baxter, George Arliss and Lionel Barrymore. Wallace Beery and Fredric March simultaneously. Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Victor McLaglen. Paul Muni and Spencer Tracy². Robert Donat, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper and James Cagney. Paul Lukas, Bing Crosby, Ray Milland and Fredric March, who was worth returning to. Ronald Colman, Laurence Olivier, Broderick Crawford, José Ferrer and Bogie. 'Coop' again. William Holden and Marlon Brando a few years late. Ernest Borgnine, Yul Brynner and Alec Guiness. David Niven, Charlton Heston and Burt Lancaster. Maximillian Schell, Gregory Peck and Sidney Poitier who made history. Rex Harrison, Lee Marvin, Paul Scofield, Rod Steiger, Cliff Robertson and 'The Duke'. George C Scott though he refused. Gene Hackman. Marlon Brando by way of Sacheen Littlefeather. Jack Lemmon, Art Carney, Jack Nicholson and (posthumously) Peter Finch. Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Henry Fonda. Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, F Murray Abraham, »


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Top Ten Movies About U.S. Politics

3 November 2009 9:45 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Life is political. Hollywood is political. And yesterday in the U.S., the state elections were very political in the broad sense of the term, since many pundits kept arguing that they served as a referendum on President Obama and his policies.

We make no such claims. We're not here to talk U.S. politics specifically, but with all this political fever in play, what better time than to reflect back on what we believe are the ten best movies about American  politics?

There are some terrific contenders here; not surprisingly some from decades gone by. But in most, the themes of power and corruption going hand-in-hand is front and center. It's material that's inherently rife with conflict, making for some of the best drama to be found anywhere.

So have a look at the following pages and our selections for the best movies about American politics. And when you're finished, »

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The 26th Olympia Film Festival

16 October 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

 The curtains part yet again as Olympia Film Festival host several concert-worthy guests including Dame Darcy and Death By Doll and a very special visit from Steven Severin of the famed Siouxsie and the Banshees in his Only Northwest performance with his original score for the classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. With generous support, in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we have been able to increase our capacity to create stronger relationships between filmmakers and the Olympia community, bringing many exciting guests.

Several Northwest premieres are spotlit on the Capitol’s mighty big screen, including the adorable story of Etienne!, as a man takes his terminally ill pet hamster on a bicycle trip up the California coast; the British crime comedy Down Terrace featuring cast members from the original The Office; and the ‘lost’ feature Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth »

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Where My Heart Lies: My Favorite Actors. And Yours?

29 August 2009 10:05 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

instead of a tues top 10, a 25.

I did this once for the actresses but I'm always giving the ladies their due. So, here's to the silver screen men that have enriched my movie-life. I admit up front that I haven't investigated Classic Hollywood actors to the extent I've investigated their leading ladies, so this list is highly subject to change the more old movies I see in my life.

Nathaniel's 25 all time favorite leading men

In no particular order and extremely subject to change

Gene Kelly | Tony Leung Chiu-Wai |

Montgomery Clift | Jeff Bridges | Paul Newman

Jude Law | James Dean | William Holden | Gene Hackman | Rock Hudson

Jack Lemmon | Gael García Bernal | Ewan McGregor | James Stewart | Gregory Peck

Steve Martin | Marlon Brando | Jack Nicholson | Burt Lancaster | Richard Burton

Brad Pitt | Johnny Depp | Cary Grant | Warren Beatty | William Hurt

Because sometimes you just want to name names

The list is not comprehensive, not set in stone, »


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The greatest movies ever made

2 August 2009 10:59 AM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

All lists of the "greatest" movies are propaganda. They have no deeper significance. It is useless to debate them. Even more useless to quarrel with their ordering of titles: Why is this film #11 and that one only #31? The most interesting lists are those by one person: What are Scorsese's favorites, or Herzog's? The least interesting are those by large-scale voting, for example by IMDb or movie magazines. The most respected poll, the only one I participate in, is the vote taken every 10 years by Sight & Sound, the British film magazine, which asks a large number of filmmakers, writers, critics, scholars, archivists and film festival directors.

1. The Night of the Hunter, 1955

That one at least has taken on a canonical aspect. The list evolves slowly. Keaton rises, Chaplin falls. It is eventually decided that "Vertigo" is Hitchcock's finest film. Ozu cracks the top ten. Every ten years the net is thrown out again. »

- Roger Ebert

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: June 30, 2009

30 June 2009 1:37 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Do the Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition) There is only one title to buy this week and it begins and ends with Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing as Universal has put together an impressive package with a brand new commentary from Spike, a brand new retrospective documentary created by Spike himself and 11 newly discovered deleted scenes. I haven't explored all the features yet, but I did watch the film on Blu-ray and it is remarkable. The last time I watched this film it was from Netflix and it was a non-anamorphic version and of no particular quality. Watching it on Blu-ray was like seeing it for the first time. I also took the time to listen to Lee's new commentary, which was just as good as I expected it would be. I have always thought Lee's commentaries were quality, »

- Brad Brevet

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"Mutiny On The Bounty" At The Redford Theatre, Detroit, This Weekend

28 May 2009 6:13 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Redford Theatre in Detroit will present screenings of the 1935 MGM Oscar winner Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable this Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30. While we still prefer the Brando remake from 1962, this is classic filmmaking - and a rare opportunity to see the film in the setting of an old time movie palace. The Redford will even be screening the accompanying short Mutiny on the Bunny with Bugs Bunny. For details click here »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Spartacus At Cineworld

16 May 2009 1:06 PM, PDT | Latemag.com/film | See recent LateFilmFull news »

For a limited time only, Universal Pictures are re-releasing five of their most beloved Cinema Classics in cinemas around the UK.  The films will be Spartacus, Blues Brothers, Scarface, The Thing, National Lampoon’s Animal House.

This is a brilliant chance to see some of Hollywood's stone cold classics on the big screen starting with Spartacus. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin.

Via: Spartacus At Cineworld Read More

tags: cineworld, stanley kubrick, universal pictures


- Leigh

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Korda's Cut On DVD Classics

11 May 2009 10:35 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

Three-quarters of a century before "The Tudors," Alexander Korda peeked into royal bedchambers looking for scandal in "The Private Life of Henry VIII."

Credited with creating an international market for British films, "Henry VIII" (1933) won a Best Actor Oscar for Charles Laughton's lusty, career-best performance as the much-married, childish tyrant.

The movie, which has circulated for years in cut, washed-out public domain prints, has been beautifully restored to all its black-and-white glory as the centerpiece of "Alexander Korda's Private Lives," a four-film set from the Criterion Collection's Eclipse line.

Korda began »


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10 Most Mental Movie Scientists

26 March 2009 6:08 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

  Dr Moreau - The Island Of Doctor Moreau (1996) Debate rages as to whether Brando plays the doctor or the island in this woeful Hg Wells adaptation. But there’s no doubting that the doc is doolally, developing human/ animal crossbreeds while wearing pale-face slap and lippy. Also played by Charles Laughton in the far better Island Of Lost Souls (1932). John Hammon - Jurassic Park  (1993) Considering that delusion is a type of madness (and ignoring the fact he’s an entrepreneur, not a scientist) Hammond makes... .

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- sashurst

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Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview

6 March 2009 12:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Actor Tim Roth

Tim Roth Is Telling No Lies


Alex Simon

Editor's Note: This article appears in the March issue of Venice Magazine.

One of the film world’s great chameleons, Tim Roth was born in London May 14, 1961, the son of a journalist and a school teacher. After dropping out of art school, Roth was discovered by maverick British director Alan Clarke, and cast in his incendiary 1982 study of the skinhead movement in the UK, Made in Britain. Tim Roth hasn’t stopped working since, with over 70 feature and TV roles to his credit including such iconic titles as The Hit, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Vincent and Theo, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, and most recently, the lead in Francis Coppola’s first feature in ten years, Youth Without Youth.

Roth stepped behind the »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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