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Back To The Future Part III isn't the most popular film in the trilogy. But Simon argues this sci-fi western deserves more love...
I don't think I'm going out on much of a limb by saying that, in general, Back To The Future Part III is the least talked about film in the trilogy. It shouldn't be, in my personal view, but it's the one that generally puts technology on the back burner, introduces a love story, and visually is the most different.
Personally, I've never thought the labelling of Back To The Future Part III as the least liked film in the series - as some have - is particular fair, though. My 10-year old would go even further. It's his favourite of the lot.
So why then do some not warm to it as much? Well, let's deal with that, before I go onto the film in more detail. »
After getting their Spring Breakers phase out of their system, millionaire film students Jay Z and Beyoncé are exploring more classical influences. Part one of "Bang Bang," the short film that played during the couple's On the Run tour, borrows equally from Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, and the French New Wave, and it's very charming in a junior-year sort of way. You can practically hear the 16mm projector. »
- Nate Jones
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
The future of 35mm rep cinema, a personal history of cinephilia as mediated by changing archival access, how the garbage heap of “hot takes” colonizes the internet and more in this week’s round-up of assorted reading: • Quentin Tarantino has owned Los Angeles’ beloved New Beverly Cinema since 2007; now he plans to take over programming himself, drawing extensively upon his private collection of prints. Talking with the La Weekly‘s Chuck Wilson, Tarantino repeatedly goes off on the crappiness of Dcp, including this gem: I have all three Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood movies in I.B. Technicolor. Magnificent looking. I just […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Uber-film fan Quentin Tarantino said that he plans to take over as programmer at his New Beverly Cinema on Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, the repertory theater he’s owned since its founder, Sherman Torgan, died in 2007.
The “Pulp Fiction” helmer told the L.A. Weekly he plans to emphasize 35mm films and use the New Beverly to create a bastion for films shown on celluloid film. Tarantino added that he plans to screen films from his own personal collection of 35mm films, which includes all three Sergio Leone Westerns starring Clint Eastwood. The theater will also get some upgrades, including six-track stereo sound and a 16mm projector, as Tarantino’s collection also includes a number of 16mm reels as well as films that use the six-track sound.
He promised that the revival and second-run theater won’t simply turn into a grindhouse, as he intends to maintain the theater »
- Kevin Noonan
Hitting theaters in three weeks, Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo.
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 7), the featurette includes scenes of this action packed movie along with behind-the-scenes interviews with Washington, the stunt coordinator Keith Woulard and producer Jason Blumenthal.
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, »
- Michelle McCue
Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute Lab’s first Middle East program in Jordan, combines Bedouin tribal culture and Western ideas and concepts to interesting effect. The film, sold by Fortissimo, is screening in Horizons at Venice and will also be in Toronto. It has already sold to Mad Solutions for the Middle East and Trigon for Switzerland. Nowar spoke at the Venice fest with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
If I’m not mistaken movies and cinematic storytelling are not really part of the culture in your region. This film seems to combine elements of Bedouin oral storytelling with Western tropes. How did you come up with this narrative?
Sundance came to the Middle East and I attended their first screenwriters lab in Jordan (in 2005). It really changed my life. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Cineteca Di Bologna has started restoring Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy since this year marks the 50th anniversary of A Fistful Of Dollars, and they've released a few outtakes from Leone's classic film. The outtakes were posted online a couple of months ago, but it doesn't look like that many people have seen them yet. While these are only bloopers from the trilogy, it's still pretty cool, and it is a little strange seeing Clint Eastwood having »
- Jesse Giroux
One of the greatest strengths that Antonio Banderas possesses as an actor is his ability to be beloved by audiences for entirely different reasons.
For many, especially children, he’s the perfectly (I avoided a cat pun there) charming voice of Puss in Boots in all the DreamWorks incarnations, as well as the father of some uniquely problematic youngsters in the Spy Kids franchise. He’s also developed a rather substantial following of older viewers who appreciate his more romantic and smouldering side in the likes of Evita, Original Sin and Interview With The Vampire, as well as his earlier and racier work with Pedro Almodóvar.
However to me, as well as many of our readers I suspect, Banderas has made a great action hero over the years. »
As improbable as it would seem, some important out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage have been discovered pertaining to director Sergio Leone's landmark Western "A Fistful of Dollars". Made in 1964, the film was responsible for the pop culture phrase "spaghetti western" and became an international hit that made a star of Clint Eastwood. Cinema Retro writer Howard Hughes, writing on the Spaghetti Western Data Base site, provides in-depth analysis of these recently-discovered cinematic treasures. Click here to read. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Hollywood Records and Marvel are releasing three albums from Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Tuesday, July 29.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Music plays a major role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy as the great songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way.
Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
To celebrate the UK Blu-ray release of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, food artist Carl Warner has fashioned a unique tribute to the film made entirely from pasta! We'll admit it looks magnificent, Carl-- but we're still waiting for that King Kong tribute made from bananas. Here is the official press release:
World renowned food artist Carl Warner has produced his culinary interpretation of the classic ‘Spaghetti Western’ film trilogy, made entirely from spaghetti and other Italian ingredients.
In his film foodscape debut, Warner has brought Sergio Leone’s masterpiece The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to life using traditional Italian ingredients from pasta to pancetta, to celebrate the re-mastered Blu-ray release of the and to mark the 90th Anniversary of the studio MGM.
Warner, who was born in Liverpool, produced the foodscape in his studio down the road from Borough market, where he sourced a lot of the authentic Italian ingredients. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
Sergio Leone is rightfully regarded as the patriarch of the Spaghetti Western genre, spawned in the wake of his massively popular films set in the sandy American frontier. A Roman-born director who first gained popularity directing sword-and-sandal epics, Leone soon turned to Westerns with the Dollars Trilogy and inadvertently changed the genre forever. Oddly enough, Leone had never even been to the American West until after he had already singlehandedly emblazoned his mark on the Western film.
His trademarks are numerous and oft-imitated to this day: extreme close-ups, wide shots with incredible depth and clarity, prominent scores and memorable rogues. Leone’s West was a gritty, sweaty place, populated not by charming cowboys but by scruffy gunslingers. The Spaghetti Western – a term often used for Italo-Westerns alone – was certainly born out of Leone’s style, but the Western genre on the whole owes a credit to his filmography. »
- Matt Hannigan
One of the greatest westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's spaghetti masterpiece is the epic tale of a notorious outlaw (Jason Robards) and a harmonica-playing gunslinger (Charles Bronson) who join forces to save comely widow Claudia Cardinale from a ruthless railroad tycoon and his hired guns. In a casting masterstroke, perennial good guy Henry Fonda is a convincing candidate for the most cold-blooded killer in film history. »
While the prolific Clint Eastwood, now mostly directing, has hit a late career stride of serving up mediocre, studio backed pictures, it speaks to the length and impact of his career that nearly forty years ago, he had already done enough work to justify an hour-long documentary about him. And that's just what you get with 1977's appropriately titled "The Man With No Name." The BBC production is presented by Iain Johnstone and finds the star — declared one of the biggest on the planet — at an interesting point in his career. By the end of the '70s, Eastwood was a blockbuster titan thanks to "Dirty Harry," but was also making a name for himself as a filmmaker with a half dozen films under his belt including "High Plains Drifter," "Play Misty For Me" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And this doc captures that time with key insights from Sergio Leone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update: Broadway to dim the lights: Theater District marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45 Pm Friday as Broadway marks the passing of Eli Wallach, who died June 24 at age 98. TCM has also set a five-film tribute marathon on June 30 starting at 9 Am Et. The character actor likely was best known as Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly A lifelong theater actor and all but accidental movie and TV star, Wallach and his wife, Anne Jackson (who survives him), were fixtures of the Broadway and off-Broadway stages, often together […] »
One of American cinemas most accomplished performers has passed away in New York City: veteran stage and screen actor Eli Wallach, who will be forever known for his role as Tuco in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died Tuesday at the age of 98. His daughter Katherine confirmed Wallach’s passing.
Wallach was one of the most respected and prolific character actors of his generation, appearing in such disparate roles as the Mexican bandit opposite Clint Eastwood in Leone’s immortal Western, a meek, confused clerk in Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist play “Rhinoceros”, the leader of the band of marauders up against Yul Brynner’s The Magnificent Seven, a mafia don in The Godfather Part III and (believe it or not), ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Perhaps Eli Wallach hasn't achieved the kind of recognize-ablity as some of his co-stars, like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood or Al Pacino. But Wallach, who died yesterday, has made a huge impact on American cinema. And he will be missed. Variety reports Eli Wallach died at 98, leaving this world where he came in, his hometown of New York City. Wallach leaves behind an incredible legacy that includes films like Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, John Sturges' beloved The Magnificent Seven, Elia Kazan's Tennesse Williams-scripted drama Baby Doll, William Wyler's charming rom-com How To Steal A Million, and Francis Ford Coppola's gangster epic The Godfather: Part III. Wallach began his screen career in 1951, with a one-off role on the television series Lights Out. 1956's Baby Doll marked his first film role, and it proved a momentous debut. His portrayal »
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