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Above: Czech poster for Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1968).As I’m sure I’ve said before, the world of Czech movie posters is never less than an embarrassment of riches. I keep discovering new artists that I was never aware of previously, all with an impressive body of work behind them. The other day, as I was looking through the new acquisitions of my favorite poster shop, Posteritati, I came across this striking poster for Once Upon a Time in the West: a fascinating combination of bold color, eccentric collage, pop art elements and unusual typography. I wasn’t aware of the name of Stanislav Vajce before that but a quick search on the store's website and elsewhere revealed a wild array of some of the most exciting and inventive Czech posters I have seen in a while. As with so many of »
There’s a tradition, if not a huge one, of movies that feature heroes who are too cool to speak. In the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns, Clint Eastwood wasn’t just the Man with No Name, he was the Man of (Almost) No Words, and that served him fine. The title character of “Mr. Long,” played by the fiercely charismatic Chang Chen, is very much in the same mold. He’s a Taiwanese hitman so fearless and lethal that he uses blades instead of guns — he’ll enter a roomful of gangsters and take them all down with a six-inch knife, as though he were the Bruce Lee of cutthroat stabbing. In Tokyo, though, one of his assignments goes awry, and he escapes, injured, and finds refuge in a dilapidated section of town, where Jun (Runyin Bai), a young boy, brings him clothing and water. He winds up hiding out »
- Owen Gleiberman
I left John Wick: Chapter 2 with a bloody nose and a limp that refuses to be shaken off. It’s a ballet of bullets, a grand opera of all things “fu.” Alongside a few others, I had the pleasure of talking with director and veteran stunt man Chad Stahelski about Keanu, Chan and forcing friends to fall downstairs.
See Also: Read our review of John Wick: Chapter 2
Was That The Most Difficult Scene (an opening sequence involving a “gang bang of cars” as Wick attempts to steal back his own) To Coordinate?
Actually no, it was pretty easy. When you come from that background-one of my best friends Darren Prescott, our stunt coordinator for that-we started doing stunt work way back in 1992 and he did a lot of the Bourne films. »
- Amie Cranswick
Back in 2007, writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis released High Moon online, introducing comic readers to a tiny Texas town in the Old West where things with sharp teeth went "bump" in the night. Now, nearly one decade later, Papercutz's Super Genius is celebrating the latest full moon by resurrecting the werewolf Western comic series.
Super Genius announced that they will release two remastered graphic novels of the pre-existing High Moon comic series, as well as a third volume of new stories that will finish the series the way Gallaher and Ellis intended. The first volume, High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks, will be unleashed this October, while the second volume is slated for a May 2018 release, followed by the new third volume. Here's what High Moon writer David Gallaher shared with us about the series:
"Dramatic gunfights and ancient evils — there is something really primal about »
- Derek Anderson
This year’s nominees for animated short run the gamut of emotions, from tragedy to joy. In many cases, they also stretch the bounds of what’s traditionally expected in animation.
Nominee Theodore Ushev, director of “Blind Vaysha,” notes that indie animation typically has thought-provoking, darker, themes, but may have flown under the Acad’s radar in the past. “I see enormous progress in the Academy’s choices,” Ushev says. “It’s evolved in a good direction recently, really recognizing the differences and diversity in the art of animation. Animation is not only for kids, not only for entertainment. I made my film for kids from 9 to 99.”
Fellow nominee, “Borrowed Time” co-director Lou Hamou-Lhadj, echoes Ushev’s view: “We were a bit frustrated with the lack of breadth in stories told through animation in America, and wanted to contribute to the medium by helping illustrate that it isn’t merely a children’s film genre, »
- Terry Flores
Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.
With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »
- The Film Stage
Whether it’s the golden era of spaghetti westerns or the more blood soaked appeal of the Tarantino films, there’s no denying that Hollywood loves the appeal of the old west. From books, to video games, and even casino slots, the world loves a good western. We take a look at some of the greatest films in history!
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Without a doubt, one of the most popular westerns in cinematic history, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released in 1969. Directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman the film is loosely based on a true story. It tells the story of the outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, who are on the run after a string of train robberies. The pair, along with Longabaugh ‘s lover Etta Place flee to Bolivia in »
- The Hollywood News
For those of us cinephiles who easily get caught up in the world of a good movie, no runtime is too extreme. We can stay up and watch all four hours of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America or all three hours of Oliver Stone’s JFK, Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, or Kubrick’s Spartacus because they’re all great movies.
But as you’ve probably learned by now, not everyone is like us. The eye-widening, masterful technique used by a filmmaker or the suspense a writer incorporates in his or her story is not always enough to keep everyone in their seats for two or three or even four hours. It’s one of the main arguments, or excuses, people use to explain why they prefer TV shows over movies.
We’ve heard it a thousand times: movies are too long (though I never really understood this contention, »
- Luke Parker
It’s been 16 years since Pixar won the Oscar for best animated short (Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds”). Wouldn’t it be fitting if Alan Barillaro’s fine-feathered “Piper” ended the drought? That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).
The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently by Pixar’s Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj), and the introspective “Pearl” from Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s “Feast”), the first Vr nominee from Google Spotlight Stories.
The rite of passage for the adorable sand piper continues a long Pixar tradition of incubating innovative tech in its shorts program. »
- Bill Desowitz
THR is reporting that Vikings star Travis Fimmel is reuniting with History for an as-yet-untitled anthology project, which explore “iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history”. The first instalment will tell the story of Wyatt Earp, with Fimmel taking on the role of the Old West gunslinger as we delve into Earp’s days in Dodge City through to his time as a lawman in Tombstone, Arizona – and of course the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
“I’ve always been fascinated with what motivates people’s transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy,” said Fimmel, who is also executive producing, as well as writing the first episode. “I wanted to re-examine stories people think they know without the rose-colored glasses of Hollywood and let the audience decide for themselves if people like Wyatt Earp were sinners or victims of life circumstances. When it came time to bring this project together I knew History, »
- Gary Collinson
I know my TV Fanatics, and you are all up to date on the latest Vikings news.
So, proceed at your own risk. There is a spoiler ahead if you've been a poor Vikings fan and your head has been in the sand.
Since I watched what I'm avoiding talking about over the Christmas holiday, hopefully you've either watched or turned back by now. And...we're off!
What's his next project you ask?
It's very exciting. Even if you haven't been a fan of his previous work, you'll be able to see the value to his project.
It's based on an original idea by Fimmel, and he's written the first episode and is also going to be executive producing and starring in a new anthology series.
The scripted series »
- Carissa Pavlica
Fimmel is teaming up with the network to develop a scripted anthology series that tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history. The actor, who brought the idea to the network and A+E Studios, wrote the first episode and will executive produce and star as Wyatt Earp.
The series’ first installment will focus on Earp, from his days in Dodge City and his relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the real story of what happened during the legendary gunfight at the Ok Corral.
“Travis is a remarkable actor and we’re honored to continue our relationship with him after his recent magnetic performance on ‘Vikings’,” said Arturo Interian, History’s Svp of scripted programming. “Just as Travis brought a completely fresh and unexpected approach to his »
- Debra Birnbaum
This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we’re going back 50 years to 1967.
This article is part 3 of 4 in a series.
Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of New Hollywood
Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film
Two decades after the second world war, the children born during the postwar economic boom were coming of age. By 1964 they made up more than 40 percent of the population, and in 1966, Time Magazine declared that their “Person of the Year” was a shared honor among those that were age 25 or younger. In 1967, one could argue that these “baby boomers”, as they would come to be known, had officially taken the reigns from their parents to become the dominant segment of the population. For the first time, the youth »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Love of a Preacher Man: Koolhoven’s Pseudo-Feminist Western an Ambitiously Grotesque Affront
Unveiling the most expensive Dutch film production since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book (2006), Martin Koolhoven’s epically structured Brimstone is a dizzying revision of the spaghetti Western, prizing the perspective of a female protagonist (although no less rape filled than the frames of Sergio Leone) and featuring a concoction of varied international flavors in this cruel portrait of the American frontier.
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- Nicholas Bell
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