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As with any actor whose work I love, there are films that stand out as particularly great in the career of Steve Martin, and one of those films is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. There are many great things about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Michael Caine is a perfect foil for Martin, whose work as nascent con man Freddy Benson is inspired. Frank Oz does a terrific job of creating this romantic, beautiful French fantasyland where people are going to believe the incredible lies told by Freddy and Caine’s master bullshit artist Lawrence Jamieson. Glenne Headly gives one of her most nimble performances as Janet Colgate, the poor defenseless tourist who ends up targeted by Freddy and Lawrence. Ian McDiarmid, best known to the fanboy nation as Emperor Palpatine, is dry and deadly as Arthur, Lawrence’s manservant. Miles Goodman’s score is terrific, one of the great comedy scores of the ‘80s, »
- Drew McWeeny
Emperor Palpatine, Aka Darth Sidious, Aka the Chancellor, Aka that bloke with the lightning coming from his hands who enjoys yelling 'unlimited power'...
There are many different names for Ian McDiarmid's Star Wars character, but one thing you wouldn't call him is a sympathetic figure. He's the personification of pure evil in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away.
The news comes from game director Cory Barlog. Best known for his work on the God Of War videogame franchise, Mr Barlog was interviewed by VentureBeat recently and let slip some surprising details about Star Wars: Underworld. »
The Lost City of Z, a long-anticipated adaptation of the New York Times bestseller by David Grann, will finally land on the festival circuit this year, potentially at Cannes but more likely later in the fall, and thanks to a three-minute sales reel, audiences can now soak up a fairly stunning first look at the Amazonian adventure.
James Gray, the visually decadent director of The Immigrant, is behind the camera for the pic, which finds Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) taking on the plum role of Percy Fawcett, a “conscripted soldier and born explorer who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.”
Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland all co-star in the award-tipped movie, which boasts some jaw-dropping cinematography by the acclaimed Darius Khondji. Pattinson is playing Fawcett’s partner in exploration, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...
Warning: contains spoilers.
Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.
Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »
4 items from 2016
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