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Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
For the final week of September, we’ll be seeing a handful of indie genre titles coming our way to DVD and Blu-ray, as well as several cult classics, including the original Leprechaun films, finally making their high-def debut on Tuesday.
In terms of new indie movies to keep an eye out for, Grow-up Tony Phillips, the latest from up-and-coming Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance), is being released as well as American Muscle, The Paranormal Diaries, Grave Halloween and the pregnancy-themed horror flick Delivery: The Beast Within. For those of you horror fans looking for something a bit more ‘seasoned’, both Krull and Killer Fish are getting their Blu-ray treatment this week and should make for excellent additions to your home entertainment collection.
Who doesn’t love Halloween? All of Tony Phillips’ high school friends do, apparently. It’s »
- Heather Wixson
DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $20.99
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Gthe movie concerns Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson), a divorced couple who, after their pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, reunite to steal it back. This sets them on a whirlwind journey into a caper involving the embezzling of bankrupt employees’ pension funds. Along the way, the couple finds themselves in French, where they re-discover the love they thought they had lost.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins, the French production also stars Timothy Spall (Life is Sweet), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee), and Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec). And keep an eye open for Marisa Berenson (Barry Lyndon) as a sexy hotel receptionist.
The PG-13-rated film received a limited release to U.S. theaters in May, »
Eileen Ford, who co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry in 1946 - essentially inventing the modern modeling business, and exerting enormous influence on the world's views of human beauty - has died at 92. She had been hospitalized last week after suffering a fall at her New York apartment. In a statement to People about her mother, Katie Ford said: "Eileen loved Jerry and her family and her friends, as well as Le Cirque, football, ballet, bellini's, Benny Goodman, “21”, books on history, the New York Post and The New York Times, Seinfeld, The Stork Club, her flower garden, The Ritz in Paris, »
- Tim Nudd
Shot entirely on location in Paris, and Coye-la-Forêt, France, The Love Punch tells the story of rekindled romance between a divorced couple and puts a new spin on "retirement" while taking a poke at modern day robber barons. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) and starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, the repartee between these celebrated actors, including the always entertaining Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie, is bouncy, fun and occasionally poignant as they all navigate middle age, and oh, try to steal a diamond necklace in the process. Check out the first trailer.
The Love Punch comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Marisa Berenson, Laurent Lafitte. The film is directed by Joel Hopkins. »
Happy 67th birthday to Marisa Berenson. This New York born multilingual beauty, originally a model, has been around forever and in key films, too. Her film career couldn't sustain its major start but few careers could have. Consider that in her first decade acting she made Death in Venice (1971), Cabaret (1972), Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975) and Blake Edwards S.O.B. (1981). Tough acts to follow, no? She was never prolific, opting for the occasional TV guest spot and films here and there in various countries, but that face -- memorable and impossibly beautiful.
According to IMDb she was rumored for a Vivien Leigh biopic in the 1970s (and wouldn't that be both a challenge and a coup for the right actress?) but the film sadly never materialized.
More of the impossible beauty [nsfw] of Marisa Berenson after the jump...
- NATHANIEL R
6 items from 2014
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