14 items from 2012
Chicago – “Francis Ford Coppola: 5 Film Collection,” a four-disc/five-movie set from Lionsgate, is a unique offering in that it certainly doesn’t include “the best of” its namesake or even four movies that are thematically intertwined. There are two undeniable classics in here, two of the most important films of the ’70s, and their inclusion on Blu-ray makes the set interesting, but it’s far from a comprehensive look at the legendary director; more of a sampler set.
What would be the ideal Coppola Blu-ray set? Well, all three films of “The Godfather,” of course. (Yes, even the third one if just to complete the saga). Those aren’t here but are available in their own gorgeous Blu-ray. Then fans would probably go to “Apocalypse Now,” which is included in the Lionsgate set in two forms: the original and the very-different (and inferior) “Apocalypse Now Redux”. After that, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Season four of The Good Wife has given us the characters we love and a roster of eye-popping guest-stars, but it seems like they're all peeking out from behind dubious storylines and only occasionally interesting cases. Since there was no new episode this week, I suggest we write letters of contempt to Phil Keoghan for his two-hour roadblock and then think about what more we want from Alicia's fourth season. We know Nick Sevarese's nonsense is over, but what else is on our Good Wife wish list? Here are seven things I want.
1. I want Kalinda to be enigmatic again.
Kalinda Sharma is The Good Wife's resident superhero. She's an unending medley of perfect retorts, knowing glances, and investigative gusto. This season we've suffered as Kalinda trudged through a storyline with horrible husband Nick Sevarese that, I think, was designed to make her look both vulnerable and dangerously sexy. »
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.
United Kingdom, 1983
Never Say Never Again is, in many ways, the red-headed stepchild of the Bond family. Made by a different set of producers than the other 23 Bond films that had been made previously, the movie cannot be found on any Bond boxset, and really shares nothing with its fellow Bond films outside of the names of certain characters, as by 1983, Connery himself had long since hung up the tuxedo in favour of Roger Moore (whose Octopussy, which did come from Albert Broccoli and Co. , had been released earlier that very year, giving audiences a good chance to compare the two actors playing the same character). The primary question of this movie, then, becomes whether or not the Bond franchise benefits from being molded by a different pair of hands at its very core, and the answer »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Page to screen adaptations have been bankable fodder since the studios began feeding celluloid to the movie going masses. It’s relatable and something that filmmakers go to time and time again. Look at the success of The Harry Potter, Twilight, Narnia and Bourne franchises. The studios are returning to the literary well once again with such notables as the upcoming Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, and Les MISÉRABLES. The latest entry into the fray has been The Hunger Games franchise. With just the first film so far, it’s worldwide box office receipts has it off to a successful start.
Sometimes the transfer, as in the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Master And Commander and John Carter books, doesn’t go over so well because in hindsight it only played out to a niche audience and the box office was worse the wear for it. Even the big name stars, »
- Movie Geeks
Colin Firth, Meryl Streep Colin Firth tells Meryl Streep he should have been cast as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, for he's British and Streep is not. Streep responds by telling him she can play any nationality, including Italian. As proof, she incarnates Anna Magnani in Bellissima. Well, something like that went on backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Meryl Streep's Best Actress Oscar for The Iron Lady was her third. Streep's previous two Oscars were as Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), featuring Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, and Justin Henry; and as Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Only three other performers have won three Academy Awards: Walter Brennan as Best Supporting Actor for Howard Hawks and William Wyler's Come and Get It »
- Andre Soares
Dressed to Win: Best Actress Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar winner Meryl Streep — whose dress and earring match her statuette — poses backstage at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012. Streep won for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic The Iron Lady. That was Streep's 17th Oscar nomination and her third win. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Meryl Streep's Oscar 2012 competitors were SAG Award winner Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, Rooney Mara for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Glenn Close for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs. Streep's previous Oscar nominations were: as Best Supporting Actress for Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978), with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken; and as Best Actress for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with »
- Anna Robinson
Second time is the charm for Sydney Pollock.s love story set against the beautiful yet harsh landscape of Africa. You won.t find much new on this disc, but what you do find is certainly improved. In 1913, Karen (Meryl Streep) is being romanced by Hans Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer), but he.s just using her for a good time. She realizes that marriage is the furthest thing from his mind so she makes a pact with his twin brother Bror (Brandauer again) to enter into a marriage of convenience. On the way to her wedding in Africa, her train was stopped so that hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) could put some ivory on the train. Bror had »
- Jeff Swindoll
Meryl Streep Meryl Streep ended up beating Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards this past Sunday. In the above photo, Streep is seen on her way to picking up her third Oscar statuette. In the background, Sandra Bullock can be seen applauding enthusiastically, while George Clooney admires Streep's dress and Owen Wilson holds his trousers up. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Two days after her Oscar victory, it was announced that Streep had donated $10,000 on behalf of Viola Davis to a charter school in the Rhode Island town of Central Falls, Davis' hometown. The school is reportedly attempting to raise money to buy the building where it's located or move to another site. Some have taken to the Internet to complain that Streep's donation represents a minuscule percentage of her earnings. Never mind the fact that Streep has donated (much more?) money to other causes as well — but that those go unreported. »
- D. Zhea
Meryl Streep Meryl Streep defeated Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards this past Sunday. In the above photo, Streep is seen on her way to picking up her third Oscar statuette. In the background, Sandra Bullock can be seen applauding enthusiastically, while George Clooney admires Streep's dress and Owen Wilson holds his trousers up. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Two days after her Oscar victory, it was announced that Streep had donated $10,000 on behalf of Davis to a charter school in the Rhode Island town of Central Falls, Davis' hometown. The school is reportedly attempting to raise money to buy the building where it's located or move to another site. Some have taken to the Internet to complain that Streep's donation represents a minuscule percentage of her earnings. Never mind the possibility that Streep has donated (much more?) money to other causes as well — but that those go unreported. »
- D. Zhea
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady 2012 Oscar Predictions Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave, Janet McTeer, Bérénice Bejo Three actresses are shoo-ins for the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Actress shortlist: Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, and Viola Davis for her portrayal of a Southern housemaid in Tate Taylor's The Help. All three actresses have been shortlisted for both the SAG Awards and the BAFTAs. Additionally, Streep and Williams won Golden Globes in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture categories (respectively, Drama and Comedy/Musical). Streep was also the New York Film Critics' choice, while Williams has been the pick of most North American critics' groups. Viola Davis, for her part, has received several citations as well, »
- Andre Soares
Ralph Fiennes's intelligent take on an unloved Shakespeare links it not only to the 1990s Balkans, but the present-day Arab spring
There's a fierce critical intelligence at work in Ralph Fiennes's new adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, set somewhere like the war-torn Serbia of the 1990s, a world of rolling TV news, image management and cynical deals cut in smoke-filled rooms. Fiennes makes a powerful case for Coriolanus as an essential, contemporary drama, about democracy, class war and the nation state. It reaches back to the Yugoslavian conflict, and the point is not just to satirise nationalist bullies and butchers, but also the smoothly indifferent mandarin class of western Europe in that era. The film also resonates with the Arab spring, where democratic gains can be annulled by the military. Fiennes directs and stars as the professional soldier lionised by Rome's ruling class for his attack on the threatening Volscian army, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Meryl Streep, Golden Globe winner for The Iron Lady Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep poses with her (eighth) Golden Globe at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Streep won in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, in which she plays former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Lloyd had previously collaborated with Streep on the musical blockbuster Mamma Mia!, co-starring Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, and Amanda Seyfried. Meryl Streep has been nominated for a total of 26 Golden Globes. She has won eight times: Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), opposite Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, and Jane Alexander; Best Actress – Drama for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with Jeremy Irons; Best Actress – Drama for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with »
- D. Zhea
Universal will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, and will commemorate its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio's rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal's extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will be highlighted throughout the year, and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of moviemaking.
A significant element of the centennial includes the extensive restoration of 13 of the studio's most beloved titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, The Sting, Out of Africa, Frankenstein and Schindler's List.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will kick off the celebration in January with a special 50th anniversary release of To Kill a Mockingbird, debuting on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Throughout the year, Universal will pay tribute to other influential films in the Universal library with special events and Blu-ray »
Meryl Streep, a likely Best Actress Academy Award contender for Phyllida Lloyd's Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, will receive an Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival next February 14. As part of the ceremony, The Iron Lady will be screened at the Berlinale Palast. If Streep does get — the inevitable — Oscar nod for The Iron Lady, that'll be her seventeenth nomination and fourteenth in the Best Actress category. She has so far won two Oscars: Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's father-love drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Holocaust drama Sophie's Choice (1982). In 2003, Streep shared with fellow The Hours co-stars Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for Best Actress. Six years later, Streep was the recipient of the Berlinale Camera. Among Streep's other films are Fred Zinnemann's Julia (1977), starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, »
- Andre Soares
14 items from 2012
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