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Elfin Rita Tushingham makes a smash film debut as Shelagh Delaney's dispirited working class teen, on her own in Manchester and unprepared for the harsh truths of life. It's one of the best of the British New Wave. A Taste of Honey Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 829 1961 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Paul Danquah, Murray Melvin, Robert Stephens. Cinematography Walter Lassally Film Editor Anthony Gibbs Original Music John Addison Written by Tony Richardson and Shelagh Delaney adapted from her stage play Produced and directed by Tony Richardson
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The British New Wave got a real shot in the arm with 1961's A Taste of Honey. A stubbornly realistic drama about life in the lower working classes of Manchester, it was adapted from a near-revolutionary play by Shelagh Delaney, produced by Joan Littlewood. Here in »
- Glenn Erickson
Chicago – The combining of icon Susan Sarandon and a “smother mother” from New Jersey is unbeatable, especially under the sure hand of writer/director Lorene Scafaria. The distinctive voice that brought us “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,’ now is taking on mother/daughter relationships in “The Meddler.”
Lorene Scafaria is originally from New Jersey, and the film is somewhat autobiographical. Like Sarandon in the film, Scafaria’s mother moved to Los Angeles after her husband passed away, to be “closer” to her daughter. Prior to all that, Scafaria had graduated from Montclair State in New Jersey, and afterward moved to New York City to write plays.
After acting and writing in NYC, she made the West Coast move in the mid-2000s and landed the screen adaptation of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” In 2012, her original screenplay “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” was released, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When it comes to studio features, there are few we’re anticipating more this year than Shane Black‘s return to the crime drama/comedy with The Nice Guys. Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, its red band trailer was a complete delight and today we have the groovy soundtrack from the ’70s-set film.
Revealed over at iam8bit, they’ve shared details on its double LP release, which comes with a 3D centerfold, a pin-up poster, liner notes, and more. Perfectly setting the tone, the 15-track release features Bee Gees, The Temptations, Kiss, Kool & The Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kiss, The Band, and more. Thanks to our friend Drew Morton, who’s put together a playlist on Spotify with all the tracks.
Get listening below as we await the film, which is rumored to stop by Cannes before it opens in May:
1. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations »
- Jordan Raup
3 items from 2016
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