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How does one make a movie about a hot-button political topic that's divided the nation for sixty years? And if the facts of the case aren't fully known, how can one be sure that some news revelation won't reach back and make your well-meaning film play like a stack of lies? E. L. Doctorow and Sidney Lumet found a way. Daniel Olive Films Savant Blu-ray Review
1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner, Ellen Barkin, Julie Bovasso, Tovah Feldshuh, Joseph Leon, Carmen Mathews, Amanda Plummer, John Rubinstein, Maria Tucci, Daniel Stern. Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak Film Editor Peter C. Frank Written by E.L. Doctorow from his novel The Book of Daniel. Produced by E. Lk. Doctorow, Burtt Harris Directed by Sidney Lumet
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In his book Making Movies, director Sidney Lumet says that »
- Glenn Erickson
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
The American Society of Cinematographers has pegged Barbra Streisand to receive its 2015 Board of Governors Award, to be given to the actress-filmmaker-recording artist at the organization’s 29th annual awards gala Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Board of Governors citation is meant to recognize “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking,” according to the Asc, but it has also allowed the 96-year-old society of upper-echelon below-the-liners to bring some extra star power to the party, and for the male-centric brotherhood to mix it up a little. Streisand’s female predecessors include Sally Field and Julia Roberts, but her multidisciplinary efforts have overlapped, and exceeded, most of the others, including Warren Beatty, Sydney Pollack, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.
If Streisand is one of the most versatile, and decorated, entertainers of the last century (she’s that rare Egot winner, »
- Steve Chagollan
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak
Czech Republic, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, 2005
In 2013, The Rock was named the highest grossing actor of the year with his films pulling in a combined $1.3 billion. Things were not always this great for The Rock though. When he first started out his initial run of action movies in search of action stardom, he didn’t have much luck. The Rundown and Walking Tall, while perfectly fine action films on their own, both underperformed at the box office. Then came Doom, which was either going to be his third strike or his home run. It ended up being the former, causing two things to happen – The Rock’s action career disintegrated for 6 more years, and the belief that video game adaptations are unsuccessful was bolstered.
The film follows a group of marines led by Sarge (The Rock) who go »
- Dylan Griffin
4 items from 2015
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