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George C Wolfe Will Direct Film Adaptation Of Nilo Cruz’s Broadway Hit Play 'Anna In The Tropics'

George C Wolfe has come on board to direct Mankind Entertainment’s adaptation of playwright Nilo Cruz’s Broadway hit Anna In The Tropics. The play had its Broadway berth in 2003, and starred Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Priscilla Lopez, John Ortiz, Vanessa Aspillaga, Victor Argo and David Zayas. Playwright Cruz's play is set in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929. The factory employs "lectors" to entertain and educate the factory workers, and a new lector who reads aloud from Anna Karenina becomes "a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination." No casting yet but filming is scheduled...
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50 great famous last words from the movies

Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:41

They're funny, they're sad, they're weird. Here are 50 famous last words from characters in the movies...

Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the film, and if you haven't seen it, don't read the entry!

As someone famous probably once said, “We’ve all gotta go sometime,” and if we’re going to die, we might as well do so with a witticism or a memorable line rather than a scream and a cry for mother. Which is the subject of this lengthy but far from definitive list: the memorable things movie characters have uttered shortly (not necessarily immediately) before they’re about to meet their maker.

Some of these last words are long, tear-jerking monologues. Others amount to little more than a word or two. But all of them, in our estimation, are worthy of mention, and one
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1990

Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 19 Sep 2013 - 07:20

From dramas to action and everything in between, here's our pick of 20 underrated films from 1990...

Think back to the big films of 1990, and you'll probably immediately come up with things like Ghost, the year's top-grossing film, or maybe Home Alone, which made a star out of the young Macaulay Culkin.

If you're into sci-fi or action, you might pluck Total Recall, Back To The Future Part III or even Die Hard 2 out of your memory banks. But what about all those movies that didn't make it into the year's top 10 ranking films? As ever, there's a huge number of duds and forgettable flops, but there were plenty of films that were wrongly overlooked, too.

That's where this list comes in, which aims to shed a bit of light on 20 films that were either unfairly overlooked by audiences at the time, or
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The 20 underrated films of 1990

Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie

From dramas to action and everything in between, here's our pick of 20 underrated films from 1990...

Think back to the big films of 1990, and you'll probably immediately come up with things like Ghost, the year's top-grossing film, or maybe Home Alone, which made a star out of the young Macaulay Culkin.

If you're into sci-fi or action, you might pluck Total Recall, Back To The Future Part III or even Die Hard 2 out of your memory banks. But what about all those movies that didn't make it into the year's top 10 ranking films? As ever, there's a huge number of duds and forgettable flops, but there were plenty of films that were wrongly overlooked, too.

That's where this list comes in, which aims to shed a bit of light on 20 films that were either unfairly overlooked by audiences at the time, or have faded rapidly from general discussions about cinema.
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A Walken Legend: Christopher’s Most Memorable Performances

He’s one of cinemas most intense performers and one of my all-time favourite movie icons, but Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has more in his locker than a menacing thousand-yard stare and gravity-defying hair-do. This week sees the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, Seven Psychopaths, in which Walken steals the show from under the nose of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, as a loveable dog-napping petty crook, devoted pal and husband.

Over his 60 year career, which currently features over 12o credits, he’s featured in superhero blockbuster Batman Returns, gothic horror Sleepy Hollow; taken on suave British super spy 007 in A View To A Kill; chased rodents and marsupials in family favourites, Mousehunt and Kangaroo Jack, and tripped the light fantastic in Fatboy Slim’s memorable music video for Weapon Of Choice. Now Thn has picked out some of our favourite, and
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Unsung Gems – ‘King of New York’ a slick and stylish great

King of New York

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Written by Nicholas St. John

Us, 1990

Something of a cult hero among worshippers of ‘video-nasty’ exploitation flicks and latter day grim and grungy crime flicks, it’s a surprise to learn that Bronx director Abel Ferrara is still working diligently behind the camera, albeit on the kind of B-movie fodder that never threatens to break its way into the mainstream zeitgeist. Beyond his eye catching if hard to watch Driller Killer debut, Ferrara is best known for the fondly remembered Bad Lieutenant. His best rounded effort, however, may be the more controversial and divisive King of New York, a slick and stylish slice of understated pulp which earned walkouts at its premiere.

Amidst a wave of crime violence and institutional corruption within a big apple entering a fearful new decade, legendary drug kingpin Frank White (Christopher Walken) is released from Sing Sing
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King of New York Blu-ray Review

King of New York, arguably the most popular and accomplished work from the cannon of cult New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara, finds a loving home on Blu-ray, thanks to that dedicated restoration team at Arrow Films.

Frank White (a haunted, yet volatile, turn by Christopher Walken) is a notorious drug lord who has just completed a lengthy prison sentence and is looking to move back up the ranks as swift and ruthlessly as possible. Hooking up with his old associates, he begins to do just that, although his ultimate aims sit firmly outside the drug business, as he see’s himself as a benefactor to the poor inhabitants of the city, whom he seeks to help and provide the appropriate support for.

A team of no-nonsense detectives are a little less enamoured by his rebirth as a philanthropist, and as the bodies of rival gangs start mounting up while White
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Blu-ray Review - King of New York (1990)

King of New York, 1990.

Directed by Abel Ferrara.

Starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo and Giancarlo Esposito.

Synopsis:

After being released from prison, a former drug lord sets out to eliminate the competition and distribute their wealth among New York's lower classes.

With his bug eyes and intense stare, Christopher Walken has been one of the most interesting actors on screen in the last 30 years. From playing Russian roulette in The Deer Hunter to telling stories of mice churning butter in Catch Me If You Can, Walken has been a constant delight to watch. Always watchable, and able to elevate crap when he’s perhaps selling out (Click), we’ve been treated to an array of creepily told anecdotes and fantastically (and effortlessly) menacing characters.

King of New York is a trashy, dirty, degenerate, yet striking and engaging film from Abel Ferrara. Ferrara is perhaps the grimy,
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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided
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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 3)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the third of a five part feature... read parts one and two.

When he was approached by Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who wanted to revise his signature role of Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1961), Martin Scorsese was skeptical about the project. “I had a lot of reservations about it,” admitted the filmmaker of the planned cinematic adaptation of The Color of Money (1986) by novelist Walter Tevis. “I felt it was a literal sequel. There were even a few minutes of film inserted in it from the first picture. It had its own merits, but it certainly wasn’t the kind of thing I wanted to do.” A meeting was held in New York between the acting legend and the director where the decision was made to keep the name of the book but
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The Electric Chair Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]

The Electric Chair was screened Friday, October 15th at The 92Y Tribeca Screening Room in NYC. It will be available on DVD Tuesday, October 19th through Wild Eye Releasing.

What do you get when you Frankenstein scenic documentary footage of a desolate island with a filmed stand-up routine written for the stage? You get an avant-garde miasma of self-loathing and Jewish paranoia called The Electric Chair. Part King of Comedy part Death of a Salesman, director Mark Eisenstein's little (never?) seen black comedy is most note-worthy for being veteran character actor Victor Argo's sole starring role. In it he plays a shoe salesman turned comic working out his marital issues in front of an audience that includes his domineering mother and himself as a boy. On stage with him- an electric chair, which he is continually warned to stay away from.

An intriguing premise, but an intriguing premise
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Bad Lieutenant = Great Cage

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Director: Werner Herzog Writer: William M. Finkelstein, Victor Argo DVD and Blu-ray release date: September 27 2010 Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment Number of discs: 1 Price: From £9.99-£15.93 Certificate: 18 DVD and blu-ray running time: 118/122 minutes Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Tom Bower, William M. Finkelstein, Victor Argo, Werner Herzog After his ingenious portrayal of the controversial Big Daddy in Kick-Ass earlier in the year, Nick Cage returns in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, suggesting the old grittier Cage is here to stay. In the opening sequence the “Bad Lieutenant” is presented with a valour award but is then shown sixth months later snorting a white powder, stealing confiscated drugs and smoking marijuana with a suspect while questioning him. Terence McDonagh is an old-skool second generation city cop who believes “a man without a gun - that's not a man” and is warned
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DVD Round Up, July 27, 2009: ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ ‘Bart Got a Room’

Chicago – The Round-Up is back with a quintet of standard DVDs that may have gone unnoticed in your latest Best Buy circular. There’s at least one very good movie in here and a few unique independent offerings that you might want to take a peek at. We wish we had time to cover these titles in more depth, but here are the details - synopsis, cast, features - that you really need to know.

Horsemen” was released on July 14th, 2009.

Bad Lieutenant,” “Bart Got a Room,” “Big Man Japan,” and “The Great Buck Howard” will be released on July 28th, 2009.

Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition”

Photo credit: Lionsgate Synopsis: “Harvey Keitel is a nameless New York cop, hopelessly addicted to drugs, gambling, and sex. As he makes his way to various crime scenes, he is concerned only with taking bets from his fellow cops on the outcome of the ongoing National League playoffs.
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Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition Brings the Action Back to DVD on July 28th

You can bring a 1992 Harvey Keitel classic back home on DVD this July. Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition will come back to DVD on July 28. This new DVD will be priced at $19.98 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo and Paul Calderone.

Keitel is a nameless New York cop, hopelessly addicted to drugs, gambling, and sex. As he makes his way to various crime scenes, he is concerned only with taking bets from his fellow cops on the outcome of the ongoing National League playoffs. As his bad decisions drive him deeper into debt, his life becomes a surreal hell, with a constant intake of crack, coke, heroin, and booze eroding what remains of his sanity. An investigation into the rape of a nun leads to his spiritual breakdown at the church crime scene, where
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'Household Saints'

'Household Saints'
NEW YORK -- Filmmaker Nancy Savoca, whose last project was the ill-fated "Dogfight, '' has made another film about Italian-Americans in her new "Household Saints, '' but she has replaced the realism of "True Love'' with a fantastical fairy-tale quality that is both the strength and weakness of her film.

Told in the form of an extended flashback, the film relates the history of the marriage between Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D'Onofrio), a butcher, and Catherine Falconetti (Tracey Ullman), the 17-year-old daughter of his widowed friend Lino (Victor Argo). One night in the 1950s, in the midst of a torrid heat wave, Joseph, Lino and Catherine's brother Nicky (Michael Rispoli) get involved in a heated game of pinochle. In one wager over a single hand, Lino bets his daughter's hand in marriage vs. a blast of cold air from Joseph's freezer, and loses.

The seemingly misbegotten union, which occurs over Catherine's objections, actually turns out charmed, despite the families' squabbles and the sniping of Joseph's old-world mother Carmela (Judith Malina)., whose favorite story is about how she made delicious soup from clam shells that she dug out of the garbage. Eventually, Joseph and Catherine have a child, Teresa, whom they name after the saint of flowers and labor.

The first two-thirds of the film, detailing the courtship and first years of the marriage, has a sweet charm and flavorful ethnic humor, aided by the expert comic work of the cast (Ullman, in an atypical role, gives a beautifully modulated and restrained performance). With the arrival of Teresa, played from the age of 13 on by Lili Taylor, the film turns darker, as the character becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea that she is experiencing divine visitations.

Her behavior becomes ever more bizarre; she agrees to have sex with her nerdy boyfriend because she thinks he has been sent by God; and she experiences a visit from Jesus while she is ironing. The latter incident results in her commitment, and a tragic finale that results in her unofficial ascension to sainthood.

Savoca is unable to make the latter scenes truly work, and they are particularly jarring after the light-hearted build-up that has preceded them. Taylor, as usual, gives an amazing performance, her most intense yet. But the film is not stylish enough to carry across its intention of being a modern-day folktale. "Household Saints'' is imaginative and audacious, qualities rare in today's cinema, but it falls short of its aspirations.

HOUSEHOLD SAINTS

Fine Line Features Release

Director Nancy Savoca

Executive producer Jonathan Demme

Producers Richard Guay, Peter Newman

Screenplay Nancy Savoca, Richard Guay

Director of photography Bobby Bukowski

Editor Beth Kling

Costumes Eugenie Bafaloukos

Cast:

Catherine Falconetti Tracey Ullman

Joseph Santangelo Vincent D'Onofrio

Teresa Lili Taylor

Carmela Santangelo Judith Malina

Nicky Falconetti Michael Rispoli

Lino Falconetti Victor Argo

Running time -- 124 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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