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DVD Review - The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

5 September 2011 3:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Panic in Needle Park, 1971.

Directed by Jerry Schatzberg.

Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright and Raul Julia.


A stark portrayal of life among a group of drug addicts in New York City.

The Panic In Needle Park is an eminently watchable film on a depressing and dark subject. The film sets its tone from the very start and never falters for a moment; as the credits role over a black screen, we hear the sound of a New York subway carriage and the voices of the passengers and staff announcing the stops. The sense of foreboding danger we feel is from just hearing these sounds, not sure of what is on the other side, is paid off in the film’s opening frame. A scared young woman grips the holding rail within the carriage for dear life. She is Helen. She is a heroin addict. »

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The Idolmaker Gets Ryan Gosling to Star and Direct

13 May 2011 3:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Ryan Gosling has been set to star in and make his directorial debut with a remake of The Idolmaker for MGM.

The original movie The Idolmaker was released in 1980 and was directed by Taylor Hackford. The Idolmaker is a biopic on music promoter and producer Bob Micucci, who discovered such talented acts as Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

We reported back in February that The Idolmaker is one of several remakes being developed at MGM, although it seems this might be the first one out of the gate. Our earlier report indicated The Idolmaker will be updated to follow the current music trends, although it isn't known if Bob Micucci will serve as the basis of this remake.

It is unclear when production will start on The Idolmaker, or who will be writing the screenplay.

The Idolmaker is in development and stars Ryan Gosling. The film is directed by Ryan Gosling. »

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Marathon Man Review – Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Marthe Keller d: John Schlesinger

14 February 2011 11:23 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marathon Man (1976) Direction: John Schlesinger Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright, Marc Lawrence Screenplay: William Goldman; from his own novel Oscar Movies Laurence Olivier, Marathon Man The deadliest sin a good-guy-vs.-bad-guy movie can commit is to — unintentionally — have us root for the evildoer. That is exactly what director John Schlesinger (Darling; Midnight Cowboy; Sunday, Bloody Sunday) and screenwriter William Goldman (adapting his own novel, reportedly with some help from Robert Towne) manage to do in the thrill-less "thriller" Marathon Man. Adding insult to injury, the villain I came to root for was a horrific Nazi war criminal, while the hero that bored me to tears was a pacifist Jew. Now, how could anyone manage to tip the scale toward such a monstrous character, especially when we have a Jewish hero fighting him? Well, ask Laurence Olivier, who has a grand »

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