3 items from 2016
Much satisfaction is demanded in Henrik Ruben Genz’s fast-and-loose period romp “Satisfaction 1720,” and while the Rolling Stones’ rock standard never pops up on the film’s heavily anachronistic soundtrack, it’s clear enough that our duel-happy hero can’t get none. Fancifully reimagining the last days in the life of 18th-century Dano-Norwegian naval hero Peter Tordenskjold, Genz’s lushly produced quasi-biopic unsubtly fashions the precocious vice-admiral as a kind of live-fast-die-young rock star in breeches — complete with reckless hedonism, crashing guitars and a screenplay strewn with choice four-letter words. If hardly as radical or resonant a work of historical revisionism as Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” this hitherto jaunty escapade gains a twinge of melancholy by its cleverly looped, legend-doubting finale.
Beyond the home turf under which his bones reside, the relative obscurity of Tordenskjold’s name makes “Satisfaction 1720” (itself a Danish-Swedish-Norewgian-Czech co-production) a harder sell to distributors; its native title, »
- Guy Lodge
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
For my film-loving friends and I, Ghoulies and its immediate sequel were almost rites of passage growing up – I distinctly remember renting them from not only the local video shop but also that strange guy that used to park on the street corner renting tapes out of his boot (or, if he was more successful, the back of a transit van). You know the one, he’d have the craziest VHS tapes you’d ever seen – Class of Nuke Em High, Black Roses, The Toxic Avenger, Ghoulies… all films that sold themselves on artwork alone. »
- Phil Wheat
3 items from 2016
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