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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson
Directed by Robert Altman
The popularity of the Western, at one point America’s reigning genre champion, was starting to wane considerably by the mid-1960s and well into the 1970s. In part to keep the form alive, and in part to examine just want made this type of film what it once was and had now become, many filmmakers, Sam Peckinpah most notably, began to approach Westerns through a self-consciously analytical lens. These were Westerns that were, in one way or another, about Westerns themselves: what made them work, what their key tropes were, how could their conventions be subverted or updated, and how could this old-fashioned genre be made modern?
- Jeremy Carr
You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest and there you have last night's installment of Monday Night Raw.
With the Authority finally usurped, fans got some much-needed relief from Hhh and Stephanie's omnipresence (at least after the opening segment) and were rewarded for their patience with the return of one-night Gm Daniel Bryan. And after a rather lengthy series of monologues and mandates, grown men and women tussled and toiled, belts were defended and retained and Kane ended his night covered in a hellacious combination of condiments. »
Long unavailable for home viewing, Robert Altman’s 1982 title Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean has languished as a remote, minor title of the auteur’s filmography, trotted out to devotees at retrospectives. Based on the play by Ed Graczyk and featuring a bevy of eclectic actresses, it’s often and unfairly lumped into consideration with Altman’s other adaptations of stage material from the time period, including David Rabe’s Streamers (1983), Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love (1985) and Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy (1987). Often described as typically Altmanesque with its examination of Americana, a dialogue heavy showcase of melodrama squeezed from the banalities of everyday existence, at last it’s available for a wider appreciation, ripe for a recuperation as more than a mere trifle lost in a flood of greater titles from an American auteur.
It’s 1975 and a group of extreme James Dean fans, »
- Nicholas Bell
Adaptations in film and television have become some of the most popular franchises and series today. From the Harry Potter films to the HBO series Game of Thrones to the countless Nicholas Sparks movies that find their way to the cinema, books have become the stepping stones to getting some of the most creative storylines on the screen. Adaptations from stage to film are also wildly popular, with films like 2012′s Les Misèrables and 2013′s August: Osage County receiving critical acclaim in the past couple of years. This years BFI London Film Festival is following the adaptation trend with five stand-out book/play/documentary adaptations to watch out for.
From the pen of Dennis Lehane (author of the impressive adaptations Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and Shutter Island) comes a crime drama starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini. Bob (Hardy) plays a bartender who lives a quiet life attending church, »
- Phil Wheat
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.
Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status
Wp = Wp
Ep = European Premiere
IP = International Premiere
UK = UK Premiere
The Imitation Game (UK-us)
dir. Morten Tyldum
dir. David Ayer
dir. Bennett MillerUKWhiplash (Us)
dir. Damien ChazelleUKMen, Women And Children (Us)
dir. Jason ReitmanEPWild (Us)
dir. Jean-Marc ValleeEPTestament Of Youth (UK)
dir. James KentWPMr. Turner (UK)
dir. Mike LeighUKThe Battles Of Coronel And Falkland Islands (UK)
dir. Jon StewartEPMommy (Can)
dir. Xavier DolanUKA Little Chaos (UK)
dir. Alan RickmanEPWild Tales (Arg)
dir. Damián SzifrónUKThe Salvation (Den)
dir. Kristian Levring The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom (Chi)
dir. Jacob CheungIPWinter Sleep (Tur)
dir. Nuri Bilge CeylanUKBjork: Biophilia Live (UK)
dir. Nick Fenton, Peter StricklandUKSong Of The Sea (Ire)
dir. Tomm MooreEPOfficial »
Upon its release in 1990, Madonna's "Vogue" was an appreciation of a long-gone age of Hollywood glamour. Now that age is truly lost: as xoJane's Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, the passing of Lauren Bacall means every star name-checked in the song has died. Bacall was the last surviving member of the 16 famous names in the song; nine of these stars were still alive when the song hit airwaves on March 20, 1990. ("Vogue" itself is 24 years old.) Below, find the full list of celebrity names included in "Vogue." "Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and Dimaggio"As fate would have it, Greta Garbo »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Our first victory in the great 2014 overhaul of "The View": Rosie O'Donnell appears to be rejoining the show alongside veteran panelist Whoopi Goldberg. We basically asked for this. Now let's perfect "The View" once and for all -- we need Kathy Griffin to join the show too. A three-comedienne panel would be a strange new world for "The View," but Kathy Griffin is simply the perfect fit. She's candid, she's able to talk about anything, and she's actually willing to be vulnerable and even solemn when the occasion calls for it. She gets "The View." And now "The View" should get her. Here are six reasons why: 1. She has a great friendship and onscreen rapport with Rosie. Kathy Griffin and Rosie O'Donnell could talk about anything. They don't have to try to be interesting because they're actively interested in everything. It's sort of addicting, particularly in this clip from Rosie's short-lived Own show. »
- Louis Virtel
It's been decades since visionary Jim Henson first created the Muppets, yet today his lovable creations are as popular as ever.
But for as much time as the Muppets have spent in the spotlight, there's still a lot you don't know about Henson's clever creations. From the first national Muppet "star" to the materials that created the Kermit prototype, here are 19 things you probably don't know about The Muppets.
1. Jim Henson created The Muppets in 1955, making them nearly 60 years old!
2. Henson coined the term "Muppet," but it is not a combination of the words "marionette" and "puppet" -- a belief that was once supported by Henson himself. Rather, it has been reported that Henson just liked the sound of the word.
3. A key factor for the Muppets success is that Henson's realization that TV would allow him to put the puppets front and center, while still hiding the puppeteers. With »
- Jonny Black
9 items from 2014
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