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Better late than never for Roeg
Nicolas Roeg is the winner of this year's London Critics' Circle Dilys Powell award for excellence in cinema. Strange to believe that Roeg, 83, hadn't won it before, but I'm proud to say he will collect the award on 19 January under my chairmanship. Roeg was being totally honest when he confessed to being shocked at the offer of this award. "If I look back at some of my reviews, you'd never believe the critics would offer me anything," he told me. "I don't know if I should thank you or forgive you – I shall look on it that maybe there's a strange mathematical formula for critics where two negatives can eventually make a positive." Roeg will accept the award, joining illustrious and »
- Jason Solomons
As we enter our 8th year of publishing, we'd like to thank each of our loyal readers for helping us keep the dream alive. It's not easy maintaining a magazine in the age of the internet, but we continue to thrive thanks to our many readers throughout the world. A very special thanks to those of you who subscribe to Cinema Retro. Frankly, there is no greater way of helping us out (unless you have a few million bucks laying around that you'd like to donate). Every subscription goes a long way to ensuring that we'll be able to maintain the high standards you've come to expect- with a minimum amount of advertising. We've also been able to maintain our pricing without a single increase in eight years, despite soaring costs for printing and mailing. Every issue will continue to be a limited edition collector's item. In fact with the »
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Sir Roger Moore not only maintained the role over 12 years and seven movies, he says he remains as big a James Bond fan as anyone.
"I think Daniel Craig is a wonderful actor," the British star also well-known as television's original "Saint" tells Zap2it from his home in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. "When I read that he was going to do it right at the beginning, I thought, 'This is going to be interesting.' I had just seen him in [the Steven Spielberg-directed drama] 'Munich' and a couple of films before that, and I thought 'Casino Royale' was absolutely superb.
"He's a beautiful actor and a nice guy," Moore adds, "and his gymnastics are quite extraordinary. I would have been dead after the first movie." Craig returns as Bond next November in "Skyfall," four years after "Quantum of Solace," and the delay between 007 capers hasn't surprised Moore: "It was purely »
Alluring Australian actor best known for her role in The Wicker Man
Such is the superficial nature of fame that the Australian-born actor Diane Cilento, who has died of cancer aged 78, was best remembered as the wife of Sean Connery from 1962 to 1973, during the height of his fame as James Bond. The attractive, blonde, husky-voiced Cilento would be more fittingly recalled for her roles in a dozen or so British films in the 1950s and 60s, to which she brought a dose of much-needed sexuality. However, her best-known part was in the cultish The Wicker Man (1973), her last British picture before returning to her homeland.
Born in Brisbane, she was the daughter of Sir Raphael and Lady Phyllis Cilento, both physicians. Much to their initial disappointment, Diane decided against following them into the medical profession. After winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, at the age »
- Ronald Bergan
Ahead of its 55th outing, Alastair Dant goes back to 1995 to work out what first got him hooked on the BFI London film festival
As per much of our second year at Ucl, Phil and I sat cross-legged beneath the Japanese table in our Camden flat, scheming. The table was heated; a luxury that suited our mode of repose. Conversation typically ranged between which half-cocked Britpop band had been lurking in our local or who'd won most games of pool. On this occasion, a more important matter was at hand: the table bore the programme for the 1995 BFI London film festival.
It's not clear where we got it. It could have been a record shop counter or a Soho cafe. What mattered was how neatly this event celebrated student life. It slipped easily into a schedule of late lectures and misspent afternoons. It coaxed us with the promise of world cinema and cheap matinee tickets. »
- Alastair Dant
Original British quad poster
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Singer Johnny Horton's Sink the Bismarck was a major hit when released in 1960. What many people don't realize is that the song was commissioned as the theme song for the film of the same name that was released ithe same year. It's pretty obvious why it wasn't used in the final cut of the movie: Horton specialized in catchy novelty songs with a country western theme. The film, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Kenneth More, was notable for its ultra-realistic take on the British pursuit of the infamous German battleship. As good as Horton's theme was, it would have been completely out of place in the film. Interestingly, if you have the DVD of the movie, check out the bonus trailer - it features snippets of Horton's song, indicating that the decision to cut it was made at the last minute. »
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This week's excellent new film "Bellflower" features one amazing automotive co-star: the Medusa, built by the main characters in preparation for the apocalypse. The Medusa is a sick ride: it's got two fuel injected exhaust flamethrowers, a loudspeaker intercom system, a roll cage, and even spews smoke screens on command.
In other words, this is one cool movie car. But where does it rank in the history of coolest cinematic automobiles? I'd put it just outside our top ten favorites, and by our I mean my, and by favorites I mean totally subjective favorites that you'll disagree with and give me grief about. Here they are:
10. The Ecto-1
1959 Cadillac Ambulance, modified
From "Ghostbusters" (1984)
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Bulky, clunky, and old, the Ghostbusters' signature ambulance isn't the prettiest car to look at. Still, all that weird sciencey equipment designed to trap spooks, spectres, or ghosts, plus the great red »
- Matt Singer
The latest issue of Cinema Retro (#20) is now shipping to subscribers all around the world. As we publish in the UK, those subscribers always get their copies first. However, the latest issue just arrived from the other side of the pond and has now been shipped out to all other regions. Readers will have it in their hot little hands very soon.
Cover story on Candy starring Ewa Aulin as the sexy teen nymph in an all-star fiasco that involved Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, James Coburn and Walter Matthau. Dean Brierly examines how such a sure-fire project turned into one of the worst movies ever made. This issue's Film in Focus is Earthquake, the 1974 blockbuster starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and many other familiar faces in one of the most successful films of the genre. Ross Warner reminds why the film remains a guilty pleasure and Thomas Hauerslav of the web site In70mm. »
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Michael York dashes onto the cinematic scene as the blundering but very enthusiastic D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's hugely enjoyable period comic romp. The late great Roy Kinnear is the long-suffering vassal of aristocratic swordsmen Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay, whilst Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway shine as heroine and villainess, respectively. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind filmed the following year's sequel back-to-back with this more successful first part, which approach they would revisit shortly for Superman and Superman II. Dumas with wit, energy and integrity.
Notable Quotable: "That man in his time has insulted me, broken my father's sword, had me clubbed to the ground, laid violent hands on the woman I love! He is inconvenient. "
Dana Wynter, Kevin McCarthy in Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter Dies: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Airport Dana Wynter herself didn't care for her performance in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In fact, her son, Mark Bautzer, told the Los Angeles Times that Wynter didn't think the role would come to define her and "she didn't consider acting a worthy profession for an adult." She could have fooled me. Wynter is flawless as the woman on the run in Body Snatchers, and she's just as effective — and just as beautiful — in Lewis Gilbert's war drama Sink the Bismarck! (1960), opposite Kenneth More. As Burt Lancaster's bitchy wife, she manages to steal all of her scenes in Arthur Hiller's blockbuster Airport (1970). Wynter's role is mostly decorative in John Huston's mystery-comedy The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), but hers is a refreshing presence, nevertheless. Wynter's »
- Andre Soares
Before I go any further, I should put the title of this piece into context by saying that I am Not a CGI luddite myself. I have been doing 3D modelling and illustration for nearly 15 years in C4D, Max, the continually-amazing ZBrush and many other apps, and can honestly count the emergence of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park as a life-changing moment. So what follows (in case you can't be bothered to read it but find the title irksome) is not a luddite rant against voxels, just a few thoughts about the way we perceive visual effects, and why CGI continues to bother so many people in comparison to previous methods of screen magic...
It's hard for the senior geek to comprehend the expectations and conception that younger viewers - Hollywood's target audience - have about visual effects in movies. We who were old enough to be familiar with »
By Dave Worrall
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Last night at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, BAFTA paid tribute to the production designer Sir Ken Adam, who turned 90 last year. Sponsored by the Albert R. Broccoli and Dana Broccoli Foundation, guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by the event which was hosted by Matthew Sweet who introduced the many guests who took to the stage and honoured the great designer. Among them; Christiane Kubrick, Michael G. Wilson, Nicholas Meyer, Anouk Aimee, Peter Lamont, Sir Christopher Frayling, and Lewis Gilbert to name but a few. Actress Eunice Gayson read out a very funny letter on behalf of Sir Roger Moore, who was unable to attend, and current-day production designers praised Sir Ken Adam for inspiring them to enter the film business. Supplemented by on-screen film clips and visuals, BAFTA produced a first class event worthy of such an iconic and respected technician, »
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Veteran British character actor Michael Gough has passed away aged 94 after a lengthy battle with illness, having enjoyed a career spanning seven decades and over 150 roles. Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1916, Gough first appeared in the 1946 TV movie Androcles and the Lion before making the transition to the silver screen two years later with a supporting part in producer Alexander Korda's adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1948, dir. Julien Duvivier). Other notable early screen credits included Richard III (1955, dir. Lawrence Olivier) and Reach for the Sky (1956, dir. Lewis Gilbert) along with a number of British horrors including Terence Fisher's Dracula (1958) and The Phantom of the Opera (1962) from Hammer Films.
Receiving a BAFTA TV Award in 1957, Gough continued to make extensive television appearances on cult shows such as Doctor Who, The Avengers, Blake's 7 and Colditz. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his work in The Go-Between (1972, dir. »
On Monday 4th April the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will pay tribute to BAFTA and Academy Award-winning production designer Sir Ken Adam with a belated 90th birthday celebration at a ceremony at London's Royal Institute of British Architects. In a career spanning over five decades, Sir Ken has received five Oscar and nine BAFTA nominations and was responsible for defining the look of the early James Bond films (including Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker), while he also created one of cinema's most iconic images, designing the War Room from Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove.
In celebration of his career - which also includes credits on the likes of Barry Lyndon, The Ipcress Files, The Madness of King George and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - BAFTA will explore Sir Ken's extraordinary body of work, with »
DVD Playhouse—March 2011
127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
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Much in the style of the English Armada, it was an evening of “Rule Britannia” as The King’S Speech won 7 BAFTAs at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday. The film took home awards for Best Film, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Original Music, and Outstanding British Film. At the box office, The King’S Speech came in No. 6 for the weekend, grossing an estimated $7.4 million from 2,263 screens for a domestic cume of $93.9 million in its 12th week in release according to THR. The full list of winners is below.
Thandie Newton, Jessica Alba, Kevin Spacey, Amy Adams and many other stars were greeted to the usual rainy red carpet as they arrived for the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. For those of you not following on Twitter like we award season obsessivas, the BAFTA awards will air tonight at 8:00p.m. »
- Michelle McCue
The Harry Potter franchise will receive a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards. While the series still has one more film to go (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2), the BAFTAs recognize that the series is already a remarkable filmmaking achievement. While the films started slow, every new movie has been better than the previous one and the series eventually managed to match the magic that author J.K. Rowling conjured in her beloved books. Hit the jump for the full press release. Rowling and producer David Heyman will receive the award on behalf of the franchise on February 13th. Here's the full press release: Harry Potter Films Awarded BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that the Harry Potter film series will receive the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s been around now for more than a decade and personally I think it deserves it but BAFTA sent through a press release to us this morning announcing that the Harry Potter Franchise is to receive a BAFTA award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.
The final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas this summer and will end the series of films that has created the most successful movie franchise of all time based on the books by J.K. Rowling.
The movies have seen an unprecedented amount of British acting talent on display from Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Issacs and the late Richard Harris. The list goes on and on. It has also made mega stars of the main cast, Daniel Radcliffe, »
- David Sztypuljak
The 'Harry Potter' film franchise will receive the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year's BAFTAs. Jk Rowling - who wrote the books the movies are based on - and producer David Heyman will accept the prize on behalf of the film series at the star-studded ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on February 13. Finola Dwyer, chair of the film committee, said: "As this great British film success story draws to a close with this year's eagerly anticipated final instalment, it's fitting that BAFTA honours the Harry Potter films and their contribution to the British film industry." The first six films in the series - about a boy wizard, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson - have grossed over $5.4billion worldwide, making it the top-earning film franchise of all time. The franchise ends with the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' »
- Paul R. Nicholson
Simon Moore selects his Five Essential James Bond Films...
Picture this. It’s Saturday night. The TV schedule has failed you, yet again, on a Bank Holiday weekend, no less. Then a title jumps out at you from the onscreen menu. Ah... there’s a Bond film on...
It doesn’t matter what title, it doesn’t matter when it was made, a Bond title just clicks with everyone. It’s the ultimate shorthand for runaway thrills, face-melting puns and a consistently entertaining hour and a half. By now, we ought to know them by heart. And yet...they never get old. We forgive Moonraker’s dodgy sci-fi ambitions; we can time Roger Moore’s eyebrow twitches to the second; and every man on earth, without exception, automatically affects that pose when they put on a tuxedo.
007 is a tradition, a stalwart, and an icon. He’s survived nearly 50 years, »
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