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10 items from 2012


The Top Five ‘Caper’ Movies (Part One): ‘The League of Gentlemen’

8 December 2012 2:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

‘Caper’ movies are a sub-genre of the crime film that in the past 50 years has created some highly entertaining, memorable pieces of cinema. Each of the classics of the sub-genre seems to follow a simple set of just three rules:

The ensemble cast, led by a strong leading actor, play a group of down-on-their-luck men (they are either criminals, ex-cons, reluctant soldiers, or unemployed) who band together to carry out a clever and audacious heist. The audience throughout cheers for the ‘criminals’ because we know they are not Really ‘bad guys’ and, until the very final moments, we hope that they will get away with the crime (any maybe afterwards). The script is as clever as the cinematic crime itself and has a strong element of black – and usually quite socially subversive – humor.

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The top five are probably The League of Gentlemen (1960), Ocean’s Eleven (1960), The Italian Job (1969), Three Kings »

- Roger Bourke

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Lawrence of Arabia – review

24 November 2012 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's astonishing to think that Lean's stately masterpiece was made half a century ago, a mere 27 years after the death of Te Lawrence, and that following the initial showing in 1962 the film was cut, making it necessary for the restorers to have Charles Gray dub the voice of the late Jack Hawkins. There are no intelligent epics like this today and, because of computer-generated effects, it's unlikely that there ever will be again. To appreciate the film fully, Lawrence must be seen in a cinema, in 70mm on the widescreen and in stereophonic sound, and the present theatrical revival is not to be missed. I spent a year in the desert doing my national service and read The Seven Pillars of Wisdom there, but when I think of sand it's Freddie Young's images from Lawrence that I remember.

I'll never forget seeing the film for the first time at the Odeon, »

- Philip French

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Movie Review - Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary 4K Restoration) (1962)

24 November 2012 12:18 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lawrence of Arabia, 1962.

Directed by David Lean.

Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif.

Synopsis:

T.E. Lawrence attempts to unite the hostile Arab factions during the First World War in order to lead them to victory over the ruling Turkish Empire.

There are many films which are great. There are some which are outstanding. There are a few which are close to cinematic perfection. Above all these, there is Lawrence of Arabia.

Seeing David Lean’s masterpiece on the big screen defines why cinema is the art form it is and what can be achieved when every aspect that goes into making a film is functioning at its optimum level. The re-mastered version, released in a new 4K digital transfer in cinemas to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary, runs for 227 minutes yet there is not a wasted scene, shot, or line of dialogue. Everything »

- flickeringmyth

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Review: "Lawrence Of Arabia" Restored On Blu-ray

13 November 2012 3:15 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Epic Grandeur Captured In Blu-ray Gift Set

By Raymond Benson

It’s probably the quintessential motion picture epic. If you’re looking for an intimate story told on a grand scale, an adventure set in an exotic location and against the backdrop of significant historical events, and an engrossing portrait of an important First World War figure… seek no further. Lawrence of Arabia has it all. This 1962 roadshow attraction from arguably Britain’s greatest director, David Lean, Lawrence is simply a magnificent achievement—both technically and artistically. With star power such as Peter O’Toole (in his first major role), Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness, Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, and Jose Ferrer, and a master cinematographer such as Freddie Young, Lawrence of Arabia is not only gorgeous to look at, it is dramatically compelling.

O’Toole states that on the first day of shooting, Lean told him, “We »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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We Got This Covered’s Blu-Ray Picks For Nov. 11 – Nov. 17

12 November 2012 2:09 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While there were a few good Blu-Ray releases last week, nothing could top The Amazing Spider-Man, which has dominated the Blu-Ray sales charts since it became available for pre-order (Filmbug). It was closely followed by The Mel Brooks Collection, which includes the hilarious Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, and this week’s featured Blu-ray Brave, which sold enough exclusive pre-orders to nab the third bestselling spot.

This week, Brave gets its official home release, The Watch brings aliens to a suburban neighborhood, and cinematic history’s most excellent adventure gets a refit.

Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.

Brave

Release Date: November 13th, 2012

Starring: Kelly MacDonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson.

Directors: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

From Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures comes this computer-animated fantasy adventure film that’s sure to be a hit with every child in your household. »

- C.P. Howells

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Daphne Slater obituary

17 October 2012 6:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who made her name during the early years of drama on television

As a captivating young ingenue in Shakespeare on stage, and Jane Austen on television, Daphne Slater, who has died aged 84, enjoyed a brilliant career for 10 years, followed by decent television work for the next 10, before withdrawing into family life almost completely by 1975.

At Stratford-upon-Avon in 1947, she appeared as a radical (for those days) young Olivia in Twelfth Night; both mother and daughter (Thaisa and Marina) in Pericles; Juliet in Peter Brook's beautiful Romeo and Juliet set in Verona ("a miracle of masks, mists and sudden grotesquerie," wrote Kenneth Tynan); and Miranda in The Tempest. Her Juliet, said Tynan, was rightly "excitable and impetuous, and she communicates this convulsive ardour until it becomes our panic as well as hers". Her future husband, John Harrison, played Benvolio, and their offstage romance continued during The Tempest, in which Harrison played Ferdinand, »

- Michael Coveney

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Lawrence of Arabia returning to cinemas in 50th anniversary restoration

3 October 2012 12:53 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Reintroduced to the geek generation as the film Michael Fassbender's android character David was watching in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Lawrence of Arabia is an undoubted classic. And now it's coming back to cinemas.

A 50th anniversary restoration of the film is being released in the UK on November 16. The movie will screen at the BFI Southbank, Empire Leicester Square and nationwide. A trailer is included below.

David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia won seven Oscars including 1962 best picture and best director, and four BAFTAs including best film.

It starred Peter O'Toole in the title role alongside Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle and Arthur Kennedy.

Official synopsis and background

One of the screen's grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia.

A young, idealistic British officer in Wwi, »

- David Bentley

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5 June DVD Titles You Should Know About Including 'The 39 Steps,' The Films Of Lina Wertmüller & More

7 June 2012 11:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, the dog days of summer are fast approaching, and what better way to duck out of the heat than by spending a cool day inside, AC-blasting, with your Blu-ray player and an endless supply of chilled adult beverages. June sees the release of an Alfred Hitchcock classic (beautifully restored), a trio of Lina Wertmüller gems, a nearly lost Michael Curtiz effort, a movie about the sex lives of ghosts, and a plane crash survival tale sold on the, er, ample merits of its female lead.

“The 39 Steps” (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)

Why You Should Care: Because “The 39 Steps,” a crackling (86 minutes!) spy thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, is one of the most beloved British movies of all time, coming in at fourth place in the British Film Institute’s poll of top British films, and more recently, named the 21st greatest British film of all time by movie magazine Total Film. The film, »

- Drew Taylor

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5 Things You Might Not Know About David Lean's 'Lawrence Of Arabia'

18 May 2012 12:12 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is there a greater film than "Lawrence of Arabia?" Perhaps. There are certainly few longer ones, or few that are more epic and sweeping in their scope (thanks to the timeless Panavision 70 photography by Freddie Young). But even if the film isn't your absolute favorite, it is the number one of many, including Steven Spielberg, who credits the picture with making him want to be a filmmaker.

David Lean's tale of T.E. Lawrence's adventures in Arabia in World War I is fifty years old this year, and ahead of a brand-spanking-new Blu-ray release next month, a glorious new 4K restoration of the film is screening at Cannes tomorrow night. To mark the occasion, as well as the anniversary of the death of Lawrence himself, who died 77 years ago tomorrow, we've assembled five things you might not know about Lean's unassailable classic.

1. David Lean nearly directed a biopic of »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Mindy Newell: Let’s Go To The Movies!

23 January 2012 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

“If I could do it all over again…”

How many times have you thought that, or dreamt it, or talked about it? I think everybody does. It’s in our natures, y’know?

“If I knew then what I know now…”

What would you do?

I wouldn’t be a nurse.

I’d go to film school. UCLA or Nyu. I’d aim to be a film editor.

I love movies. So, in keeping with Mike Gold and John Ostrander’s columns about the movies, I thought I would list some of my favorite movies and why I love them.  In no particular order. Because every time I pick one as my “all-time fave,” I remember another and hastily move that one to the top spot.

Casablanca: Two men. The woman they both love. And Nazis. Who doesn’t love this move? Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. Claude Raines. Sydney Greenstreet. »

- Mindy Newell

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