14 items from 2010
(London, UK, November 23rd 2010) MI6 Declassified, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its eighth issue.Whenever polls are conducted to find the best ever James Bond film, Goldfinger always rises to the top of the public's selection. In this issue, MI6 Declassified lifts the lid on the recipe that defined a genre and demystifies some of the alchemy that turned Sean Connery’s third outing as 007 in to 24ct cinematic gold. Also, Roger Moore recounts his time in Kung Fu training for The Man With The Golden, and Sylvan Mason reveals the role her acclaimed screenwriter father Jack Whittingham had in crafting 007’s on-screen persona. MI6 Declassified #8 is not to be missed!
Featured in the eighth issue:
The Midas Touch - behind the scenes of the best loved James Bond movie What Happened to 007's DB5? On the trail of the world’s most famous »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Reviewer: Jonathan Poritsky
Rating (out of 5): ***½
Predating Ian Fleming’s James Bond, Oss 117 is the call number for Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, a secret agent extraordinaire. Creator Jean Bruce wrote over ninety books for the character in his lifetime, and de La Bath made his way into eight films from 1956 to 1971. He never reached the international popularity of his doppelgänger in her majesty’s secret service, but his legacy is now cemented, if lampooned, in the latest film from Michel Hazanavicius, Oss 117: Lost in Rio, the second in a series of parodies. »
Chicago – Like most people who were lucky enough to see it, I thoroughly enjoyed the clever comedy “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.” With a spectacular lead performance by Jean Dujardin, the film was a clever riff on spy movies that played not unlike a French Austin Powers but with the added twist that the title character was actually one pulled directly from ’60s spy movies. Imagine if James Bond went away for four decades and was rebooted as a satire of his sexist, racist, and generally stupid persona.
DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0
“Cairo, Nest of Spies” is a clever, witty romp with a great lead performance, beautiful locations, and a swinging rhythm, but sequelitis is apparently not purely an American phenomenon as the follow-up, “Oss 117: Lost in Rio,” hitting DVD tomorrow, August 31st, 2010 isn’t nearly as effective. Not unlike “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” the second Oss »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A look at what's new on DVD today:
"Red Riding Trilogy" (2010)
Released by IFC Films
Jarrold ("Brideshead Revisited"), Marsh ("Man on Wire") and Tucker ("Shopgirl") take on the epic true crime story of the Yorkshire Ripper, the serial killer that haunted England throughout the '70s and '80s in this three-part series of films: Jarrold's "1974," which stars future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield as a journalist investigating the crime, Marsh's "1980," which follows Paddy Considine's veteran cop who suspects corruption within his own department, and Tucker's "1983," which tracks David Morrissey's detective as he makes the connection between a current kidnapping and those of years ago. (Aaron Hillis' interview with James Marsh is here.)
Directed by Mike Gunther
Released by Lionsgate
Don't you hate it when your brother's murdered, leaving you to make up his debt to a local gangster by »
- Stephen Saito
With the Edinburgh Film Festival finished for this year, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to list my personal top ten films at the festival.
Although I loved all of these films, there has to be a winner out of the bunch and so I will count from my tenth favourite film to my number one from the fantastic film festival and it’s amazing line-up.
You can click on the name of the film to link to my review.
10. Winter’s Bone
This dark drama managed to win the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and really deserves its critical success, with a strong female protagonist, shifty characters and a dark, realistic story that keeps your attention all the way through. The reason for being number ten? It’s a dark, gritty film that I loved seeing on the big screen, but »
- Martyn Warren
French Director Michel Hazanavicius perfectly mimics the style of ’60s spy thrillers in Oss 117 Lost In Rio, a breezy, pastel-colored parody of the original Sean Connery Bond films that is a whole lot of fun for most of its fast-paced 97 minutes. It.s a sequel to Oss 117 Cairo Nest Of Spies from 2006 that was a spoof of a literary spy, one Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath aka: Oss 117, the subject of almost 300 novels, mostly by author Jean Bruce, that actually predate Ian Fleming.s 007, dating back to 1949. Agent 117 was the subject of a series of serious French films from the ’50s and ’60s and has been cleverly revived for these new spoofs starring Jean Dujardin. The plot of Oss 117 Lost In Rio is mostly dispensable; After learning France is being blackmailed by terrorists in Santos masks, 117 flies to Rio to retrieve a microfilm listing the names of World War II French collaborators. »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – It’s no mystery why the appeal of spy satires transcend the boundaries of time and culture. Clueless detectives with a bloated sense of self-importance are great comic punching bags. Everyone loves seeing a doofus get his head slammed in a door, whether that doofus be Inspector Clouseau or Lt. Frank Drebin or countless other law officers who could easily blend in with the Keystone Kops.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, the French spy better known as Oss 117, was created by author Jean Bruce as a straightforward hero. The character was featured in several ’60s thrillers that were meant to be serious competitors with the James Bond franchise. But in 2006, director Michel Hazanavicius decided to do for the outdated character what Austin Powers did for Bond. His picture, “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” was a gloriously nutty delight, with a smashing lead performance by Jean Dujardin, who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A Berretta that is a few shots short of a full clip, Michel Hazanavicius. lightning jabs at the spy super-hero fantasy are disjointed. Too little, too late? Stand-up comic Jean Dujardin pounced into the big time in 2007 with a smashing César nomination for Best Actor for the first Oss 117 French spook send-up .Oss 117: Nest of Spies.. This sequel appears to be the beginning of the milking of this cash machine. If not overly hilarious, it will pay the way for future sequels. Director/screenwriter Michel Hazanavicius knows when he is on to a good thing. After grabbing a Cesar nomination for screenwriting with .Nest of Spies. he already has the third sequel in the works. Oss 117 »
- Ron Wilkinson
Yes, we're excited to see "Iron Man 2," "Inception" and God help us, "Predators." But what we're really looking forward to spending a few hours in the company of an undertaking Bill Murray ("Get Low"), an Italian-speaking Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love") and a toga-wearing Rachel Weisz ("Agora") in the comfort of air-conditioned theater over the next three months. (Either that or we'll be enjoying them from the comfort of home online, on demand or on DVD.)
There are no less than 114 independently produced movies arriving in theaters this summer to compete with the big studio blockbusters and we've compiled this helpful guide that covers all of them. Yet realizing that the latest arthouse and foreign fare is subject to changing dates, particularly if you don't live in Los Angeles or New York, we've also included links to follow the films on Twitter, Facebook and release schedules where available, so »
- Stephen Saito
Director: Michel Hazanavicius Writers: Jean Bruce (character), Jean-François Halin (screenplay) Producers: Eric Altmeyer, Nicholas Altmeyer Cinematographer: Guillaume Schiffman Starring: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler Studio: Mandarin Films The spy who loved himself Buffoonish French super-spy Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath (Jean Dujardin), aka agent 117, once again charms the ladies while foiling nefarious villains in Oss 117: Lost in Rio, a stale follow-up to 2006’s Cairo, Nest of Spies. An Austin Powers-style spoof carried out with reasonable attention to aesthetic period detail (grainy cinematography, mod outfits, copious split screen effects), Michel Hazanavicius’ comedy charts 117’s efforts in swinging 1967 »
While Michel Hazanavicius’ Oss 117 movies most directly satire a staggeringly lengthy series of French novels—and their super-spy protagonist, who predated James Bond by a few years—they also serve as a diverting spot-the-reference game. In the series’ second film, Oss 117: Lost In Rio, smirking spy Jean Dujardin wears Paul Newman’s wardrobe from Harper, disguises himself as Errol Flynn from The Adventures Of Robin Hood, confronts an enemy atop Rio de Janeiro’s giant Christ The Redeemer statue à la the climax of Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur, and fights his fear of heights on a spiral staircase, in »
Fun for Wednesdays! We look at an image from an upcoming movie or TV show and write snarky, witty, or otherwise entertaining captions for it. No prizes, it’s just for fun. “Peut-être I shouldn’t have asked that cute stewardess to pull my finger...”: Music Box Films tells us about the movie: Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius (“Oss 117- Cairo, Nest of Spies”)’ ultra-stylized spoof follows suave secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath - better known as Oss 117, the pride of French Intelligence (French comic superstar Jean Dujardin in the title role) - as he travels across Brazil in 1967 with a beautiful Mossad agent (Louise Monod) on the trail of a hidden, high-ranking Nazi. Twelve years after his exploits in Cairo, Oss 117 is back on a new mission at the other end of the world. As he tracks down a microfilm that is compromising for the State, France’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chicago – We have now reached the fourth and final week of the 13th Annual European Union Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center, and what a fantastic festival it has been. From international sensations to critically acclaimed gems rarely available in the Us, the EU annual line-up is consistently one of the finest offered by any festival in the Windy City.
The first three weeks were loaded with highlights that just seemed to get better as the days progressed. Some of the selections, such as Austria’s diabolical delight “The Bone Man” and the Netherlands’ beguiling documentary “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse,” were more entertaining than the majority of mainstream Hollywood releases. Both France and Italy had several exceptional entries this year, including Amos Gitai’s spellbinding “Disengagement” and Luca Guadagnino’s ravishing “I Am Love.” Read more here, here and here.
The final week is somewhat of a letdown in comparison, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Up In The Air (15)
This movie seems to have struck a chord with credit-crunched America (and awards panels), dealing as it does with a roving corporate executioner (Clooney) who ruins the lives of others as a substitute for having one of his own. But the timing is more down to luck than design. Those looking for empathy with the freshly unemployed will be disappointed; those looking for Clooney being suave and questioning his hollow, frequent-flier lifestyle will be more satisfied. It's a smooth, witty semi-comedy that doesn't go quite where you expect, but doesn't exactly frighten the horses either.
44 Inch Chest (18)
The writers of Sexy Beast attempt to repeat the formula, assembling a rogues' gallery of hard men for another study of geezer masculinity. They're out to avenge »
- Steve Rose
14 items from 2010
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