9 items from 2014
James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
Of the many high quality films of the last twelve months, there is one which is etched into the memory as being one of the very best, and the one that seemed to come from absolutely nowhere. Overlooked largely during this awards season, there is hardly anything that comes close to the adrenaline-filled, high octane visual wonder that is Ron Howard’s Rush.
The film, actually a co-production between Britain and Germany, though directed by an American and starring an Australian in one of the lead roles, made a very respectable $90 million at the worldwide box-office at the tail end of last year, and is set to do even better when it arrives on Sky Store on Monday 27th January.
It scored a very impressive 89% on meta-scoring website Rotten Tomatoes, quite an achievement for a racing movie, and has been applauded by one of its subjects as being impressively accurate »
- Paul Heath
We’re back! After a week off in Park City, What to Watch is back with 8 movies for you to check out at your local Blu-ray shop or download on your favorite streaming service. Some great variety this week, including a fantastic On Demand debut starring Elijah Wood & John Cusack, a few classics, and a couple of current Oscar nominees.
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We’re going to try and lead each What to Watch with the most interesting new film available exclusively On Demand and this week’s is a gem for all of you who wish Brian De Palma made more movies like he did in the ’70s and ’80s. Elijah Wood plays a famous pianist doing a tribute show to his deceased mentor. He sees a note on his sheet music that if he misses a key, he’ll be shot by a sniper »
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Ron Howard's acclaimed Formula One biopic Rush arrives on Sky Store today (Monday, January 27th), and to celebrate Sky Store is running a special competition offering you the chance to win a trip to the 2014 British Grand Prix, as well as some excellent runner up prizes including tickets to the f1 Show at Sky Studios and a Rush goody bag that includes a McLaren team shirt signed by Jenson Button!
Rush details the fierce rivalry between legendary F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season, with Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) starring as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (The Fifth Estate) as Lauda.
Anyone who rents Rush from Sky Store between January 27th and February 23rd will be automatically entered into the draw to win one of the following prizes...
1st prize – 2014 British Grand Prix Tickets
- 2 x seats in the VIP box at Silverstone »
- Gary Collinson
In Rush, Daniel Brühl plays Niki Lauda, an Austrian Formula One racecar driver who was severely injured in a 1976 crash at the Nürburgring during the German Grand Prix. The film focuses on the story of the rivalry between Lauda and another driver, English playboy James Hunt. Hunt is portrayed in the film by Chris Hemsworth. The portrayal of Lauda’s post-Nürburgring disfigurement required much time in makeup with Academy Award-winning prosthetic makeup designer Mark Coulier. “Of course, we needed prosthetics and that made me nervous at first,” Brühl says. “The funny thing was that after the first test, Mark’s assistants … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
Rush pulls no punches when it comes to showing the dangers of Formula 1 in the 1970s.
"I accept every time I get in my car, there's a 20% chance I could die," states Daniel Brühl's Niki Lauda during the film. While the factual accuracy of this statement is debatable, there is no doubting that Formula One was a hugely dangerous sport back in the '70s.
But it was also hugely exciting. Rush, which follows the rivalry between the decade's two biggest names, Niki Lauda and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), works hard to capture a sense of the risk and reward that drivers would go through for each race.
Behind all that risk is stunt driver Niki Faulkner. Charged with the task of pushing real and replica classic F1 cars to the ragged edge, Faulkner played a large part in making the movie so exciting.
The process started with a »
Take my word for it. Rush was one of the best films of last year. No doubt. It finally heads to the home formats in the UK on the 27th of January and we have an exclusive look at one of the special behind-the-scenes clips from the release.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of the charismatic Hunt and the methodically brilliant Lauda, two of the greatest rivals the world of sport has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives and clashes on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.
Check out our clip below, and look out for the release in store a week on Monday.
- Paul Heath
Ron Howard's Rush piqued my interest in the true story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Formula 1 race car drivers in the 1970s, so the straightfoward documentary Hunt vs. Lauda fits the bill perfectly. Focusing on the 1976 Grand Prix season, Hunt vs. Lauda is presented in a straightforward style: talking head interviews, news clips, and simple on-screen graphics. Interview subjects are few in number, but well-chosen -- Lauda; Hunt's older sister, Sally Jones; Daniele Audetto and Alastair Caldwell, team managers for Ferrari and McLaren, respectively; journalist Peter Windsor -- and each has vivid memories. This is especially evident in the talks with the team managers, who clearly harbor deep-seated emotions about that season. Director Matthew Whiteman skillfully weaves together the...
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If you were as captivated by Ron Howard’s Rush as I was — it still hasn’t been dislodged from my Top 10 after all this season’s Oscar bait — then you may want to check out this recent, short (under an hour) BBC TV documentary about the legendary rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, which framed the 1976 Grand Prix season. As with Howard’s narrative, the true story — which Rush, semifictionalized as it is, adheres closely to — doesn’t demand an interest in the sport: it’s full of reality that transcends racing. Via lots of vintage footage, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
9 items from 2014
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