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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Feature Sarah Dobbs 25 Nov 2013 - 06:14
Nb: this article contains massive spoilers for Catching Fire, and a shadow of a spoiler for Mockingjay. It also assumes some familiarity with the Hunger Games universe and characters.
Jennifer Lawrence is the star of The Hunger Games. I mean, obviously: she’s playing the main character, and she’s widely acknowledged to be amazing, in Catching Fire as well as everything else she’s ever done. But while J-Law is indisputably fantastic, there are moments when even she gets overshadowed by Jena Malone’s portrayal of District 7 Victor Johanna Mason.
Okay, so Johanna isn’t in many scenes, and Catching Fire is still very much Katniss’s story. But for such a minor character, it’s striking how much she leaps off the screen. »
Hollywood history always makes for fascinating reading. Hindsight and whatnot. During a month in which Sound on Sight takes an opportunity to tip a collective hat in the direction of recently ‘retired’ workhorse auteur Steven Soderbergh, there is a further chance to reel back the years and examine a period of time when one of modern cinema’s finest acolytes was transforming from indie hero to mainstream heavyweight. Of course, it all seems so predictable now that he would follow up his 2001 Oscar win with 12 years of financial and critical success with unmatched versatility. What is more interesting are two fellow directors sharing the limelight with him that year, the trio hailed as the hottest directorial properties in the business. Chances are many of you do not remember the name Richard Kelly. It’s likely most of you have no wish to recall the work of M. Night Shyamalan. 2001 was a strange year. »
- Scott Patterson
The Black Tavern
Written by Yip Yat-Fong
Directed by Teddy Yip Wing-Cho
Hong Kong, 1972
Sometimes, it’s best for filmmakers to toss all their eggs into one basket, to throw everything into their picture save the kitchen sink, to go out all guns blazing. When the opportunity presents itself to make something really out of the ordinary or, at the very least, a bit off-kilter when juxtaposed against the legion of competing pictures, why forsake that chance? If the final product fails to connect with viewers, the creative team may nevertheless take solace in the fact that they showed an iota of courage in avoiding complacency. Indeed, history carries with it a number of examples of extravagantly idiosyncratic productions that failed to resonate in any shape or form, Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales being an oft-cited one. In the Shaw Brothers catalogue, the sheer volume of films that more or »
- Edgar Chaput
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
“Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood”
I could be mistaken, but I don’t think Donnie Darko played theatrically in St. Louis during its initial 2001 run. I believe it was re-issued a year or two later and played here briefly then and has played midnights once or twice since. It will be showing this weekend (October 11th and 12th) Midnights at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli film series. Donnie Darko is an excellent combination of teen angst, dark comedy, fantasy, and time travel science. The film may address existentialism and free will as part of the human condition, blah blah blah….but mostly, it’s one whacked mind trip!
Donnie Darko is the story of an emotionally troubled young man who attends a stereotypical high school. The film opens with an airplane engine crashing into Donnie’s home. Donnie doesn »
- Tom Stockman
Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:41
They're funny, they're sad, they're weird. Here are 50 famous last words from characters in the movies...
Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the film, and if you haven't seen it, don't read the entry!
As someone famous probably once said, “We’ve all gotta go sometime,” and if we’re going to die, we might as well do so with a witticism or a memorable line rather than a scream and a cry for mother. Which is the subject of this lengthy but far from definitive list: the memorable things movie characters have uttered shortly (not necessarily immediately) before they’re about to meet their maker.
Some of these last words are long, tear-jerking monologues. Others amount to little more than a word or two. But all of them, in our estimation, are worthy of mention, and one »
Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his extraordinary work in Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed thriller “Prisoners.” The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. “We are thrilled to present the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award to Jake Gyllenhaal for his unforgettable performance in ‘Prisoners,’” said de Abreu. “His is a truly compelling, subtly layered portrayal of a man tasked with the impossible and driven by the demons of his own past. Jake has given a myriad of outstanding performances throughout his career, but his work in ‘Prisoners’ delivers a new level of complexity, as reflected in the rave reviews the film has received.” Jake Gyllenhaal received »
- Josh Abraham
World War Z's tumultuous production may have generated plenty of column inches and online doom-mongering, but the movie itself was a bona fide box office success and more Brad Pitt zombie blockbusters will be on the way if Paramount get their wish.
Director Marc Forster recently detailed the original plans for the film's ending (so long laboratory in Wales, hello huge-scale 'Battle of Moscow'), and it's just the latest in a long line of movies that changed course right at the last minute.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 films that had unused alternate endings below...
The ending you know: Brad Pitt's Mills fills John Doe with lead to finish the seven deadly sins and become 'Wrath'. The film closes out with Morgan Freeman's Somerset quoting Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
The one you didn't: Storyboarded but never shot, the alternate take saw Somerset killing »
This Friday the 13th, we are proud to bring you a new column called The Thirteen! The Thirteen will be a Top 13 list of a topic that we choose and the column will run every 13th of the month! The Thirteen is a collaborative column where we all decide on entries that fit said topic.
The topic this month: regular songs that have now taken on a haunting feel thanks to a film that used it in a unorthodox way. Now, every time we hear the song, we not only think of the film it was featured in but also get the heebie jeebies from it as well. It was inspired by Tiny Tim’s song Tiptoe Through the Tulips which was used in the film Insidious. With Insidious: Chapter 2 in theaters now, what better way to introduce this topic.
We had a lot of great songs to choose »
- Andy Triefenbach
Bioshock Infinite is one of those games that upon finishing will put you into a daze for the foreseeable future. The story that unfolds as you play through the epic sky city of Columbia is riveting, insane, entertaining, and out of the box crazy! There are a lot of great aspects of this game that I found to be exciting but I couldn’t shake the thought out of my head that I’ve collectively seen all of these aspects somewhere else.
That somewhere else I’m referring to is the undoubtedly confusing 2001 Richard Kelly science fiction film: Donnie Darko. Dd had most people scratching their heads by the end of it’s one hundred and thirteen minute run and had the remaining people fibbing about how they understood everything right off the bat after their first go.
Both Infinite and Darko share some of the same aspects that I »
- C.E. Reimer
Dennis Iliadis’ “Plus One” reminds me a little bit of Richard Kelly’s mindbending “Donnie Darko”. That movie really caught a lot of people by surprise and became a big ol cult hit over a decade ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if Iliadis counts Kelly’s film as one of his inspirations, cause his film certainly gives me that “Donnie Darko” vibe — only less depressing. Check out the first trailer for “Plus One”. There’s also an official poster that’s, er, a tad risque, and I’m not sure how it actually fits into the movie. If I saw that poster, I would think the movie is about a young girl who becomes a stripper or something, not a wacky, head trip movie about three kids that are somehow stuck in some kind of time loop. Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, »
Similar in theme to the concept of Richard Kelly's The Box, which theorized whether a couple would risk misfortune on others in exchange for a fortune for themselves, The Brass Teapot asks a slightly more interesting question: how much pain would you endure if it meant you could be filthy, stinking rich? With a magical teapot that trades personal injury for large suddenly appearing installments of cash, a young couple milk the premise for all its worth in a story that relies a bit too heavily on coincidence and takes no real chances with the boundless opportunities its story offers. Stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano make The Brass Teapot easy to watch, but in the end it's all a bit too predictable with an ending that has a little shock value but few surprises.
- Lex Walker
It’s always an encouraging sign when a new filmmaker emerges out of nowhere and completely knocks it out of the park on their first step up to the plate. However, it can also create a problem of expectation for the director’s next work, in that if they come out swinging with a masterpiece, we expect their sophomore effort to be just as good, and when it inevitably disappoints – as, let’s be honest, it most often does – we’re left wondering what went wrong.
In actual fact, nothing went wrong; they just were lucky (or unlucky) enough to get their best work out the way first, and even if the rest of their body of work is solid, it’s always going to be said that such a director has peaked too early.
- Shaun Munro
Richard Matheson passed away yesterday at the age of 87 at his home in California. A terrifically influential writer, Matheson's work in horror and science fiction has impacted generations of authors and filmmakers.
Plenty of Matheson's short stories and novels made their way to the big screen, the latest being Will Smith's "I Am Legend." Other works of his that have been adapted include "What Dreams May Come," "Stir of Echoes," Richard Kelly's "The Box" (based on a short story called "Button, Button"), "Somewhere in Time," and "The Legend of Hell House." Matheson also wrote for TV shows, including "The Twilight Zone," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "The Martian Chronicles," "Star Trek," and "Circle of Fear."
"Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal »
- Jenni Miller
A spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films said Matheson died Sunday in Los Angeles. No other details were provided.
With a career spanning more than 60 years, Matheson crafted stories that deftly transitioned from the page to both the big and small screens. Several of his works were adapted into films, including 1953's "Hell House," 1956's "The Shrinking Man," 1958's "A Stir of Echoes" and 1978's "What Dreams May Come."
Matheson's 1954 sci-fi vampire novel "I Am Legend" inspired three different film adaptations: 1964's "The Last Man on Earth" starring Vincent Price, 1971's "Omega Man" starring Charlton Heston and 2007's "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith.
Matheson was also responsible for writing several episodes of "The Twilight Zone," as well »
Following last week's tragic news that James Gandolfini had passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack in Italy, another influential talent in cinema is gone. THR reports author Richard Matheson, known for writing the source material behind films like I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come has passed away at age 87. Though the cause of death was not disclosed, Mateson died in his home in California. The author excelled in short stories, selling his first to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. But that was just the start of an influential sci-fi career. Here's Richard Matheson's most famous contribution to The Twilight Zone: Aside from writing the stories which inspired films like Stir of Echoes, Somewhere in Time and Richard Kelly's The Box, Matheson also made waves by way of The Twilight Zone. One of the most iconic segments, »
- Ethan Anderton
Update: Influential science fiction and fantasy author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Twilight Zone) died yesterday from natural causes at his home, surrounded by friends and family. He was 87. “For having such a fantastic imagination, he passed very peacefully,” son Richard Matheson Jr. told Deadline. “He was not only a monumental talent, he was also every bit a father, friend, and husband.” Friend and fellow author Harlan Ellison wrote today, “I am downsmashed.” The celebrated writer began his 6-decade-plus career in 1950 with the story “Born Of Man And Woman,” published in The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction. Matheson’s best-known and oft-adapted works ranged from short stories like “Button, Button” (which Richard Kelly adapted into The Box) to novels including I Am Legend (adapted four times into features The Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man, I Am Omega and I Am Legend). Matheson wrote more than a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Many writers and directors have now taken to social media to praise the influence and legacy of the American novelist.
I never knew Richard Matheson, so have no personal anecdotes. But he was a giant, and You Know His Stories, even if you think you don't.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 24, 2013
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 24, 2013
Rip the great Richard Matheson. He is Legend.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 24, 2013
If it's true that the great Richard Matheson has passed away, »
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