7 items from 2012
This weekend Total Recall makes a return trip to the big screen, banking on the classic "Is he or isn't he ... a superspy that goes to Mars?!?!" formula for the foundation of its thrills.
Colin Farrell's hetero head-tripping got us thinking about which freaked-out flicks have fallen on the more fabulous end of the rainbow. Here's our list of the 10 gayest movie mindf*cks.
Not the first, but probably the best "She's a He!" shocker, Neil Jordan's gritty crime drama/romance pulled the carpet out from under pretty much everyone when the film opened in 1992 with a promotional campaign urging viewers to protect the movie's central twist. The film was slyly groundbreaking for its ho-hum handling of the film's two central gay storylines, but I still think that giving the film's legendary pickle shot to a character named "Dil" is one of the best bad jokes in cinematic history. »
Being a 24 year old male who is looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises so much that I have already purchased three separate tickets, I think it is safe to say I am not the target market for a rom-com. In fact I detest the abbreviation so much that the mere mention of it brings Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston and Ashton Kutcher type visions into my head. Seriously I can’t shake them, it’s like they’re sickeningly wired into my head (Total Recall?).
However over the years I have discovered a remedy, albeit a temporary one. One which will help to block out 27 Dresses, The Bounty Hunter and even *shudder* This Means War. Yes I watched it, I’m not proud and the fact that Tom Hardy ever touched that script worries me. Deep breath, Nolan…. Nolan….. and I’m back. So what is this magical solution to my Rom-Com woes? »
- Dan Lewis
"Donnie Brasco" was like no mob movie that came before it. Based on a true story, that of FBI undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone, who spent years infiltrating New York's Bonnano crime family, its mobsters were decidedly unglamorous petty criminals, guys who had to resort to breaking into parking meters to make their monthly nut. It was directed by an Englishman best known for a Hugh Grant romantic comedy. Its hero, who never fires a gun except on the FBI firing range, was played by Johnny Depp (then best known for quirky, vulnerable man-child roles) and his mentor was played by Al Pacino (as a tired, rumpled mafioso, about a million miles from his Michael Corleone or Tony Montana). That it worked at all was miraculous, especially considering how different it might have been with its initial star and director. The result was a modern classic that made a grown-up »
- Gary Susman
DVD Playhouse—February 2012
By Allen Gardner
To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
As he prepares to host the Academy Awards once more, we chart the movie highlights of Billy Crystal's career...
This Sunday will mark the ninth time that Billy Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards, and if he carries on at this pace his hosting appearances will soon catch up with his film appearances. That comment may be a little unfair, but despite being great screen presence and a talented comedian, Billy Crystal has never been a prolific actor, which is a great shame.
Below are what I consider to be some of his finest appearances in film.
These films are perhaps given a hard time as they can be used as an example of where Robert De Niro became a parody of himself, which is partly true. Still, these are far less egregious examples of this than, say, the Meet The... movies.
As it happens, »
The Movie Pool tunes in to the new Blu-ray of the Robin Williams classic Good Morning Vietnam!
Directed by: Barry Levinson
The Delivery The classic 1987 Robin Williams comedy Good Morning Vietnam goes high-definition in its first-ever Blu-ray release. Williams himself has had a hit-or-miss history on film (let's not discuss Rv or Father's Day), but under the right circumstances, he is Oscar-worthy. Here, director Barry Levinson not only showcases Williams' talents, he crafts a great story around him as well.
The film holds up surprisingly well, considering the film was once criticized for being a comedy about Vietnam. The movie never pulls punches or gets political, even when the story turns serious. Levinson keeps Williams perfectly balanced with the rest of the cast - »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Goooooooood Morning Vietnaaaaam! You have to yell it. I.ll wait. Well, Robin Williams. breakout performance makes the transition to high def with a 25th anniversary edition. Not that there.s much new to celebrate the occasion. 1965, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) arrives in Saigon to work as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio. He.s picked up by Pvt. Garlick (Forest Whitaker) but when he arrives at his new job he rubs his superiors, Lt. Hauk (Bruno Kirby) and Sgt. Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), the wrong way. However, he is a hit with the audiences who eat up his comedic patter and Brigadier General Taylor (Noble Willingham) is also a fan so he stays on the air. His love life »
- Jeff Swindoll
7 items from 2012
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