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5 items from 2016


Rob Reiner’s incredible directing hot streak

29 November 2016 1:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 30, 2016

From Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride to Misery and A Few Good Men: we revisit director Rob Reiner's incredible hot streak...

On the rare occasions where we’re let out of our shed, and allowed to go and sit in places that serve beverages, the topic of conversation has a habit of veering towards movies. One regular subject is directing hot streaks. That is the filmmakers who had a run of terrific movie after terrific movie. Within half a pint of shandy and some slightly dated crisps, one name has inevitably been cited: Rob Reiner.

With good reason, too. Many directors have hot streaks. What was incredible about the run of films that Reiner enjoyed between 1984 and 1994 was that the films not only enjoyed acclaim, but they tended to be successful too. Furthermore, Reiner wasn’t tying himself to an individual genre. He zipped »

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Creepshow

12 September 2016 3:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Lea Sep 19, 2016

Our revisit of the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrives at Creepshow...

Spoilers lie ahead.

The Film: A young boy is yelled at by his father for reading a comic book, Creepshow, that is later thrown in the trash. The boy is visited later by the Creep character from the comic and we are treated to five stories from within its pages. Father’s Day sees a woman guilty of murdering her father on the titular celebration return to the scene of the crime, but she’s not the only one. In The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verrill, a country bumpkin comes across a fallen meteorite that contains voracious alien plantlife. Something To Tide You Over finds a vengeful man finding a particularly soggy way of getting even whilst The Crate offers a unique, monster-shaped solution to his marital problems. Finally, a nasty businessman finds his hermetically »

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Modesty Blaise

29 July 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joseph Losey doesn't normally make trendy, lighthearted genre films, and in this SuperSpy epic we find out why -- an impressive production and great music don't compensate for a lack of pace and dynamism, not to mention a narrow sense of humor. Yet it's a lounge classic, and a perverse favorite of spy movie fans. Modesty Blaise Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Tina Marquand Cinematography Jack Hildyard Production Designer Richard MacDonald, Jack Shampan Film Editor Reginald Beck Original Music John Dankworth Written by Evan Jones from a novel by Peter O'Donnell and a comic strip by Jim Holdaway Produced by Joseph Janni Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I first reviewed a DVD of Modesty Blaise fourteen years ago, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Le amiche (The Girlfriends)

3 June 2016 8:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michelangelo Antonioni's pre-international breakthrough drama is as good as anything he's done, a flawlessly acted and directed story of complex relationships -- that include his 'career' themes before the existential funk set in. It's one of the best-blocked dramatic films ever... the direction is masterful. Le amiche Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 817 1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 106 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 7, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi, Valentina Cortese, Madeleine Fischer, Yvonne Furneaux, Anna Maria Pancani, Luciano Volpato, Maria Gambarelli, Ettore Manni. Cinematography Gianni De Venanzo Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Giovanni Fusco Written by Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alba de Cespedes from a book by Cesare Pavese Produced by Giovanni Addessi Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's time to stop being so intimidated by Michelangelo Antonioni. His epics of existential alienation La notte, L'eclisse and »

- Glenn Erickson

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Morgan Freeman on National Geographic’s ‘Story of God,’ Early Stage Role

15 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Morgan Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, winning in 2005 for his supporting role in “Million Dollar Baby.” But his name first appeared on these pages in a review of the 1969 Broadway play “The Dozens.” “I’ve been in two really stinky plays, and that was one of them,” Freeman says. “But that’s where I got my first mention in Variety.” To younger audiences, he’s perhaps best known for playing God in “Bruce Almighty”; he’s re-exploring the man upstairs in National Geographic’s “The Story of God.”

Why were you interested in “The Story of God?”

I have this curiosity about life, and one of the things that surrounds life is the idea of death, and what comes with the idea of death is what comes after that. And all of that is encapsulated in our ideas of God and religion.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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