4 items from 2014
Sitting with Robert Englund deep in the bowels of a gilded London hotel, it becomes obvious just what a great storyteller he is. As he reminisces about his early acting career in such films as Five Easy Pieces or Hustle, or goes even further back to his childhood brushes with the horror genre, he talks in a soothing, sonorous voice that is a million miles away from his signature role of Freddy Krueger.
Then again, Englund doesn't look or sound like the character in his latest movie, either. In The Last Showing, a psychological horror thriller written and directed by the UK's Phil Hawkins, Englund plays Stuart, a once proud projectionist who, thanks to the advent of digital cinema, finds himself busted down to the lowly »
The poster for Voyage of the Damned makes a bold claim, and maybe those who saw Stuart Rosenberg’s star-studded blockbuster in 1976 have remembered it ever since. Until a couple of weeks ago, however, when I saw it in a list of past Oscar nominees, I had never heard of it, and I don’t think it would be unfair to say that it is a film that has not stood the test of time.
Voyage of the Damned, which chronicles the tragic failed escape of 937 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, was nominated for three Oscars (for Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and for Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress, the lone acting nominee among a boatload of international heavyweights).
Oscar nominations, especially for acting, tend to confer a certain amount of immortality on their recipients (you are forever “Academy Award nominee Lee Grant”) and there are many films and »
- Adrian Curry
The film tells the tale of four people trapped in the once-vibrant Rosemont Lodge during a blizzard just before Christmas. Kell will portray a pregnant woman on the run from her past and Coughlin will play a professional snowboarder who slowly falls in love with her and the two residents of the resort, portrayed by Zabriskie and Dourif.
Petrie recently completed shooting the surfer thriller “Dawn Patrol,” starring Rita Wilson, Scott Eastwood and Jeff Fahey. Petrie began his directing career with “Toy Soldiers,” with Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton and Louis Gossett Jr.
- Dave McNary
Criterion has released their annual New Year teaser image hinting at titles we can expect from the boutique distributor over the course of the new year and the most easily recognizable titles include David Cronenberg's Scanners, an upgraded version of Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, Howard Hawks' Red River and a box set celebrating Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, which would seem to suggest Blu-ray editions of Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle. I'd say we may be able to expect Daniel Petrie's A Raisin in the Sun and I can't tell if the deer in the bushes suggest The Deer Hunter or not. The beatles in the grass could suggest Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night and the girl with the long black hair at the picnic could mean Hideo Nakata's Ringu. The red sun seems almost obviously Terence Young's Red Sun »
- Brad Brevet
4 items from 2014
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