3 items from 2015
It’s hard to believe something like 1991’s The Fisher King was a studio backed effort. An anomaly both as a mainstream cinematic event and within Gilliam’s own idiosyncratic filmography, the film received as much panning as praise upon its theatrical release (shortly after a premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was part of a three way tie with Zhang Yimou and Philippe Garrel for the Silver Lion). In the decades since, the film has garnered something of a cult following, as have many of Gilliam’s earlier works of note, filled with an often unbridled zaniness necessitating time to marinate for full appreciation. Stuffed to the point of emotional, narrative, and logical imbalance, there are as many moments of beauty as inelegance. But Gilliam’s ambitious odd-couple outfit, based on a script from Richard Lagravenese, revels in its own unique flavoring.
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- Nicholas Bell
One of my favourite films of all time has to be the fantastic 1980s London-set gangster film The Long Good Friday. The film, which starred the late Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Paul Freeman, still stands up today, 35 years on from its original, acclaimed release.
The epic gangster movie is getting a limited cinema re-release on the 19th June through Arrow Films, and below, we have an exclusive look at the theatrical trailer for the 35th Anniversary Edition, which has a high-quality 2k digital restoration.
Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?
Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, »
- Paul Heath
The Criterion Collection has this week announced (via BluRay.com) their line-up of titles for June 2015, which will see some big releases, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre, Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King starring late Robin Williams, and Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces for the very first time.
All the details and special features, including artwork, are below.
My Dinner with Andre – released June 16th
In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also wrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective, intellectual gusto, »
- Scott J. Davis
3 items from 2015
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