8 items from 2011
Will General Hospital ever put an end to the 30-year feud between the Spencers and the Cassadines? Lord, let's hope not! The classy, fab-tastic Constance Towers returns to the soap June 30 as demon widow Helena Cassadine who, when last seen, had messed with the DNA tests of baby Aiden to make it seem he's a Cassadine when, in fact, he's a Spencer.
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- Michael Logan
Law & Order: Ci‘s final (?) season is officially underway, and a few good men are dropping by the long-running USA Network procedural during its swan song.
Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) and Bryan Batt (Mad Men) are set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Ci, titled “The Nose,” TVGuide.com reports. The two actors will play suspects in the case of a high-end wine connoisseur’s death.
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• A new season of CBS’ Big Brother premieres Thursday, July 7, and will run in its typical three-nights-a-week time slots on Wednesdays at 8/7c, Thursdays at 9, and Sundays at 8. Additionally, »
- Megan Masters
By the time Samuel Fuller had made his first film, he'd been a copy boy, fought in the second world war, written a number of pulp novels and screenplays and worked as a crime reporter. His directorial debut, I Shot Jesse James  (1949), was already informed by a lifetime's worth of real world experience. His films are personal -- even autobiographical -- and his storytelling is aggressive. His themes are often presented in an austere nature and his imagery can be heavy handed (White Dog ), but his earnestness leaves me smiling rather than cringing. It makes sense that Criterion would re-release two Samuel Fuller classics, The Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor, on the same day with matching cover artwork (provided by Ghost World author/illustrator Daniel Clowes). The films share a deep rooted pulp narrative that examines two of cinema's most prototypical social outcasts: hookers and schitzos. The Naked Kiss Directed »
- Jay C.
“He wanted that to be like a screaming headline in a newspaper,” Constance Towers, the female lead of Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss says of the latter’s opening scene, which finds her character attacking the camera with her purse shortly before losing a wig that hides her baldness. Fuller took a job as a copyboy at age 12 and started reporting on New York crime at 17. He eventually left the newspapers to become a screenwriter, soldier, pulp novelist, and director. But the newspapers never left him. Fuller loved a shocking headline and a well-told »
DVD Playhouse: January 2011
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (20th Century Fox) Sequel to the seminal 1980s film catches up with a weathered, but still determined Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, who seems to savor every syllable of Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff’s screenplay) just out of jail and back on the comeback trail. In attempting to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges a reluctant alliance with her fiancé (Shia Labeouf), himself an ambitious young turk who finds himself seduced by Gekko’s silver tongue and promise of riches. Lifeless film is further evidence of director Oliver Stone’s decline. Once America’s most exciting filmmaker, Stone hasn’t delivered a film with any teeth since 1995’s Nixon. Labeouf and Mulligan generate no sparks on-screen, and the story feels forced from the protracted opening to the final, Disney-esque denouement. Only a brief cameo by Charlie Sheen, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I have had my introduction to the films of Samuel Fuller... and I want more. However, the wanting I'm experiencing has little to do with the films on Criterion's two recently released Blu-rays for Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss as much as it has to do with the selection of special features available on these two discs. Limited as they may be, the selection of interviews, short films and documentaries available across these two discs paint the picture of an artist of a bygone era. As director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) says in one of them (from a 1983 interview), "The B-picture is finished. For ten, fifteen years already. It doesn't exist anymore, and Sam's whole work was inside that genre. Sam never made a film that took more than four weeks to shoot and cost more than a million-and-a-half."
I've chosen to review these two releases together because »
- Brad Brevet
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes
Released by Lionsgate
Directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney
Released by Mpi Home Video
While one can't feel too badly for the future "Green Lantern" star and People's sexiest man alive, Ryan Reynolds' two stabs at glory outside the beaten path went largely unseen, which is particularly a shame in the case of Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," the thriller where Reynolds has no acting partner but a cell phone as a military contractor who finds himself trapped in a coffin with no knowledge of how or why he got there. A success at Sundance, Lionsgate scrapped expansion plans for the film when it didn't do well in limited release, so home video will be the first chance for many to catch it. Still, that was a considerably bigger success than "Paper Man," which snuck in »
- Stephen Saito
Hey Fiends! Happy Monday! Got another list of flicks on the format of your choice.
Three Films Produced And Directed By Honorary Academy Award Recipient And King Of B-Movies, Roger Corman: With All New Film Transfers From The Negative!
In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).
An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs »
- Andy Triefenbach
8 items from 2011
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