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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In
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In Memory of Robin Williams: ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Review

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham | Written by Mitch Markowitz | Directed by Barry Levinson

The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer who had many fans, and so obviously there has been an outpouring of emotion since he passed away. I was a fan of Robin Williams and as a fan I have my favourites in terms of his library of films and television, the top of the heap being the 1987 comedy-drama, Good Morning, Vietnam, which I will be reviewing here, in both a tribute to the man himself, but also as a way to talk about one of my personal favourite comedy drama films and one I revisit every year or two and always enjoy.

Written by Mitch Markowitz
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The Rutger Hauer is Awesome Double Bill - The Hitcher and Blind Fury

Tom Jolliffe takes in a Rutger Hauer double bill of The Hitcher and Blind Fury...

Rutger Hauer’s career has seen him star in an eclectic mix of both films and roles. He’s done art house, independent, blockbusters, and low grade b(z)movies. He’s plied his trade in Hollywood, and European cinema and filmed all over the world. He’s done just about every genre. He’s the leading man, he’s the villain. He’s the hero, the anti-hero and he’s played a vampire more times than most people have had hot dinners. There is always one consistent, which is that Rutger Hauer is cool. He can steal a good movie from under the nose of established stars, most infamously in Blade Runner, and also out shining Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks. He can also elevate a lot of the B-grade material he’s appeared in.
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Special Features - The Greatest Action Movie Douchebags

Tom Jolliffe presents a selection of the action genre's greatest douchebags...

Cinema has created many wonderful characters over the years. We’ve had classic heroes, and the most heinous of villains. Heroes and villains are particularly paramount in the action genre. There’s also another type of character: The Douchebag. These would be the whiny, sniveling, low down, dirty weasels who at some point try to screw over the hero but normally come unstuck. Often they’re not the main villain because they’re too slimy and weasily, without enough determination to get done what a full-on evil-doer will.

Here is a list of classic action movie douchebags, in no particular order...

The Die Hard Douchebags

Die Hard remains one of the best action films ever. It’s a template by which many subsequent films have molded themselves on, but without ever matching the quality of this benchmark. Die Hard
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The 10 greatest Rutger Hauer films that aren’t Blade Runner

From the 70s to the present, we look back through the sterling work of Rutger Hauer to bring you the actor’s 10 finest films that aren't Blade Runner...

For some, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer will forever be associated with a certain rooftop speech about tears in rain. But although his turn as doomed replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner was a classic one, Hauer’s output before and since has been stunningly prolific. This list, therefore, is designed to highlight 10 of Hauer’s finest non-Blade Runner movies, with a particular emphasis on those that are lesser known – which is why we've gone for some older pictures rather than the more recent and mainstream, such as Batman Begins. And since this is Den of Geek, expect to find lots of action movies, horror, and low-budget sci-fi in the entries below.

One thing they all have in common, though, irrespective of
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Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) - Blu-ray Review

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
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New On Blu-ray and DVD This Week

This week sees the release of a few Academy Award nominees and winners, some new tv shows and some movies coming to Blu-ray for the first time. Among the ones we’re most interested in this week are Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, The Boondock Saints II, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Commish and Up in the Air (with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, pictured above.)

Check them out:

Movies

Capitalism: A Love Story (Blu-ray and DVD)

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit And The Pendulum ~ Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila (Blu-ray and DVD)

Falling for Grace ~ Gale Harold, Fay Ann Lee, Billy Asher (Blu-ray and DVD)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale ~ Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Blu-ray and DVD)

Nine Dead ~ Melissa Joan Hart, John Terry, Lawrence Turner (Blu-ray and DVD)

Old Dogs ~ John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Robin Williams, Seth Green (Blu-ray and DVD)

Paris ~ Juliette Binoche,
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Film review: 'The Corndog Man'

Film review: 'The Corndog Man'
After hawking its food-for-thought wares in fests from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Dallas, and now a strong entry in the Method Festival - a one-week event that celebrates performances in independent films - "The Corndog Man" (tonight at the State Theatre in Pasadena) is worth savoring for several reasons, but theatrically it remains a hard sell beyond limited exposure in art cinemas.

Initially, the concept of the film set in contemporary South Carolina is grating and somewhat tedious - a revenge-minded man we never see clearly makes hundreds of harassing phone calls to aging redneck and boat seller Ace (Noble Willingham). But director Andrew Shea ("Santa Fe") has a good eye for visuals and takes credit for the fine pacing as the film's editor.

Veteran character actor Willingham ("Chinatown"), meanwhile, delivers an awe-inspiring performance as a horrid, pathetic loner who becomes unhinged and eventually turns to violence. Still, nothing is entirely predictable in this probing, gritty drama - which does have its share of comedy relief and subtle humor.

Co-writer Jim Holmes provides the voice of illegitimate Penrod Barker, who deliberately sets out to drive his father, Ace - guilty of bad character and tragic crimes in the past - to ruin by never giving him a moment's rest. In effect a two-person, stagy kind of affair, "Corndog" nicely transcends its potential limitations with adroitly rendered background action, such as the naughty antics of Ace's co-workers while he's on the phone.

Shea utilizes black-and-white imagery and slow-motion in flashback sequences, and food plays a major part as the title would suggest, but even these familiar devices are employed well, and one becomes quite involved with the characters. Of course, there is some harsh, race-related language. Cars, boats and heads get bashed. Ultimately, it's Willingham's amazing success playing an ugly but fascinating wreck of a man that haunts one.

THE CORNDOG MAN

Corndog Prods.

A Doradel Pictures production

Director-editor:Andrew Shea

Screenwriters:Andrew Shea, David Steen, Jim Holmes

Producers:Jim Holmes, David Steen, Andrew Shea

Executive producers:Kjehl Rasmussen, James J. Melino

Director of photography:David Bridges

Production designer:Rusty Smith

Costume designer:Karen Keyes

Casting:Shana Landsburg

Color/stereo

Cast:

Ace Barker:Noble Willingham

Voice of Penrod Barker:Jim Holmes

Running time - 84 minutes

No MPAA rating

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