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Every year it seems, the Academy comes under fire for forgetting/excluding somebody during the memorial part of the telecast to honor those in the industry who have passed away. It always seems someone is left out for whatever dubious reason, but leave it to the folks at TCM to try and get it right, and do it with style. The channel has just unveiled their lengthy, moving and touching "TCM Remembers 2011" video to honor those who have left us this year. 2011 has seen an unfortunate number of legendary, important and influential folks pass on: Pete Postlethwaite, Peter Yates, Maria Schneider, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Farley Granger, Sidney Lumet, Laura Ziskin, Elizabeth Taylor and more left us with silver screen memories this year, and TCM finds a place for (most) of them. It's a touching tribute, and fittingly, it's one that isn't cramped by the constraints of a televised broadcast, »
Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s, »
- Andre Soares
As the 2011 year comes to a close, I’d like to take a look back at the actors, actresses. musicians and others who have passed on this year. There is no doubt that these celebrities have left their mark on our society and in their respective fields and I’d like to say thank you to them for their contributions. Pete Postlethwaite- Actor (The Town, Clash of the Titans, Inception) Gerry Rafferty- Singer/Songwriter ('Stuck in the Middle With You,' 'Baker Street') Peter Yates- Director (Bullitt, Breaking Away) John Dye- Actor (Best of the Best, Touched by an Angel) Jack Lalanne- Fitness Guru (Juice Tiger) Dwaye McDuffie- Comic Book Writer/Co-Founder Milestone Media (Damage Control) Mike Starr- Musician (Alice in Chains) Nate Dogg- Musician (Collaborated with Warren G, Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, among others) Michael Gough- Actor (Alfred in Batman, »
Our Video Vault column is normally devoted to those films that we love and that we’ve seen dozens and dozens of times. I personally haven’t written one on what is considered to be a classic that I’ve only just watched for the first time recently. Until now that is.
Recently it occurred to me that I needed to take two hours and visit the 1968 Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt. Going into this film, my only knowledge of it, aside from it starring McQueen, was that it features one of the best car chase scene ever captured on film. Well considering I’m all for a great car chase, that’s all the information I needed. I had no prior knowledge of the plot, or the rest of the cast for that matter so when I sat down to finally watch it, it was all a surprise.
In what »
- Tracy Ladd
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
When a Hollywood stuntman and in-demand getaway driver finds himself double-crossed by the mob, his only choice is to drive for his life.
Much had been made of Drive before it was released in cinemas due to its notoriety in film festivals culminating in a standing ovation at Cannes, and the Best Director award going to Nicolas Winding Refn*. The film is many things, all of them very good, but somewhat short of the ‘masterpiece’ some have heralded it as. In 2011 though, it is easily one of the year’s best by far and I’ve now seen it twice.
The story is simple; a nameless man (referred in the credits as ‘Driver’) works by day as mechanic and part-time stunt driver, and by night he offers »
In 24 hours, nearly a week after release, I would have seen Drive. My thoughts will follow, but here’s a series of interviews from the cast of the movie, namely Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, as well as the film’s visionary director, Nicolas Winding Refn. These interviews, while not conducted by me personally are an excellent read. So can’t wait to see this film tomorrow night; I already know that I’m going to love the shit out of it…
Ryan Gosling rose to fame with the 2001 Sundance hit The Believer, which told the searing story of a violent, anti-semitic neo-Nazi thug who hides a shocking secret from his friends: he is Jewish. The film established Gosling as a fearless and meticulous actor ready to embrace the most difficult projects, although his starring role in the acclaimed 2004 tragi-drama The Notebook revealed his softer side. Though that »
- Paul Heath
This bit of news seems to have been brewing for a bit--we were recently tipped by a reader that he was in the running for a role--but now it's all official as Variety reports that Dennis Christopher has joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." If you don't know who Christopher is, then you need to watch some movies made before 1990. The actor is probably best known for his starmaking turn in Peter Yates' "Breaking Away" but has earned his stripes in movies like the cult horror/comedy "Fade To Black," "California Dreaming," "Don't Cry It's Only Thunder" and of course, "Chariots… »
Here’s the third and final part of Jim Emerson‘s video editing masterclass, In the Cut which he has titled, I Left My Heart in My Throat in San Francisco. In this video, Jim uses William Friedkin’s “The French Connection” (1971), Peter Yates’ “Bullitt” (1968) and Don Siegel’s “The Lineup” (1958) to clearly show how editing and using motion works for the viewer while watching a movie.
If you’ve missed the first and second part of the series, you can catch up here for The Dark Knight and here for Salt. If you’re a budding filmmaker or just want to find out more about how cutting a movie all comes together. Jim uses easy to follow was of explaining things which suits me just fine!
Click play and enjoy and once again, thank you Jim for bringing us all this series.
- David Sztypuljak
Thirty years ago Colin Welland brandished his Chariots of Fire Oscar aloft at the Academy awards ceremony. Echoing the legendary words of Paul Revere to his fellow Bostonian colonials, he shouted: "The British are coming!" Similar hubris, one trusts, will not possess the current wave of Scandinavian filmmakers, though they might be forgiven for chanting: "The Vikings are coming!", that admonitory cry that once had the frightened denizens of our east coast lighting warning beacons and locking up their daughters. These past couple of weeks we've seen the Dane Lone Scherfig follow her British debut, An Education, with One Day, and Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director of Let the Right One In, cross the North Sea to make his excellent version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Now another Dane, »
- Philip French
To celebrate the cool thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, finally hitting UK cinema screens today, we thought it would be the perfect time to run down the 10 Greatest Cinematic Car Chases!
If there’s one thing that makes an action/thriller movie great, it’s an all out car chase. I’m talking explosions, wrecked vehicles, impossible stunts, policemen who can’t drive, villains who can shoot and drive, heroes that can shoot, drive, escape the clutch of the bad guys and save the day all from one indestructible vehicle…basically, we want carnage! Whilst this week’s theatrical release of Drive may not offer all of this, there are plenty of films that do.
Read on to discover what we think are the 10 best movie car chases…
10. 2 Fast, 2 Furious (2003)
Ok, so this is one of my ‘guilty pleasures’ films, which I can’t help but enjoy. »
- Stuart Cummins
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Drive has been the recipient of more hype than an underage starlet’s unscheduled nipple slip.
The movie had fanboys salivating at Cannes and the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year – no surprise there, thanks to the sumptuous use of local La scenery – and has built steady awards buzz throughout the summer. An adaptation of James Sallis’s 2004 noir novella of the same name, it’s stylishly told, but whether audiences will connect with its nihilistic world view or prefer to stay home for another game of GTA: San Andreas remains to be seen.
Danish director Refn made a splash with the demented, theatrical, surreal and wholly wonderful Bronson in 2008, bringing us Tom Hardy’s todger in a Clockwork Orange-esque indictment of the British penal system. Drive is a journey in the opposite direction, »
Car chases used to be part and parcel of cinema. Every action film had one, whether good or bad. These days though, you have to be prepared to sit through two hours of Vin Diesel mumbling whilst Paul Walker stares blankly into space to get a fast car fix.
That could all change with the release of new comedy 30 Minutes Or Less that sees Jesse Eisenberg team up with Danny McBride in a bank robbing – car chase comedy epic. In the meantime though, we decided to whet our appetites for automobile action with a top ten classic film car chases.
Swordfish has so much wrong with it that we could spend a day listing its faults. But whilst John Travolta’s ridiculous hair/beard combo in the film may be the most obvious defect, the Saturday Night Fever star is also involved in a memorable car chase in the film. »
- Jack Beresford
Chicago – Nicholas Winding Refn is a name you’re going to need to remember. The stellar director of “Bronson” and “Valhalla Rising” will go from cult icon to cinematic hero with the release of this weekend’s “Drive,” one of the best films of 2011. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, and Ron Perlman, “Drive” is a stunning modern fairy tale that is going to have a loyal, devoted audience. The multi-talented director sat down with HollywoodChicago.com recently to talk about his award-winning film (Refn took Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival), Michael Mann, “Pretty Woman,” “Point Blank,” and Albert Brooks’ need to kill.
HollywoodChicago.com: You’ve never seen the movie with a crowd?
Nicholas Winding Refn: I had to do that at Cannes. It was required of me. You can leave after you enter the auditorium but you’re expected.
HollywoodChicago.com: I would »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Benjamin Heisenberg
Johann Rettenberger (Andreas Lust) robs banks. He also runs marathons. He’s quite good at both though his perpetually stoic demeanor belies any internal excitement. Director Heisenberg juxtaposes kinetically shot chase sequences that would make Peter Yates proud, with quiet, vague moments alone with Johann. Upon his release from prison Johann meets an old acquaintance, Erika (Franziska Weisz). He moves into her house and they quickly begin an affair. How he knew Erika, why she is attracted to him, whether he actually cares for her – all questions are left for us to decide and entirely without hint.
The Robber finds a comparison in another German existential film, »
- Neal Dhand
“We’re going where the sun shines brightly
We’re going where the sea is blue
We’ve seen it in the movies
Now let’s see if it’s true”
Septuagenarian pop star Cliff Richard was (typically) seeing life through rose-tinted shades when he starred in Summer Holiday, back in 1963. Most Brits heading off to Europe this month won’t be travelling in an old London double-decker, like clean-cut Cliff and his pals in Peter Yates’s musical. They’ll be joining long queues at the airport; muttering about the extortionate price of petrol; or praying that Eurostar doesn’t grind to a shuddering halt on this side of the Channel.
Above all, they’ll be hoping that their vacation doesn’t turn out to be anything like in the movies. Cliff may have been weaned on a wholesome diet of Elvis and Gidget, but »
This week's excellent new film "Bellflower" features one amazing automotive co-star: the Medusa, built by the main characters in preparation for the apocalypse. The Medusa is a sick ride: it's got two fuel injected exhaust flamethrowers, a loudspeaker intercom system, a roll cage, and even spews smoke screens on command.
In other words, this is one cool movie car. But where does it rank in the history of coolest cinematic automobiles? I'd put it just outside our top ten favorites, and by our I mean my, and by favorites I mean totally subjective favorites that you'll disagree with and give me grief about. Here they are:
10. The Ecto-1
1959 Cadillac Ambulance, modified
From "Ghostbusters" (1984)
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Bulky, clunky, and old, the Ghostbusters' signature ambulance isn't the prettiest car to look at. Still, all that weird sciencey equipment designed to trap spooks, spectres, or ghosts, plus the great red »
- Matt Singer
Netflix has revolutionized the home viewing market for movies with their instant streaming service. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about films of all genres worth holding a spot on your Netflix instant viewing queue. Release dates are subject to change.
Winter’S Bone (2010)
Streaming Available: 07/30/2011
Synopsis: In director Debra Granik’s unflinching noir drama set deep in the Ozarks, resilient teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) goes on the trail of her missing, drug-dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the family’s safety. Her deadbeat dad has a key court date pending, and Ree is determined that he show up — despite the objections of the insular Dolly clan. The film earned Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nods for Best Picture and for Lawrence.
Average Netflix Rating: 3.6
Pitch Black (2000)
Streaming Available: 07/31/2011
Synopsis: In director Debra Granik’s unflinching noir drama set deep in the Ozarks, resilient teen Ree »
- Travis Keune
With the annual Tour de France winding up this weekend, it seems like an opportune time to consider an inspiring moment from the most inspirational cycling movie ever made: Breaking Away. Written by the late Steve Tesich, who earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the movie was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Peter Yates), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Barrie), and Best Music (Patrick Williams). Breaking Away is notable for its great cast, especially Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Haley, who portray the small circle of friends surrounding Dave Stoller (Dennis Christopher). Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley play his supportive parents, while Robyn Douglass is the object of his affections. You can also see familiar faces like...
Brian brings more Carmageddon to your flatscreen.
Brian Trenchard-Smith has popped by the site for the second time this week, this time bringing with him his options for stay-at-home, Carmageddon-appropriate viewing. Take it away, Bts:
Carmageddon is upon us. 53 hours of gridlock in a city where prius politesse is only skin deep. How should we respond? This Bollywood movie has some suggestions for navigating crowded streets. Think Tandoori Michael Bay.
Perhaps a better suggestion would be to spend your land locked weekend at home watching a bunch of car chase movies. We all have our favorites. Here are a couple of mine from the pre-cgi era.
In 1968, audiences all over the world were stunned by this 10 minute sequence in Bullit. British director Peter Yates brought a fresh eye to San Francisco locations. The action is meticulously staged, with a keen sense of geography. No shaky-cam, no frenzied cutting. When the chase goes full throttle, »
As part of our Enchanted 80s week, we look back at the action family epic, Krull…
How can you remain objective about a film you enjoyed so much as a youngster? The answer, of course, is that you can't. And it's true that, when viewed in 2011, the influences of 80s fantasy film, Krull, are more apparent than ever. It borrows freely from Greek and Arthurian myths, Tolkien, and most noticeably, a certain sci-fi blockbuster directed by George Lucas.
And yet, at the same time, it's impossible for me to view Krull without a sense of genuine affection. This is made easier by the fact that, while it's showing its age in places, Krull is a well-made film, and an entire galaxy away from other cheap, quickly made knock-offs that showed up in the wake of Star Wars. This is probably thanks in large part to the experience of Peter Yates, »
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