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You may not know his name, but you know his style at first glance. Ralph Steadman most famously brought vivid life to the covers of books by gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72", illustrated editions of classic books like "Treasure Island," "Animal Farm" and "Fahrenheit 451," and in so doing influenced a generation of artists. Steadman is now this subject of a documentary, "For No Good Reason," and we've got some copies on Blu-ray for some lucky readers and one pretty great grand prize. But first here's a synopsis of what the movie is all about: Made over 15 years, Charlie Paul’s For No Good Reason explores the connection between life and art – through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman, who gained fame during the crazy ’70s for his illustrations that accompanied the writings of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, »
- Edward Davis
To celebrate the release of For No Good Reason on DVD & Blu-Ray, we’ve got a rather enticing prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader: a Blu-Ray of the film along with a signed poster by artist Ralph Steadman.
The feature — which first cropped up during the London Film Festival two years ago, where it was in the running for best documentary — follows the aforementioned artist and his twilight years working alongside renown Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson.
Joining Steadman in the film are Johnny Deep, Tim Robbins and Terry Gilliam, who each share their respective experiences with the eccentric illustrator. Spanning across fifteen years of his life, the documentary showcases Steadman as he witnesses his ideas come to life in the form of animation.
To enter for your chance to win this prize pack, all you have to do is like We Got This Covered over on Facebook »
- Michael Briers
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Moms' Night Out (comedy; Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton; rated PG) Night Moves (thriller; Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning; rated R) For No Good Reason (documentary; Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman; rated R) Frank (comedy; Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) God Help the Girl (drama; Emily Browning, Hannah Murray; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand Dvd New Releases: Sept. 1-7 For No Good Reason The works of Ralph Steadman are some of the most amazing and “out there” pieces put on canvas. This film explores Steadman’s art and politics, including the time he spent working alongside Hunter S. Thompson. (R, 1:29) 9/2 From the Rough Catana Starks was the first African-American woman to coach an all-men’s college team. With no scholarships and only one Us student, she worked to build a unique, global team. Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan (PG, 1:27) 9/2 Moms’ Night Out A stay-at-home mom needs a break and plans a long overdue … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
The 8th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival is a power-packed event featuring outrageous cult films, provocative documentaries and wild short films that will run September 4-7 at its usual haunt, The Factory Theater.
Opening Night: The fest opens with Housebound, a New Zealand horror comedy by Gerard Johnstone about a woman in trouble with the law who comes to believe that her family home is haunted. The film will be preceded by a performance by Renny Kodgers and a free pizza party; and followed by an after party.
Closing Night: The fest will close with the controversial German teen sex comedy Wetlands directed by David Wendt. The film will then be followed by a late-night after party.
Highlights: Usama Alshaibi‘s must see documentary American Arab — an intimate, socially relevatory and essential film — screens at 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. Read the Underground Film Journal review of American Arab.
- Mike Everleth
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
The documentary For No Good Reason explores the life of British cartoon-artist Ralph Steadman, who is best known for caricatures he created alongside the work of longtime friend, journalist Hunter S. Thompson of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fame (or infamy).
For No Good Reason was mainly shot on Steadman’s country estate with the artist’s pal Johnny Depp (The Tourist) serving as tour guide and narrator. The film, which incorporates archival footage, personal photographs, selections of the artist’s provocative and entertaining work and animated “updates” of said work, also features contributions from Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), Richard E. Grant (The Iron Lady), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jann Wenner (co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone), and features music from Slash, All-American Rejects, »
The Sony Pictures Classics documentary For No Good Reason Blu-ray release date has been announced for September 2. The documentary stars Johnny Depp who guides viewers through the life of Ralph Steadman, the artist behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Also playing themselves are Terry Gilliam, Richard Grant, Hunter S. Thompson, Jann Wenner, and Ralph Steadman.
Sony is bringing For No Good Reason to Blu-ray in its original 1.78:1 1080p aspect ration and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include a short film, interview, featurettes, deleted scenes, and commentary.
For No Good Reason on Blu-ray carries an Srp of $40.99 and comes packaged with the film on DVD as well.
Check out the For No Good Reason Blu-ray cover art below. »
Telly addict Andrew Collins reviews his pick of the week's television. Happy Valley reached its beverage-soaked conclusion on BBC1 while Irish drama Amber was just getting started on BBC4. A Very British Airline went behind the scenes at British Airways for BBC2, Dinner at 11 put a fresh twist on the Come Dine With Me format for Channel 4, and over on Sky Atlantic, For No Good Reason profiled Ralph Steadman (and his dog). Continue reading »
- Presented by Andrew Collins
Lying just off Leicester Square, White Space is the ideal setting for a Ralph Steadman exhibition. With its creamy expanses of wall the venue cries out for a few black marks, which are everywhere in the form of his trademark ink blots. The chance to view his work like this is a privilege of sorts – unlike a lot of infamous artists Steadman tends to hang on to the originals and the prospect of viewing them large as life in front of you is one to be seized.
As with any art you are accustomed to seeing on book covers or postcards it’s the little details that strike you up close, from a scribbled backdrop to a smeared Polaroid. It’s rich pickings for those wanting more after watching the documentary For No Good Reason, showing this week on Sky Atlantic, the hosts of this event. Like its subject it’s an unusual film, »
- Steve Palace
Sky Atlantic aren’t launching their new Documentary Films strand by half-measures, with the acquisition of Chris Paul’s long-gestating Ralph Steadman documentary For No Good Reason. Taking its title from an oft-used expression by Steadman’s journalist friend Hunter S.Thompson, the production also features none other than Johnny Depp, who acts as a sort of reference point for the casual viewer. Depp visits the artist at his studio for an expansive chinwag about his life and times as well as seeing how his work is created. With its elaborate opening titles reminiscent of Terry Gilliam and Steadman’s commentary about the organic nature of the project, I thought maybe this would be a feature-length exercise involving wee-wee and wind. How wrong I was, for as the film evolves we are presented with a lively portrait of a man who has worked with some of the most dangerous minds »
- Steve Palace
★★★☆☆ We head to bat country this week for Charlie Paul's new documentary For No Good Reason (2012), detailing the life and work of Ralph Steadman - the illustrator and cartoonist best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson on the novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Before the Gonzo years, Steadman worked on Private Eye, The Telegraph and Punch. Then, through a twist of fate whilst travelling in America, he encountered the iconic doctor of journalism, Hunter S. Thompson. When the pair joined forces writing for Rolling Stone Magazine in the 1970s, Steadman found the perfect (if antithetical in personality) partner, finally finding an equally riling voice with which to buck against the system.
- CineVue UK
Although the year’s not quite half done, now comes the release of the fourth theatrical documentary concerning an artist. We started off 2014 with the engaging mystery, explorational doc Tim’S Vermeer. Then there was another mystery doc Finding Vivian Mieier all about an artist (whose main profession was nanny/caregiver) using cameras instead of canvas to create exceptional works. And just a few weeks ago we got the very entertaining Jodorowsky’S Dune which not only profiled the celebrated director but delved into the lives and art of his collaborators Charles Voss, the late Jean (Moebius) Giraud, and the recently departed Hr Giger. Now comes For No Good Reason, looking at the journey of British-born illustrator/cartoonist Ralph Steadman, a fascinating articulate man who continues to try to change the world through his work. And the artists and writers that have shared his journey are just as fascinating as the film’s subject. »
- Jim Batts
It’s an idea that makes you surprised Hollywood didn’t think of it before. Harry Houdini, master escapologist, was also a devil-may-care adventurer with a sideline in spooky goings-on and espionage. Based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s speculative biography The Secret Life Of Houdini, director Dean Parisot (Red 2) is hoping to magic up a movie around this juicy scenario. And which male A Lister is being sought to portray the flamboyant master of illusion…?
Adam Sandler. Only joking – the answer is of course Johnny Depp. The option is a no brainer really, though hopefully the end result will have an Iq higher than a smothered dove. A proposed title of The Secret Life Of Houdini: America’S First Superhero does not bode well, though there may be some Alan Moore-inspired thrills to be had. Depp has been in introspective mood lately with For No Good Reason, »
- Steve Palace
Steadman's twisted, splattery illustrations are synonymous with countercultural satire and gonzo recklessness, via his association with Hunter S Thompson (who judged Steadman even crazier than himself) and Withnail & I. But the artist is no caricature; this new documentary reveals him to be passionate, political and often good-natured. Led by Johnny Depp, the film is full of anecdotes, cameos and footage of the master at work. Steadman discusses his career with the film's director and producer after a special screening this Friday.
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- Steve Rose
Chicago – In the deluge of images that pierce our cerebral cortex on a daily basis, it’s refreshing to go back to the days when images had more influence, sought through publications or word of mouth. Artist Ralph Steadman was a mover and shaker – along with his writing partner Hunter S. Thompson – in the age-old notion that the pen can be mightier than the sword.
Steadman’s work is more well known than his name, because of his association with Hunter S. From his first wild illustrations in Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” to his editorial forays for Rolling Stone Magazine, Steadman has used his surrealist style to expose the madness of society and all of us. Director Charlie Paul provides an exacting history of Steadman, along with a profile of the artist today. What is most fascinating about the film is the artist-at-work – he uses »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – You may not know the name Ralph Steadman, but you most certainly have run into his cartoon art. The surrealist was a partner with Hunter S. Thompson, illustrating books like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and is a subject of a new documentary entitled “For No Good Reason,” directed by Charlie Paul.
Charlie Paul’s wife Lucy is also his producing partner on the film, which features Johnny Depp as an observer in Ralph Steadman’s studio, and as an occasional interviewer as the story unfolds. The title is an answer to Steadman’s activism, in which he used his artist’s pen as sword against the hypocrisy of the historic events of the late 1960s, through the tumultuous 1970s. “For No Good Reason” isn’t a negative term, it just understands the circumstances of the time.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Paul Has Precision But Less Purpose Than Steadman
Anyone familiar with Hunter S. Thompson surely knows the work of his gonzo visual counterpart, Ralph Steadman. After being plucked from obscurity, the British cartoonist was asked to draft the now iconic images bound within Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and went on to work with Rolling Stone on viscerally political pieces that have graced its pages many times over the past few decades. His ink splattered masterworks are instantly recognizable, but for many their point of reference remains that mescaline-maniac caricature himself, Mr. Thompson. Charlie Paul’s directorial debut, For No Good Reason, looks to show Steadman as a man apart, but rather than delving into the artist’s soul, he entertainingly yet shallowly tells the tail of his professional career and the toxic relationship between he and his friend and rival.
Much like last year’s excellent doc on Tomi Ungerer, »
- Jordan M. Smith
R, 1 Hr., 44 Mins.
Thai martial-arts maestro Tony Jaa’s newest film overloads on terrible F/X that rob the film of the actor’s usual brute-force balleticism. Also, RZA plays the bad guy — and someone needs to tell the Wu-Tang master that he can’t act (or fight). The Protector 2 does have a loony charm (actual line of dialogue: “You lost your elephant again?”), and Jija Yanin Wismitanan has a scene-stealing turn as a lady warrior seeking — wait for it — vengeance. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) B- —Darren Franich
Not Rated, »
- EW staff
First-time director Charlie Paul spent 15 years collecting footage of British artist Ralph Steadman painting. Steadman is perhaps best known for his illustrations of classics such as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Animal Farm" as well as for his collaborations with author Hunter S. Thomson. Paul's film, "For No Good Reason," which chronicles Steadman's process and is narrated by Johnny Depp, was recently released by Sony Pictures Classics. Below Paul writes about the technical challenges he faced in bringing Steadman's art to screen. "For No Good Reason" was a technically challenging film to make as it encompasses all formats for recording the moving image to describe the fifty-year period covered in Ralph's life. When I first started capturing Ralph's work, film was still the main medium available, by the time I had completed the film 15 years later, the digital revolution left the British film industry with limited access to process and transfer film stock. »
- Charlie Paul
Director/screenwriter Paul Haggis, at the Us premiere of Third Person, walked the red carpet with Sting, whose daughter Mickey Sumner was on the Tribeca Film Festival Best New Narrative Director Competition jury won by Josef Wladyka for Manos Sucias, with Spike Lee as executive producer.
Set mostly in hotel rooms in Paris, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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