6 items from 2014
The rise of YouTube and a handful of committed archivists/nostalgics means that almost any programme you grew up with can be remembered, found and rewatched in seconds. Conversations which used to end with fond, communal remembrances now finish two minutes into a YouTube video with rose-tinted bubbles burst and a shared sigh of disappointment. Make no mistake – this is a good thing.
The latest releases from the BFI, to coincide with their Wonders of Sci-Fi season, are two examples of the genuinely unsettling TV; both designed to educate, in very different ways. The Changes is a ten episode exercise in Luddite terror as a strange event causes people to turn against the electronic infrastructure built into everyday life. This is before Skynet and tablets for toddlers so, despite the sedate pace, this is as relevant today as ever.
It’s a challenging watch, the ubiquity of technology in our »
- Jon Lyus
Over at The Telegraph, Robbie Collin has chosen to take on the impossible, he's set out to create a list of films that tells the story of Hollywood "in terms of how one picture or director led to the next." It's a daunting task that creates an interesting narrative and he prefaces his ten selections saying: ...none of the individual works is "great" or "important" enough to drown out the others. I've avoided films such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, not just because we already know they're great, but because their greatness might throw the story off-balance - although I wouldn't hesitate to describe any of the films that are on this list as a masterpiece. So how does his list shape outc Have a look: One Week (1920) - dir. Buster Keaton It Happened One Night (1934) - dir. »
- Brad Brevet
Lawrence Michael Levine reaches back to a seemingly dead genre, the screwball murder mystery, for his primary influences on Wild Canaries. Using The Thin Man series as one of his earliest reference points, Levine models Noah after William Powell's Nick Charles, developing a character who is comically reserved and rational, yet despite his carefulness is also quite vulnerable. Noah is so tentative in his actions -- well, except for whenever he is inebriated -- that this character takes a backseat in the murder mystery to Barri. The plot of Wild Canaries could almost be explained as a modern day adaptation of Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) -- which is debatably the last legitimate entry into the screwball murder mystery cannon -- with Levine playing the Woody Allen to Takal's Diane Keaton. »
- Don Simpson
There are two types of people in the world: chaos muppets and order muppets.
For Wild Canaries writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine, an order devotee, his wife, actress and director Sophia Takal is the chaos variety. “It can be very, very funny sometimes for the two of us to be in a living situation together. I think that was something he wanted to explore in a comedy,” Takal told EW. Levine agrees: “Sophia is just so funny and wacky in our everyday life and I really wanted to do a movie that would show that off.”
The result? Wild Canaries »
- Lindsey Bahr
A very light week for me on both the movie and TV side of things as I only caught Pompeii in theaters and this weekend introduced my wife to The Thin Man. She's not normally a big fan of older films but I knew the dynamic between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be something she'd love, after all, she already liked them in It Happened One Night. I've been meaning to get a second title into my Best Movies series lately and I've been considering Dr. Strangelove since watching it a week or so ago, but after watching The Thin Man I think it may be a more interesting addition as Stanley Kubrick is always a goto in these type of things and I think I'd like Barry Lyndon to be the first of his to add to the collection. That said, a lot of my free time as »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – Nobody puts actor Crispin Hellion Glover in a corner. The eclectic and insightful performer is also a filmmaker, musician and author, and he brings all those elements to Chicago with the presentation of his “Big Slide Show” at the Patio Theater, 6008 Irving Park Road, on Friday, February 7th, 2014.
Crispin Hellion Glover was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. His father is actor Bruce Glover, who used the made-up middle name “Hellion” on his resume, and bestowed it for real upon his son. Glover’s first name was inspired by the “St. Crispin’s Day Speech” in the William Shakespeare play, “Henry V.” Glover was educated in progressive schools up through his secondary education, and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1982.
Crispin Glover Presents His ‘Big Slide Show’ in Chicago
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
He began acting professionally at »
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6 items from 2014
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