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Peter Bradshaw on action movies
In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced in a sweatier and more explicitly violent form, with movies such as Sylvester Stallone's First Blood. The hardware was all-important, and the metallic sheen of the guns was something to be savoured alongside the musculature of the heroes. The genre spawned the action hero. These were not pretty-boys there to melt female hearts: they were there to get a roar of approval from the guys. »
Frank Capra‘s adaptation of You Can’t Take It With You is one of the least favorite Best Picture winners. For many critics, but not for me. Outside of It’s a Wonderful Life, this film was my gateway to Capra, who I consider one of the most fascinating Golden Age directors. It was also my introduction to Jean Arthur, forever since my primary Hollywood crush. My interest in the film initially came about through a high school production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which I played an FBI agent. As an idealistic teen, everything from the title to the anarchic yet loving clan of eccentrics spoke to me. It’s fair that some people don’t think Yctiwy deserved the top Oscar, especially since it was up against such great movies as Grand Illusion and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Also, if »
- Christopher Campbell
Joan Fontaine today: One of the best actresses of the studio era has her ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day Joan Fontaine, one of the few surviving stars of the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. I’m posting this a little late in the game: TCM has already shown six Joan Fontaine movies, including the first-rate medieval adventure Ivanhoe and the curious marital drama The Bigamist, directed by and co-starring Ida Lupino, and written by Collier Young — husband of both Fontaine and Lupino (at different times). Anyhow, TCM has quite a few more Joan Fontaine movies in store. (Photo: Joan Fontaine publicity shot ca. 1950.) (TCM schedule: Joan Fontaine movies.) As far as I’m concerned, Joan Fontaine was one of the best actresses of the studio era. She didn’t star in nearly as many movies as sister Olivia de Havilland, perhaps because »
- Andre Soares
“My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you”
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a movie anyone can see and enjoy. No sex, violence or profanity - just lively entertainment. It is good enough to watch on any day, not just the Fourth of July.
As Yankee Doodle Dandy was beginning production, the Japs attack on Pearl Harbor took place, so it would go without saying that the film came along at a much needed time and gave our country, as well as our fighting men a very much needed boost. Though it is a clear representative of times that no longer exist, it has a patriotism that is needed just as much today as it was then, if not more so. The music is great but the film’s highlight in the vibrant, Oscar-winning performance of James Cagney as the hoofer, singer, dancer, »
- Tom Stockman
I became a film critic to celebrate the movies I love — to spread the word about them, to talk about why they enthrall, why they matter, what they mean. And really, what could fulfill that desire more completely than spreading the word about the greatest movies you’ve ever seen? It’s like organizing the ultimate banquet: one perfect, sublime, exquisitely tasty dish after another. That said, how does one choose? In putting together EW’s list of the 100 All-Time Greatest Movies, I figured, at first, that it would be easy. Working with my fellow critics Lisa Schwarzbaum and Chris Nashawaty, »
- Owen Gleiberman
One of the most iconic Hollywood actors to grace the silver screen, Errol Flynn would be celebrating his 104th birthday today. The Australian-born actor was perhaps best known for his swashbuckling roles in classics films like Captain Blood (his debut, skyrocketing him immediately to fame), The Adventures of Robin Hood, and over fifty other projects. To honor the occasion we’ve [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
The Austin Film Festival (Aff) and Bob Bullock Museum's fourth annual Made in Texas Family Film Series continues this weekend with Texas native John Lee Hancock's The Rookie. Based on a true story, the film follows the story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), a small-town baseball coach who has a chance at the major leagues. Hancock, who's also known for his award-winning film The Blind Side, will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. This screening is free and open to the public, but you do need to RSVP here.
Texas documentary favorite Trash Dance returns for another week-long engagement with afternoon matinee screenings beginning Sunday at the Violet Crown Cinema. Don stated in his review, "In the Austin indie documentary and the dance performance it celebrates, the treasure isn't the trash -- it's the unlikely beauty of trash collection." City of Austin employees receive a $2 discount on »
- Debbie Cerda
This weekend, "Epic," an animated, well, epic that concerns a human girl (Amanda Seyfried) who is shrunk down to microscopic size, hits theaters. It's an amazing romp -- just as impressive as any of the big budget action movies of the summer, but sweeter and more gorgeously rendered. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Beyonce, and Jason Sudeikis, "Epic" is the kind of movie you can take your children too and still be breathlessly entertained. We got to chat with the film's director, Chris Wedge about how he almost left and took the project to Pixar, action movies that inspired the film, and what it was like working with famous composer Danny Elfman. Moviefone: You almost left and took this movie to Pixar. What happened there? It's not a story any of us like to dwell on but it took »
- Drew Taylor
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Bryan Singer
Perhaps it’s fitting that a literal tug of war is pivotal in Jack the Giant Slayer, a large-scale blockbuster retelling of the famous fairy tale about Jack and the magical beanstalk. The film itself appears to represent a creative tug of war, a battle of wills between creativity and commerce. On the one hand, it’s a product of a crass decision to fashion some would-be epic out of a familiar story in the public domain. On the other hand, it has elements of a cheeky throwback to the adventure films in the days where Errol Flynn ruled. With these options warring with each other, sometimes in the same scene, Jack the Giant Slayer is a sometimes charming, sometimes stagnant CGI-infused action film.
Nicholas Hoult, a long way from being the »
- Josh Spiegel
(L to R) Legendary movie poster designer Bill Gold next to the commemorative WB 90th anniversary poster that honors his designs; Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer and contributing writer Doug Gerbino.
The creative team behind the 90th anniversary documentary: (L to R) producer Bill Gerber, director Gary Khammar, moderator and Oscar winning sound man Christopher Newman and Jeff Baker, Exec VP of Warner Home Video.
Cinema Retro was invited to attend the world premiere of the new documentary Warner Brothers 90th Anniversary: Tales From the Lot on January 29th at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. The festivities included a champagne reception pre-screening party and the opportunity to interview the creative team behind the documentary: producer Bill Gerber, director Gary Khammar and Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President of Warner Home Video. Remarkably, the 145 minute documentary doesn't utilize any film clips from classic Warner Brothers films. Baker said »
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It has been confirmed that the eighteen year old actress, Dakota Fanning, will star in the upcoming film The Last of Robin Hood, which is based on the true story of Errol Flynn, the flirtatious Hollywood, swashbuckler star who was known for his role in the 1938 movie, The Adventures of Robin Hood. Fanning will portray the fifteen year old mistress of Kelvin Kline’s forty-eight year old character, Errol Flynn. The movie also features Susan Sarandon, who will play the mother to Fanning’s character.
The Last of Robin Hood captures the story of Flynn’s hedonistic life, which included a lot of scandal and statutory rape charges. At the age of forty-eight, Flynn became enamored with the teenage actress Beverly Aadland. The two then began an affair, even though he was married to Patrice Wymore. Flynn expressed a desire to perform with Aadland in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film, Lolita. »
- Efe Dada
Yes. You read that correctly. 18-year-old ingénue Dakota Fanning will be playing the girlfriend to 65-year-old Kevin Kline in the upcoming drama The Last Of Robin Hood. Even as someone who crushed on Kline in middle school over French Kiss, this headline gave me pause. But would it make you feel better to know this isn't some sort of hint toward the age gap between romantic leads growing exponentially? Instead, this shocking May-December match-up has been made because the movie is based on a true story. As we reported last fall, The Last Of Robin Hood is a biopic about famous film swashbuckler Errol Flynn, best know for the 1938 action epic The Adventures of Robin Hood. Kline will star as Flynn, who at 48 began pursuing a 15-year-old actress Beverly Aadland with the complete blessing of her stage mom Florence Aadland. Susan Sarandon will play Florence, and Deadline reports Fanning »
New biopic of silver screen star will feature Dakota Fanning as 15-year-old girl with whom he had two-year affair
It is one of Hollywood's most infamous sex scandals: the story of how the swashbuckling Errol Flynn conducted a two-year affair with a 15-year-old ingenue that lasted until his premature death in 1959. Now Dakota Fanning is set to play the young actor seduced by the 50-year-old Flynn in a new movie titled The Last of Robin Hood. Kevin Kline will play the faded star in his final years.
At the time of the affair Flynn, who had a reputation as an incorrigible womaniser, had already been accused – and found not guilty – of the statutory rape of two underage girls in 1942. According to the target of his attentions, Beverly Aadland, he was planning to marry her after securing a divorce from his third wife, Patrice Wymore. However, the Australian-born star of 1938's »
- Ben Child
Our daily countdown continues with part 22 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 90-81.
89) Yojimbo (1961) Akira Kurasawa Japan
88) Dracula (1931) Todd Browning USA
85) My Fair Lady (1964) George Cuckor USA
83) A Hard Days Night (1964) Richard Lester British
Numbers 80-71 coming up next.
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17 items from 2013
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