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The expanding network of online streaming services means there are more ways than ever before for busy/idle/agoraphobic film lovers to see recent releases, but fans of vintage cinema are still rather poorly served. Most outlets offer a small, often arbitrary selection of older standards that are useful for beginners; those in search of more niche classics, however, are still reliant on DVD. Here's where the warren-like world of online archiving comes into play. You'd be amazed how many gems are lurking, albeit in grainy and segmented form, on YouTube, but if that seems too great an affront to cinema, the long-serving, simply named Internet Archive (archive.org/movies) is a better bet.
A non-profit-making Us site run much like an online library, »
- Guy Lodge
Sure, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving holiday is that big, glorious meal — a sacred tradition that shouldn’t, nay, mustn’t be sullied by glowing rectangles bearing texts or emails or live television programming. But what about after the tryptophan sets in, leaving you and your family tired, sluggish, and yearning for entertainment — long before the Steelers/Ravens game begins at 8:30 p.m. Et? For that matter, which of the Internet’s zillions of entertainment options should you turn to throughout the rest of the weekend?
Well, that’s where your friends at EW come in. Whether you’ll be juggling restless kids, »
- Hillary Busis
★★★☆☆Before 1948's Red River, Howard Hawks had already made half a dozen classics including Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday and The Big Sleep. A decade later, Hawks would direct one of the great westerns - Rio Bravo (1959). Whilst Red River isn't quite of the same calibre as these other works, it's certainly not without its charms. A prologue shows Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) founding his Texas ranch alongside his trusted companion Groot (Walter Brennan) and young orphan Matt Garth. As Dunson describes his plans for expansion, a montage takes us forward another 14 years.
- CineVue UK
“All you have to do is nod and you get to hold on to what matters,” Agent Knox tells Eli Thompson in this week’s episode of Boardwalk Empire. The scene ends before we can see whether or not Eli gives Agent Knox the nod he’s looking for, but either way it seems likely that it’s the beginning of the end for at least one of the three Thompsons.
After a few slow-moving episodes in a row, this week’s episode, “The Old Ship of Zion,” is an explosion of forward momentum. It’s a welcome reminder of just how good Boardwalk Empire can be. Yes, it can be supremely frustrating to sit through all the build-up as the disparate subplots slowly gather steam, but once things get going there are few shows on TV that are as thrilling. There are more nooses being tightened in this episode »
- Jeremy Clymer
Air Force occupies an unusual place in Howard Hawks' filmography. As a war propaganda film, its subject matter is necessarily tendentious, with an overt message that is not only coercive but also repetitive. Hawks, whose control over his choice of material was quite unusual by Hollywood standards of the time, shows no sign of resisting the project's wartime agenda, and willingly accepts the character stereotyping and up-front ideology that comes with the package: the eager young recruits, the cynic to be converted, the proud parent set up for loss. In addition, Hawks' streak of dark humor combines with the project's built-in tone of righteous vengeance against the Japanese in a way that can strike peacetime audiences as callous.
On the other hand, »
- Dan Sallitt
Liberace's glitter is only slightly dimmed by DVD, while Mubi's curatorial brand of streaming is a treat for cinephiles
In Europe, Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra (Entertainment One, 15) premiered in the rarefied glow of the Cannes film festival. In the Us it did so on the glowing screens of a million living rooms, courtesy of risk-taking TV producer HBO. Technically, then, we're finally seeing it in its intended format, though this marvellous, diamond-iced biopic of Mr Entertainment himself – Vegas concert pianist Liberace – seems conceived for the largest screen possible. (I doubt the master of excess would approve of this rather sparse Blu-ray package, which includes only a Soderbergh-free making-of featurette.)
The small screen may dull the rhinestones, but not the grace notes of Michael Douglas's witty, desolate lead turn. Fortysomething Matt Damon, meanwhile, is improbably vulnerable as Scott Thorson, the teen toyboy inappropriately adopted by the closeted »
- Guy Lodge
Marrying slapstick with sophistication, Cary Grant was as good at physical screwball as Chaplin or Keaton, writes Xan Brooks
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Cary Grant, the perma-tanned paragon of Hollywood glamour, was born Archibald Leach in the backstreets of Bristol. He fled home at the age of 15 to join the Bob Pender stage troupe, where he worked as an acrobat and a stilt walker, a juggler and a mime. This slapstick apprenticeship shaped the performer he became. I like Cary Grant in his polished middle years, chaperoning Grace Kelly around the Riviera or lighting Eva Marie Saint's cigarette on a Chicago-bound train. But I love him best when he's tripping on a rug or slipping on an olive. The prince is at his most charming when he's looking like a clown.
If this does not quite make Grant unique, it definitely makes him an oddity – particularly within an »
- Xan Brooks
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First, a little personal history. I first took to the boards as a shepherd in a primary school nativity play where, aged six, I staggered around gaping upwards at a non-existent star with a teatowel on my head; my dad, in his own words, "laughed so much I nearly fell off the bench". I was too shy a schoolkid to be much use whenever the yearly show came round: mumbling a single line, or walking awkwardly across the stage for a brief cameo appearance. One year the drama teachers got a little ambitious, and put on a play about the Crimean war; the exact title escapes me, »
- Andrew Pulver
The favela in City of God is so well rendered it becomes a character – cruel, alluring, inescapable. But most of all, it is intensely real
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City of God is an exhilarating, fast-paced action film set in the oppressive confines of a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I love the way the movie depicts the slum because it compels viewers not just to confront the desperation, poverty and violence of life there, but to enter that nightmarish world so utterly for the duration of the film that leaving it at the end is a relief, and yet a wrench, making it impossible to forget.
Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the 2002 film portrays life in the City of God, a favela known by the same name for over three decades, starting in the 1960s when it was a new housing project and its main »
- Jo Griffin
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you all the latest on 25 September
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Daniel Radcliffe "is the latest name in the frame for the planned biopic of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury," or so it appeared earlier this week, following a Daily Star report confidently claiming this was the case.
But, alas, the Harry Potter star has denied the rumours, telling Empire magazine: "everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I'm totally wrong for that part is correct. I Am completely wrong for that part!"
More on this later today, plus:
Blue is the Warmest Colour "should not be released" says director.
Clint Eastwood's son is aiming to follow dad to Hollywood.
The first photo from the set of forthcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel.
- Adam Boult
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Jj Abrams' Star Wars will include a wookie, if you read slightly too much into a new casting call for Episode VII. Lucasfilm and Bad Robot (Abrams' production company) Wltm a man, "7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus".
The height requirement has prompted a few sites to get excited about the idea of a new giant hairball shedding all over Abrams' take on the Star Wars universe. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, was 7 foot, 2 inches, so there's reason for fans of fur to get excited. Still the role's requirements are a tall order ...
Leona Lewis will be doing some acting in Holiday!, a love triangle rom-com about sun, »
- Henry Barnes
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It begins with a necessary disclaimer:
"It all happened in the 'dark ages' of the newspaper game – when to a reporter 'getting that story' justified anything short of murder. Incidentally, you will see in this picture no resemblance to the men and women of the press of today. Ready? Well, once upon a time …"
Once upon a time, Howard Hawks directed the first shot of the first scene of His Girl Friday, which is almost the-Copacabana-in-Goodfellas-esque in its beautiful glide through a clacking, clattering, hot-metal newsroom. There are men in gambler's eye-shades and waistcoats, there are hurtling secretaries and there are cries of "Copy boy!"
There is a switchboard, »
- Martin Pengelly
What do you get when you put the master screenwriters of populist and allegoric masala films and the urbane and intellectual director of Masoom to combine their talents to create India’s most beloved superhero? Mr. India is the end product that transcends all masala boundaries to become the zaniest and looniest comedies of the 80s. Salim-Javed made sure that their last collaborative effort pulled out all the stops to become a classic. After 1942: A Love Story, Mr. India was the second most worn down VHS of my childhood with weekly screenings after school.
There is a wonderful anarchic spirit to this film with Arun Verma (Anil Kapoor) the sunny violinist whose sprawling house on Juhu Beach houses 12 orphans and a cook named Calendar (Satish Kaushik). Their household lives hand to mouth each month, when Arun’s cheery nature fails to placate the shop owners with his growing debts, »
- Rumnique Nannar
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant each week in the Moviefone Stream.
This week's Moviefone Stream picks range from a goofball summer camp comedy to a violent shark thriller. We know you need something to help ease you out of your summer vacay, so check out our picks below. Happy streaming!
Comedy: 'Wet Hot American Summer'
The best way to end the summer is to go back to summer camp . This cult comedy may have been under your radar due to its handful of bad reviews, but "Wet Hot American Summer" has some ridiculously funny moments. It stars comedy favorites Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Erin Whitney
Unlike communism, this is not a red herring: There’s an amazing new “oral history” (with some narration) of Clue, the endearing board-game movie mystery that I refuse to stop talking about.
Buzzfeed got the scoop, and it gives us plenty of fresh interviews with director and screenwriter Jonathan Lynn, co-writer and creator John Landis (of “Thriller,” yes), and cast members Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Colleen Camp, and our girl Lesley Ann Warren. I personally found it upsetting that I learned anything from this article, because I’d like to believe I already know everything about this damn movie. Nonetheless, these were six important revelations
“I’ll never forget it,” says Landis. “I got a letter from [Stoppard], literally a year later, on this beautiful onion-skin paper, very elegant stationery, basically saying, ‘I give up!’ And he enclosed a check for the entire amount he was paid! »
- Louis Virtel
In Curtis's films, friends and family trump romantic relationships – which are too often founded on superficial attraction
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It's right there in the trailer. The key moment in Richard Curtis's new romantic comedy, the pledge of mutual devotion that's supposed to have us reaching for our hankies, comes when Bill Nighy says, "My son," and Domhnall Gleeson whispers back: "My dad." Yes, the posters may concentrate on Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, rather than Gleeson and Nighy, but by the end of About Time it's clear that the young sweethearts' flirty shenanigans are incidental to the main event. What matters to Curtis is just a father, standing in front of a son, and asking him to love him.
We shouldn't be too surprised. One curious aspect of Curtis's filmography is that while he's more or less synonymous with romantic comedy, »
Austin Film Society continues their "Films Of Johnnie To" series this weekend with the Austin premiere of his latest crime thriler, Drug War. It screens at the Marchesa tonight and on Sunday afternoon. The Pre-Code Stanwyck series is sadly coming to a close this week with Tuesday night's screening of Frank Capra's The Miracle Woman from 1931. If you haven't made it out on any of the last few Tuesday evenings, I'd highly encourage you to give this last week a shot. The prints have been incredible with lively post-film discussion.
Afs also brings us a very special event on Thursday to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Richard Linklater's The School Of Rock at the Paramount. Linklater will be in attendance along with star Jack Black, writer/co-star Mike White and many of the younger cast members from the film.
Speaking of the Paramount, we're getting close to the »
- Matt Shiverdecker
A few years ago, Empire magazine asked Quentin Tarantino for his eleven favorite films. At the time, he listed "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" as his favorite movie, but things have apparently changed. Tarantino was recently asked to once again submit a list of his favorite movies and some of his choices are a bit surprising. "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" now landed in fifth place. Meanwhile, his new favorite movie has become "Apocalypse Now," despite the fact that it wasn't on the Empire list. In fact, only five movies appear on both lists. But there are some great choices. Check out both lists below. New List: * Apocalypse Now * The Bad News Bears * Carrie * Dazed and Confused * The Good, The Bad and The Ugly * The Great Escape * His Girl Friday * Jaws * Pretty Maids All In A Row * Rolling Thunder * Sorcerer * Taxi Driver Old List: * The Good, »
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
Roman Holiday, 1953.
Directed by William Wyler.
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
So George is born. Mere days after his birth, he was thrust into the public eye. A celebrity before even uttering his first syllable. How apt that William Wyler's Roman Holiday (his first comedy in decades) is given re-issue at this particular moment in time. "Introducing" Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday inspired many movies and particularly Notting Hill whereby the monarch role of Princess Ann is replaced by Hollywood Star Julia Roberts. Baby George, as he slowly opens his eyes to the world, may seek to escape his role in royalty. Audrey Hepburn, in 1953, was unaware of how iconic she would become following this choice of role - and George is blissfully ignorant to the celebrity world he is now a part of. »
- Flickering Myth
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