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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Continue the Meta Fictional Adventures in Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

17 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

Written by Alan Moore

Drawn by Kevin O’Neill

Lettered by Todd Klein

Colored by Ben Dimagmaliw

Published by Knockabout/Top Shelf

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have no time for a preamble or set up in Nemo: The Roses Of Berlin, the latest offshoot of their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. Within the first couple of pages, they dive right into the story of Janni Dakkar, the daughter of Nemo, and her husband Broad Arrow Jack invading 1940s Berlin to rescue their daughter. When their son-in-law’s airship is shot down over Germany with their daughter inside, Janni and Jack storm Berlin, finding a city that they didn’t expect. It’s not a Nazi driven Berlin (even though Nazis are there.) It’s the Berlin straight out of Metropolis and the imagination of Fritz Lang. Swiftly realizing that it’s all a »

- Scott Cederlund

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Red River

20 February 2014 2:11 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

John Wayne and Mongomery Clift head to Missouri in Red River.

No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday) played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart 1948 film Red River.

In this American cinema classic, John Wayne (True Grit) found one of his greatest roles as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity) in a breakout performance, reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri, which is based on a real-life late nineteenth-century expedition.

Yet Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, »

- Laurence

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Oscars: 10 Best Pictures That Actually Were The Best

12 February 2014 8:18 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

Next month is the 86th Academy Awards ceremony but ever since sentimental fighter pilot movie Wings beat F.W. Murnau’s still lauded Sunrise to the inaugural big prize, there has been a general feeling that the Best Picture Oscar doesn’t really represent the year’s best film at all. The Academy has a reputation for picking safe “prestige” dramas over anything original, innovative, stylised or genre films.

This is nothing new. The 14th ceremony in 1942 gave the top award to worthy Americanised Welsh mine drama How Green Was My Valley, despite the other nominees including the hugely innovative and influential (not to mention far more entertaining) Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane.

In the 84 Oscar ceremonies between Wings’ first win and the triumph of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity or The Wolf of Wall Street this year, there have been bafflingly undeserved winners (Driving Miss Daisy in 1990), good »

- Jack Gann

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 20-11

2 February 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.

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20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks had been the leading man in romantic comedies before (e.g. Splash). But the same year he took home his first Oscar (Philadelphia), he also starred opposite Meg Ryan in this »

- Joshua Gaul

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Tarantino's Hateful 8 Screenplay Leak's Chosen Six?

23 January 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Quentin TarantinoThe Hateful Eight’ screenplay leak Quentin Tarantino will no longer be making the Western The Hateful Eight. Why not? Well, Tarantino claims he sent out the film’s screenplay to a group of six people, one of whom allegedly showed it to his agent, who then showed it to other agents, who then began calling Tarantino’s agent Mike Simpson, asking him to cast their clients in the film. (Photo: The Hateful Eight screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino was quoted as saying at Deadline.com, which first broke The Hateful Eight Screenplay Leak story on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” Now, before they begin flailing and wailing, Quentin Tarantino fans should be »

- Zac Gille

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