16 items from 2009
There is no shortage of sex in the movies, but sometimes it does feel like there is a shortage of sexy. Over at Entertainment Weekly they have compiled the list of what they claim are the 25 sexiest movies of All-Time, and while I agree with most of their picks, I do think in a few cases they have managed to confuse love with sex (but haven't we all?). The list covers everything from full on sex flicks like 9 1/2 Weeks to more subtle fare like Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. So first let's take a look at the films that earned a spot on EW's hall of fame, and then we'll get to five movies that get my pulse racing.
- Jessica Barnes
by Terry Keefe
(Currently appearing in this month's Venice Magazine.)
The first time we interviewed actress Vera Farmiga was in early 2001, at Swingers Diner on Beverly, over French fries. It was around 8 in the evening, as she had to spend the day auditioning for a network pilot. She was promoting a supporting role in a relatively forgettable Robert De Niro-Ed Burns cop thriller called Fifteen Minutes, where she played a Eastern European hairdresser who witnesses a murder. Parking was scarce in the neighborhood, to the point that we first met that night while angling for the same spot. Today, things have changed somewhat. We’re meeting at a ridiculously large and posh board room at the Beverly Hilton, which reminds of the one in Network where uber-exec Ned Beatty chews out Peter Finch’s Howard Beale. Valets take care of the cars. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Two bona-fide classics return to New York today for extended runs this holiday season: Carol Reed’s existential thriller “Third Man” begins a 12-day engagement at Film Forum for its 60th anniversary, while Howard Hawks’ screwball masterpiece “His Girl Friday” gets a week-long run at Bam. The A.V. Club: “A sharp, exciting thriller that beautifully captures a dispirited Europe nowhere near recovered from WWII, Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’ is one of … »
Chicago – Here’s an alleged romantic comedy as clueless about romance as it is about comedy. It has a premise designed to illustrate how women think with their minds, while men think with their nether regions. Yet the male and female leads of “The Ugly Truth” are practically indistinguishable from each other. They’re both overly judgmental, profoundly self-absorbed, and thoroughly reprehensible. Neither of them would dream of dating a member of the opposite sex that didn’t meet their rigid list of superficial expectations based on physical features. These two people are clearly made for each other.
Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0
Too bad they’re played by Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, two of the most energetic and generally appealing stars in Hollywood. Their inherent likability directly conflicts with their unlikable characters. Heigl plays a TV producer who has all the warmth of Kate Gosselin, while Butler plays a local cable »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Above: Farber's painting A Dandy's Gesture (1977).
Farber’s 1969 Howard Hawks essay––as hinted earlier––lodges a wry double self‑portrait: as he summons his own birthplace for a joke about small‑town provincialism, his praise of the filmmaker’s mobility and speed conjures his own termite activities as a writer and painter. His film criticism is personal, even autobiographical, though of a deflected sort that edges into allegory and fever‑dream.
In A Dandy's Gesture (1977), one of Farber’s two “auteur” paintings focused on Hawks, he glances at––often through toys and miniatures––images from the director’s films: a plane crashed into a chocolate candy mountain, from Only Angels Have Wings; a tiger, from Bringing Up Baby; an elephant, from Hatari; a boat, from To Have and Have Not; and newspaper layout pages, from His Girl Friday, with gangster Johnny Lovo (from Scarface) in the headline. But following the »
Tim Burton invades New York, New Italian Cinema hits Los Angeles, Harold and Kumar spread holiday cheer in Austin and everywhere you look, they're celebrating All Tomorrow's Parties -- just some of the holiday film fun you can have this winter at your local repertory theater.
More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]
[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]
In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration »
- Stephen Saito
By now, you've had your fill of ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. You've cleaned up pumpkin guts, peeled off your skin along with your spirit gum prosthetics, hoping OxyClean gets fake blood stains out of your carpet. You need a movie with class, wit, and Cary Grant. You need Howard Hawks' classic His Girl Friday, which is playing right now on SlashControl.
There's nothing I can say about this movie that hasn't already been said. Rosalind Russell's Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson remains one of the gutsiest heroines to ever grace the silver screen, and the fact that Cary Grant's Walter Burns loves her for her byline makes him one of the sexiest men of all time. The romance, the scheming, and the race to the presses will still leave you dizzy and laughing. Oh, and let's not forget the clothes. Oh, to spend »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment In Michael Jackson's This is It we watch as the late King of Pop "sizzles" on stage. He lets musical moments "simmer" and his only concern is to ensure the audience is "nourished." Jackson sounds as good as he ever has, but it's impossible to ignore his thin and frail frame as well as moments of deep breathing and not think about the circumstances involved in bringing this footage to the big screen.
What is being shown in theaters was never intended to be seen by anyone other than Michael Jackson for his own private reference material, and yet mere hours after his death the promoter of what was to be Jackson's comeback/farewell concert, Aeg Live, snatched up over 100 hours of footage and began shopping it around in order to recoup over $30 million »
- Brad Brevet
We've been a bit neglectful so far this fall season with our television coverage, particularly when it comes to analyses of episodes week to week. So we're going to do our darnedest to correct that oversight, starting right here, right now, with a look back at last week.
After careful consideration, we began to realize that detailed reviews of every episode of every major series, every week, was just too unwieldy—we haven't the manpower, and we doubt you have the patience to sift through long deliberations about the lives of your favorite characters on your favorite shows. We'll still do more detailed reviews every once in a while, but expect analyses of partial seasons more often than individual episodes.
So what's the alternative? Mini recaps/reviews. Think of them as Bk Burger Shots for your pop culture soul.
Ok, that's a wee bit disgusting. Think of them as "reviews you can use, »
Sony Pictures Entertainment launched a completely re-designed museum web site offering a look at the studio's storied lot and productions ranging from On the Waterfront to Spider-Man.Sony Pictures established a web-based museum along with an annex in the lobby of the Sony Pictures Plaza building at its world headquarters in Culver City.The web museum maintains one of the most comprehensive collections of hundreds of early film photos and clips in its theatrical library. Hundreds of video clips of classic movies like It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday, »
It feels like we're always complaining about how many remakes (and reimaginings, and reduxes, and sequels, and franchises, and whatever other fancy word you can dream up for non-original ideas) are coming out of Hollywood. But now there really, really, truly seems to be more than ever before coming down the line: After this summer of Star Trek and Terminator and Land of the Lost, we still have Footloose, Harvey, The Yellow Submarine, Karate Kid, Fame, The A-Team, Predator, Children of the Corn, and, well, a heck of a lot of others to look forward to. But is this an unequivocally bad and/or stupid move on the entertainment industry's part? This L.A. Times post makes some reasoned arguments that it's not: Basically, a familiar title is a better bet, especially in bad economic times -- not just because it ensures a certain return on investment (I must admit »
- Jennifer Armstrong
His Girl Friday Dir. Howard Hawks (1940) Travel back to a time when the news was glamorous - not an endangered species - and reporters were sexy with today's pick, His Girl Friday. Howard Hawks' nostalgic picture, based on the play The Front Page, stars the dreamy Cary Grant as Walter Burns, editor of a major Chicago newspaper. When Burns' former wife and top notch reporter, Hildy Johnson (played by four-time Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell) informs him of her pending nuptials to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy, perpetual Baxter) and subsequent retirement from the paper, Burns resolves to get her to stay, whatever it takes! With his pranks and pratfalls, Burns creates a very tangled web in this charming comedy from a long-gone era. If you're hankering for Grant on the big screen, check out Bam's Cary Grant Film Festival, which has screenings until August 20. Watch the film now »
We know how it is: You’d like to go to the movies this weekend, but have you seen the price of a ticket these days? That’s the real “ugly truth” at the multiplex. But you can have a multiplex-like experience at home with a collection of the right DVDs. And when someone asks you on Monday, “Hey, did you see that new flick about the James Bond-wannabe hamsters?” you can reply, “No, I prefer my cinematic rodents not to be 25 feet tall.” Instead Of: The Ugly Truth, an ugly “battle of the sexes” would-be comedy about a mismatched couple (Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl) who hate each other until they don’t... Watch: An actual classic of the screwball comedy genre, such as 1940’s His Girl Friday, in which Cary Grant’s hard-edged newspaper editor squares off against his star reporter, played by Rosalind Russell... who also happens to be his ex-wife. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Michael Moore’s latest documentary finally has a title. Despite what people may have believed after his recent promotional stunt, it is not called “Save Our CEOs.” Nor is it the original working title, “Bailout.” Instead the film is now called “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which makes it sound like a romantic comedy about a greedy couple who meet on Wall St.
Maybe it really is that in a way, because the film involves the financial crisis and criticizes the bankers and corporate leaders who greedily got us in this mess with their passionate love for the all mighty dollar. Of course, “Love Story” is also a documentary. The kind that Moore does best, which is to say it will leave audiences divided on their interest in and their response to its content.
In a press release announcing the new moniker, Moore explained the significance of the title:
“It will be the perfect date movie, »
- Christopher Campbell
Author Ellen Byerrum's mystery/comedy/fashionsploitation novel Killer Hair (which unfortunately is not about hair that kills you) has been adapted for TV! (Sunday, Lifetime Movie Network, 8 Et/9 Pt) Killer Hair (along with June 28's Hostile Makeover, 8 Et/9 Et), is based on Byerrum's Crime of Fashion novels and feature fashion columnist/murder solver Lacey Smithsonian. All you really need is a good pun and the rest of the story practcially writes itself (see Terror Firmer and/or Poultreygeist.)
"Somebody asked me what you would call it and I said, 'A crime-edy, I guess.' I thought that might sum it up a little better than comedy or procedural or romance," says Maggie Lawson (Psych) to USAToday, who plays Washington, D.C., fashion columnist and amateur sleuth Lacey Smithsonian...
Lacey and a friend (Sadie LeBlanc) become convinced that a suicide is actually murder when they see the corpse has a horrible haircut. »
16 items from 2009
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