13 items from 2013
Joss Whedon's California-set Much Ado, filmed in black and white over 12 days, is a charming and witty triumph
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There was a great fear in the 1960s and 70s that various respected directors who'd moved into making epics and blockbusters would be unable to return, even occasionally, to more modest productions. Some of them didn't, most notably David Lean. Some of them did, most impressively John Huston with Fat City, Wise Blood and The Dead. The same query was raised over Francis Ford Coppola and, more recently, hangs over Christopher Nolan. But the 49-year-old Joss Whedon has triumphantly answered the question.
After scripting Buffy the Vampire Slayer for TV and the first Toy Story for the cinema, Whedon rose fairly rapidly to direct The Avengers with a budget of $220m. His producers apparently insisted that between the long shooting schedule on »
- Philip French
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Cohen Film Collection/Entertainment One
Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas (Olivier) are a young society couple who marry based on the “perfect understanding” that they will be allowed to enjoy extramarital adventures and never let jealousy come between them.
That arrangement is soon put to the test when a drunk Nicholas sleeps with a former lover (Nora Swinburne, TV’s The Forsythe Saga). When he returns to Judy, he is guilt-ridden and confesses his indiscretion. Judy forgives him, but Nicholas is soon battling his own feelings of jealousy when he comes to believe that Judy has slept with an old friend of hers (John Halliday, »
Brief Encounter has beaten Casablanca to the title of 'Best Romantic Film' in a new list for Time Out London.
> Read the full top 100 on the 'Time Out' website
Time Out London's film editor Dave Calhoun said: "What makes the Time Out list so exciting and unusual is that it's not just the opinion of three sun-starved film critics sitting in a darkened room and writing a list.
"Instead, we got off our sofas and asked 101 real experts in movies and romance for their personal take on the matter - and our top 100 romantic films reflects their very personal choices."
Time Out has put its heart on its sleeve and shouted its Brief Encounter infatuation from the rooftops. Will you join them in their lovebombing of the 68-year-old classic? Or have your tastes in romantic movies moved on?
Sam played it again, now it's our turn to plug in the turntable and petition you once more for your top romance films of all time. The peg? Time Out's 100 Most Romantic Films of all Time poll, which has been announced today, and which names Brief Encounter as the title most likely to get your heart a-flutter.
But by our reckoning, the Time Out folk are cruising for a bruising; when we came to the same conclusion three years ago, the readers felt we'd done them wrong, and suggested Casablanca was Mr Right when it came to romantic movies.
Do you feel the same? Has your taste for gin joints endured over the past three years? »
Chicago – With Mother’s Day around the corner, Warner Bros. has released another one of their stellar DVD box sets built around their 100th anniversary — “Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Romance.” It may not be the best gift set for everyone but it does offer a strong package for those who like a little emotional manipulation with their popcorn. There are some undeniable classics in this set (along with some questionable choices) but it’s the sheer “something for everyone” quality of the release that makes it memorable.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
Seventy years of romance from 1938’s “Jezebel” to 2008’s “Nights in Rodanthe” are included in this set that includes a book with plot descriptions for each of the films and all of the special features from previous releases. That’s essentially what this is — previous releases compiled into one box set. Literally. The DVDs are the same - transfers, »
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The collection includes Casablanca (1942), one of our favorite movies of all time as well as Jezebel (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Splendor in the Grass (1961), Doctor Zhivago (1965), A Touch of Class (1973), A Star Is Born (1976), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Bodyguard (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Lake House (2006) and Nights in Rodanthe (2008).
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Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013, and to mark the occasion is releasing five box sets throughout the year, with 20 films each highlighting the best of the studio's output. First up: the Comedy Collection, including such unbeatable classics as Howard Hawks' "Bringing Up Baby," George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" and Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Alas, it also includes "The Hangover," but nothing's perfect. Full list of titles below. Warner Bros. was founded and formally incorporated on April 4, 1923, by brothers Albert, Harry, Sam and Jack Warner. The collection will be divided into two chapters across 20 discs: "Class Acts" (1935-1980) and "Class Clowns" (1983-2009). The set releases on July 2, 2013.Films included are: 1. A Night at the Opera (1935)2. Stage Door (1937)3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)4. The Philadelphia »
- Beth Hanna
Judged on its own terms, Judd Apatow's latest comedy is a frank, funny, often painful study of married life and parenthood
Several comedians over the past 30-odd years have created schools around their work – Woody Allen, for instance, with his relationship comedies in the 70s, and the Farrelly brothers with their envelope-pushing farces of the 90s. But there's been no one quite like Judd Apatow. As indefatigable writer, producer, director and impresario, he's been at the centre of a phenomenal industry that throughout this new century has brought together a good many of the most original comic talents in America for taste-challenging, fashion-setting entertainment, usually crude and vigorous, but often sharp and occasionally subtle.
Following The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009), Apatow's fourth film as writer-director is This Is 40. It's a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, where Seth Rogen played a charming Canadian layabout who »
- Philip French
With this year's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood is attempting to get down and dirty with real people and real problems. But Us films are notoriously bad at this. I Give It a Year is a British comedy about falling out of love – not a romcom, more of a romp-incomp. But whatever happened to the simple idea of the innocently zany finding love?
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Being abnormal used to be normal. In movies such as The Apartment (1960), it was redemptive. Cc Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) are outsiders who've missed the boat, careerwise and hopewise. She's wasting her time on a married man, while Baxter is caught in a sexual vortex established by his superiors, who have clandestine trysts in his apartment while "Buddy Boy" gets »
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Pucker up: it's Valentine's Day on Thursday and we'd like your nominations for the best onscreen smooches
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The kiss; it's captivated cinemagoers since 1896 when Edison captured the first kiss on film. While you might divert your eyes from such a clinch in public, watching an onscreen kiss remains a shameless voyeuristic pleasure. So for Valentine's Day, here's five of the best onscreen kisses.
I could have filled my entire top five with Jimmy Stewart's various lip-locks (The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, Come Live with Me, Rear Window.) He was said to be nervous about filming this particular kiss, his first since returning to Hollywood after the war. The resulting embrace »
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Our daily countdown continues, with part 27 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever made. These are numbers 40-31.
40) The Philadelphia Story (1940) George Cuckor USA
34) 2001: A Space Odessey (1968) Stanley Kubrick USA
Numbers 30-21 coming next.
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Ten men. Ten Oscars. Ten eternal images of hotness that I'm happy to rank.
You'll be either excited or depressed to learn that the idea of a hot Best Actor Oscar winner is mostly a recent invention. There are some Oscar-winning studs from the the '30s and '40s, but you see plenty more GQ-ready gents in the Academy Award-winning roles of the '90s and 2000s. So without further ado, let's take another trip back and time and count down the 10 hottest "Best Actor" winners.
Perhaps his performance in Les Miserables is preventing me from ranking him higher, but Russell Crowe was the picture of macho angst and valor in Gladiator. Gotta love when an actor finds the perfect forum to vent his infamous angst.
I'm often too charmed by Colin Firth's character and inteligence to notice the obvious: »
There was never anybody quite like Cary Grant.
And honestly, there never will be. Today's "hottest" actors don't hold a candle to Grant, the screen legend who stood 6'2" and had the kind of face that was both handsome and innocent. His [bearing] could be aristocratic, exaggerated for comedic effect in films like "The Philadelphia Story," as the wry playboy Ck Dexter Haven. (And who else could get away with pushing Katherine Hepburn to the ground?) He could be the wide-eyed innocent, like the professor driven to slight madness in the screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby" or the bumbling writer in "Arsenic and Old Lace." But those same brown eyes could read cold, in thrillers like "Suspicion." (It seems unfair to limit this retrospective to a handful of Grant's many great contributions to film during his 40-year career, but there you go.)
But no matter what the role was, Grant's style was effortless. »
- Brie Dyas
13 items from 2013
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