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The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 27th successful year! Steve and I collaborated in 2011 on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I have been writing a regular monthly movie-related column since. Our working alliance is simple: Steve tells me a year and I pick a movie from that year and write about it. Last month Steve threw me the year 1963. Since I was hosting a Ray Harryhausen tribute event at the St. Louis International Film Festival and was eager to »
- Tom Stockman
A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.
Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white »
- Joe Queenan
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called “the Citizen Kane of horror films” when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first time January 7, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy’s final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, … Continue reading →
*Updated with additional Us release details* As we reported recently, Studio Canal was able to track down an uncut print of The Wicker Man and will be releasing it later this year. Along with a limited theatrical release, the UK will be getting The Wicker Man Blu-ray edition in October and we now have Us release details as well.
“Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called “the Citizen Kane of horror films” when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first timeJanuary 7, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy’s final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, an interview with Robin Hardy and two informative featurettes. Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, »
- Jonathan James
Gather around the Maypole, brandish your phallic symbols, and get ready to masturbate silently while pounding on the wall, kids! The Wicker Man: The Final Cut is officially on its way to domestic home video, and we have the skinny on what to expect once it gets here!
From the Press Release
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called "the Citizen Kane of horror films" when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first time January 7, 2014, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand, and Pay-Per-View.
Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy's final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, an interview with Robin Hardy, and two informative featurettes. Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, The Wicker Man has been »
- Uncle Creepy
In the years since Netflix added a library of streaming titles to its disc rent-by-mail business, that stream has become a gusher and streaming movies and TV shows changed the home video habits of American households. But while there are plenty of classics are readily available to stream via subscription or VOD, from "Birth of a Nation" and "The Rules of the Game" to "Citizen Kane" and "Chinatown," countless titles come and go. While this is far from a definitive list, these 10 noteworthy films that became available on streaming platforms in 2013 deserve singling out. To browse more, check out Indiewire parent company SnagFilms' classics section. "Fantomas: The Complete Saga" (1913-1914) The adventures of the cinema's first supervillain in five wicked, delirious surreal short features, "Fantomas" was Louis Feuillade's first great serial and there was no more creatively energetic, playfully inventive and entertainingly surreal filmmaking of the era. Fandor has the complete five-film. »
- Sean Axmaker
Of all the top ten lists, the American Film Institute's annual best of film list is one that carries a lot of weight. Composed of leaders from the film, entertainment, business and academic communities, this prestigious group made headlines years ago when they voted "Citizen Kane" the best film ever made.
They don't rank their top tens and don't explain their choices, they simply list their top films which usually includes a healthy mix of mainstream and art house with the occasional Wtf selection creeping in.
If there's one limitation though it's that the organisation's nature means only American films are selected, so great foreign fare doesn't make the list. This year the honorees (in alphabetical order) are:
The group also picks their Top 10 American TV »
- Garth Franklin
By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Director John Lee Hancock’s preceding film was the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, and he now returns with another film that has a more than good chance of being a triumph at the Academy Awards next year, with his brilliant drama Saving Mr. Banks, based around the making of Mary Poppins.
We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Lee Hancock to discuss the title, working with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks and how fearful he was about making a film with Disney, about Disney. He also tells us what it was like to have composer Richard Sherman around on set, and what other films he’d be interested in exploring on film from a pre-production perspective.
Well I’ll start by saying that the film, deservedly, has been very well-received. Though initially I was a bit worried that the hardened critic may have been put off by the sentimentality… »
- Stefan Pape
The Austin Film Society is taking a few days off for the holidays, but will return this weekend with a special series called "Jan Nemec: Rediscovered Treasures of the Czechoslovak New Wave." 2005's Toyen screens on Sunday night (December 1) while Diamonds Of The Night and A Loaf Of Bread play next Monday and Wednesday. All three titles are screening in rare 35mm prints. Meanwhile, the latest Afs Essential Cinema series on Irish cinema (our preview) screens 1995's Nothing Personal next Thursday.
The Paramount is kicking off its annual Holiday Film Series with Elf on Sunday and a double feature of It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story next Wednesday. All films are screening in 35mm and there will be a few more titles in the weeks ahead. Check out Elizabeth's chat about the series with Paramount programmer Stephen Jannise.
The Alamo Drafthouse begins a new film series focused on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Just before the end of World War II, actor and producer Norman Lloyd found himself playing an unexpectedly memorable tennis match. His friend, actor Joe Cotten (Citizen Kane), had invited Lloyd to his Pacific Palisades home to hit the court and have lunch along with some other guests. "I was invited out there on a Sunday," recalls Lloyd, now 99, a seven-decade veteran of the industry who's appeared in films including Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942) and Dead Poets Society (1989). Fashion designer Oleg Cassini had arrived, and he brought a guest. "It was this guy I didn’t know, just wearing shorts, no shoes, no stockings and no shirt.
- Aaron Couch, Erik Hayden
Twitter nearly imploded Nov. 18 when the words ‘Space Jam 2′ began trending, sparking rumors of a sequel to what is definitely the most important film of our time. Unfortunately for the universe, Bugs Bunny and co. will not be partnering with LeBron James to save the world with basketball, since the whole thing was a joke — but it shouldn’t be.
In 1996, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and the gang partnered with NBA superstar Michael Jordan to save the world from the nefarious Mister Swackhammer and his band of newly super-sized Nerdlucks. The results were phenomenal — Space Jam was an ambitious, absurd, and ultimately fun little movie, one that definitely merits a sequel. Read on to find out why!
I know what you’re going to say: Enough with the ’90s, already! And in a way, you’re right. »
- HL Intern
It’s official, nothing is sacred. Quite possibly the most unnecessary sequel in the history of unnecessary sequels in development, as a follow-up to Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is in the works by producers Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners and Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. Farnsowth and Martha Bolton have already written the screenplay, which revolves around George Bailey’s grandson being visited by an angel. Karolyn Grimes, who played Jimmy Stewart’s daughter Zuzu in the original, has apparently agreed to return to play the angel in the proposed sequel. The producers are currently on the hunt for a director (good luck), and plan to begin filming in Louisiana next year in anticipation of a hoped-for holiday 2015 release date. Hit the jump for more. Per Variety, the budget for the film is said to be in the $25 million to $35 million range, and the »
- Adam Chitwood
Our sister publication Variety just bannered an exclusive that there is a sequel in the works to the charming Frank Capra-directed Jimmy Stewart film It’s A Wonderful Life. Here, the actress who played Bailey daughter Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) returns as an angel to advise George Bailey’s grandson (cleverly named George Bailey) because he has turned into a douchebag. While my first impulse is to label this a sign of the apocalypse, particularly after I see stories about Robert De Niro talking about a Taxi Driver sequel, maybe the Wonderful Life‘s backers at Star Partners are on to something. Even if something is considered a sacred cow, if that cow was run through the slaughterhouse, wouldn’t there be some tasty steaks for all? I need to stop judging. You could take the progeny of a number of classic films and continue those beloved story lines. Why, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
People who’ve seen the documentary Lost in La Mancha know about director Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated efforts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the screen. That film reported on just one of many attempts by Gilliam to bring the story of Quixote to life. Now he’s announced a seventh attempt to complete the seemingly jinxed project.
Terry Gilliam is nothing if not determined. The Monty Python alumni has been doggedly resolute in striving to get his vision of the classic Miguel de Cervantes story “the Misadventures of Don Quixote” made since the 1990s. His script, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has been a near-obsession of his for almost 20 years. He’s had six failed attempts to realize his dream project and now he’s trying again. You have to admire his stick-to-it-iveness.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Stewart Alexander is a Canadian actor and writer based in London, England. He was born and raised in Lachine, Quebec, and moved to the UK shortly after graduating from McGill University. Having made a number of short films on Super-8 in college, he embarked on a self-appointed apprenticeship assisting in the lighting, sound and editorial departments for a number of production companies in the UK. He also wrote and directed a short film called, “The Leather Jacket,” which was shot on 16mm, and edited, in a pre-digital age, on a Steenbeck. After meeting Kerry Skinner while studying to be an actor, he wrote the stage-play “Body Checks,” which they co-produced to considerable critical acclaim, and then adapted into a screenplay.
Now Alexander and Skinner have co-directed their first feature, the comedy-drama Common People. The film weaves together six stories and over thirty characters to present a dramatic, humorous and sometimes magical tale of romance, »
- Tom Stockman
Recently, I wrote a piece asking you, the reader, if the failure of The Lone Ranger was possibly due to the general movie going publics inability to have fun nowadays. I described how this film made me reminisce about a day when movies such as this weren’t made for one demographic. They were made for the entire family to enjoy (Et for example). In short, I thought the movie was a ton of “theatrical fun.”
Quentin Tarantino apparently agrees with me, and I will take his assessment of a film over anyone who deems The Lone Ranger unworthy but can spend their hard earned cash on truly horrendous atrocities of film making like Michael Bay’s adaptation of the Transformers or any recent Adam Sandler outing.
I mean seriously, answer this question I have been asking myself for a long time now. How is it that films like Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, »
- Brad Lee
The Retrospective section of the Berlin Film Festival will focus on the use of light in movie-making, the event said Thursday. The section will be curated by Deutsche Kinemathek in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where the movies will also play.
The fest said that the line-up will allow auds to discover lighting styles from a variety of genres and periods of film history.
“We admire films such as Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon,’ but for the most part we don’t know the names of the cameramen and lighting technicians who, in a team with the director, create these superb worlds of light and shadow for us. In 2014, the Retrospective will illuminate these works,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.
- Leo Barraclough
A stunnning arts venue seamlessly blending the old with the new
This week's Cine-files is from Jamie Neish, who writes abhout film at HeyUGuys.co.uk. If there's a cinema you'd like to cover for a future Cine-files blog, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set within the city's burgeoning cultural quarter, Dundee Contemporary Arts – otherwise known as Dca to its patrons – is minutes from the city centre, and a short walk to the waterside, which is currently experiencing a £1 billion transformation.
Designed by Richard Murphy Architects and opened in 1999, Dca is a stunning and original multi-storey arts venue constructed around an open-plan café bar and meeting space. Large windows and open spaces are used effectively to emphasise space, and the building incorporates different materials – from the original brickwork of the former garage that once occupied its plot through to the modern steel beams used to support »
- Guardian readers
It's been nine long years since the first Anchorman film. But now the big-haired newscasters are back. What took them so long?
Tucked away on YouTube is a seven-minute tribute that purports to show the American Film Institute announcing Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as the greatest movie ever made. Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg and Cher are wheeled out to wax lyrical about the picture's truth and humanity, periodically struggling with their emotions and welling up on camera. From here we cut to a shot of Will Ferrell pushing a man over in the street and Paul Rudd parading about the office liberally doused in rank aftershave. "Ugh," gags a colleague. "It smells like Bigfoot's dick."
- Xan Brooks
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