8 items from 2010
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Salt (Unrated) There's an unrated cut and a director's cut on top of the theatrical cut. I guess they are trying really hard to get you to buy this in order to make turning it into a franchise feasible. Personally I'd love to see where they take this character, but I won't be rushing out to buy this one in order to see it happen. Easy A I'm kicking myself for not requesting a review copy of this one. I was in Toronto when it screened and never made it to the theaters to see it for myself. I have already added it to my Netflix queue, but I also just shot off a late request for a review copy so hopefully it will come through. I have heard plenty of good word of mouth for Easy A and »
- Brad Brevet
A look at what's new on DVD today:
"The Films of Rita Hayworth"
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A collection of five of the brunette bombshell's films -- the 1944 Gene Kelly musical "Cover Girl" and her most famous film "Gilda," as well as the 1945 musical "Tonight and Every Night," "Miss Sadie Thompson" and "Salome," which are making their first appearance on DVD -- with introductions by Martin Scorsese on "Tonight and Every Night," Baz Luhrmann on "Cover Girl" and Patricia Clarkson on "Miss Sadie Thompson," the original trailers for each of the films and a featurette with Scorsese and Luhrmann comparing notes on "Gilda."
Directed by François Ozon
Released by Mpi Home Video
It's been a long journey for French filmmaker Ozon's first fully-English film - he's already made three others since "Angel" premiered at Berlinale in 2007, but it boasts a bunch of big names including Michael Fassbender, »
- Stephen Saito
Stop staring awkwardly ahead in the crowded elevator and make eye contact with these clips of claustrophobic cinema
What could possibly go wrong? You're forced into an enclosed space with a load of strangers and there's only one rule: no talking. Attempting conversation in an elevator is like eating food in the loo: just not right. So people just stand there – staring ahead, uneasily waiting for their floor. Add to that the perennial fear of something going wrong and you've got one of the most awkward situations in everyday life.
This is what makes the lift perfect for cinema. What better way of hiking up the tension than by throwing your characters together in a metal box with no windows. Alfred Hitchcock knew the power of this small space. Off set, he liked to break the no-talking rule by shouting out in a crowded lift: "Well it was quite shocking, »
Last week, Art Gilmore, the voice of many of the movie trailers from the 1950's and 1960's died at age 98. His voice has been heard on more than 2,700 trailers. We have rounded up a compilation of 37 trailers featuring Gilmore's famous voice over, embedded after the jump. “Radar Men from the Moon” (1952) Republic serial trailer. “Invaders from Mars” (1953) D: Wm. Cameron Menzies. Paranoid. “Cinecolor”. “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) in “3-D”. “War of the Worlds” (1953) George Pal “The Conquest of Space” (1955) George Pal “The Blob” (1958) Steve McQueen. “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” (1958) “I Was a Teenage Frankenstein” (1957) Whit Bissel. “The Amazing Colossal Man” (1957) “Rodan” (1957) Japanese follow-up to “Godzilla”. “Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory” (1961) “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” (1964) “Dumbo” (1941) “Gilda” (1946) Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) Jimmy Stewart D: Frank Capra “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1948) John Wayne D: John Ford “Mighty »
- Peter Sciretta
As part of the Guardian and Observer Film Season, welcome to our inaugural liveblog of a film. We pressed play on the DVD of Mulholland Drive that came free with today's Observer at exactly 7pm. And, with the help of uberfan Steve Rose and film scholar David Thomson, we tried to decipher this most mysterious of movies
Now choose which film we'll liveblog from the TV on Monday
6.30pm: Good evening! At 7pm we'll be kicking off our inaugural liveblog of a film on the Guardian's film site as part of our month-long Film Season. So there's still time to get a copy of Mulholland Drive, free with today's Observer, if you haven't already (and the garage/newsagent still has some in stock).
- David Thomson, Steve Rose, Catherine Shoard
British filmmaker J Blakeson knew getting financing to direct his first film would be tough. So he set out to write a tense, economical, and tight story about a kidnapped girl and the complicated interaction between the kidnappers and their victim. Starring only three actors: Gemma Arteton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan, the resulting film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, is set in one room and was inspired by a scene in Ron Howard's 1996 thriller Ransom. Always wanting to be at the helm, Blakeson says that he is relieved to have proven that he can direct after several years of writing screenplays to pay the bills. Now that he has directed his first film and has an American agent, Blakeson hopes to continue directing more movies and letting someone else do the writing.
By Lorenza Muñoz
The script was extremely tight. How did you discipline yourself to be so spare? »
In Bulgarian, the term 'Zift' can refer to any one of several things; it's a tough, chewy, gum like substance; an asphalt; or a blanket piece of slang simply meaning 'shit.' Sandwiched in between Romania, Greece, and Turkey at the ass end of Europe, Bulgaria is one of the forgotten, less fashionable Eastern Bloc nations that suffered under Communist rule for the better part of a half century. Eager to impart the odd sensation of numbing that set in as his country and it's culture slowly suffocated, veteran theater helmer Javor Gardev's hyper-stylized noir opens with a monologue from our hero, Moth (Baharov), recounting one unfortunate fellow's run-in with the vengeful husband of his mistress emptying the contents of an entire sewage truck into his apartment. Ironically, the sight of four tons of feces sloshing around in his pad didn't even make the man queasy. "When there is that much shit, »
- Neil Pedley
This Sony release of his rehearsals - coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22 - now serves instead as that last curtain call.
Pieced together from hundreds of hours of footage, This is It is as close as you will get to a flavour of what those concerts could have been like. Jackson lives on through his music, and this release is clear evidence of that.
Extras aside, the main film included here is not a documentary, it's not a biography, it's not even a tribute, it makes no mention of his untimely and shocking death; this is instead a behind-the-scenes look at the performer's comeback/swansong-that-never-was.
The disc opens with emotional interviews with the dancers who were chosen for the tour. These were apparently filmed in April, »
- David Bentley
8 items from 2010
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