13 items from 2010
A couple of weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about the fact that this rare teaser poster (the only one known to be in existence) for the 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein was poised to break the world record for the sale of a movie poster. The record, held since 2005, was for one of four known copies of a 1927 German poster for Metropolis, which sold at London’s Reel Poster Gallery for $690,000. Prior to that the record had been held for 8 years by a poster for the 1932 The Mummy sold in auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $453,500. (The third highest selling poster of all time, for the record, is also Metropolis). It was hoped that the Bride poster would fetch over $700,000 at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills (Heritage, based out of Dallas, handles 70 percent of the world's movie poster auction sales) but it failed to reach its »
The popular voiceover actor took time last week to speak about his days as the new Caped Crusader in preparation for this week's release of Batman Beyond: The Complete Series, a nine-disc limited edition DVD set that presents nearly 20 hours of animated action spread over 52 episodes, as well as including all-new bonus featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager ... until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman, Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, »
- Robert Greenberger
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
• Introduction to The Great Movies III
You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.
I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. »
- Roger Ebert
Jacques Tourneur, one of old Hollywood's last poets, seems forever known, when know at all, for pairing his nebulous, poetic clashes between rationality and irrationality with the inspired clouds of unease of producer Val Lewton's wartime productions in such films as Cat People (1942), The Leopard Man (1943), and I Walked With a Zombie (also 43), and for one of the most unsusal and foggy noirs—and canonical films—ever produced, Out of the Past (1947). In the 1950s Tourneur's products grew more erratic, though masterpieces were frequent—ranging frmo the beginning of the decade with the genuine warmth of his good-hearted Western, Stars in My Crown (1950), to the end, with a return to scientific-materialist horror in the British production Night of the Demon (1957)—and frequently uncanny and haunting in that way so specific to Tourneur, where memories of his »
Shadows of Film Noir will unearth some of the treasures known as film noir, so dubbed by the French after the ravages of WWII. In America, it was not so much a genre as a mood, as soldiers returned home and the enthusiasm of victory wore off. It was not easy to return to normal life, and sometimes men became discouraged, morose, and tempted. The fear and paranoia they might have felt was not reflected in Hollywood musicals and comedies. In most stories of film noir, a man finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes this predicament is of his own making, and sometimes it's just bad luck. He must make a decision, and inevitably, it's the wrong one. Sometimes this decision has to do with a female, or sometimes the promise of wealth or fame. Or sometimes it's just the promise of simple survival. It's »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
2010 Best Actor Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Jeff Bridges for finally getting his props with last night's win for "Crazy Heart"! He's now officially lost the title of "Most Underrated Actor of His Generation." In the spirit of Jeff's victory, we at The Interview thought it appropriate to share this article, which originally appeared in the July 1999 issue of Venice Magazine. Enjoy, and well-done, Jeff!
Jeff Bridges is arguably the most underrated great American actor since the late Robert Ryan. A performer of incredible range, whose myriad of characterizations over the past 30 years leave the filmgoer with a continued sense of awe and admiration, Bridges' refusal to fit a mold on-screen might be the very thing that has kept him from becoming a conventional movie star. It's also the thing that has kept his work so fascinating, and so brilliant.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Martin Scorsese once again steps out of gangster films and thrusts us into Shutter Island. Needless to say, as soon as I heard mention of this being Marty’s next project, I became very enthusiastic. So, before the film was to be released, I decided to pick up the novel, which I read ravenously. Immediately after reading the novel, I began researching Dennis Lehane’s intentions and influences of the novel, which seemed fairly transparent at first. Lehane sought to bring together a combination of pulp, B-movies and gothic horror, which resulted in a bizarre, entertaining novel that toyed with the film noir genre as well. One film in particular, that struck me as surprisingly similar to Shutter Island (which dawned on me the minute I finished watching it), was Hitchcock’s Vertigo. I was not surprised that much of the cinematography from Vertigo can be seen as a strong influence of Shutter Island, »
- Justin Webb
Martin Scorsese showed classic films to the 'Shutter Island' cast and crew to teach them what he wanted his movie to be like. The 67-year-old director, who helmed the detective thriller, screened the old movies so they could get a feel of what they had to create. Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays lead character Us Marshall Teddy Daniels in the movie, said: ''We saw 'Laura', 'Out of the Past' and, of course, 'Vertigo' - all these movies about obsessed detectives coming to terms with themselves through their investigations. ''Scorsese wanted a genre feel to the film, and wanted to be specific to this particular .. »
Some of the films are classics, some are obscure, but they're definitely worth a look to see what movies inspired the greatest living American director while making "Shutter Island" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Here's the list of films according to the movie's production notes:
From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
Q: What were your influences that fed into the making of Shutter Island?
A: There were films that we looked at. The mood and tone of the Val Lewton (producer) films from the early 1940s are great. I showed I Walked With A Zombie and Cat People – terrible titles but great works of poetry. Both of these were produced by Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur and there’s another Lewton picture, The Isle of the Dead, which is directed by Mark Robson, and is also very interesting. And certainly we looked at (Roman) Polanski’s films – Cul-de-sac, »
- Allan Ford
Updated through 2/17.
Among the films Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have told Terrence Rafferty (New York Times) and Scott Timberg (Los Angeles Times) they re-watched or at least had in mind as they made Shutter Island: Otto Preminger's Laura (1944), Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947), Orson Welles's 1962 Kafka adaptation, The Trial (1962), Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963), "and of course," Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). Sure enough, their adaptation of the bestselling novel, itself described by author Dennis Lehane as a hybrid of the Brontë sisters and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), segues and occasionally lurches from homage to allusion to quote to echo. It's a heavy cinephilic soup, to be sure, but also a collage of mid-20th century calamities, as if Freud, having recently slipped from the clutches of the Third Reich, dropped a mickey in Philip Marlowe's glass and projected the detective's nightmares up on the screen. »
The Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio yesterday revealed that working with Martin Scorsese on upcoming thriller Shutter Island had been his most emotionally gruelling experience yet in front of the cameras.
DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a steely second world war veteran who arrives at a fortress-like island housing a hospital for the criminally insane in the gothic-tinged tale, which is based on the 2003 Dennis Lehane novel and co-stars Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo and Max Von Sydow. The actor said he was more than capable of "switching off" once away from the shoot, but admitted there was often something of a "sombre mood going home every day" after filming his scenes on the wind-blasted Peddocks Island off the coast of Boston.
"This is the most challenging one to date for me. Physically – yes, but emotionally more so, »
- Ben Child
13 items from 2010
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