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As Flora Poste, she's unfazed by all manner of bucolic tribulation and, drawing on her 'higher common sense', she simply sorts it all out. Who wouldn't want to be so perfectly phlegmatic?
Why I'd like to be Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Procrastination isn't my bag. I hanker after swift decisions, clear direction and a strong dose of gumption. So perhaps it's not surprising that up there on my movie pedestal are a collection of characters that cut to the chase. That two of these are essentially homicidal maniacs is, I assure you, simply an unfortunate coincidence and obviously not a characteristic to be admired. But their glorious efficiency most certainly is.
My first encounter with the brutal resourcefulness of Louis Mazzini, played »
- Nicola Davis
Update: Adds All The Way and figures from more shows: Savvy marketing and a Tony win for Best Musical conspired to give A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder a healthy box office spike last week. Just as important, the Tony win may account for the fact that folks are willing to pay top-dollar for the quirky, quick-change comedy based on the Alec Guinness chestnut Kind Hearts And Coronets. In addition to a $117,000 bounce at the Walter Kerr Theatre for a near-potential $851,000 – its best week since opening — average ticket price was up almost $22 to $121.89, according to figures […] »
35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.
Directed by Gabe Polsky, the film was first shown at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released in the Us by Sony Pictures.
Speaking at this week’s press conference, programme director Kirill Razlogov exxplained that documentaries have always played “a special role” at the festival - “documentaries are practically in all of the programmes” - and said that it was “symbolic” to open with a documentary.
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Most legit producers dream of winning a Tony Award. Bob Greenblatt was on a plane flying into New York from Los Angeles when the moment came for him on Sunday.
It’s no secret that the NBC Entertainment chairman harbors an abiding love for musical theater. His first big creative risk after taking the helm of NBC in January 2011 was the Broadway-centric “Smash,” and even if that bet didn’t pay off in the long run, last year’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live” sure did.
Less well-known, however, is Greenblatt’s longstanding involvement with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which just collected four Tony Awards, including the top honor for new musical. The show’s eventful backstory encompasses a decade-long struggle to get to the stage as the tuner slowly accumulated a team of friends, supporters and eventually producers. Greenblatt, it turns out, was one of them. »
- Gordon Cox
A brilliant, bizarre 1973 comedy-horror, Douglas Hickox's Theatre of Blood pitches somewhere between a Hammer horror and the Alec Guinness-starring Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Vincent Price excels as the hammy, self-important and thoroughly psychotic Edward Lionheart, a veteran thespian who refuses to play anything other than Shakespeare - and makes the critics pay for their lack of recognition. To celebrate the Blu-ray release of the film on 17 May, we have Three copies of Theatre of Blood to give away to our blood-thirsty readers, courtesy of our friends at Arrow Video. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Welcome to Den Of Geek’s newest regular feature. Leaving a monthly stain on the glowing veneer of the site’s hallowed digital halls, this blog’s humble goal is to explore cinema’s shady alleyways in search of the obscure, weird and not-so-wonderful, bad taste, or just plain bad. All clear? Then, let’s get wading.
Everyone knows that critics are a wretched, bitter cross-section of human sewage, right? In case you’d forgotten, the first few films we encounter provide evidence of these dregs of society finally getting their just desserts.
Vincent Price might be the perfect critic-slayer. Surely there can be no finer way to go than accompanied by a Shakespearian quote in the high-camp dulcet tones of a horror legend. Theatre Of Blood, »
Director: Chadd Harbold
Running Time: 84 minutes
If blockbusters have taught us one thing it’s that the dog has to survive. Classic interpretations of the law have been found in such genre classics as Volcanoe and Independence Dance. Therefore it makes sense to build a revenge thriller around the murder of a dog, as every viewer will be able to root for the hero of the film. At least, that’s how it should be. If Revenge For Jolly! teaches us one thing, it’s that a surprisingly horrific act can result in absolutely no feeling and absolutely no involvement in a star-filled but messy and empty dark comedy. That’s a self-labelled ‘dark comedy’ by the way, as the humour seems to be non-existent.
Brian Petsos plays Harry, an emotionally distant, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
★★★★★Collated for the first time on Blu-ray are three films from Britain's Ealing Studios, each starring its most renowned star, Alec Guinness. In Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), lowly sales assistant Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) reeks terrible revenge on his mother's aristocratic relations the D'Ascoyne family (all played by Guinness), whilst The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) tells the story of Henry Holland (Guinness) an unassuming clerk at the Bank of England who plots to relieve his bosses of a small fortune. Finally in The Man in the White Suit (1951) humble inventor Henry Stratton (Guinness) creates a fibre which never gets dirty or wears out.
- CineVue UK
Alexa here to wish a Happy Centennial to Alec Guinness. Born 100 years ago today to a single mother in London, Guinness' theatre career began in his 20s. It wasn't until after he served in the Royal Navy in World War II that his film career began in earnest, and soon he was playing eight roles in one movie (Kind Hearts and Coronets). One of his six famously tempestuous collaborations with David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai, got him his Oscar for Best Actor, although he was nominated four other times (even for Best Screenplay) and he received an honorary Oscar in 1980. The geeks know him as Obi-Wan, but for me he will forever be Professor Marcus from The Ladykillers (a little obsession of mine).
Here are some vintage curios to celebrate his career in film
Running Time: 272 Minutes
Ealing comedies are so wonderful aren’t they? Transporting us back to post-war Britain at a time when it seemed much easier to mix darkness and comedy. This collection of three films, each starring Alec Guinness (one of which stars him 8 times), is a reminder of the incredible talent and unique tone that British films once possessed. Not only does each film deliver the laughs and the more sinister plotlines, but they also make interesting observations on society.
Kind Hearts And Coronets sees a man kill his way through his estranged family in order to inherit the family title and see his mother buried in the family graveyard. Dennis Price takes the lead as the sociopathic and righteous Louis »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
10 items from 2014
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