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Anghus Houvouras picks his top five five directors whose output is getting progressively worse, and rates their chances of redemption...
Some filmmakers age like fine wine. Others ferment. Every filmmaker has an occasional miscue or a film that doesn't live up to expectations. But there are others who consistently work and yet seem to be spiraling down a slippery descent into mediocrity... or worse. Here's a list of the top five filmmakers who have seemed to have lost their way.
It feels like a lifetime since we've seen a Coppola film that is worth the two hour investment. At one point he was the riskiest, most daring filmmaker in the business. He took big risks and reaped big rewards. But then he started turning out junk that barely qualified as mediocre. It was right around the time he released the family friendly drama Jack with Robin Williams »
As Michael Mann has ventured into digital territory—or, in some cases, into a hybrid of digital and celluloid—there has been an unexpected and unusual compositional focus on the ear. Mann doesn’t so much glamorize the cosmetics of the ear but rather makes it an intractable fact of life in so many of his images. It’s almost always there on the edge of the frame in both dialogue scenes and set pieces, either just barely out of reach of the lens’ focal length or indeed the lone focal point, a stray ear in an expansive frame. Due to Mann’s increasingly regular use of wide-angle lenses at atypical moments—a tendency that cuts across his collaborations with various Dp’s (Dante Spinotti, Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron, Emmanuel Lubezki, Lukas Strebel)—there’s a heightened awareness towards objects in close proximity to the camera (and thus an uncanny »
Following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski, Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson, best known for their roles of Ron Swanson ("Parks and Recreation") and Darryl Philbin ("The Office"), are taking sides in the long-standing Cubs-Sox rivalry in New Era's new ad campaign.
The first ad in the campaign, posted last week on Funny Or Die, begins with Offerman, a Cubs fan who was born and raised in Illinois and got his comedy start in Chicago, and Robinson, who grew up on the city's South Side and loved the Sox, sitting in a fictional Chicago bar called The Dividing Line.
"How old is Wrigley anyway? Do you even have electricity?" Robinson asks Offerman.
"It's powered by tradition, my friend. Something you wouldn't know about at Mobile Phone Park," Offerman replies.
The ad goes on to reference the "weeds" -- er, ivy -- at Wrigley Field, Chicago-style pizza and »
- Joseph Erbentraut
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Olive Films
The classic 1950 film drama The Lawless starring Macdonald Carey (The Great Missouri Raid) and Gail Russell (Angel and the Badman) takes on the issues of immigrant workers and racial discrimination, subjects that were rarely covered in mainstream movies at that time.
Carey plays a crusading newspaperman who seemingly is the only person willing to champion the rights of a group of oppressed Mexican-American fruit-pickers, just he tries to stop a lynch mob’s manhunt of a Latino fugitive accused of fomenting a riot.
Tackling a controversial issue in an honest, no-nonsense fashion, director Joseph Losey (The Romantic Englishwoman), helming his second feature, was later blacklisted in the United States and moved to Europe where he made the remainder of his films, mostly in the United Kingdom.
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4 items from 2012
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