Most of the essential, indispensable cliches in films about crime – the police are as bad as the gangsters, just try to find an La cop who's not on the take – were established many, many years ago, and films that ignore them rarely succeed at the box office. It's perfectly all right to add new cliches – feet seen descending from a car in a dark alley, protracted barfing when a mutilated corpse is found, wiseacre female assassins – but the old cliches must be honoured.
For starters, gangster films almost always showcase tough guys off the hardscrabble streets of blighted metropolises who turn to a life of crime because a) it is the only way to get ahead; b) they were wronged by the authorities at a young age; c) they realise that Credit Suisse and Bank of America almost never hire people from their ethnic background, so they might as well become leg-breakers. »
- Joe Queenan
"Do I have your full attention?"
Whilst continuing my "Best in Show" column for Tribeca Film, I decided it was high time to highlight Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network and this is why. Here at The Film Experience though, it's time for Oscar trivia! Though I would love to see Eisenberg win traction for Best Actor, he has something else working against him besides the subdued performance: his age.
Youngest Best Actor NomineesAnd where Eisenberg would fit in, were he to be nominated.
Disclaimer/Bragging: You won't find info this extensive elsewhere! The Official Oscar site / Wikipedia only offer top tens. However the following info is approximate. Though the Academy's top ten is down to the day of the actual nominations, they don't provide official nomination dates only ceremony dates. Inside Oscar and Wikipedia also only list the ceremony dates so we're just using February 1st, ∞ as a general »
- NATHANIEL R
Tonite, you've got the choice of not one, but two documentary films making their television premieres. After Venice, Telluride and Nyff premieres, PBS are wasting no time in releasing Martin Scorsese/Kent Jones documentary A Letter To Elia on American Masters [9:00-10:30 Pm/Et]. Kazan the honoree was not always so reserved and retiring. Elia Kazan the director bravely and artfully confronted some of the more pressing social issues of his time: topics such as class division, bigotry and corruption. His courage and talent behind the camera delivered some of Hollywood’s most unforgettable cinematic achievements, such as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954) and East of Eden (1955). His leadership and tutelage elicited Oscar®-Winning performances from screen greats such as Vivien Leigh, Anthony Quinn, Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint. From the Sundance Film Festival, Nicolas Entel's Sins of My Father [HBO 9pm Et/Pt] interviews Sebastian Marroquin (formerly Juan Pablo Escobar) and his mother, »
Not unlike Camerman, the documentary about accomplished cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese’s A Letter To Elia, an hour-long half docu-ography/half diary entry regarding the life and movies of Elia Kazan, is a movie for strictly film festivals and the DVD collections of those that regularly attend film festivals.
The doc, written and directed by Scorsese and Kent Jones (writer for The Daily Show), doesn’t tell us anything new about Kazan’s highly-debated Black List days or how he felt about them (he’s recorded calling it the choice between two impossible choices) or even the trajectory of his film career. Instead, it offers a passionate look at the man’s canon from an equally immortal filmmaker and admirer.
Scorsese talks for the majority of the doc, and when the camera’s on him he speaks directly into the audience. The filmmaker speaks over dozens of clips from Kazan’s movies, »
- Dan Mecca
Ben Affleck's thriller brings a familiar plot line to life with fresh direction and sparkling writing
Based on a novel by Chuck Hogan called Prince of Thieves, Ben Affleck's The Town is a violent crime story set in the Charlestown area of north-east Boston, which boasts more bank and armoured car robbers than any other square mile in America. Forty years ago one might have been surprised by this, as to outsiders Boston was thought of as a sedate city, rich in revolutionary history and the setting for respectable novels of upper-class manners.
But in the early 1970s the city became the stamping ground for the tough private eye Spenser, an east coast version of Philip Marlowe created by the prolific Robert B Parker, and the location for The Friends of Eddie Coyle, the first of 25 novels about crime and law enforcement by George V Higgins, assistant Us »
- Philip French
His films cemented his reputation - and are now making more money than ever - but it's his innovations with technology and championing of young (and forgotten) talent that gets Martin Scorsese into the top 20
He may have had his ups and downs as a director. He may no longer make films as edgy or dangerous as he once did. But the lightning sometimes does strike twice: Shutter Island was a major hit (giving Scorsese his best opening weekend ever) and The Departed gave him his belated best director Oscar in 2006.
But the influence of Martin Scorsese, 67, is felt as much in the curatorial sphere as in film-making: cinema lovers around the world have him to thank for the restoration of films as diverse as Kurosawa's Rashomon, the British classic The Red Shoes and experimental work by filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage. »
The suggestion that the story behind the founding of Facebook could make for a compelling and timely cinematic drama would have been greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism just a year and a half ago.
Now we are but a few weeks away from the release of The Social Network and early word of mouth is that the Facebook-inspired project might not only be destined for Oscar glory, but it could resonate with the generation of Internet-savvy moviegoers the way films like On the Waterfront or The Graduate did with young adults alive in the 1950s and 60s, respectively.
General interest in The Social Network first picked up when acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) became involved with the project. The release of an…
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- Sandy Schaefer
I guess it was inevitable that somebody should ask Martin Scorsese, a man whose reputation was made and is still probably widely typified by his crime stories, to come up with a list of his favorite gangster movies. The Daily Beast did just that and while it's easy to see why, it looks like Scorsese is a big Jimmy Cagney fan. Being a voracious film fan, many of the titles on Scorsese's list are not your typical mob fare (Sorry, no Godfather to be found). But there is The Public Enemy, my favorite Cagney role and probably one of my favorite gangster movies of all time, at the top of Scorsese's chronological list.
While it would be hard to imagine Scorsese submitting a dull survey, it's nice to see that he's putting his curatorial powers to good use. After Cagney roles like White Heat and The Roaring Twenties, there are »
- Simon Abrams
There are a few filmmakers we wish could also be our film professors. But none more so than Martin Scorsese, who at least has given us film history lessons in the documentaries A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy. Now he's back with collaborator Kent Jones for a one-hour "mini-masterclass" about the works of legendary director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront; East of Eden). Its title is A Letter to Elia, and we're happy to debut the one-sheet, which you'll find in full after the jump.
The doc focuses directly on Kazan's films, what they mean to Scorsese and what they tell us about the man who made them. "Maybe you learn more from the work than the man," Scorsese says about why interviews and biographies aren't enough for a study of an artist. As for how Kazan's films affected his own life, »
- Christopher Campbell
"Who is this guy?" asked an usher. "Was he on television or something? It's strange. If you look at this audience, it's filled with people of all ages. I've never in all my life seen such a diverse age-range come out to see one man." Meet Adam Lambert, sir. If you had been among the few who showed up for the "On The Waterfront" festival in Rockford, Il last Saturday wondering what all the buzz was about, you would have been quickly enlightened by eager fans willing to explain the whole thing. Arriving hours before the show with their fully charged camera phones and trusty lawn chairs in tow, these folks were, are, and always will be loyal ambassadors to The Glam Nation. Those fortunate enough to get an assigned seat (they sold out faster than any other artist in history to perform at this annual festival) had a fairly good view of the stage. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jennifer Maurer)
20th Century Fox and PBS’ American Masters series have acquired the rights to Martin Scorsese’s documentary A Letter to Elia. The film centers on the life of the influential Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan. Co-directed by Kent Jones, the film has been making the festival rounds screening at the Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and it will play at the New York Film Festival on September 27th.
The documentary will be included in Fox’s upcoming 18-disc Elia Kazan Film Collection DVD gift set and will air as part of PBS’ American Masters series on October 4th accompanied by a short documentary featuring actors and directors talking about Kazan’s influence on them and the American film industry. I personally haven’t seen the documentary, but I’m curious to see how Scorsese approaches Kazan’s controversial testimony in House Committee on Un-American Activities during the Red Scare. »
- Matt Goldberg
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: An anticipated documentary which screened at a few hefty film festivals was just acquired by a major studio.
The picture is “A Letter to Elia,” Martin Scorsese’s new documentary exploring the life and talent of Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan. The film, co-directed by Scorsese and Kent Jones, was acquired by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Thirteen’s “American Masters” series. The film recently made its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. It is also an official selection of the New York Film Festival where it will screen alongside Kazan’s “America, America” on Sept. 27.
From the release:
Of making the film, Scorsese says, “It took many years. I asked my old friend and »
- Sean O'Connell
The festival has added a Gala screening of Buried, a claustrophobic thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, on Thursday, September 23 (a day before its released in select theaters). Reynolds and director Rodrigo Cortés will be in attendance. Fantastic Fest is also adding it to their “Rolling Roadshow” list, which prides itself on an immersive experience for seeing the film (e.g. the classic On the Waterfront projected on a New Jersey pier). The twist — and there’s always a twist with these guys — is that four people will be selected to watch the film while actually buried. (More info here.)
- Jeff Leins
Eminem gets himself covered in cuts and bruises to promote 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. A new promo video for the upcoming awards has been released, unveiling that the 37-year-old rapper remakes a scene from Marlon Brando's 1954 film "On the Waterfront". In it, he is seen limping away from an overturned car right before it bursts into flames with a big explosion.
When met on the set, the "Love the Way You Lie" rapper said he didn't pay much attention to the details of the clip that features his song "Not Afraid". "They tell me that it's something for the VMAs, but I've been in my little rat hole. They just let me out to play," he said. "So I'm kind of like that hamster in the ball, when they let him out and he runs around in the ball. I'm in my little ball right now, running around."
At this year's Video Music Awards, »
HollywoodNews.com: Eminem is on top of the world following his latest release, “Recovery,” that has already gone double platinum and continues to dominate Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart with his single “Love the Way You Lie.”
Since the rapper will be performing at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, he has filmed a promo for the show. In the new video we see Eminem all covered in bruises as he hobbles away from a car. He told MTV that the video is based on a scene from Marlon Brando’s 1954 movie “On the Waterfront.”
While doing the shoot, the rapper also explained that he got some time to have some fun. “They tell me that it’s something for the VMAs, but I’ve been in my little rat hole. They just let me out to play. So I’m kind of like that hamster in the ball, when they »
- Linny Lum
In the wake of the recent announcement of the upcoming Criterion Collection release of the “New Hollywood” box set, called America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story, it looks like the Collection may have a chance to delve back into the Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures catalogue, thanks to a new deal.
According to a press release, Criterion Collection distributor Image Entertainment has just struck a multi-year deal with the film studio. The deal will allow Sphe to manufacture and release any and all upcoming Image Entertainment Blu-ray and DVD releases, and in return, Sphe has licensed “an undisclosed” number of films from their back log to Image for distribution.
This deal, taken along with the America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story box set featuring solely Sony Pictures releases, leads me to believe that we may very well see a few more Sony Pictures releases getting the Criterion treatment. The »
- Joshua Brunsting
Just a reminder to classic movie fans in the New York metropolitan area, tomorrow night Rolling Roadshow, in association with Alamo Drafthouse, will be showing the classic Brando film On the Waterfront at Pier A Park. The setting is terrific. It's not only where the movie was filmed but it also affords a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline. Note: bring your own blankets or chairs! For more click here »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
A couple weeks back, we posted the schedule for the Alamo Drafthouse's 2010 Rolling Road Show. The traveling movie screening series just one of the many reasons the Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest movie theater on the planet. For those who don't know, the Drafthouse travels around the United States to present one-time-only screenings of classic films using a portable movie theater which they set-up in famous locations from the films. This year's line-up includes Jackie Brown, Dirty Harry, There Will Be Blood, Convoy, The Blues Brothers, Robocop, Rocky I-iii, On The Waterfront, and The Godfather Part II. Earlier this week we posted about Olly Moss' awesome posters for the film series. The Drafthouse has just informed us of a big location change for their first event, Jackie Brown in Los Angeles this Friday. Find out the details after the jump. From the Alamo Drafthouse: We have made a location switch »
- Peter Sciretta
The 2010 edition of the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow, where classic movies are screened outdoors in locations where they were shot or set kicks off this Friday, August 6, with "Jackie Brown" at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrence, CA. Traditionally, the Drafthouse gang make up special merch for each screening that you can only get at the event. This year, all nine Roadshows have their very own poster by Olly Moss, a really talented illustrator whose work you may recognize from this awesome T-shirt.
Here's the full lineup, starting with "Jackie Brown":
Aug. 7: "Dirty Harry" at San Francisco's Washington Square Park:
Aug. 8: "There Will Be Blood" at California's Kern County Museum:
Aug. 8: "Convoy" and "Red Dawn" Double Feature at the Ft. Union Drive-In in Las Vegas, Nm:
Aug. 13: "The Blues Brothers" at Chicago's Joliet Prison:
Aug. 14 : "RoboCop" at Detroit's Russell Industrial Center:
Aug. 19: "Rocky I, »
- Matt Singer
There are few things in life you can count on, but the Rolling Roadshow being awesome is clearly one of them. For those who don't know, the Rolling Roadshow is an annual tour put together by Austin's Alamo Drafthouse theater, where they take classic movies and show them in locations specific to where the movie was set or filmed. And they always seem to have groovy posters. This year's batch of movies includes The Godfather Part II, Jackie Brown, On The Waterfront, Dirty Harry, Robocop, »
- Dave Davis
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