9 items from 2013
Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Toyko, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib or Judgment At Nuremberg or Inherit The Wind.
Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say, it from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, you name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “”It’s what every actor tries to strive »
- Mindy Newell
His first column appeared in April 1963 and he would become the doyen of UK film critics. Having announced he will soon file his last column, he talks about meeting Chaplin, and Hollywood's greatest canine actors
Philip French's international reputation as a film critic is unrivalled. As recently as February, after a career with the Observer that began in 1963, an American film journal rated him as Britain's "greatest living movie analyst". But at the end of August he is to file his last column as this newspaper's film critic. After an illustrious half century, French, who was honoured with an OBE in January, has decided to step down following his 80th birthday the same month.
In his first column for the Observer, he bemoaned the lack of British films offering a believable picture of criminathe underworld. He noted "the tired vignettes of sub-Runyon characters" in The Small World of Sammy Lee starring Anthony Newley. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib, or Judgment At Nuremberg, or Inherit The Wind.
Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say it – from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “It’s what every actor tries to strive for – to make it so simple, »
- Mindy Newell
The Critics’ Circle, the UK’s only professional association of critics of drama, music, film, dance, and visual arts and the oldest organisation of its kind anywhere in the world, celebrates its centenary this year with high profile events open to the media and public audiences. We’ve got the official announcement over the events, and talks happening for their 100-year celebrations!
27 April – 11am to 4pm: Victoria and Albert Museum (free event in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre) presents ‘The Art of Criticism’, a public event hosted by two of the UK’s most popular broadcasters, Paul Gambaccini and Mariella Frostrup. ‘The Art of Criticism’ promises to be a day of lively discussion and debate with questions and answers flowing freely between the audience and the day’s guest panels about what makes a critic, what the job entails, what its significance is in the world of music, dance, »
- Dan Bullock
The Film That Changed My Life | Argentine Film Festival | Daniel Day-Lewis | Jameson Cult Film Club
The Film That Changed My Life, London
A simple idea to mark the centenary of the Critics' Circle: 14 well-known film critics introduce their favourite movies, and try to change your life. Understandably, most the movies are classics, from Kate Muir's choice (and Martin Scorsese fave) I Know Where I'm Going! to If… and The 400 Blows. From the Guardian/Observer stable, Peter Bradshaw goes for Raging Bull, Philip French Bad Day At Black Rock, and Jason Solomons Annie Hall. For something more alternative, the Evening Standard's Derek Malcolm presents Ship Of Theseus, an acclaimed Mumbai drama made just last year, while Empire's Kim Newman offers an obscure 1960s double bill from Nathan Juran: First Men In The Moon and East Of Sudan.
Barbican, EC2, Fri to 2 May
Argentine Film Festival, London
Cinema won't settle the Falklands/Malvinas dispute, »
- Steve Rose
The man behind Michael Haneke's fake Twitter account revealed at last, plus news of two exciting film seasons
'Haneke' is hidden no more
His tweets fooled Hollywood and stars such as Salman Rushdie, Debra Messing, Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. But he's also been acclaimed as "the best thing on Twitter" amid the carefully choreographed publicity of studio Oscar campaigns. And today, Trash can solve the mystery puzzling the film world: who is the genius behind the fake Michael Haneke Twitter account? The author of the funniest film gags of the awards season is 28-year-old Londoner Benjamin Lee, a journalist and deputy editor of the highly successful ShortList.com. The director of Amour and The White Ribbon has a reputation for austere seriousness but recently, through Lee's hilarious proxy tweets, he has become more famous for his love of KFC, his cat and the fruity chews Skittles.
"It was »
- Jason Solomons
Oscar winner in 1955 for Marty, the battered-looking actor was remembered at the 85th Academy Awards
Oscars 2013 coverage continues on our liveblog
The Oscars paid tribute to Ernest Borgnine, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year - finding space for his famously pugnacious visage in its traditional In Memoriam montage of clips.
Borgnine won the best actor award for his performance as a lovelorn Bronx butcher in the 1955 drama Marty. But he was a Hollywood mainstay for nearly 60 years, rearing up in a host of movie classics, including From Here to Eternity, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Wild Bunch and The Poseidon Adventure.
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- Xan Brooks
Nazi necromancers, a rabbi and a golem — it’s all in a day’s work for Supernatural‘s Sam and Dean in this Wednesday’s episode, “Everybody Hates Hitler” (airing at 9/8c on The CW). And who better to bring such an offbeat case together than writer/consulting producer Ben Edlund, who’s penned such memorable hours as “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “Monster Movie” and “Clap Your Hands If You Believe”?
- Vlada Gelman
Life of Pi by Dean WaltonI was just looking as a series of graphic Best Picture prints designed by Dean Walton and my mind wandered into a geeky Oscaroborus that I couldn't break free of. The series of prints is referred to as a "full series" but there's only five: Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, and Lincoln. Um. There are nine Best Picture nominees this year, Dean!
It got me to thinking. I don't even think those would have been "the five", had there been just five. It's not so easy to discount Argo, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook given the final vote tallies. I think we might have had a year of 3/5 Picture/Director split year. Or even gasp 2/5... which has happened before believe it or not.
- NATHANIEL R
9 items from 2013
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