6 items from 2009
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is out in theaters now, and is already breaking records and attracting all sorts of fervor about the ending, whether it's better than the first film and what the possibilities are for "Eclipse" (which is set to release in June of 2010 but is already being buzzed about in the "Twilight" fan community). The "New Moon" soundtrack has also been tearing up the Billboard album chart, selling half a million copies in only five weeks of release on the back of Death Cab for Cutie's excellent, moody new single "Meet Me on the Equinox." The rock-centric soundtrack also features tunes by Muse, Thom Yorke, the Killers, Ok Go, Editors, Band of Skulls and Grizzly Bear. It's an excellent batch of songs that compliments the film about as well as a soundtrack can, making it the perfect companion piece.
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- Kyle Anderson
Ever lie in bed at night and wonder if an old movie exists where Lon Chaney takes a blowtorch to Charles Bronson’s face? Well it does and it’s the 1955 prison drama Big House U.S.A., a gritty but forgotten crime tale about a desperate group of loathsome men played by an amazing cast of manly B-movie bad guys. Chaney and Bronson act alongside Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, and William Talman. They’re all villains who meet cruel but deserved ends and while Big House U.S.A. is one of the most mean spirited prison escape/kidnap caper thriller ever made (and I mean that as a good thing) it is Not available on DVD.
Big House U.S.A.’s story begins with an asthmatic rich kid getting lost while attending a “mountain ranger” summer camp (locations filmed at Colorado’s Royal Gorge Park). Shady hiker »
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Pulp Fiction debuted, officially making Quentin Tarantino a household name. I was in my junior year of high school when Tarantino’s opus hit theaters. I hadn’t yet gotten the filmmaking bug at that time, that would plant its seed my senior year, but what this film did was to solidify my status as a movie geek.
I’d already been an avid movie-watcher, going through an average of probably 2-3 movies a week. That doesn’t sound like much, but keep in mind I was in high school and had plenty of that nasty homework stuff to wade through when I wasn’t working for gas money. What Pulp Fiction did was to make concrete my appreciation of and passion for the creative process of making movies.
Pulp Fiction was such a breath of fresh air… well, fresh air with plenty of profanity, »
Kate Edelman Johnson is planning a return to "The Big Valley."
The producer is spinning a feature film out of the 1960s TV show co-created by her father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching clan in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Lee Majors, Richard Long and Linda Evans were among the regulars.
Daniel Adams ("The Golden Boys") has written the screenplay and will direct. Johnson and Adams' Panther Entertainment will produce, with an April start date planned for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Actress Maxine Cooper Gomberg has died at her home in Los Angeles. She was 84.
She died of natural causes on 4 April.
Moviemaker Robert Aldrich cast the actress in Kiss Me Deadly after seeing her in a Los Angeles theatrical production of Peer Gynt. She also had small roles in the director's films Autumn Leaves and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? »
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The Killing of Sister George was the first “serious” film ever to earn an X rating - though many people erroneously believe that distinction was held by by Midnight Cowboy, which was released the following year.
A little-seen but oft-cited film in the queer canon, Sister George still packs a subversive punch 40 years after its release, not least for its still-unbested, two-minute lesbian sex scene. (Paradoxically I find it one of the least sexy “sex scenes” ever captured on film.)
Beryl Reid (who won a Tony for the role she originated on Broadway) plays an aging, gin-soaked actress, June Buckridge who, in turn, plays a kindly country nun on a popular BBC soap opera, Applehurst – but not for long. The producers of the show have decided to kill off her character. Meanwhile, June’s live-in, blond bombshell girlfriend “Childie” (Susannah York) is getting restless. »
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6 items from 2009
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