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The Terminator's perfect shot

29 June 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Terminator Genisys on the way, Ryan analyses what might just be the most powerful shot in James Cameron's The Terminator...

"...the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight..."

You can tell a lot about how effective a movie scene is by watching it again with the sound turned off. Stripped of its dialogue, sound effects and music, can the sequence still communicate its message?

James Cameron's The Terminator, blessed though it is with a superb score by Brad Fiedel and numerous quotable lines, could work almost as well as a silent movie. So much of Cameron's feature debut (discounting Piranha II: The Spawning, from which he was fired after just two weeks) is told through body language and skilful shot composition.  

Watch The Terminator's opening again without sound, and you'll see just how effective and lean its visual storytelling is. »

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"Hondo": Quintessential John Wayne, a Quintessential Western—in 3-D

12 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Hondo (1953), which is set to play June 13 - July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their "3-D Summer" series, was John Wayne's first Western in three years. It was produced by his own Wayne/Fellows Productions (later named Batjac), founded just the year prior by Wayne and producer Robert Fellows. And James Edward Grant, who had already written several Wayne features and had a particular flair for writing classic John Wayne dialogue, penned the screenplay. All told, one gets the sense that everything about this exemplary return to the genre was a carefully conscious decision by the iconic American star. Hondo is a definitive Western. Moreover, it's a definitive John Wayne Western.When Wayne made Hondo, his masculine persona was already firmly established. After viewing the film at one point, Wayne supposedly declared, "I'll be damned if I'm not the stuff men are made of." Such a comment, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Colin Trevorrow interview: Jurassic World, Jaws and more

2 June 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of the UK release of Jurassic World, we talk to director Colin Trevorrow about Jaws, Spielberg, and the film's most horrifying scene.

The last time we caught up with director Colin Trevorrow, it was ahead of the UK release of his sci-fi rom-com, Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. And how times have changed since; within months of that interview, Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly (who wrote Safety) had agreed to take on a fourth Jurassic Park movie - a project stuck in a production quagmire for more than a decade.

Trevorrow and Connolly's fresh perspective seemed to grease the gears on the project, and now, here it is: Jurassic World, the bigger, more evolved sequel to a series that hasn't been seen on the silver screen since 2001. Its story could be seen as a reflection of the filmmaking duo's journey from the east coast to the cutthroat landscape of Hollywood: in the movie, »

- ryanlambie

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Steve Martin to receive his AFI Life Achievement Award from former winner Mel Brooks

21 May 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve Martin will have a double honour coming up in June as he is given the AFI Life Achievement Award from former winner Mel Brooks.

Legendary filmmaker Brooks will pay tribute to Martin's 40-year career as an icon of film comedy at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 4.

Brooks received the prestigious film prize two years ago, while last year's winner was Jane Fonda.

The AFI Life Achievement Award was first given away in 1973 to filmmaker John Ford, best known for directing the Westerns The Searchers and Stagecoach.

Martin has received many other accolades during his career, such as an honorary Academy Award and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.

He is expected to return to the big screen in director Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk following a five-year absence.

TNT airs highlights from this year's AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 10pm Et. »

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Ten Weddings and No Funerals: The Greatest Cinematic Nuptials

18 May 2015 5:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:

1. The Searchers (1956)

John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).

2. Rachel Getting Married »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Les Cowboys’

18 May 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The spirit of the American West lives on in France, of all places, where devotees don their cowboy hats and jeans to attend carnivals where they ride horses and dance to country music. While the hard-scrabble attitude endures, one can’t help but wonder where the lawless frontier itself now lies — precisely the question screenwriter Thomas Bidegain explores in “Les Cowboys.” Bidegain, who for years has served as the muscle behind Jacques Audiard’s scripts, advances his ongoing deconstruction of genre-movie masculinity in his uncompromising, anti-romantic directorial debut, transposing the myth of John Ford’s “The Searchers” to the modern era when one of these ersatz cowboys’ daughters disappears, sending her Marlboro-man father off in hopeless pursuit. Here, instead of being abducted by Comanches, the girl converts to Islam, touching on still-raw racial prejudices in a pared-down, elliptical art film that’s tough to watch, yet continues to haunt in the weeks that follow. »

- Peter Debruge

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"The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection" Debuts June 2 From Warner Home Entertainment

13 May 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Go west, young man by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 April 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Slow West star Ben Mendelsohn with Anne-Katrin Titze in New York Photo: Omar Gonzales

John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.

Michael Fassbender (Silas) and Ben Mendelsohn (Payne): "At that stage, he is starting to make a move towards taking the boy."

When I met up with Ben the day before »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Salvation review: Mads Mikkelsen film for western fans only

14 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15

Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.

Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning »

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Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side

19 March 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This surprisingly moving video edit by Jacob T. Swinney places the first and final shots of 55 beautiful films side-by-side. We don't typically realize how symmetrical and similar these first and final images can be, though of course the similarities are purposeful. Other times, when the two shots are strikingly different, the simple contrast depicts the journey a film has taken. The complimentary images from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," for example, represent an entire lifetime, beginning with young Mason looking up into the sky, and ending with college-age Mason off with a new friend, looking for a brief second directly into the camera.  Many of these first and last shots are iconic. Stanley Kubrick's "2001: a Space Odyssey" opens with a celestial shot of the sun rising above the earth, and ends with a floating fetus. John Ford's "The Searchers" is bookended by two open doorways through which you can see the mountainous western. »

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Daily | Senses, desistfilm, Criticism

16 March 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a good handful of pieces on Michelangelo Antonioni and two on Paul Thomas Anderson. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A new short film from Jean-Luc Godard; Martin Scorsese on John Ford's The Searchers; an issue of Criticism devoted to Andy Warhol, desistfilm on Alfred Hitchcock, Isidore Isou, Peter Tscherkassky, Michael Robinson and David OReilly; an interview with Terence Stamp; articles on Thom Andersen's The Thoughts That Once We Had, Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Alain Resnais—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Senses, desistfilm, Criticism

16 March 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a good handful of pieces on Michelangelo Antonioni and two on Paul Thomas Anderson. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A new short film from Jean-Luc Godard; Martin Scorsese on John Ford's The Searchers; an issue of Criticism devoted to Andy Warhol, desistfilm on Alfred Hitchcock, Isidore Isou, Peter Tscherkassky, Michael Robinson and David OReilly; an interview with Terence Stamp; articles on Thom Andersen's The Thoughts That Once We Had, Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Alain Resnais—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Den Of Geek Book Club: The Searchers - The Making Of An American Legend

16 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Glenn Frankel's exploration of famous John Ford's Western, The Searchers, is our Den Of Geek Book Club non-fiction choice this month...

John Ford's The Searchers is a film that has had many interpretations placed upon it since it was released in 1956. Some would say it's a plea for tolerance. Others would point out that some scenes contain a less forgiving message. The key element of Glenn Frankel’s book takes a different stance. It starts with surprising fact – that The Searchers is, in fact, based on a true story, taking its inspiration from events that played a huge part in the way settlers viewed Native Americans in the nineteenth century, and beyond.  

The Making Of An American Legend charts the way that truth can become legend, and legend can become film. Of course, John Ford loved these sorts of distinctions; 'When the legend becomes fact, print the legend' »

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The Story Of Film: An Odyssey – The DVD Review

10 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I love the movies, really, truly I do, I love the movies. Cinema, motion pictures, movies, film, whatever you want to label this peculiar art form that we all cherish here at We Are Movie Geeks, I have loved it ever since the first time I saw a movie on television, in a theater or at a drive-in. I wish I could recall the first movie I ever saw and what the medium was in which I saw it.

One of my earliest memories was the yearly showing of Wizard of Oz on television and my delight at seeing Judy Garland in a different movie, Pigskin Parade, and realizing that actors made a living by appearing in more than one movie or television series.

I can recall seeing Battle Beyond the Stars at the Pine Hill Drive-in in Piedmont, Missouri, one of the Russian space movies bought and re-edited by Roger Corman. »

- Sam Moffitt

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The Salvation Review

26 February 2015 3:48 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With his tough, chiseled face, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has one of world cinema’s best mugs. The actor carries so much of the weight of his many characters in his face, whether it be Hannibal Lecter’s suave cunning on television or anguished despair in his triumphant role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. Naturally, as a stoic settler trying to get retribution on a bloodthirsty baddie in The Salvation, a pastiche to the westerns of John Ford and Sergio Leone, Mikkelsen is magnetic, expressing deep hurt and pain with just a glower or grimace.

As recent Danish immigrant Jon, Mikkelsen’s bloodied and blistered face is a wall to show just how resolute he can be. Jon crossed the Atlantic with his brother (Mikael Persbrandt) in the 1860s with the hopes of making a living in a frontier town. He learned the customs and language, as did the »

- Jordan Adler

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Catch Me Daddy review – big scenes and bold ideas in honour-killing drama

26 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This flawed but ambitious film about a British Pakistani family who hire a posse of thugs to hunt down their errant daughter is a tough look at contemporary gender politics

Daniel Wolfe’s debut movie arrives in the UK after its premiere at Cannes last year: a tough drama about contemporary Britain’s tribal and gender politics. This is ambitious work from a promising talent. There are big scenes, bold ideas and great images – created with Robbie Ryan’s tremendous cinematography. It is based on the murderous phenomenon of “honour killing” in British Pakistani communities. When Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) runs away to be with her white boyfriend, Aaron (Conor McCarron), her family hires a posse of tough guys to get her back, a little like John Ford’s The Searchers.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Examining the Christopher Nolan backlash

23 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Another Oscars season, and Christopher Nolan is overlooked again. With Interstellar getting a mixed reaction, we look at the Nolan backlash.

This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.

In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?

This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »

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Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ immersive in scope and proudly lethargic in pacing

8 February 2015 11:13 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit- McPhee in “Slow West

Slow West

Written by John Maclean

Directed by John Maclean

USA, 2015

Slow West is immersive in scope and proudly lethargic in its pacing. It envelops you in the dangerous world of the 19th-century Wild West, where a lovestruck Scot is chasing a woman in hope of saving her from the “dead or alive” bounty on her head. Teenager Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smith-McPhee of The Young Ones and The Road) is joined by mysterious charmer Silas (Michael Fassbender) who teaches him how to survive the elements and outlaws even as he sets his sights on getting the bounty himself. Slow West is reminiscent of the care taken in John Ford’s love letters to the West (The SearchersStagecoach) as it has the same sensibilities and tensions that are drawn out between love, duty, and the sad reality of circumstance. It »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance 2015: Best of the Festival

6 February 2015 8:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The snowy streets of Park City, Utah have cleared out and another Sundance has come to an end. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl appears to be this year’s breakout independent film but there were several other movies that a made a quieter critical splash that are just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. They consist of a tightly wound, tension-filled western, a cerebral discussion about America, creativity, and privacy, a musical icon’s emotional bio pic, a powerful coming-of-age tearjerker, and one peculiar romantic comedy. What follows are my highlights of a diversely entertaining Sundance 2015:

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour”

The End of the Tour

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles

The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With »

- Lane Scarberry

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