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My Darling Clementine, 1946.
A Western retelling of the shoot-out at the Ok Corral.
John Ford’s classic Western gets a prestigious release on Blu-ray containing a stagecoach load of extras and features uncovering the legend of Ford and his personal vision of the Wild West.
My Darling Clementine is a perfect example of Ford’s brand of pure Western, containing elements of gun-toting action, wry humour and episodic tragedy. An overriding bleakness informs the film, which at its heart is an examination of the relationship between the Marshall of Tombstone, Wyatt Earp (a definitive role for Henry Fonda) and the morally ambiguous, tuberculosis suffering Doc Holliday (Victor Mature).
Focusing on the events that inspire the famous battle, the film takes us on the route taken by the Earp »
- Robert W Monk
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.
Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.
- Brian Welk
Family Matters: Wolfe’s Unsettling Debut a Thriller with a Mean Streak
Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut, Catch Me Daddy, is most likely to inspire awe or ire as a denuded genre thriller, pared down to the barest essentials of abject miserabilism. There’s no one to innately empathize with, beyond being exposed to a central victim whom we must logically root for given her ambitious rebellion against the patriarchal straightjacket she was weaned from. Unfolding with methodical calm, the first time filmmaker manages to instill a mounting dread thanks to surprising, even shocking moments of gruesome violence, and that’s despite its lack of emotional posturing. Down and out working class folks thrust into dire straits is the name of the game here, and though a bit of additional context would’ve enhanced the basic premise, »
- Nicholas Bell
At Reverse Shot, Fernando F. Croce previews "The Essential John Ford," a series at New York's Museum of the Moving Image that's "an invaluable overview of the artist’s often paradoxical moods, ranging from the spacious buoyancy of Young Mr. Lincoln/tag> to the claustrophobic bleakness of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/tag>. The canon classics are there (including Stagecoach/tag>, The Grapes of Wrath/tag>, and The Searchers/tag>), and so are lesser-known titles (the thorny maternal journey of Pilgrimage/tag>, the travelogue surrealism of Mogambo/tag>, the rowdy theatrics of Upstream/tag>) ready to be rediscovered." Writing for Artforum, Nick Pinkerton argues that "Ford is one of the mightiest figures in international cinema, and one of the greatest American artists in any medium, full stop." » - David Hudson »
Bruce Campbell just came across the most amazing thing he's ever seen and wants to share it with you. But is it literally the most amazing thing he's ever seen? It's hard to know! This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. #AshvsEvilDead https://t.co/CmftXf0OPF — Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 2, 2015 "What if Sam Raimi directed Bruce Campbell as Ash as John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in 'The Searchers'?" Well, what if? You're about to find out thanks to this YouTube video. After watching, let us know if it's the most amazing thing you've ever seen in the comments. Or if it's not, let us know that too! »
- Chris Eggertsen
Groovy. After some very brief teases spelling out a good bit of text but not a lot of footage, today we get our first official look at Ash (Bruce Campbell) back again after 23 years -- that is, if you don't count that post-credits tease at the end of 2013's Evil Dead -- in Starz' new original series "Ash vs. Evil Dead," slated to begin its 10-episode season sometime this fall. There's not a whole hell of a lot you can really say about just a single image, but it's worth noting this is the first official look and introduction to soon-to-be series regulars and fellow Value Shop employees, Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo). Both characters aid our titular character, as he returns to crank the chainsaw back on and fight a Deadite plague threatening to destroy all of mankind. Also signed on to star, but not featured in »
- Will Ashton
Bruce Campbell is back, baby! Yes, after nearly 22 years away, Ashley Williams has returned to fight the Deadites once again in Starz's epic 10 episode first season of Ash Vs. Evil Dead. EW delivers the first official photo, which shows Bruce Campbell in his iconic blue shirt, covered in blood, ready to do battle with his legendary chainsaw hand. He is joined by his two new sidekicks, giving us a first look at Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo).
Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, an aging stock boy at Value Stop who must face the demons of his past as humanity faces a very scary apocalypse. This time, he is getting the help of two co-workers, who will aid the man in saving the world. Apparently Ash hasn't bothered to change his clothes in the past two decades. About where he has been and what he has been up to, »
Starz has released the first photo of Bruce Campbell in the upcoming "Ash vs. Evil Dead" series. Campbell reprises the role he played in Sam Raimi's classic cult horror film series, with Raimi returning as executive producer.
Speaking with EW about the return of Ash, Campbell says: "It's The Searchers with carnage and mayhem. I'm relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team - the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis." The series is slated to premiere later this year.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
"...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. »
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
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, »
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
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.
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. »
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).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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.
When I met up with Ben the day before »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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 »
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. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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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