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Al Pacino won his Oscar on his eighth nomination. He deserved it more the other seven times!Amir here, back with another monthly team poll. Back in May, we had a look at the Best Actress Oscars and picked what we thought were the greatest losers in history. Since we all love symmetry, it’s only fair to give the losing gentlemen their chance to shine. And it's also quite topical in December 2013. This year's Best Actor race has so many worthy choices that the losers are inevitably worth celebrating in advance.
This was an incredibly arduous task. Though we may all have our regular disagreements with AMPAS, there’s no denying the wealth of talent on display in their record of movie history. These are some of the most iconic performances in film history and to narrow them down to just ten is a fool’s errand. List-making always is! »
- Amir S.
Dining out can be dangerous.
So Frank (Tom Selleck) discovered after having dinner with Angelo Gallo (guest star Chazz Palminteri) -- a boyhood friend who happened to be a Mob lawyer -- in Friday's (Nov. 15) "Blue Bloods" episode "Justice Served," written by series co-executive producer Siobhan Byrne O'Connor. The men left the restaurant jovially, but right after Frank's car pulled away, the attorney was felled by two bullets to the back.
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) was getting a taste of another side of the law by serving jury duty. Young defendant Deshawn Williams (J. Mallory-McCree) was on trial for the murder of a deli cashier, and when the jurors went into deliberation, only one held out for a "not guilty" verdict. Guess who?
Written by Si Spurrier | Drawn by Pj Holden | Coloured by Jordie Bellaire | Published by Titan Comics
Often when you read a comic with a skyscraper-high concept the conclusion doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the rest of the book, mainly because the creators were so excited about the ideas they’d chucked at the wall that they neglected to make sure all of them stuck. The bulk of the series might be chock full of excitement, inventiveness and thrills, but if that last chapter doesn’t pay off in an appropriately satisfying manner it can really sour a reader’s experience.
Thankfully, the creators of Numbercruncher know how to stick a bloody good landing.
No need to catch you up on previous happenings; there’re other reviews for that. This series has done a fine job of switching things up every issue, and #4′s no different in »
- Mark Allen
It’s been only a week since Captain Phillips headed right from the news into the multiplexes. Well it’s already time for another big studio, ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama. Most of the action takes place in 2009 as did Cp, but the people in our new film are still making news while the hijacking wrapped up in a few days. The Fifth Estate is an ongoing, still unfolding story because it concerns the website Wikileaks and it’s still controversial founder. Its title refers to the news media. The fourth estate was another term for the press: newspapers, books, and magazines. The new estate is in cyberspace, the websites that can send information everywhere in almost the blink of an eye. Yes we’re in much of the same territory as the 2010 film The Social Network. But the stakes are much higher here than the lawsuits and broken friendships of that look at Facebook. »
- Jim Batts
Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments below
Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies
Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi, »
- Andre Soares
European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Judi Dench are the only three female recipients to date (photo: European movies’ Lifetime Achievement Award-less actress Danielle Darrieux) (See previous post: "Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.") As mentioned in the previous post, French film icon Catherine Deneuve is only the third woman to receive the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award since the organization’s first awards ceremony in 1988. Deneuve’s predecessors are The Lovers‘ Jeanne Moreau (1997) and Notes on a Scandal‘s Judi Dench (2008). In that regard, the European Film Academy is as male-oriented as the Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More on that below. Male recipients of the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award are the following: Ingmar Bergman, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Andrzej Wajda, Alexandre Trauner, Billy Wilder, »
- Andre Soares
For the baby boomer generation, Fred MacMurray was primarily known as the affable widowed dad on My Three Sons and the star of numerous Walt Disney films. However, as Movie Morlocks writer Greg Ferrara points out, MacMurray once excelled at playing charismatic creeps, giving brilliant performances in films such as Double Indemnity, The Caine Mutiny and The Apartment. Click here to appreciate the dark side of MacMurray's talents. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
With Telluride wrapping up and Toronto looming, the list of eagerly anticipated fall titles is growing by the day. But the most exciting film event of the season begins tonight on Turner Classic Movies, where Mark Cousins' epic documentary The Story of Film kicks off a 15-week run. Every Monday through December 9th, and every Tuesday through the end of October, TCM will broadcast one hour-long episode of The Story of Film, which is adapted from Cousins' book The Story of Film: An Odyssey. (Physical copies aren't directly available in the U.S., but you can buy the e-book here.) The aim, as Cousins says in the first hour, is simple, if not modest: to "redraw the map of movie history that we have in our head." As he explains in the book, that means omitting some films that are great but not especially innovative -- he singles out Billy Wilder's The Apartment, »
- Sam Adams
Fred MacMurray movies: ‘Double Indemnity,’ ‘There’s Always Tomorrow’ Fred MacMurray is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" today, Thursday, August 7, 2013. Although perhaps best remembered as the insufferable All-American Dad on the long-running TV show My Three Sons and in several highly popular Disney movies from 1959 to 1967, e.g., The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Boy Voyage!, MacMurray was immeasurably more interesting as the All-American Jerk. (Photo: Fred MacMurray ca. 1940.) Someone once wrote that Fred MacMurray would have been an ideal choice to star in a biopic of disgraced Republican president Richard Nixon. Who knows, the (coincidentally Republican) MacMurray might have given Anthony Hopkins a run for his Best Actor Academy Award nomination. After all, MacMurray’s most admired movie performances are those in which he plays a scheming, conniving asshole: Billy Wilder’s classic film noir Double Indemnity (1944), in which he’s seduced by Barbara Stanwyck, and Wilder »
- Andre Soares
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
For a remake of a classic 1940s musical, based on a beloved James Thurber short story, starring one of the most acclaimed comedy actors of our time, Ben Stiller’s upcoming adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has received surprisingly little attention as its Christmas Day release date grows steadily closer.
However, new images from the film’s Iceland set, courtesy of Empire, may change that. Though they focus entirely on Stiller, the images do offer some tantalizing clues about the film’s fantasy sequences.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty centers around a downtrodden Life magazine photographer (Stiller) who escapes his mundane life through daydreams in which he portrays adventurous characters like action heroes and mountaineers. The movie boasts one of the year’s best supporting casts, including Kristen Wiig as Mitty’s love interest and Shirley MacLaine as his controlling mother. Other big names attached to the film include Sean Penn, »
- Isaac Feldberg
New images have been released for Ben Stiller's upcoming film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the remake of the 1947 film, Stiller stars as the eponymous Life Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. In a recent article on the picture, Empire describes Walter Mitty as, "in essence, around ten movies in one," due to the fantasy sequences. When Steve saw footage from the movie at CinemaCon, he said it's Stiller's "most adult work to date and the footage I viewed show heart, humor and restraint. Look for this to be an awards contender at the end of the year." Empire was even more effusive in their praise from 13 minutes of footage they saw at a cinema exhibitors’ presentation in Barcelona. The publication said that the movie has touches of Life of Pi, »
- Matt Goldberg
We're just a few years shy of the 70th anniversary of Danny Kaye's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," and while some might deem it sacrilege to even attempt to remake the classic fantasy, some would argue the story is due for a contemporary makeover. One of those people would be Ben Stiller, who directs and stars in this holiday season's big blockbuster, and Fox is beginning to show a little bit more of what they have in store for audiences. A handful of new images, teasers really, have emerged over at Empire though they also focus on Stiller, with none of the hugely talented supporting cast — Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn — yet to to be seen. But the ambitions of this movie are very, very high. Early footage has seen the movie, about a Life magazine photographer pursuing a girl through his daydreams, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
[Editor's note: Please welcome our newest contributor to Slackerwood, Matt Shiverdecker.]
There's an incredibly diverse slate of repertory films in town over the next week, starting with the continuation of the Traveling Circus series from the Austin Film Society. You'll want to head to the Marchesa for Max Ophuls' Lola Montes, a gorgeous Cinemascope spectacle bursting with colors that will leap off the screen in 35mm, tonight and Sunday night (Elizabeth's preview). For those of you who recently watched HBO's Love, Marilyn documentary, you won't want to miss out on Tuesday night's Essential Cinema selection of The Prince And The Showgirl, also screening at the Marchesa in 35mm.
The Paramount's Summer Film Series continues to serve up an eclectic batch of films over the next week including Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire and a digital screening of Truffaut's new wave classic The 400 Blows at the Stateside, both happening tonight. Also on deck, an Audrey Hepburn double feature Saturday »
- Matt Shiverdecker
For all their talent and good looks, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are no Paul Newman and Robert Redford. While those two struck gold twice in a row with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) and "The Sting" (1973), Vaughn and Wilson have followed up "Wedding Crashers" with "The Internship," the kind of film that should serve as grounds for divorce.
But Vaughn & Wilson aren't the only dynamic duo to strike out their second (or third) time at bat. Here are ten winning combinations that couldn't leave well enough alone.
First: "The Apartment" (1960)
Then: "Irma La Douce" (1963)
Under the guidance of director Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine starred in "The Apartment," one of the best films to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture. So when that same trio reunited three years later for "Irma La Douce," you'd expect the same kind of magic, »
- Zach Laws
In the great romcoms of old, it was the women who were a bit nuts. But in Love is All You Need and Silver Linings Playbook, it's the other way round …
If ever one needed a excuse to flip, the heroine of Love is All You Need would appear to have an embarrassment of riches. She has had surgery for cancer and just finished a bout of chemo, the long-term efficiency of which she doubts. She returns home from hospital to find her husband of 25 years shagging a colleague on their couch. He leaves her, then the following week shows up with the colleague – to whom he's now engaged – at the wedding of their daughter in Italy. Their son can't come as he's serving as a soldier in a warzone.
And yet she remains, throughout, perfectly peaceful and sanguine. She starts sane and she ends sane – her hopes get mashed »
- Catherine Shoard
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) provided us with a combined/all time top ten film list (dated: April 2013).
Les Quatres cents Coups Blows (400 Blows) – Francois Truffaut (1959)
“I saw this when I was at secondary school (high school) and there was something in it that really spoke to me. It’s the film that made me want to be a director.” (Eb)
“Truffaut was getting out there onto the streets of Paris with the camera and capturing life. I love the playful scene with Antoine turning upside-down on the Rotor, and that final breathtaking tracking shot as Antoine runs down to the sea.” (Re)
- Eric Lavallee
Directed by King Vidor
The Crowd is that rarest of all Hollywood productions – a studio-made film that was never intended to make money. Released by industry leader MGM in March 1928, this magnificent cinematic treatise on the pitfalls of American Dreaming was greenlit by F. Scott Fitzgerad’s “Last Tycoon” himself, wunderkind Irving Thalberg, who believed that true success in the entertainment industry entailed tossing the occasional “pure prestige” production at the public, whether they wanted it or not. Made at the height of America’s dizzying 1920s business boom, The Crowd is perhaps even more timely today than it was 85 years ago, and Saturday’s Tsff screening (endlessly enhanced by the improvisational piano work of accompanist Laura Silberberg) proved that it has lost none of its capacity to dazzle and unsettle contemporary viewers, in equal measure.
King Vidor’s »
- David Fiore
DVD cover art is just that – it’s an art, though going by these 10 instances of Photoshop butchery, you wouldn’t know that. There’s a real skill to composing a cover that manages to encompass the themes of a film while also having a striking look and veering away from the various cliches that adorn far too many DVD covers these days. In these instances, it’s difficult to know what they were thinking; we’re pretty sure the studio must’ve let their intern loose to whip up a cover, and it accidentally got sent to the printers.
Though not all of these films are good, even the ones that are look maddeningly unappealing from the box art below. So reprehensible is their representation of the film that it’s enough to make you walk away and probably end up buying a far lesser film just because its »
- Shaun Munro
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