7 items from 2013
Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, »
- Andre Soares
10: Gentleman’s Agreement
Perhaps a bit tame by today’s standards, but Kazan’s message drama was an extremely important film in 1947, marking one of the first times that the word Jew was explicity used in a Hollywood picture. Kazan was known throughout his career as a champion of social causes, and Gentleman’s Agreement earned him the first of two Best Director wins (out of five such nominations). Agreement follows a respected gentile journalist (Gregory Peck) hired by a magazine publisher (Albert Dekker) to write a gutsy expose about anti-Semitism. In order to deliver a true, honest and powerful story, he decides to present himself as Jewish everywhere he goes. Gregory Peck gives unquestionably the second best performance of his career. His strong, steady portrayal earned him a Best Actor nomination (although not a win).
- Ricky D
9: Wild River
Set during the early 1930s when American »
Kidney Brothers: Coal Tattoo (Hearpen)
Having grown up and loved from afar, forced to do so after I moved to NYC, there are few bands still playing live -- four decades later -- worthy of my unbridled accolades and devotion but so it is with the heady agro-blues of 15-60-75 Aka The Numbers Band. If you dig music and happen to hail from Northeast Ohio, you know what I'm talking about. Having followed their entire career, I can proudly boast that I'm one of their biggest fans. Yet, it's no leap of faith or youthful nostalgia.
If you've seen them live, regardless of the decade, then you know the passion and verve that the brothers Kidney -- singer/guitarist Bob and harpist/sax/keyboardist/vocalist Jack -- share with their audience, regardless of the size, every single time they take the stage.
Along with horn player Terry Hynde (Pretender »
- Dusty Wright
Just as Warner recently put out Blu-ray editions of its past Academy Award Best Picture winners like Mrs. Miniver, Grand Hotel, and Driving Miss Daisy, Fox is doing the same with an equally memorable collection including Gentleman’s Agreement, How Green Was My Valley, and Wild River. All three are classics unto themselves and they have two of the greatest directors of their time behind them: Elia Kazan and John Ford. All three are beautiful films in their own right, however of the three only Gentleman’s Agreement really stands as the kind of film you don’t see anymore, but one that’s just as timely as ever. However, all three boast some incredible performances by the likes of Walter Pidgeon, Gregory Peck, Maureen O’Hara, Montgomery Clift, and more.
- Lex Walker
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is letting you decide what classic films they will release on Blu-ray for the first time.
That’s right, your vote counts. Fans vote for their favorite classic titles through the “Voice Your Choice” campaign.
Click Here To Vote
Here is an portion the news release:
Los Angeles (January 15, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today its partnership with the ultimate film discussion website, Home Theater Forum, for a one-of-a-kind campaign, Voice Your Choice, allowing film enthusiasts to decide which classic films they would like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. The program celebrates Fox’s most notable films from the 1930’s thru the 1960’s featuring performances by famous actors such as Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne and more. Throughout the campaign, fans will also have the opportunity to write in and submit additional titles. »
- Jeff Bayer
This week: The former CIA agent played by Liam Neeson is the one who ends up being abducted instead of his daughter in "Taken 2," the hit action sequel that also features the return of Maggie Grace as Neeson's daughter and Famke Janssen as his ex-wife in a story that moves the action to Istanbul.
Box Office: $139 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 21% Rotten
Storyline: Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) returns to America with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and gets closer with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Jannsen), after having rescued Kim from being sold as a sex slave in Paris. Now the relatives of the slain Albanians from the first film swear to avenge their dead by kidnapping Bryan and »
- Robert DeSalvo
Throughout February, BFI Southbank is presenting a season of films starring American actor Montgomery Clift, including such classics as A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity, I Confess, The Misfits and Red River, and to celebrate we're offering three readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a film of their choosing.
Charismatic and insightful, Montgomery Clift bought a potent sensitivity to his portrayals which make him the most modern of Hollywood legends. He shared the screen with Katherine Hepburn, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor; was directed by John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock and Vittoria De Sica; and brought to life the writings of Tennessee Williams, Theodore Dreiser and Arthur Miller. A troubled psyche and tragic personal life shortened his career, yet there’s still much to celebrate.
7 items from 2013
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