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1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)
1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.
1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »
- NATHANIEL R
“Purity Of Essence”
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is such an iconic motion picture that most readers of Cinema Retro, I would bet, already own a copy of this brilliant keepsake of the 1960s on DVD or Blu-ray. The film has been released several times before, but now it gets the Criterion treatment. Believe me—fans of the movie and of director Stanley Kubrick will still want to get this edition. It is definitely an upgrade in quality and the disk also comes with a plethora of fascinating supplements and some terrific goodies in the packaging.
Unless you’ve haven’t been paying attention to the lists of Great Movies You Should See Before You Die, you know that Dr. Strangelove is the story of how an air force general (Sterling Hayden) goes “a little funny in the head. »
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Choosing the best movie Stanley Kubrick ever made is a contentious task fit for the War Room, but deeming one the funniest is considerably easier: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” elicits more laughter than “The Shining,” “2001” and “Eyes Wide Shut” combined. A making-of documentary available on YouTube goes behind the scenes of Kubrick’s political satire.
By the late 1950s, a narrator informs us in the opening minutes, Kubrick was deeply troubled by the prospect of nuclear war; James B. Harris, the filmmaker’s former production partner, says it was the only thing on his mind after finishing “Lolita.” This led him to read more than 50 books on the subject, one of which came recommended from a friend at the International Institute for Strategic »
- Michael Nordine
Anyone who’s spent an idle hour clicking around the Internet Movie Database knows that the average substantial yet less-than-a-list filmography is serpentine, and full of unpredictable digressions. An idiosyncratic collage-style look at one such career, Michael Almereyda’s “Escapes” examines the films of Hampton Fancher, whose moderately successful acting career over nearly 20 years would ultimately be eclipsed by his first foray into screenwriting: He wrote the original drafts adapting Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” into what became “Blade Runner,” sharing credit in the end with David Webb Peoples. (Fancher was also an executive producer on the film, and his involvement in its forthcoming long-awaited sequel should help expand the audience for”Escapes.”)
The tale of how Fancher came to play a key role developing one of the great sci-fi movie classics emerges almost as an afterthought late in his voiceover narration, which has the »
- Dennis Harvey
Perhaps harder to believe than the fact that Stanley Kubrick's The Shining -- which turns 36 today -- wasn't universally beloved by critics in 1980 is the idea that it was nominated for two Razzies (Worst Director and Worst Actress, Shelley Duvall) following its release. First off: Shelley Duvall's Wendy Torrance may very well have been a misogynistic portrait (Stephen King once colorfully described the character as a "screaming dishrag"), but Duvall was nothing short of great in that role, a perfect reflection of the audience's mounting terror. It seems to me that there is also some misogyny at work in the widespread idea that Nicholson was brilliant and she was terrible, but that's another post. So just what did the critics say in 1980? While a number of reviewers enjoyed the film (People magazine's critic described it as a "near-miss auto accident: You don't know how scared you really were »
- Chris Eggertsen
Shock reviews the masterful 1982 German drama The Fan. There have been a wealth of movies that exploit starry-eyed teenage girls and their sometimes obsessive, often manipulative, romantic crushes. Everything from Stanley Kubrick’s lurid adaptation of Lolita to wistful John Hughes confections like Pretty In Pink to cartoonishly malevolent fare like The Crush and The…
The post Blu-ray Review: The Fan (Der Fan) appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
6 items from 2016
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