13 items from 2017
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
Author: Stefan Pape
Ah, the courtroom drama – a perennially absorbing sub-genre, with endeavours illuminating the screen from as far as back as 12 Angry Men and To Kill a Mockingbird, to the likes of Harrison Ford’s Witness, or Primal Fear, and even Liar Liar. John Madden’s Miss Sloane thrives in this very capacity, and is structured intelligently, as we begin in court, to then proceed into flashbacks as the viewer pieces this tale together, and understand how the eponymous protagonist found herself in this perilous situation – only to then catch up with ourselves for the grand finale.
Jessica Chastain is the formidable Elizabeth Sloane, who finds herself in court over a seemingly trivial matter, transpiring to be a mere diversion tactic, as the ruthless, influential lobbyist seems to gaining some headway in her battle to successfully bring a new legislation through Congress to ensure there are background checks on gun-owners. »
- Stefan Pape
The Shawshank Redemption has been so influential over the last 23 years for so many reasons, with one of its bigger contributions being that it gave us "Morgan Freeman the Narrator". His wise, sympathetic and entrancing voice-over has made the man the ultimate narrator, capable of making Twilight on audiobook sound like To Kill a Mockingbird. As Freeman reaffirmed on the Graham Norton show his... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Strong performances and atmosphere elevate an intriguing suspense tale somewhat let down by its resolution in “Dig Two Graves.” Hunter Adams’ low-key thriller is likely to reward discriminating horror fans — while triggering the usual “Borrrrrrring” whines from others — for its emphasis on character and mystery over action (let alone gore). Unfolding in a small town in the American heartland in dual 20th-century eras, as the crimes of one generation come back to haunt its descendants, the film has been sitting around since a late 2014 festival debut. A limited March 24 theatrical launch, simultaneous with an on-demand release, should help raise the profile for a movie likely to accrue appreciative viewers primarily via home formats.
In 1947 Southern Illinois, two policemen drive to a rural body of water in the middle of the night, dumping two bodies into the drink. The younger, more guilt-wracked of the pair aims a gun at his elder, »
- Dennis Harvey
Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017
Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...
Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.
Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...
In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »
But in between work and chasing after their 2-year-old daughter, Bowden “Scout” Sainte-Claire, the 31-year-old sideline reporter took time to knock Twitter trolls who had been throwing hateful comments her way.
“Getting sexist/vulgar tweets abt my job/appearance while I’m unable to see my own feet & covered in toddler pee is somethin else I tell ya,” she wrote on Twitter.
Getting sexist/vulgar tweets abt my job/appearance while I'm unable to see my own feet »
- Dave Quinn
The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in “Jasper Jones,” a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist’s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (“Bran Nue Dae”). Everything points to a successful local release on March 2. Offshore theatrical exposure is not out of the question.
Published in 2009 and since adapted for several highly acclaimed stage productions, Silvey’s source material is regarded as something of a Down Under “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Tackling themes of prejudice, »
- Richard Kuipers
Craig Silvey’s bestselling 2009 novel Jasper Jones was greeted with none-too-faint praise, lauded in some circles as Australia’s own To Kill a Mockingbird. The arrival of a feature film from the director Rachel Perkins – on the heels of several successful stage adaptations – raises the question: can the same be said of the movie adaptation? Is this our Mockingbird?
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- Luke Buckmaster
Last night during the commercial breaks of the Oscars, there were several TV spots featuring celebrities reading sound bites for Audible, an Amazon company. Below, watch Jim Dale reading an excerpt from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as part of the ad campaign.
The Audible app helps you discover books ranging from any genre. You can follow channels of books that can direct you towards something you might be interested in hearing next; AmazonPrime members get to stream free, unlimited listening to Audible Channels.
There are a few Oscar TV Spots of celebrities reading excerpts from books. Some include:
- Kerry Levielle
Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.
“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Suicide Squad star introduced their new puppy on Instagram on Tuesday with a black-and-white photo captioned, "Our little rescue pup, Boo Radley."
It’s been a whirlwind two months for the 26-year-old Australian actress, who married Ackerley in December. The lovebirds wed in a secret ceremony in Australia, and while Robbie doesn't talk much about her personal life, she has shared some of her newlywed bliss on Instagram.
Margot Robbie‘s new puppy may just be the most adorable little pooch on the planet.
The 26-year-old actress treated her more than 10 million Instagram followers to a photo of her and husband Tom Ackerley‘s new pet, an adorable puppy named Boo Radley.
“Our little rescue pup, Boo Radley,” Robbie captioned the photo of the pooch. The puppy is likely named after the classic To Kill a Mockingbird character.
In the shot, the tiny puppy sits staring on what appears to be a large bean bag chair — his little frame sinking into the large furniture.
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- Char Adams
President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered an inspiring farewell address to the nation, from the very place he celebrated his historic victory eight years ago.
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Speaking from his hometown of Chicago, Ill., Obama reminded the country that “change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it, calling that principle the “beating heart … of our bold experiment in self-government.” The president also aimed to express his gratitude towards the people who helped him get to where he is today. »
13 items from 2017
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