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Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
It's been two and a half years since AMC gave Frank Darabont the boot from The Walking Dead, the ratings juggernaut that still puts Sunday Night Football to shame. It's the largest gap on his resume since the early '00s, when he took six years to adapt Steven King's 1980 novella The Mist for the silver screen. Now he's back with Mob City, TNT's tense, fast-moving mini-series about 1940's Los Angeles. The script is colorful yet succinct – "the bad guys wear flashy shoes" – with violent visuals that call to »
Strictly Come Dancing topped the ratings with 9.82m (43.1%) on BBC One yesterday (October 12), overnight data reveals.
The show, which aired at 6.30pm, was up 570k on last week's episode. It peaked at 10.79m at 7.45pm.
Meanwhile, ITV rival The X Factor picked up 7.82m (33.3%) at 8pm, down 360k from last week. It peaked with 8.63m at 8.45pm, while a further 282k (1.4%) caught the programme on +1.
Back on BBC One, Atlantis took 4.66m (19.9%) at 8.30pm, down 400k on last week. Casualty was watched by 3.97m (17.6%) at 9.30pm, while The Rolling Stones Return to Hyde Park: Sweet Summer Sunday attracted 1.62m (12%) an hour later.
On BBC Two, Count Arthur Strong interested 330k (1.5%) at 7pm and Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar was seen by 650k (2.7%) at 7.30pm.
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
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A striking and visceral film, Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’s Gian Maria Volonté, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself.
Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.
Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the film is presented in Italian with English subtitles and contains the following features:
• New »
Westerns and samurai films translate fairly well. They both feature groups who have a code, those groups are skilled with a particular weapon, and their way of life has begun to fade as the frontier closes and modernity arrives. Most famous among the films that have made successful transfers are Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai going to John Sturges’ The Magnifcent Seven and Kurosawa’s Yojimbo going to Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, although Kurosawa’s movies are superior to their remakes. Now, America has sent one back the other way with director Lee Sang-il remaking Clint Eastwood’s classic western, Unforgiven. While the markers are still in place, Sang-il attempts to reframe his remake through the lens of Japanese history. However, he doesn’t change enough and remains tethered to the themes of Eastwood’s film, and these themes don’t coalesce in Sang-il’s picture. Although »
- Matt Goldberg
The titles alone suggests that this East End caper comes with a distinctly Western vibe. And so it does as Sunday footballers Keith Allen and Sean Pertwee round up their team - the Cowboys - to save their favourite Indian restaurant from a marauding American villain (played by Robert Vaughn of the original Magnificent Seven). It's more Full Monty than Fistful of Dollars, but from co-writer Irvine 'Trainspotting' Welsh to the cast of familiar faces from sport and screen, everybody's up for the kickabout. »
If a network is going to trace the history of film, Turner Classic Movies is the most appropriate one.
It's about to reaffirm that, as it nears its 20th anniversary, with a series -- and series of movies -- that will run for most of the rest of the year. The initiative is built around "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," a 15-part documentary to be offered in weekly chapters Mondays starting Sept. 2.
Director-writer-narrator Mark Cousins' retrospective goes decade by decade through movie history, starting in the era of 1902's "A Trip to the Moon" and going up to such recent (in TCM terms) releases as 2000's "Gladiator." Besides being excerpted in the documentary, many of those features will be shown in full on Mondays and Tuesdays, introduced by TCM staple Robert Osborne.
"It does give a basic history of film," Osborne tells Zap2it of the documentary, "and »
I think everyone remembers where they were August 31st, 2003 when they heard that Charles Bronson had died. I was visiting my brother in Atlanta when my nephew knocked on my door and informed me that CNN had announced his death. I collapsed into a sobbing heap. Bronson was my hero, my muse, my role model. Hollywood’s brightest star would shine no more. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone ten years.
Charles Bronson was the unlikeliest of movie stars. Of all the leading men in the history of Hollywood, Charles Bronson had the least range as an actor. He rarely emoted or even changed his expression, and when he did speak, his voice was a reedy whisper. But Charles Bronson could coast on presence, charisma, and silent brooding menace like no one’s business and he wound up the world’s most bankable movie star throughout most of the 1970’s. »
- Tom Stockman
After 17 years of marriage, Dina has confirmed that she and Hollywood heavy weight Clint have separated. So sad!
Dirty Harry actor Clint Eastwood is officially a single man. The actor, 83, and his wife Dina, 48, have separated, she confirms, following reports that they had been living separately. Read on for all the details.
Dina & Clint Eastwood Separated After 17 Years Of Marriage
The former TV news reporter says that she and Clint remain close but have been living separately for some time. Reportedly, the couple actually split more than a year ago, in June 2012. “Clint fell out of love with Dina a long time ago,” a source tells Us Weekly, noting that the separation was “amicable.”
- Eleanore Hutch
There is an exhibition of the great German graphic designer Hans Hillmann currently running at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Devoted entirely to Hillmann’s film posters from 1952 to 1974, the show, called The Title is Continued in the Picture, runs through the 1st of September and I’m sorry that I didn’t know about it sooner. But for those of us who can’t make it to the Ruhr in the next three weeks, the website Kunst + Film has posted a wonderful, almost-as-good-as-being-there video of the show.
The revelation of the video for me is the size of that Seven Samurai poster. Where most of Hillmann’s film posters are 33" x 23" (slightly smaller than a Us one-sheet), and the Cassavetes above is only 16.5" x 23", that glorious Seven Samurai is 93" x 132", or 11 feet wide.
While many of Hillmann’s witty, »
- Adrian Curry
Maybe Dredd was never going to be successful. It was based on a comic book beloved by a certain slice of the global population (British people) and mostly unknown to everyone else. I say “mostly” because if you say the words “Judge Dredd” in polite company, everyone thinks of the terrible 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie, a film that has somehow become the go-to example of Everything Stallone Did Wrong After Cliffhanger. The new Dredd had a curious pedigree: Written by Alex Garland, who has worked on some great films; directed by Pete Travis, who hasn’t. At one point, rumors circulated »
- Darren Franich
We've been watching American versions of Japanese films for years, whether it's "The Grudge" or Spike Lee's forthcoming retelling of "Oldboy." Clint Eastwood's classic Western "A Fistful of Dollars" was basically an English language clone of the work of Akira Kurosawa, who was of course inspired by American Westerns (cue Justin Timberlake singing "What Goes Around...")
Keeping that tradition alive, Ken Watanabe steps in for Clint Eastwood in a Japanese language remake of 1990 Best Picture Oscar winner "Unforgiven." American audiences know Watanabe from "Inception" and "Batman Begins," but let's not forget his introduction to Western folks via Tom Cruise and 2003's "The Last Samurai," where the Cruisemeister actually played the title character.
Eastwood directed Watanabe in "Letters from Iwo Jima," a mostly Japanese language World War II epic which itself was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and took home an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Ryan J Downey
The relationship between the traditionally American-made Western and Japanese samurai epics is a fascinating one. Consider that Clint Eastwood’s breakout film role was in A Fistful of Dollars, a near shot-for-shot remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo – which was itself explicitly influenced by the John Ford Westerns of the 1940s. Eastwood would eventually go on to snag a Best Picture Oscar with his dour anti-Western Unforgiven in 1992.
Now, Ken Watanabe (Inception) is set to star in a remake of Unforgiven that moves the narrative from late-1800s Wyoming to Meiji Era Japan. The first full trailer for the film shows off the tale of a former bandit who – desperate for money to feed his struggling family – takes on the bounty for a pair of degenerates sheltering in a distant border town. Much carnage ...
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- Kyle Hembree
With so many Japanese films having been remade for Western audiences (see Seven Samurai / The Magnificent Seven, Yojimbo / A Fistful of Dollars, Gojira / Godzilla and a seemingly never ending supply of horrors starting with The Ring), director Lee Sang-Il (Hula Girls, Villain) is returning the favour with a Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning Western Unforgiven.
Entitled Yurusarezaru Monu (A Thing That Can't Be Forgiven), the film stars Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, Inception) in the lead role as a samurai with a violent past who is now living a peaceful life but finds himself drawn back to his old ways as he takes on one last job. Koichi Sato (The Magic Hour) will take the Little Bill role played by Gene Hackman in the original, while Akira Emoto (Villain) will play the main character’s old friend, as portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven.
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The Internet loves to moan about Asian films getting Hollywood workovers (Spike Lee's Oldboy is bearing the brunt at the moment) but it's worth remembering that the remake traffic goes both ways, and that it's not necessarily a bad thing. Exhibit A: Sang-il Lee's Japanese version of Unforgiven, a trailer for which has recently emerged. There are no subtitles, but if you're even slightly familiar with the Clint Eastwood original, you'll easily pick up the jist.Elegant-looking stuff, we're sure you'll agree, and proof that, where samurai films have previously made for great westerns - Yojimbo became A Fistful of Dollars; Seven Samurai became The Magnificent Seven - here's a Western that looks to have made a great samurai film. The Japanese title is Yurusarezaru Mono, which Google is singularly failing to translate for us. Anyone?The film's still set in 1880, but the locale has been switched to »
After the two short teasers, here’s the full-length trailer, capturing the essence of the Japanese version (entitled Yurusarezaru mono) of the acclaimed Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and stars Ken Watanabe in the lead role. A number of western movies have re-told the samurai movie in a Western context — Yojimbo and Seven Samurai were remade as A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven — but now it’ll go the other direction as David Webb Peoples‘ screenplay, which was originally titled ‘The Cut-Whore Killings’ and ‘The William Munny Killings’ is remade as a Samurai film. Directed by Lee Sang-il with Watanabe in the Munny role, the...
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- Nick Martin
File this under badass projects that I had no idea were happening. I guess the news of a samurai remake of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" made the rounds nearly a year ago, and I either glossed over it or missed it completely. Now a few trailers and a poster for the film have surfaced and, well, I'm totally on board. Westerns and samurai films have a special bond. "Yojimbo" and "Seven Samurai" were remade as "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Magnificent Seven" respectively. But now it'll go the other direction as David Webb Peoples's screenplay (which was originally called "The Cut-Whore »
- Kristopher Tapley
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
Being the movie capital of the Western world, Hollywood has always sought ideas from other cultures to use for its own nefarious ends. Be it the straight-forward twisting of the story of Arabian Nights to the sprinkling of racism that peppers most Disney animations, the practice became solidified as a grade-a money-spinner in a big, award-winning way with the release of Martin Scorsese’s 2007 film The Departed.
A stylish remake of the Chinese original Infernal Affairs (2003), the film’s numerous Oscar nods proved that there was a mainstream market for Us remakes, and since then that trend has continued unabated. There are remakes planned for Chan Wook-park’s Vengeance trilogy; a Hollywood adaptation of Death Note; another remake of Seven Samurai; Akira (now unlikely); Battle Royale; there was talk of a remake of The Host, but details have dried up; the list goes on.
This article is going to focus »
- Rob Batchelor
Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy!
American Restoration, History, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arrested Development, IFC 6:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. (Sunday)
Bridezillas, We Tv, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m. (Sunday)
Counting Cars, History, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. (Sunday)
Defiance, SyFy, 4 p.m.-6 a.m. (Sunday) – episodes repeated
Elvis movies, »
- Sarah Caldwell
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