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Directed by Roman Polanski
United States, 1968
Roman Polanski’s first foray into real, genre horror is a classic of mostly unseen dread.
Featuring a closely-coiffed Mia Farrow as the soft-spoken, childlike Rosemary Woodhouse, potential mother to the devil; John Cassavetes, post-Shadows, and just about to truly kick off his great directorial run; and the inimitable Ruth Gordan as a sort of Grace Zabriskie-precursor: the creepy neighbor next door, heavily made-up and eerily meddlesome, Rosemary’s Baby picks up the paranoid thread of 1965’s Repulsion. The film also anticipates the similarly – though more political – claustrophobic suspicion of Alan Pakula’s 1970’s films.
Like Repulsion Polanski puts a slender, nymph-like female at the center of the narrative, though Rosemary is endowed with more power than Catherine Deneuve’s Carol. Unlike his earlier film, Polanski externalizes the baleful forces and makes them realer. The strength of Rosemary’s »
- Neal Dhand
Natural Born Killers, 1994.
Directed by Oliver Stone.
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Natural Born Killers was selected as a special presentation at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival as the movie celebrates its 20th birthday, but what made revisiting this classic bloodbath barrage of violence so fun is that the message director Oliver Stone wanted to get across still exists in our world today. Oliver actually introduced the film in person, and described the production as him sick and tired of the media, venting out his frustrations by “throwing up on-screen”. Truthfully, there probably isn’t a better assessment of Natural Born Killers.
It is chaotically frenetic to the point where sometimes it actually feels over-stylized. To this day it is »
- Robert Kojder
Lyon – “You’ve really, really got to me,” said Faye Dunaway, blinking back the tears and pausing before further speech at the opening ceremony of the Grand Lyon 2014 Lumière Festival.
Seconds before, a 5,000 crowd packing out Lyon’s hanger-like La Halle Tony Garnier had got to its feet to applaud Dunaway as she made her way to the stage, accompanied by Lumiere Festival director – and Cannes head – Thierry Fremaux. to the song of “Windmills of the Mind,” composed by France’s Michel Legrand, also in the audience.
But with “Bonnie and Clyde” opening the 6th Grand Lyon Lumière Festival, an event entirely dedicated to movie classics and films about them, Dunaway was clearly the star.
- John Hopewell
“Electric Slide” premiered last April at the Tribeca film Festival. Paragon plans to release the film theatrically in the U.S. in April.
Jim Sturgess and Isabel Lucas star as lovers overs who pull a Bonnie and Clyde-style series of bank robberies in 1980s Los Angeles. Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw also star.
Producers are Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico, Hans Ritter and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon. Executive producers are Philip von Alvensleben, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Timothy Ford, Brad Simpson, Media House Capital’s Aaron Gilbert and Pat Murray, Jacob Pechenik of Venture Forth, Eric Eisner and John Wells.
Tristan Patterson directed from his own screenplay, »
- Dave McNary
Paragon Releasing has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Tristan Patterson's heist film “Electric Slide” from Myriad Pictures, the companies announced Monday. Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw star in the film, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in April 2015. Sturgess and Lucas play star-crossed lovers who pull a Bonnie and Clyde-style series of bank robberies in 1980's Los Angeles. Also read: Anthony Hopkins Plays Mind Games With His Captors in ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’ Trailer (Video) “Electric Slide” made its world premiere earlier this year the Tribeca Film Festival. »
- Jeff Sneider
Darius Clark Monroe's 'Evolution of a Criminal' opens today - specifically, in New York's IFC Center. It'll expand to La's Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills beginning October 17. Here's our review of the film. There’s a popular image of the American bank robber- a "Bonnie and Clyde" outlaw wronged by society, wearing a sky mask. A Robin Hood-figure escaping with bags of unmarked bills. We root for this bank robber in movies. We hope they get away, even though they rarely do. When we leave these films, we get away from a fantasy, and go back to our safe lives. But, what if there’s no going back? What if there’s no hero, no excitement, no exit, and only a deep »
- Nijla Mumin
In recent years, the fall festival season has turned fiercely competitive not just between the films themselves, but also among the fest directors selecting them — as the pressure to get first dibs on the newest, newsiest premieres has necessitated cutthroat programming politics. One way out of that minefield is to look back rather than forward — and it’s a dedicated focus on classic cinema that makes France’s Festival Lumiere-Grand Lyon one of the calmer cinematic congregations on the circuit.
Overseen by veteran auteur Bertrand Tavernier — president of film preservation body the Lumiere Institute — and curated by Cannes artistic chief Thierry Fremaux, the Lyon-based fest runs Oct. 13-19 and boasts a plethora of restorations, reissues and homages. Kicking off with a screening of Arthur Penn’s 47-year-old landmark “Bonnie and Clyde” (part of a three-film tribute to Faye Dunaway), this year’s decidedly catholic program runs the gamut from Frank Capra »
- Guy Lodge
Rob the Mob, 2014.
Directed by Raymond De Felitta.
In an attempt to escape their humdrum existence and two bit jobs with a debt collection agency, New Yorkers Tommy and Rosie Uva hatch a clever plan to rob some local mafia members of their ill gotten gains. The success of their initial raid results in a sudden fame and notoriety, which goes to their heads with disastrous results.
When you think of the classic gangster films, certain elements and examples stand out. Grit, violence and an underlying heavy air of menace, colour the stories which unfold on screen: highlights of the genre include such films as the Godfather trilogy and later exercises like Goodfellas and Casino. With this in mind Rob The Mob – the latest film from New York born director Raymond De Felitta – should have »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Synopsis: A Queens couple decide to rob Mafia social clubs and stumble upon some rather valuable information. The couple soon become targets of both the mob and the FBI.
Raymond De Felitta brings to life the true story of Tommy and Rosemarie Uva that offers an animated, yet compassionate treatment of the Queens couple as we follow their get-rich-quick scheme of targeting Mafia social clubs.
Set in New York City in 1991, during the heightened media attention surrounding the John Gotti trial, small-time crooks Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) Uva are stuck in a financial slump. Tommy quickly thinks of a plan to rob Mafia social clubs, although his reasoning is personal. Armed with an Uzi he can barely handle and far from well thought out plan the couple rob several Mafia social clubs, »
- Ciham Messouki
This article originally ran on July 23, 2014. We are reposting it in anticipation of Saturday's HBO On the Run Concert. With divorce rumors swirling around Jay Z and Beyoncé, it looks like the unthinkable might actually happen: Everybody’s favorite powerhouse duo may be headed for splitsville. Then again, it’s always been hard to tell what’s going on with the Carters. From the very start of their relationship, the two have been remarkably cryptic about their private life, managing to keep their most intimate aspects of their life sealed away despite being one of the world’s most talked-about couples. In honor of the epic saga that is Bey and Jay, Vulture takes a look back at the musical icons’ entertaining history together, beginning when she was Destiny’s Child’s front woman and Jay Z still had his hyphen, and charting their many collaborations (e.g., "Bonnie and Clyde, »
- Anna Silman
Beyonce and Jay Z have released the first of what will be a Bonnie and Clyde-themed short film trilogy, which will be released in full, ahead of their HBO concert special, which airs this Saturday, September 20. The first short, titled "Bang Bang," was shown throughout the On the Run tour, and has now premiered online on the Nowness website. The synopsis reads: "Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac Gto, with a manifest poise and stylish swagger." Directed by the Dikayl Rimmasch, with a soundtrack reminiscent of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Now that Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour is over, they're prepping for their next endeavor: more of life on the run. On Sept. 20, HBO will premiere a new concert special centered on Bey and Hov's co-headlining tour performances. "On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z" will take from taped footage from their Sept. 12 and 13 shows in Paris, from Stade de Fance, the last dates of their stint. Leading up to that, film director and fashion photographer Dikayl Rimmasch captured the two performers in a series of short films, "Bang Bang." Part 1 debuted overnight, featuring the dangerous characters driving through the California desert, Bey performing, a Cadillac swinging to a stop at a diner. It certainly looks like Bonnie & Clyde, it smells like Bonnie & Clyde, but it's not exactly Bonnie & Clyde. Speaking with the Nowness, Rimmasch said: "In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z »
- Katie Hasty
Remember when fans were begging for Beyonce and Jay Z to expand their cinematic On the Run concert teaser into an actual full-length film? Turns out the two had other plans in mind — and they do not disappoint. The married co-headliners have debuted the first part of "Bang Bang," the Bonnie and Clyde-themed short film trilogy ahead of their HBO concert special, airing Saturday, Sept. 20. The short, which was shown throughout their On the Run tour and premiered online on Nowness, stars "two American outlaws [who] speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s
- Ashley Lee
Beyonce and Jay Z are on the run ... again!On the heels of Bey's pregnancy rumors, the power couple has released the first video from "Bang Bang," a three-part short movie trilogy they created with director Dikayl Rimmasch. The trilogy was first shown during the duo's "On the Run" tour.In the short film, the singer and the rapper play outlaws trying to escape the hands of the law. The New York-based filmmaker recently talked to Nowness about the creative process and why Jay Z didn't want the high-profile pair to emulate Bonnie and Clyde. "In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: 'We're not trying to do this literally. It's not that we're Bonnie and Clyde. We're on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again. »
- tooFab Staff
Talk about starting off with a bang! Beyoncé and Jay Z have released the first video from "Bang Bang," a three-part short movie trilogy they created with director Dikayl Rimmasch. The trilogy was first shown during the couple's On the Run tour. The singer, 33, and the rapper, 34, play outlaws speeding through the California desert. They worked with Rimmasch to develop the story. "In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: 'We're not trying to do this literally. It's not that we're Bonnie and Clyde. We're on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.' »
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Exclusive: MGM is negotiating with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to star in the Thea Sharrock-directed Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel. Karen Rosenfelt is producing Sharrock’s feature debut. MGM is partnered with New Line and Warner Bros, which has dated the movie for August, 2015 release.
Clarke, whose breakout came playing the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is playing Sarah Conner in Terminator: Genisys, and she is also going to star with Nicholas Hoult in Go Down Together, the Michael Suscy-directed revisionist take on Depression Era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Though a newcomer, Claflin’s track record is pretty remarkable: the final three The Hunger Games films, Snow White and The Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
There was a lot of competition between young actors for this male lead, and he beat out »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Faye Dunaway will light up Lyon when she is honored by the Lumiere Film Festival in October. The Oscar-winner will be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the festival that focuses on classic films. A restored copy of her breakout film Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman, will screen. Lyon's Lumiere festival is the pet project of Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who started the festival in his hometown six years ago. “I am greatly moved by this invitation,” said Dunaway. “I am very honored to be invited to Lyon for this festival dedicated
- Rhonda Richford
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