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It’s that time of year when film pundits present their readers with the Christmas gift of their end-of-year choices: 10 Best lists, 10 Worst lists, 10 This and 10 That lists.
I can’t do that kind of list. Having two small children, I rarely get to see a movie that isn’t animated or involves talking animals, and more often incorporates both.
So, my Christmas gift to you is a rather different kind of list, but it needs a bit of explanation.
For some time, it has been my ambition to share my passion for movies with others by teaching some sort course in film appreciation. This fall, I got my wish. However, the scenario didn’t quite play out as I had envisioned.
The setting was a for-profit university generally organized as something akin to a white collar trade school. Curriculums were very profession-focused, lacking much of the broad cultural base »
Mondo has done it again, creating some interesting and original posters. This latest batch blends the Star Wars films with the classics Empire of the Sun, Cool Hand Luke, The Princess Bride, Rebel Without a Cause and Empire Records. The posters come courtesy of Artist Matthew Ranzetta. Read more about the designs over on Ranzetta’s official website, and purchase a print or t-shirt here.
Thanks to Mondo, it seems like we're posting really cool Star Wars posters  almost every other day here on /Film. Actually, it's every week and that series is almost over. But the Star Wars posters keep on coming! This latest batch, however, aren't exactly Star Wars posters. They just use Star Wars as the basis for posters for some other films like Empire of the Sun, Cool Hand Luke, The Princess Bride, Rebel Without a Cause and Empire Records. Artist Matthew Ranzetta took a simple idea and really did an awesome job with it. You see two of them above, check out the rest after the jump. Click on each photo for the bigger version. Read more about them over on Ranzetta's official website , and if you'd like to buy any of these as a print or t-shirt, click here . [gallery columns="2"] Source: The High Definite   http://www.slashfilm.com/cool-stuff-daniel-dangers-mondo-star-wars-poster-sanctuary-moon/  http://mattranzetta. »
- Germain Lussier
One of the best movies of the year much less best animated films Toy Story 3 tells a great story to go along with great visuals. Not only does it tie up the narrative threads of the first two films but does a very nifty and moving riff on Cool Hand Luke. This Combo pack is loaded with special features I couldn't imagine just reviewing it. This is definitely Gift Guide stuff. Some have taken to hating on Pixar. It is true that animation in general has been eclipsed in the mainstream by them. There are maybe a few films that Might have been given a chance at a wider release if Pixar hadn't become such a monstrously big presence. But the plain truth is that Lasseter and company have never, never made a bad short much less a bad feature. And I like to think that animation in general »
Just recently we featured a small batch of Star Wars crossover posters bringing some of the epic trilogy's signature style to films of the past like Cool Hand Luke and Empire of the Sun. Now we have something that not only features some cool Star Wars artwork, but also aims to teach kids their alphabet in the coolest way possible while helping to benefit the future of another future fan of the holy trilogy. Graphic designer Brandon Peat (a friend of a friend) and his pregnant wife Emma wanted to figure out a creative way to decorate their baby's room but with a geeky twist. The result was A is for Ackbar, featuring a myriad of Star Wars characters and the ABC's. Here are just some of the assorted prints from A is for Ackbar: Dubbed as "an alphabet from a galaxy far, far away," the prints (which have been »
- Ethan Anderton
This week's DVD and Blu-ray offerings are no longer a cash-sucking onslaught like the last few weeks, which does make it easier for our wallets.
First up, Centurion, Neil Marshall's fun epic, is finally available for us to take home, and we can definitely recommend it with good conscience. Also, series and movies from TV and their dead-tree companions are out, and they are surprisingly decent in this batch. (Well, one re-release is surely capitalizing on the popularity of its actor, and we bet you can figure out which one that is.) Finally, don't forget the duo release of a couple of Roger Corman flicks!
Directed by Neil Marshall
In Centurion (review), the Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in the face of the guerrilla »
Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.
I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place! We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.
The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees
All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »
- NATHANIEL R
'Those innocent days have gone for ever. The genie is long out of the bottle'
Iam not quite as heartbroken as I was when Paul Newman died. (How could I be? There was only one Hud, only one Cool Hand Luke, only one "Fast Eddie" Felson, and certainly only one Brick more beautiful than Elizabeth Taylor's Maggie.) But the news that Tony Curtis has died, at the age of 85, still produces a genuine sadness.
When film stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood die, it feels as if a link with the past has been broken. Much more so than after the deaths of more technically "important" figures – politicians, humanitarians, game-changing scientists or Nobel laureates. The magic of film preserves them. Iconic actors exist, in celluloid form, in their prime for ever.
I fell in love with Hud when I was 14, he was 30 and the actor who played him »
- Lucy Mangan
By Arthur Tiersky - October 9, 2010
“Meek’s Cutoff” defies easy description but if you can imagine an adaptation of the video game “Oregon Trail” being directed by Terence Malick you’ll be in the ballpark. It’s a beautifully-shot but languidly-paced, thinly-plotted Western that is light on character, even lighter on dialogue (there’s practically none for the first ten minutes), and heavy on atmosphere. You can probably already tell whether you’re more likely to fall in love with “Meek’s Cutoff” or shrug your shoulders at it. Count me in the latter.
We join an arduous trek over the barren, desolate Cascade Mountains in 1845. Three couples and the young son of one of them are being guided by grizzly Stephen Meek (an unrecognizable Bruce Greenwood, looking like the unholy spawn of Jeff Lebowski and Zz Top, and sounding like George Kennedy in “Cool Hand Luke”), who may or »
- Screen Comment
• Introduction to The Great Movies III
You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.
I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. »
- Roger Ebert
Released in 1967, Bonnie And Clyde is recognised as one of the most important films of its period, ushering in the New Hollywood era of counterculture movies such as Easy Rider, Cool Hand Luke and The Graduate, and for pushing the boundaries of screen violence with its notoriously bloody climax.
It was by no means the only memorable film in Penn’s career, however. 1975’s Night Moves was a tautly made detective thriller that featured a pitch-perfect turn from Gene Hackman, as well as early appearances from Melanie Griffith and James Woods.
Sky Movies HD have got quite a good season coming up called ‘Movies You Never Got Around To Watching But Always Wanted To See’ and this sort of thing is perfect for people who aren’t sure what movies they should watch.
Have a look at the list below including the date and time it will air and I’ve given trailers for each movie, when it’s on TV and some of my favourite clips for some of the movies too.
Mon 11th 5.45pm Dead Poets Society
Director: Peter Weir
Synopsis: Set in an exclusive boys preparatory school in 1959, a newly appointed English teacher uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students in classic poetry. »
- David Sztypuljak
That was the first sign that the beauty wasn't who she appeared to be. In Monday's Sept. 27 episode, the truth about the mysterious Vicky will begin to unravel.
While her character is shrouded in secrecy, the native Texan took some time out of her busy shooting schedule to disclose some fun facts about herself for Zap2it's Celeb Slam Book.
From her youthful obsession for a boy with braces to her worst habits, check out what Cole owned up to:
1.) Who was the first boy you kissed? »
American character actor known for his tough-guy roles in westerns and on television
With a voice that sounded as if it were strained through gravel chipped from his craggy face, James Gammon, who has died of cancer aged 70, had a memorable presence as a character actor in crime films, rural dramas and especially westerns, from A Man Called Horse (1970) to Urban Cowboy (1980), Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), Wild Bill (1995) and Appaloosa (2008). Ed Harris, who directed and starred in Appaloosa, said of Gammon: "If he'd been born 20 years earlier he'd have been in every other western ever made."
Gammon had a perpetual squint that could be interpreted as crazy or wise – or both. His best-known role was as the unflappable baseball manager Lou Brown in the comedy Major League (1989). On television, he played Don Johnson's father in the series Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001. Gammon's ability to reveal an essential weakness, and the »
- Michael Carlson
Warren Beatty, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and the stars of the Harry Potter films are but a few of the subjects featured in the 165 photographs that will next grace the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Grand Lobby Gallery. Opening to the public on Thursday, September 16, “Up From the Vault: 85 Years of Treasures from the Warner Bros. Photo Lab” will run through December 12. Admission is free.
The exhibition includes a broad range of photographs, some famous and many extremely rare or unseen – from glamour portraits to set reference stills, from ad art and publicity photos to behind-the-scenes shots and scene stills. New prints of images taken in black-and-white and color, and in nearly every photographic format, from early 4×5 negatives to the latest high-resolution digital photos, will be on view.
“Up From the Vault” will feature some of the most »
- Michelle McCue
One of the main hilarious, yet despairing parts of Weeds is Nancy trying and continuously failing her "jobs". And that would be her role as a mother and even her drug dealing profession.
Throughout last night's episode, "Bliss", we get to see her blazingly fail at both being a good mother and a clever dealer. Really Nancy, after hearing that your first born strips and reads out-loud pages of a book to a pervy middle-aged man, your only comment would be because he does it for the tips? She didn't even bat an eye to this.
Sometimes I just want to pick that brain of hers and see if there's even a remote chance of commonsense. I get she's trying to make some fast cash buy selling hash, but c'mon! Using the hotel washer as a means to do so? Then instead of saving the cash, she willingly gives it all away. »
- email@example.com (Mrs. Northman)
And the parade of Roger Corman Cult Classics keeps marching on in with the official releases of three more lovable obscurities courtesy of Shout! Factory!
From the Press Release
This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.
Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space. A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these »
- Uncle Creepy
Say what you will about the admittedly wavering quality of Sylvester Stallone’s acting: the man has a way of winning the audience over. His protagonists are typically underdogs, men for whom a certain set of skills has substituted social interactions. In films like Demolition Man and Judge Dredd (hardly crown jewels from the man who created Rocky Balboa), the comedy is derived from watching tough-guy Stallone settle into an unpredictable and often hostile environment. His typically gruff demeanor bodes equally well for action-heavy flicks, with Stallone throwing his weight around figuratively and literally. We invest in the man and the character – The Expendables is another test of the Stallone archetype, but we’ve yet to see if it pays off.
- Mark Zhuravsky
Chicago – The 1960s movie stars, captured forever on celluloid in their era, still thrive and survive. At the recent Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show, Oscar winner George Kennedy (”Cool Hand Luke”) and cult star Carol Lynley (”Bunny Lake is Missing”) spoke about the long time passing 1960s.
The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a biannual event in Chicago where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the comprehensive memorabilia market. The next show in the area is scheduled for September 25th and 26th, 2010.
George Kennedy is best remembered for his numerous character roles in big and famous films. After starting in television »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has said that The Shawshank Redemption is among the movies that inspired the latest Pixar film. Unkrich told Digital Spy that he used classic prison break pictures such as The Great Escape and Cool Hand Luke as reference points for scenes where the toy characters are attempting to break out of a daycare centre. "The only films we referenced really were prison movies. We spent a lot of time watching (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
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