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• Stuart Heritage on which other same-surname movies should be greenlit
The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.
"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
There are moments while talking to Robert Redford when you can see that 1970s sex symbol peeking through from a weathered 77-year-old face – starting when he rises from a couch in a New York publicist's office, looking amazingly fit in jeans, white T-shirt and cordovan cowboy boots. Settling in for a brief interview, one's tempted to lean across the coffee table and tuck back a lock of his thick, only slightly greying, hair, just like Barbra Streisand did in The Way We Were. This smile is still straight out of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The voice as seductive as it was in All the President's Men or Three Days of the Condor.
In other words, Redford's still got it. »
- Ann Hornaday
Robert Redford is one of the movie stars of our time, yet I would contend that he’s always been an underrated actor. There are a host of reasons for that, and they feed into each other in subtle, at times mythic ways. You could say, on the one hand, that Redford was too golden-boy pretty (always a surefire way to not get nearly the respect you deserve), or that he was too understated as a screen presence, or that he was too openly skeptical of the Hollywood game. Redford had his first major big-screen role in 1965, in Inside Daisy Clover, »
- Owen Gleiberman
If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you spent a portion of your meal talking about movies. It’s Oscar season, after all, and every favorite aunt, distant cousin, and annoying neighbor has an opinion — a strong opinion — on the year’s best movies. It’s a conversation that will only grow louder in the coming weeks, as the race’s final contenders open in theaters, year-end Top-10 lists take shape, and studios begin to jockey in earnest for nominations. At stake is nothing less than cinematic immortality: To win an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Actress or another »
- Jeff Labrecque
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
post-turkey Thanksgiving treats
Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sure, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving holiday is that big, glorious meal — a sacred tradition that shouldn’t, nay, mustn’t be sullied by glowing rectangles bearing texts or emails or live television programming. But what about after the tryptophan sets in, leaving you and your family tired, sluggish, and yearning for entertainment — long before the Steelers/Ravens game begins at 8:30 p.m. Et? For that matter, which of the Internet’s zillions of entertainment options should you turn to throughout the rest of the weekend?
Well, that’s where your friends at EW come in. Whether you’ll be juggling restless kids, »
- Hillary Busis
Baltasar Kormákur is one of the national treasures of Iceland’s film industry, as a writer, director, producer and actor. His Icelandic films, like 101 Reykjavik and The Deep, often screen at the Toronto International Film Festivals (with the former winning the festival’s Discovery Award in 2000). Kormákur is also a noted actor in his country and appeared in the hit movie Reyjavik-Rotterdam. A few years after starring in that film, Kormákur would direct its American remake, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.
Today, Kormákur moves between big-budget American films and Icelandic projects. He is currently preparing to make Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke, based on the true story about a 1996 disaster on the mountain that killed eight climbers. Until then, Kormákur is celebrating the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his buddy comedy/thriller 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Recently, we sat »
- Jordan Adler
The buddy picture was a staple of the 1970s and 1980s, possibly dating back to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but it’s been largely missing from more recent Hollywood fare. As a result, you have to given Universal Studios credit for recognizing the somewhat fresh approach in the Boom! Studios graphic novel 2Guns. Steve Grant paired two men in a drug story that felt familiar but with every action, things were never what they appeared, freshening the entire concept. Add in the charismatic Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, stir, and you have a crime story worth taking a look.
Out now on Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment, the film starts off with a robbery and never really slows down. Washington is Robert Trench, Bobby T, and Wahlberg is Michael Stigman, Stig, paired up to rob Mexican criminal drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) of $3 million in cash. »
- Robert Greenberger
The beloved tongue-in-cheek fairytale Academy Award winning writer William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men) is heading to the stage through Disney's theatrical division. At this time there's no word who the production team will be, or when it will begin official development. Goldman adapted the fantasy/romance/comedy story into a beloved live-action film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes as Westley (aka The Dread Pirate Roberts), Robin Wright as his true love Buttercup, Mandy Patinkin as Spanish swordsman Inigo Montoya and Andre the Giant as gentle brute Fezzik. Released in 1987 through Castle Rock Entertainment, the film also starred Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane »
- Pietro Filipponi
It's the most all-American of film genres, filled with he-men and black hats. But the western has given us some great movies: the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
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10. Rancho Notorious
Like Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang moved effortlessly between genres; his "western period" scattered throughout his "urban crime" and "film noir" periods. Even now, 60 years on, Rancho Notorious remains one of the strangest westerns ever made, furthering Lang's fascination (obsession?) with retribution, which arguably started with the 1936 lynch-mob drama Fury, his first film as a German émigré in the Us.
Perversely, although the protagonist is the wronged Vern (Arthur Kennedy), whose fiancee has been raped and killed by bandits unknown, Lang's film - which, as we are constantly reminded by its theme song, tells a tale of "hate, »
What would happen if you took Three Men and a Baby, took out the three men, replaced them with two women, and swapped a doorstep baby with an in-the-womb fetus? You’d have USA Network’s original comedy, Playing House.
Playing House is all about what happens when one best friend gets pregnant, and the other best friend moves in to help raise the baby. We’ve got an exclusive first look at a new promo for the show, which stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also co-created the series.
Learn more about the best friend drama, in »
- Samantha Highfill
After a comparatively fallow period in the late ’90s and 2000s, legendary screen actor Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) seems to be moving toward a kind of late-career boom. Not only will he be appearing in inevitable crowd-pleasers Captain America: The Winter Soldier and A Walk in the Woods, Redford is currently wowing art-house and film festival audiences with an apparently bravura performance in the drama/thriller All Is Lost.
Part of the attraction of the film is its cast: just Redford, and absolutely no one else. In a literal one-man show, Redford portrays a lone sailor whose sailboat collides with an errant shipping container. Though he scrambles to repair the damage, the sailor soon finds events spiraling out of control – eventually stranding him thousands of miles from land, lost and without hope.
- Kyle Hembree
The most iconic moment, arguably, from Robert Redford’s acting career is a scene from the middle of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Redford) evade their pursuers on the side of a cliff that overlooks a river full of rocks and rapids. Butch offers to escape the chase by jumping into the river. Sundance refuses. He yells, “I can’t swim!” to a cackling Butch. “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill ya,” Butch tells him. A moment later, the two outlaws jump into the river, with the Sundance Kid yelling a high-pitched curse word.
45 years later, Robert Redford once again plunges into stormy seas in All Is Lost, J.C. Chandor’s sophomore feature. Almost the exact opposite of Chandor’s dialogue-heavy debut, Margin Call, which boasted a big ensemble cast, All Is Lost stars one actor (Redford) without a character name and contains almost no dialogue. »
- Jordan Adler
By most measures, 1969 was a vintage year for anti-establishment American cinema (“The Wild Bunch,” “Easy Rider,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Midnight Cowboy”). But the most daring and dangerous movie to hit U.S. theaters that year was a French-Algerian co-production made by a Greek, “Z” — the thinly veiled account of the killing of a leftist politician, the investigation, the cover-up and the not-so-happy ending — based on the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963 and a brazen affront to the military junta then ruling Greece.
“Z” marked a kind of urgent political defiance that set the bar for agitprop filmmaking. It made the “revolutionary” competition seem pale by comparison.
The director, of course, was Costa-Gavras, who would become synonymous with political cinema. The filmmaker’s work, the subject of an upcoming tribute at the Mill Valley Film Festival
While he often addresses the intrusion of first-world countries in second- and third-world affairs of state, »
- John Anderson
There are so many excellent movie duos out there. Magneto and Charles. Neal and Del. Harry and Lloyd. Susan and David. Norman and Norma. Jules and Vincent. Vincent and Max. Thelma and Louise. Damiel and Marion. Jay and Silent Bob. Joel and Clementine. Clarice and Hannibal. Celie and Nettie. Bruce and Alfred. Dad and Junior. Mason and Goodspeed. Young-goon and Il-sun. Threepio and R2. Blade and Whistler. Rachel and Frank. Wayne and Garth. Lieberman and Mengele. Riggs and Murtaugh. Harold and Maude. Raph and Casey. Faye and Cop 663. Marty and Doc. Doc and Clara. Cliff and Peevy. Martin and Clifford. John and Tars. Powell and Caulder.
Like ensembles, quartets, or trios, duos can be truly epic in their own ways. There’s nothing like watching two characters develop through one another.
There also seem to be almost just as many great movie duos based on real life. I don’t »
- Ian Boucher
Already known to comic book movie fans for his role in "The Dark Knight" as cowardly crook Lau, Han is set to join the opposite side of the law with his role in "Winter Soldier." He's one of the members of the World Security Council, which means he'll have a decent amount of screen-time with Redford, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. head Alexander Pierce.
"I got to act with my childhood film idol, Robert Redford, and that's a gift in itself," said the actor in a new interview. "He's amazing, he's in his 70s but he is a good looking man."
"It was a dream come true," he continued. "It's so inspiring to know you're on set with the »
- Josh Wigler
After one glimpse, the title to Daniel Radcliffe’s newest movie requires no further explanation. But there’s so much more to unwrap in Horns, Alexandre Aja’s subversely funny adaptation of Joe Hill’s macabre mystery novel. Yes, Harry Potter grows horns after his angelic girlfriend (Juno Temple) is brutally murdered and he’s the only suspect. In defense of the town’s quick rush to judgment, there are also scenes where a singed Radcliffe wields a pitchfork and communes with menacing snakes. (Once a parseltongue, always a parseltongue.) Also, he drives a flaming-orange Gremlin, so can you really »
- Jeff Labrecque
I needed a really good laugh this week and Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain provided (again). Today apropos of nothing I thought of Chad Feldheimer (aka Brad Pitt) in Burn After Reading's overemphatic jogging/crying/phone-antics and started laughing. Silliness is so underrated in the movies... and in life.
When I was a child Cloris Leachman in The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) made me squeal with laughter - I had totally forgotten about that until she popped up in her own comic bubble in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which we were just watching.
What's your favorite goofy thing in cinema with no pretense other than to have fun / be funny? I saw Mel Brooks Silent Movie for the first time a couple of years ago and was dying at Bernadette Peters' striptease... and at several other scenes, too. I was surprised because Mel Brooks doesn't always do it for me. »
- NATHANIEL R
It figures. I try to throw a curveball in our often actress-centric blogging by choosing a guy's guy movie, a buddy Western for Hit Me With Your Best Shot and the most frequent face that pops up in your choices is the momentary it girl of the late 60s Katharine Ross. In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) she plays the school teacher Etta Place, essentially "the girl" of the narrative (and not much more complex a role than that) and twice over, too, since she's shacked up with The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) but also in 'what if?' love with Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) as evidenced in the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head" interlude early in the film. Redford & Newman? Lucky girl.
Which leads me to this very scientific poll for Tfe readers (as suggested by forever1267 in the comments). Butch and Sundance are a pair »
- NATHANIEL R
We're celebrating the career of Robert Redford on and off this fall as All is Lost approaches. It's startling how many classic films he appeared in!
Hit Me With Your Best Shot is nearly ready to ride off into the sunset for the season (one more week - Spring Breakers is next Wednesday!) so we put it on horseback with luscious cinematography by the Oscar winning legend Conrad L Hall. Here were the shots chosen by our Best Shot club in what narrative order I remembered them in... hopefully correct. Click on the images for the accompanying articles on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and by all means watch this popular free-spirited winner on Netflix Instant Watch.
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- NATHANIEL R
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