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About five years ago I made my way over to Montana Street in Santa Monica to attend a screening of the magnificently loopy adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which was showing at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The screening was a star-studded affair, featuring Verhoeven in an on-stage interview with Ed Neumeier, the film’s screenwriter, and a couple of the other artists and craftsmen who were involved in the making of the film. (They were stars to the packed house anyway, even though I can’t for the life of me remember who else comprised the panel.) Before the screening, Verhoeven set up shop to sign copies of his recently published book, the somewhat controversial Jesus of Nazareth, a historical account of Jesus’ life written with matter-of-fact detail and iconoclasm from Verhoeven’s singular perspective as a member of the group of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
“This 1966 western… has the expertise of a cold old whore with practiced hands and no thoughts of love. There’s something to be said for this kind of professionalism; the moviemakers know their business and they work us over. We’re not always in the mood for love or for art, and this movie makes no demands, raises no questions, doesn’t confuse the emotions. Even the absence of visual beauty or of beauty of language or concept can be something of a relief. The buyer gets exactly what he expects and wants and pays for: manipulation for excitement. We use the movie and the movie uses us.”
I’m not speaking from direct experience here, you understand, but I would imagine that old whores, cold or otherwise, could be pretty entertaining, not only in their professional »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Kino Lorber brings the 1967 spaghetti Western Face to Face to Blu-ray this month, one of director Sergio Sollima’s most notable titles, previously released on DVD as a box-set with the two other titles in Sollima’s trilogy The Big Gundown (1966) and Run, Man, Run (1968). Noted for imbuing his work with a bit of actual social and historical context, there’s a bit more substance than usual for a film relegated to the periphery of a movement dominated by a mere handful of notable names. Though it’s ultimately not at the same level as iconic works by Sergio Leone and hasn’t reached the same level of reappraisal as several other retroactively recuperated directors, it features more nuanced characterizations in its complex narrative structure than is usually evident in other titles of the era.
Boston professor Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonte) is suffering from poor health, and is forced »
- Nicholas Bell
Top movie villains: 2000 members of the British public respond to being asked ‘who is your favourite film villain?’ Top movie villains – Hannibal Lecter from The SIlence Of The Lambs made the top spot
A recent survey conducted by Best Offers Bingo have revealed the top film villains of all time. The website conducted the poll with 2000 members of the British public to find the country’s favourite movie bad guy in the history of film.
Coming out on top was the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter who has appeared in no less than five movies (portrayed by Brian Cox, and more famously Sir Anthony Hopkins), and a recent television series, played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The character, who got a nod for his terrifying appearance in The Silence Of The Lambs, received nearly a quarter of the votes (416 in all), a clear majority.
The second most popular movie villain of all »
- Paul Heath
Quentin Tarantino revealed that composer Ennio Morricone would provide the score for the director's upcoming Western The Hateful Eight during that film's Comic-Con panel in San Diego. With The Hateful Eight, Morricone is returning to the Spaghetti Western genre for the first time in four decades. The Italian composer previously provided the legendary scores for classic Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.
For over a dozen years now – and for five (going on six) consecutive »
Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is set to do the score for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," marking his return to the genre after four decades away from a sound he made iconic in Sergio Leone's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "A Fistful of Dollars"
Morricone has worked on such famous films as "The Untouchables," "The Thing," "The Mission," "In the Line of Fire," "Cinema Paradiso," "Days of Heaven," "Bugsy" "Disclosure" and "Casualties of War". He previously worked with Tarantino on "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained".
The revelation was just one of a number of reveals during the Hall H panel at Comic Con for the new Tarantino film. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all on hand to show off seven minutes of footage from the film and talk about the new film's presentation. »
- Garth Franklin
Quentin Tarantino brought his highly anticipated second Western, The Hateful Eight, and as you can expect from the outspoken director had a lot to say about the project that almost didn’t happen thanks to the script being leaked. The biggest piece of news is that composing legend Ennio Morricone, responsible for the iconic scores for Westerns such as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, would be providing the score, his first time working in the genre in forty years. On top of that, he also unveiled this stunning new poster, bringing to mind vintage movie posters from years gone by. Of course, you should be excited for a Quentin Tarantino movie, this just helps you on the way. The Hateful Eight comes our way later this year. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Director Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming Western The Hateful Eight invaded Hall H at Comic-Con today, revealing the first footage to the massive crowd, although it hasn't gone online yet. But we did get a new poster. At the end of the panel, Quentin Tarantino made a surprise announcement that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will craft the score for The Hateful Eight, his first original Western score in over 40 years. Here's what the filmmaker had to say during the panel.
"I want to make one announcement that people don't know yet. It wasn't for sure, but we just settled it. You guys know that I don't use an original score in my movies, I kinda take scores from other movies and put 'em in there. This one, I thought should have an original score. So I'm here to announce that the great Ennio Morricone will be doing »
While we can't (yet) see the footage Quentin Tarintino premiered at The Hateful Eight panel in all of its 70mm glory, we can hear about some of the juicy information he dropped regarding his upcoming western. The biggest news, undoubtedly, is that Ennio Morricone will be scoring the film. The master composer is a huge name in the field of westerns (Once Upon A Time In The West anyone?), and this... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Quentin Tarantino and the cast of The Hateful Eight are currently showcasing the upcoming Western in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con, and as part of the panel it has been announced that legendary composer Ennio Morricone is set to provide an original score for the film.
See Also: New Comic-Con poster for The Hateful Eight
It will mark Morricone’s first original Western score in almost 35 years, having notably scored classic Spaghetti Westerns such as Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West., as well as many others.
See Also: New images from The Hateful Eight
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive »
- Gary Collinson
The Quentin Tarantino-corralled panel for his upcoming Western The Hateful Eight – read all about that here – came with the golden news nugget that composing great Ennio Morricone will be providing him with his first original score. It’ll be Morricone’s first Western score in four decades.Morricone, of course, is a master of creating musical landscapes for the Old West, with his Sergio Leone scores for films like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West offering a library of ageless cues and themes. He heads to Prague to record in the next couple of weeks, revealed Tarantino. Time will tell if, like those Leone Westerns, he’ll be penning musical motifs for the movie’s eight rogues and n’er-do-wells.It’ll be the fourth collaboration between the two. Any animus over Morricone’s criticism of the director’s use »
The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.
And now more than ever we seem to be living in a country poised at the edge of some sort of transition, with all the attendant tension and conflict and intense conviction that can be expected on either side of the chasm that prevents us from a true state of national togetherness. Just last week we celebrated a Supreme Court decision that finally offered legality (and legal protection) to the »
- Dennis Cozzalio
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Castle season 7 bows out on a sentimental note, and lacking in suspense. But here's hoping that season 8 will be an improvement...
This review contains spoilers.
7.23 Hollander's Woods
One of the things about trailers and previews (and other glimpses of television and film stories to come) is that they are rife with misdirection—and rightly so. If you are too upfront with the audience about what’s going to happen in the movie you are promoting, then there’s really no reason to see it in the first place. Anyone who saw the trailer for 1999’s Double Jeopardy, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd, could have skipped pretty much the entire film, since there was little in the movie that wasn’t in, or loudly telegraphed by, the previews. Quarantine suffered from another but related problem. The most shocking scene from the trailer—the one where something grabs a terrified »
Hey, "Castle" peeps. Yep, it's true guys. We're happy to be able to deliver the official news to you that your favorite show has indeed been given the 8th season green light by ABC as of just a couple of days ago on May 7th, 2015 according to the folks over at TV Line. So, you guys can expect to see new spoilers, photos, videos and all that great stuff coming out of the woodworks in the upcoming weeks and months, so be on the lookout for that. We're also hearing that Castle has gotten a new show runner in Longtime Castle scribe ,Terence Paul Winter. He's replacing David Amann, who is checking out after just one year. After writing a couple season 2 episodes, Terence joined the show as a producer in 2011, and was eventually upgraded to executive producer in the middle of season 7. He has written past episodes: “The Blue Butterfly, »
If "Mad Max" is "A Fistful Of Dollars" and "The Road Warrior" is "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," then clearly "Fury Road" is George Miller's "Once Upon A Time In The West," the moment when his movies move from the archetypical to the profound. It seems impossible that George Miller has been away from live-action for 17 years. Then again, nothing about George Miller's career has ever really fit into any typical model. I always think of him as part of the Class of '82, the directors whose work really crystallized in what I maintain is the greatest geek movie line-up of all time. Most of those guys came out of the system, either through the Roger Corman training program or moving from TV to movies, trained at southern California film schools so they all had similar skill sets. Miller was different, though. He was never really one of them. »
- Drew McWeeny
Attention, Castle fans: Winter is coming.
Winter replaces David Amann, who is exiting after one year on the job.
After penning a couple of Season 2 episodes, Winter joined the show as a producer in 2011, rose through the ranks, and was promoted to Ep in the middle of this season. Episodes he has written include “The Blue Butterfly, »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
There’s a rich (and bloody) tradition of avenging angels in Westerns, from Harmonica in Once Upon A Time In The West to Ethan Edwards in The Searchers and Josey Wales. Add Mads Mikkelsen’s character in The Salvation to that number. He’s all cold-blooded business, as this exclusive new clip from the film reveals. brightcove.createExperiences();Mikkelsen’s prairieland badass is a Danish settler, Jon, whose family is brutally murdered by a crew of rowdy horsemen during one ill-fated stagecoach ride. Jon exacts instant revenge on the perpetrator, only to discover that, like Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine, there’s more badness where he came from. Cue Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Delarue, the gang leader’s and now also on the hunt for revenge. Basically everyone here is on a revenge mission, hardly the recipe for a relaxing afternoon in an up-and-coming part of the Old West. »
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