7 items from 2014
The director that epitomized the 1970’s, Joseph Sargent, has sadly passed away. (1925-2014)
“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary – for the past 50 years. With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen. He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in Miss Evers’ Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like »
- Michelle McCue
Stanley Chase, who produced the legendary 1950s off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera that featured the enduring hit song “Mack the Knife,” has died. He was 87. Chase died Tuesday at a nursing home in Santa Monica, his wife Dorothy told the Los Angeles Times. Chase also produced such films as The Hell With Heroes (1968) and Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), both directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three), as well as Mack the Knife, a 1989 feature version of Threepenny Opera that was helmed by Menahem Golan and starred Raul Julia and Richard Harris.
- Mike Barnes
Mark Hartley is an Australian filmmaker best known for the hugely entertaining look at the raucous and imaginative 70s and 80s new wave of cinema from his home country in documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
He’s remade one of those films from that era (the 1978 psychokinetic –tinged horror film Patrick) and we recently spoke to the director about his past work and the decision to use this project as a springboard for launching his narrative career.
HeyUGuys: Patrick is a little reminiscent of the new version of Maniac in the respect that it doesn’t feel like an out-and-out remake.
Mark Hartley: It’s kinda interesting with remakes. We wanted to be respectful [to the previous film] but obviously we didn’t want to make the same film again and we never felt like we were remaking someone’s film during the shoot. Hopefully that comes across in the execution. »
- Adam Lowes
Feature James Clayton 25 Apr 2014 - 06:27
The arrival of Transcendence leaves James pondering AI computers in the movies and our post-human future...
Johnny Depp undergoes a metamorphosis and inhabits the persona of someone or something completely different. He does this frequently and is so renowned for it that he's come to be acclaimed and appreciated as a 'chameleon' actor. This very talented and charismatic man completely immerses himself in his roles, his essential Johnny Depp-ness very present but clothed in the form of someone or something wholly other than himself.
Flicking back through his varied and colourful career, we find that Depp has become real people like gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson, children's author Jm Barrie and transvestite B-movie director Ed Wood, Jr. He has become an artificial man with scissors for hands. He has become a rogue rock star pirate. He has become a Mad Hatter, a loopy Comanche, »
For a film that clearly thinks it is very profound and way ahead of the curve, Transcendence is surprisingly retrograde. It recycles ideas and concepts from countless sci-fi films such as Donovan’s Brain, to Frankenstein, to Colossus: The Forbin Project, to 2001, to Andromeda Strain, to even Her which, of course, was made around the same time as Transcendence. And after all is said and done, the ultimate message you get is that, technology is bad. Ho hum.And it seems that whatever box office fire Johnny Depp used to have is fading fast. Are audiences getting bored with him? Maybe audiences don’t like to see him playing a normal guy? Or maybe because most of the time in the film, »
In 1818, around the time British "Luddites" retaliated against the textile industry's increasing use of power looms, Marry Shelley published the first edition of Frankenstein, her horror parable spun from the 19th century's plentiful scientific breakthroughs. A little under 200 years later, director (and Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer) Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with Transcendence, a thriller starring Johnny Depp as the app equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster. Different technology — same technophobia.
'Transcendence' and 60 Other Reasons to Love 2014
As Shelley predicted through her literary proxy Victor Frankenstein, humanity never »
Feature Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 15:08
With tech thriller Transcendence out this year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting its 90s fascination with virtual reality, Ryan writes...
Like seasons, hairstyles and fashion, genre popularity in Hollywood runs in cycles. Historical epics have faded in and out of favour since the 1930s, for example, and appear to be on the rise again, with Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and two movies based on the Hercules legend all on the horizon. It's not just historical epics making a comeback, either. With Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, we could be in for a mini revival of the cyber thrillers of the 1990s.
If you don't know anything about Transcendence yet, you can catch up with the first trailer here. Briefly, it's about a scientist (Johnny Depp) who's killed by terrorists shortly after completing some groundbreaking research into machine intelligence. Grief stricken, »
7 items from 2014
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