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Despite passing away six years ago, Dennis Hopper will soon be seen on the big screen one more time. Monterey Media has acquired distribution rights to Linda Yellen’s “The Last Film Festival,” which stars Hopper alongside Jacqueline Bisset, CHris Kattan, JoBeth Williams and Leelee Sobieski.
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“The idea for ‘The Last Film Festival’ started with a laugh Dennis and I shared at the Sundance Film Festival,” Yellen says in a statement. “And that spirit of fun and spontaneity that is uniquely Dennis carried through the filming and onto the screen. He would be so pleased that what started as one laugh will now result in so many.” A comedy, the film tells of a failing producer who brings his calamitous movie to an obscure film festival in a last-ditch effort to make it work. The »
- Michael Nordine
That Cold Day in the Park, 1969.
Directed by Robert Altman.
A lonely middle-aged woman sees a homeless young man sitting in the park opposite her apartment, and in a moment of pity invites him in.
Many would consider the late Robert Altman’s first recognised masterpiece to be the 1970 Palme d’Or winning film Mash – the satirical black war comedy about the Korean war, which was really a subtext on the contemporary Vietnam War – but That Cold Day in the Park was released a year prior, and it’s as tonally as different as one can expect.
Despite Frances’ (Sandy Dennis) affluence she finds no solace or fulfilment; she numbly passes the time by socialising with the elder elite of contemporary society. Upon one such visit from these patrons she looks out her window to see a young homeless man (Michael Burns »
- Matthew Lee
Dennis Hopper's counter-cultural classic, Easy Rider, is not only emblematic of independent American cinema, but, released in 1969, is the definitive statement on the death of the 60s. Indeed, as this year's darkly farcical presidential primaries currently threaten to plunge the Us into a political and moral abyss, the timeliness of Criterion's release of Hopper's film cannot be overstated. And just as the current political crisis follows a presidency that traded on hope and progress, so to does Easy Rider reflect on its own era's failed ambitions of individual freedom and free love.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of the Blu-ray special edition of Easy Rider on 9th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. In 1969, a low-budget motorcycle movie starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, became the first counterculture blockbuster and changed forever the way America looks at itself and the
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In lauding Miguel Gomes‘ three-part, six-and-a-half hour behemoth, it’s perhaps important to consider his background as a critic. Not just in terms of the trilogy’s cinephilic engagement with Rossellini, Alonso, Oliveira, etc.; also in its defiant nature. While it’s easy to assign the trilogy certain humanist and satirical labels from the get-go and just praise these films for following through on them, Gomes continually seeks to mutate and complicate his of age-of-austerity saga. »
- TFS Staff
The dirty book of the '60s became an all-star dirty movie with Brando, Burton, Starr, Coburn, Matthau, Astin, Aznavour and Huston all wanting a taste of the Swedish nymphet Ewa Aulin. Camerawork by Rotunno, designs by Dean Tavoularis, effects by Doug Trumbull -- and the best material is Marlon Brando making goofy faces as a sub-Sellers Indian guru. Candy Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1968 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 124 min. /Candy e il suo pazzo mondo / Street Date May 17, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Ewa Aulin, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, James Coburn, Richard Burton, John Astin, John Huston, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, Anita Pallenberg, Elsa Martinelli. Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Opening and closing designed by Douglas Trumbull Film Editor Giancarlo Cappelli, Frank Santillo Original Music Dave Grusin Writing credits Buck Henry from the book by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg Produced by Robert Haggiag Directed by Christian Marquand
- Glenn Erickson
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:
Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial
The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the »
- Movie Geeks
“You learn to love the rope. That’s how you beat ’em. That’s how you beat people who torture you. You learn to love ’em. Then they don’t know you’re beatin’ ’em.”
Rolling Thunder (1977) screens Midnights next weekend (April 8th and 9th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.
Paul Schrader followed his Taxi Driver screenplay with the one for Rolling Thunder, a gritty revenge thriller directed by John Flynn in 1977. Similarities abound as both are about Vietnam vets who are ticking time bombs pushed to the brink by the violence they’ve come home to. But Rolling Thunder’s plot eventually veers from character study into a Death Wish-style vigilante thriller. Like Taxi Driver, it leads slowly toward a cathartic bloodbath finale. Rolling Thunder is highly regarded by fans and critics alike, »
- Tom Stockman
Decades before Shia LeBeouf transformed from blockbuster actor into head-scratching performance-art weirdo and Joaquin Phoenix grew a beard for a mockumentary about his career as a rapper, Dennis Hopper explored his own mythos in a unique documentary that is now getting a new life.
Fresh off the breakout success of his 1969 directorial debut Easy Rider, the filmmaker attempted to repeat the feat with The Last Movie – a picture about a film crew member who stays in a Peruvian village after a shoot and attempts to prevent locals from reenacting the movie's dangerous stunts. »
It’s easy to map out the Dennis Hopper trajectory: mid-50’s/ -60’s classical Hollywood bit player to ’70s weirdo maverick to ’90s Hollywood-blockbuster villain — or even, in more succinct terms, hippie to Bush-voting Republican. Yet even if a morphing figure, there is a tendency to zero in on the brief iconoclast period: the counter-culture icon who, for one shining moment, had it all, only to be able to say — or rather to quote his most famous film — “We blew it.”
To draw another vital name from the long line of American cinema’s Icarus figures, as well as a friend and collaborator of Hopper’s, one can look no further than Nicholas Ray, a recent biography of whom attributed the subtitle “The Glorious Failure of An American Filmmaker.” This could serve as a one-line synopsis for The American Dreamer, a behind-the-scenes look at Hopper’s critical and commercial bellyflop of The Last Movie, »
- Ethan Vestby
“You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”
Easy Rider screens in 16mm at 7:30pm Monday March 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood
The perfect film to watch in old-school 16mm!
Easy Rider (1969) is much more than a 60s relic – it’s still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an European- influenced arthouse approach. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well-chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue Easy Rider is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made The Wild Angels, Hopper the less remembered The Glory Stompers, and Jack Nicholson Hells Angels On Wheels, but Easy Rider reinvented the biker movie (or technically created a new subgenre: the “hippy” Biker Film), and things were never »
- Tom Stockman
20 years ago today, Trainspotting began winning over audiences on its way to becoming a breakout British hit. The film, about drug addiction in Edinburgh, was released in the U.K. and Ireland on this day in 1996, and a U.S. release followed that summer. The film launched Ewan McGregor into international stardom — he was cast in the Star Wars prequels shortly afterward. Trainspotting was his second team-up with director Danny Boyle, following Boyle’s feature debut, Shallow Grave. Boyle went on to earn Oscar attention for Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Diane, the teenager McGregor’s character becomes entangled with, was played by Kelly Macdonald, who turned 20 on the day of Trainspotting’s U.K./Ireland release. Boyle is currently working on a Trainspotting sequel that he plans to shoot later this year. Other notable February 23 happenings in pop culture history: • 1939: At the 11th Academy Awards, Frank Capra film You »
- Emily Rome
Get your motor running! In May, the Criterion Collection will blast out a key title in the American New Wave, as well as one of my favorite movies of all time and a trilogy of early films that formed an important element of the German New Wave. And more! Sorry for the excessive exclamatory statements, but Criterion's release plans for May 2016 touch on several of my favorite nerves. The box office success of Easy Rider opened the eyes of Hollywood execs -- suddenly, they realized they had no freakin' idea how to appeal to younger audiences but young filmmakers might -- though it's Dennis Hopper's creative imagination that keeps it relevant today. The film has been released on Blu-ray from other companies in the...
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Read More: Whit Stillman and Oscar Snub 'Phoenix' Coming to Criterion Collection This April The Criterion Collection is full of some of the most beloved films in history, and their new additions certainly fit that bill as "The Player" from Robert Altman and "Easy Rider" from Dennis Hopper get ready to join the esteemed catalogue this May. The two aforementioned titles will be joined by more celebrated films from Wim Wenders, Kaneto Shindo and Nicholas Ray. Take a look at the exciting titles coming to the Criterion Collection this May below, with synopses and additional details and synopses provided from the collection. "The Road Trilogy" In the 1970s, Wim Wenders was among the first true international breakthrough artists of the revolutionary New German Cinema, a filmmaker whose fascination with the physical landscapes and emotional contours of the open road proved to be universal. In the middle of that decade, Wenders embarked on a. »
- Nix Santos
Mubi is exclusively presenting the global online premiere of L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller's cult documentary The American Dreamer, starring Dennis Hopper. Shot during the drug-and-orgy fueled making of The Last Movie, the legendary follow-up to Hopper's debut movie Easy Rider, Hopper stars as himself: a new kind of Hollywood—and American—icon. The American Dreamer is playing on Mubi through March 12, 2016. For more about the film, read Mike Opal's exploration on the Notebook. »
L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller's The American Dreamer (1971) is exclusively playing on Mubi through March 12, 2016.Photo by Lawrence SchillerWith a budget of $1 million, 1971's The Last Movie is the cheapest film ever to be considered a major folly. Tugging on his beard and watching a rough cut, Dennis Hopper prepares for his new project's inevitable critical disemboweling. He knows, after all, that among many delirious and noxious (though often brilliant) self-referential shenanigans it features a gigantic breast ejaculating milk onto Hopper's own receptive face. With self-aggrandizing irony (or is that ironic self-aggrandizement?), Hopper aspires to Orson Welles's career trajectory: "I can become Orson Welles, poor bastard." He declares his debut, 1969's Easy Rider, his Citizen Kane and The Last Movie his The Magnificent Ambersons. Nevertheless, the response to The Last Movie scared him away from directing for nearly a decade, rather than duplicating Welles's indomitable retreat to self-, »
- Mike Opal
★★★☆☆ Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson could hardly have better timed their thirty-day intersection with Dennis Hopper that formed the raw materials of the quasi-documentary The American Dreamer. They caught Hopper fresh from Easy Rider when he was a generational icon, high on his success - and just plain high - and boldly attempting to establish a reputation as a serious filmmaker. The film was shot and edited in early 1971, in the eye of the New Hollywood storm, but never received a release beyond as companion piece to Hopper's Easy Rider follow-up The Last Picture.
- CineVue UK
'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »
- Andre Soares
Dennis Hopper is one the most fascinating figures in American cinema, a vital artist who rose so fast and fell so hard that his story has taken on a tragic aura. What would have become of the director Easy Rider if his second film wasn’t a failure? Would he still be in the same conversation as the […]
- Jacob Hall
Dennis Hopper’s fleeting success with Easy Rider in the late sixties famously came undone with his 1971 follow-up, The Last Movie. A critical and commercial failure, the rambling, chaotic nature on screen mirrored that of the behind-the-scenes production. Into the fray came directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, who captured an unbalanced and tormented
- Adam Lowes
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