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Philippe Mora: Ballad Of A Mad Dog
Born in Paris in 1949, Philippe Mora is a member of one of Australia’s best known artistic families. His parents, Georges Mora and Mirka Mora, migrated to Australia from France in 1951 and settled in Melbourne, where they quickly became key figures on the Melbourne cultural scene. Georges, a wartime resistance fighter, became an influential art dealer, and in 1967 he founded one of the first commercial art galleries in Melbourne, Tolarno Galleries. The Mora family home and restaurants were focal points of Melbourne's bohemian subculture. As a result of this, Philippe and his brothers had what he has described as a "culturally privileged childhood."
Philippe moved to London in late 1967 to pursue painting and filmmaking. He was one of many important Australian artists, writers and others who »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the Jameson Cult Film Club, which is affiliated with Jameson Irish Whiskey:
The infamous eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge in rockumentary classic, This is Spinal Tap, has been voted the ultimate 'rock' cult film moment of all time by almost half (48%) of British film fans.
Dennis Hopper and the classic motorcycle moments set to Steppenwolf’s of 'Born to be Wild' in Easy Rider came a close second in the poll with 22% of the votes, followed by Bill and Ted's "excellent" guitar solo in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (19%).
The research, commissioned by Jameson Cult Film Club, which brings classic cult movie screenings to life via an immersive cinematic experience, also reveals that the music from 90’s movie Trainspotting is the favourite soundtrack of all time with almost 40 per cent of the votes (39%). In 1997, it was awarded 'best soundtrack' in the Brit Awards. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Last night on PBS, I caught the reverent and fascinating documentary No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos, a look at the art, influence, and longtime brotherly friendship of the two most fabled Hollywood cinematographers of the 1970s, László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. Like anyone else immersed in the classic American movies of that time (and, really, who isn't?), I knew who these two men were, understood a few things about their art, and had a dim awareness of the fact (coincidence -- or something more?) that they were both Hungarian émigrés. I was amazed, though, at how much I didn't know, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Directed by: Troy Duffy
Running Time: 2 hrs
Release Date: November 13, 2009 (Limited)
Plot: The vigilante assassins (Flanery, Reedus) return from hiding in Ireland to stop a copycat killer who is putting a bad mark on their legacy. While back home they attempt to fix the unfinished business with the powerful Yakavetta Mob.
Who’S It For? If you like action movies with slow motion shootouts, slim plots, and shabby moral lessons, then you probably saw 1999’s original The Boondock Saints. Now that ten years have past, do you want the same thing again, or would a hundredth re-watch of the first suffice?
Expectations: The first film succeeded with a few clever ideas, such as a different way to imagine a shootout. Now that the Saints aren’t particularly new to us, »
- Nick Allen
DVD Playhouse—November 2009
Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A new documentary about film-maker Vilmos Zsigmond shows the risks he took filming secret footage of Soviet troops in Hungary
The visionary Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond does not care, I suspect, to dwell in the emotional terrain of the past. Perhaps the roots of that lie in the dying embers of 1956, when Soviet troops invaded his homeland and crushed the Hungarian revolution. To look back then, as he fled Budapest with clandestinely shot footage, would have meant death. "We had to be careful," Zsigmond says, "because the Russians had killed people just for taking still photographs."
Zsigmond's life is the subject of a warmly received documentary by James Chressanthis called No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos, which has just reached Los Angeles. The Laszlo in question is the late, great cinematographer László Kovács, Zsigmond's spiritual brother and companion on that fateful flight to the Austrian border more than half a century ago, »
- Jeremy Kay
There are plenty of trippy movie scenes – but watching them sober makes you feel like the designated driver in a roomful of drunks
Thirty-six years ago, I dropped a tab of Lsd. It was Ok, but I never felt the urge to do it again, and never thought much about it – until the other day, when I was watching Taking Woodstock. To the sound of Love's The Red Telephone, Ang Lee serves up an acid trip so uncannily spot-on, I swear it gave me my first ever flashback.
It's not as though there's ever been a shortage of trippy scenes in films. It's just they always seemed to chime more with the experiences of the film-makers than with my own. Indeed, watching them sober, you often feel like the designated driver in a roomful of babbling drunks. In the aptly-named The Trip, Peter Fonda has a psychedelic experience in which, »
- Anne Billson
Philippe Mora's Mad Dog Morgan, a violent true story and a 70's classic that forever changed the way international audiences saw Australian cinema, is being released in a two-disc limited edition DVD set on November 24 from Troma. Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now) plays Mad Dog Morgan, Australia's most notorious criminal, with all the bravado that turned him into the decade's most radical screen icon. Critics at the Cannes Film Festival praised Mad Dog Morgan and awarded it the John Ford Memorial Award for Best Western before it became a worldwide hit. The new two-disc set includes the shocking uncut version of Mad Dog Morgan (with graphic violence previously censored in North America!), That's Our Mad Dog (a conversation with writer/director Philippe Mora and Dennis Hopper), a rare radio interview with Mora, new interviews with crewmembers, a locations featurette, and more! One of the inaugural films of the Australian New Wave, »
Dennis Hopper was first diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, the acting icon has revealed.
Speaking about his plight on Saturday, the 73 year old admitted the cancer was first diagnosed in 2002.
But he insists it's a fight he can win.
Speaking at the Breeder's Cup horse racing even in Santa Anita, California, Hopper told the New York Daily News, "It has great promise. Everything's good right now." »
Actor Dennis Hopper stepped out for the first time since announcing he is fighting cancer - at a fundraising event in support of those suffering from the disease.
He swiftly cancelled all travel arrangements and promotional events to focus on beating the illness, but made time to attend the Breeders' Cup horse-racing event in support of The V Foundation for Cancer Research on Saturday.
And the star insists he is feeling confident he can overcome the cancer, adding that the radical treatment he is undergoing at the University of Southern California is showing "great promise". »
While I definitely acknowledge that Easy Rider is a classic film, that doesn't mean I think it's very good. Confusing? Perhaps, but it doesn't have to be.
To me, a "classic" is anything that stands the test of time and remains enjoyable after many years or that made a significant impact upon the genre. I'd argue that Rider doesn't qualify in the former category but that it certainly meets the latter criteria. When I watched the original DVD, it was the third time I saw Easy Rider. I first viewed it on VHS about 15 years earlier and I absolutely loathed it. Since I didn't really experience the Sixties firsthand - I only lived through two and a half years of that decade, so for some strange reason, my memories of it remain few - I have to rely on the media's depictions to give me knowledge of it. Rider perfectly »
Dennis Hopper went out yesterday for the first time since being diagnosed with prostate cancer -- and revealed he's undergoing "an experimental thing at USC" for treatment. The 73-year-old "Easy Rider" star added that it's "no big deal" and said he "feels great."Fight on. More Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper -- Extra Fiji-ty After Illness ...
Tim Burton invades New York, New Italian Cinema hits Los Angeles, Harold and Kumar spread holiday cheer in Austin and everywhere you look, they're celebrating All Tomorrow's Parties -- just some of the holiday film fun you can have this winter at your local repertory theater.
More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]
[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]
In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration »
- Stephen Saito
Fonda has confessed the trio used "real pot" to capture the moment Nicholson's character tries the drug for the first time.
But he refutes longstanding rumours they took Lsd on the set of the 1969 movie.
Fonda tells Extra, "We did not take Lsd, no matter what the rumours say. You can't make a movie when you're ripped like that." »
The great opportunity with new presentation formats for established forms of entertainment is that newcomers can be introduced and experience them for the very first time; the burden with them is that longtime fans have to forage through multiple editions and decide which one is best. Enter "Making The (Up) Grade," Cinematical's examination of these new, alternate, special editions of films that have long since become favorites. This week's selection, Easy Rider, is one of those cases where people may or may not have purchased the film before, but because it's been so thoroughly discussed and dissected in cinematic culture for the past forty years, it seems almost a redundant choice for any person who considers him- or herself a cinephile.
Is this new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray really better? Let's take a look and see.
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- Todd Gilchrist
There was marijuana on set, but Fonda says not to believe the rumors about Lsd. "We did not take Lsd, no matter what the rumors say, »
Los Angeles - Actor Dennis Hopper is suffering from prostate cancer and has cancelled all engagements to focus on his treatment, his manager said in a statement Friday. Sam Maydew, told Access Hollywood that the 73-year-old actor and artist is being treated through a 'special programme' at the University of Southern California medical centre. The star of Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and the TV series Crash would be forced to miss an exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne called Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood, a collection of his artwork and photos, Mayhew added. 'We're hoping for the »
Actor Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Hopper, 73, is canceling all travel plans to focus on treatment at the University of Southern California, his manager Sam Maydew confirmed Thursday. "We're hoping for the best," Maydew says.
Hopper was forced to cancel his appearance at an exhibition of his artwork and photography at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
In September, Hopper visited the hospital after suffering flu-like symptoms and was treated for dehydration. »
Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to his manager. The Easy Rider star, 73, has cancelled all his upcoming promotional duties and appearances in order to concentrate on his treatment. Speaking to The AP, manager Sam Maydew confirmed that Hopper is being treated through a "special programme" at the University of Southern California. He added that they are (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 'Easy Rider' actor has now cancelled all his travel plans as he focuses on getting treatment through a "special programme" at the University of Southern California. His manager Sam Maydew added: "We're hoping for the best." The 73-year-old star had to cancel an appearance at Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image, where a collection of his artwork and photography - 'Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood' - is being shown. Last month, Dennis was released from a New York hospital after being treated for dehydration. It was initially reported the 73-year-old star was suffering from flu-like symptoms, but further details of his illness were not been released. Dennis fell ill »
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