12 items from 2011
By Lee Pfeiffer
The White Bus (aka Red, White and Zero) is an experimental film by future acclaimed director Lindsay Anderson. Running a scant 46 minutes, the movie was intended to be one third of a feature film that consisted of other offbeat stories by different directors. For various reasons, the other segments were never completed, thus leaving Anderson's work an orphan. MGM has released The White Bus as one of its burn-to-order DVD titles. The merits of the film are debatable. It's visually striking. Filmed primarily in B&W with occasional short sequences in color, the movie is a fairly incomprehensible critique of British society. Like Bryan Forbes' The Whisperers, the movie was largely photographed in and around Manchester and the city fairs equally bad in Anderson's work. The plot, »
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With the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, the third in a trilogy of highly successful Batman movies by Christopher Nolan, and the recent release of the hotly anticipated video game Arkham City, its really never been a better time to be a Batman fan. The past few years have seen a gigantic leap in popularity for DC Comic’s surly, brooding poster boy, a character that has always held a large amount of public affection in its near 80 year history.
With this in mind, WhatCulture has decided to do an article comparing the two most beloved Batman movies: Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989, the iconic and most endearing interpretation of Batman, and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s second take on the World’s Greatest Detective from 2008, the highest grossing and critically revered Batman film to date. As soon as I heard of this, I practically pleaded for the opportunity to write it. »
- Alex McKay
Veteran British actor Sir Michael Caine gave up driving when he reached the age of 70.
The Italian Job star, 78, left it late to get behind the wheel, passing his test at the age of 50, and he gave it up at the earliest opportunity because he was a bad driver.
He tells Britain's Daily Record, "I wasn't a very good driver because my mind is always somewhere else. I drove for 20 years until I was 70 then I gave it up - so fortunately for all of you, I no longer drive." »
Brian brings more Carmageddon to your flatscreen.
Brian Trenchard-Smith has popped by the site for the second time this week, this time bringing with him his options for stay-at-home, Carmageddon-appropriate viewing. Take it away, Bts:
Carmageddon is upon us. 53 hours of gridlock in a city where prius politesse is only skin deep. How should we respond? This Bollywood movie has some suggestions for navigating crowded streets. Think Tandoori Michael Bay.
Perhaps a better suggestion would be to spend your land locked weekend at home watching a bunch of car chase movies. We all have our favorites. Here are a couple of mine from the pre-cgi era.
In 1968, audiences all over the world were stunned by this 10 minute sequence in Bullit. British director Peter Yates brought a fresh eye to San Francisco locations. The action is meticulously staged, with a keen sense of geography. No shaky-cam, no frenzied cutting. When the chase goes full throttle, »
By Darren Allison, Cinema Retro music critic
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Peter Collinson’s directorial career may have been cut tragically short (he died of cancer at the age of 44), but the British born director left an indelible mark in cinema during the latter half of the 1960s. Collinson made a powerful debut with the disturbing The Penthouse (1967), a film which caused Film Review magazine to comment, ‘quite brilliantly achieved.’ In 1969 his contribution to cinema would become eternally cemented with the classic The Italian Job, a film that turned Michael Caine’s popular Charlie Croker into a movie legend. In between these two projects, Collinson directed the gritty drama Up the Junction (1968). The film centred on a mixed class romance between middle-class Polly (Suzy Kendall) and working-class Peter (Dennis Waterman). Most of Up the Junction’s soundtrack (Rpm 189) was written by Mike Hugg and Manfred Man. It may have »
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When I first learned I was going back to Pixar a few months ago, a smile immediately crossed my face. I had been there just once before, a few years back, but the facility and people at this Emeryville, California animation studio are so amazing, I was hoping for the chance to come back... practically right after the first visit. In late March, I ventured up to the Northern California studio to learn more about their animated sequel Cars 2, which races into theaters nationwide on June 24.
After a nice reception for the massive press corps assembled for this event, we were in for a little treat. Anyone who is familiar with Pixar knows the studio is just as well-known for their animated shorts as they are their animated features. Before every Pixar movie, the studio debuts a new short film, and Cars 2 is no different. While most of »
The Italian Job hits Bexhill
Remember this line? "Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea." It comes at the very end of The Italian Job, delivered by Michael Caine as his crew's getaway vehicle totters precariously over a cliff, gold bullion at one end, robbers at the other.
The Diary can reveal that this famous scene from the 1969 crime caper is to be recreated by artist Richard Wilson, on the rooftop of one of the south coast's most beautiful buildings: the modernist De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
A full-size model of a coach hanging over the edge of the building promises to be quite a head-turner, as well as something of an engineering challenge – since it will, literally, teeter. "The last thing I want is a lawsuit," said Wilson, famed for his waist-deep, »
- Mark Brown
The Fast And The Furious movies have brought us some of the best action car chases that have ever been committed to that thing we call film. I think back to try to remember the very first memory of a car chase that I saw up on the big screen, and it’s Cannonball Run Part II that stands out. It was one of the very first action films that I was allowd to watch as a kid, and possibly one of the first VHS tapes that I ever owned. I remember it’s orange cover. I remember Jackie Chan. I remember Dom Deluise (God rest him). I remember Jaws. I remember Roger Moore, but most all, I remember Burt Reynolds, who also just happens to be the most famous person that I have ever met (closely followed by Johnny Depp). Cannonball Run Part II hasn’t made my top »
- Paul Heath
For about as long as the Coen Brothers were plotting a new adaptation of the 60′s western True Grit, those insanely talented siblings have been eyeing a much more light-hearted and comical film from the same decade that they feel is ripe for a remake. That property is Gambit, an obscure Michael Caine & Shirley MacLaine caper of 1966 that was only recently in the last year or so transferred to DVD here in the U.K.
And after a revolving door of directors & potential cast members over the years including Doug Liman, Ben Kingsley, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston – the Coen Brothers scripted remake is now seemingly happening as a Colin Firth / Cameron Diaz vehicle that shoots in London this May under the direction of The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman.
Diaz’s casting was confirmed today by Deadline and although she wouldn’t have been my first choice as a »
- Matt Holmes
More than 1,000 moviegoers have taken part in a poll to find the greatest British film, as well as the country's best actor, actress and director.
Sky Movies HD commissioned the research to mark the start of its British Film Season, which begins on Sky Movies Premiere HD today and will see over 30 top best British films screened, including Chariots of Fire, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.
The original The Italian Job (1969) triumphed as the Best British Film of All Time with 15 per cent of the votes, taking it ahead of Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) (7 per cent) and The Full Monty (1997) (6 per cent).
The Italian Job saw a gang of criminals take to the streets of Turin in Minis to steal a van full of gold, before racing away in a classic chase scene through shopping arcades, along rooftops and down the »
- David Bentley
The 1969 heist classic, about a group of criminals who attempt to steal a van full of gold, notched up 15 per cent of votes in a survey of 1,000 film fans to find the best movie to come out of the U.K.
Meanwhile, Sir Anthony Hopkins was crowned Britain's favourite actor with 12 per cent of the vote and Laurence Olivier was a close runner-up with 10 per cent. The Italian Job's lead actor Caine rounded out the top three.
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, says, "The results of the Greatest British Film poll speak volumes about the nation's favourite homegrown talent, and the dream line-up would be a truly spectacular film. As we approach awards season and the competition escalates, we wanted to celebrate the best of British talent... We are rooting for the likes of Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Nolan during this year's awards." »
Acting legend Sir Michael Caine has been made a Commander of Arts and Letters in France after receiving the country's highest cultural honour on Thursday.
The Italian Job star, 77, was awarded the medal by Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, who paid tribute to his lengthy movie career and highlighted his most iconic roles from Alfie to the Batman franchise.
Caine's wife, Shakira Baksh, looked on with pride as Caine was hailed a "true gentleman" and "a giant" of the acting profession, who embodied "the humour, magic and the warmth of the cinema".
Accepting the honour in French, the actor, born Maurice Micklewhite, said, "I've always loved this country, the food, the people. (Until now) I didn't know whether the French loved me and thought maybe it was a one-way affair. But now I have this award, I know (they do)." »
12 items from 2011
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