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This past week, I've posted five lists looking back at the movies and movie ads of 2011. I didn't really have to dig through a year's worth of articles because I kept a list of everything I found noteworthy. This year, I also kept a movie journal and made a record of every time I watched a feature-length film. Then I took an image or a slice of an image from each movie and put them into a collage. I feel pretty proud to have stuck with this project for 365 days (or if you want to be absolutely obnoxious about it, 363 days), and I'd like to share it with all of you. After the jump, you'll find two different collages and then the list of 368 movies I saw (not 368 different movies because I watched some flicks twice; I probably watched around 350 different films). I hope you like it. [Because the collages count viewings and not different movies, some films have more than one image] Here's the really »
- Matt Goldberg
Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, Ernest Borgnine, Norman Jewison, Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz are some of the TCM Cruise passengers shown in the picture above. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) The group pic was posted on TCM's Twitter page. Eva Marie Saint won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954). Her other film credits include Fred Zinnemann's A Hatful of Rain (1957), Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959), Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960). Ernest Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for Delbert Mann's Marty (1955). Borgnine's other movies include Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity (1953), Richard Brooks' The Catered Affair (1956), and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969). Tippi Hedren was an Alfred Hitchcock discovery. Her movies include The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She is the mother of Melanie Griffith. Norman Jewison has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards: In the Heat of the Night, »
- Andre Soares
Tony Scott has lined up a future project in the form of Narco-Sub , Variety reports. The action thriller is set up at 20th Century Fox from a spec script by David Guggeneheim. Plot details of the project have not been released, but narco-subs in real life are so named because they're submersible vehicles built to transport narcotics (particularly from Colombia to Mexico) and their compact size is designed to elude radar. Scott's last project was 2010's Unstoppable , also at Fox and he has plans to tackle Hell's Angels for the studio as well. He was also recently linked to a big-screen remake of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch . Guggenheim, meanwhile, is responsible for the script to Safe House , to be released in early 2012 through Universal Pictures. (Photo »
The Searchers, 1956.
Returning to his brother's family three years after the end of the civil war, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) is a bitter and resentful war veteran. Soon after his return, a Comanche attack his leaves his nieces missing. Ethan heads out on a long hunt looking for the two girls, as well as for revenge against their captors.
How do you write about one of the best films of all time? Well, it's usually best to start by saying it's one of the best films of all time.
Despite being one of John Wayne and John Ford's best known films, The Searchers isn't a typical western. It's cold, dark, deep and twisted, and Wayne's character here is a far cry from the tough but lovable character found in the likes of Rio Bravo. »
Humbly submitting himself to his own cinematic blindspots!
A smart man knows things; a wise man is smart enough to know that there are things he does not know*.
Or something like that.
For a few weeks now, Edgar Wright has proved himself a wise man, laying bare his cinematic soul, openly confessing to the classics he’s yet to see. (Unless you’re Our Fearless Leader Joe Dante, you have these.) He’s put together lists. He’s pared down lists. And he’s teased us with acronyms, all in anticipation of a special select season of programming at Los Angeles’ finest repertory house, The New Beverly.
And now, Mr. Wright has finally announced the full slate of a new Wright Stuff season at the New Beverly (his third!) full of great gems that have heretofore been left unseen by his eyes. When most people (especially in this town »
At the same time Warner Bros were pushing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand under his nose, Harry Potter director David Yates was getting to grips with Cicero, a proposed gangster film (possibly even a trilogy) based on the life and crimes of Al Capone. The epic Warner Bros project, said to be in the vein of the real classics – The Public Enemy, Little Caesar and Angels With Dirty Faces, i.e. – the movies that made Warner Bros back in the 40′s, would follow the rise of Capone during prohibition in Chicago before eventually being taken down because of all things, tax evasion.
Yates wanted to craft The Godfather of the 21st century and fittingly the Walon Green (The Wild Bunch) written script actually originates from the 70′s where it was intended to be a t.v. pilot for a lengthy series. Four decades on the project has »
- Matt Holmes
The new series will follow Civil War hero 'Lucas McCain', a sharpshooter with a haunted past, who moves to the uncharted New Mexico territory to raise his son 'Mark'. There, he joins forces with the 'Sheriff' to protect his new town and become its unofficial guardian.
In the original series, Peckinpah wrote and directed many of the best episodes from the first season, basing characters and situations on real-life scenarios from his childhood growing up on a ranch. His insistence on violent realism and complex characterizations, as well as his refusal to sugarcoat the lessons he felt the Rifleman's son needed to learn about life, soon put him at odds with the show's producers at Four Star and he left the show, »
- Michael Stevens
CBS has closed deals for a reboot of the 50's CBS western drama series "The Rifleman" says Deadline.
The 1880s-set show followed Lucas McCain, a Civil war hero and widower with a haunted past who who moves to the uncharted New Mexico territory to raise his son.
- Garth Franklin
TV’s land rush to launch the next great Western continues with CBS making a deal to reboot TV classic The Rifleman.
Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, NBC’s The Bionic Woman) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) have made a script deal with the network to attempt to re-launch the series. Plus, Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is on board to direct the first episode should the project receive a pilot order.
- James Hibberd
Every Friday, encore showings of The Walking Dead Season 2 on AMC feature “Story Notes”, which include trivia and behind-the-scenes information related to the episode. If you missed out on last week’s story notes from episode 2, we have the full list of trivia items, fun facts, and quotes from the cast and crew.
Jon Bernthal sees Shane and Rick as childhood pals that have been close their whole lives.
A-positive is the second most common blood type after O-positive.
Ampicillin is a type of penicillin that has been used to treat bacterial infections since 1961.
Director Ernest Dickerson got »
- Jonathan James
With Friday’s release of Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake, Thn has taken a look back at legendary hell-raising director Sam Peckinpah’s original take on the Gordon Williams novel The Siege At Trenchers Farm. The film’s title change came from an ancient Chinese phrase Peckinpah believed hints that every man has a breaking point, and with it brings its own untamed animal.
The film featured a still ‘on the rise’ Dustin Hoffman, fresh from classics The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man. His now iconic performance was almost swept under the carpet, in a film that on its initial release was treated like an abandoned child by audiences and critics alike.
Peckinpah, like so many others in his profession, cut his directing teeth working on television. His first big break in the movie business was with Major Dundee, starring Hollywood legends Charlton Heston and Richard Harris. »
- Craig Hunter
Coinciding with its 40th anniversary and the forthcoming remake starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård and James Woods, director Sam Peckinpah’s notorious thriller Straw Dogs has been carefully restored and remastered for release on two-disc DVD and for the first time ever, as a features-packed Special Edition Blu-ray, on 24th October 2011.
Discover more about the original in a series of articles running on http://www.totalfanhub.com/straw-dogs/, which will include reactions to the remake, plus details of the screening of the 1971 original at The Barbican in London on November 9th. Meanwhile, for your shelf we also have two copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to our readers! Take a look at the synopsis and read on for details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...
The Magnificent Seven is often heralded as one of the greatest westerns ever made. Great acting, memorable characters, and a striking score, all elevate The Magnificent Seven into more than your standard b-movie shoot-em-up western. Unfortunately for Burt Kennedy’s 1966 sequel, it has only one of these three traits working to keep this horse riding high. Given all that is working against it, Return of the Magnificent Seven turns out a little better than expected, even if the Blu-ray doesn’t have much faith in the film.
The sequel begins much in the same way as the original. In fact, the film is set in the same village that was first mistreated in the original. A megalomaniac bent on revenge rides with a group of bandits into the village abducting all of the men and leaving behind the women and children. Chico (Originally played by Horst Buchholz and »
- Michael Haffner
It’s understandable if the news that Rhapsody is purchasing Napster is giving you a slight touch of chronal vertigo. Both companies were digital pioneers who brilliantly predicted and forced major changes in the music industry. Both brands struggled to actually monetize that brilliance: Rhapsody arguably arrived at the subscription-music-service party too early; Napster was inarguably illegal. Their union is an intriguing hail-mary play by Rhapsody to remain relevant, as digital heavyweights Google and Amazon are launching their own services (not to mention that Spotify all your European friends have been talking about.) Like, do you remember The Wild Bunch, »
- Darren Franich
By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com:Well, apparently Hollywood found the secret for late summer success at the boxoffice. Forget the slew of cut-rate , unimaginative movies and just go into the vault for a real audience pleaser. That’s exactly what Disney did with their “special two week engagement” of The Lion King 3D , the 17 year old blockbuster that has now been converted into the pricier 3D format and grossed a terrific estimated total of $29.3 million to easily lead the box office this last official weekend of Summer 2011. The reissue was so successful that according to the Los Angeles Times, even rival The Weinstein Company was blaming it in part for their subpar debut of the Sarah Jessica Parker romcom, I Don’t Know How She Does It (apparently no one cared how she does it) which opened out of the top five with a sixth place $4.5 million. The blame is being »
- Pete Hammond
"Like the children poking at scorpions in the opening shots of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah knew how to stir things up," wrote Terrence Rafferty in the New York Times at the top of the month. "In 1971, two years after that exhilarating and phenomenally bloody western made him one of the most famous — or infamous — directors in America, Peckinpah took a crew to the Cornish countryside and came back with a movie called Straw Dogs, which upset audiences in a new, and perhaps more intimate, way."
At MSN Movies, Glenn Kenny reminds us that Pauline Kael once called Straw Dogs "the first American film that is a fascist piece of art." Glenn: "I don't consider the Peckinpah film fascist, but I don't consider it coherent to begin with. The Straw Dogs that starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George and was set in a particularly unpleasant patch of British countryside registers »
Compromised by a dwindling budget and production Euro-chaos, Peckinpah was not completely satisfied with this Ww II story of a German unit at the Russian front in 1943. The climax was literally improvised by James Coburn and Maximillian Schell when the money ran out. But Peckinpah once claimed that “I had a telegram from Orson Welles and he said he thought it was the best anti-war film since All Quiet on the Western Front.”
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Chicago – At first glance, Brian De Palma’s “Dressed to Kill” and Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” may seem to have little in common beyond a studio and a need to be on Blu-ray. It’s common for that to the be the Only link (such as when “Scary Movie 2” and “Trainspotting” hit the format next week…come back for coverage). But these two actually have more in common than just a company and a spiffy new transfer. They’re a pair of controversial thrillers from two of the most interesting directors of their era. And with the remake of “Straw Dogs” about to open on Friday, perhaps it’s time we revisit them.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
It might be considered logical to start with the source material for the new remake, but I’d like to start with the superior film. That’s right, “Dressed to Kill »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The western has been around at least as long as movies have, so it's fitting that it's been revised, it seems, more than any other genre. Gone are the black and white hats of John Ford, symbols of moral certainty. But also gone are the gray hats of Leone and Peckinpah, amoral anti-heroes (who are still quite alive in action movies). The western, as a western, continues to evolve.
Meek's Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt, strips another layer off, showing the frontier as a place where all certainty, not just morality, is lost on the trail. In that sense it has more in common with quest-visions like Jarmusch's Dead Man or Herzog's Aguirre than it does with The Searchers or The Wild Bunch.
- David M. DeLeon
From the Press Release:
How far will one man go to protect his wife and his home? One of the grittiest and most controversial thrillers of all time and banned in the United Kingdom for over 18 years, Straw Dogs debuts on Blu-ray Disc September 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Released in celebration of the film’s 40th Anniversary and in anticipation of the upcoming theatrical remake, this violent and suspenseful tale from legendary director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Getaway) stars two-time Academy Award® winner Dustin Hoffman* (The Graduate, Little Fockers) and Susan George (Mandingo, The House Where Evil Dwells).
To escape the Vietnam-era chaos in the U.S., American mathematician David Sumner (Hoffman) moves with his British wife, »
- Uncle Creepy
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