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Charlie Brooker’s been hiding something. Beneath that hugely entertaining mantle of misanthropy and idiocy-skewering invective, beats the charitable heart of a man who wants us all to care a little bit more. If there’s a lesson to White Christmas - a trio of Black Mirror stories about the consequences of loneliness and ostracisation - it would be to stop, think, and empathise.
White Christmas’ first story introduces us to Matt (Jon Hamm, whose matinee idol good looks cast him perfectly as the kind of swaggering, smug Yank an intensely British drama like Black Mirror would instantly mistrust). Alongside his day job, Matt runs a seedy side-line as a pickup artist coach and wank conductor to a voyeuristic choir of online pervs.
Taking Google Glass to its logical conclusion, »
Is that the sound of double-dipping? Oh right, it must be Warner Bros with another extraneous Blu-ray set. Having already released a terrific Stanley Kubrick collection in 2011, they now hit us with a bigger, sexier box set… with one fewer movie and several more documentaries to differentiate it from the old one. In and of itself, it’s an excellent collection, despite the absent film. But for those who bought the earlier set, it makes for an exasperating choice. Hit the jump for my Stanley Kubrick Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray review. Naturally no film lover’s Blu-ray collection is complete without a healthy sampling of Kubrick’s work. As one of the unquestioned masters of the medium, his canon helped define cinema as an art form, and Blu-ray makes an ideal format to appreciate it. The new Masterpiece Collection assembles his final eight movies: Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, »
- Rob Vaux
Every once in a while, I open an e-mail and just start laughing at what kind of opportunities I'm given. When someone asks if you want to spend time with Ryan O'Neal, Malcolm McDowell, and Leon Vitali to discuss working with Stanley Kubrick, there's only one correct answer to that. Of course. Absolutely. The interview was arranged to help promote the release of "Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection," a new Blu-ray box set that includes eight of his films, a new documentary about the legendary filmmaker, a new hardcover book, and a whole mess of extra features that have been assembled from other earlier releases. It's safe to say that I've spent most of my film-obsessed life fixated on the work of Stanley Kubrick. What's changed is which film takes the top spot for me, and I think that's something that would change for anyone considering the way each »
- Drew McWeeny
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has always been somewhat of an eccentric character in Hollywood. The brains behind such classic films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, Kubrick.s name often goes hand-in-hand with imaginative, challenging filmmaking. Apparently, his name should also be a associate with being a bit cheap. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Malcolm McDowell spoke pretty frankly of the conflict that arose between Gene Kelly and Kubrick when Kubrick failed to pay for the use of "Singin. in the Rain" in one of the most disturbingly memorable scenes in A Clockwork Orange--despite Kubrick.s numerous promises to Kelly. Understandably, this caused quite a bit of tension between Kelly and Kubrick. As Malcolm McDowell tells it, he witnessed Kelly's irritation over the matter firsthand. When I came out to Hollywood a year later, he completely cut me dead [when we met at a party]. »
Malcolm McDowell is part of an increasingly exclusive club: He starred in a movie for Stanley Kubrick. The film, of course, was A Clockwork Orange, the controversial 1971 movie about a young Beethoven-obsessed thug who becomes the government's guinea pig for a Pavlovian mind-control technique to cure him of his criminal impulses. McDowell was only 27 when he got the role of Alex DeLarge, the narrator and chief droog in Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel. And though he would go on to create many other memorable characters during his career, Alex remains the one that is burned on the »
- Jeff Labrecque
When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world. He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed. Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975. The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later.
By the time I accidentally discovered Sneak Previews in the early ‘80s, I was already an avid moviegoer. My friends and I went to the theater every Friday night, taking in the latest Hollywood blockbusters (which had already been out about a month by the time it arrived in our microscopic town). We relished every opportunity to be traumatized by R-rated fare. An American Werewolf in London prompted many a sleepless night, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Few directors' oeuvres are as meme-able as the films of Stanley Kubrick, whose obsession with using the color red to dramatic effect is shown in this nifty supercut below (via Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria). The wall-to-wall blood reds of "The Shining" are, of course, unforgettable, as is the foreboding set design in the wild orgy sequence of "Eyes Wide Shut." But we also get to see how crimson colors work in "A Clockwork Orange," "Spartacus," "2001" and "Full Metal Jacket": never without purpose or visual beauty. Los Angeles moviegoers can catch "2001" on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre later this month. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Actor best known as a gruff, hard-drinking detective in the TV series Dalziel and Pascoe
Warren Clarke, who has died aged 67 after a short illness, was a burly actor with a hangdog expression who came to prominence in anti-establishment films and stage plays before becoming one of televisions best-known faces.
He exploded on to the screen in Stanley Kubricks futuristic drama A Clockwork Orange (1971), the film based on Anthony Burgesss 1962 novella set in a Britain facing mass juvenile delinquency. Clarke played Dim, one of the droogs in the gang led by a charismatic sociopath (Malcolm McDowell) whom the state tries to rehabilitate through brainwashing. The scenes of rape, murder and mugging were passed for screening by the film censors, but subsequent claims that the film led to copycat violence caused Kubrick who described the story as a social satire to withdraw it from British distribution in 1974. Only after the directors »
- Anthony Hayward
Warren Clarke, the U.K. actor best remembered on cinema screens for his turn in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, has died. He was 67. His death was announced by his representatives at the Independent Talent Group, who issued a statement published in The Guardian newspaper that read: "The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness." Known for his heavy build, Clarke played thuggish droog Dim led by Malcolm McDowell’s ringleader in the controversial 1971 adaptation. Roles in films including Anthony and Cleopatra (1972), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), Top
- Alex Ritman
The Dalziel and Pascoe, Clockwork Orange and Red Riding actor has died age 67. Here, we remember his finest on-screen moments
Warren Clarkes road to fame was long and hard-fought. Throughout the late 1960s and 70s, he eked out a living with a bit-part in a Playhouse here, or three separate walk-on Coronation Street characters there. In time, hed reach the level of recognition he deserved, but not before suffering through a glut of turgid period dramas like Our Mutual Friend, The Onedin Line and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill.
Clarkes first real brush with exposure came when he worked for Stanley Kubrick, playing the role of Alexs droog Dim in A Clockwork Orange. The role didnt ask a lot of him, relying as many subsequently would on his bulldog grunt of a face, but he nevertheless made his mark. The scene that always comes to mind first when I think of »
- Stuart Heritage
Warren Clarke has died at the age of 67.
Clarke's agent confirmed news of the actor's passing today (November 12), after a "short illness".
"He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief," a statement read.
Born in Oldham in 1947, Clarke had roles in Coronation Street in the 1960s.
Clarke also appeared alongside MacDowell in O Lucky Man! in 1972 and Gulag in 1985.
He appeared in several TV and film productions in the decades that followed, before being cast in one of the title roles of Dalziel and Pascoe in 1996.
In more recent years, »
Scream Factory delayed the Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but for good reason: they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror. To hold horror hounds over until this much-anticipated Blu-ray becomes available on December 2nd, Scream Factory has given us a look at three clips and an original trailer that show off the movies’ high-definition upgrades.
“Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and »
- Derek Anderson
Yes, we're all very excited about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but let's take a minute to go a little bit further back to the galaxy slight farther away, when George Lucas was just a kid with a dream called "Star Wars." Back then, while shooting the movie, he had the actor who physically inhabited the body of Darth Vader, a British actor named David Prowse whose stature and prowess as a bodybuilder earned him intimidating roles in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" and a pair of Hammer horror movies (where he essayed the role of Frankenstein's hellish creation). But, as the behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from some forgotten documentary by Gizmodo shows, his intimidation was limited to his physicality, because his voice is pretty wimpy.
In the behind the scenes footage (which you can watch below), Prowse sounds very much like a nasally British guy trying to be threatening. »
- Drew Taylor
Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve run out of new releases to share with you. Here are the new releases for November 4th, 2014.
(Technically this is a November 3rd release but I thought I would include it on this list.)
A little girl’s brother kills the whole family but her (she escapes by hiding in the basement). He is committed, and she grows up with a new family, eventually going to college, where she joins a sorority. Due to a memory block, she doesn’t remember that the sorority house was her childhood house. Her brother senses her presence in the house and escapes so he can finish the job he was unable to complete. (Source)
The Doctor and the Devils. United States. Shout Factory. 1985.
An 18th-century doctor must rely upon the disreputable duo »
- Sarah Skidmore
Maleficent Maleficent has made over $757 million so far worldwide. That's amazing to me and what's even more amazing is the fact Disney has yet to announce a sequel. Perhaps that's because this seemed to be a film so largely spear-headed by Angelina Jolie that she won't agree to a sequel until a script she considers decent is in front of her. I expect the DVD/Blu-ray to do gangbusters, which should get Disney working even harder on making that a possibility.
A Most Wanted Man I was late to the party with A Most Wanted Man, but as I wrote in my review after watching the Blu-ray I was damned impressed as this is easily one of the best films of the year so far. There are also a couple decent features on the disc, one with John le Carre taking a tour of Hamburg talking about how he created the story. »
- Brad Brevet
October may be over, but that doesn’t mean horror and sci-fi fans don’t have anything to look forward to this month. November 4th will see the release of Brett Ratner’s Hercules 3D and a few cult classics, including The Doctor and the Devils and The Ninth Configuration. There are also several indie horror movies making their debut this week, including The Taking of Deborah Logan, Ghost Bride and Dead Girls.
And for those of you looking to add a few Blu-ray collections to your home library, Amazon is releasing an exclusive set in honor of Stanley Kubrick (which looks stellar) and there’s also a new Doctor Who box set to look forward to as well.
The Doctor and the Devils (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
As Night Comes is a dark teen drama that takes a nod from the spreading “bully hoodie” trend that was popularized in England with films such as Heartless and Citadel.
Early on in the movie, a very obvious nod is made to A Clockwork Orange and it becomes apparent that director and screenwriter Richard Zelniker was attempting to draw similarities. A bunch of kids who feel looked down upon go out as a gang, in this film it’s on a self-proclaimed holiday dubbed Mischief Night, and start beating up people they deem accepting of the beat down.
- Ryan Turek
2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange - if only for these works of cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick would be forever remembered in the history of the medium. If you add in the rest of his films, from Spartacus to Lolita to Barry Lyndon to Eyes Wide Shut, it gets a bit overwhelming and even hyperbole doesn't seem to go far enough. The best director in the history of the medium? Sure. The most remarkable series of films ever made? Yeah, that can be argued. Yet behind these now almost mythical creations was a man from the Bronx who took photos for Look Magazine and parlayed that into an onscreen vision that spanned from noir fisticuffs to...
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"Clothes don't make the man?" That rule certainly doesn't hold true in the movies. Dress can say a lot about characters, their class, their self-image, their self-consciousness, the period and place in which they live, the story they're living and how a director wishes an audience to perceive them. Fortunately, the Academy's Costume Design branch recognizes this, as it consistently proves itself to be one of the most original sects of the organization, not overtly swayed by a film's overall perception. Every year, films that are critically maligned and/or have no other nominations tend to score here and the overall state of the Best Picture race tends to play only a peripheral role. Nevertheless, trends can be noted. Period pieces almost always take a majority of the nominations, frequently all five. Glamor is also awarded frequently. There are also great designers (such as Sandy Powell, Milena Canonero and Colleen Atwood »
- Gerard Kennedy
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