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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
Stanley Kubrick left behind an amazing body of work when he passed away back in 1999, from A Clockwork Orange to The Shining to 2001. Kubrick’s films are all interesting, but the stories behind their creation are often every bit as fascinating as what happens on the screen. Proof of just how fascinating it was to work with Kubrick can be found in this 30-minute documentary of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the filmmaker's Vietnam War classic Full Metal Jacket. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the movie, this in-depth celebration of what is arguably the greatest film made about our excursion into the jungles of Southeast Asia sheds light on how the film was created, and what it was like to work with the notoriously demanding...
- Mike Bracken
If you’re reading this website, you know Stanley Kubrick. You know he’s inarguably one of the most important filmmakers in the history of the medium, and you probably know that his attention to detail, sense of composition, and meticulous fixation over every aspect of his productions is virtually unmatched by any director, living or dead. What you may not know is that Kubrick’s life was just as fascinating as the films he made. A notorious recluse, perfectionist, and (some say) film-set dictator, he demanded nothing but the best out of everyone he worked with. Yet, in spite of his undeniable technical prowess, he has sometimes been accused of being a cold director, of viewing humanity from a God-sized distance. This claim is unfair and untrue for a number of reasons, chief being that his personality found a way into virtually all of his films. His doubt in »
- Nicholas Laskin
Scream Factory delayed the Tales From The Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but it will be well worth the delay, as they confirmed that they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror:
“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 a rare open-matte version of the BFI master. The release also includes an original trailer and an alternate opening scene for Vault of Horror.
- Jonathan James
Fans of the classic British anthology film adaptions of E.C. Comics’ Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror can rejoice, as they both are set to make their Bluray debut, as a double feature this December 2nd from Scream Factory. It not only marks the first time each film has been on Bluray, but also gives fans Three different versions of 1973’s Vault Of Horror, with the double feature’s first disc containing Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror uncut, and the second disc containing both the theatrical PG-rated cut, and a special rare open matte version of the original master.
Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about this release, being a huge fan of ever incarnation of Tales From The Crypt, from this anthology to the great TV series, there a devilish feeling to it all, that makes for some great entertainment!
- Jerry Smith
Jaws by Ganya is part of the Hero Complex Gallery’s Imagined Worlds 2, and you can (should) buy a print right here. But while I was investigating the piece, which is a 24” x 18” limited edition giclee print, I discovered that the Catalan artist has a whole series of horror film inspired artwork that is definitely worth checking out. The pieces are all graphite pencil on wood, and the detail work and shading is really incredible. I think Jaws is my favorite, if only because it captures one of my favorite moments in one of my favorite movies. I could never hang Nosferatu in my house because I’m pretty sure it would give me night terrors. Click here to see more.
Follow the artist on facebook, twitter, or pinterest, or if you're fluent in Catalan, check out his blog.
- Mily Dunbar
“Free Fall,” the latest thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is promising to make elevators your worst nightmare. The film, which comes from the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises, stars D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). Here’s more about the film: “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal [ Read More ]
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After 25 years you would think The Simpsons creators can’t outdo themselves, and then they do. For the show’s 25th “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the segment “A Clockwork Yellow” featured an amazing and very clever riff on Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre paying hommge to several of the director’s classics, including Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. This isn’t the first time the show has used Kubrick’s work as inspiration; “Treehouse Of Horror V” played on The Shining with “The Shinning”. Watch the video below.
The post Video of the Day: The Simpsons Halloween Tribute To Stanley Kubrick appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
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