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It'd be interesting to pinpoint exactly when the term "problem film" went out of vogue. Once a thriving subgenre due to their controversial subject matter and thrifty production value, films like Riot in Cell Block 11 have no real historical antecedent, at least not on the same kind of platform, and not as part of an identifiable genre. In that context, Riot is actually quite remarkable: an unrelentingly and unmistakably political film unbeholden to the two-party dichotomy that never sacrifices the need for action that presumably got it made in the first place. An early work of Don Siegel's, this film has the sort of energetic verve that he would later display in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dirty Harry, but it lacks their ambiguity, and the ability to support multiple interpretations; that may well be an asset. Like the best 'problem films', it is less an opening »
- Anders Nelson
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?
So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.
The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »
- Frank Ochieng
While we wait eagerly to find out what the Hughes Brothers (Albert and Allen) are each going to do next (whether individually, or together)… Did you know that, before Chris Nolan rebooted the Batman franchise, the brothers were offered the opportunity to adapt Frank Miller’s comic-noir classic "The Dark Knight Returns"? The kicker? They wanted Clint Eastwood to play Bruce Wayne! Imagine that – Dirty Harry in a Batman suit. No surprise that studio executives didn’t immediately take to the idea, and the project was eventually shelved! I think I actually would've liked to see what they had in mind, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
While the prolific Clint Eastwood, now mostly directing, has hit a late career stride of serving up mediocre, studio backed pictures, it speaks to the length and impact of his career that nearly forty years ago, he had already done enough work to justify an hour-long documentary about him. And that's just what you get with 1977's appropriately titled "The Man With No Name." The BBC production is presented by Iain Johnstone and finds the star — declared one of the biggest on the planet — at an interesting point in his career. By the end of the '70s, Eastwood was a blockbuster titan thanks to "Dirty Harry," but was also making a name for himself as a filmmaker with a half dozen films under his belt including "High Plains Drifter," "Play Misty For Me" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And this doc captures that time with key insights from Sergio Leone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
He played cotton-gin owners, military officers, monsignors, rabbis, truck drivers, Shakespearean heroes — even a Batman villain. But Eli Wallach, who passed away at age 98 due to causes unknown, is best known to a generation of moviegoers as the ultimate bandolero-wearing bandito, thanks to two iconic roles: Calvera, the leader of the frontier thugs who terrorize a Mexican village in The Magnificent Seven (1960); and Tuco, the "ugly" of Sergio Leone's epic Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). When you think of a stubbled outlaw villain, the kind »
Heads up, hammerheads, we've got a special (arguably extra-grizzled) edition of the Poster-Crop Quiz themed to Jersey Boys director Clint Eastwood. Ironically the man who made a name for himself playing the Man with No Name is now one of the most recognizable names on the planet... man! Not only is he an established actor, but almost since the inception of his film career, he has also been working behind the camera. We've gathered posters from 10 of Clint's directorial efforts, and then roughed them up Dirty Harry style. See if you can make Good on these BADly cropped images that we've left in such an Ugly disarray. The first person to correctly name all 10 posters in the comment section will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. That is sure to make...
- Brian Salisbury
Though he is known for his gruff, tough-guy roles in movies like Dirty Harry and Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood is a hugger. While shooting Jersey Boys, the cast got to see what Eastwood was like as a director - and a dad when he cast his daughter Francesca Eastwood as a waitress. "He would hug her and they would chitchat on set," says Katherine Narducci, who plays Frankie Valli's mother in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical about the legendary Four Seasons' rags-to-riches rise to fame. Eastwood, 84, told People that he enjoyed the father-daughter bonding time on set, »
- K.C. Baker
There are, you could argue, two Clint Eastwoods. One is the strong, near-silent type, the man with no name but a pair of Colt revolvers or a .44 Magnum, the lean avenging angel who asks if you feel lucky, punk, and would care to make his day. Whether he's a tough cop, a tough cowboy, a tough secret-service agent, a tough military man, a tough experimental-jet-fighter pilot or a tough racist old coot, the part is a variation on Eastwood's screen persona. His status as a macho icon was cast in »
The list of active American filmmakers over 80 directing wide-release movies isn't a list; it's a name: Clint Eastwood. And while it's easy to view Dirty Harry as immune to the aging process, "Jersey Boys" looks like what it is: a movie from an 84-year-old who growled confusing epithets at a chair during the Republic National Convention. "Jersey Boys" inexplicably buries its best attributes. Eastwood's bland treatment of the Broadway music about the bumpy career path of '60s rock group The Four Seasons deadens the material by relegating the bumpy soundtrack to a handful of performances, mostly seen in fragments, before adding a single lively song-and-dance number — the delightful "Sherry" — over the credits. Though John Lloyd Young delivers a sensitive turn in the lead role of Frankie Valli, Eastwood barely delves into the peculiar nature of the falsetto Valli's singing technique or the travails of the band's developing fame. Instead, »
- Eric Kohn
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go old school and take a look at a classic A-lister, and that happens to be one Clint Eastwood. Depending on your age, he’s either a director who used to be an actor or a childhood icon who’s now become a rather iconic filmmaker. Few could have reinvented themselves the way that Eastwood has, with this weekend’s release of Jersey Boys highlighting his directing skills in a whole new light than really ever before. He’s tried to do it all in Hollywood, you have to tip your hat to him for that. Eastwood has basically done it all in the business. He’s starred in franchises (the Dirty Harry series as well as The Man With No Name movies), acted in Best Picture winners, and directed them as well. Though one could legitimately make the claim that »
- Joey Magidson
Dirty Harry's secret is out! Clint Eastwood is dating a woman named Christina Sandera, a source reveals to Us Weekly. The 84-year-old actor-director and hostess were last photographed together shopping at an L.A. Whole Foods on June 1. "She lives with him in his house he used to share with Dina," the insider tells Us. "She moved in months ago." (Sandera works at Eastwood's Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel, Calif.) "Clint's kids have all met Christina and like [her]," according to the insider. The "kids all say she [...] »
When we think of movie characters they are larger than life in human form. However, there is a tendency to connect a particular film or film’s mortal personality with something that registers beyond the piece of entertainment or the walking and talking characterizations. The realization is that some movie-related inanimate objects equal or surpass the human element in cinema while adding elements of mystery, curiosity, symbolism and imagination.
In The Top 10 Iconic Movie Objects let us take a look at some of the non-breathing items that made an impact in their perspective films and see what meaning these images brought to the table. Perhaps you have in mind your own treasured inanimate objects that come to mind that transcends your viewing pleasure during the screening of your favorite flicks?
The Top 10 Iconic Movie Inanimate Objects are as follows (Note: the selections are not presented in any order of chosen »
- Frank Ochieng
In 1962, the same year that a quartet of working-class New Jersey youths called the Four Seasons shot to the top of the pop charts with the irresistible doo-wop single “Sherry,” a solo artist from the West Coast made a less auspicious chart appearance with an earnest cowboy ballad inspired by his character on a popular TV Western. Entitled “Rowdy,” the song featured its gravelly voiced performer lamenting life on the open range, set to a gentle, galloping tempo. That singer was Clint Eastwood.
Surely, few listening to the radio back then would have imagined that, 50-odd years later, the Four Seasons’ pint-sized frontman, Frankie Valli, would still be selling out arenas with his vibrating falsetto. Fewer still would have wagered that Eastwood, then in his fourth season as Rowdy Yates on CBS’ “Rawhide,” would not only go on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men, but one of its most lauded director-producers, »
- Scott Foundas
If you thought the Tonys ended when A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder walked off with the telecast’s last award (for Best Musical), boy, are you in for a surprise. Now, the fun really begins, as TVLine names its own winners — and losers — in a variety of, shall we say, “alternative” categories. And the nonexistent statuettes go to…
Most Tireless Performer | Four-time host Hugh Jackman bounced up and down – literally bounced up and down – for nearly five minutes to open the show and hardly slowed down after that. When he wasn’t flirting with the audience, he »
Chicago – The Criterion Collection has added “Riot in Cell Block 11” (1954) to their stellar Blu-ray family, and the transfer is absolutely gorgeous, especially if you’re an admirer of the stark cinematography of the late black & white film era. Although dated, it still packs a gritty wallop.
Directed by Don Siegel – best known for “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956) and “Dirty Harry” (1971) – this prison riot film is framed as a cautionary tale regarding the conditions of prisons in the mid-1950s. Packed with noir beauty, the tick-tick-tick of the tensions in the film underscore the use of shadow and light. Shot in Folsom Prison in California, Siegel makes great use of the weird perspectives of long hallways and old timey prison walls. Some of the corny dialogue and hey-you-mugs interplay is silly in the modern era, but I’m sure the adventurous folks who saw this at the time were transfixed. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Currently reprising the role of Marvel Comics mutant 'Wolverine' for an unprecedented seventh time in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", Sneak Peek rare footage from 1999 of young actor Hugh Jackman auditioning for the part of "X-Men" mutant 'Logan' for the first time:
Wolverine was tough for Jackman to portray because he had few lines, but a lot of emotion to convey in them. To prepare, he watched Clint Eastwood in the "Dirty Harry" movies and Mel Gibson in "Road Warrior".
"Here were guys who had relatively little dialogue, like Wolverine had, but you knew and felt everything," said Jackman.
Jackman also had to get used to wearing Wolverine's claws. "Every day in my living room, I'd just walk around with those claws, to get used to them. I've got scars on one leg, punctures straight through the cheek, »
- Michael Stevens
For a while now, many have deemed RoboCop to be popular culture’s most recognisable crime-fighting characters of all time. In line with its Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th June 2014 from StudioCanal, we count down – not only the 10 most recognisable crime-fighters – but best ten the entertainment world has had to offer…
Played by: Clint Eastwood
It’s quite impressive that Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan, his defining cop not afraid to cross ethical boundaries to serve justice, a total of five times over his illustrious career. An Inspector with the San Francisco police department, his primary concern is to protect and avenge the victims of violent crime by any means necessary.
Played by:Gene Hackman
Based on real-life New York City police detective Eddie Egan, »
- Phil Wheat
We hope we are delivering when it comes to the premium podcasts with today's episode as not only do we have Laremy recording from Barcelona and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joining us to review Godzilla, but we are revisiting and reacting to five clips from the 2006 version of the RopeofSilicon pocast, which was called the "All Rude Review" back then. The clips consist of reactions to the Fast and Furious 3 trailer, reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Devil Wears Prada and the origins of the phrase "Randy Quaid Cash". On top of that we have all the standard news topics, games, your voicemails and much more. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Don Siegel’s Riot in Cell Block 11 is the perfect sort of film for the Criterion Collection to shine the spotlight on. The film doesn’t have a lot of famous names in the cast (the most notable is Neville Brand), while it’s rarely mentioned as one of Siegel’s best (a distinction often given to Dirty Harry by default, but also in the conversation would be Charley Varrick and Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but definitely deserves to be reconsidered, as this tight narratives about the problems in a prison population is fascinating – it’s a low budget marvel. My review of the Criterion Collection edition of Riot in Cell Block 11 follows after the jump. The movie starts with a ripped from the headlines “News on the March”-style presentation about the then-relevant data about recent prison riots. We then go into a prison (played by Folsom, »
- Andre Dellamorte
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