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The 1970s were a weird time. I'm glad I didn't have to live through any of it... but thanks to the internet, I can marvel (and mock) at the wonders of the 1970s.
Lalo Schifrin is best known as a composer who has scored hundreds of films, everything from The Amityville Horror to Dirty Harry to Thx 1138. He also put out a number of albums, mostly jazz instrumentals. In the late 1970s, he did a disco cover of John Williams' classic Jaws score. The BBC music show Top of the Pops decided to choreograph a strange dance to the song, complete with waggling legs, a swimming cut-out shark, and scared looks on the dancers' faces. The icing on this disco cake is that the dance troupe was called Legs & Co.
Sit back and enjoy the weirdness.
- Alyse Wax
To mark the release of The Killers on 24th Feruary, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
There is more than one way to kill a man…
“I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he’d rather die.”
So muses hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) after his high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed associate Lee (Clu Gulager) track down Johnny’s associates, and uncover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, and directed by Don Siegel (whose many other taut, efficient thrillers include Dirty Harry and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers), The Killers was commissioned »
Saga in The Bridge is one of the great modern TV detectives: alarmingly straight-talking and honest, but damaged, too. But what of Sofia Helin, the actor who plays her?
Sofia Helin is explaining the inspiration for her character Saga Norén, the brilliant but blunt detective at the heart of Scandi crime drama The Bridge. Her English is flawless, but I'm not sure I've heard her right. Saga Norén is based on what? "A goat." She nods. "Charlotte, who was the first director, said, 'I want her to be like a small goat.'
"I also had a picture of a cowboy – no, a cowgirl," Helin continues. "A cowboy-girl. I thought about Clint Eastwood. I imagined that Saga had seen Dirty Harry. Then I realised, no, she doesn't like fiction at all. I don't think she's ever been to a theatre. She would think that is so… I mean, why?"
- Rebecca Nicholson
“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”
‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »
Director: Don Siegel. Review: Adam Wing. Commissioned as the very first 'TV movie', Don Siegel's compelling thriller would be forgiven for being utterly forgettable. As it turns out, The Killers is a bit of a gem, complimented by great casting, strong performances and sparkling dialogue. "I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he'd rather die." And so it begins. Hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) can't quite work out why his high-priced victim, Johnny North (John Cassavetes), gives up without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed partner, Lee (Clu Gulager), track down Johnny's associates, including Ronald Reagan in his last screen role, uncovering a complex web of crime and deceit along the way. The Killers is loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story of the same name. It's the second Hollywood adaptation, first brought to life in »
Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the "Dirty Harry" franchise, titled "Is Harry Too Dirty?" Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like "Hang 'Em High" got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic "Dirty Harry" and its sequels -- which are about, in his words, "concern for the victim" -- results in Pauline Kael calling "fascism." By February of '77, three of the five Dirty Harry films would have come out -- 1971's "Dirty Harry," 1973's "Magnum Force" and 1976's "The Enforcer." »
- Beth Hanna
Director: Don Siegel
Running Time: 93 minutes
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, when their high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight, two hitmen (Marvin and Gulager) become obsessed in finding the answer as to why. The duo track down Johnny’s former associates, only to discover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
“I bet you’re a big Lee Marvin fan aren’t ya”, so muses Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde to Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White in a terrific tense scene in Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic Reservoir Dogs. Like the gangster double act and the now iconic filmmaker, I’m also very much a fan of »
- Craig Hunter
Clint Eastwood didn't know jack about CPR when he noticed a man who appeared to be choking to death ... but Dirty Harry took care of business ... repeatedly lifting the man in the air and squeezing the cheese out of him.Clint was at a golf event in Monterey, CA at a golf tourney this week when he noticed the tournament director -- Steven John -- choking and not able to breathe. Clint told a local »
- TMZ Staff
According to the Carmel Pine Cone, the 83-year-old actor said that he looked at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Director Tour director, who had the "look of panic" in his eyes when he moved over and saved his life, the Huffington Post reported.
John said that he had a few appetizers at the Monterey Conference Center and was looking at the 'Dirty Harry' star when he started to choke.
Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation which has raised over 100. »
- Abhijeet Sen
When possibly choking to death on a piece of cheese, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” If Clint Eastwood is in the house, the answer is yes. The Oscar-winning director and “Dirty Harry” star saved a man’s life Wednesday night by using the Heimlich maneuver, according to multiple media reports. In his guise as the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Eastwood attended a volunteers party at the Monterey Conference Center on the eve of the At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is a PGA Tour event. It was there that tournament »
- Jeff Sneider
The Epix documentary “Milius” poses an interesting question: Why didn’t John Milius – writer extraordinaire, and director of some renown – become a household name like film-school contemporary George Lucas and other famous pals, including Steven Spielberg? The answer, however, proves more wishy-washy, or at least indecisive, than a Milius character would appreciate, with the director asserting he was blacklisted for his reactionary politics, while others cite his prickly and eccentric behavior, such as bringing a pistol to a notes meeting. Either way, Milius is a fascinating character, but beyond highlighting his filmography, the film leaves its central enigma unresolved.
A mass of contradictions prone to larger-than-life flourishes, Milius loved surfing and guns and consciously zigged where the counterculture movement zagged, embracing militarism and a macho mentality that produced a memorable body of work. As a writer, that ranged from “Dirty Harry” (uncredited) to “Apocalypse Now,” from Quint’s speech about »
- Brian Lowry
The title subject of Milius, the latest documentary about an under-appreciated artist, sums up the film's shortcomings when he grouses, "Like they say, 'Time will dignify anything.'"
While co-directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson have roped together an impressive cavalcade of talking heads, they don't spur on their interview subjects beyond stock anecdotes and superficial impressions. So John Milius, the screenwriter of Apocalypse Now and script doctor of Dirty Harry, is presented as a mysterious, volatile genius.
At first, testimonials suggest that Milius's grandiose eccentricities — his Hemingway-esque love of guns, cigars, and burly philosopher-warriors — made him unique. But eventually, everyone from George Lucas to Paul Schrader »
Larger than life, lusty, and possessed of an air of largesse and love for laughter, filmmaker and writer John Milius - described by the late uber-critic Pauline Kael as a "fascist" - is celebrated in the documentary "Milius." Hollywood’s love/hate with filmmaker John Milius was the subject of this surprisingly emotional doc that made the film festival circuit last year. Lucky for us that Epix will have an all-day tribute for the man who co-wrote and punched up 'Dirty Harry', 'Jaws' and who wrote with Bruno Heller for the missed series, 'Rome' on HBO. Milius is described in detail through touching anecdotes by his family, his college mates who later became the machers of Hollywood, and his peers who »
- April Neale
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