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Cinelinx rides high with the Wild Stallion DVD from Warner Archive!
A horse tracker (Ben Johnson) searches for a white stallion that he once owned as a child and now roams the hills on the western frontier. Also stars Edgar Buchanan, Martha Hyer, Hayden Rorke, and Hugh Beaumont.
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
A manufacture-on-demand DVD.
Modern film fans often downplay the value of most pre-1960 westerns, dismissing them as all the same. Of course, this is not the case; westerns were usually built around a charismatic actor or scenic locale, and their penchant for strong moral lessons gives each a distinctive personality.
Wild Stallion, a 1952 Monogram western, plays more like one of the live-action Disney dramas of the era than a standard western, which is actually part of the charm. There's a strong story here, even if there's a bit of wooden acting from some involved. »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Shot in black and white, Alexander Payne's new movie is a melancholic, gentle road movie
This year at Cannes, film after film has delved into the world of the wealthy. The Great Gatsby's lavish parties have been rivalled by only the madly superficial Roman fiesta that begins Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty. Meanwhile their glittering possessions are filched in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.
But now Cannes has come back to earth, and the hyper-real colours have drained away. Shot in black and white, Alexander Payne's Nebraska is a "depression-era movie", the director said. A melancholic, gentle road movie of the post-sub-prime, recession-hit mid west, a landscape of dirt-poor farms, overweight and unemployed young men and with a chief character, like the companions in The Wizard of Oz, in search of a dream that turns out to be an illusion. Its visual style, said Payne, »
- Charlotte Higgins
Payne premiered his black-and-white follow-up to "The Descendants" on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the gentle tale drew largely enthusiastic reviews for both its warmth and its colorless cinematography.
"It just seemed like the right thing to do for this film," Payne told reporters Thursday at the French Riviera festival. "I always wanted to make a film in black and white. It's such a beautiful form. It really left our cinema because of commercial, not artistic reasons."
"This modest, austere story seemed to lend itself to being made in black and white," he added.
Particularly in black and white, »
Set in the wide expanses of middle America, Alexander Payne's Nebraska still manages to feel small and claustrophobic a lot of the time. While in some ways the film is charming and gentle, it's largely acidic and sour. The motivations at the heart of the film are love, but the weathered and worn souls that inhabit Payne's windswept, black-and-white landscape, conjuring memories of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, are either too tired or too afraid to admit they even care any longer. The weight of this burden is not only seen on the characters' faces but felt by the audience throughout. Meet Woody (Bruce Dern), the grumbling, aged soul at the center of Payne's story. He received a "winning" sweepstakes mailer, the kind most of us know to throw away, and now believes he's the winner of one million dollars. Tucking his winning ticket into his left breast pocket, »
- Brad Brevet
After making side trips to California’s Central Coast and Hawaii (for “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” respectively), Alexander Payne returns to his home state of Nebraska for his sixth directorial feature, a wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men. Sporting a career-crowning performance by Bruce Dern and a thoroughly impressive dramatic turn by “SNL”/“30 Rock” alum Will Forte, Payne’s first film based on another writer’s original screenplay (by debut feature scribe Bob Nelson) nevertheless fits nicely alongside his other low-concept, finely etched studies of flawed characters stuck in life’s well-worn grooves. Black-and-white lensing and lack of a Clooney-sized star portend less than “Descendants”-sized business, but critical hosannas and awards buzz should mean solid prestige success for this November Paramount release.
Just as “The Last Picture Show” was a movie made in the 1970s about the end of ’50s-era innocence, »
- Scott Foundas
Bullets Don't Argue! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing Peter Bogdanovich's harrowing directorial debut, "Targets."“Targets” was made independently and sold to Paramount, becoming an effective calling card for his career in the majors. In the wake of the rash of 1968 political assassinations the studio got cold feet and slapped on a misjudged gun control card at the beginning. Bogdanovich plays a film director named Sammy Michaels in tribute to Samuel Fuller, whose middle name was Michael and who refused screen credit for his contributions to the screenplay. This reissue trailer leans heavily on the director's "The Last Picture Show" fame. The original trailer can be seen here. It could almost have been assembled right after Sandy Hook by the Brady Campaign. »
- Trailers From Hell
In the aftermath of the merger, we see Don and Ted duelling for supremacy – and a kinky game involving Sylvia
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching season six of Mad Men. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode seven.
Catch up with Paul MacInnes's episode six blog here.
"He's mysterious and I can't tell if he's putting it on. He doesn't talk for long stretches and then he's incredibly eloquent" – Ted Chaough
What is the measure of a man? Is it the strength of his determination? The depth of his compassion? Or his ability to neck the best part of a bottle of scotch without falling asleep in the middle of a meeting? This week's episode tackled all these questions and more, in an hour that channelled the dramatic tension enabled by last week's "fastest merger in history" from the start.
This episode picks up »
- Paul MacInnes
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
M. Night Shyamalan has had one of the more -- interesting? controversial? -- trajectories of any filmmaker in recent memory. While no one remembers his first two movies ("Wide Awake," "Praying With Anger"), it was 1999's "The Sixth Sense" that made him a sensation, with many calling him the next Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg. While that hasn't held up, Shyamalan continued to mine the supernatural twist genre to increasingly diminishing returns, wearing out his audience's taste for third act reveals by the time "The Happening" and its sinister trees arrived. Lately, he's dove into full blown tentpole land with the nearly unwatchable "The Last Airbender" and this summer's "After Earth," but is Shyamalan secretly an arthouse filmmaker lost in the blockbuster world? The filmmaker recently sat down to chat with DGA Quarterly and the entire conversation took place as Shyamalan watched "The Last Picture Show," a movie he unabashedly loves. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
The Croods to top domestic box office with perfectly solid (but not fantastic) opening weekend grosses DreamWorks Animation's The Croods is the studio's first film distributed by 20th Century Fox (since 2006, Dwa had a distribution partnership with Paramount Pictures). First the good news: the animated comedy in 3D will undoubtedly become this weekend's box-office king. Helmed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, the Dwa/Fox release will almost certainly pass the $40 million milestone this weekend, probably bringing in up to $43 million after earning $11.6 million at 4,046 venues this past Friday as per studio estimates published on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured Above: scene from The Croods.) Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, which had topped the worldwide box office in the past two weekends, should drop two places (also trailing new entry Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler), scoring between $20-22 million by Sunday evening. »
- Zac Gille
This feels like a selfish addition to the "Best Movie Ever?" cannon since I'm personally obsessed with Paper Moon, but guess what? I'm right to include it. And you're wrong not to watch Paper Moon every year, particularly this one thanks to its 40th anniversary. Repent and get going.
You're also wrong not to spend more time thinking about whether Paper Moon or What's Up, Doc? is Peter Bogdanovich's best movie (because we all understand that The Last Picture Show draaaaags, right?) And you're especially wrong if you think The Sting, another old-timey blockbuster about suave wheeler-dealers released in 1973, deserved Best Picture over Paper Moon. The Sting is a boring carousel of well-costumed movie stars. Paper Moon has a soul. And tomboy flair. And it wasn't even nominated.
Five underrated Oscar speeches. Five opportunities to applaud fine podium behavior. Let's go.
This is one of my all-time favorites: Ingrid Bergman, who had probably forgotten all about her tiny, insignificant part in Murder on the Orient Express (which, by the way, is mysteriously popular among Agatha Christie stories despite having the most ridiculous, unenjoyably stupid conclusions in her entire catalog -- how is that trash heap more well-known than the glorious Witness for the Prosecution? Tell me!) won her third Oscar in 1974 against, among other notable performances, Madeline effing Kahn in Blazing effing Saddles. But Ingrid knew how weird this win was: In her speech, she immediately announced that sometimes the Oscars' "timing is wrong" before cheering on fellow nominee Valentina Cortese, explaining how Cortese's performance in Day for Night illustrated wonderful truths about acting, and announcing that »
• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director Peter Bogdanovich hasn't had a feature film released in theaters since 2001, but that's about to change. The 73-year-old filmmaker behind classics like Paper Moon and The Last Picture Show, has a new project in the works, a comedy formerly known as Squirrel to the Nuts (or Squirrels to Nuts) that's now being called She's Funny That Way. Indie stalwarts Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing, and we already knew that Owen Wilson had joined the cast, but now we're getting word that he'll reunite with his Marley and Me co-star Jennifer Aniston here, as THR reports that the actress has just signed on. The story follows a married Broadway director (Wilson) who solicits a hooker-turned-actress (Brie Larson) and helps her with her career. Aniston is replacing Olivia Wilde as a therapist whose alcoholic mother is in rehab, with a private detective somehow involved and all of these subplots »
- Ben Pearson
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Jennifer Aniston has joined the large cast of director Peter Bogdanovich’s (The Last Picture Show) upcoming film She’s Funny That Way (previously referred to as Squirrels to the Nuts). The film stars Brie Larson as a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp and follows the recurring intersection between these two facets of her life. Owen Wilson plays a married Broadway director who falls for Larson’s character, and The Wrap reports that Aniston has signed on to play a therapist with a mother in rehab for alcoholism. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing, and the impressive ensemble cast also includes Jason Schwartzman, Kathryn Hahn, Eugene Levy, and Cybil Shepherd. Production is set to get underway in New York City in June. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt’s next film. »
- Adam Chitwood
In the 1970s, Peter Bogdanovich was in his prime, churning out engaging and celebrated cinema like bleak drama The Last Picture Show and con man comedy Paper Moon. Lately Bogdanovich has been working more often as an actor and professor than as a director. But finally, after a 12 year sabbatical from narrative film, Bogdanovich is prepping his follow-up to the 2001 historical conspiracy comedy The Cat's Meow. Formerly known as Squirrel to Nuts, this new comedy called She's Funny That Way stars Owen Wilson as a married Broadway producer whose head is turned by a prostitute turned aspiring actress, whom he decides to help in her newly minted career. THR reports Jennifer Aniston has just joined the cast that already includes Jason Schwartzman, Cybill Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn and Brie Larson. As 21 Jump Street's Larson was among the earliest cast, I'm suspecting she'll play the aforementioned female lead. For her »
Comedy Classics! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up, Doc?," one of the biggest comedy hits of the early '70s. Following up on his dramatic breakthrough with The Last Picture show, movie scholar turned director Peter Bogdanovich evokes '30s screwball comedies and classic Looney Tunes in this self-consciously wacky homage to Bringing Up Baby. As befits the brief post Easy Rider era when directors were as famous as stars, this is an unusually auteur-centered trailer. »
- Trailers From Hell
If you missed seeing Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild in theaters before its four Oscar nominations substantially upped its buzz, you're in luck! Fox Searchlight has announced that a theatrical re-release will begin this weekend in select cities. The indie picture is up for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin). Hit the jump to see which cities and theaters will be showing Beasts of the Southern Wild starting this weekend. Check out the list of cities and theaters screening the four-time Oscar nominee, Beasts of the Southern Wild, below (via Fox Searchlight). More dates will be added shortly: January 18, 2013 Atlanta, Ga Midtown Art Cinema, Atlanta, Ga Medlock Crossing, Duluth, Ga Charleston, Sc Charles Towne Sq., North Charleston, Sc Wesgate Mall Cinema 8, Spartanburg, Sc Knoxville, Tn Downtown West Cinema 8, Knoxville, Tn Boston, Ma Kendall Sq. »
- Dave Trumbore
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