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Clearly, the survival film is enjoying a renaissance. Think Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost.” Meanwhile, Ya survival franchise “The Hunger Games” has its second installment, “Catching Fire,” hitting theaters this weekend, while Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor” makes its way to screens in December.We can take our pick of current survival films, but what are some classics of the genre worth revisiting? Cine-List has a few ideas:1. “Deliverance” (1972, streaming). John Boorman’s horrific adventure tale of four city men getting eviscerated -- literally and figuratively -- in the Georgian wilderness during a weekend fishing trip is one of the ultimate portraits of masculinity in crisis. Despite being much parodied, the film’s lost none of its wind-knocking gut punch. Burt Reynolds is in major beefcake mode as the sleeveless, crossbow-wielding leader of the group, peopled by Jon Voight, »
- Beth Hanna
Lesleh Donaldson with Cinema Retro columnist Todd Garbarini.
By Todd Garbarini
Richard Ciupka’s unfairly maligned 1983 horror film Curtains was screened recently as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies 7 exhibition that also included screenings of Lucky McKee’s new film All Cheerleaders Die, Michele Soavi’s highly regarded Cemetery Man (1994), Eli Roth’s new film The Green Inferno, John D. Hancock’s ultra creepy Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), the New York premiere of Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed - the Cabal Cut, and Peter Carter’s brilliant Rituals (1977), better known as The Creeper, which stars Hal Holbrook and Lawrence Dane in a film that is clearly influenced by John Boorman’s Deliverance (1971) but easily stands on its own as a strong piece of independent filmmaking.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"The issue has been raised by the imminent cinema release of Casting By, a documentary about the casting process which, in the words of the Hollywood Reporter is a "lament that casting is the only 'single-card' opening credit that isn't recognized by the Academy Awards". The film focusses on the legends of the casting business, including Marion Dougherty (Midnight Cowboy, Batman), Lynn Stalmaster (Deliverance, Tootsie) and Taylor herself, who has worked on 41 Allen-directed films as well as The Exorcist, Taxi Driver and Schindler's List. Allen adds: "I owe a big part of the success of my films to this scrupulous casting process which I must say if left to my own devices would never have happened."
Read the full article here. »
- Gary Collinson
Director writes open letter in support of his longtime casting director, who he credits as being instrumental in his films' success
• Readers vote: the 10 best Woody Allen films
Woody Allen has weighed into the debate over whether casting directors should have their own Oscar by writing a letter to industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter outlining the contribution his own casting director, Juliet Taylor, has made to his films.
Allen writes: "My history shows that my films are full of wonderful performances by actors and actresses I had never heard of and were not only introduced to me by my casting director ... but, in any number of cases, pushed on me against my own resistance."
He continues: "If it were up to me we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not. »
- Andrew Pulver
• Top 10 romantic movies
Peter Bradshaw on action movies
In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced in a sweatier and more explicitly violent form, with movies such as Sylvester Stallone's First Blood. The hardware was all-important, and the metallic sheen of the guns was something to be savoured alongside the musculature of the heroes. The genre spawned the action hero. These were not pretty-boys there to melt female hearts: they were there to get a roar of approval from the guys. »
December 22, 2012 has come and gone, but the clamour for a new X-Files movie is gathering serious pace.
Chris Carter has whispered about "putting the band back together" and has promised to "go back to the mythology", and what better way to celebrate than a Friday Fiver rounding up our top five episodes of the classic sci-fi series?
The opening double-header promised aliens and government conspiracy, but the moment we realised The X-Files was really something special came with the introduction of Eugene Victor Tooms (Doug Hutchison) as the stretchy, liver-quaffing, bad guy. With its Hannibal Lecter-leanings and nods to Stephen King's It, 'Squeeze' had us looking uneasily at every vent, pipe and crawlspace for the rest of our lives and earned a return for the character later that series in 'Tooms'.
Anasazi/ The Blessing Way/ Paper Clip
Into the mythology, then. The hints at The Truth in the »
Described by Philip French as "one of the greatest film-makers this country has produced", John Boorman's Oscar-nominated films include Deliverance, Excalibur and Hope and Glory. According to French, his 1967 film Point Blank marked "a landmark in the history of the crime movie".
Most film critics begin as enthusiasts, but faced with the drudgery of watching mostly poor films week after week come to resent and eventually hate their function, and their ire finds its way into their columns. Philip has never lost the love of movies and the thrill of that moment when the lights go down, so his reviews are generous and positive as well as penetrating.
His astonishing memory allowed him to put each new film into a historical perspective. »
Rowan Righelato: Voight's peepers contain an encyclopedia of evil intent. He can make a villain of himself with the slightest of squints
If, as Nic Ray said of cinema, "the melody is in the eyes", then Jon Voight is the Thelonious Monk of actors. Dissonant, off-key, jarring yet mesmeric, his fragmentary gaze is machine-tooled for his roster of late-career villains, as well as current TV series Ray Donovan. His charming psychopath, Mickey Donovan, reveals an encyclopedia of evil intent with the slightest of squints.
As a young man in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Voight's shaky eye contact brilliantly conveyed male prostitute Joe Buck's mix of damaged innocence and youthful bluster. Similiarly, that nervy demeanor nailed the character of »
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play two clashing highway road workers in Prince Avalanche, a goofy but rich comedy that adapts an obscure Icelandic film titled Either Way from 2011. Shot with a small crew and featuring a diabolical mustache from Paul Rudd, the film is written and directed by David Gordon Green.
Like a select few before him, Green is an intriguing creative force in Hollywood for his disinterest to stand still, and in the same place. He originally gained recognition by making indie film darlings like George Washington and All the Real Girls, but later challenged any type of genre categorization by following up the dark film Snow Angels with Pineapple Express. From there he went on to direct two raunchy comedies back to back, Your Highness and The Sitter, released in the same year. His latest, Prince Avalanche, continues his interest in comedy, but doesn’t feature the »
- Nick Allen
John Travolta certainly knows the value of a having a casting director in his corner.
If not for the faith a legendary one named Lynn Stalmaster had in his talent, the enduring star might never have won the role of "Sweathog" Vinnie Barbarino in the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" ... which set him on a course of fame that exploded soon afterward with the successes of such movies as "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease." Travolta is among those paying tribute to "my beloved Lynn" (as he puts it) and others in the documentary "Casting By," which has its HBO debut Monday, Aug. 5.
"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Lynn and his so believing in me," Travolta recalls for Zap2it. "At age 18, I was up for the movie 'The Last Detail,' in the part Randy Quaid eventually played. Lynn was just hellbent to get me cast in that, »
Me: Hey Paul, I’d love to go to that Comic Con thingy. It’s a dream of mine don’t you know?
Paul: Really! Me too Craigy.
Me: You think you might be able to to get us there next year?
Paul: I don’t see why not. Lets do this!
The above (rough) conversation I had with our legendary leader around November last year during a meeting with a couple of close friends. What the fuck were we thinking… well, that really translates to the following:
Me: Fancy fucking off to San Diego on a lads holiday to laugh at people?
Paul: Damn right. I’m getting pissed though.
Me: I expect nothing less.
Paul: I wear tight tops and purple socks. That okay?
Me: Yeah. Whatever floats your boat matey. Besides I have Scarface trainers (that’s sneakers for our American friends). I think that’s as stylish as I get. »
- Craig Hunter
Arrow Video is pleased to announce the worldwide Blu-ray debut of Andrei Konchalovsky’s gripping thrill-ride Runaway Train on Monday July 22nd. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, Deliverance, The Rainmaker), Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Morney, this brand new dual format DVD & Blu-ray release of Runaway Train has been re-mastered in High Definition by MGM, following its 2010 premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Classics Selection).
Finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world, Arrow Video’s brand new deluxe edition of Runaway Train also includes a host of special features and bonus material, the first time any such items have been sourced to accompany the feature on a home video release.
Following its debut at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, Runaway Train went on to be nominated »
- Matt Holmes
Arrow Video is pleased to announce the worldwide Blu-ray debut of Elliot Silverstein’s 1977 cult horror classic “The Car” on Monday 15th July. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Often referred to as “Jaws on Wheels”, The Car has been lovingly re-mastered by Universal Pictures and, for the first time in its history, will finally be available on the Blu-ray format. This landmark release also marks the first time the film has been available with extras.
Starring James Brolin (The Amityville Horror; father of Josh Brolin) alongside Kathleen Lloyd (The Missouri Breaks), John Marley (The Godfather), and Ronny Cox (Deliverance), The Car tells the story of a mysterious automobile which goes on a murderous rampage, terrorizing the residents of a small town.
In addition to the HD restoration, Arrow has sourced a host of bonus material and special features, something which has never »
- Matt Holmes
Trevor Hogg chats with William Goldenberg about bringing the life of a legend and a popular television program to the big screen...
“We’re doing a movie about one of the most famous people on the planet. You put your head down and don’t think about those things,” states William Goldenberg who worked on the biopic Ali (2001) which chronicles Muhammad Ali defeating Sonny Liston in 1964 to his “Rumble in Jungle” comeback fight against George Foreman a decade later. “Michael [Mann] was trying all different kinds of camera work in the training sequences and I was in the cutting room a lot cutting those scenes together trying to see what worked best. We were experimenting with different styles, shooting and cutting it. Will [Smith] was in a conference room everyday rehearsing. They would do read throughs for parts of the screenplay. There would be times they would playback the real Ali on »
Black Rock, 2012.
Directed by Katie Aselton.
Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.
For a small thriller with two comedic actresses in the lead roles (and Kate Bosworth, too), Black Rock starts well and above its station but loses all credibility it may have gathered in the final act.
The plot is simple; three friends go camping on an island only to run into trouble when three ex-soldiers arrive on the scene and inevitably things take a turn for the worse. To describe this film as a female Deliverance is an insult to John Boorman’s 1972 classic but it’s the easiest comparison »
- Flickering Myth
Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s »
- Zac Gille
While we wait for Universal to figure out what they're going to do with the Jason Bourne franchise following "The Bourne Legacy," let's take a trip way back in time and discover how the franchise could've turned out. This would have been when Matt Damon just a fresh-faced kid, and when Burt Reynolds was a legitimate box office star instead of that guy from "Boogie Nights" your Dad was all excited about. That's right, in an otherwise bone-dry boring legal story on THR about a lawsuit involving the rights to the franchise (go there for all the details, because, whatever), it's revealed that way back in the early '80s, Warner Bros. set Burt Reynolds to lead their adaptation of Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity." Yeah, that would've been really different. But this was probably right around the time the actor was lighting up the box office with stuff »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to a recent lawsuit brought about by the widow of Anthony Lazzarino, who in the early 1980s operated a company that held the rights to the Robert Ludlum novel "The Bourne Identity," the super-spy immortalized by Matt Damon was very nearly portrayed by... Burt Reynolds.
The details of the lawsuit are kind of boring, tracking the proposed film's development through Orion Pictures, then Warner Bros, all the while looking at the percentage points that Lazzarino was supposedly owed. But please, can we just take a minute to think about Burt Reynolds as Jason Bourne?
Just imagine: instead of Damon's believable amnesiac assassin, we could have gotten Reynolds, probably with a mustache, wig, and brittle line delivery that would have made the character's existential search for answers sound like he was standing in line at the Dmv.
Reynolds is best known for his roles in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, »
- Drew Taylor
The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival recently wrapped and we're still catching up on a number of great events that we got to sit in on. One of them was a screening of the '70s classic “Deliverance,” hosted by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Organizers managed to wrangle director John Boorman and three-quarters of the cast's leads – Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty (Ronny Cox was off somewhere playing folk music,) to introduce the film. Although we have seen the movie many times and delved into it deeply (read our “5 Things You Might Not Know About "Deliverance" feature,) we still learned a few more things about the landmark film … Warning -- massive spoilers ahead, if you've managed never to see the film. There's no need to get nervous, it was only a movie, although we could swear we hear some “Dueling Banjos” in the distance... 1. Sam Peckinpah Was Author James Dickey »
- Diana Drumm
This is my second year in a row reviewing The TCM Classic Film Festival, which is quickly becoming one of the largest, most important, and most fun fests in Los Angeles. Like last year, I ran from screening to screening, giddy with excitement and wired from the constant stream of images.
The festival ran from Thursday through Sunday. I was only able to attend the last two days, but over the course of the weekend I managed to watch ten feature films and a 90-minute program of Bugs Bunny cartoons.
Usually, when I go to things like this I try to watch as many film noir and pre-code movies as I can. On Saturday, I was determined to make variety my theme of the day, and TCM made this easy for me. At any given time, there were five or six movies playing — everything from silent films and early classics to musicals, »
- Jonathan Weichsel
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