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The 7 Essential Films Of John Boorman

12 March 2015 11:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though it was overshadowed at the time by sexier fare, one of the bigger events of last year’s Cannes Film Festival for cinephiles was the arrival of “Queen & Country,” the first film in eight years from 82-year-old director John Boorman (it's a 27-years-later sequel of his Oscar-nominated “Hope & Glory”). With that film now in theaters and following a Film Forum retrospective of his work last month, we've looked back at the career of one of the most fascinating filmmakers of the last quarter-century. Never the most prolific of helmers (he’s made only seventeen features over a fifty-year career), Boorman’s also been tricky to pin down: there’s little on the surface that links the Nouveau Vague crime flick stylings of “Point Blank” to the big-budget excess of “Excalibur” to the sweet, modest “Queen & Country” (read our review of the latter here), to say nothing of the searing survival tale “Deliverance. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Review: "Having A Wild Weekend" (Aka "Catch Us If You Can") (1965) Starring The Dave Clark Five

9 March 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

In the wake of unexpected critical acclaim for director Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night in 1964, studios scrambled to emulate the success of that first feature film starring The Beatles. Over a period of a few years, many bands found themselves top-lining major feature films. Most were mindless exploitation films, a few others more ambitious in their goals. Fitting snugly into the latter category was Having a Wild Weekend (released in the UK under the title Catch Us If You Can.)  The film represents the only movie starring the Dave Clark Five, one of the more popular bands to emerge during that marvelous era in the 1960s when Great Britain shed its post WWII doldrums and came to dominate international pop culture. The band was one of many who rode the coattails of The Beatles to the top of the charts, but they had their own »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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John Boorman: The Hollywood Interview

27 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

John Boorman: Memories of Queen and Country

By Alex Simon

John Boorman first made his name as a filmmaker to be reckoned with upon the release of 1967’s Point Blank, one of the seminal films of that decade. Classics such as Deliverance (1972), Excalibur (1981) and The Emerald Forest (1985) followed, with 1987’s Hope and Glory, Boorman’s personal memoir of growing up in Ww II London during the Blitz, being one of his career high points, garnering five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, as well as winning a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (comedy) and sweeping that year’s BAFTAs in every major category.

2015 finds John Boorman, now 82, releasing what he says might be his swan song as a filmmaker, Queen and Country, the long-awaited sequel to Hope and Glory. The film finds Boorman’s alter ego Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) serving in the British army during the Korean War, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Burt Reynolds: An Exclusive Look at His Upcoming Memoir

25 February 2015 5:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In his memoir But Enough About Me, screen legend Burt Reynolds tells all about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson."I wanted to set the record straight," Reynolds, 79, tells People about his book, out this fall. "Not only about my relationships with Dinah, Sally and Loni, but also about the things that people don't know about me." There's a lot more to the star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and, more recently, Boogie Nights, than a '70s sex symbol famous for his 1972 nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan. Such as? »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Queen and Country | Review

24 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements

Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved, »

- Nicholas Bell

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John Boorman Talks Queen And Country, Directing Marvin, Mifune, Merlin And Mirren

23 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

At a retrospective at New York's Film Forum, including the baroque thriller, Point Blank, the Appalachian nightmare, Deliverance, the bizarre, sci-fi adventure, Zardoz, and his epic Arthurian legend, Excalibur, Director John Boorman premiered Queen And Country, the sequel to his semi-autobiographical 1987 opus, Hope and Glory.  In a short but sweet chat, Director Boorman spoke with us about the magic of Lee Marvin, directing Mifune, and wrangling the sexual tension between Merlin and Morgana Le Fay. The Lady Miz Diva:  You're here for the Film Forum's retrospective of your work, but also for the premiere of your newest film, Queen and Country, the sequel to your 1987 film, Hope and Glory.  What brought you back to that autobiographical story now, nearly thirty years later?John Boorman: ...

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John Boorman on ‘Queen and Country,’ Retirement and Why ‘Boyhood’ Disappointed Him

20 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Boorman mined his childhood memories to great acclaim in 1987’s “Hope and Glory,” which mixed humor and pathos in a story about coming of age during The Blitz.

He returns to his personal history once more with “Queen and Country,” a sequel of sorts and a reflection on his years spent as a draftee in the armed services teaching recruits how to type before they were shipped off to Korea. The picture is sort of a lyrical “No Time for Sergeants,” as Boorman’s alter-ego, re-christened Bill Rohan and played by Callum Turner, finds himself at odds with army brass, gets into mischief with his best mate by stealing the regimental clock, and must defend himself from a charge of “seducing an officer from his duty” for airing his grievances about British foreign policy.

“Queen and Country” opens in limited release on Friday. The 82-year-old Boorman, whose list of »

- Brent Lang

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Outrage Watch: Beyonce's unretouched photos instigate a Beygency

18 February 2015 6:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the February 18, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: another Beygency is upon us. A round of unretouched photos of the megastar from a recent L'Oreal photo shoot were leaked by long-running fansite Beyonce World to condemnation from her most passionate fans, one of whom tweeted: "I seriously wanna bash the person that photoshopped those pics fucking face in! Like it's to the point where enough is enough!" Couldn't have said it better! The pics have since been deleted by the site, meaning they're now completely erased forever and no one can ever see them again. [Jezebel] Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles. Outraged: Director John Boorman Target: "American Sniper" Why: The Oscar-nominated "Deliverance" helmer weighed in on Clint Eastwood's Best Picture nominee »

- Chris Eggertsen

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John Boorman, Queen And Country and Everything Else

18 February 2015 5:45 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Writing an introduction for the films of John Boorman is to recite a canon of modern cinema classics. From Point Black to Hell in the Pacific through the monuments of Deliverance and Excalibur and the offbeat and beloved Zardoz and The Exorcist II: The Heretic, the filmmaker takes his audiences by the skull and pulls them directly into his extremely visualized film scenarios. Having just completed what he feels may be his last film, Queen and Country, a sequel to his five-time Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Hope and Glory, the eighty-two-year-old director is making the rounds for his latest picture with his producer Kieran Corrigan, their eighth project together. Mr. Boorman loves, lives, eats and breathes cinema, a passion that includes performances by his own children, and a feature documentary by his daughter Katrine on her father, Me and Me Dad. And now, let us meditate on this at second level. »

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Boorman's WWII Memoir Queen and Country Oozes Fond Memories

17 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Another gray-panther valediction: At 82, John Boorman caps off his unpredictably schizo career with this sequel to 1987's all-this-and-wwii boyhood memoir Hope and Glory, continuing the spry Brit's semi-autobiography into the Fifties. More than anything else, Boorman has always been a mythmaker (even Deliverance has a primal pagan flavor), and has never been deft at comedy, so this relaxed, casually plotted, and often adorable nostalgia-farce wilts with a deficit of raison d'être. There's no Blitz or Arthurian drama here, just killing time. Boorman's alter ego, Billy Rohan (Callum Turner) is now nineteen and drafted into the Army during the Korean War — only to be held at home teaching typing to younger recruits, irritating his neurotically ra »

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Lost Gods, Still Kicking: John Boorman's Best Storm Film Forum

10 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The most famous movies made by John Boorman are Point Blank, Deliverance, and Hope and Glory, three disparate, elegantly constructed pictures that almost any director would be proud to have on a résumé. But the movies the 82-year-old Boorman made before, after, and in between those extraordinary benchmarks fill in a grand and much broader story in this unicorn tapestry of a career. Corral his best-known work in the center, if you must. But the only way to understand Boorman, if such a thing is fully possible, is to sharpen your depth of field so that every intricately woven flower slips into focus. In other words, to see the greatness of Boorman is to reckon with the fact that the man who put Sean Connery in a red diaper and swinging hippie brai »

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A new column examines what might have been with Brad Pitt and 'To The White Sea'

6 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »

- Drew McWeeny

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