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The Summer That Rebooted the Reboot

25 July 2015 6:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.

First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Leigh Whannell interview: Insidious, Saw, Star Wars

4 June 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The co-creator of Saw and Insidious chats to us about homages, mistakes, and the Luke/Leia/Vader relationship...

James Wan's longtime collaborator Leigh Whannell was the co-creator and co-writer of the Saw and Insidious series. For the third chapter of Insidious, Whannell has personally picked up the director's megaphone for the very first time.

We met up last week to speak about his newly-forged processes as a writer-director, his ambitions, the lessons he learned from this film, and lots more besides, from Poltergeist to The Shining and, at three separate talking points, the Star Wars saga.

I think would-be filmmakers and students of the medium will find some of his answers particularly intriguing, but be warned, there are spoilers for The Others, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Going back to the beginning, the first Insidious was regularly compared to Poltergeist. Did it start out as a Poltergeist homage, »

- simonbrew

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DVD Review: 'Altman'

18 May 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ With 39 features to his name, each as unique and innovative as the next, there are few American directors who come close to matching the prolific career of Robert Altman. Ron Mann would go one step further, describing Altman's films as distinctively "Altmanesque", a term he spends 95 minutes attempting to define in his latest documentary, Altman (2014). An affectionate exploration of Altman's life, Mann invites a wealth of this maverick filmmaker's best known collaborators and contemporaries to discuss his legacy, including the late Robin Williams, The Long Goodbye star Elliot Gould and Inherent Vice (2014) director Paul Thomas Anderson - who simply describes Altman in one word: "inspiration".

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- CineVue UK

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Collider Picks: Our Favorite Mad Men Moments

15 May 2015 7:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Even though in many ways, Mad Men's final season has felt like The Long Goodbye (especially given that it was split in two), it's still difficult to believe this is really it. Mad Men has been such a seminal series in so many ways. It has helped launch many careers, it put AMC on the map, and it has been one of the hallmarks of this Second Golden Age of Television. There have been resurgences in 60s fashions, in retro-oriented TV shows, and a new commitment to "prestige" television. But though there may be many imitators, there is but one Mad Men. Its style, extraordinary actors, and glossy surrealism has truly made it a one-of-a-kind series. You'll be seeing lots of Mad Men lists leading up to the finale that try and rank and quantify the show's past, but we at Collider just wanted to share some of the scenes »

- Garo Moumdjian

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Collider Picks: Our Favorite Mad Men Moments

15 May 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Even though in many ways, Mad Men's final season has felt like The Long Goodbye (especially given that it was split in two), it's still difficult to believe this is really it. Mad Men has been such a seminal series in so many ways. It has helped launch many careers, it put AMC on the map, and it has been one of the hallmarks of this Second Golden Age of Television. There have been resurgences in 60s fashions, in retro-oriented TV shows, and a new commitment to "prestige" television. But though there may be many imitators, there is but one Mad Men. Its style, extraordinary actors, and glossy surrealism has truly made it a one-of-a-kind series. You'll be seeing lots of Mad Men lists leading up to the finale that try and rank and quantify the show's past, but we at Collider just wanted to share some of the scenes »

- Allison Keene

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Inherent Vice Blu-ray Review

1 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice came and went theatrically. Much like Spike Jonze’s Her, it seems an expensive arthouse film that didn’t connect with the public, though both were nominated for Screenplay Oscars. Vice made $8 million, while Anderson’s last film The Master only made twice as much. The filmmaker hasn’t ever scored a big hit (his biggest success was There Will Be Blood, which made $40 Million), and that’s a little sad because he’s one of the greatest filmmakers working today. This noted, Vice is destined to live on as a cult favorite. It’s too drugged out not to eventually find an audience, though its resemblances to films like The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye are mostly superficial. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, who works as a sort of private investigator, and the »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Why 1973 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »

- Brian Formo

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Inherent Vice | Blu-ray Review

28 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Receiving a mixture of raves, polite applause, and a handful of outright naysayers, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest concoction Inherent Vice comes to Blu-ray for critical reconsideration. Snagging two Academy Award nominations (Best Adapted Screenplay; Costume Design) and a Golden Globe nod for Joaquin Phoenix, it was an uncustomarily muted awards season for Anderson, while the box office take didn’t really pick up the slack. Still, its bizarre loopiness and distinction as the first cinematic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon should instill a healthy shelf life.

For his seventh film, we receive a queasy mix of gonzo comic neo-noir basted in the seedy nostalgic twinge of sleazy 70s era Los Angeles teased with a numbing carnival of multifaceted tangential characters diluting the film’s potency to the reductive force equal to a generous clusterfuck of all things strange. Fluctuating styles and clashing tones further enhance the film’s resounding detachment from a core ‘mystery, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Movie Review – The Long Goodbye (1973)

27 April 2015 3:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Long Goodbye, 1973.

Directed by Robert Altman.

Starring Elliott GouldNina van Pallandt and Sterling Hayden.

Synopsis:

Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is asked by his old pal Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) for a ride to Mexico. He obliges, and when he returns to Los Angeles is questioned by police about the death of Terry’s wife…

The cat. A feature of many memorable moments in cinema. Alien and Inside Llewyn Davis immediately come to mind. The tabby-cat seen in The Long Goodbye joins the ranks of unforgettable feline friends. Our introduction to Elliot Gould’s mumbling, loner Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is, as he’s woken at 3am, by his meowing, hungry, cat. Interestingly, in the source novel, Marlowe has no pets. Roger Ebert explains that this disposable sequence “establishes Marlowe as a man who is more loyal to his cat than anyone is to him”. Clearly, The Long Goodbye is an unusual, »

- Simon Columb

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Robert Altman: the genius who ‘reinvented the language of cinema’

19 March 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was a maverick innovator ‘kicking Hollywood’s ass’, says Bruce Willis. A new documentary shows how, by breaking all the rules, Altman became one of America’s greatest ever film-makers

Robert Altman, the grizzly-bear genius of American cinema celebrated in the new documentary Altman, first found success at the same time as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, but he was no movie brat. With a career in television and a spell as a fighter pilot behind him, he had a jump of nearly 20 years on those upstarts by the time he achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with his fifth film, the spiky Korean war comedy M*A*S*H, made when he was 44. Over a 50-year period, he bashed out almost 40 films. There were iconoclastic assaults on genre (the anti-western McCabe and Mrs Miller, the wayward detective film The Long Goodbye, the who-cares-whodunnit Gosford Park), sprawling ensemble pieces (Nashville, »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Review: Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (1973) Starring Elliot Gould; Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber

26 February 2015 8:46 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Rip Van Marlowe

By Raymond Benson

Robert Altman was a very quirky director, sometimes missing the mark, but oftentimes brilliant. His 1973 take on Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel The Long Goodbye is a case in point. It might take a second viewing to appreciate what’s really going on in the film. Updating what is essentially a 1940s film noir character to the swinging 70s was a risky and challenging prospect—and Altman and his star, Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe (!), pull it off.

It’s one of those pictures that critics hated when it was first released; and yet, by the end of the year, it was being named on several Top Ten lists. I admit that when I first saw it in 1973, I didn’t much care for it. I still wasn’t totally in tune with the kinds of movies Altman made—even after M*A*S*H, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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'Bosch' star Titus Welliver: 'Maybe I'm just a cop without a badge'

13 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Titus Welliver isn't the first actor I might have thought of to play Lapd homicide cop Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, hero of 17 best-selling mystery novels and counting by Michael Connelly (plus multiple appearances in Connelly's "Lincoln Lawyer" series). But that's more because the book series started so long ago, and has allowed Harry to age in real time, so my mental image of him is much older than the "Deadwood" alum. In "Bosch," a new TV series whose first season can be streamed on Amazon Prime starting today, Welliver plays a younger and slightly mellower version of Harry. Connelly and producer Eric Overmyer ("The Wire," "Tremé") adapted the first season from pieces of three different Bosch novels ("The Concrete Blonde," "City of Bones" and "Echo Park"), and tweaks some biographical details. (Over the course of the early books, for instance, Bosch got married, divorced, and had a daughter who's on the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Movie Review – Inherent Vice (2014)

4 February 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Inherent Vice, 2014.

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jena Malone, and Martin Short.

Synopsis:

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Reviewer’s note: I have no interest in describing the plot of Inherent Vice in this review. If you want to know what it’s about, there are many places to get that information online.

Expectations are a baggage which, despite best efforts, you sometimes cannot help but bring to a first viewing, especially if that first viewing is for the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s a director who has produced films of startling magnitude time after time, and as I sat down to watch this, his seventh film, I was guilty of having it all planned out in my »

- Gary Collinson

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The Tonight Show Returns to L.A. with a Fresh Prince Parody (Video)

3 February 2015 4:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jimmy Fallon loves creating viral hits on The Tonight Show. The Internet loves The Fresh Prince. So it was inevitable that the two would come together, and lo and behold, it happened Monday night. Fallon, 40, has brought Tonight back to L.A. for a weeklong stint - one of his first moves upon taking over was to bring the show back to New York after five or so decades on the West Coast. So what better way than to commemorate this move than with an homage/parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the story of an East Coaster transplanted to California? »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Digging for Fire’

27 January 2015 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joe Swanberg continues his march toward the mainstream even as he deepens his signature brand of hangout film in “Digging for Fire,” a lovely slice of everything and nothing centered on a housesitting couple who discover possible evidence of a murder. There are feints toward a bona fide mystery plot, but that genre element is just a pretext for a stealth marital drama. The film is held together through strong improv, tight editing (by Swanberg himself), moody cinematography and a synth score (from Dan Romer) that parties like it’s 1991. This is Swanberg’s starriest picture to date — even if some appearances, like Jenny Slate’s, amount to glorified walk-ons — making breakout success eminently possible.

Concerning the adventures of married parents Tim (co-screenwriter Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt), “Digging for Fire” opens with the two of them and their son, Jude (played by Swanberg’s toddler, Jude, the finest »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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Review: Ben Mendelsohn bets on Ryan Reynolds in shaggy 'Mississippi Grind'

27 January 2015 2:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City - It feel like Altman is in the air these days. There was, after all, a giant coffee table book about him that ended up under the trees of many a film nerd this Christmas, and little by little, his films are making their way onto Blu-ray, and Netflix just recently added a documentary that is a look back at his remarkable career. This fall also saw the release of "Inherent Vice," and while that is an adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel and very much a Paul Thomas Anderson film, there are more than a few echoes of Altman's "The Long Goodbye" in there. Now we've got the latest film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have had an uneven career as filmmakers so far. They co-wrote "Half Nelson" together, and then started co-directing as well. I sort of like "Sugar," their first film as co-directors, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Inherent Vice: more marijuana misfire than stoner classic

25 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Critics are comparing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice to the stoner noir of The Big Lebowski – but, even with Joaquin Phoenix in The Dude role, it’s not in the same league

Three viewings in and I’m still not at all sure how I feel about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. But this has been true for me of all his recent movies. I thought the first half of There Will Be Blood was masterly film-making, and the second half was bogus, meandering, poorly workshopped tripe that couldn’t find the way to its own exit. I think The Master is a cold, self-effacing masterpiece, but it took me more than 10 viewings to come around to that opinion.

With Vice, I find most of the comparisons that critics are making unhelpful. The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye, the two foremost stoner-noirs, seem to have been more »

- John Patterson

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‘Inherent Vice’ a narcotic vision that demands multiple viewings

12 January 2015 6:11 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Inherent Vice

Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

USA, 2014

Even if you were not around during the 1970s, Inherent Vice comes across as a faded, nostalgic memory. Being a faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the film recounts the dying days of the free love era, laced with the look, feel and paraphernalia of the subculture. Anderson’s comedic thriller peppers itself with restless, almost out of place laughter, while dedicating itself to the themes of the early Seventies. One is reminded of private-eye classics such as Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, with traces of Zucker-Abrahams comedies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. For many, the homage to 1970s filmmaking will be a very real and thrilling look down memory lane. For others, it’ll be a history lesson like no other found in modern day filmmaking.

Larry ‘Doc »

- Christopher Clemente

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Inherent Vice: more marijuana misfire than stoner classic

12 January 2015 2:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Critics are comparing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice to the stoner noir of The Big Lebowski – but, even with Joaquin Phoenix in The Dude role, it’s not in the same league

Three viewings in and I’m still not at all sure how I feel about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. But this has been true for me of all his recent movies. I thought the first half of There Will Be Blood was masterly film-making, and the second half was bogus, meandering, poorly workshopped tripe that couldn’t find the way to its own exit. I think The Master is a cold, self-effacing masterpiece, but it took me more than 10 viewings to come around to that opinion.

With Vice, I find most of the comparisons that critics are making unhelpful. The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye, the two foremost stoner-noirs, seem to have been more »

- John Patterson

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Inherent Vice Is Groovy, Funny, and Strange

9 January 2015 6:10 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After two viewings, I still don’t know what Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice adds up to, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: Why should a movie add up to anything? It’s not a theorem. Interstellar adds up to something, and it’s unintentionally hilarious. Inherent Vice, which is set in 1970 in a beach town south of L.A., is like a gorgeous stoner art object, and maybe you need to get baked to be on its dissonant, erratic wavelength. It’s groovy, distant, funny — funny-strange and funny-ha-ha. It’s drugged camp. It’s like nothing else. Except maybe the novel, which is Thomas Pynchon’s contribution to the L.A. stoner private-eye genre, the highest (so to speak) achievements of which are on film: Robert Altman’s take on Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye and Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Big Lebowski. What they »

- David Edelstein

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