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Warner Brothers celebrates the gangster genre with these five modern takes on the Tommy gun toting mobsters. However, the only new item you.ll get is the addition of a Paramount title and new packaging and artwork. Not that it is a bad thing since the movies are fantastic. Mean Streets (1973) . Martin Scorsese makes his arrival as a filmmaking force with his semiautobiographical tale of the first-generation son and daughters of New York.s Little Italy. Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro give star-making performances. The Untouchables (1987) . Director Brian De Palma.s tour-de-force from David Mamet.s screenplay is a larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone (De Niro), the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era »
- Jeff Swindoll
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 & Part 2
You don’t need to be a fan of the original Tenchi Muyo series to dig its spinoff series, War on Geminar. The 13-episode blu-ray series follows the exploits of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenchi. The series opens up with a great mech action sequence, introducing us to Kenchi as an assassin. Soon enough, he goes from killer to kindhearted to savior. If you’re not familiar with the world, learning some of the rules of how Sacred Mechanoid masters works may take some time, but it’s a fun journey overall, filled with wild antics. The mech fights in episode one and episodes 9-13 are great to watch.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
- Bags Hooper
Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
When film directors stage a scene from the mid-1970s, we all know how it’s done: They’ll clear everything out of a shot — commercial signage, etc. — that violates the period, and then they’ll plunk down a bunch of 1970s parked cars. Yet what they end up with still doesn’t usually look like the period — it looks prefab — and watching Blood Ties, a rivetingly scuzzy and authentic New York cops-and-crime drama (it’s set in 1974), starring Clive Owen as a hard case who has just gotten out of prison and Billy Crudup as his straight-arrow policeman brother, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Underscoring the breadth of artistic aspirations driving many of today’s European directors, Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” is one of three English-language films helmed by a Euro director playing in Cannes’ official selection.
A different animal from the likes of Louis Leterrier and Pierre Morel, 40-year-old thesp-turned-helmer Guillaume Canet didn’t jump into English-language filmmaking to work on bigger-budgeted, studio-backed mainstream pics when offered the opportunity, after 2006 Hollywood calling card, “Tell No One.”
And yet, Canet, like other ambitious helmers of his generation, always longed to make an English-language film outside France: Simply because it opens up a far wider gamut of artistic possibilities, with cast and stories.
Produced outside the studio system by Canet’s ally Alain Attal at Paris-based Les Productions du Tresor, the $25 million “Blood Ties” centers on the relationship between two brothers in New York. From its visual and narrative style, to its soundtrack of American standards including Led Zeppelin, »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
A New York-based crime drama starring a bunch of people I've never heard of, the movie tells the story of two brothers caught in the middle of a drug-money-gone-missing plot. The flick has the energy of early-Scorsese, particularly reminiscent of my personal favorite - Mean Streets. Unfortunately, the dialogue is spotty and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. I guess it's fair to say this is Scorsese meets Besson. Some very Leon-esque moments (including a villain who seems to be doing his best Gary Oldman, chewing scenery like a champ).
- Robert Ottone
The Sopranos will forever be instilled in the fabric of culture. Its success and game-changing format was intrinsic to the success of HBO and revitalised televisual drama forever. Without The Sopranos HBO would not have experienced the success it enjoys today and we would not have shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. This successful model was adopted by other networks like AMC, FX and Showtime who have given us Dexter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Sopranos was the game changer and revolutionalised television forever. Televisual drama is now considered a valued art form akin to film thanks to the success of The Sopranos.
The series’ rich and compelling storylines captivated audiences for 8 years and won a host of Emmys over its six seasons. Tony Soprano is still one of the most fascinating characters in television history but he was helped by a phenomenal supporting cast »
- Gearoid Gillett
There are few directors still plying their trade today who can rival Martin Scorsese when it comes to the quality and variety of their filmography. The native New Yorker has frequently created brutal and violent stories featuring deeply flawed and morally questionable protagonists, covering such sombre subjects as guilt, greed, machismo and mental instability along the way. However, despite these dark elements which give his work such an incisive edge; his movies are always energetic and vibrant affairs and represent pure escapist cinema at its best.
Not only does he deliver movies filled with unforgettable images, but also equally unforgettable soundtracks. In addition to being a master storyteller, Marty is also a master of the pop soundtrack, with so many of his movies reverberating with his love of pop, Motown and rock and roll.
Just a quick glance over some of Scorsese’s masterpieces and immediately you are hit with »
- Rob Keeling
Formed just after 9/11, Robert De Niro's Tribeca film festival helped New York get back on its feet. The veteran actor tells Ed Pilkington about his love for the city, restoring King of Comedy, and how Twitter could redefine cinema
Robert De Niro has been thinking in recent days about the concept of longevity. The actor has been in the business of making films so long – his debut on the big screen was in 1965 – that his work is now being restored.
"Yeah, I've been thinking about that. Restored, huh? It's kind of amazing," he says, sitting in his production hub in downtown Manhattan, the Tribeca Film Centre.
The restoration in question is the painstaking return to its original glory of King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese's dark 1982 satire on modern celebrity obsession, with its famous punchline: "Better to be king for a night, than schmuck for a lifetime." The movie »
- Ed Pilkington
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
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
Submitted by Jose:
“Oh Marty, get off of it. We all know how this script ends. You tell us you’re going to do something. We say we’re going with you. You say no. We go anyway. Hijinks ensue. You learn from us, we learn from you, and it all gets wrapped up in a nice tidy package, usually around 9 p.m.”
Check out the rest of your sound bites from Wednesday March 27 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!
American Idol recap: »
- EW staff
Olympus Has Fallen is a old-fashioned action movie that hearkens back to one of the grandest plot devices in the genre — the mission of saving the President of the United States. In this film, which riffs on the Die Hard setup better than A Good Day to Die Hard did, the White House is taken over by terrorists, Washington D.C. is a war zone, and the President is a hostage in his own bunker.
Playing the hero is Gerard Butler, an ex-secret service man who becomes the country’s last hope in saving the president’s (Aaron Eckhart) life, and also preventing nuclear devastation. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, and Ashley Judd.
While he is still best known for directing Training Day in 2001, Fuqua previously helmed Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), Shooter (2007), King Arthur (2004), Bait (2000), The Replacement Killers (1998), and more. »
- Nick Allen
When Grant Morrison started working on the rebooted Action Comics #1, he only intended to tell a relatively short six-issue story about Superman’s early years. Then the story started to expand in every conceivable direction — including some directions that only exist in the fifth dimension. Tomorrow sees the release of Action Comics #18, wherein Superman will face off against Vyndktvx across space and time. EW is excited to offer an exclusive preview of the comic book. First up, read on for an interview with Morrison, who talks about his ambitions for his Action Comics run, how he hopes that people will enjoy Psychedelic Superman, »
- Darren Franich
It’s been literally days since the last bit of Star Wars franchise news was cast into the pit of the Internet, the nesting place of the all-powerful Fanboy, who slowly digests every new piece of Star Wars information over a thousand years, like some kind of purely theoretical pit-dwelling epicurean tentacled arthropod. Fortunately, the good people at the LucasFilm/Disney/Sheinhardt empire have saved us from boredom by launching a new Star Wars Character Tournament. You guessed it: It’s bracket time! The tournament lets you vote for 32 of your favorite Star Wars characters in a whole series of one-on-one matchups, »
- Darren Franich
With Father’s Day coming up, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to look to the past, and release two impressive Blu-ray collections. Ultimate Gangster Collection Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection Contemporary should make plenty of men happy*.
*Women are also allowed to be happy by this news.
Here is the news release…
Burbank, Calif., March 11, 2013 – As part of the studio’s 90th Anniversary celebration, eight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ greatest gangster films – from Edward G. Robinson’s 1931 classic Little Caesar to Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Departed– will now be available in two Blu-ray sets May 21. Released to coincide with Father’s Day gift-giving, the WB genre greats, along with one of Paramount’s best gangster films, will be offered in the Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary.
The four films in the Classic Collection have been remastered for their Blu-ray debuts. They include »
- Jeff Bayer
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
London – Exclusive Media, the filmed entertainment company based in Los Angeles and London, has signed an agreement with Icon UK Group to rep Icon Entertainment International’s library of over 200 films, including titles such as What Women Want, Mean Streets and Project Nim. The deal, announced by Exclusive Media co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Aviv Giladi, CEO of Icon U.K. Group, gives a significant boost to Exclusive Media’s home entertainment portfolio. Photos: Cut, Censored, Changed: 10 Hollywood Films Tweaked for International Release Other titles in the package include Ralph Fiennes directorial debut Coriolanus and several
- Stuart Kemp
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