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year in review parts 1-7
tear-jerkers, music videos, worst films, gay characters and more...
Michael C. from Serious Film here for a few good laughs.
Any future film historians examining the tail end of 2010 will likely mark this year as dark days for screen comedy. Comedy icons Woody Allen and James L Brooks rolled twin gutter balls, while mainstream audiences lined up around the block to watch the star of Taxi Driver do 98 minutes of boner jokes. As if to rub salt in the wound, the Golden Globes saw fit to nominate an inexplicable slate of comedies that were, with few exceptions, unfunny, unexceptional, or in some cases downright awful.
Still, if you managed to look beyond the large pile of high profile duds there were plenty of laughs to be had in 2010. So here for your consideration is the year in comedy. Not the best movies overall, »
- Michael C.
Pixar’s classic A Bug’s Life brought together an amazingly talented group of people. As the film makes its Blu-ray debut, we find out what happened to its cast…
The classic Pixar production, A Bug's Life, brought together an amazingly talented group of people, including Kevin Spacey, David Hyde Pierce and Denis Leary. So, twelve years on from the film's original release, and to tie in with its UK debut on Blu-ray, we ask, where are the voices behind A Bug's Life now, and what have they done since?
Dave Foley - Flik
One of the former members of The Kids In The Hall and a stand-up comedian, Dave Foley has been well occupied since providing the voice for Flik. He's either providing voice talent for animated TV shows, or appearing in person as in a stint on Will And Grace, and the mini-series Kids In The Hall: Death Comes To Town. »
Leslie Nielsen was one of the great deadpan comedians of the silver screen, and his legacy won't be forgotten anytime soon. In his later performances, it was as if Buster Keaton got trapped in a Looney Tunes cartoon and decided to stay awhile. (Can we expect a hilarious montage at the Academy Awards? I hope so.) My first encounter with "adult" comedy (meaning "thematic elements," not mature ones) was "Blazing Saddles," but I'm pretty sure "Naked Gun" entered my purview shortly after that. And the scene below most definitely instigated a rather odd dialogue between my mother and me about… »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly »
- Adam Quigley
Editor's Note: Unfortunately this promotion has expired and the service has reverted to trade-ins only for Warner Brother titles. DVDs from other studios are no longer accepted - hopefully they'll do this again soon though.
Warner Brothers' push to have consumers fully embrace the Blu-ray format started in April of last year when they announced their Red2Blu program, which allowed anyone who'd purchased a WB title on HD-DVD to exchange it with about $5 per disc and they'd receive the exact same title on Blu-ray. For anyone who'd sunk some cash in the defunct HD-DVD format it was a pretty nice deal; unfortunately other studios never jumped on board with quite the same gusto.
Then, at about this time last year, Warner Brothers announced an addition to the Blu-ray exchange concept: they put out a selection of 55 titles which, if you owned the DVD version, could be exchanged for the »
- Lex Walker
Michael C. here from Serious Film. So far in this series we've most often covered the types of cinematic achievements that go unappreciated because they are so convincing that they render themselves invisible. Yet there is also the case of the artist who goes overlooked because they do their work in the shadow of personalities so big that they suck up all the attention. That is certainly the case with this week's unsung hero.
It is largely agreed that Duck Soup is top to bottom the Marx Brother's most successful, complete film. Yet when I read appreciations of this movie this fact is usually taken as a fortunate happenstance. As if Duck Soup's production was no different from any of the Marx's others save for an extra helping of lucky who-knows-what that afforded them the opportunity for ninety minutes of uninterrupted brilliance. While there was some luck involved - »
- Michael C.
When it’s not catering to the sensibilities of the Adam Sandler audience and rising above the average dick and fart joke, comedy has the unique ability to place incredibly serious subjects in a rose-colored lens and lets us laugh at things we might normally find hideously offensive. Take Four Lions for example, a film that shows four inept terrorists as they attempt to strike a blow against something in the name of nothing. For the right crowd, the film will consistently hit the funny bone and finds an interesting way to call into question what change terrorism can actually affect. However, for the crowd that can’t stomach sharp satire (if you still find Blazing Saddles too racy and over the top, it’s you), the topic and how it’s addressed in such a jocular manner might push the boundaries of bad taste. Hopefully, you’ll fall into the former group, »
- Lex Walker
Welcome to the first Close up, the weekly email from Guardian Film, covering the week's big cinema news, blogs and all the new releases
It is, officially, Autumn. You can tell not because of the leaves falling from the tress, nor the advent of Halloween (nor, even, the slightly opportunistic Clip Joint on fancy dress), but from the fact that the previous season, Film Season, is now over.
From mid-September to mid-October, we went a bit movie bananas. There was the Film & Music Power 100, the DVD giveaways and downloads, Commission Us, the Twitpitch challenge, the "name the films" challenge, the week liveblogging films from the TV. The whole thing ended with guides to the best films in seven genres. I've been really enjoying looking through the comments and reaction, especially the polls we ran for each supplement asking you to rank our choices; so interesting to see where the critics are in-step with general opinion, »
From 1941 to 1953, John Huston and Humphrey Bogart worked on six films together that made Huston a highly respected director and Bogart the leading man of his time (Casablanca notwithstanding). While my favorite remains The Maltese Falcon, the other one most often touted as their best is undoubtedly The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Those two films actually make for a fine double feature, not only because they are the highlights of this collaboration, but also because it's fun to contrast one against the other. They're similar in design, yet operating on totally different constructs. Bogart hunts a legendary treasure in both and has to fight his way through hell to get to them, but while The Maltese Falcon is stalked by shadows, deep in the noir genre, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a high-riding adventure in sunkissed Mexico.
Somewhat stepping aside from the charismatic leading man role to »
- Arya Ponto
James Ellis on the demise of the spoof...
I wanted to start this article all contrived describing to all the uninformed masses what a spoof was. Literally what the spoof dictionary definition was. I was even going to add all the silly abbreviations one finds in a dictionary, make the start of the article look really cool and give myself off as some quasi-cosmic film critic: Universally intelligent and wise beyond his years (basically Kim Newman sans hair). If I did that you would probably skip to somewhere else realising everyone knows what a spoof is. What I really want to talk to you about is the recent fall of this once great, well-funny genre.
The spoof genre is often confused with satire; spoof is a light-hearted mockery of a subject (often other films), whereas satire is the exaggeration of story, characters, language etc to the point of the ridiculous. »
Lyle Lovett, look away now, as we present cinema's craziest scenes of cow chaos. No bull
"There are 9m bicycles in Beijing," sang Katie Melua. "That's a fact." What she neglected to mention was the even more mind-boggling statistic that there are currently estimated to be 1.3bn cows roaming the face of the planet. That's roughly one cow for every person in China, and sobering news for anyone suffering from bovinophobia, otherwise known as the irrational fear of cows. Give this a quick Google and you'll find two key facts recurring: that a phobia of cows is no laughing matter and that Julia Roberts's ex-husband, Lyle Lovett, suffers from it. Just how "irrational" is Lovett's fear, though, given that he suffered a messy multiple leg fracture after being slammed up against a fence by an angry bull on his uncle's farm?
Alfred Hitchcock (whose phobias included policemen and boiled »
After a very very Very long time (over a decade and a half) dealing with the concept of electronic publishing and how it was going to come about-- particularly how it was going to be adopted-- I finally figured out how to describe it at yesterday's ICv2 Conference on Comics and Digital. And sorry to disappoint Mr. Gold, but it's not from Blazing Saddles.
Electronic publishing and distribution, always far off in the distance, not here yet, not here yet...
...wait, it's here already? And it's doing what to the industry?
See if you can figure out who represents who. »
- Glenn Hauman
Warren Beatty, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and the stars of the Harry Potter films are but a few of the subjects featured in the 165 photographs that will next grace the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Grand Lobby Gallery. Opening to the public on Thursday, September 16, “Up From the Vault: 85 Years of Treasures from the Warner Bros. Photo Lab” will run through December 12. Admission is free.
The exhibition includes a broad range of photographs, some famous and many extremely rare or unseen – from glamour portraits to set reference stills, from ad art and publicity photos to behind-the-scenes shots and scene stills. New prints of images taken in black-and-white and color, and in nearly every photographic format, from early 4×5 negatives to the latest high-resolution digital photos, will be on view.
“Up From the Vault” will feature some of the most »
- Michelle McCue
Former child star Rodney Allen Rippy is in a critical condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was injured in a dirt biking accident on Monday.
Rippy, who landed a small role in Mel Brooks' 1974 movie classic Blazing Saddles, refused to seek medical attention following the incident, when he was thrown 10 feet (three metres) into the air, but he admitted himself to hospital on Wednesday after experiencing breathing difficulties.
Doctors discovered the 42 year old had sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung and he is now being cared for in the hospital's trauma unit, his publicist tells TMZ.com. »
Rodney Allen Rippy -- the chubby cheeked kid in those '70s Jack in the Box ads -- is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash ... TMZ has learned. According to his publicist, Rodney was thrown 10 feet in the air when he wrecked his dirt bike in North Carolina on Monday -- but he didn't go to the hospital until today when he had trouble breathing. Rodney -- who's now 42 -- suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung. »
- TMZ Staff
You can call it the year's most confusing western, or you can call it one of the year's most entertaining DVD releases. It's up to you. Korean director/writer Kim Jee-woon calls it The Good, The Bad, The Weird. It centers around a chaotic quest for a treasure map that promises riches so alluring it has half of Manchuria up in arms. It stars bounty hunter Park Do-won (Jung Woo-sung), assassin Park Chang-yi (Lee Byung-hun), and thief Yoon Tae-goo (Song Kang-ho),as The Good, The Bad, and The Weird, respectively.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird, despite it's slightly ominous title, is an all-out fun adventure that exploits the given opportunity for unmitigated lawlessness. Those of us familiar with westerns know that it's mostly a genre where one flawed but handsome and brooding hero battles for the home-front, all the while either chasing, or being chased, by his own tragic demons. »
- Simone Grant
Forgotten Films  is a semi-regular feature on Film Junk where we explore interesting movies that have fallen off the radar or slipped through the cracks over the years. You probably know Edgar Wright as the man behind the camera for most of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's collaborations including Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and even before that, the TV show Spaced. However, with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World coming out this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to look back at his very first feature film, a hard-to-find low budget comedy made without Pegg and Frost called A Fistful of Fingers. Edgar Wright got his start making movies in England at a very young age, and by the time he was 18, he was already generating some fairly high quality stuff. If you have the Hot Fuzz special edition DVD or Blu-ray, you may have »
Only now just coming to light, since it happened a month and a half ago, film and TV producer Mark Gordon (Speed, Saving Private Ryan, and the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice) let slip the word “nigger” a few times, during a reading for a new TV series, in front of the cast and crew, including two black actresses, Gabrielle Union and Wendy Davis.
The show in development for Disney and ABC is a spin off of the popular Lifetime series, Army Wives, co- starring Davis. During the reading according to a witness:
…there was a scene in the script that had one character putting a gun to another character’s head. At that point, Mark Gordon stood up and started acting out what he said was a scene from Blazing Saddles. An eyewitness says he grabbed the person next to him in a headlock (Gordon »
Mark Gordon, co-President of the Producers Guild Of America, just sent this email to PGA board members a few minutes ago about my exclusive, Producer Mark Gordon Uses N-Word Twice At TV Pilot Table Read: Lifetime Notifies ABC Studios "This Needs To Be Dealt With" From: Mark Gordon Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 6:58 Pm Dear fellow PGA board members – As your Co-President, I feel it is important to express my embarrassment and regret about a recent incident that was reported in the press today. As many of you know, I frequently put my foot in my mouth and say offensive things, not because I intend to but because I am sometimes careless. Two months ago, during a table read, in response to a line in the script, I attempted to act out an impromptu version of “Blazing Saddles.” At the time, I immediately understood my actions were inappropriate because of the racist language in the scene. »
- Nikki Finke
Last year, the Insane Clown Posse took the Internet by storm when they released an informercial advertising the Gathering, the annual festival curated and hosted by Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. In the year that followed, Icp stayed on the minds of Web surfers everywhere with their much-talked-about music video for "Miracles." Now the clowns are back with another infomercial advertising this year's Gathering (the 11th annual!), which will go down August 12-15 once again in Cave In Rock, Illinois.
The new commercial kicks it up a notch, presenting the lineup and features of this year's event with a new video that is 17 minutes long. So just in case you're not like us and totally willing to watch it over and over again, here's the breakdown of the highlights.
00:08 The narrator describes the Gathering as "the nation's only truly underground music festival, with no corporate sponsorship." The guys »
- Kyle Anderson
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