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Here’s some good news for any East Coast horror fans out there! New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is gearing up to bring back their “Midnight Movies” series in June, and judging from the initial lineup, it sounds like a lot of fun, read on!
“The return of the Midnight Movies series in June will be bookended by two John Carpenter/Kurt Russell crowd pleasers, with The Thing (1982), the edge-of-your-seat thriller of a body-duplicating alien versus a handful of men, re-opening the series on Friday, June 7, and Big Trouble In Little China (1986), which both begs definition while it gleefully mixes genre, closing out the month on Friday, June 28. In between, Midnight Movies will screen Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing (1981), a tale of horror in Amish country and Richard Donner’s anti-Christ horror staple, The Omen (1976).”
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We sat down with the two filmmakers along with cast members Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, and Doval’e Glickman to talk about the film, influences, and future projects. Despite the dark and twisted (but deliciously fun) content of the film, we had an absolute blast.
Be sure to check out our review of the film here.
So I saw the film yesterday and everybody in the theater, myself included, loved it.
Ak: Wow, that’s great! Thank you.
So let me start by asking how the idea for Big Bad Wolves came to pass.
Np: Well we wanted to make a film about a pedophile, eh, suspected pedophile, from his point of view. The audience doesn’t know if he did or didn’t »
- Damen Norton
Warning: The following contains major spoilers from this Tuesday’s episode of CBS’ NCIS.
CBS’ NCIS this week wasted no time sorting through the aftermath of the gnarly car crash which Tony and Ziva were involved in, and by hour’s end, a key player in the Ilan Bodnar case was dead.
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Within minutes after the hour opened, both Ziva and Tony were up and around at the hospital, the former champing at the bit to hunt down Bodnar, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
There were so many great crime movies that came out of the ’70s that it would be something of an endeavor to compile a list of the best. But chances are, if you had a bunch of people get together and do just that, Chinatown would be near the top of most of them. This modern take on classic noir is beloved to the point where it’s the sort of thing that gets studied in film classes, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s got iconic moments, a legendarily despicable villain in land developer Noah Cross (John Huston), Jack Nicholson giving a solid leading performance that isn’t as showy and distracting as his later stuff and it’s put together by the trained eye of a master director. But it also has a number of readily apparent flaws that make it questionable as to whether or not it should stand shoulder to »
- Nathan Adams
The accepted wisdom about Jack Nicholson has him comfortably ensconced in the pantheon of great actors whose careers came of age in the 1970s, and who have given us, between them (Nicholson, De Niro, Pacino, Streep, Hoffman et al) a ludicrously high proportion of cinema's most inarguable, evergreen classics. Nicholson alone scorched a trail through that decade, boasting 17 titles between "Easy Rider" (1969) and "The Shining" (1980), including further all-out masterpieces "Chinatown," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Five Easy Pieces," "The Last Detail," and "Carnal Knowledge." The baseline we judge off when it comes to Nicholson is high indeed. And so it's hardly surprising that the accepted wisdom also has Nicholson on a graceful, but perceptible downward curve since then, with the high watermarks of his later career coming further apart, peppering the eighties, but popping up more sparsely in the nineties and noughties. Then again, over the course of the last two decades, »
- The Playlist Staff
A mini-retrospective devoted to Polanski at San Francisco's Roxie Theater yields not only a double bill of "Chinatown" and "Frantic," but a live Skyped interview with the director of both, Roman Polanski, from his now seemingly permanent place of exile, Paris. Thom Mount, the executive producer of Polanski's "Pirates" and producer of "Frantic" and "Death and the Maiden," conducts the Skype interview. We're told that there's a camera pointing towards the Roxie audience, so that Polanski can see Mount and us. Polanski talks about editing "Venus in Fur," a French film starring Emmanuuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric. While waiting in line at the Roxie, I'm handed a flyer containing some facts about Polanski's 1977 arrest for statutory rape, which ended with him fleeing the country because of fears that his plea bargain would not be honored and a jail sentence imposed instead. This Is Rape Culture, reads the bottom of the flyer. »
- Meredith Brody
Roman Polanski can make 1,000 more films as good as Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby, but for many Americans, he remains the flamboyant Hollywood director who drugged and had sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled the country before justice could be served. The facts, of course, are much more complicated than that, and director Marina Zenovich picked at the scabs of the decades-old scandal for her Emmy-winning 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
But though Zenovich had investigated why Polanski felt compelled to leave the country in 1978 before he could be shackled with a potentially harsh jail sentence, her »
- Jeff Labrecque
According to internet reports, actor Tom Cruise is interested in starring as 'Napoleon Solo' for director Guy Ritchie's developing big screen Warners' remake of the 1960's classic spy TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
The dapper spies worked for the clandestine, international law-enforcement agency 'U.N.C.L.E.' ('United Network Command for Law and Enforcement').
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced 105 "U.N.C.L.E." episodes, originally developed by Sam Rolfe for executive producer Norman Felton, with"James Bond" author Ian Fleming contributing characters 'Napoleon Solo' and 'April Dancer', to series scriptwriters Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and Harlan Ellison ("The City On The Edge Of Forever").
In the TV series, American Solo (Vaughn) and Russian 'Illya Kuryakin' (McCallum) reported to 'Alexander Waverly' (Leo G. »
- Michael Stevens
Robert McKee, who gives seminars on screenwriting and whose book Story has spawned hundreds of young writers in Hollywood and abroad says that an essential part of any scene, and therefore the story as a whole, is an arc. And what better catalyst for the arc than the movie villain? The villain gives the audience a detestable character that helps them bond with the protagonist in their mutual disdain. The villain creates drama which pushes the action forward, giving the film its cohesive introduction, buildup, climax and denoument.
Some of the most famous movie villains are utterly despicable. Guys like John Huston’s Noah Cross from Chinatown are willing to go to horrible depths to consolidate their power. Others, like No Country for Old Men’s Anton Chigurh, are almost literally the embodiment of fate and judgment, terrifying movie-goers long after the picture has ended. And still others, like Rebecca’s Mrs. »
- Nick F
Here's Jack Nicholson ... or is it Leonardo DiCaprio ... or is it Jack Nicholson??? We Have No Idea!!!Actually, yes we do. It's Leonardo DiCaprio doing one of the best Jack Nicholson impressions we've ever seen.Leo whipped out the impersonation on some Japanese TV show ... doing his "Nicholson" eyebrows ... and he looks exactly like Jack in "Chinatown."Sadly, Leo doesn't do his Jack voice ... but with Nicholson eyebrows this impressive, he doesn't really need it. »
- TMZ Staff
Allen Hughes's first solo outing after years of co-directing with his twin brother, Albert, is a smooth thriller that might be called "Chinatown East". Mark Wahlberg plays former New York cop turned private eye Billy Taggart, who's hired to follow and get the goods on the mayor's wife. Much like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, he's taken for a ride and finds himself embroiled in big time municipal corruption. It's moderately enjoyable, well acted and both complicated and simplistic. Like all New York thrillers, it's notable for helicopter shots of Manhattan that make the city look ravishing by day and glitteringly sinister by night.
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- Philip French
With the success of “House of Cards” and the upcoming release of the fabled new season of “Arrested Development,” Netflix is taking dead aim at cable networks. While so far they've stuck with developing series, the streaming company has completed a deal with Brett Ratner -- a man with a questionable filmography and cinephile taste (he's produced docs on Woody Allen and John Cazale, Fyi) -- to bring interesting documentaries to a larger audience. The first movie to be part of the deal is the 1971 Roman Polanski-helmed documentary “Weekend Of A Champion.” Never heard of it? That may be because the film, which focuses on Formula 1 racing champion Jackie Stewart, never saw any kind of release in the United States. Produced after “Rosemary’s Baby” and a couple of years before “Chinatown,” this forgotten piece of his filmography occurred at the height of the filmmaker’s powers and follows »
- Cain Rodriguez
Having made all previous titles – including From Hell and The Book of Eli – as part of a directing double act alongside his twin brother Albert, Allen Hughes now takes centre stage for the very first time with Broken City – yet despite the heavyweight cast and compelling narrative, perhaps he may have been somewhat better off with a little help from his dearest sibling.
Mark Wahlberg leads the cast as Billy Taggart, an ex-cop who moves into a career as a private eye when a controversial murder case forces him out of law enforcement. With consistent support from the New York City Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe), the pair strike up a deal whereby Billy will be paid a large sum of money to investigate the Mayor’s wife Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones), as he is convinced she’s having an affair. As the forthcoming mayoral elections hit overdrive, Billy soon realises that »
- Stefan Pape
The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here. The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry »
- Sophia Savage
Nicholson and Hoffman: 85th Academy Awards list of presenters completed Multiple Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson have been added to the roster of presenters at this year's Academy Awards show, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Pictured above: Academy Awards ceremony in 1980, with winners Stanley R. Jaffe, Robert Benton, Meryl Streep, and Dustin Hoffman.) Dustin Hoffman's Academy Awards nominations Hoffman has been nominated for a total of 7 Best Actor Oscars. He won twice, for Robert Benton's broken-family drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), with Meryl Streep, and Barry Levinson's fraternal drama Rain Man (1988), with Tom Cruise. Hoffman's other Academy Award nominations were for the following movies: Mike Nichols' comedy The Graduate (1967), with Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross; John Schlesinger's social drama Midnight Cowboy (1969), with Jon Voight; Bob Fosse's psychological drama Lenny (1974), with Valerie Perrine; Sydney Pollack's comedy Tootsie (1982), with Jessica Lange »
- Anna Robinson
Since the moment Eadweard Muybridge captured a man sprinting in 1887 runners have worn a path across the cinematic landscape. Whether on the pristine oval of an Olympic running track, a dusty patch in a prison rec yard or the damp tarmac of a rural country road, film has documented the sweat and solitude of running in all its pain and glory.
Here are 10 of the best.
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Opening with the sound of Tom Courtenay's feet thudding against a bleak rural lane, Tony Richardson and Alan Sillitoe's 1962 British New Wave classic is one of the most poetic running films in cinematic history. As Colin Smith, a petty delinquent, Courtenay gives a »
- Adam Dewar
Roman Polanski is as famous for the events of his tumultuous life as he is for his often brilliant, highly influential body of work.
Born in Paris in 1933 to Polish parents who unfortunately returned to Poland in 1937, Polanski survived the Nazi extermination of the inhabitants of Krakow’s Jewish ghetto (although his mother died in Auschwitz). He roamed the countryside struggling to survive for the remainder of the war, at times being sheltered by sympathetic families but also witnessing atrocities that seem likely to have influenced his choice of material and portrayal of violence on screen.
Polanski met actress Sharon Tate while making The Fearless Vampire Killers, and they were married in January 1968. In August 1969, while Polanski was in Europe, the pregnant Tate and four of their friends were murdered at their La residence at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon by the followers of Charles Manson, a crime that has »
- Ian Gilchrist
Simon Columb attends the Roman Polanski retrospective at BFI Southbank...
Roman Polanski remains a fascinating filmmaker to this day. Alongside Andrej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski, Polanski came to the fore in the late 1950s in Poland. The BFI in London are screening all of Polanski’s films during January and February 2013 and throughout January, essays on separate films will be released here on Flickering Myth in the hope that you too can join us in reflecting on Polanski’s diverse and ever-expanding career. Next up is 1976's The Tenant...
The Tenant, 1976.
The key to unlocking the 'Apartment' trilogy is knowing that the three films work hand in hand. Themes intertwine and connect; ideas weave between each film and complement each other. My visit to the BFI recently informed me of the psychological element to the series - a Freudian analysis »
Our daily January countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made concludes with part 30 of 30. Here is the top 10.
2) Citizen Kane (1941) Orsen Wells USA
And number one.....
1) The Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurasawa Japan
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The Sony Movie Channel is celebrating the early films of Jack Nicholson throughout February as part of its Friday Features showcase. Eight films are included in the Nicholson salute, including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Drive He Said," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "A Safe Place," "Chinatown," "The Last Detail," "The Passenger" and "The Fortune." An entire day of programming will also be dedicated to Nicholson on February 24 (Oscar day) in honor of his record for holding the most nominations ever (12; he has three wins). Each of the films listed above will play, plus "The Two Jakes." A digital photo book is accompanying the films; it includes productions stills and trivia from the films. There's also a "Script to Screen Experience" launching on Facebook February 1. The complete Friday Features schedule for February includes: (All Times are Eastern) ...
- Sophia Savage
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