18 items from 2013
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
Mix a dollop of The Bourne Identity, a dash (or two) of Taken, and a pinch of the spy classic Three Days of the Condor (1975), stir it all together, and you get Erased, a thriller whose storytelling ingredients are so familiar that one could watch it with the sound off and still know what's going on. Aaron Eckhart is Ben Logan, a recently widowed private security analyst living in Brussels who awakes one morning to find his office empty, his co-workers in the morgue, and his personal identity wiped away. With his rebellious teenage daughter, Amy (Liana Liberato), in tow, Ben begins dodging assassins. As luck would have it, he's a retired black-ops agent, so, game on. German director Philipp Stölzl proves adept at staging fight scenes in confined spaces, »
Feature Aliya Whiteley 14 May 2013 - 05:59
A true Hollywood star, Robert Redford is at his best in smaller, more personal films. Aliya picks three great films about alienation...
Robert Redford was the number one box office star of the early 70s, appearing in huge hits such as The Sting, The Way We Were, and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. None of those three films show him at his best as an actor, or address the kind of issues he felt passionately about.
His easy camaraderie with Paul Newman and his status as a sex symbol belied the political angle that influenced his decisions in filmmaking and acting. Once he had amassed enough power in Hollywood to call the shots, the roles he took changed; for me, his most interesting performances began once he believed in the message of the film he was making.
He remains a serious and passionate actor, »
At this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, we had the chance to sit in on a few conversations with the legendary Max von Sydow. As part of the festival’s tribute to the actor, TCM screened two excellent von Sydow films – the existential and cinephile must-see “The Seventh Seal” and the 1970s spy thriller “Three Days of the Condor" (both featured in our The Essentials: 5 Great Max von Sydow Performances). During the introductions to these films, the Swedish actor discussed his career, the directors he had worked with and what’s next on his plate with TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Robert Osborne, respectively. On Ingmar Bergman: “It was a continuous, very inspiring working relationship… He had a talent of making his actors getting into the parts with 100% attention, not always with 100% respect or it was a matter of not being too impressed of this fantastic character you were going to play. »
- Diana Drumm
Tinseltown is ready to greet film fans from around the world again for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival.
Beginning this Thursday, April 25 and running through Sunday, April 28 in Hollywood, the festival will open with a gala presentation of the newly restored musical classic Funny Girl (1968).
Over four big days, TCM will welcome legendary stars, award-winning filmmakers and classic movie fans for the cinematic celebration, which this year will center on the theme Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies.
But first on the schedule is Funny Girl!
Legendary superstar Barbra Streisand demonstrates why she’s the greatest star in her Academy Award winning role (Best Actress, 1968) as “Fanny Brice” in the celebrated musical biography Funny Girl. Commemorating its 45th anniversary, the classic film was meticulously restored from the original negative by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 4K at Sony Pictures’ Colorworks.
- Melissa Thompson
Chicago – The golden age of the great Robert Redford occurred in the 1970s, when he participated in making passionate political statements with “All the President’s Men,” “The Candidate” and “Three Days of the Condor.” Redford stars in and directs a throwback to those times, the equally passionate yet softer-in-narrative “The Company You Keep.”
It’s a reminder of 1960s radicalism, the evolution of life and how priorities can muddy up youthful indiscretions. It unfortunately creates a somewhat melodramatic and difficult to believe chase thriller along the way, but there is also that passion, the underlying need by communicators like Redford to make films that matter, about subjects that should give pause in the current U.S. political landscape. This film is worth seeing, if only to honor and remember the boomer generation that stopped an unjust war, and then was destined like all of us to see their »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While the 2011 original was set during World War II, the sequel — as expected — takes place largely in the present day following the events of last summer’s The Avengers. And for those unfamiliar with comic book lore, the subtitle refers not to a snowbound Chris Evans, but to a villainous bio-engineered warrior created from a familiar figure we’ve seen before in the hero’s past (more on that later.)
The sequel, due »
- Anthony Breznican
In adapting Neil Gordon's novel about members of the Weather Underground still on the lam decades later for their violent actions, director Robert Redford and screenwriter Lem Dobbs ("The Limey") could have tackled big ideas about dissent and protest, honed a character study about aging radicals and the young journalist chasing after them, or even dug into Redford's past as the star of "All the President's Men" and "Three Days of the Condor" and crafted a gripping thriller. Option four was apparently to make a dull and uninvolving drama that flirts »
- Alonso Duralde
Is all press good press?
Less than a week after giving his former Broadway co-star Alec Baldwin a standing ovation for his first preview perf in “Orphans,” Shia Labeouf was at MoMA avoiding reporters at the premiere of his latest film, “The Company You Keep.”
Apparently the Twitter happy star is finally over discussing his abrupt departure from the Broadway production for “creative differences.” Labeouf was not talking to reporters at MoMA or the Harlow afterparty about “Orphans” or even the new Robert Redford political thriller in which he costars.
Redford, on the other hand, had something to say about Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor” and Alan J. Pakula’s “All the President’s Men,” two classic political thrillers that may or may not have influenced his direction of Sony Pictures Classic’s “Company.”
“I wasn’t thinking about patterns delivered before,” Redford said. “I was more »
- Addie Morfoot
Warning: You could be framed for something you didn't do at any given moment. Maybe even by your own government, whether intentionally or due to a misunderstanding. Will you know what to do if this happens? If not, Hollywood might be able to help, as “wrong man” scenarios have been around about as long as movies have existed, and a lot of them have involved conspiracies within government agencies. In “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” an enemy of the Joes', Zartan, has secretly taken over the White House disguised as the President of the United States. As Potus, he labels the Joes traitors and unleashes a military strike that wipes out almost the entire team. The survivors must then go up against Cobra while being at the top of America's Most Wanted list. Fortunately, Joes are trained for survival, and in this case knowing is even more than half the battle. So, »
- Christopher Campbell
Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Polly Bergen,Coleen Gray, Theodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).
And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan »
- Melissa Thompson
Following on the success of the BAFTA nominated Shifty, Eran Creevy returns with his much awaited second feature Welcome to the Punch, and ahead of the films theatrical release, we caught up with the rising star.
Creevy talks about his influences, how he managed to attract such a stellar cast of British performers – such as James McAvoy (interview going live tomorrow), Mark Strong (our interview with Mark up here) and Peter Mullan – as well as discussing the invaluable assistance provided to him from his executive producer Ridley Scott. The young filmmaker, who is bound to have a bright future ahead of him, also tells us about his third project Autobahn – though his casting remains a secret for now.
Apparently there was a lot of buzz around the screenplay, which is exceptional as it’s only your second film. How do you create buzz like that?
What it was, after we made my first film Shifty, »
- Stefan Pape
Sporting the old '70s Warner Bros. logo at the top (much like "Magic Mike" did earlier in the year), Ben Affleck's "Argo" spells out its throwback intentions right from minute one -- this is going to be a picture in the mold of the '70s thriller, which often came with a strong political bent. Affleck's movie is also part Hollywood satire which trades in some loose and from-the-hip Hal Ashby tenors, but at the end of the day, the movie is a CIA thriller with a political nature that has upset both modern-day Iranian and Canadian governments. You already know the big ‘70s thrillers such as "All The President's Men," "The French Connection," "Three Days Of The Condor," "The Parallax View," "The Conversation" and many many, but the genre goes far and deep. With Affleck's "Argo" hitting DVD/Blu-ray this week (and very possibly winning »
- The Playlist Staff
Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, this writer must ask: How many of you horror fans celebrated by watching My Bloody Valentine 3D, the wickedly fun 2009 remake of the 80s slasher classic?
Given the nature of that film’s ending, have you ever wondered why a sequel has never materialized? To ring in this V-Day right, Dread caught up with MBV3D co-writer Todd Farmer to discuss the sequel-that-never-was.
Dread Central: My Bloody Valentine 3D opened over four years ago in early 2009, reportedly made on a budget of $15 million dollars. It went on to gross over $50 million domestically and over $100 million worldwide. That success, coupled with the sequel-friendly nature of the film’s conclusion, leads me to ask – where’s the sequel?!
Breaking: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac. The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan Lapaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Happy belated birthday to Faye Dunaway, an actress so powerful and commanding, I sometimes find myself thinking about her work on accident. I'm serious. Some days when I'm tired and in need of a jolt, my brain reroutes to Dunaway and her vulpine stare in, say, the chess scene from The Thomas Crown Affair (and Madonna's tribute to that scene in her "Power of Goodbye" video), her glamorous austerity in The Voyage of the Damned (God, can you believe there's a movie that costarred Dunaway and Lee Grant? Ferocious overload!), or one of her tenderer moments in Barfly. Hell, I think about when she scared the dickens out of Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. She is fearsome and unmistakable, and in honor of the legendary, arguably notorious actress' birthday, here are my five favorite films of hers.
1975 was a magical time when Robert Redford and »
Directed by Sydney Pollack
The Western, at its creative and commercial peak – the late 1960s-early 1970s – proved itself an astoundingly pliable genre. It could be molded to deal with topical subject matter like racism (Skin Game, 1971), feminism (The Ballad of Josie, 1967), the excesses of capitalism (Oklahoma Crude, 1973). It could be bent into religious allegories (High Plains Drifter, 1973), or an equally allegorical address of the country’s most controversial war (Ulzana’s Raid, 1972). Westerns could be used to deconstruct America’s most self-congratulatory myths (Doc, 1971), and address historical slights and omissions (Little Big Man, 1970). They could provide heady social commentary (Hombre, 1967), or simple adventure and excitement (The Professionals, 1966). They could be funny (The Hallelujah Trail, 1965), unremittingly grim (Hour of the Gun, 1967), surreal (Greaser’s Palace, 1972), even be stretched into the shape of rock musical (Zachariah, 1971) or monster movie (Valley of Gwangi, 1969).
- Bill Mesce
18 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners