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It really can’t be true, can it? Richard Gere has never been nominated for an Oscar? Really? Let’s check again. For Chicago, surely. Nope. Officer and a Gentleman? Nope. Unfaithful, The Hoax, Primal Fear? Eh-eh. Damn… Dude’s due.
With Arbitrage, Gere might finally land that elusive nomination. In the Sundance hit from first-time writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, Gere plays a Bernie Madoff type who needs to unload his financial company before Wall Street figures out he’s short $412 million. It’s a subtle, daring performance, but also one that reminds you how consistently remarkable the 63-year-old has been for more than 35 years, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Spring Breakers - Opening Sequence
Having been at Tiff this month, attempting to select favorite scenes without going entirely overboard– well, it may not exactly be as drastic as Sophie’s choice, but that is the first label that comes to mind. Spring Breakers is one of many very strong showings from Toronto this year, and certainly one of the most talked-about here at Sound on Sight. I might provide greater variety to go with one of De Palma’s masterful sequences in Passion or one chapter from the genius 101 of Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love, and so on and so forth, but I would be lying if I did not say one scene that has stuck with me the most is the opening of Korine’s simultaneously hilarious and terrifying latest. The much-discussed slow motion, booze-soaked and bikini-clad (or, really, not clad at all) introduction to the world »
(Spoiler alert: Don't read this article if you don't want to know some key plot points from "Arbitrage.") Richard Gere sashays through "Arbitrage" in quite a subdued performance compared to his acting in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar." Still, his swagger is there -- and certainly his sexuality. But a mature, more reserved, yet, enfin, handsome actor has emerged since the days Richard and I worked together in "Goodbar." Age embraces him. His moves are languid. His eyes blink and twitch at all the right moments and encapsulate an energy moving throughout his body that finally bursts into »
- Carole Mallory
The shelf life of a Hollywood leading men can sometimes be quite short. When the A-list scripts or name directors cease to call ( or return calls ) many leading men have turned to television (especially now with the quirky shows on basic cable and premium channels ). Some actors will turn to smaller supporting or character roles: the gruff father or grumpy grandpa’ parts. And then there’s Richard Gere. He emerged as a major heart-throb in the late 70′s with splashy performances in Blood Brothers and Looking For Mr. Goodbar. Of course, posters of him in American Gigolo adorned many a bedroom wall in the early 80′s. Even then he balanced these main stream flicks with quirkier fare like Days Of Heaven. Through the next decades he cemented his box office status with romantic roles in box office smashes such as An Officer And A Gentleman and Pretty Woman. But Gere »
- Jim Batts
Richard Gere, who turns 63 on Friday, has never been nominated for an Oscar. Considering that his credits include such modern-day classics as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Pretty Woman (1990), Primal Fear (1996), Unfaithful (2002) and the best picture Oscar winner Chicago (2002), that fact is somewhat surprising. But consider this: For each of the films listed, at least one of his co-stars was nominated for – and in two cases won – an Oscar. That suggests that Gere is a guy who has always brought out the best in those
- Scott Feinberg
I was chained naked to a bed in my test for the "Fan Club." I was in an orgy in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," tummy down on the bed. I was told to take my shirt off and to show a breast for editing purposes by the director of "Steel." And this is the reason I cheer the movie Magic Mike which is about a man being treated like an object. And don't blame me. I was a top model in New York and had filmed "Stepford Wives" with nary a button »
- Carole Mallory
Mad Men “Signal 30” An Expert Opinion
"I'll keep watching these films of Don's wedding night until I figure out All of his moves."
I like Pete Campbell. I don’t know why.
If I met a guy like him, and I’m sure that I have, I’d have to stifle an urge to punch him in the softest part of his smug face (in my imagination, I am terribly brave but also concerned with the bruising of my knuckles). But in the context of Mad Men, I can’t bring myself to hate him.
Much of it comes down to the fine casting. Vincent Kartheiser has a boyish physicality that is perfectly suited to Pete Campbell: no matter what sharky office politics move he orchestrates, or how many inappropriately young women he leers at in a driving instruction class*, Pete always looks like a guy playing dress up in his dad’s clothes. »
- Jesse McLean
7 items from 2012
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