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Look into my eyes – and help us find the best examples of mind control in film
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We've covered the workings of the mind on clip joint, but how about scenes involving manipulation of the human brain?
1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
This adaptation of Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate is an intense political thriller with wonderful performances by Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra. Director John Frankenheimer taps into multinational conspiracies in a fascinating and enthralling film.
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2. Village of the Damned (1995)
Based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, and a remake of the 1960 film adaptation, Village of the Damned sees hostile extraterrestrial forces send the population of the Midwest American village Midwich to sleep. When they wake up, all the women of child-bearing age are pregnant. The children »
- Guardian readers
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Robert De Niro was crowned king of closing night at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The New York-based film fest, which De Niro co-founded in 2002, ended its 12th incarnation with a special screening of "The King of Comedy," Martin Scorsese's 1983 black comedy about a celebrity-obsessed comedian (played by De Niro) and the lengths he goes to achieve fame.
"I haven't seen 'The King of Comedy,' I don't think, for at least 25 years," De Niro, 69, said before the screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Saturday night. "I'm very curious to see it. If I'm not too embarrassed, I'll stay here after."
Fortunately for the attendees, De Niro did stay, as did Scorsese and co-star Jerry Lewis. The trio sat down with screenwriter Ted Griffin ("Ocean's Eleven") for a 30-minute discussion about the classic ... comedy?
"It wasn't a comedy, was it?" Scorsese, 70, said after the screening, before »
- Christopher Rosen
He’s one of cinemas most intense performers and one of my all-time favourite movie icons, but Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has more in his locker than a menacing thousand-yard stare and gravity-defying hair-do. This week sees the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, Seven Psychopaths, in which Walken steals the show from under the nose of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, as a loveable dog-napping petty crook, devoted pal and husband.
Over his 60 year career, which currently features over 12o credits, he’s featured in superhero blockbuster Batman Returns, gothic horror Sleepy Hollow; taken on suave British super spy 007 in A View To A Kill; chased rodents and marsupials in family favourites, Mousehunt and Kangaroo Jack, and tripped the light fantastic in Fatboy Slim’s memorable music video for Weapon Of Choice. Now Thn has picked out some of our favourite, and »
- Craig Hunter
Christopher Walken. Who doesn't love the guy, am I right? He's been in some of the most memorable movies in some of the most memorable scenes and is still going strong today. Walken has brought intense rage and intensity in films like The Deer Hunter and Sleepy Hollow, a quiet, cool resolve in films like True Romance and Pulp Fiction, and a soft, tender stature in films like Catch Me If You Can and The Country Bears. Oh, you didn't know he was in that? Well, that's because no one saw it. »
- Paul Shirey
Finally! The first trailer has been released for Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi movie Elysium, and it look like it's going to be an incredibly badass film! I love the tone of the film; the story seems rock solid, and the visual effects look amazing! I loved what I saw in this first trailer, and I think this movie is going to end up being something mind-blowing.
You know how there are no new things? There’s no new war movie, there’s war movies. Over time stuff like The Deer Hunter and Platoon ups it. All of a sudden somebody presents it to you in a way you’ve never seen before. It’s a new bar, a new mark of definitively telling you what something is. In the clips I saw from »
- Joey Paur
“You know how there are no new things? There’s no new war movie, there’s war movies. Over time stuff like The Deer Hunter and Platoon ups it,” Elysium actor William Fichtner recently told AICN. “All of a sudden somebody presents it to you in a way you’ve never seen before. It’s a new bar, a new [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Perception is pretty much everything when it comes to films, and our verdict on the quality of a movie is usually just an intellectual alignment often dictated by its box office success, or failure.
However, some of the biggest box office hits in history are also some of the most awful movies ever made. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, anyone? And let’s face it, whilst Skyfall’s box office peformance has earned it the title “Best Bond movie ever,” it isn’t a patch on From Russia With Love, or Live And Let Die.
I find the stories surrounding Hollywood turkeys far more compelling than those of financial triumph. The making of notorious flops such as Cutthroat Island, Glitter and The Adventures Of Pluto Nash are ripping yarns that describe hubris and out of control ego and are usually more entertaining than the film itself.
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- Basil Creese Jr
Currently starring in A Late Quartet, Walken has been a striking presence since his early film roles in the 70s. Here are a few of his most memorable performances
Christopher Walken, star of A Late Quartet, is a prolific performer with more than 100 film and television roles under his belt. Here are just five of his most memorable on screen moments, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @claudism_, @antnield, @missnvholt and @Steph78205. Spoilers and adult material feature in all of the following clips – what scenes would you add to the list?
Christopher was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Michael Cimino's film. Having been forced to play Russian roulette by his captors as a Vietnam PoW, his character remains deeply affected by the experience once free. This is his last scene in the film.
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- Adam Boult
For those attending the 2013 Toronto Jewish Film Festival, they will be able to see the documentary Joe Papp in Five Acts (2010) which is to be aired as part of the PBS series American Masters back in 2010. The story is as educational as the man who decided to bring the plays of William Shakespeare to the masses by orchestrating free stage performances. “I believe that great art is for everyone--not just the rich or the middle class," stated Papp. "When I go into East Harlem or Bedford-Stuyvesant and see the kids who come to see our shows, I see nothing so clearly as myself.”
Not only did the theatre company on wheels entertain audience members it also proved to be a fertile training ground for developing actors, playwrights, and future Broadway productions. The multi-tasking duo of Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen who produced, directed and wrote the project have assembled a »
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Extra-marital affairs, jealousy, betrayal, resentment – all set in the world of classical music. A Late Quartet has relationships and emotional punch ups as tumultuous as the Beethoven the four-piece quartet perform. The frenetic pace of Beethoven is certainly represented in the film but so too is the heart-rendering beauty and tenderness.
The plot is limited but packed with character and emotion. ‘The Fugue’ is a four piece string quartet comprised of cellist Peter (Christopher Walken), violist Juliette and first and second violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir) and Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffmen). The group are approaching their 25th anniversary but are faced with difficult and potentially devastating decisions when Peter announces he must leave the group after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The rest of the group must decide whether to continue or go their separate ways while dealing with pent up feelings of resentment, longing and jealousy. »
- Gearoid Gillett
Review Ryan Lambie 29 Mar 2013 - 08:46
Ryan Gosling strides into The Place Beyond The Pines like a mythical being straight out of 50s Hollywood: with the melancholic cool of James Dean, he rides his rasping motorcycle in a ball of death for a travelling carnival, while Eva Mendes swoons over his pumped-up physique and patchwork of tattoos. But director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) does more than riff on Gosling's post-Drive ascension to heart-throb status; instead, his film gets under the skin of cinema's romantic view of the rugged outlaw archetype, revealing a more depressing underlying truth about wealth and status.
In an attempt to provide for his ex-lover Romina (Mendes) and their infant son, motorcycle rider Luke (Gosling) quits his carnival act and embarks on a bank robbing spree across Schenectady, »
I love movies but sometimes get tired of the loud blockbusters that get thrown at us in such increased amounts these days. When I suffer from over exposure to the big Hollywood flick I turn to the unheralded gem. These are the movies that I cherish most, some of them are misunderstood box office failures, some are cult classics and some are big budget movies that I feel are under-appreciated.
Compiled using no criteria other than my gut feeling that the film should get more credit and that you may not have heard of it, it is an eclectic list with its fair share of sci-fi and, hopefully, intelligence and imagination. I encourage you to seek them out as they are all beautiful in their own different and eccentric ways.
These are my 10 movie gems that you need to see but may never have heard of
10. Capricorn One
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- John de Gruyther
After the suffocating horror of Kill List, director Ben Wheatley heads for the great outdoors with a jet-black comedy about the barely repressed psychosis of the great British caravan holiday. Pitched somewhere between Mike Leigh's Nuts in May and Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, Sightseers (2012, StudioCanal, 15) follows the increasingly violent misadventures of Tina and Chris (brilliantly played by co-writers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) as they embark on an "erotic odyssey" into a land of tramways, pencil museums, viaducts and murder.
After consigning an obnoxious litter-dropper to the dustbin of local history, our cagoule-clad anti-heroes develop a taste for the hard stuff which no amount of picturesque National Trust landmarks can assuage. One moment they're racing fellow campers for a prime spot in the Dingly Dell (as opposed to outside the toilet block), the »
- Mark Kermode
Christopher Walken has made so many movies playing psychos and weirdos, he can't remember half of them. But in his latest film, A Late Quartet, he's been cast against type as a cellist with Parkinson's. He says why he'd be happier playing it straight
Christopher Walken will tell you what irritates him. "Quite often, I'll be sent a script for a movie," he says. "And I find that I like it, so I say I'll do it. But then they rewrite it for me. They make it quirky. Odd. I find that rather annoying. I call it Walkenising."
He chuckles, then stops dead. There is silence. We are on the phone, so that when he speaks it is hard not to wonder what else he might be doing. "I'm in Connecticut," he says when I ask, at the rural home he shares with his wife.
The irony is that the film he's promoting, »
- Danny Leigh
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
From the abolition of slavery to the 'war on terror', this year's Academy Awards are dominated by heavyweight political films
Follow our live coverage of the Oscars 2013 red carpet
Early in 1927, Louis B Mayer, the head of MGM studios and soon to be the highest-paid executive in the world, met a handful of fellow conservative thinkers to create an elite Hollywood organisation with the grandiose title of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The aim was to deter the development of unions, or at least to control and arbitrate their operations. The academy, and the awards set up the following year as an expression of the good taste of its members (of whom there are now 6,000), began in politics and continue to be influenced by it.
Twenty years later, MGM went for three years without winning an Oscar and Mayer was fired by the company's ultimate boss in »
- Philip French
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
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In anticipation of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, Sasha Stone, put together this wonderful montage, which features footage from all 84 past Best Picture winners. It’s a fine reminder that the best films never win as evidenced by the appearance of such movies as Crash and Shakespeare in Love.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24th on ABC at 8:30 Et.
Here is the list of winners:
2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King’s Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - No Country for Old Men 2006 - The Departed 2005 - Crash 2004 - Million Dollar Baby 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2002 - Chicago 2001 - A Beautiful Mind 2000 - Gladiator 1999 - American Beauty 1998 - Shakespeare in Love 1997 - Titanic 1996 - The English Patient 1995 - Braveheart 1994 - Forrest Gump 1993 - Schindler’s List 1992 - Unforgiven 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs 1990 - Dances With Wolves »
Vimeo user Nelson Carvajal created the following 4:09 minute video, which features a brief snippet from every single Best Picture Oscar winner from Wings to The Artists and everything in-between. He even added clips from this year's nominees -- Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild -- at the end in prep for this Sunday's, 2013 Oscar ceremony. I am busy putting together my final predictions for this year's ceremony and at this point I'm not sure there's anything I'd change. I will be posting an article with all my predictions soon enough, but if you'd like to check them out, you can do so right here. I've included a list of all the Best Picture winners directly below the video. 2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King's Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - »
- Brad Brevet
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