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Directed by Christopher Nolan
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
A quick note before I begin the review:
Regardless of what I or others may think about Interstellar, one thing will remain constant; you need to see the film in 70mm IMAX to truly experience the film as the director wanted it to be seen. The advent of digital screening may be, to some, an improvement over film projected at 24 Fps due to clarity unseen before, but nothing can match the beautiful grain and slight imperfections of watching a film. The detail is so rich, you cannot mistake it for anything else and, if for no other reason, »
- Gary Collinson
Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.
Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »
- Pete Hammond
Hollywood is full of all kinds of fun and interesting stories, and I have a bit of trivia here that you may have never heard before. In an interview with Yahoo, Robert Englund, the actor who famously played Freddy Krueger the A Nightmare on Elm Street films, shared the story of how he helped Mark Hamill land the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Englund explained that his early career and Hamill's road to Star Wars started out with Englund auditioning for a surfer role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. The actor didn't get the part because he was too old for the role, but Coppola thought he might be right for another part in a film being directed by his good friend George Lucas. So an audition was set up for Englund to audition for the part of Han Solo. He didn't fit the role though »
- Joey Paur
Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green
Back in 2010, the Mayhem Festival hosted a screening of Gareth Edwards’ micro budget debut Monsters. Edwards was in attendance and took part in both a Q&A, and held a “masterclass” session in which he discussed the approach he’d taken to creating such an ambitious picture on such a low budget. It was a fascinating insight, and a privilege to listen to such an energetic, enthusiastic young director. Flash forward to 2014, and things are looking very different for that young director. He’s already released his updated Godzilla – a film which shares a significant amount of DNA with Monsters – and is moving on to both a Godzilla sequel, and an as yet untitled Star Wars spin off feature. Not bad at all. »
- Dan Woolstencroft
It's an end to another month, and the beginning of another, as Netflix's usual purge of films from its streaming library happens. So if any of these movies is of interest to you, now is the time to watch them, because, after tomorrow, October 31, they'll be gone from the service. There are a few acclaimed classics and cult favorites like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "American Psycho," "Thelma and Louise" and others. Apocalypse Now," " You'll also find indies like "Prince of Broadway," which Vanessa published a review of earlier today. Here's the list of films leaving Netflix at the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
There are always a ton of great movies being added to Netflix every month, but the site also takes movies off every month. I know; this is tragic news. But it's better to be prepared than to sign in only to find out that that movie you've been meaning to watch has expired from streaming! Here's a list of the movies that are being taken away on Nov. 1, including a bunch of '80s classics that you'll kick yourself for not taking the time to watch this month. 101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) The Big Chill (1983) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) Footloose (1984) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The Great Outdoors (1988) Hannibal (2001) La Bamba (1987) Les Miserables (1998) The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) The Ninth Gate (1999) The Prince of Tides »
As we reported earlier today, there are some really fantastic films that will be no longer streaming on Netflix once the calendar switches over to November. But while you will soon no longer be able to watch classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Apocalypse Now online, the good news is that the company has some awesome stuff coming your way next month. The blog BestMoviesOnNetflix has posted a list of all of the films that will be coming to the online streaming service next month, and we are very happy to say that there are a number of fantastic titles that will soon be available. But which of the 10 stand out among the rest? Read on to find out! The Rocketeer Years before he teamed with Marvel Studios to bring us Captain America: The First Avenger, director Joe Johnston brought us a whole different kind of cinematic »
October is generally a jam-packed month when it comes to movies. The Oscar season push is just beginning, and there are so many great horror movie marathons on TV and at your local Cineplex. That's not even counting all the stuff on Netflix Instant! Well, Netflix is a fickle master, and a whole bunch of awesome movies will be removed from its streaming service on November 1st. Here are just a few highlights. You can still rent these on DVD, but then you have to wait for the mail, and who needs that? (Curious as to what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in November? Here's a list.)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
- Jenni Miller
There’s a lot of exciting new fare arriving on Netflix this month, but alas, it’s like they always say: Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Here’s the list of movies that will disappear from the streaming librarynet on November 1. If you’ve been putting off watching Apocalypse Now all these years, now's your chance:101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Balibo (2009) The Big Chill (1983) Blown Away (1992) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Breezy (1973) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) The Conqueror Worm (1968) The Dogs of War (1980) Elvis ’56 (1987) The Escape Artist (1982) Footloose (1984) For a Few Dollars More (1965) Fire in Babylon (2010) The Good, the Bad »
- Anna Silman
Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?
"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.
Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?
Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
Lyon – Seven years in the preparation, and spectacularly designed by architect Renzo Piano the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation opened its doors Sept. 8 to two results as eye-catching as its architecture: Average 80% occupancy rate over five days a week for its screening room; a take-up partnership with schools and young cinemagoers, down to 4- year-old tykes, which can serve as a model for other enlightened fun-while-learning programs around the world.
Rebuilding Paris’ historic Gaumont Gobelins, the Pathé Foundation has three arms, its president Sophie Seydoux said Saturday at Lyon’s Lumiere Festival, which showcases a brace of Pathé restorations, ranging from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux“ to Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” back to Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”
One Pathé Foundation arm is what looks like Europe’s first silent film-only cinema, a 70-seat screening room playing both 35mm prints, via two Kinoton projectors, and Dcp copies at 2 and 4 p. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Without any degree of hyperbole, Robert Duvall might be one of the most underrated “great” actors of all-time. That’s to say, he’s been around forever, has consistently delivered great, memorable performances, and yet he still has the tendency to fade into the background – you don’t tend to think about him until he turns up in something and reminds you of how good he can be. Which absolutely isn’t a way for us to discredit this fine actor, whose body of work pretty much speaks for itself and offers up a deft showcase of acting talent.
Duvall has been part of the cinema scene for over 50 years, and has also worked as a writer, producer and director, though he is best known for his acting performances. Now, he’s perhaps best remembered for notable turns in movies like Apocalypse Now (he got to deliver the »
- Sam Hill
Editor's Note: Faithful reader and frequent Best Shot participant Derreck (see his tumblr here) attended a special film event that we desperately wanted to make it to last week, a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with everyone's favorite red curtain Aussie auteur hosting. I invited Derreck to share his memoir of the event, so here he is to do so! - Nathaniel R.
I've never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard about it. I’ve seen images of Tim Curry in a corset, fishnets and makeup, heard about shadowcasts and seen its enduring cultural presence in movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I’d never actually watched the film. I was born way after it was released and even though to this day, it is one of the longest theatrical releases in the history of cinema, »
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Director David Ayer made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Harsh Times. The gritty drama, starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, which was released in the fall of 2006. Ayer garnered widespread acclaim and accolades for his hyper-realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End of Watch (2012). He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and the experiences of his upbringing shaped much of his artistic vision and his inside knowledge and affection for the culture surrounding law enforcement can be seen throughout his work.
Ayer joined the United States Navy, where he served as sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. After an honorable discharge, Ayer began writing. He wrote and was a co-producer on his “calling card” spec script Training Day, which became a hit film and garnered Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ayer also co-wrote the submarine thriller U-571, »
- Kellvin Chavez
It's hard to believe that on this day 20 years ago, Quentin Tarantino unleashed "Pulp Fiction" onto the world. After winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May 1994, this unexpected masterpiece went wide on October 14 which, for an indie directed by a newcomer, was unheard of. The rest is history. As Tarantino begins his next film "The Hateful Eight" with the recently cast Jennifer Jason Leigh, and has now taken over programming at the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles, it's high time to revisit his favorite films list, a fitful collection of gore-splattered genre films, westerns and American classics. Below, brush up on your "Pulp Fiction" with a few classic clips. (And you can stream the film on Netflix.) Quentin Tarantino's Top 12 films 1. "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966, dir. Sergio Leone) 2. "Apocalypse Now" (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola) 3. "The Bad News Bears" (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie) 4. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Crafting a brilliant script. That’s all it takes to get a project noticed and “green lit”. This was my single-minded approach when I got the bright idea to start skipping down the indie filmmaking road. It was all so clear; admittedly up hill but I saw no potholes or wreckage to avoid. Nope. Curious sights and comfortable, clean rest areas amply stocked with fresh toilet paper lined my highway. The horizon seemed practically at arms length. My first detour: I had as much interest in writing a screenplay as Hunter S. Thompson probably did with the idea of writing sober.
Realistically, my chances of being offered a script to direct were slim to none – emphasis on none. Especially one that might satisfy my unrealistic specific creative goals as the filmmaker that I wasn’t yet. But with this elegant, single tier plan, I could suck it up and author my own brilliant script. »
- Craig Abell-Champion
David Ayer bit off a whole hell of a lot on the World War II drama "Fury." I'm not sure he could chew it all, but it's fascinating to watch the bevy of ideas bounce around on the screen nevertheless. It's a loud, bloody, gut-punching depiction, one that may or may not be too unsettling to appeal to Academy types but is still the best work Ayer has done, the most unflinching, and the most intriguing, certainly. In characterizing the movie as "one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that will bring several World War II films," The New York Times had it pegged a few months back. This is the WWII your grandfather wouldn't talk about. It was bad. That point is probably driven home too much, even. "This is war, and war is hell." After all, you can only observe what a .50 caliber machine »
- Kristopher Tapley
After 1,476,036 seconds we have reached our 300th episode of the podcast and thanks to contributions from listener Greg Mariotti we have some clips to play from those first 299 episodes while we also review Dracula Untold and bring on Mike Shutt for his debut podcast appearance as he reviews Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Automata. From there we have two listener voicemails we play, some news to discuss, some games to play and just general, overall merriment in what I believe turned out to be a pretty great episode, adding 7,238 more seconds to our total. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you »
- Brad Brevet
The Judge is a film that is all about the pain and joy of family – mostly pain. Sure it is also about a prominent local judge in a small town who is accused of murder as well. It is also about how a hot-shot, big city lawyer rides into town to defend the judge (who also happened to be the lawyer’s father) in a backwater district. Mostly though, this film is about family; reconnecting and acceptance of who we all are as people that happen to find ourselves stuck with a group of “others” called family.
The film is directed by David Dobkin who is best known for directing Shanghai Knights (2003), Wedding Crashers (2005), and The Change-Up (2011). The Judge was primarily written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino (2008) and not too much else, with assistance from Dobkin and Bill Dubuque (this is Dubuque’s first credit).
The story opens »
- Steven Gahm
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