19 items from 2016
Martin Scorsese Facts Age: 73 Born: Queens, New York Best Known For: Taxi Driver, New York New York, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Mean Streets, The Departed, Casino, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese is a living cinema legend, known as much for his film preservation as for the gritty gangsters of his action pictures. In 1980, he founded the Film Foundation, restoring nearly 700 films to date. His latest project is this...
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If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
The quartet open the clip with a salute to The Bad News Bears, with Corden channeling the grumpy little league baseball coach played by Walter Matthau. They segue into an eclectic variety of films – both classic (Field of Dreams, Rocky, Raging Bull) and lightweight (Space Jam, cheerleading romp Bring It On). Highlights include Kendrick referencing The Sandlot with the insult, »
There aren’t too many competent sports films in our country, and certainly not too many that can claim to penetrate the hearts and minds of the sports and the sportsperson. Shimit Amin’s Chak De, in spite of its rabid rabble-rousing nationalism, managed to give us a clear and coherent portrait of the sport and the player…
Director Sudha Kongara Prasad gives us an unusual film where the stereotypical character of the cantankerous boxer meets his match when he picks up a foul-mouthed uncouth boxer for training into championship.
There is nothing in the plot to suggest even a whiff of the unexpected. If you’ve seen the gruff and growling Clint Eastwood barking pugilistically at his protégée Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby you would know where the inspiration for Sudha Kongara Prasad’s film comes from… Or for that matter, the under-developed relationship between boxing coach Sunil Thapa »
- Subhash K Jha
Before we begin our rundown of Oscar snubs that still sting, a few words of disagreement about traditional choices in this category: I prefer Ordinary People to Raging Bull (especially since Op contains more than one great character), Kramer vs. Kramer to Apocalypse Now (Do we really need another '70s Best Picture winner with 0-1 viable female roles?), and Shakespeare in Love to Saving Private Ryan (thanks to performances and narrative payoff). But for the most part, it's easy to agree on Oscar's biggest misses, and we're counting up a whole bunch of them here. »
- Louis Virtel
We all have our favorite closing shots. The haunting diptych that capped James Gray’s great period drama “The Immigrant” absolutely floored me, and even if Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime yarn “The Departed” doesn’t exactly stack up with, say, “Mean Streets” or “Raging Bull” as a piece of pure cinema, it still ends with one of the bleakest and most memorable shots from any of the director’s films. A truly great final shot can unconsciously alter how we see or remember a picture: it can send you out of a theatre on a high, and linger in the back of your mind for days. Chances are, if you look at the films that are widely discussed as the All-Time Greats of this past century, they all conclude with images of great clarity and purpose. It’s hard to say exactly what the greatest closing shot of all time may be, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Yes, that really is veteran acting legend Robert De Niro baring his nipples and loving it much too much. It’s like Warldorf from The Muppets has suddenly stood up and ripped his clothes off on the balcony. If you’re wondering what the hell is going on, this is a scene from new comedy Dirty Grandpa, which casts De Niro alongside Zac Efron as a lecherous relative who revels in the half-naked antics of spring break.
Sleaze isn’t a word you’d associate with a performer whose CV oozes quality. Ooze is certainly the order of the day here however! Though if you look back at the great man’s work you’ll find a fair few characters whose morals were lower than an alleycat taking a swim in a sewer.
So before we get too outraged that De Niro is sullying his reputation in a lower-than-lowbrow gross-out romp, »
- Steve Palace
While Robert De Niro’s choices of roles in recent years has been less than stellar, the goodwill garnered by the likes of Raging Bull, The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull and even Midnight Run has seen us forgive the odd misstep the great man has taken in his later career. But all that good will is in danger of being washed away with Dirty Grandpa, a ‘comedy’ that puts shocks first and laughs a distant, distant second, leaning heavily on De Niro’s profanity fuelled turn as a randy senior citizen slap dab in the middle of Spring Break in a vain attempt to wring some genuine laughs from the audience. The story, or whatever it is that movie has masquerading as a story, sees De Niro’s Army veteran Dick con his strait laced grandson Jason (Zac Efron) into taking him to Florida so he can have sex »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Robert De Niro’s legacy as one of the greatest actors in cinema history is secure; after all, you don’t make movies like Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Godfather Part II, The King Of Comedy, Midnight Run or Heat by accident. Ask any young performer today who inspired them to get into the business, and the odds are good they’ll mention De Niro at some point.
The release of a new De Niro movie is no longer the cultural event it used to be, however. Maybe it’s the lack of great scripts or strong directors that’s the problem, but most of his recent output tend to be a bit, well, crap. He’s made so many turkeys – with such alarming regularity – for the last two decades that audiences have become instinctively cautious when a new film comes along. If the reviews for Dirty Grandpa are any indication, »
- Padraig Cotter
Dirty Grandpa review: Meet the most offensive, repulsive, most unlikable, disgusting film of the year so far.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro lead this new R-Rated comedy from Dan Mazar, the talented writer and producer behind Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie, and the director of British comedy I Give It A Year. Mazar takes on his biggest project yet with Dirty Grandpa, a film that heavily relies on constant gross-out humour and multiple mutterings of the word shit, rather than wit.
Efron plays Jason, a successful lawyer who has just bagged a high-profile job at the law firm that his father works for. Unfortunately, there’s been a death in the family, and everyone has united to mourn the loss of Jason’s grandmother, including his grandpa, Dick (played by De Niro). At the wake, it becomes known that Dick has to travel to Florida the following day, »
- Paul Heath
The opening shot of the film can last in your mind longer than the film itself. When I think of my personal favorites, Jonathan Glazer’s “Birth” comes to mind, with the sprawling, overhead shots of Central Park, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s entire catalog boasts lovely and unforgettable beginnings, from Adam Sandler’s eccentric Barry Egan at the back corner of the perfect mise en scene in “Punch Drunk Love,” to the series of unfortunate events in “Magnolia” clarifying the significance of chance in the film. Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles In this new video essay from Cinefix, they’ve broken down the top 10 opening scenes (in their humble opinion) with a few guest appearances from films that came close to making the cut. The bottom half of the list is a no-brainer, featuring the taut, inverted shots focused on the cowboy in a quandary in “The Searchers, »
- Samantha Vacca
With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.
If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »
Final Draft Inc. has announced Paul Schrader as its Hall of Fame Award honoree for the 11th annual Final Draft Awards.
The Hall of Fame Award honors a writer whose work has had a profound influence on the industry. Schrader has written many classics, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Mosquito Coast” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” He also wrote and directed “Affliction,” “American Gigolo” and “Mishima: A Life in four Chapters.”
“As we mark our 25th year in business, we have so much to celebrate at the Final Draft Awards this year. I’m especially honored to bestow iconic screenwriter Paul Schrader with our Hall of Fame Award during this historic year,” said Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc. “In addition, our partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation is another great way to observe our anniversary and helps to further our mission of »
- Jacob Bryant
With the long-brewing, long-awaited Silence finally arriving, 2016 will be a big year for Martin Scorsese. And with the specter of a new film from our personal favorite hanging in the air, we should take time to explore a slightly fresh perspective on his amazing career: the juxtaposition of neo-realism and postmodernism.
If you can look past the, let’s say, overly emphatic voiceover, there’s something to be gleaned from this video’s proper use of visual examples — precisely what’s needed for an explication of juxtaposition and why any of that matters in the first place. If something can get you to think about Goodfellas and Raging Bull in any new ways, a bit of commendation is in order.
Giving this video an unfortunate significance is the passing of David Bowie, a collaborator — and, sadly, only one-time collaborator — of Scorsese. As much as people forget his role, the musician-actor made a rather remarkable, »
- Nick Newman
Is there anything Martin Scorcese can’t do? Of course, there’s a science of sorts to the movie magic that he so effortlessly conjures in film after film, and this new video essay courtesy of The Film Theorists does a fairly solid job at breaking it all down. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 The video, titled “A Method to Martin Scorsese’s Madness,” touches upon a fairly obvious point in relation to the director’s style: that is, his fusion of the gritty Italian neo-realism he worshiped as a young man and the opulent post-modernism that rears its head in pictures like “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” It’s not exactly the most revelatory point in the world, but it’s certainly worth exploring when one considers just how many younger filmmakers (Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Wending Refn, Guy Ritchie, etc.) have liberally borrowed his style. The video also »
- Nicholas Laskin
Ricky Gervais was as sharp-tongued a host as ever and the guests included the cream of the world’s film and TV for the first awards show of the season. We followed every moment live
It was a night that started with a load of crass jokes, which then delivered its fair share of shocks before finishing with the familiar sight of Alejandro Inarritu holding a golden object over his head.
Branded as “the biggest party of the year” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are traditionally viewed as the fun, slightly tipsy cousin of Hollywood’s awards show circuit.
That didn’t lessen the delight of the team behind the night’s big biggest winner, The Revenant, which won a fleet of top prizes:, »
- Lanre Bakare and Alex Needham in New York, Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles
The roots of HBO’s Vinyl goes all the way back to 1996 as a potential feature film in what was a marriage between both Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s mutual appreciation of each other. For Scorsese, The Rolling Stones was the “inspiration for all the scenes in my films from Mean Streets to Raging Bull to even The Wolf of Wall Street. Even though I didn’t see the Rolling Stones perform until 1970, their songs were… »
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It’s easy—maybe a little too easy—to make fun of DiCaprio for his preparations for The Revenant, but the way that he works the press versus how Hardy works is a fascinating contrast. DiCaprio has been a movie star for the better part of his life (we’re only a couple years away from »
- TFS Staff
Sitting down for an hour-long chat about Bridge of Spies a few months ago, Martin Scorsese noted that he’s already watched the film twice. In the subsequent hour, a lot of ground is covered: sharing memories of growing up during the Cold War, the role of the Coen brothers in the screenwriting process, the movie’s allegorical applicability regarding Guantanamo Bay. There is, of course, mutual admiration: Scorsese’s for this film, Spielberg’s for Raging Bull. »
- Filmmaker Staff
19 items from 2016
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