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Many consider 1982 to be one of the greatest years in movie history. With titles like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Thing, Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and many other influential, revolutionary, unforgettable movies, it.s a year that will always be remembered as a landmark in pop culture history. And now 30 years later we have a year that could very well end up being remembered the same way. From start to finish 2012 has been an amazing year for the medium of film. We saw winners like The Grey and Haywire kick off the year, and great ones like Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty close it out. Major franchises, like Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight Trilogy, came to an end, new ones, like The Hunger Games began, and others started right back up, like Peter Jackson.s »
While some of you may have spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at your very own high school reunion (as seems to be the tradition, so Zack and Miri Make a Porno remind us), like most things, it’s an experience that seems to go down much more smooth when consumed cinematically, and in the comfort of your own home. So let’s forget our high school years and just watch Anchor Bay’s 10 Years instead! For your movie-going pleasure, we’re giving away one (1) 10 Years prize pack, which includes a DVD of 10 Years, along with Blu-rays of a whole mess of other great Anchor Bay titles: Happythankyoumoreplease, My Week With Marilyn, Paper Heart, Blue Valentine, and Daydream Nation. Yes, that will fill up your home video collection quite nicely. To win one (1) prize pack, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite high school-centric »
- Kate Erbland
Interviewed by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com
I recently had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Amanda Wyss from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). You might not know her name but you will definitely recognize her from the role of “Tina” in that film. She has the pleasure of being known as Freddy Krueger’s very first murder victim.
Amanda has worked extensively in film and Television with some of her more well-known films being Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Silverado (1985), and Better Off Dead (1985). Her genre roles include the vampire thriller To Die For (1988), Shakma (1990), Black Magic Woman (1991), To Die For 2 (1991), and The Graves (2009).
Amanda has had over 50 Television appearances in everything from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981), St. Elsewhere (1985), Cagney & Lacey (1986), Quantum Leap (1991), Dexter (2006), CSI (2011), and many more.
Amanda is such a versatile actress, with so many great roles under her belt, she is gracious »
A pair of female vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) experience the ups and downs of the New York nightlife.
Directed By: Amy Heckerling
I'm sure, on paper, Vamps sounded like a great idea: two vampires cruise through the New York nightlife, finding love and a few jokes along the way. With Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) directing and Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter heading an all-star cast that includes Sigourney Weaver and Malcolm McDowell, how could it go wrong? Let us count the ways.
Before I go into why this film doesn't work, let me say that I do not enjoy ripping up on a movie like some online critics seem to. I know a lot of talented people put a lot of hard work into making a film, »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Vamps reunites writer/director Amy Heckerling with her Clueless star Alicia Silverstone in a film that is surprisingly sweet. The movie opens like Clueless, with Alicia Silverstone narrating her backstory:
Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and her Bff Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are two hopelessly romantic women who are longing for better days while working the night shift as exterminators. Will they ever find that one special guy to share their oh so long lives with? Oh, and did I mention they’re also vampires?
While watching Vamps, I couldn’t help but feel it was created solely for an early teen and even tween crowd, and not the older teenage market that Heckerling had cornered in the 80’s with Fast Times at Ridgemont High and in the 90’s with the aforementioned Clueless. Heckerling doesn’t seem to fare as well in the watered down world that this film seems to be catered to. »
- Derek Botelho
By Allen Gardner
Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
As Universal Pictures' 100th Year Anniversary celebration rolls on, Grauman's Chinese is getting in on the festivities by hosting a series of special screenings of iconic '80s films. In addition to the screenings, Grauman's will feature costumes and photos from the films. So which films are screenings and when? Take a look below. November 16 – Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club November 23 – Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future December 7 – Scarface Tickets range from $5-$8 and are currently on sale at the Chinese Theaters box office. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event! Follow along on Twitter @DerrickDeane and @Fandango.
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It's strange to think of the actor that Sean Penn became after breaking out playing Jeff Spicoli in Amy Heckerling's 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but it's even weirder to think about where he may be going next: to become an action star. The Oscar winning star is now in talks to take the lead in Prone Gunman, a new movie being developed by Joel Silver's Silver Pictures. The film will be based on the novel of the same name by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and according to THR should Penn take the part he will play Martin Terrier, an international operative who is sent on the run after he is betrayed by his handlers. The trade notes that Penn may be drawn to the project because of its themes, which are described as being "existentialist and involving explorations of politics as well as the human condition." Pete Travis, »
Review by Dane Marti
The Anniversary Party was released a while back and it is a very impressive film, although it has a slight claustrophobic feel of a stage play. However, this is simply a small matter for a film that so cleverly takes on the life, loves and problems of a group of H Hollywood people that have come to the Anniversary party of their friends.
Released through Fine Line features in 2001, the film has a garnered a reputation as a quality work and I’m definitely not going to disagree with that assessment.
Joe (played with charming menace by Alan Cumming) and Sally Therrian have been through a lot together. While definitely in love, there have been many rough patches. »
- Movie Geeks
With Clueless, it was already abundantly clear that Amy Heckerling’s best days of writing and directing were far behind her in a legacy that included nostalgic classics like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Johnny Dangerously, European Vacation, and the talking baby comedy Look Who’s Talking. Compared to those, Clueless was as vapid and soulless as its protagonists, and Heckerling’s ability to craft believable characters has only gotten worse since then. Nothing proves this more than her latest film Vamps, a romantic comedy with Krysten Ritter and Alicia Silverstone as two vampires looking for love and the source of a conspiracy to draw vampires out into the sun. All Heckerling gives us is the dried husk of a comedy, sucked dry by every film that got to its easy jokes first and the stilted dialogue and poor deliveries; all of which suggest Heckerling needs to retire as both a writer and director. »
- Lex Walker
Amy Heckerling knows a thing or two about adolescents in movies. Having directed such classics as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless," the filmmaker not only has a pulse on teen angst and humor, she also has a preternatural ability to spot young talent (she's helped launch the careers of actors such as Alicia Silverstone, Sean Penn, Forrest Whitaker, Paul Rudd and many, many others). In her new movie, "Vamps," out in limited release and VOD today, she's exploring the tennets of youth once again. But this time, she's moving up a few age groups. Here we meet Goody (Silverstone, teaming up with Heckerling for the first time since "Clueless) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter), two college-going, party-hopping vampires living in New York City. Granted, they aren't really in their college years; while they may look young, Stacy is actually in her 40s, and Goody is almost 200 years old. Nevertheless, »
- Alex Suskind
Birthday shoutouts go to Jesse Tyler Ferguson (above), who is 37, Marc Shaiman is 53, Bill Condon is 57, Catherine Deneuve is 69, and Annette Funicello is 70.A Day in Gay America 2012: Are You Ready? Towleroad has a leak of an unfinished Cher track, and apparently she's not happy about it.
After two airings, The CW has given a full season order for Arrow. In ratings news, The Walking Dead slipped just slightly from its monstrous debut.In more ratings news, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and 666 Park Avenue were all up from last week.Madonna's Sex Came Out 20 Years Ago.Codebreaker: Why I Made a Film About Alan Turing, the Gay 'Father of Computer Science'
Below you can see "Runaway Love," the new release from Diamond Rings.
Below you can see CNN anchor Carol Costello respond to Bryan Fischer and his "Gay Gestapo" accusation.
Below you can see the Nsfw episode »
Argo starts frantically: An embassy is stormed, paper is burned and/or shredded, and people with guns yell a lot. Yet, there is one American diplomat that appears cool as a cucumber. It's because underneath that mustache lies Rory Cochrane, the actor best known for playing the undeniably cool Lucas in Empire Records. Seeing him in a critical and commercial blockbuster like Argo isn't a surprise. No, the surprise is that he hasn't been in more of them in the seventeen years since his supposed breakout role. Sometimes it's hard to predict breakthrough success, and often the most heralded member of a teen-movie ensemble isn't actually the one who ends up on top. Except for Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. That worked out just fine.Movie: The Outsiders, 1983 Supposed Breakout: C. Thomas Howell The Praise: Variety: "Howell is truly impressive, a bulwark of relative stability in a »
- Jesse David Fox
Both Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter were busy working on successful ABC TV programs last season, with Silverstone recurring on Suburgatory and Ritter starring in Don.t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. Somehow, the two found the time to join the cast of Vamps, a new film from none other than the Fast Times at Ridgemont High director Amy Heckerling. The flick will get a limited theatrical release on November 2, and will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. If you haven.t yet caught the trailer for Vamps, the flick will follow Silverstone and Ritter as two modern-day vampires who are just hanging out in the big city, spending plenty of time clubbing, and occasionally running into potential love interests. The flick will also feature Animal Practice.s Justin Kirk wearing a hilarious amount of eyeliner, so it might be worth checking out just for that sight gag. »
Based on the bestselling novel by K.L. Going, the story follows Troy Billings Jacob Wysocki), an overweight teen who decides to end his high school career on a high note, by jumping in front of a bus. When Marcus Macrae Matt O'Leary), a charismatic punk rock superstar, tackles him to the ground moments before impact, it changes Troy's life forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, Fat Kid Rules the World is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence. And it sets up director Matthew Lillard as a striking new voice in cinema.
When she first walked onto the screen in July of 1995, it was love at first sight. America was immediately smitten by a ditzy, glitzy Beverly Hills fashion plate named Cher Horowitz. Well, almost everyone. When Alicia Silverstone first read writer-director Amy Heckerling’s script for Clueless in the back of a limo coming home from shooting one of her iconic ’90s Aerosmith videos, she didn’t get Cher. “I thought, ‘Who is this girl?’” says Silverstone. “I had nothing in common with her at all. I thought she was a materialistic, annoying little bitch.” As if!
Over the past 17 years, »
- Chris Nashawaty
Cleo 5 a 7, Agnes Varda
Anatomy of Hell, Catherine Breillat
Everyone Else, Maren Ade
Connection, Shirley Clarke
35 Shots of Rhum, Claire Denis
Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Derin
Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt
Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel
Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris
Point Break, »
Not too long ago I asked the Sound On Sight staff to choose their ten favourite films of all time. The result led to mixed reactions (both by staff and readers), and some angry feedback. But how could any of us select only ten films from the thousands we’ve seen and walk away happy with the results. The fact is, of all the films which received a vote, it was those more widely available who made the cut. In other words, films such as The Godfather and Pulp Fiction stood a greater chance of receiving more ballots than say, obscure foreign gems.
My biggest disappointment with the picks, although only ten films were spotlighted, was the lack of votes for films directed by women. Could it be that none of us here at Sound On Sight valued great directors such as Claire Denis, Agnès Varda, Chantal Akerman or Lina Wertmüller? »
1995′s Clueless remains one of the most beloved teen movies 17 years after its release, making a star out of lead actress Alicia Silverstone, and establishing writer-director Amy Heckerling as talented in her own right, rather than a fortunate recipient of a good Cameron Crowe script for her earlier directorial effort Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The two, however, have not worked together since, and have both slowed down in recent years, with Silverstone emerging from a three year hiatus in 2011, and Heckerling following suit from a five year hiatus in 2012. The dual re-emergence has now yielded a new project that once again puts Silverstone as the lead in a Heckerling-penned and directed feature, titled Vamps, with a supporting cast this time that includes Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk, Malcolm McDowell, and Wallace Shawn. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
How the mighty have fallen? Going from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless" to this...goofy and dated-feeling vampire comedy, "Vamps," feels kind of depressing for filmmaker Amy Heckerling. Why? Well, other than looking like it belongs from another era this quote unquote, "cheeky, fresh comedy about two eternally young party girls navigating the dating world in the Big City" looks like it's "Clueless" blandly blended with supernatural creatures du jour (eg. vampires) but without anything inspired or funny to say about it. It also doesn't bode well that the film hits DVD the day after its limited theatrical release on November 2nd, but hey, maybe you feel differently and hell, that's your pregrogative. Starring Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk ("Weeds"), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley from "Downton Abbey") “Curb Your »
- Edward Davis
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