12 items from 2015
In case you were trying to decide what to ask God when you die and are offered the answers to all the secrets of the universe, don't ask him/her/it about Home Alone. I mean, ask him if you really want to, but Slate's interview with Home Alone production designer John Muto pretty much has you covered. Muto, who might as well be an honest-to-God human wizard, talks about the nonlethal stunts he and his team devised for the film's half-hour climactic booby-trap scene. Setting. Fire. To. A. Mannequin. When is the solution to any dilemma "setting fire to a mannequin"? How could we have known? While bad guys Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were completely out of harm's way during filming, the same could not be said for their stunt doubles Troy Brown and Leon Delaney. Oh, and yes, Buzz's tarantula really did walk around on Daniel Sterns' horrified face. »
- Halle Kiefer
A retrospective of films by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet is heading to New York's MoMA next spring. Also in today's roundup: J. Hoberman on Sidney Lumet’s Daniel and Costa-Gavras’s The Confession, Nick Pinkerton on Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Uncle John producer and co-writer Erik Crary on his years as an assistant to David Lynch, Erik Morse's interview with Mélanie Laurent and Anne-Sophie Brasme (Breathe), Valerie Grove on a new biography of Maggie Smith, Adrian Curry on posters for movies by Vittorio De Sica, Lodge Kerrigan in New York, Agnès Varda in Chicago—and more. » - David Hudson »
How does one make a movie about a hot-button political topic that's divided the nation for sixty years? And if the facts of the case aren't fully known, how can one be sure that some news revelation won't reach back and make your well-meaning film play like a stack of lies? E. L. Doctorow and Sidney Lumet found a way. Daniel Olive Films Savant Blu-ray Review
1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner, Ellen Barkin, Julie Bovasso, Tovah Feldshuh, Joseph Leon, Carmen Mathews, Amanda Plummer, John Rubinstein, Maria Tucci, Daniel Stern. Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak Film Editor Peter C. Frank Written by E.L. Doctorow from his novel The Book of Daniel. Produced by E. Lk. Doctorow, Burtt Harris Directed by Sidney Lumet
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In his book Making Movies, director Sidney Lumet says that »
- Glenn Erickson
The Bronx native died on Tuesday in Manhattan. The cause of death was complications due to lung cancer, his son, Richard, told the New York Times.
Doctorow penned a dozen novels published over the course of five decades between 1960 and 2014. Perhaps his most influential work, “Ragtime” was adapted for the screen in 1981 and again as a staged musical in 1998. In 1997, shortly before the musical opened, Doctorow told Variety that he much preferred the staged version, which he said “caught the spirit” of his writing, whereas the 1981 film “misread my text.”
Still, Variety critic Stephen Klain praised Doctorow in his 1981 review of the film, writing “The page-turning joys of E.L. Doctorow’s bestselling ‘Ragtime,’ which dizzily and entertainingly charted a kaleidoscopic vision of a turn-of-century America in »
- Seth Kelley
The Walking Dead will be featured in Hall H at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and ahead of the convention festivities, AMC has revealed new Season 6 key art showcasing the cast of the living dead series.
"The image, which will appear on banner ads around the fan-based convention from July 8-12, features series stars (from L-r): Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Josh McDermitt as Eugene, Alanna Masterson as Tara, Christian Serratos as Rosita, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Norman Reedus as Daryl, Andrew Lincoln as Rick, Lennie James as Morgan, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Alexandra Breckenridge as Jesse, and Austin Nichols as Spencer.
“The Walking Dead” Comic Con panel will take place on Friday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m."
Image via Frank Ockenfels 3 »
- Derek Anderson
Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Aired on Fox for 1 season (7 episodes, 4 Unaired) from March 14, 2008 – March 21, 2008
Parker Posey as Sarah Tomkins
Lauren Ambrose as Coco Tomkins
Michael Arden as Buddy
Scott Cohen as Marcus Sonti
Ron McLarty as Ronald Tomkins
The series centers on a well off and buttoned down children’s book editor named Sarah Tomkins who, after a break up with a long-time boyfriend, finds her plans at having a husband, then a baby, flipped when she decides to go ahead and try to make a baby all on her own. The plan hits another bump when her doctor explains she is unable to conceive, and therefore she needs to consider other options.
Sarah turns to Coco, her estranged free spirited sister, as she is the only person »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs will be released on May 19th on Digital HD and On Demand, and we have been given an exclusive clip to share with our readers. Also in this round-up: first photos from #Horror, and trailers for They Will Outlive Us All and American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs: Press Release -- "An outrageous sci-fi adventure that entertainingly pits two unlikely species against each other, Cowboys vs Dinosaurs battles its way onto Digital HD and On Demand May 19 from MarVista Digital Entertainment (Mvde). Directed by Ari Novak, known for his visual effects work on Live Free or Die Hard, the inconceivable creature/disaster mash-up stars Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Night, The Expendables), Vernon Wells (Throwback, Commando), Rib Hillis (Groom’s Cake, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”), Casey Fitzgerald (The Shift, Sorority Party Massacre), John Freeman (Luna, The Strange Curse of Love), Kelcey Watson (Boots, »
- Tamika Jones
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...
1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »
- Brian Formo
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask »
- Daniel Fienberg
By Alex Simon
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The film, which won top prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, is the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family’s past.
Panorama Special will open on February 6 with two films. First up is Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut, “600 Millas” (600 Miles), in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, finds himself stuck with a U.S. military veteran, played by Tim Roth.
The other film is German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest work, “Härte” (Tough Love), which tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in the pic, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately »
- Leo Barraclough
12 items from 2015
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