17 items from 2014
Al Pacino is one of the few actors in the world today who can legitimately lay claim to being amongst the best. The list of films is ferocious taking in true classics such as the first two Godfather films, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface and Glengarry Glen Ross. Even those slightly lower down the list are still better than most firing on all cylinders with great films such as Insomnia, Donnie Brasco and Carlito’s Way. He is a true modern great.
Recently, though, similar to his old sparring partner Robert De Niro, he has made some awful films too. Why this is is hard to work out but he consciously decided to appear in Jack and Jill, Gigli and S1m0ne. Oh, and that Sky TV advert. My God. That Sky TV advert.
Through it all though, he has a true legacy of great films and even though »
- Hugh Firth
Director: Brian De Palma
Running Time: 92 minutes
Being a massive fan of writer and director Brian De Palma even since those early years and it soon became apparent his approach to filmmaking is unique. Visually, he’s been one of the best for decades with camerawork often dizzying to the point of breathlessness. Like most, he is prone to a few career missteps along the way in his distinguished career. De Palma does however, weave between mainstream and independent eccentricity like no other with many of his features fusing those two aspects. He’s a director that you look at and think, that guy directed Carrie and Scarface; Raising Cain and Mission: Impossible; Body Double and Carlito’S Way. Really? Cinema so far apart in scope and personality, yet intrinsically and artistically linked in style and substance. »
- Craig Hunter
Rick Ross goes old school on the newest track to emerge from his forthcoming “Mastermind” album, “Nobody.” Inspired by Notorious B.I.G.’s “Life After Death” classic “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You),” Rozay gains authenticity from guest Diddy, who appeared on and produced the 1997 original. Listen to “Nobody” below. The dark, murder ballad draws its beat and hook from Biggie’s original and opens with Diddy giving a vintage Bad Boy-era pep talk. French Montana enters on the hook, delivering the line “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” with a touch of sadness, at which point Ross begins his bars about “murder rate rises.” The throwback even goes as far as to credit Diddy under his former moniker Puff Daddy. Under his current name, Diddy is credited as the executive producer of Ross’ entire “Mastermind” album, which drops March 4. Check out the newly surfaced deluxe edition “Mastermind” tracklist below the song. »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Feature Louisa Mellor 24 Feb 2014 - 07:00
When Grimm’s makers were looking for their Nick Burkhardt, the job was to cast someone with all the requirements of a leading man, but none of the distracting ‘wasn’t he in that other thing?’ baggage. In David Giuntoli, whose TV appearances had until then largely been confined to one-off roles in comedies and dramas including Grey’s Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer (the latter produced, not at all coincidentally, by Grimm co-creator Jim Kouf), they found their guy.
Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing. The film “stars” Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins, in the original TV run of “Dark Shadows”), Martine Beswick (famous for “catfight” scenes in both “One Million Years BC” with Raquel Welch, »
- Ben Brock
Jackson Ball continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with Scarface...
Some films are almost inexplicable watchable. Measured solely on their individual components – such as foul language, unrelenting gore and non-stop, start-to-finish intensity – these films ought to drive audiences away, or at least make them think twice about a second viewing. However, the ultimate sum of those components can result in a film that is so unashamedly gripping that it demands the audience’s attention, almost hypnotically, time and time again. Brian De Palma’s Scarface is one such film.
It is easy to forget that De Palma’s film is a remake; a retelling of sorts of the 1932 film of the same title. Fans of the original will recognise the same rise-and-fall narrative, however now it has been saturated with the bright lights and dark pastimes of 1980’s Miami. De Palma’s vision, combined with Oliver Stone’s script, pumps the »
- Gary Collinson
Scarface with Al Pacino is one of the most popular, iconic gangster films ever made. The violent rags to riches story has been embraced heavily by American culture. Some view Tony Montana as a workingman’s hero, who took the American dream for all it was worth. Others see him as the bad guy who got what he deserved in the end. Yet, there are still a few of us, who watched the movie, weighed all the hype surrounding it and thought; “What a bunch of baloney.”
Fans of this movie are utterly dumbfounded when confronted by the argument that Scarface should not be taken seriously. Tell someone you love Scarface because it makes you laugh, not because it’s necessarily good, and watch the eyes roll up into heads while tongues hit the floor like red carpets.
Brian De Palma’s gangster flick certainly contains a lot to be appreciated. »
- Michael Thompson
Feature James Clayton 7 Feb 2014 - 06:15
With the new RoboCop out now, James considers some sci-fi films that might, just might, benefit from an imaginative remake...
They remade RoboCop. I'm still finding it hard to get my head around that fact, even as I arrive at the moment I get to see the new reboot in cinemas. RoboCop remade. Paul Verhoeven's dystopian masterpiece of 1987 - the ultimate techno-tinged sociopolitical action movie - remade. Really? I mean, really?
I'm pretty sure that in ancient aeons past a divinely-appointed prophet laser-scribed "Thou shalt not remake RoboCop, creep!" on a titanium slab of commandments to be observed by obedient future generations. Nothing is sacred though and, alas, RoboCop is remade, rebooted and upgraded in line with modern filmmaking standards for today's drastically altered multimedia marketplace.
To fill you in on the details you probably already know, the PG-13 rated reboot (really?) is »
Tori Brazier continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with a look at The Godfather...
Regularly topping polls as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece The Godfather needs very little introduction. Suffice it to say, the film deserves every one of its accolades (including three Academy Award wins and seven nominations) and every inch of its stellar reputation amongst film fans and critics alike.
Based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo (who co-wrote the screenplay with Coppola), The Godfather tells the story of a fictional New York mob family headed by patriarch and ‘Don’ Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). It focuses on the gradual moral corruption of his youngest and brightest son Michael (Al Pacino), who begins the film in 1945 as a decorated war hero and college-educated family outsider, but ends it as a ruthless Mafia boss operating out of »
- Gary Collinson
Blow The Bloody Doors Off | Al Pacino Season | We Love Wes! | Takeover Film Festival, Glasgow Youth Film Festival
Blow The Bloody Doors Off, London
His was the bespectacled face of swinging London to be sure, but Michael Caine's movies also inspired some of the era's greatest scores. This event, hosted by Phill Jupitus, replays highlights from four of those classic soundtracks, live, for the first time in history: Sonny Rollins's Alfie, John Barry's The Ipcress File, Quincy Jones's The Italian Job and, getting special attention, Roy Budd's Get Carter. The band includes members of Polar Bear, Madness and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and movie clips on screen will complete the nostalgia trip.
Barbican Hall, EC2, Thu
Al Pacino Season, London
To his critics, Pacino is basically Pacino whatever role he's playing, despite all that "method" stuff. But even if you admit that, most actors would »
- Steve Rose
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
It’s a universal truth that nothing gets the blood pumping in a film quite like a good firefight. While cinema is capable of amazing feats, like transporting you to another world, taking you back or forwards in time or making you feel emotionally invested in the plight of a fictional character, your inner 10-year-old will always desire to see big guns ripping apart scenery and your fellow man alike. Hell, Arnold Schwarzenegger built an entire career founded on this principle. Now while there are the obvious big screen gunfights that top every list of this sort, like Heat or Scarface (Al Pacino gets around doesn’t he?) there are also plenty of great action scenes that go unsung for one reason or another. Maybe the film in question was a small indie release that didn’t get widely seen, or it’s a big budget film that »
- Padraig Cotter
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Measuring time in specific decades is a fallacy, but it’s a fallacy that everyone believes in. There’s no legitimate reason that we should set aside the passage of time between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989 as a specific and clearly defined unit of time. 1979 wasn’t too different from 1980; most of the movies released in 1990 were probably shot in 1989. People used to refer to the ’80s as “the MTV Decade” before every decade »
- Darren Franich
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51
Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...
Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.
Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.
There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year, »
The Scarface writer tweeted the news earlier today (January 17) and said producers wrongly rejected his script.
Sad news. My Mlk project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won't go with it.
— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014
"The script dealt with issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King's spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being," Stone explained.
"I'm told the estate and the 'respectable' black community that guard King's reputation won't approve it," he added.
"They suffocate the man and the truth."
I wish you could see the film I would've made. I fear if 'they' ever make it, it'll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington
— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014
"Martin, I grieve for you, »
By Mark Pinkert
One of the most popular Oscar hopefuls this year is Bruce Dern, who has gotten a lot of love from critics and from his peers for a great performance in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. But, other than the role itself, what has made his story so special is that he’s had an extremely prolific film career–mostly as a supporting actor–and is finally getting Oscar recognition for the first time at the age of 77. (Dern did get nominated for Best Supporting Actor thirty-five years ago for Coming Home (1978).) Even getting a nomination, though, will be an uphill battle, as he’s in a tight race with the likes of Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey.
Unfortunately for Dern, he’ll also have to squeeze past another 77-year-old, Robert Redford, who is due for a win as well. Surprisingly, this iconic actor »
- Mark Pinkert
The Wolf of Wall Street has reportedly set the record for the number of times people say "fuck" in a non-documentary movie, according to Variety. Over the course of the film's three hours, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and their cast-mates supposedly use the expletive 506 times. That means someone utters the word roughly 2.81 times a minute. The site claims the previous record holder was Spike Lee's 1999 serial killer movie Summer of Sam, which let the F-flag fly 435 times. Wolf director Martin Scorsese has a history of peppering his pictures' dialog with profanity, »
17 items from 2014
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