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The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture
• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles
Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.
What's Up Doc?
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Advise and Consent
King of Comedy
- Charles Saatchi
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Following in the tradition of great What Culture arguments for films such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Jaws, it’s now time for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to step forward and shoot all contenders down for the prestigious title of greatest film of all time. No other film is as iconic, as epic or as purely cinematic as Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western, which combines everything that’s remarkable about about the work of the late Italian director into one astonishing piece of filmmaking.
Here’s 50 reasons why The Good, the Bad and the Ugly might just be the greatest film of all time.
- Stephen Leigh
Release Date: Dec. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender), the movie tells the story of quiet screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden) and his wife Amy (Bosworth), who relocate to her hometown in the Deep South. As tensions build between the couple, tensions also build with locals, until they become a threat.
Despite the name actors and cache of the past cult classic, the new Straw Dogs didn’t score at the box office, grossing only $10 million in wide release. Maybe it was the bad reviews that kept viewers away. »
Backed by a creative team to die for, this expensive, lustrous prohibition-era drama is starting to look like a masterpiece
When it arrived a year ago, Boardwalk Empire seemed to have boasted every big name in ultra-violent, uber-cool, modern crime drama. Based on the true story of Nucky Johnson, the corrupt politician who used prohibition to turn Atlantic City into his own illicit empire, the show was created by Terence Winter, the writer who had a hand in 25 episodes of The Sopranos. Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones) directed, Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire) co-starred, and Steve Buscemi (one of the great cult actors, thanks to his work with Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Jim Jarmusch) starred in the lead role. The coup de grace was the godfather of the genre, Martin Scorsese, coming onboard as executive producer and directing the $18m first episode, the most expensive pilot in TV history. »
- Jim Shelley
Sam Mendes’ captivating and poetic 2002 gangster film Road to Perdition is a movie I watch five or six times a year, I have something of an unhealthy obsession with it. If I wake up in a bad mood when I arrive at my desk on a morning to start work and I can’t really get into the mood to write something, I always trust this father & son morality tale to transport me to a different world and suddenly I’ve lost two hours of my life to it. And then I want to watch it again. Immediately.
I probably shouldn’t say this but sometimes I just switch my email off, the devil of 21st century work-life and get caught up in Conrad L. Hall’s breathtaking cinematography, Mendes’ quiet and beautifully dark direction, the laudatory and career best performance from Jude Law who has never been so compelling, »
- Matt Holmes
Big congrats to the St. Louis-based filmmakers over at Crunchy Cool Films. They’ve scored a major casting coup by securing three A-list horror villains for their upcoming shocker The Bloodfest Club which starts filming in our town soon. Horror vets Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, and William Forsythe have all signed on for roles in the film!
Bloodfest Club will be the second film from the writing team of Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley. Their first, Hooch & Daddy-O (2005), was an award-winning mock documentary (available on Netflix). about a fictional 80′s cop show. Bloodfest Club will mark the directorial debut of Madrid and stars writer Ousley as Sonny Kane, a slow-witted, Chuck Norris-obsessed janitor at a High School that takes on a bloodthirsty alien roaming the hallways killing students.
Moseley will star as Dr. Colin Dante, the sinister history professor in search of lost artifacts on campus. Berryman will play Sensei Noddy Donigan, »
- Tom Stockman
Brad Weston, the former production president of Paramount Pictures, is in talks to become CEO of New Regency Pictures, TheWrap has confirmed. An individual close to the situation told TheWrap that there is no deal in place, but that talks are moving along. New Regency referred questions to Weston. Weston (left) did not immediately return requests for comment. The individual told TheWrap that Arnon Milchan, New Regency's founder, plans to take a more active role in the company. Milchan's producing credits include the 1984 "Once Upon a Time in America," the 1985 "Brazil," the 1994 »
- Joshua L. Weinstein & Brent Lang
Despite the fact that Sergio Leone had a career in filmmaking that spanned over twenty-five years, the actual body of work he is remembered for is quite small. Sergio Leone is, and forever will be, remembered for his contribution to the celebrated but often misunderstood era of the Spaghetti Western. So great was his impact within the sphere of the western that (with the sole exception of Once Upon a Time in America) it has overshadowed his entire career output both before and after - and it begins in 1964 with Fistful of Dollars.
Set in the 1870’s in a small border town called San Miguel, on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, A Fistful of Dollars is the story of a mysterious stranger (Clint Eastwood) who arrives to find two rival gangs feuding for control of the town and it's lucrative bootlegging operations. A Mexican clan of liquor smugglers »
- Neil Pedley
If you were to peruse any greatest films of all time list chances are you would find a ‘gangster’ film pretty high up there, battling it out with the Jedis, Sharks and Tim Robbins.
But who exactly would come out on top if the wise-guys squared off against each other? Who’d end up sleeping with the fishes and who would reign supreme as the big screen don? (I’m done with the clichés now…)
So to celebrate the release of the ridiculously awesome looking Scarface on Blu-ray I thought I would compile said list, so here is a countdown of the Top 10 Gangster Films to ever hit the big screen and if you don’t like my list don’t put a horses head in my bed… Capiche?
(Okay, now I’m done…)
Based on some of the most infamous figures in organized crime history, directed, and written, »
- Gareth Bunkham
The Influence Of 'Once Upon A Time In America' & More From Lone Scherfig & Jim Sturgess About The Film There’s the average romantic comedy with the meet cute or initial hatred between the inevitable lovers, and then there’s “One Day.” Rather than featuring a traditional love story narrative, set over days, weeks, or even months, “One Day” visits Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) on July 15 every year, starting in the ‘80s. The audience gets a glimpse of where they are--and where they are in relation to each other--each year on that day, creating 23 mini-films in… »
Anna gives a straight-edge razor a taste in the 2009 "giallo" homage Amer.
The 2009 French horror-thriller Amer, an eroticized homage to 1970s Italian “giallo” horror films, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 4 from Olive Films. The discs will carry the list prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.
The 2009 film, by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is a collage of sorts that plays out in three movements. Each is presented in a different style that corresponds to the more carnal aspects of the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of its female protagonist, Anna (who’s portrayed by three different actresses over the course of the film).
Drawing its visual approach from the films of the highly regarded “giallo”-based filmmakers Mario Bava (Black Sunday) and Dario Argento (Deep Red), as well as directors Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America) and Brian De Palma (Blow Out), it’s the kind of senses-stirring »
Giamatti stars as lawyer and high-school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty, who’s going through troubling financial times until he comes across a teenage runaway (debuting actor Alex Shaffer) who also happens to be a champion wrestler. Taking the teen in and getting him enrolled in school, things start to look up for Mike and his family. But Mike’s win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play…
Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) and co-starring Bobby Cannavale (The Other Guys), Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s The Larry Sanders Show), Melanie Lynskey (The Informant!) and Burt Young (Once Upon a Time in America »
Every movie buff appreciates a cinematic list. The arrival of vast information on a subject we love so dearly will always be welcomed with open arms. And what better than the esteemed list of all-time greatest films? Whether it’s a monumental effort like Empire’s The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time, or the country-specific AFI list of 100 Greatest American Films, there’s no denying the lasting appeal and insight a list can offer to reminiscence about old favourites and to put us on our way for new discoveries. After all, they’re usually spot on, having polled critics, filmmakers, and a devoted public who know exactly what makes a motion picture entertaining, important and timeless.
The problem is, of course, that after so many years, we’re used to reading the same old lists over and over again – how many times have we been told that The Godfather or »
- Tom Barnard
The Cannes Awards Ceremony has just begun, hosted by Melanie Laurent. I’ll be refreshing this page as the awards unfold.
The Short Film Prize, announce by Michel Gondry, goes to Cross Country, by Ukraine’s Maryna Vroda.
The Camera d’Or, given to best first film, goes to Argentinia’sLas Acacias, by Pablo Giorgelli.
To the strains of Morricone’s score for Once Upon a Time in America, jury president Robert De Niro joins Laurent on stage to introduce his fellow jury members: Olivier Assayas, Uma Thurman, Johnnie To, Martina Gusman, Nansun Shi, Linn Ullman, and Mahamat Saleh Haroun. And they announce the Jury Prize, to Maiwenn’s Polisse (pictured), an ensemble drama set within the Child Protection Services division of a metropolitan police department. The title comes from a child’s misspelling of the word “police.” She invites her whole cast on stage in order to share in »
- Scott Macaulay
The second season of HBO’s smash-hit period piece Boardwalk Empire is scheduled to arrive this fall. In addition to the recently cast Michael Zegen, William Forsythe and Charlie Cox have also been added to the cast.
Forsythe will play Manny Horvitz, a Philadelphia mobster looking to expand his turf into Atlantic City. Cox will play a yet unamed Irish gangster with connections to the Irish Republican Army, which was in its infancy during that time period.
Forsyth is no stranger to gangster dramas, as he played big boss Al Capone on the TV adaptation of The Untouchables in the ’90s and another prohibition gangster in Once Upon A Time In America almost 30 years ago. His resume is littered with beat cops, detectives and other tough guy roles, including The Devil’s Rejects and The ...
- Michael Crider
Warner Home Video is delivering Sylvester Stallone movies Assassins, Cobra, Demolition Man and The Specialist in high-definition Blu-ray on Aug. 16. And good ole Sly is his usual bad ass self in each one.
Stallone also plays a cop in 1993’s Demolition Man, albeit a cop in the future. Cryogenically frozen for a crime he didn’t commit (sentenced to become a popsicle was better than the death penalty in 1996, apparenlty), Stallone is thawed out in the future to take down his old enemy (Wesley Snipes, Game of Death). A convicted killer from the 1990s, Snipes also was frozen but is revived for parole and stars a murderous rampage in the future crime-free society. As they battle, »
Our favorite talking mouse is coming to Blu-ray on June 28. That day, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release in high-definition four family movies based on well known children’s books: Stuart Little and its sequel, Jumanji and Zathura: A Space Adventure.
Based on the books by renowned children’s book author E.B. White, 1999’s Stuart Little and 2002’s Stuart Little 2 star Hugh Laurie (TV’s House) and Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) as Mr. and Mrs. Little, who adopt the lovable talking mouse Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future movies). Stuart must adjust to his new family as he tries to get along with his new brother (Jonathan Lipnicki, Jerry Maguire) and the family cat (voiced by Nathan Lane, The Lion King). Chazz Palminteri (The Dukes), Steve Zahn (TV’s Treme), David Alan Grier (Astro Boy), James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America »
Until very recently, Joe Pesci had been living life away from the big screen. In 1999, the actor decided to retire after over thirty years in the business. Back in 2006, though, he returned with a cameo in Robert De Niro-directed The Good Shepherd, and last year he starred opposite Helen Mirren in Love Ranch. Now, ComingSoon.net have it that Pesci will be returning to our screens once more to for Gotti: Three Generations.
Much of Pesci’s career has been based on portraying members of organised crime – Casino, Once Upon a Time in America, Goodfellas (for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). And now he will finally be returning to a role that we all already know, with absolute certainty, that he will do justice to. He is to star alongside John Travolta, who will be playing John Gotti, Sr., as the mob leader’s close friend and capo, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Joe Pesci doesn’t do a lot of acting these days but he has just agreed to play Angelo Ogero in the upcoming Gotti: Three Generations, an epic biopic that has John Travolta locked in as American mobster John Gotti Sr, the notorious head of the Gambino family. Nick Cassavetes (John Q, The Notebook) will direct.
Pesci’s casting as the high-ranking mobster and close friend to Gotti was announced today at a press conference for the film in New York where Lindsay Lohan attended and revealed she is in talks to play Victoria Gotti, daughter of John, though her deal is not yet finalised (presumably it comes down to whether she needs to serve time for her recent misdemeanors). The lead role of John Gotti Jr, who lives in the shadow of his father and wants to leave the gangster life, has yet to be cast.
The movie was »
- Matt Holmes
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