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4 items from 2016

Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

28 September 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. »

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Brimstone review – Dakota Fanning in blood-and-thunder western that pulls no punches

3 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Four-part epic about a mute woman stalked by a vengeful preacher is filled with hellfire and damnation, but suffers from somewhat ponderous pace

Here is an epic western in the Pale Rider mould, shot in English by Dutch director Martin Koolhoven, who – on the evidence of this film at least – has an overweening interest in blood: pigs’ blood, menstrual blood, intestinal ooze and arterial gore seem to flow in rivers across the screen. (Significantly, it all leads to a queasy “blood of the virgin” moment late on, which indicates the smothering levels of Christian symbolism and allegory Koolhoven slathers all over the film.)

Right from the start, Koolhoven pulls no punches. Bedecked with a title suggesting hellfire, his film is divided into four chapters: Revelation, Exodus, Genesis and Retribution. Each tells a different stage in the life of Liz Brundy (Dakota Fanning): the first three chunks tell it in reverse order, »

- Andrew Pulver

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10 years ago today: ‘Superman Returns’ soared into theaters

28 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

10 years ago, Superman looked a lot different onscreen. Kevin Spacey, not Jesse Eisenberg, was playing Lex Luthor. Kate Bosworth, not Amy Adams, was in the role of Lois Lane. And unknown actor Brandon Routh was starring as the Man of Steel. In retrospect, Superman was headlining a rather bright, campy movie when you look at his 2006 flick next to this year’s grimdark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman Returns opened in theaters 10 years ago today. It didn’t manage to reboot the long-stagnant Superman property into a new franchise, as Warner Bros. hoped. The Batman v Superman title was being tossed around already during discussion for a sequel to Superman Returns. But the studio ultimately decided to move on from the Routh-Bryan Singer-et al. line-up. “Superman [Returns] didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” then-wb president Jeff Robinov said in »

- Emily Rome

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Making a Western in 31 Days: Jon Cassar on Forsaken

17 February 2016 11:07 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Director Jon Cassar breathes new life into the Western genre while honoring its traditions in Forsaken, a beautiful, haunting piece of work that will be released day and date on February 19. In a story reminiscent of Shane and Pale Rider, Kiefer Sutherland plays John Henry Clayton, a reformed gunslinger drawn back into action when he returns to his hometown and finds it under siege by an unscrupulous land grabber (Brian Cox). While sparring with Cox’s hired guns (led by Michael Wincott in a rich, thrillingly entertaining performance), Clayton also reconnects with an old love who has moved on (Demi […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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