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The Dark Valley screens Friday November 21st at 9:00pm and Saturday November 22nd as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Both screenings are at The Plaza Frontenac Theater. Ticket information for the Friday show can be found Here.
Ticket information for the Saturday show can be found Here
Review by Dana Jung
It’s probably safe to say that a film genre with a fairly small resume’ is the German Western. Even in the heyday of “spaghetti” westerns in the 1960s and 70s there weren’t many horse operas originating from Germany. And although it utilizes many of the conventions of both classic and post-modern Western cinema, the new film The Dark Valley is a real treat for fans of Western movies looking for something different and memorable.
The Dark Valley begins with the arrival of Greider (Sam Riley) at a small village in the frozen “badlands” of the German-Austrian Alps. »
- Movie Geeks
Cinemax recently released a premiere date (January 9th!) and poster for Banshee‘s third season, which got us thinking about the show’s first two seasons – which then led to a heated debate of the show’s best episodes so far. For what its worth, here’s my two cents on the best episodes of Banshee’s first two seasons: “Behold a Pale Rider” (Season 1, Episode 7) “Behold a Pale Rider” is probably the weakest episode on this list on a plot level (psychos take over nearly-empty school gym, blah blah blah), but it deepens the show’s central relationship of season one (Ana and Lucas) in fascinating ways. Ana isn’t shown as a woman devoured by her own emotions (a welcome change on TV), but rather one who acts pragmatically, deciding to send Hood off to his death, rather than risk her lies and past being exposed to her »
- Randy Dankievitch
What. A. Witch.
In this week’s episode, Sleepy Hollow does something very smart by having Katrina choose to stay with Abraham rather than flee with Ichabod.
This is a welcome move for a couple of reasons. For starters, it’s fun to watch the series zig where we expect it to zag; Ich’s been trying to free his wife from enslavement for a season now, and when he finally gets to her, she says, “Thanks, I’m good”?! But on a deeper level, Katrina’s decision raises some important questions the Fox drama can have a great time answering in subsequent installments. »
The last time director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington made a film together, the result was Training Day - the 2001 crime thriller for which Washington won Best Actor and co-star Ethan Hawke was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
The Equalizer is a thriller of a very different sort, based as it is on the 80s TV series of the same name (you know, the one with the really catchy Stewart Copeland theme tune). This time, Washington's unquestionably the hero rather than the coolly psychotic antagonist - he's Robert McCall, a quiet, unassuming Boston guy who happens to be extremely good at killing people. When he gets in a tangle with Russian gangsters, it's clear that his special set of skills weren't learned down the local Diy store where he works. »
Los Angeles – He was 7 foot 2 inches tall, an imposing figure that made for one of the most memorable James Bond villains. Richard Kiel portrayed “Jaws” in two Bond films – “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker” – and left an unforgettable mark as a character actor with a distinctive look and persona. Richard Kiel died at age 74 on September 10th, 2014.
Richard Kiel in 2010
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Richard Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his first appearance in the TV show “Laramie” in 1960. Throughout the 1960s, he made appearances in low budget horror movies and television, most notably in a famous episode of “The Twilight Zone,” entitled “To Serve Man,” and in the TV series “The Wild, Wild West.” It was a western series in the 1970s, “The Barbary Coast,” that caught the attention of the Bond producers, and the villain Jaws was born. »
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Richard Kiel as Jaws
He was seven foot two and, with a steely grin, he gave us one of the most iconic villains of the James Bond films. Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74.
The charismatic actor, also known for his roles in Pale Rider and Happy Gilmore, played Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. On first hearing about the character, he felt he was being asked to play a monster rather than a person, but he imbued Jaws with the kind of poignancy of many of the best movie monsters, making him a complex character whom audiences ended up rooting for; and in doing so, he secured himself a place in film history.
Roger Moore, who played Bond opposite Kiel, said that he was distraught at hearing today's news and s still struggling to take it in. The two had remained close friends over the years, »
- Jennie Kermode
American actor Richard Kiel – best known for his role as the towering steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the James Bond movie series – has passed away yesterday, aged 74. No cause of death has been released.
Born in Detroit in 1939, Kiel began his career in 1960 with a role in an episode of Laramie, before breaking into films in the early 60s with big screen appearances in the likes of House of the Damned, The Nutty Professor, Lassie’s Great Adventure and The Longest Yard alongside TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
In 1977, Kiel made his first appearance as Jaws alongside Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me, and became one of a handful of Bond villains to return for a subsequent movie, reprising the role for 1979’s Moonraker, as well as the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing. »
- Gary Collinson
Sad but not surprising. I’d met Richard Kiel several times over the years and he was always in a wheelchair – never saw him stand up to his 7’2” height. He was always super-nice though and posed with my young nephew while pretending to crush his head. He was probably best known for two roles: as ‘Jaws’ in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, he was the only recurring 007 villain to be played by the same actor, and the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man is part of TV folklore. He starred at age 23 as a caveman in Eegah and had roles in the horror films House Of The Damned, Two On A Guillotine, and The Human Duplicators. He had a small part in The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis and acted opposite Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider, Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (“I think I broke his fucking neck! »
- Tom Stockman
The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In “To Serve Man,” he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there. »
- Erik Pedersen
The international flavour of this year’s FILM4 FrightFest is underpinned by an historic moment, as the fifteenth installment of the festival features the first Venezuelan film to screen at the festival – Alejandro Hidalgo’s The House at the End of Time.
But no sooner will FrightFesters be lost in a house with a difference, than FrightFest’s gaze turns north and follows the Blood Moon towards Jeremy Wooding’s genre mash up of comedy, horror and the western.
Both The House at the End of Time and Blood Moon possess a distinct sense of feeling, and serve as a testament to the importance of the creative voice even within the shadow of genre. But these are two films that paint a picture of horror in the Americas.
Following on from part one where Alejandro Hidalgo took us on a guided tour of a house he discovered at the end of time, »
- Paul Risker
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