12 items from 2010
This masterly ironic comedy of 1932 (aka Boudu sauvé des eaux), one of Renoir's earliest sound films, was reissued in the early 1990s and again in 2005 in connection with an Nft Renoir retrospective. It has a great performance from Michel Simon as the eponymous noisome clochard rescued from a suicide attempt in the Seine by a kindly Parisian bookseller. He's taken into his saviour's orderly home, but instead of displaying appropriate gratitude, Boudu attempts to seduce his benefactor's wife and creates havoc in the household. The movie is a witty hymn to anarchism and an attack on the belief that the poor should be thankful for the charity of the rich (though in fact Boudu's saviour asks nothing of him). It's also a charming illustration of what Renoir meant when (playing the parasitic hanger-on in La règle du jeu) he said: "The terrible thing about this world is that everyone has his reasons. »
- Philip French
Happy Birthday to Bette Midler, who turns sixty-five today. Okay, the question of the day: What's your favorite Bette movie? Is it The Rose, For The Boys or Beaches? Or is it one of her comedies, such as Ruthless People, The First Wives Club, or Down and Out in Beverly Hills? Or is it the made-for-tv Gypsy or ... Drowning Mona? For me, it's a tie between Outrageous Fortune ("Does the phrase 'needle-dick, the bug-f**ker' mean anything to you?"), and Big Business ("I hate men who smell like beer and bean dip ... and makin' love in the back of recreational vehicles!"). Below you can see Bette on Inside the Actor's Studio, talking about being Disney-fied in the 80's.
Today is World AIDS Day, and here's an article from last year that shows that, believe it or not, the HIV-virus has actually been used to help treat some diseases. Below you »
In 1987, the iconic filmmaker John Waters was sent by Playboy magazine to interview his all-time hero – Little Richard. It was a surreal, almost religious experience for John who had been a lifelong fan of the godfather of rock'n'roll. So why did it almost end in a fistfight?
Little Richard scared my grandmother in 1957. I was 11 years old, on the way to her house for dinner with my parents, and had just shoplifted a record in the five-and-dime. Mom and Dad hadn't even noticed. Easy pickings – the 45rpm of "Lucille" on the Specialty label. My favourite tune. I felt happily defiant in the back seat of the car with the sharp edge of the single jabbing my stomach beneath the sweater. Once inside Mama's (as we called Stella Whitaker, my mother's mother), I made a beeline to her out-of-date hi-fi and let it roll. "Lu-cille! You won't do your sister's will! »
Neils Arden Oplev criticises casting of American actor in lead role of Lisbeth Salander in American version of Swedish film
The director of the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has questioned the need for the upcoming American remake, reigniting a long-running war of words over Hollywood raiding foreign language films to repackage them for a global audience.
With an English-language version in the works, to be directed by The Social Network's David Fincher, film-maker Niels Arden Oplev expressed anger at plans to cast an American actor in the lead role of Lisbeth Salander, drawing unflattering comparisons with the Hollywood adaptation of the French film La Femme Nikita, which was poorly received when remade as The Assassin, starring Bridget Fonda in the 1990s.
He told the Word & Film website: "Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake; like, 'Why »
- Andrew Pulver
The Deep comes to an end, Burn Notice season 3 starts in the UK, The Bill finishes for good and there are some cracking movies too...
We start our lead into the bank holiday weekend with news of a series start-up for a show we watch week on week, but haven't covered much in these pages. Burn Notice launches into its third season on these shores on Wednesday, September 1st with Friends And Family on FX at 10:00pm.
Michael Westen the burned special ops spy's story is a continuing saga, so to see where things left off, first watch season 2's finale, Lesser Evil, tonight, Friday August 27th at 11:00pm on FX and you'll be prepped for what's next for Michael, Mom, Fiona and Sam Axe, a classically heroically fabricated name if ever we heard one and he's played by Geek favourite, Bruce Campbell.
If The Deep hasn't given you that sinking feeling (yes, »
Religulous (2008) Sunday, 2:30 p.m., SHOe Bill Maher and “Borat” director Larry Charles set out to prove that organized religions are wacky and dangerous. They go to the Creationist Museum — dedicated to showing that humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth together — and other places where religion is more over-the-top than organized. Like Maher? Then, you’ll like the movie and vice-versa. Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986) Tuesday, 8 p.m., Style Paul Mazursky’s remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir comedy, »
- By LINDA STASI
Last month I had the opportunity to speak with directing team Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) about their upcoming movie The Switch. Before I continue, let me advise you to rid yourself of all your expectations now. The Switch is nothing like either Blades of Glory or what it’s advertisements seem to show. It’s more serious, poignant and overall much, much better than it’s ads led me to believe. When it’s funny, it’s funny, but this is a real movie, not an absurd goofy comedy. I was very surprised by how much I liked the movie and I would definitely recommend it.
In my 20 minute talk with Gordon and Speck, we were able to cover a wide variety of topics, including how they met, how they divide up duties as a directing team, what exactly directors do on the set of a comedy or dramedy, »
- Jake Lasker
Nasim Pedrad to write and star in culture-clash comedy Though she only first appeared as a supporting cast member on Saturday Night Live last year, Iranian American comedian Nasim Pedrad has already set up her first feature film, working with producers Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the directors behind the upcoming comedy The Switch. This news comes from The Los Angeles Times, who also mention that Speck and Gordon are collaborating on the Untitled Lucas/Moore Christmas Party Comedy with The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Nasim Pedrad will write and star in the Untitled Nasim Pedrad Culture Clash Comedy. The film is being described as a Down and Out in Beverly Hills-style look at the differences between an All-American family and their Persian neighbors next door. The comedy will have a distinctly Southern California feel to it.
No other cast members are signed to star alongside Pedrad just yet, »
Hollywood is in the throes of remake fever. So far this year, we've seen the release of 'Clash of the Titans,' 'The A-Team,' 'The Karate Kid,' and 'Robin Hood.' Other remakes on deck or rumored to be in the works include 'Red Dawn,' 'Footloose,' 'Private Benjamin,' 'Conan the Barbarian,' 'Police Academy,' 'Romancing the Stone,' 'Slap Shot,' 'Arthur,' 'The Birds,' 'National Lampoon's Vacation,' 'Creature from the Black Lagoon,' and 'Total Recall.'
The American film industry is slated to release about 75 remakes in 2010, and while that number is unusually high, remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Some are outstanding films—'Cape Fear' (1991), for example. And some are painfully bad—such as 'Planet of the Apes' (2001).
Moviegoers love to bemoan remakes—never as good as the original, »
Richard Dreyfuss to guest star in WeedsJaws...Close Encounters of the Third Kind...American Graffiti...The Goodbye Girl...he's earned acclaim worldwide for his work in some of Hollywood's highest-grossing, all-time favorite and critically adored films, but Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss is returning briefly to series television, guest starring in at least four episodes of Showtime's hit comedy series Weeds, premiering August 16th at 10pm Pt/Et. Dreyfuss will play an unexpected character from Nancy Botwin's past. The role will mark Dreyfuss' return to Showtime: in 2002, he was nominated for a SAG award for his work as Alexander Haig in the network's docudrama The Day Reagan Was Shot.
This season, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker in her Golden Globe Award-winning performance) and family are now on the lam after Shane (Alexander Gould) bopped Mexican VIP Pilar to death with a croquet mallet. To elude the Mexican FBI, police and mafia, they grab what they can, »
If there's any shrubbery in the vicinity, it won't be us who's beating about it. Telly this week is not the exciting landscape it's been in weeks past, with a typical lull between bookended bank holidays.
Sure there are plenty of good shows to watch, but as far as new shows taking off this week, the launch pad is barren.
Two shows finish their runs over the next seven days with the season finale of the always exciting True Blood tonight at 10:00pm on FX. The episode is Beyond Here Lies Nothin' and closes the second season of the vampire and mind-reading waitress chronicles at a major town gathering orchestrated by Maryann, where a special and powerful guest is expected. »
Fifty years ago, the Palme d'Or winner at Cannes was Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." More every year I realize that it was the film of my lifetime. But indulge me while I list some more titles.
The other entries in the official competition included "Ballad of a Soldier," by Grigori Chukhrai; "Lady with a Dog," by Iosif Kheifits; "Home from the Hill," by Vincente Minnelli; "The Virgin Spring," by Ingmar Bergman;" "Kagi," by Kon Ichikawa; "L'Avventura," by Michelangelo Antonioni; "Le Trou," by Jacques Becker; "Never on Sunday," by Jules Dassin; "Sons and Lovers," by Jack Cardiff; "The Savage Innocents," by Nicholas Ray, and "The Young One," by Luis Bunuel.
And many more. But I am not here at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to mourn the present and praise the past.
Cannes is still the most important annual event in the world of what some of us consider good cinema. The »
- Roger Ebert
12 items from 2010
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