6 items from 2017
Cars! Cars! Cars! What climate accord, when we’re celebrating the internal combustion engine! One of the best of the breezy ’70s action comedies, this cross-country road race picture gave us early looks at Gary Busey and Raul Julia in the midst of an always-amusing ensemble of car crazies, out to go from Manhattan to the Pacific in less than two days, at speeds up 175 mph! No 55 speed limit, no catalytic converters!
1976 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Richard C. Glouner
Original Music: Dominic Frontiere
Written by Chuck Bail, »
- Glenn Erickson
One of the best American films of the 1980s, Lawrence Kasdan’s achingly beautiful and delicate The Accidental Tourist is now available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive label. Adapted from a novel by Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist tells the story of Macon Leary (William Hurt in one of the great screen performances in history), a travel guide writer whose entire life is geared toward circumventing experience rather than embracing it; his books are for business travelers who want to avoid feeling as if they’ve ever left home. Macon’s insular nature is exacerbated by the tragic death of his son, […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Is it a modern classic? I think so. Lawrence Kasdan’s best movie embraces characters often lampooned or dismissed, or stereotyped as kooks — introverts, extroverts, people trying to make personal connections and those trying to avoid them. William Hurt finds his best role and Geena Davis won an Oscar for hers; thirty years later the entire cast feel like beloved friends.
1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date May 8, 2017 / Available from the The Warner Archive Collection Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography: John Bailey
Production Designer: Bo Welch
Film Editor: Carol Littleton
Original Music: John Williams
Written by Frank Galatiand Lawrence Kasdan
from the book by Anne Tyler
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Some of my favorite movies »
- Glenn Erickson
Heading into year three May 2-7, the Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater, continues to distinguish itself as a fest not only invested in promoting the ideals of gender equality and cultural diversity, but also as a launching pad for burgeoning artists to distribute their big- and small-screen projects.
“Our three winners — winners of the best narrative selected by jury, best family film and audience award categories — will receive guaranteed distribution, and that’s because of our partners,” says Davis, founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “That means their films will be on screen in AMC theaters, on TV on either Lifetime or Starz or one of our other TV partners, on Vudu for digital, and they’ll be on DVDs in Walmart. We’re the only one in the world who offers that, and we »
- Malina Saval
Variety picks 30 stellar academies in the U.S. and abroad:
Altos de Chavon Film School
The La Romana film school is a two-year program in audiovisual media, offering both theoretical and practical study in screenwriting, film production, animation techniques, digital post-production and design. The school integrates its other disciplines — fine art, fashion and visual communication — into the film studies program to provide a broader perspective of artistic and cultural images.
Entering the second year of offering its pioneering Mfa in cinema and media production, Boston University’s Department of Film and Television at its College of Communication promotes a collaborative team approach focused on developing, prepping and shooting a thesis project, aimed at preparing students for the creative collaboration they will experience in the professional sphere.
California Institute of the Arts
- Variety Staff
Jason from Mnpp here - I didn't take my lead on this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" from Nathaniel's "On This Day" post earlier but it's not a surprise that we'd both want to mark the 67th birthday of William Hurt with an acknowledgment of Broadcast News, because I think any sane person will snatch the chance to talk about Broadcast News when it's offered. I did actually contemplate a couple other of Hurt's performances for a minute - maybe Body Heat or The Accidental Tourist? But he's made a career of making the women across from him shine and I knew Kathleen Turner & Geena Davis would dominate those conversations...
... as would Holly Hunter, which is also why we're keeping her out of this even though it's Holly's birthday today too. Sorry, Holly! You'd win way too hard.
But does Hurt stand a chance against Albert Brooks' sweaty sidekick Aaron? »
6 items from 2017
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