6 items from 2015
It’s often only following an IMDb visit that you identify a Jonathan Demme film, so dramatic are his shapeshifting abilities in genre, from documentary to crime comedy to political caper. Unlike Steven Soderbergh’s signature aesthetic touches to his output, Demme fashions a deep dive into characters and their complex dynamics instead. Since his schooling under Roger Corman and his first film “Caged Heat” in 1974, the director has helmed a string of classics --“Something Wild,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Married To The Mob”–as well as remakes (“The Manchurian Candidate”), documentaries, and concert films (“Stop Making Sense”). Read More: Watch: 27-Minute Talk Between Paul Thomas Anderson And Jonathan Demme Those career peaks kept to the edges of Demme’s talk with fest curator Elvis Mitchell last week at this year’s La Film Festival, though. Rather, the occasion–titled “Jonathan Demme: American Iconoclast”--touched on Demme’s »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.
Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.
Among the films being displayed »
- Frank Ochieng
First image of Meryl Streep as a rock star in Jonathan Demme's Ricki & The Flash via People magazine. Very Melissa Etheridge. (Is it just me or is Meryl getting younger?) So excited for this movie. Demme is always at his best when he focuses on actresses (Married to the Mob, Rachel Getting Married, Silence of the Lambs) and who doesn't love to hear La Streep sing?
Uh oh... I feel a list coming on
10 greatest silver screen uses of Meryl's astounding pipes...
01. "You Don't Know Me" - as Suzanne Vale in Postcards from the Edge (1990)
03. "Stay With Me" - as The Witch in Into the Woods (2014)
04. "I See Me" - as Madeleine Ashton in Death Becomes Her (1992)
05. "Amazing Grace" - as Karen Silkwood in Silkwood (1983)
06. "My Minnesota Home" - as Yolanda Johnson in Prairie Home Companion (2006)
07. "I'm Checkin' Out" - »
- NATHANIEL R
Witness the aftermath of a demonic ritual when the spine-tingling thriller, Altar, terrifies on DVD and Digital HD February 17 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and Great Point Media. From Nick Willing, the mastermind writer who brought audiences “Tin Man” and “Neverland,” comes the creepy, satanic tale full of ghostly torture and sorcery, headlined by Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob), Olivia Williams (“Manhattan,” The Sixth Sense) and Antonia Clarke (Les … Continue reading →
6 items from 2015
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