11 items from 2010
Yesterday’s announcement, that The Social Network won an unprecedented number of National Board of Review awards – Pic, Actor, Director and Screenplay is unusual indeed. You have to go all »
- Sasha Stone
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.
“There had been a movie a year or so before The Godfather  based on the novel called the The Brotherhood , starring Kirk Douglas [Paths of Glory],” remembered American director Francis Ford Coppola. “It was a big studio production which was sort of about the Mafia. It was not successful. When The Godfather proposition came out, a lot of people thought, ‘That won’t work.’” Financially broke and faced with being evicted from the offices of his production company American Zoetrope, the filmmaker was approached by Paramount Pictures to helm the cinematic adaptation of the tale authored by Mario Puzo. “I thought, when I read the book, that the story of the brothers and the father and the Mafia was interesting. But it was also a book a about this girl who has extremely large genitalia. »
"Best Pictures From the Outside In" is back. But, oh fiddle, because the series is so infrequent we have to keep explaining it. It's a joint production between Mike at Goatdog's Blog, Nick at Nick's Flick Picks and Nathaniel at The Film Experience. We began in 2008 pairing the most recent winner No Country For Old Men with the first winner Wings and we've been working our way inward ever since from both ends of the Oscar chronology. Get it? Got it? Good. We've now reached 1946 vs. 1989.
These men have been through enough Daisy. Let Hoke take the wheel!
Nathaniel: Just when you get used to things a certain way...
Nothing is more certain in life than change so it's something of a human mystery as to why we're always so surprised or discomforted by it. In the Oscar winners The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989), we »
- NATHANIEL R
Every time I think I've seen it all in Indian films, something new pops up.
Aakrosh is the new film from pan-lingual director Priyadarshan, who is mainly famous for remaking his own films in various Indian languages. This time around he has a new muse, allegedly. Aakrosh focuses on the serious problem of honor killings in the Indian state of Bihar in the 1940's by what looks like Hindu extremists from the trailer. The film stars Ajay Devgan, who has had a few decent hits lately after quite a dry spell, and Akshaye Khanna as the Dirty Harry-styled cops who go on a tear looking to find the root of the problem. The action looks fairly impressive, and the trailer makes the film look pretty brutal. However. Akshaye Khanna was interviewed recently and mentioned that the film was not a serious one, but a full-on masala entertainer. Earlier this year, »
Asian filmmakers find it increasingly tough to get shooting permission in England. And when British authorities hear about a brown-skinned community coming down to their country to make a film on terrorism and terror attacks, the Brits go into convulsive fits. Rensil D'Silva had to shift Kurbaan, his film on Islamic extremism, from London to Philadelphia. Now it's the makers of Tezz who have gotten their project into a budge because it's a film about a terror attack on board a speeding train between London and Glasgow. Having been denied work permits for a part of their crew the team now claims the film is not about terrorism at all! Priyadarshan grappled and solved the huge problem of getting work permits for 14 of his crew members in Tezz, the film about terrorists holding a speeding train between London and Glasgow to ransom. Apparently, the work permits were denied because of the terror theme. »
- Subhash K. Jha
Directed, produced, and edited by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, Neshoba: The Price of Freedom offers a unique peek into the mind of an unrepentant racist, Edgar Ray Killen. Killen, a Baptist preacher and the leader of a group of Klansmen accused of brutally murdering civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County, Miss., in June 1964, is the only person ever convicted of the heinous crime known as the "Mississippi Burning" murders. "The tools used to tell the tale (particularly old newsreels, family photos and seldom-seen crime scene and autopsy photos) are masterfully employed," says Ernest Hardy in the L.A. Weekly. "Within the first 15 minutes, Dickoff and Pagano milk tear ducts (iconic newsreel footage of a young Ben Chaney weeping as he sings ‘We Shall Overcome’ at his brother’s funeral has lost none of its power to devastate), and then use that »
- Andre Soares
For this week's Doc Talk I'd like to spotlight two highly recommended films involving the South: Ross McElwee's personal ancestry exploration from 2003, Bright Leaves, and Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano's civil rights film Neshoba: The Price of Freedom, which finally gets a theatrical release this Friday (in NYC; next month it opens in La).
The reason I revisited McElwee's film is primarily because of the recent death of Oscar-winning screen legend Patricia Neal (Hud), who appears briefly in the doc. But it also ended up fitting in somewhat with Neshoba, because both films deal with a Southern history, both concern events that previously inspired fictionalized Hollywood movie plots (Bright Leaf for the former, Mississippi Burning the latter) and both follow modern stories relative to the historical material.
As for Neshoba, aside from the fact that it opens this weekend, I was intrigued about the film's subject matter »
- Christopher Campbell
You know Stephen Tobolowsky. You may not know the name, but you know the face, and the voice, and at least one of the many indelible characters he's played over the past 25 years: goofy Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day" (one of the few actors to ever consistently draw more laughs than Bill Murray in scenes opposite Bill Murray), as frightening Klan leader Clayton Townley in "Mississippi Burning," as amnesiac Sammy Jankis in "Memento," bath-loving Hugo Jarry on "Deadwood" or, most recently, former glee club leader Sandy Ryerson on "Glee," to name just a few. He's a quintessential Hey, It's That »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ernie Hudson, best known of course to horror fans for his recurring role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbuster films, is attached to star in Anthony Hornus' upcoming A State of Hate, which is a sequel to Hornus' 2003 film An Ordinary Killer. Hudson will play Nate Wallace, the father of a young murder victim in a small Michigan town.
The screenplay for A State of Hate was penned by Hornus and New York Times bestselling authors Diane Carey and Greg Brodeur (Star Trek series). The production company is Lansing, Michigan-based Collective Development Inc. Both An Ordinary Killer and A State of Hate are "based on/inspired by true events".
The movie will be filmed on location entirely in Michigan, and Hudson's co-stars include DJ Perry (pictured below with Hudson), who reprises his role as Detective Lynn Kendall from the recently released Special Edition of An Ordinary Killer, as well as Renée O'Connor, »
- Uncle Creepy
Most of the time, it seems as if the Academy is playing catch up, as they will be doing this year if they give awards to Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock. There have been so many great actors throughout history and comparatively few awards to give. And every time the Academy gives an Oscar to some flavor-of-the-moment (Paul Lukas for Watch on the Rhine in 1943 for example), it takes more time to catch up. Usually they catch up with actors late in the game, and they usually only notice when the actor plays either 1) a real person, or 2) someone with a disease or malady of some kind. So when an actor actually wins for a truly great performance, it's something to celebrate. The following is my selection for the best choice in each of the four acting categories from the entire history of the Oscars. Let us know what yours are! »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Warner Home Video, Newsarama.com and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, in New York on February 16 and in Beverly Hills on February 18. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast are expected to attend both events.
On February 16, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths will screen at The Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with a media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion with filmmakers and voice cast will follow the screening.
On February 18, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths will screen at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills (465 North Beverly Drive) with media interviews starting at 6:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel »
- Robert Greenberger
11 items from 2010
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