12 items from 2012
The Lost Episode, 2012.
Directed by Michael Rooker.
Years after its closure, a local TV crew return to Pennhurst Asylum, hoping to capture evidence of paranormal activity. Instead, they discover something completely unexpected and find themselves fighting for their lives as a maniacal surgeon picks them off one at a time.
Since his harrowing debut in 1986's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Michael Rooker has went on to firmly established himself as one of Hollywood's best character actors, delivering memorable turns in the likes of Eight Men Out, Mississippi Burning, Mallrats, Slither and The Walking Dead. Now, with the 'haunted lunatic asylum' offering The Lost Episode, Rooker steps behind the camera for his directorial debut, and in doing so, he's delivered yet another memorable effort - albeit one that's memorable for entirely all the wrong reasons. »
The Paperboy is, to put it bluntly, quite like a swamp. It is hazy, disorienting, and full of disgusting images. It is so densely packed and so haphazardly arranged that the experience of watching it is not unlike trying to find one’s way out of the Everglades with only a machete and a faulty compass. With this, his third feature, Lee Daniels has created a fictional universe in which rhyme and reason, focus and direction, and even basic character motivation seem like forgotten concepts. It is the sort of film that makes you miss Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s amazing. Ostensibly, this is a Southern-fried film noir, riffing on such films as In the Heat of the Night and Mississippi Burning. Matthew McConaughey is Ward Jansen, a muckraking journalist for the Miami Times, back in his tiny home town to expose the wrongful conviction of Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) for the murder of the »
- Daniel Walber
by Jordan Ruimy Continuing on with my weekly column, we arrive at 1988. The nominees for best picture were “Rain Man”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Mississippi Burning” and “Working Girl” – 5 excellent, »
- Jordan Ruimy
In The Hunter, Willem Dafoe plays a mercenary sent to Tasmania by a mysterious European biotech company. Once there, he's supposed to hunt a rare tiger but things get complicated when another hunter appears on the scene.
The film, which was shot on location in Tasmania, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. That's where Cineplex Magazine's Mathilde Roy sat down with the veteran star of such films as Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning and Spider-Man to discuss the new film, his favourite kinds of roles and his approach to doing interviews. »
- Mathilde Roy - Cineplex Magazine
With MGM and Universal having settled their differences over the rights of Don Mancini’s Chucky franchise, we are now getting word that both a remake and spin-off are on the cards. The news comes from the man who has voiced the devilish doll in all five films, and is expected to return for both projects.
Genre favourite Brad Dourif, played killer Charles Lee Ray whose obsession with the occult led to him taking-over the plastic body of the cherub looking ‘Good Guy’ doll, has said that the remake will tell the original tale in a much darker form, with a few unexpected twists along the way.
However, the spin-off will follow more along the lines of the last two comic-themed sequels Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky, with the focus being on the demonic doll’s immediate family. A working title of Revenge Of Chucky should tell you »
- Craig Hunter
Over the past few months I’ve been revisiting Chris Carter’s classic science fiction TV series The X-Files on DVD and besides jogging my memory as to just how good of a pairing David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully made, I’ve found myself surprised at the number of famous faces who’ve cropped up across the series’ nine-season run.
Now I’m not talking about those guest stars who were already firmly established (or pretty much on their way) by the time they made an appearance – the likes of Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), David Faustino (Married… with Children), Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather), Burt Reynolds (Deliverance), Kurtwood Smith »
Sean Guard celebrates Black History Month with a selection of acclaimed African American films...
In the light and celebration of Black History Month, I’ve put together a small collection from the vast library of highly-acclaimed African American films. From Cicely Tyson to Denzel Washington to Spike Lee, I’ve included some of the classic films and miniseries that have come to contribute to my generation and others’ education of the struggles and contributions of Blacks in the past and present. Now, seeing as how there are tons of film to go over that fit rather easily into this category, this assemblage of titles are only a tip of the Black iceberg.
Native Son (1951)
Based on the novel by Richard Wright, this film focuses on a young black poverty stricken man living in 1930s Chicago. He takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn »
Legendary actor Gene Hackman has been involved in a serious accident whilst riding his bike in the Florida Keys. Hackman was hit by a car and needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The Oscar-winning 81 year-old actor suffered injuries to his head and body but fortunately left hospital after treatment. The accident is currently being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Hackman officially retired from acting in 2004 after working on political comedy Welcome To Mooseport opposite (supposed) funny man Ray Romano. Incredible roles in The French Connection, The Conversation, Unforgiven and Mississippi Burning will forever secure Hackman as a Hollywood legend. Whispers of a return to acting have also been rumoured.
- Craig Hunter
Gene Hackman, Oscar winner for The French Connection (photo) and Unforgiven, was hit by a car while bicycling in Florida earlier today. According to TMZ (and TheWrap, quoting a highway patrol officer), Hackman suffered "serious injuries to his head and body," and was later airlifted to a local hospital. According to Hackman's rep, the 81-year-old actor (82 next January 30), "is fine, he is on his way home" (via Access Hollywood). Hackman was not wearing a helmet. The driver, a 60-year-old woman, wasn't hurt in the accident. The cause of the collision hasn't been determined. In addition to his Best Actor win for Franklin J. Schaffner's thriller The French Connection (1971) and his Best Supporting Actor win for Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven (1992) — both films also won Best Picture Oscars — Hackman has been nominated for three other Academy Awards: in the supporting category for Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Gilbert Cates »
- Zac Gille
Actor Gene Hackman is apparently on the mend after after being hit by a car while on a bike ride in Key West. TMZ states that Hackman, 81, had been airlifted to a trauma hospital with injuries to his head and body.
The Oscar-winner's spokesperson tells the site that Hackman's already been released from the hospital and he's doing "fine." The rep says Hackman "suffered bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle."
The injury occurred mid-afternoon on Friday (Jan. 13). The site reports that the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
Over the course of his 50-year career, Hackman has played some of the most memorable roles in cinematic history. Some his most famous characters include Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in "The French Connection," Norman Dale in "Hoosiers" and Agent Rupert Anderson in "Mississippi Burning."
Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
Scary news to pass along: According to TMZ, acting legend Gene Hackman was hit by a car in Florida on Friday afternoon.
The actor, who is a couple of weeks shy of his 82nd birthday, was riding his bike when he was struck by a car. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital after suffering injuries to his head and body. He's reportedly in stable condition.
Hackman won Oscars for his work in "The French Connection" and "Unforgiven," and was also nominated three other times -- for "Mississippi Burning,""I Never Sang for My Father" and "Bonnie and Clyde." His last film was "Welcome to Mooseport" in 2004, after which, Hackman retired. Sorta.
"If I could do [one more movie] in my own house, maybe, without them disturbing anything and just one or two people,"he told GQ last summer, when faced with the idea of making another movie. »
- Christopher Rosen
Bob Hoskins, Jessica Rabbit in Robert Zemeckis' DGA- (but not Oscar-) nominated Who Framed Roger Rabbit (top); Willem Dafoe in Martin Scorsese's Oscar- (but not DGA-) nominated The Last Temptation of Christ (bottom) DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards 1970s: Odd Men Out Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman 1980 DGA Michael Apted, Coal Miner's Daughter AMPAS Roman Polanski, Tess DGA/AMPAS Robert Redford, Ordinary People David Lynch, The Elephant Man Richard Rush, The Stunt Man Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull 1981 DGA/AMPAS Warren Beatty, Reds Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire Louis Malle, Atlantic City Mark Rydell, On Golden Pond Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark 1982 DGA Taylor Hackford, An Officer and a Gentleman AMPAS Sidney Lumet, The Verdict DGA/AMPAS Richard Attenborough, Gandhi Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot Sydney Pollack, Tootsie Steven Spielberg, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1983 DGA Lawrence Kasdan, The Big Chill Philip Kaufman, The Right Stuff AMPAS Mike Nichols, »
- Andre Soares
12 items from 2012
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