18 items from 2014
Written and directed by Richard Linklater
Artistic intent is an often-debated mode of dissecting a finished product. What the artist went into the project intending to render presumably dictates the manner in which we, as audience members and general consumers of art, perceive. With film, it’s also common conception that, once the piece is finished and released into the world, 50% of its production now lies in the hands of the audience. The thought is that a movie doesn’t fully exist without someone to watch and perceive it. Both concepts are true, while neither holds predominant sway over the reception of art. What we go into an experience knowing, or not knowing, can drastically alter our perception of any given event. But while in the moment of interpretation, we are subject to a series of perceptions that exist independently of pre-defined knowledge.
- Ariel Fisher
On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
It all came down to a 6-year-old Texan named Ellar Coltrane. When the blue-eyed lad auditioned for Richard Linklater in 2002, the writer/director made a risky bet that the unknown child actor was the right kid for Boyhood—a daring, unprecedented project that would film the same people as they aged, in real time, over 12 years. “Child actors have this adult-pleasing personality,” Linklater says. “They are cute kids who are trying to have an effect on you, make you laugh. Ellar wasn’t like that at all. He didn’t give a shit what you thought of him, which was refreshing. »
- Nicole Sperling
Sure, we see a boy grow up on screen in Richard Linklater's new film, "Boyhood," but that can also be said of the actor who plays his father. Ethan Hawke, who turns 44 this fall, has been acting since 1985's "Explorers." We've watched him mature from shy, uncertain school boy in "Dead Poets Society" to a scruffy '90s lothario in "Reality Bites" and checked in with him at pivotal 10-year intervals in the "Before Sunrise" trilogy.
From child star to Gen X icon to Oscar nominee to fledgling horror star, see how the actor has changed over the past three decades.
Article photo courtesy of Getty »
- Sharon Knolle
Holy hell, has it really been twenty-five years since everyone stood up triumphantly on their desks saying "O captain! My captain!" and we all cried when Neil committed suicide in "Dead Poets Society"? Time really flies, but here's a capsule from the era that's well worth looking at for fans of the movie. Moviemaker Magazine has dug up a really vintage and interesting piece of footage circa filming of Peter Weir's movie. A travelogue of sorts, it finds Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Dylan Kussman, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, James Waterston and Allelon Ruggiero heading into New York City, where they were all (except two of them) auditioning for the forgotten Ted Danson/Jack Lemmon vehicle "Dad" (Hawke would eventually win the role, fyi). And it's a travelogue of sorts, of a bunch of very young, rising actors hanging out together and having the time of their lives. “Allelon Ruggiero »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What we have hear is a video more deserving of the 'Cool Videos' moniker than most. Back during the production of Dead Poets Society, the poets themselves, (Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Dylan Kussman, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, James Waterston and Allelon Ruggiero) took a break from filming to go audition in New York for a role in the film Dad (the part went to Hawke). Only five of them were auditioning, but the entire crew went and they took a camera with them to chronicle the »
- Sean Wist
In the summer of 1989, Dead Poets Society was in theaters making moviegoers laugh, cry, and learn Latin. The Best Picture nominee earned an Oscar for screenwriter Tom Schulman, as well as nods for director Peter Weir and Robin Williams, who stars as English teacher John Keating—the man who taught more than just his prep-school students the meaning of the phrase carpe diem (“seize the day”). It was also the breakout film for Robert Sean Leonard (tortured Neil Perry), Ethan Hawke (shy Todd Anderson), and Josh Charles (romantic Knox Overstreet). Charles discussed some of his fond memories in an interview with EW. »
- Mandi Bierly
Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »
- Kristopher Tapley
One of the more cutting sequences of satire from 2013 was a fake movie trailer from Don Jon, which featured a pair of notable Hollywood beautiful people mocking the kind of romantic comedies both had their share of experience in. Filled with the sort of exaggerated gestures and overwrought drama one expects from the genre, the parody was filleting an easy target. We all acknowledge the vapidity and shallowness inherent to what usually passes for a romcom these days, because we’ve accepted that as par for the course. At least they can’t get any worse, right? Not quite, as Words and Pictures proves that the only thing worse than an empty romantic comedy is a self-important one.
Clive Owen stars as Jack Marcus, an author, poet, and endlessly verbose honors literature teacher at a Pennsylvania prep school. Once a shining star of the town’s small, but incredibly well organized artistic community, »
- Sam Woolf
June 2014. So what does the month of June usually remind one of during this time of year? Well, besides Father’s Day and possible scheduled weddings this sixth month in the calendar year marks the celebrated occasion for the ending of the school semester. Whether students are simply looking forward to their summer vacation or managed to complete a milestone in graduating from said grammar school, middle school, high school or college the month of June is closely identified with the school season coming to a close (unless one can escape the doldrums of a summer school session).
So to mark this auspicious occasion we should take a look at some random films with an educational theme. Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests. »
- Frank Ochieng
Those warm wafting breezes tell us that Summer is finally here. What better time to go…back to school? Well, at least via the local cinema. Director Fred Schepisi’s (Roxanne) new film takes us back to the halls of academia, not for a heavy drama like Dead Poets Society or a raucous comedy like School Of Rock. Nope it’s a romantic comedy/drama. Familiar territory, you say? This one doesn’t concern the campus jock falling for the shy bookworm after her big make-over. Nor is it about two social outcasts bucking the status quo. Nope this is a faculty romance, love between the teachers. It isn’t smooth sailing, of course. The guy teaches English while the gal is the new art instructor, so of course they clash over an age-old argument. Which has the greater importance or impact. It’s the battle between Words And Pictures. »
- Jim Batts
If you’ve been on the Internet this month, you’re likely more than aware that a little film called The Fault in Our Stars opens Friday (Read EW’s review here), and it’s going to charm its way into your heart whether you like it or not.
What some might be less familiar with is the term “Nerdfighter” that pops up in some of the reviews of that movie. Here, we’re speaking to those of you whose lives don’t revolve around Tumblr, Twitter, and/or high school.
With Fault in Our Stars author John Green hitting »
- EW staff
Movie Mezzanine 'History of Film: Best of the Sixties.' They polled lots and lots of film critics including me. And you can see our individual lists. I appear to be the only person who listed West Side Story but some of my other choices are appropriately snooty if you need that.
THR most tweeted tv shows and events. Naturally the Oscars are #1 for specials (Golden Globes in #3 behind the Grammys).
Vf Hollywood celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dead Poets Society (1989) by getting all up in preppy nostalgia
Serious Film how many of these Eternal Sunshine details have you noticed on your multiple views?
- NATHANIEL R
It’s movie night, and you can choose between crazy-shouty Robin Williams (think “The Fisher King”) and blubbering feel-good Robin Williams (like the one who discovers his son, dead from autoerotic asphyxiation, in “World’s Greatest Dad”). Which would you prefer? Trick question! In “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” you can have it both ways, as Williams plays the human equivalent of a bulging forehead vein who learns he has 90 minutes to live and spends the rest of the movie making amends, like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of “A Christmas Carol.” Most auds will prefer have no Robin Williams at all.
Inspired by the 1997 Israeli movie “The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum,” in which actor-director Assi Dayan tried to imagine how the worst possible news could possibly bring out the best in someone, this schmaltzy remake from “Field of Dreams” helmer Phil Alden Robinson (directing his first film since 2002′s »
- Peter Debruge
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We start today with a look back at the summer of 1989. In many ways, 1989 is a fascinating case study for the direction populist filmmaking was already in the process of taking. Never before had so many sequels descended upon the multiplex. Franchises were exploding in the wake of "Star Wars." Twenty-five years later, well, the more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess. As a 7-year-old living in small-town North Carolina, those franchises sucked me in that summer. It was a formidable few months for me, and so when we decided to crank out a Summer Movies Flashback series this year, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Take your seats and grab a pencil, because it's time to get schooled on the most noteworthy onscreen teachers who have taught us valuable life lessons. Before Cameron Diaz and Ari Graynor were playing the antitheses of role models in Bad Teacher, we looked up to people like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Take a look at the teachers in film and TV who deserve an A+! »
- Becca Frucht
The Overlooked Hotel, having found a spare room for Stephen Tobolowsky, now welcomes another deserving guest, the late, great Jt Walsh. You know, that really talented guy from that thing you really like.
Jt Walsh, in many ways the definitive supporting character actor, passed away suddenly in 1998. He succumbed to a heart attack at the relatively tender age of 54, but left behind a quite astonishingly varied and accomplished body of work, despite never being nominated for anything other than a Primetime Emmy and a couple of SAG cast awards. If nothing else, this amply demonstrates that far too often, real talent goes unrewarded and although (of course) not every0ne can be lavished with awards and in any given year the same performance is likely to hoover up every award going, the fact that Walsh never received an Oscar, Golden Globe or SAG award (or even a solo nomination) is a glaring omission. »
- Dave Roper
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
Thank you to the 298 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
18 items from 2014
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