15 items from 2014
Brian Trenchard-Smith has been a director for 40 years and has made around the same amount of movies, from 1975’s George Lazenby-featuring action film The Man from Hong Kong through 1986’s cult film Dead End Drive-In to last year’s straight-to-dvd thriller Absolute Deception, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. “I’ve never met a green-light I didn’t like,” chuckles the urbane auteur.
Trenchard-Smith is one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite filmmakers and a frequent contributor to Joe Dante’s fantastic Trailers from Hell website, alongside such fellow Tfh “gurus” as Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, and John Landis, and »
- Clark Collis
When Pamela Adlon's oldest daughter was going into middle school, the actress suffered a mini-meltdown. Another mom had said that she allowed her children – a seventh grader and a nine-year-old – to watch Californication, the sexually explicit Showtime comedy series about debauched yet well-meaning novelist, Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) and his equally depraved friends, one of whom is the professional pubic-hair waxer Marcy Runkle, played by Adlon. "I was thinking, 'How is she explaining "stunt cock" to her kid – or is she not?'" Adlon says in her »
Cameron Crowe doing a TV Series?! Sign me up, I'm already sold. According to Nikki Finke, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company is going to announce a TV pilot for a Showtime series created by Crowe. The filmmaker is best known for movies such as Say Anything, Almost Famous, and Jerry Maguire.
I've really enjoyed most of the films that he has made over the years, and this series he's developing sounds fantastic. It’s described as an "ensemble comedy set during a U.S. rock tour." The title they are currently going with is Roadies, but there's a chance that could change. Crowe is set to direct the pilot before the end of the year, and this will be his first time taking on a TV show. I love the initial concept of the series, and I can't wait to watch it!
His next film comes out this Christmas. »
- Joey Paur
With such feel-good dramas as Say Anything…, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Elizabethtown and We Bought A Zoo on his resume, Cameron Crowe has carved out a pretty well-defined niche for himself in cinema. Now, however, it appears that the director, whose still-untitled romantic comedy with Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper is slated for release this December, is about to make the leap to the small screen. Today, we’re hearing that Crowe is collaborating with premium cable network Showtime to develop a series called Roadies.
The ensemble comedy series, to be set during a U.S. rock tour, is being produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. If the series works out, Crowe will direct the pilot later this year. The helmer’s involvement in a musically-driven show shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given his past. Crowe worked as a Rolling Stone music journalist in the 1970s, which »
- Isaac Feldberg
I talk in pictures, not in words
-- "And Through the Wire" by Peter Gabriel
Welcome to Sounds Like Film, Slackerwood's new monthly feature on music in local and independent film.
Music plays an integral role in film. Whether it's a well-placed song with lyrics to enhance a mood or scene or a film score that evokes an emotional response, the audience's experience is heightened by music. Studies have demonstrated that music stimulates several areas of the brain: the auditory, limbic and motor regions as well as the less-understood orbitofrontal cortex which is thought to be key in sensory integration.
This concept relates to our movie experience in many ways, as familiar songs or scores can evoke a particular emotion or memory. In my own experience, there are many film-related compositions that can do just that -- Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club, Ennio Morricone »
- Debbie Cerda
This week is the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe‘s first feature, Say Anything, and while he went on to direct three more fantastic films (plus one good one and two stinkers) this one holds a special place in many of our hearts. It’s a rare honest look at teenagers in and out of love, is eminently quotable and features a high number of memorable and possibly iconic scenes. A quarter of a century later and the film is more beloved than ever. The anniversary has led to a handful of editorials on the movie — our own Kate Erbland even had the nerve to question whether Lloyd and Diane were still together 25 years later! The responses were varied and highly pessimistic, but the truth is clear in Lloyd’s persistence and optimism and in Diane’s joy and satisfaction. You only have to watch the movie to know that the two are still living it up »
- Rob Hunter
Twenty-five years ago today, cinema changed forever. That makes it sound like something groundbreaking or game changing occurred, but all that happend back on April 14, 1989 is that moviegoers were introduced to Say Anything, and with it the unforgettable image and sound of John Cusack holding a boom box blaring Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." It probably actually took a few days or weeks for the moment to reach pop-culture consciousness in a way that made it iconic, but regardless it's difficult to imagine life, the world, the movies without that scene. It's like trying to imagine a time before trees. Maybe that's a stretch, but really famous movie moments are so implanted in our brains that they seem as if they've always been there. Cinematic...
- Christopher Campbell
Say Anything, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, has endured for a lot of reasons. There’s the boom box, and the whole “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” Also, there’s how it captures our nostalgia for teenage love in all its unbridled romance and devastating heartbreak. But Cameron Crowe’s film endures because it’s never been just the teen comedy/romance it appears to be. It possesses a maturity that has long offered not just legitimate wisdom about love at any age, but life too. Here are some of its chief insights about loving, living and tax fraud.
- Alexander Huls
Say Anything, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, has endured for a lot of reasons. There’s the boombox, and the whole “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” Also, there’s how it captures our nostalgia for teenage love in all its unbridled romance and devastating heartbreak. But Cameron Crowe’s film endures because it’s never been just the teen comedy/romance it appears to be. It possesses a maturity that has long offered not just legitimate wisdom about love at any age, but life too. Here are some of its chief insights about loving, living, and tax fraud.
- Alexander Huls
Break out your boom box, because April 14 is Say Anything's 25th anniversary. Cameron Crowe's 1989 directorial debut tells the teenage love story of alternative dude Lloyd Dobler and goody-goody scholar Diane Court. As always, opposites attract and eventually ride off into the sunset (or, in this case, fly to England) - but not before coping with a meddling papa and immortalizing an iconic Peter Gabriel slow jam. Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, Say Anything is a film with heart and a surprising amount of philosophy. It's a mix that has helped this rom-com outlast the '80s and find new fans each year. »
- Kelli Bender
Sometime during the spring of my freshman year at college, a friend of mine decided to break out a big romantic gesture for his girlfriend of just a few weeks – they weren’t celebrating anything special, no anniversary or holiday to peg it to, he just wanted to do something – and he decided to recreate the infamous boombox scene from Say Anything. It went over like gangbusters. He drove his truck to the back of her dorm, stood in the bed of it, and blasted Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” for everyone to hear. I’m certain that was part of the charm – his girlfriend heard it, the rest of her dorm heard it, people walking to class heard it. (She was, to put it delicately, a bit of a show-off.) Most importantly, everyone seemed to get it. Cameron Crowe’s film was nearly fifteen years old when this particularly over-the-top expression of love occurred, and »
- Kate Erbland
You couldn't make "Say Anything" today. Lloyd Dobler would be standing outside Diane Court's house holding up his iPhone... nah, it just wouldn't work.
"Say Anything," which opened 25 years ago this week (on April 14, 1989), was definitely a movie of its time. In addition to that iconic moment where Lloyd uses his boombox to serenade Diane with Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," it's the movie that made John Cusack into Generation X's favorite romantic leading man, as well as launching Cameron Crowe's directing career. And its countless cameos fill the film with faces that were familiar to audiences a quarter-century ago (blink and you'll miss Chynna Phillips, of Wilson Phillips fame, as Joe's new girlfriend) -- or those that were about to be, like future Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (he plays a cab driver), Dan Castellaneta (on the eve of fame as the voice of Homer Simpson, he »
- Gary Susman
New York (AP) — Kiss made up, but its music went unheard. Nirvana used four women rockers to sing Kurt Cobain's songs. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band — predictably — turned its honor into a marathon. The three acts were ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a colorful induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They were joined by the blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, British rocker Peter Gabriel, 1970s folkie Cat Stevens and the absent Linda Ronstadt. Nirvana was the emotional centerpiece. The trio rooted in the Seattle-area punk rock scene was voted into the hall in its first year of eligibility. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, but the band was done after Kurt Cobain committed suicide 20 years ago this month. "Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music," said Krist Novoselic, »
- AP Staff
The ending of "Say Anything..." has secured its place in pop culture as a symbol of romantic hope, mostly remembered as that movie with that scene where John Cusack blares Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" from a boombox he holds over his head. But what if what was playing was something very different? Like, really different?
Say, I don't know, The Beach Boys' "Kokomo"?
Shout out to Mandatory, who posted this re-imagining of the classic scene. It plays out subtly at first, but the longer you watch, the more you grow to appreciate just how hilariously different this classic moment could have played out had the song been, say, anything else. »
- Jonny Black
This drab record of Peter Gabriel's recent tour sees him take a sledgehammer to the excitement of his mid-80s heyday
As Sledgehammer illustrates, Peter Gabriel's album So stands as a repository of irresistibly alert mid-80s pop, but this record of the singer's current retrospective tour sees its songs stuffed and mounted in disappointingly drab surrounds. For most of its duration, we're watching baldy men dressed in black against a black backdrop, being stalked by revolving light rigs that resemble crap Transformers. Song-by-song, you'd almost always take the videos that entered into MTV perma-rotation over anything attempted here – and lovely though In Your Eyes remains, Gabriel and guitarists' synchronised dad-dancing to it isn't likely to supplant John Cusack's last stand in Say Anything... in the cinematic memory.
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- Mike McCahill
15 items from 2014
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