12 items from 2015
A review of tonight's "Fargo" — which FX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you see why they called me the Breakfast King of Loyola... "This family? Deserves the ground." -Simone "Did you do this? No, you did it!!" is perhaps the series' most overtly Coen-y episode by far, with nods at various points to "The Big Lebowski" (Hank offers to cut off his toe, Mike Miligan says "Sometimes, there's a man," and we hear a version of "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" twice), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" ("O Death" plays), "Miller's Crossing" (Bear not only takes Simone out to the barren woods to kill her, but we hear "Danny Boy" as he prepares to do it), and even "Fargo" itself (Hank's wife died in Brainerd). For the most part, I've enjoyed these tips of the trooper's »
- Alan Sepinwall
Carter Burwell, a veteran film composer best known for his work alongside the Coen Brothers ("Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "Miller's Crossing," "Barton Fink," "The Big Lebowski," "A Serious Man," "True Grit") is often regarded by music and movie critics alike as film's secret weapon. Carefully weaving yearning, melodrama, angst and desire, Burwell's furtive scores add complex layers to a film, and in the case of "Carol," do much to fill in the constrained silences of the 50s lesbian romance. Watch: "Rooney Mara on Loving Cate Blanchett in 'Carol,' Owning Lisbeth Salander, and More (Exclusive Video)" Amassing a staggering 95 film credits, Burwell now adds Todd Haynes' "Carol" to his roster of accomplishments — pairing his enigmatic brand of minimalist oeuvre with today's most celebrated auteurs. On collaborating with Haynes on "Carol," Burwell told EW he »
- Ruben Guevara
Warning: Spoilers for Season 2, episode 1 of "Fargo" follow... The second season of FX's anthology crime-drama "Fargo" has premiered with a magnificent first entry that, once again, gracefully dances the line between homage and ingenuity. The series found thematic and tonal links to the Coen brothers' beloved classic in its fist season, and while it continues to honor those roots, becomes even more its own animal in Season 2. Take a look at Alan's review here. There's one particular moment in the debut episode that will likely have viewers talking. The aliens. Or rather, the aliens? I'll confess, it was one of the fist topics I wanted to dive into after seeing the Season 2 premiere. When Kieran Culkin's Rye Gerhardt races out of the massacre at the Waffle Hutt, it appears as though he is witness to a UFO swooping across the lonely winter highway. Of course, he'd just experienced (well »
- Roth Cornet
It's something of a crime that the great Carter Burwell has never won an Oscar, let alone been nominated, because it's hard to imagine some of the movies he's worked on without his musical touch. He's done memorable work for the Coen Brothers in films like "Fargo" and "Miller's Crossing," and his talents run wide, working on everything from Spike Jonze's singular "Where The Wild Things Are" to blockbuster "The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn." And his latest effort is another move in an interesting direction with Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes." Led by Ian McKellen as the famed detective, the story follows the elderly crime solver who embarks on a mission to solve one last case. It's a journey that will see him confront issues of memory, aging, and legacy. And as you'll hear below in this exclusive preview, Burwell brings a sensitive touch with his compositions for the movie. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After an incredible first year that earned the hit FX anthology series "Fargo" some hardware during awards season, expectations for the second installment are high. The new season adds Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman, Jean Smart, Kieran Culkin, and Bruce Campbell (as Ronald Reagan) to the cast. Read More: How 'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Tackles the Bill Cosby Controversy A period piece, the next chapter of Noah Hawley's tale travels back to South Dakota and Minnesota for a 1970s-set adventure. The "true crime" storyline investigates a local gang and a major Mob syndicate, and is inspired by three films of the Coen brothers, including "Miller's Crossing," "The Man Who Wasn't There," and, of course, "Fargo." Anything could happen considering the undertones appear to emphasize corporate America, the mob, and politics. Above, we have the first full trailer for Season 2, featuring the full cast and »
- Conor Soules
After an incredible first year that earned the hit FX anthology series "Fargo" some hardware during awards season, expectations for the second installment are high. The new season adds Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman, Jean Smart, Kieran Culkin, and Bruce Campbell (as Ronald Reagan) to the cast. Read More: How 'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Tackles the Bill Cosby Controversy A period piece, the next chapter of Noah Hawley's tale travels back to South Dakota and Minnesota for a 1970s-set adventure. The "true crime" storyline investigates a local gang and a major Mob syndicate, and is inspired by three films of the Coen brothers, including "Miller's Crossing," "The Man Who Wasn't There," and, of course, "Fargo." Anything could happen considering the undertones appear to emphasize corporate America, the mob, and politics. Above, we have the first full trailer for Season 2, featuring the full cast and...
- Conor Soules
Following last year's grand scale Back to the Future was going to be tough, but Secret Cinema has become a well-oiled machine and this summer's event is an amazing spectacle. The triumphant return is frequently a punch-the-air thrill ride that doesn't fail to delight.
Taking place in a huge, mystery location in London, the audience was formed by over a thousand people dressed in all manner of Star Wars-themed costumes. Like all Secret Cinema productions, we were all given 'characters' before the show to get some guidance on what to wear, but it doesn't really matter what you come as. We saw one bloke in a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt outfit, and were pretty sure he wasn't an actor. »
When other filmmakers do it it's most often considered a fun homage, but when Quentin Tarantino does it seems to rile people up a bit more to the point they say he's stealing. Personally I found Tarantino's visual references in his films to be endlessly entertaining and eye-opening. I can't tell you how many films I've watched merely because Tarantino references them in his films or mentions them as inspirations for his movies and today we have a new video from Jacob T. Swinney, whose work I've featured several times before, offering a few side-by-side looks at Tarantino's work opposite the films that influenced it. All of Tarantino's films are included from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained with films that influenced several shots in each from City on Fire (which people contend Tarantino ripped off entirely for Reservoir Dogs), 8 1/2, Kiss Me Deadly, Lady Snowblood, The Great Silence, Miller's Crossing and many more. »
- Brad Brevet
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Ahhh... celebrity life! Borrowing from mobster Johnny Caspar in the Coen Brothers' classic "Miller's Crossing," after he discovers just how hard it is to be top dog: “runnin' things... it ain’t all gravy!” Or maybe a more familiar, contemporary phrase inline with the sentiment would be, "more money... more problems?" Not quite, but I'm sure you catch my drift. But who's complaining anyway? I'd trade lives with Will Smith any day, even if it's for one day, to experience what it's like to live the life... the superstar celebrity life. All this came about as I was reading reactions to a rather personal, extensive interview he gave to Esquire magazine, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
12 items from 2015
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