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For the past few months on Oscar Beat, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the Oscar race to come. We saw frontrunners emerge out of the fall film festival circuit, and now we’re starting to see each category come together. However, for this holiday weekend we thought it’d be fun to take a look at awards seasons past; specifically, films that were considered strong Oscar hopefuls until for one reason or another they dropped out of the race entirely. This year we’ve already seen a couple of potential Oscar contenders fade from the race once critics got their first look—namely The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which now feels destined to be more of a commercial hit than a serious Oscar contender. After the jump, we examine five films from the past decade that looked like they had the goods for Oscar glory but »
- Adam Chitwood
Next year’s X-Men ultra-sequel has officially cashed in on the Killing Kennedy craze. Just one week after bookshelves and TV schedules were flooded with memorials for the 35th president of the United States, Days of Future Past has just released a new video offering a new theory: Maybe Magneto did. The video proffers the idea that Magneto was present on the grassy knoll on November 22, and that he used his powers to “bend” the bullet. This ridiculous idea still makes more sense than anything in Oliver Stone’s JFK, so watch the video below:
Now, here’s where things get fun. »
- Darren Franich
With the anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas just a few days ago, I’m not entirely sure if this is in very good taste, to use the former President’s death as some kind of gimmicky viral video for your movie. But it sure is timely — and heck, if you subscribe to the “magic bullet” theory, then it certainly makes sense that ol Magneto would be involved, right? He is the master of magnetism, after all. I know this for sure, though: Oliver Stone is probably rolling around in his grave right about now. Here’s the gag: Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since. Check out the viral video below. The film itself, starring Hugh Jackman, »
Last week saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. We at Thn commemorated the event with a retrospective look back at Oliver Stone’s classic film JFK. Fox however went down a different route, investigating the ‘bent bullet’ conspiracy, placing X-men mutant Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, into the spotlight. How pivotal will this plot point play in Singer’s X-men: Days Of Future Past?
This clip sees the marketing machine kick-it-up a notch. The video is a stroke of viral genius, edited together like a documentary, blending real world images with X-verse footage seamlessly. Watch the viral video here alongside the secret documents proving Lee Harvey Oswald was no lone shooter via the intriguing new website:
“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of »
- Kat Smith
Directed by Peter Landesman.
Timely released to co-inside with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, there’s no more poignant time to release Parkland, a film which tells the story of multiple real characters on the day of and few days following that event which changed the course of history. That doesn’t save it from being little more than a made-for-tv or History Channel movie.
I like the film’s intentions to tell a well-known story from the perspectives of the people whose names aren’t so well known, but whose actions are of vital importance. »
- Gary Collinson
(Oliver Stone, 1991; 20th Century Fox, 15)
On Friday 22 November 1963 America had its nightmare on Elm Street: in broad daylight on Dallas's Dealey Plaza. It's haunted the country ever since, and inevitably it's on TV and on DVD this week. You don't need to agree with the findings of Oliver Stone's JFK to admire his 206-minute political epic. It sees the assassination of President Kennedy as a gigantic plot that might involve any permutation of the military industrial complex, the CIA, the FBI, the mafia, anti-Castro Cubans, and a right-wing cabal in New Orleans. The purpose of the plotters was to remove an idealistic president bent on ending America's doomed and costly commitment in South West Asia.
It's a heady aural and visual brew, superbly edited and photographed (Oscars went both to the cinematographer and the editors), and offering what Stone calls an all-star "alternative myth" to the official story. Kevin Costner »
- Philip French
Despite excellent cinematography and some first-class performances, this JFK assassination drama remains an also-ran
What else is there to say about the assassination of JFK? With every aspect of the case explored in both documentary (Killing Oswald also opens this week) and drama, it's hard to find an angle that hasn't been covered.
This solid but unremarkable adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi's painstaking book Four Days in November focuses on the lives of incidental characters (Zac Efron's exhausted young surgeon, Paul Giamatti's rattled Abraham Zapruder) who find themselves accidentally caught up in the whirlwind.
Barry Ackroyd's cinematography lends a typically authentic air to the proceedings and Jacki Weaver is extraordinary as Oswald's unhinged mother, Marguerite, but Parkland remains a bystander in the already overcrowded field of films about the events of November 1963.
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- Mark Kermode
“Back, and to the left… back, and to the left… back, and to the left”
It was the hottest ticket in town on the 50th anniversary of one the most tragic events of the 20th century! Director Oliver Stone, who made the historically dubious, but entertaining as hell JFK in 1991 spent the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination here in St. Louis as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. The event was last night at The Tivoli. The sold-out crowd was treated to a speech by Stone reflecting on the historic date. This was followed by a clip reel highlighting his 40-year Hollywood career (but not a single clip from Seizure!) and a 15-minute segment from his Showtime documentary series ‘The Untold History of the United States‘. After receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis, Stone took to the stage for an interview moderated by St. »
- Tom Stockman
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on a Friday afternoon in November 1963 was the Baby Boomers’ 9/11. On this day, 50 years ago, Abraham Zapruder’s 8mm Kodachrome camera caught the event on film. 50 years later, two major government investigations, a staggering 40,000 books, several films and Lord knows how many articles, haven’t fully clarified what happened in Dallas that day. The murder remains wildly controversial, and the conspiracy theories that have sprung up around range from the ‘magic bullet’ theory, the grassy knoll, a long list of culprits, the CIA, the Mafia, the Kgb, the Little Green Men and The Illuminati – but what about the other people who were taking pictures and filming that day? That’s the question that Errol Morris focuses on in this 14 minute documentary about the president’s shooting. The director sits down with Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book Six Seconds in Dallas, »
It used to be said that every American could remember where he or she was when they heard the news that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Today, it’s official that no one under 50 can, or ever will, remember that moment. But I bet a great many people who are too young to have experienced the cataclysm of JFK’s murder can remember where they were the first time they saw the Zapruder film. Because for anyone too young to remember the assassination, that 26-second, 486-frame little home movie — the film that has been viewed more than any other »
- Owen Gleiberman
JFK, the historical thriller from Oliver Stone, stars Kevin Costner as New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, who suspects there is more to the story of President Kennedy’s assassination than the public is being told. Featuring a powerful supporting cast, including Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon and Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK is a must-see.
Stone’s almost obsessively detailed account of what could have happened on that fateful day, JFK remains the definitive take on the event. Kevin Costner plays New Orleans Da Jim Garrison, who was unconvinced by the Warren Commission Report and launched his own investigation into the killing.
Initially, the film was released to major controversy and led to a campaign to make Congress re-open government records from the 1977 House Select Committee. Stone uses real archive footage as well as historical reconstruction and conjecture based on his own theories and those of others to »
- Simon Gallagher
Source: Twitter user saschareinking Zach Braff photobombed a couple's wedding photo in NYC. Jennifer Lawrence reacts appropriately when being screamed at by photographers on the red carpet. Josh Brolin has entered rehab for substance abuse. Dodge Durango can thank Ron Burgundy's velvet voice for increasing their sales for October. Sosie Bacon, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick's 21-year-old daughter, has been named Miss Golden Globe 2014. Only in New York City would Frank Bruni, a writer and former restaurant critic for the New York Times, find Courtney Love's cellphone in a cab. (Don't worry, she got it back.) If you watch one cover of Lorde's "Royals," make sure it's this one. Amanda Bynes is declared mentally fit to stand her DUI trial in La. It's the end of an era: Winamp is officially shutting down on Dec. 20. Today marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's death. Dallas, where JFK was assassinated, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
On this day, 50 years ago, multiple shots suddenly rang out after President John F. Kennedy's motorcade turned the corner and came into Dealey Plaza. Abraham Zapruder's 8mm Kodachrome camera caught the horrifying moment on film, with the President's head snapping back and to the left, and that 26.6 seconds of footage becoming forever scrutinized and debated in the years to come. The event has also served as inspiration for countless movies about the JFK Assissination, 8 of which we investigate here. But what about the other evidence on the ground? What about the other people who were taking pictures and filming that day? That's the question that Errol Morris' probing, fascinating short documentary "November 22, 1963" gets into. The director sits down with Josiah “Tink” Thompson, Yale graduate and author of "Six Seconds In Dallas," which posits that three gunman were responsible in the death for JFK. Thompson, now a private investigator, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person once upon a time who, hearing that Oliver Stone was making a movie called JFK starring Kevin Costner, assumed that it would be a biopic, with Costner playing the fallen president. When I eventually found out that the movie was going to be an investigation into the assassination itself, with the crusading New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison as its hero, I felt disappointment: Who wanted to watch another courtroom drama? We had courtroom dramas coming out our ears in the late eighties and early nineties.I needn’t have worried. Stone’s film turned out to be more than a legal procedural. First and foremost, of course, it was a controversy magnet. Stone endorsed (more than endorsed — magnified and dramatized and even melodramatized) Garrison’s elaborate conspiracy theory that Kennedy had been killed by a massive cabal involving the military-industrial complex, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Friday November 22nd, 1963. Dallas, Texas. 12.30 Cst.
Whether you’re a native of the United States or not, that date and location remains one of history’s blackest days. As three shots rang out as a jubilant crowd watched on as President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s motorcade slowly turned onto Dealey Plaza, not one person could have been prepared for what happened that very day…
As a devastated nation watched on in horror as the news unfolded that their beloved ”Jack” was being rushed to Parkland Hospital in a vain attempt to save him, 30 minutes later his death was confirmed. A first bullet in the throat, a second in the upper part of his back, with the fatal shot taking a portion of skull and brain. He died younger than any Us President to date and like Abraham Lincoln (16th President), James A. Garfield (the 20th President) and William McKinley (25th President) before him, »
- Craig Hunter
The position in literary history of the writers of The Chronicles of Narnia and Brave New World has always been slightly overshadowed by a morbid coincidence. Cs Lewis (1898-1963) and Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) both had the misfortune to die of natural causes on the day that President John F Kennedy was unnaturally killed, meaning that first their obituaries and then their death anniversaries have been drowned out in the media by JFK's.
At the time, it seemed equally bad luck for a fictional TV character to be born into disrupted schedules the day after Kennedy died, but, 50 years on, the schedules have impressively stretched to accommodate lavish tributes for today's 50th anniversary of JFK's end and tomorrow's marking of »
- Mark Lawson
Director: Peter Landesman; Screenwriter: Peter Landesman; Starring: Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Marcia Gay Harden; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 15
50 years have passed since the assassination of President Kennedy, during which time all manner of conspiracy theories have emerged and been repeatedly raked over. This indie drama featuring Zac Efron takes a very different angle by examining the direct aftermath rather than trying to piece together the events leading up to it, but it's done with no clear sense of direction.
The natural climax of the JFK story is, here, the opener. Paul Giamatti is Abraham Zapruder, the man who filmed the now infamous footage of the President being gunned down in Dallas. His shock is palpable and so, too, is the highly charged atmosphere at Parkland hospital where the action swiftly moves. Efron is the young doctor, Charles 'Jim' Carrico, who is first »
Here is a decent ensemble movie that has been sniffed at on the festival circuit – partly, I suspect, because Zac Efron is in it. It's a heartfelt, modest and well staged film about the Kennedy assassination, lacking the voltage of JFK, Oliver Stone's great conspiracy opera, certainly, but it has a valid idea to put across: namely, that what emerges in the disaster is not a network of plots, but a web of shame and fear just visible in the miasma of sadness. Medics, feds and secret service are each sick with a spoken or unspoken guilt that they are to blame in not preventing Kennedy's death. Among those particularly caught up in the catastrophe are the staff at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital, who find themselves enduring »
- Peter Bradshaw
Chicago – Tomorrow, November 22nd, 2013, is the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Beyond the numerous TV programs and tributes expected for the memory, which films have lent the best perspective over the years regarding that Day in Dallas? The following offers five films for consideration.
Films and the cinema also figured in the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald. The alleged assassin ducked into Texas Theater in Dallas as he was on the run from the murder scene, and was apprehended inside the theater. A war film double feature was playing there – “Cry of Battle” (1963) and “War is Hell” (1963). It was the second film that was interrupted when police descended on Oswald.
The following five films – available for digital download, Blu-ray and DVD – provides different observations and objectives regarding November 22nd, 1963, and submits the facts, conspiracy theories and background players that were present in Dallas on that day. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Critics might be skeptics, but this drama about the events at the hospital after the shooting gets just about everything right
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Director: Peter Landesman
Entertainment grade: B+
History grade: A
On 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy was shot as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, and died shortly afterwards. He was the fourth president of the United States to be assassinated.
On the fateful morning, FBI and Secret Service men prepare for Kennedy's visit. Members of the public, including home-movie camera enthusiast Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), look forward to catching a glimpse of their president. At Parkland Hospital, 28-year-old Dr Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) wakes up for his shift and gets on with the important business of flirting with red-headed nurses. The film uses documentary footage and re-enactments to assemble the familiar events of that day: John and Jackie Kennedy »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
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