17 items from 2008
Top 10 Assassination Movies This week we have the Christmas Day release of the new MGM thriller Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise and directed by Bryan Singer in which Tom Cruise is out to assassinate Hitler, and MGM decided they wanted to sponsor a list of my Top Ten Assassination Films in conjunction with the release. How cool is that!?!? However, it wasn't all roses putting the piece together. When trying to figure out my top ten assassination films I had to quickly look at the list I was putting together and figure out is it a revenge film or an assassination film? For example, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill is a revenge film carried out by an assassin... So it is it an assassination film? I decided - no. Gangs of New York was another one I felt fit into the revenge category and didn't make the list even though I love it. »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – As the 2008 awards season kicks into high gear, it’s a good time to catch up with one of the most acclaimed and nominated films of seventeen years ago, Oliver Stone’s “JFK” in a classy and well-packaged Blu-Ray edition from Warner Brothers.
In the months leading up to the 1991 release of “JFK”, the controversy surrounding the film and its conspiracy theories was deafening, but the quality of Oliver Stone’s epic film overruled the negative buzz, leading to eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
JFK: Director’s Cut
Oliver Stone’s three-and-a-half hour film chronicles the drama around the most resonant gunshot of the twentieth century. Starring Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, and many more, this version of the film includes 17 added minutes that were not shown theatrically and truly do enrich the entire film. This is an actual “director’s cut”, not just reinserted deleted scenes, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Hellboy II: The Golden Army I have already made my opinion on this film very well known (just look here, here and here), but to get to the point, I didn't like this movie despite how great it looks. However, for those that did like it, Universal has put together a fantastic array of options when you are thinking about buying it. I reviewed the Blu-ray edition and after sifting through all my complaints you will see that I tell you it is an impressive release; it looks great and has a Ton of features. David just wrote his review of the Special Edition DVD and contrary to my opinion, he liked the film so we at RopeofSilicon offer you both sides of the coin in this case. Get his review here. The release comes on single disc DVD, 3-Disc DVD, »
- Brad Brevet
Whether you look at it as controversial, interesting, brilliant, eye-opening or a complete work of historical fiction there is no denying Oliver Stone did not approach JFK without knowing damn near every publicly available (and not so publicly available) detail there is to know about President John F. Kennedy and his assassination. If you aren't willing to accept that then you need to pick up this copy of JFK on Blu-ray or on 3-Disc DVD and listen to Stone's commentary over the film as well as his commentary in the 54+ minutes of deleted/alternate scenes. He is rather boring in tone and there is damn near no excitement, but it will give you a larger appreciation for what I consider his masterwork. Is there a lot of speculation and conspiracy theories presented in the film? Certainly, but they are presented as such. It isn't as if any real conclusion is »
- Brad Brevet
As said by Jim Garrison played by Kevin Costner in JFK: I have here some $8,000 in these letters sent to my office from all over the country - quarters, dimes, dollar bills from housewives, plumbers, car salesmen, teachers, invalids ... These are the people who cannot afford to send money but do, these are the ones who drive the cabs, who nurse in the hospitals, who see their kids go to Vietnam. Why? Because they care, because they want to know the truth - because they want their country back, because it belongs to us the people as long as the people got the guts to fight for what they believe in!
- Brad Brevet
The A-Team doesn’t come together; Ripley’s Believe it or Not gets a director; Steven Soderbergh has Cleopatra coming at ya; Crispin Glover teams with Tim Burton and McG gets into the spy business with Dead Spy Running .
The world economy may be in crisis, but the box office is still going strong. Claiming the number one spot with ease is High School Musical 3. It’s no surprise really considering the built in audience and the amazing number of tickets that were booked in advance by Effronettes. The tween musical should bank about $50 million by Monday morning.
Saw V claimed the runner-up position with a $30 million gross. It’s amazing that people still come back to this franchise. I have to say that I haven’t watched any of the films past the original. With Halloween on the way, this should hold up next weekend, »
- Niall Browne
Yesterday I received the new Blu-ray edition of Oliver Stone's JFK (Blu-ray information here) and promptly watched it last night. After all, this is the best Oliver Stone movie and on top of that it may in fact be the greatest political thriller ever made (at least top ten) and it may be the last time we see a film of it's nature ever made. Considering the size and scope of this feature it is amazing to think it was made on a budget of $40 million (source) especially when you consider the talent involved, which includes Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jack Lemmon, Laurie Metcalf, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Walter Matthau, Donald Sutherland, Vincent D'Onofrio, Wayne Knight, John Larroquette and Ron Rifkin. Somehow this film managed to break out and become a $70 million hit domestically and ultimately earned over $200 million worldwide making it »
- Brad Brevet
W.by Eric Sloss, Writer George W. Bush is one of the controversial presidents of all time. There really isn’t any in between of how people feel about him. Most people either love him or hate him. Director Oliver Stone can be considered the same way. His films rarely elicit mild reactions to them. It is with this knowledge that it shouldn’t be any surprise that Stone chose to tackle the subject of George W. Bush. Josh Brolin was chosen for the difficult task of playing the current president. Brolin is on quite a hot streak with his stellar work in such acclaimed films as “No Country for Old Men” and “American Gangster”. Brolin is excellent as Bush. He gets the speech and mannerisms down pat. Brolin brings some humanity to the beleaguered president. The charm and likeability that got Bush elected twice is however lacking in the script. »
'I Have woven a parachute out of everything broken," wrote William Stafford.
The trouble with writing about the new movie "W." is that in print, one can't do justice to what appears onscreen. The startling W is followed by a scarlet red period. That does provide emphasis!
Filmmaker Oliver Stone is still the enfant terrible of movies, no matter his age. He has always been a pet of mine, even when I disliked his ideas. (I am thinking of the CIA-homosexual conspiracy in "JFK.") But he is a great storyteller. Yes, he takes facts and elaborates them. »
- By LIZ SMITH
Rob Brown, a likable if bland actor with an eager apple-pie face, plays Ernie Davis, who shook off poverty and racism to follow in Jim Brown's urgent footsteps in the Syracuse University football program in 1959.
- By KYLE SMITH
The JFK moviemaker rushed to shoot and edit the film so it could open in cinemas throughout the U.S. before the forthcoming presidential elections in November.
And some of the industry's most respected film critics have taken aim at Stone for doing so - with one writer claiming the quality of the rush job is no better than a made-for-tv movie.
According to Britain's The Times newspaper, the subject matter - Bush's life from adolescence to his White House administration - is too much for a two hour movie, insisting the content gets "the better of Stone".
And U.K. newspaper The Guardian's Dan Glaister says the film "plays like a TV movie rather than a cinematic epic", branding the project "conventional" compared to Stone's previous, edgier work.
However, most pundits have praised the film's lead Josh Brolin, insisting the star's turn as President Bush will most likely earn him a string of Best Actor awards, describing his performance as "arresting".
Industry publication Variety says, "The actor offers a more than reasonable physical approximation and an interpretation that's convincingly boisterous and determined."
Ike, shmike. Hurricane Oliver's coming Oct. 14. That's the day Oliver Stone, who makes movies like "JFK" and "Nixon," premieres the George Dubya Bush job "W," which is guar anteed to stir up the elements. Having seen some of the powerful footage, I asked America's maybe greatest filmmaker why he's also its most controversial.
"I make films that make people think. This guy's a fascinating story. A drama. Love him or hate him, he's as entertaining as it gets. Look, I didn't do a movie about Clinton or Reagan. »
- By CINDY ADAMS
Oliver Stone has pretty much owned films based on the time of the Vietnam War. He has his Vietnam War trilogy with Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon and Heaven and Earth. He also has The Doors and JFK. Here we will talk about Nixon, the director's in-depth look at one of the United States' most controversial presidents and in familiar form Stone brings his own twists and theories to the story as he once again says he is a filmmaker and not a historian. This was my first time seeing Nixon and considering this is the director's cut boasting an additional 28 minutes I knew I was in for a long haul as the film now spans a whopping three hours and 33 minutes. The funny thing is to listen to Stone's introduction to the deleted scenes on the second disc and how he says wasn't able to get it »
- Brad Brevet
But Oldman says he is unlikely to work with the filmmaker again.
He says, "Oliver Stone thinks I've lost my edge. Yeah. But then I've looked at the last couple of things he's done and I could perhaps say the same thing to him." »
Oliver Stone has described the life of President George W. Bush as a "great story".
The director, who previously made films about Nixon and Jfk, said there will be plenty to interest movie-goers in upcoming biopic W.
He told Entertainment Weekly: "Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history but that doesn't mean he isn't a great story. It's almost Capra-esque, the story of a guy who had very limited talents in life, except . . . »
- Beth Hilton
- Lionsgate Films jumped at the opportunity to get the distribution rights to Oliver Stone new presidential drama/biopic W., set for release in October - a proper time for the nation to reflect on the past eight (either contentious and frustrating or appropriate and rational, depending where on the political spectrum one lies) years of Bush influence. While still scouting for a juggernaut to play our rigid and expressionless veep Dick Cheney, Stone cast Josh Brolin ("No Country for Old Men") as Bush and Elizabeth Banks as sweet and innocent gal-next door Laura Bush, née Welch. With "W", Stone completes an unofficial presidential trilogy, with "JFK" in 1991 and "Nixon" in 1995 (maybe even a foursome with 2001's TV feat "The Day Reagan Was Shot"). Stone is no stranger to controversy and greets it like an old friend. "Platoon", "Wall Street", "Born on the Fourth of July", "The Doors"; Stone never »
Legendary director Oliver Stone is set to make a movie about U.S. president George W. Bush - and he's appealing to Josh Brolin to take the title role. Stone, who has previously made movies about former presidents John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Richard Nixon (Nixon), is currently in talks with No Country For Old Men star Brolin and hopes that he will sign on for the currently untitled project. The 61-year-old moviemaker insists Brolin will be perfect for the role of the Republican president. He says, "Josh (Brolin) is actually better looking than (George W.) Bush but has the same drive and charisma that Americans identify with Bush, who has some of that old-time movie-star swagger. I want a fair, true portrait of the man," The director aims to begin production in April as the script - which was penned by Stanley Weiser, co-writer of Stone's 1987 film Wall Street - was completed before the start of the Hollywood writers strike in November. »
17 items from 2008
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