15 items from 2013
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Success came to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala both as a novelist and screenwriter as she won the Booker Prize for Dust and Bone which was published in 1975 and two Academy Awards for adapting two books by E.M. Forster for the big screen, A Room with a View (1986) and Howards End (1992). “I have great rapport with Forster and his life,” Jhabvala stated during an interview with the Writers Guild of America. “I grew up in England, and I went to India, the same as him. I knew the sort of characters he wrote about. I knew the Indian characters he wrote about. I knew them well. It wasn’t strange territory for me. For example, sometimes people send me books set in Iowa or somewhere. I would have no idea! A book set in England or India? Okay, that’s fine. Or even here on the East coast, that’s fine. I’ve met those people. »
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, had a much greater impact on the world of film than just inspiring an Oscar-winning role for Meryl Streep in 2011's "The Iron Lady." The woman who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 cast a long shadow over filmmaking in her country during her time in office, inspiring much reaction (pro and con) among filmmakers, inspiring some classic movies, and unwittingly giving major career boosts to some of our era's greatest movie talents. The conventional wisdom about Thatcher's impact on pop culture was that performing artists, being a lefty, proletarian bunch, hated her with a passion. Certainly the British musicians of the '80s, from Billy Bragg to Pink Floyd, composed numerous bitter protest anthems condemning her as a war-mongering tyrant who was strangling the working class. But the movies British filmmakers created during her three terms in office were a lot more ambivalent, »
- Gary Susman
The writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who has died aged 85, achieved her greatest fame late in life, and for work she had once dismissed as a hobby – listing "writing film scripts" as a recreation in Who's Who. Her original screenplays and adaptations of literary classics for the film producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory were met with box-office and critical success. The trio met in 1961, and almost immediately became collaborators, as well as close and lifelong friends.
Soon after Merchant and Ivory themselves met (in New York), Merchant proposed that they make a film of Jhabvala's early novel The Householder (1960). The pair then went to Delhi and asked her to sell them the book and write a screenplay of it in eight days flat. Over the next five decades, »
- Janet Watts
Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85.
Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime member of Merchant Ivory Productions, writing 22 films over four decades. She won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels Howards End and A Room With a View. She was also nominated for adapting 1993′s The Remains of the Day. All three films were also best-picture contenders.
“Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of »
- Associated Press
Los Angeles -- Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85.
Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime member of Merchant Ivory Productions, writing 22 films over four decades. She won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels "Howards End" and "A Room With a View." She was also nominated for adapting 1993's "The Remains of the Day." All three films were also best-picture contenders.
"Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of our indomitable trifecta that included director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant," said the company's director of development, Neil Jesuele. "The passing of our two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter is a significant loss to the global film community."
Jhabvala was also recognized for her fiction, »
Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died at age 85, the Associated Press reports. Her daughter, Firoza Jhabvala, confirms her death in New York, after a long illness.
Jhabvala's writing career began with a series of novels about her life in India. She was later approached by Merchant Ivory Productions to turn one of the novels into a movie. "The Householder" was released in 1963. She went on to write 22 films total for the production company, winning two Academy Awards.
Her Oscars were a result of adapting E.M. Forster novels "Howards End" and "A Room With a View." She received a third nomination for her adaptation of "The Remains of the Day" in 1993. Her last screenplay was for 2008's "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney.
A statement from Merchant Ivory Productions calls Jhabvala's death "a significant loss to the global film community." The statement reads, »
Ruth, born in 1927 in Germany, moved to New Delhi in 1951 after marrying Indian architect Cyrus H. Jhabvala.
Her novel “Head and dust”, set in India, won her a Booker prize in 1975. She was first approached by Merchant Ivory production for the adaptation of the novel. The novel got made into a film in 1983.
Screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who collaborated for five decades with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and won Oscars for “A Room With a View” and “Howards End,” died of a pulmonary disorder Wednesday in New York. She was 85.
Born in Germany, she moved to Britain with her family during the Nazi regime. After marrying an Indian architect in 1951 and moving to New Delhi, she began to write about her life there. She drew on her experiences for the novel “Heat and Dust” about a young woman living in India in the 1920s, which won the Booker Prize and was adapted for the 1983 Ivory film.
Prawer Jhabvala collaborated with Merchant and Ivory on films that were often literary adaptations, including “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “The Remains of the Day,” “Quartet,” “The Golden Bowl” and “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries.”
Merchant first called her in 1961 to ask the novelist, »
- Pat Saperstein
Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, whose scripts for "Howards End" and "A Room With A View" earned her Oscars, has died at her home in New York. She was 85. She made more than 20 films with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory over 40 years.a She also won the Booker Prize for her 1975 novel "Heat and Dust." Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Born into a Jewish family, her family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 to begin a new life in Britain. After meeting her future husband in London, Jhabvala moved »
- Todd Cunningham
Five underrated Oscar speeches. Five opportunities to applaud fine podium behavior. Let's go.
This is one of my all-time favorites: Ingrid Bergman, who had probably forgotten all about her tiny, insignificant part in Murder on the Orient Express (which, by the way, is mysteriously popular among Agatha Christie stories despite having the most ridiculous, unenjoyably stupid conclusions in her entire catalog -- how is that trash heap more well-known than the glorious Witness for the Prosecution? Tell me!) won her third Oscar in 1974 against, among other notable performances, Madeline effing Kahn in Blazing effing Saddles. But Ingrid knew how weird this win was: In her speech, she immediately announced that sometimes the Oscars' "timing is wrong" before cheering on fellow nominee Valentina Cortese, explaining how Cortese's performance in Day for Night illustrated wonderful truths about acting, and announcing that »
This morning the Voting Syndicate of the 20/20 Awards announced this year's nominees at Seattle's prestigious Casbah Club. Twenty years after winning the Oscar for Best Picture and Director, Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven is once again the front-runner with nine 20/20 Award nominations. Following close behind with 8 nominations each are Howards End and Dracula.
Other notable nominations include Quentin Tarantino's freshman effort, Reservoir Dogs, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, and while Marisa Tomei's win for Best Supporting Actress (My Cousin Vinny) was considered suspect 20 years ago, her work was deemed worth a second look in 2012. However, Best Actor winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) was left on the cutting room floor this time around.
Below is a list of the Big 6. For a complete look at all of this year's nominees, please clickHere
* Denotes Oscar Nominee ** Denotes Oscar Winner
Now hear this: I am not accusing the Golden Globes of being dignified. No, no, no. There's a reason we call them the Pia Zadora's Choice Awards. But fact is, sometimes the HFPA does a better job than AMPAS of honoring the best in film, and here are five occasions that should help you realize the value of the gaudiest trophy ceremony in Hollywood. Hopefully this year's gala on January 13 will add to this legacy. (Please, please try to forget that Madonna's "Masterpiece" won for Best Original Song last year. Please.)
If ever a stodgy literary adaptation deserved Best Picture recognition, Sense and Sensibility was it. Forget Howards End, The Age of Innocence, or the forthcoming blitzkrieg of Crayola-blasted insanity The Great Gatsby, because Sense and Sensibility gave »
15 items from 2013
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