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Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Making a video game adaptation of a movie is difficult under even the most ideal circumstances: even if the movie itself is awesome and the actors are on-board to lend their likenesses, developers are forced to spend a large chunk of their budget on acquiring the license in the first place, which usually results in less resources devoted to developing the game itself, and a shoddy final product.
There are, of course, some exceptions, although not many of them will be featured here, because those decent games also tend to feature pretty good visual representations of the actors…
It’s also important to remember that some actors will be appear in original video game projects, usually having been roped in for a quirky cameo appearance of some kind. Given how, in that case, the emphasis on accurately recreating the performer is paramount, it’s ridiculous how often developers »
- Jack Pooley
Three titles originally championed by the Sundance Film Festival to return to the big screen.
The features are part of the Sundance Collection, a film preservation programme established in 1997 devoted to independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute, which has grown to nearly 1,000 titles.
Winter’s Bone, from director Debra Granik, featured a breakout role from Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for her performance at the 2011 Oscars, while the film picked up the Us Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Sundance London is to screen three of the most celebrated films to come from the Sundance Film Festival in its 30-year history.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: "Independent film is constantly evolving and looking to what's next, and the films shown at the Sundance Film Festival during the course of our 30-year history are prime examples of that.
"Showing three of our most celebrated films at Sundance London allows us to reflect on the incredible potential of independent film to endure and to inspire countless other filmmakers for generations to come."
The three films are as follows:
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino to fame. Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen are among the stars of this crime thriller that tells the story of a diamond robbery gone awry. Now considered a must-watch film, it got its critical acclaim after premiering at the »
Exciting news from the Sundance London people this morning as their eagerly anticipated 2014 programme begins in style with a season of screenings of films integral to the festival’s prestigious history.
It was announced this morning that the screenings, comprising of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, will take place at the festival at the O2 from the 25th of April to the 27th.
There are a number of films synonymous with the festival, and there are directors who own their careers to Sundance. The breakout hit of Sundance London has undoubtedly been Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed which led directly to his latest directing venture with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic World.
Sundance London is now in its third year and has already proved itself to be an essential part of the film calendar. Its focus on emerging talent »
- Jon Lyus
Plot: A hit man (John Cusack) holes up in a seedy motel while waiting for his boss (Robert De Niro) to come and claim a mysterious bag that he.s been asked to transport. Review: Remember how . after the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction . cinemas in the mid-nineties were filled with Tarantino clones? So many indie directors hoped to get their share of his fame, and while some of these films were Ok (Things To Do In Denver When You.Re Dead), most were awful (Feeling »
- Chris Bumbray
Producer Harvey Weinstein says Hunger Games star 'deserves a rest' after series of exhausting movies
• David O Russell apologises for 'stupid' Jennifer Lawrence slavery comparison
Speaking to the Sun on Sunday (paywall) Weinstein said the exhausted star of dystopian sci fi saga The Hunger Games and comedy Silver Linings Playbook would be taking a well-deserved rest after an incredibly busy period of filming.
"Jennifer is too nice and will do people favours and agrees to do a movie like American Hustle when she could have had a rest," said Weinstein. "She signed on to do Hunger Games when she was young and wouldn't have realised how much it would dominate her life. But she's a professional and always will be."
The producer said Lawrence, who took the best actress Oscar last »
- Ben Child
Feature Michael Reed 21 Feb 2014 - 05:56
We take a look at some potential turning points that could have altered the Bond legacy significantly...
007 lists resurrection amongst his hobbies, but speculation is our game today. Your own ideal fantasy James Bond film probably depends on what sort of Bond you're into. If you like serious Bond, you probably consider it a crying shame that Timothy Dalton didn't get to make at least one more film. A fair proportion of the fandom consider Never Say Never Again to be one of the worst of the series, so for them, rolling the dice on a 1976 production with a different actor and a more exciting script would have been worth it.
Furthermore, a Sony Pictures produced rival film with, say, Liam Neeson in the late 1990s could have been fascinating. How about Connery returning to the role in his 60s? All of these possibilities »
The Flickering Myth writing team look at the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy....
It's had a mostly positive reaction (apart from that one guy on our Facebook page who hated it), but the Guardians of the Galaxy has taken the world by storm. People who had no idea of who or what the Guardians were are now all excited for their big screen debut.
But what did our writing team think?
Helen Murdoch: Great trailer! Tons of comedy and draws you in without revealing too much plot
Gary Collinson: Very impressed. Great visuals, some good humour, excellent use of music... can't wait to see more. »
- Luke Owen
"Look, if I wanted to watch Spaceballs, I'd Watch Spaceballs!"
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These were just a few of the things overheard after the much anticipated trailer debut of director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy last night. While fanboys and comic book aficionados 'get it', the general public is non-pulsed. In their eyes, this looks like a campy space movie. And if the second trailer doesn't step it up, it will surely be another flop for Disney on par with John Carter and The Lone Ranger. Right now, we can compare it to the now classic midnight movie staple Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which tanked hard but found solid support amongst true believers. While it's viewed as one of the great comic book adaptations of all-time, the general public just didn't get it. After hearing some of the responses last night from 'normal' folks who watched this trailer, »
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
Today we're taking a look at the bloodiest non-horror movies of all time. Of course, blood and guts don't guarantee a horror movie will be great… but it sure adds some spice to movies outside the genre!
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
It wasn't easy choosing a movie to represent the goriest martial arts flicks. But then we thought about Riki-Oh, and no other contender even came close. The Hong Kong action flick, written and directed by Lam Nai-choi, instantly attained cult status in the U.S. thanks to a cheesy English dub, its overblown violence, and it's massive camp appeal. Plus, you may remember that a clip of this movie (where one guy karate chops and explodes another guy’s head) often played in the early days of The Daily Show. (Appropriately, it was the Moment of Zen.) The plot follows Ricky, a man sent to prison for killing a crime boss. »
- Giaco Furino
Kevin Hart is a profane, raunchy, and very successful stand-up comedian who broke big with his indie film Laugh At My Pain in 2011. Combining footage from an arena show in Los Angeles with a visit to Hart's hometown of Philadelphia, as well as a sketch parody of Reservoir Dogs, the film made a modest yet impressive amount of money at the box office. Since then, his profile has risen dramatically. He co-starred in the sleeper hit romantic comedy Think Like a Man in 2012, and in the past year has appeared in This Is the End, Grudge Match, and his second concert documentary, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which was a much bigger hit than his first, not to mention last month's Ride Along,...
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Director: Don Siegel
Running Time: 93 minutes
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, when their high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight, two hitmen (Marvin and Gulager) become obsessed in finding the answer as to why. The duo track down Johnny’s former associates, only to discover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
“I bet you’re a big Lee Marvin fan aren’t ya”, so muses Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde to Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White in a terrific tense scene in Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic Reservoir Dogs. Like the gangster double act and the now iconic filmmaker, I’m also very much a fan of »
- Craig Hunter
Another Friday, another podcast and today we're reviewing The Lego Movie and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist will join us to review The Monuments Men. On top of that we have plenty of news topics to discuss from The ExpendaBelles and Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man to the first reviews of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Noah releasing in 3D overseas. And then, of course, your questions and one finger shy of a handful of games. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
Well, another Sundance has come and gone. This year's big dramatic winner was "Whiplash," starring Miles Teller as a drumming student, while "Rich Hill" and "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" took home the documentary prizes. Other buzzed-about films included "Song One," "Laggies," "The Calvary" and "Camp X-Ray." But the real question is: Will any of this year's acclaimed films crossover into the mainstream in the tradition of films like "Reservoir Dogs," "Clerks," "The Blair Witch Project," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and "Fruitvale Station"? As for the rest of this week's list... January 30, 2014 1. Sundance Film Festival (Last week: No. 2) »
- Dave Lewis
Anthony Stokes asks whether Quentin Tarantino needs to grow up....
As a kid in the mid 90s, I was largely unexposed to Quentin Tarantino. I had heard about Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, but never had a chance to see them. My introduction to the man came years later with this really cool-looking movie called Inglourious Basterds. I saw it and was blown away by its originality, dialogue, performances, and boldness. It's probably on the shortlist of films that made me want to get into film commentary. I was drinking the kool-aid and thought Tarantino was god's gift to cinema. So when I got home I watched Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Both masterpieces in their own rights, I was blown away at how good the dialogue was and was happy to see the progression between the two, with Tarantino's dialogue and characters improving with Pulp Fiction. And then I saw Jackie Brown. »
- Gary Collinson
The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).
Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.
Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:
Park City, »
- Paul Heath
Contrary to the popular notion of a sprawling Western with panoramic shots of rugged, mountainous vistas, Tarantino apparently had in mind to shoot an incredibly intimate piece that would take place between only two settings—a haberdashery and a stagecoach—easily making the film his most internal since 1992’s Reservoir Dogs while providing a nice change of pace from his last two expansive films Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds. »
Story of bounty hunters transporting prisoners through 19th-century Wyoming would have been shot in 70mm format
Tarantino was left seething earlier this weak after the draft screenplay for his new film was leaked by an unnamed Hollywood agent. He has declared the project defunct, and says he will publish the script in text form instead.
Now the Wrap reports that it has seen the screenplay, which has now been photocopied a number of times and is said to be circulating in Hollywood. Tarantino planned a film in 70mm, an unusual and expensive format recently used by Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master, and there would have been plum roles for Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson, the site says.
- Ben Child
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