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Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
We Are Movie Geeks recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Kane. Brad is a singer, writer, and producer who provided the singing voice for the classic 1992 Disney musical Aladdin, which will be released on Blu-ray October 13th. (Trailer)
Brad was in St. Louis promoting the Diamond Edition Blu-ray and we asked him some questions about Aladdin, Robin Williams, his role on the TV show Black Sails, and what it was like performing at the Academy Awards.
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman October 6th, 2015
We Are Movie Geeks: Were you involved in any of the extras on the Aladdin Blu-ray?
Brad Kane: No, I think most of the extras involved Robin Williams and the way he used his voice and props and things. I think Ron Clements, the director, was involved in some of the extras as well, but not me.
We Are Movie Geeks: Have you been to St. »
- Tom Stockman
The 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire is an excellent thriller from director Wolfgang Peterson. The film featured Clint Eastwood, in his first post-Unforgiven role, as a Secret Service agent who had failed to prevent the assassination of JFK, but is given a chance to redeem his own sense of value and responsibility when an […]
The post ‘In the Line of Fire’ TV Series Prepping for Duty at NBC appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
With a pair of legendary leading men never before seen on screen together, a December release date in the thick of awards season and a modern crimescape narrative that became an instant classic, Michael Mann’s “Heat” probably should have been up for a slew of Oscars. Somehow, that didn’t happen.
Warner Bros. was coming off an impressive Oscar streak in 1995, with films like “The Accidental Tourist,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Goodfellas,” “JFK,” “Unforgiven” and “The Fugitive” doing a lot to bolster the company’s archives. This particular year brought an interesting assortment of films to play with: Clint Eastwood’s “Bridges of Madison County,” Marc Rocco’s “Murder in the First” with a dynamite performance by Kevin Bacon, etc. Yet the film which netted the most nominations for the studio was summer tentpole “Batman Forever.”
But “Heat” should have been all over the place. Nominations for best »
- Kristopher Tapley
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Broken Horses," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn "Unforgiven" (1992)Perhaps the epitome of the modern Western, Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning epic "Unforgiven" is a melancholic meditation on the West, exploring its myths and its history through a dark and violent lens. The film is set in 1881, with Eastwood starring as William Munny, a retired outlaw who returns to the trade after years of settling down as a farmer. Celebrated for its moral ambiguity and noir atmosphere, the film simultaneously debunks and pays tribute to one of cinema's most established genres by expertly juxtaposing violence and »
- David Canfield
Forget your $250 million budgets and A-list megastars, sometimes all you need to make a good film is a bit of creative thinking and passion for your characters (intellectual property rights optional).
With feature-length fan film Star Trek: Renegades setting fandom abuzz, here's a host of unauthorised movies that put Hollywood to shame.
1. Batman battles Predator
Back in the Dark Knight's movie wilderness years (thanks for that, George Clooney!), short Batman: Dead End made waves online thanks to a mega-twist that saw the Caped Crusader in a rain-soaked showdown against a Predator. If it bleeds, Batman can kill it.
2. A Judge gets back in the saddle
A tepid box office showing from 2012's Dredd means a sequel is probably never going to happen. However, hardcore fans had their thirst quenched by the moody Judge Minty, about an ageing Mega City One Judge striding through the Cursed Earth. Think of this as »
We're at the dawn of a new age. It is, to be blunt, a very creepy new age. If you saw "Ant-Man," you got a glimpse of it in the opening scene where '80s-era Michael Douglas shows up, and for the first time, it felt like they could stage actual dramatic scenes involving actors who have been aged backwards or, in the most extreme possible cases, brought back from the dead. For years, there's been a script in La that has been an example of someone's ambition exceeding the ability of the town's FX artists. "The Gemini Man" was supposed to pit a mysterious serial killer against an older police detective, only to reveal that the killer was a decades-younger clone of the detective, allowing "Unforgiven"-era Clint Eastwood to go head to head with "Dirty Harry"-era Eastwood. That's just an example of who they could cast, of course. »
- Drew McWeeny
Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. I am Jugger Logline: Documentary film about Jugger, sport created by David Webb Peoples the screenwriter of Blade Runner. Elevator Pitch: "I am Jugger" is a collaborative documentary project with the entire international community of the sport known as Jugger. The documentary will chronicle the origins of Jugger, an alternative sport inspired by the film "The Salute of the Jugger" written by David Webb Peoples. Peoples, also the screenwriter of "Blade Runner," "12 Monkeys" and "Unforgiven" is supporting the "I am Jugger" project. Jugger is a sport in which two teams of five players face each other on the field. Each match has »
When it comes to the Oscar race, there.s always going to be debate. Should Dances With Wolves really have beat out Goodfellas? Should Al Pacino really have won for Scent of a Woman over both Denzel Washington in Malcolm X and Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? One of the most questionable choices was Crash, which walked away with Best Picture at the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Almost no one, including the director, thinks it should have won. Talking to HitFix about the upcoming HBO drama, Show Me a Hero, which he directed, Crash helmer Paul Haggis talked about the controversy surrounding the choice. He said: Was it the best film of the year? I don.t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain, great film. And Spielberg.s Munich. I mean please, what a »
Top movie villains: 2000 members of the British public respond to being asked ‘who is your favourite film villain?’ Top movie villains – Hannibal Lecter from The SIlence Of The Lambs made the top spot
A recent survey conducted by Best Offers Bingo have revealed the top film villains of all time. The website conducted the poll with 2000 members of the British public to find the country’s favourite movie bad guy in the history of film.
Coming out on top was the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter who has appeared in no less than five movies (portrayed by Brian Cox, and more famously Sir Anthony Hopkins), and a recent television series, played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The character, who got a nod for his terrifying appearance in The Silence Of The Lambs, received nearly a quarter of the votes (416 in all), a clear majority.
The second most popular movie villain of all »
- Paul Heath
New on Amazon August 2015 will be all eight seasons of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Clint Eastwood classics Unforgiven and In the Line of Fire. There are also also acclaimed documentaries like Misery Loves Comedy featuring Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured) is a blockbuster available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. Piv: New In August 2015 — Available for Streaming on Prime Instant Video Available August 1 Olympus Season 1 The Patriot (2000) Unforgiven Available August 4 Erased Available August 6 Curb Your Enthusiasm Seasons 1-8 (complete) In the Line of Fire … Continue reading →
The post What’s new on Amazon August 2015 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
The Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck is being hailed as a breakthrough for much of its cast. It’s turned Amy Schumer – who stars as a monogamy-challenged New York magazine writer — into a movie star, Bill Hader into a leading man and LeBron James into his generation’s Bruno Kirby. But the film is an equally big break for the man behind the camera – Trainwreck cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes. In the past, Apatow has opted for veteran d.p.’s with intimidating credits. Unforgiven’s Jack Green shot The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Schindler’s List’s Janusz Kaminski lensed Funny People. On Trainwreck, Apatow turned the camera over to […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
Cinema Retro proudly presents its latest "Movie Classics" special edition issue: "The American Westerns of Clint Eastwood", the perfect companion to our acclaimed special issue dedicated to the three Clint Eastwood Westerns directed by Sergio Leone.
"The American Westerns of Clint Eastwood" is a 116 page limited edition publication. Each of Eastwood's American Westerns is covered in detail in individual chapters:
"Hang "Em High" "Paint Your Wagon" "Two Mules for Sister Sara" "The Beguiled" "Joe Kidd" "High Plains Drifter" The Outlaw Josey Wales" "Pale Rider" "Unforgiven" Special section covering early film roles and TV Western appearances
Featuring hundreds of photographs, rare behind-the-scenes stills an movie poster art, including location photos (then and now) and even props that exist to this day in private collections!!
We are also very honored to present unseen movie poster designs by the legendary Bill Gold, who has overseen the advertising campaigns for most of Eastwood's films »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Producer Jack Heller contacted us to say that he's a big fan of Cinema Retro. Even better, he's producing that rarest of rarities in today's cinema: a Western. "Bone Tomahawk" is his forthcoming production starring Kurt Russell. Heller says he's been influenced by the gritty feel of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven". Well, he's at least been inspired by the best...We also love the movie poster which brings back memories of when artistry defined the way movies were marketed instead of lame, scanned in Photoshop creations. Kudos to you, Jack...We look forward to seeing the film. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
A very happy birthday to Clint Eastwood, born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco. "His persona as a laconic anti-establishment icon was cemented early in his career, through his starring roles in A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)," wrote Deborah Allison for Senses of Cinema in 2003. "His position as one of America’s most respected directors was cemented by his receipt of an Oscar for directing Unforgiven (1992)." Our overview of the career features clips and clashing points of view. » - David Hudson »
Old Man Logan #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Marcelo Maiolo
Published by Marvel Comics
The latest Secret Wars tie-in is set in the bloodiest, duskiest, and generally least inviting part of Battleworld: the Old Man Logan universe. Inspired by the seminal Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven, Old Man Logan was a Wolverine story written by Mark Millar (Secret Service) and drawn by Steve McNiven (Civil War) where the supervillains banded together and took control of the Marvel Universe. Mysterio manipulated Wolverine into killing all the X-Men so he took a vow never to pop his claws again and lived a quiet until the Hulk clan killed his wife and child. This led to him taking revenge on the Hulks and choosing to become a hero once again while taking care of the Hulk’s young son.
Old Man Logan #1 is set a few years after »
- Logan Dalton
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