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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
Feature Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:18
The nights are drawing in, and we've packed away our flip-flops and inflatable dolphins for another year. And as the autumn approaches, it's only right that we light a few candles, dust off our Mr James collections, and begin to consider the chillier, supernatural side of geek culture.
That's our excuse for this week's collection of crowdfunding curiosities, which includes a film project from a true master of the horror genre, and three other film and web series campaigns, which all have ideas to alternately provoke laughter and shivers of fear...
For many of us, Stuart Gordon will need no introduction. The director whose febrile genius brought such classic films as Re-Animator, From Beyond and Fortress to life, his work is distinguished by its gruesome gore and jet-black comedy. »
The film business was saddened to receive the news of the passing of SFX impresario and creator of illusions, Conrad Rothman on 21 June 2013 - the winter solstice. Conrad died of a heart attack on his way to a hospital in Sydney. An American import into our film industry in the 1970.s, Conrad was perhaps one of the first SFX men to hit our shores, and he was most welcome. .He was thought of as the .stunt-glass-kid. of Australia..no one did glass like Conrad., ex-wife and dear friend Natalie Hammond said of him. Conrad went to film school with Steven Spielberg and Richard Franklin. He worked often with the latter and wished he had with the former!
His final years were spent working out of Fox in Sydney in an office and workroom with Aet, where he was known as Corny. Conrad was the genuine eccentric and much loved by everyone. »
- Pattie Wright
Paul 'Clackers' Clark..
The Australian film industry was saddened to hear the news of the death of sound recordist extraordinaire Paul Clark on 5 July 2013, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Paul was on location shooting with Living Films, on a Canadian production, when he became unwell. Determinedly he completed the scene they were shooting before he left the set. Initially, he had complained of a sore foot. A blood infection followed by diabetic and heart complications ensued and Paul passed away peacefully. Friend and producer Chris Lowenstein was at Paul.s side until the end at Chiang Mai Ram Private Hospital at 6.00am local time. Friend and fellow sound recordist, Gary Wilkins, Paul.s Thai friends and workmates arranged a Buddhist funeral days later. Paul.s two sons, Simon and Sam were able to attend the ceremony. Gary Wilkins said, .We had made an agreement for Paul to return here, to his beloved Chiang Mai, »
- Pattie Wright
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
I think Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character said it best when he remarks to Sly Stallone’s character, “You don’t look that smart.” Looks can be deceiving, as it turns out, because Stallone’s character is one of those “the best at what he does” type of guys. In this case, he’s the best at breaking out of prisons. Which is a skill he’ll need when some nefarious types tosses him into prison in director Mikael Håfström’s “Escape Plan” (formerly “The Tomb”). You’d think if the guy is so good at breaking out of prisons, you wouldn’t put him back in a prison. Maybe tie him up in a dungeon or something, right? Anyways, take a gander at the first trailer for it below, take a ganders. Definitely getting vibes of those two “Fortress” movies with Christopher Lambert and the middle section of John Woo’s “Face/Off” here. »
I been sent down for some stretches in the past, but this – let me you tell you guv’nor – this is one spell in old chokey that I ain’t looking forward to with all you other lags. Snout. Officer. Erm. Well, as you may be able to tell, I probably wouldn’t last long in prison.
In truth, the closest I’ve ever come to a life of crime was enduring a 3-hour game of Cluedo, that had no obvious solution, as the person who put the cards in the little folder in the middle had messed up. So the answer was Mrs White, in the Lounge…with the Billiard Room. After that ended, I very nearly attacked the chap in charge with the little spanner – it somehow seemed fitting.
I think I’ve been kept on the straight and narrow in my life because I’ve always had »
- Tim Colman
I’ve always been of the opinion that Stuart Gordon’s futuristic prison flick Fortress doesn’t get enough love. Not a perfect movie by any means, but one I’ll be more than happy to add to my Blu-ray collection and hope you will too, lest I be forced to activate the Intestinator.
Stuart Gordon followed-up Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls, and Robot Jox by stepping into Paul Verhoeven territory with this violent 1992 sci-fi thriller starring Highlander Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin as a husband and (pregnant) wife arrested for violating the population control policies of the dystopian future; their punishment being a life sentence in a corporate-controlled, state-of-the-art, supermax prison.
Robocop villain and “That 70’s Show” dad Kurtwood Smith plays the authoritarian prison warden who takes an unhealthy obsession on Lambert’s wife. Mohawked Road Warrior bad guy Vernon Wells and Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs, co-star as fellow inmates. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2013
When it comes to action movie heroes, the time doesn't always fit the crime. We look at a few characters who faced wrongful imprisonment...
"Everyone in here is innocent, you know that," Morgan Freeman's character says in The Shawshank Redemption. If a prison were populated with heroes from action movies, that statement would be absolutely true. Looking back over the last quarter century of genre flicks, it soon becomes apparent that if an action protagonist goes to prison, it's usually for a crime he (or she) didn't commit.
This is probably because most action stars don't want to play convicted murderers (a trend bucked by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black), though as the list below proves, there's at least one macho actor who seems to like films which involve being sent to jail in dubious circumstances. What follows isn't an exhaustive list, but it at least illustrates that, »
9 items from 2013
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