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Mel Gibson: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

30 June 2015 1:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

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

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DVD Review – 2 Jacks (2012)

29 June 2015 1:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

2 Jacks, 2012.

Directed by Bernard Rose.

Starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller and Jacqueline Bisset.


Jack Hussar is a legendary Hollywood director, whose persona commands respect and adoration from his fans. Can his son, Jack Jr. maintain his legacy?

Bernard Rose may be well-known for cult horror Candyman and Beethoven biopic Immortal Beloved, but that was twenty odd years ago. Despite using a Tolstoy short story as inspiration, this diabolical piece of detritus is unforgivable. In my opinion you would have more fun watching food decompose, than waste an hour and thirty minutes of your life on this pap.

Everyone here has done better elsewhere. Sienna Miller sashes around in a 1920’s get up looking pretty and playing up to Danny Huston. A man fighting turgid dialogue and Troma levels of production, while son Jack gibbers away like it was an ‘Am-Dram’ revival of Rent.

Filmed on digital with no discernible framing, »

- Gary Collinson

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »

- ryanlambie

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Film Review: ‘The Devil’s Violinist’

28 January 2015 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Garrett’s musicianship is the sole virtuosic element of “The Devil’s Violinist,” a creaky drama in which the world-renowned German violinist assumes the role of real-life 19th-century Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, who found success 21 years ago with his Beethoven-centric “Immortal Beloved,” a true story that was similarly given the fictionalized treatment, the film is proof of both Garrett’s titanic skill at putting bow to string, and his decidedly less accomplished gifts as an actor. Providing a performance that’s so wooden and unconvincing that his director habitually cuts away from his face during dialogue — the better to mask the awkwardness of his line deliveries — Garrett proves a washout in this formulaic period piece, whose minimal commercial prospects are unlikely to extend beyond the star’s most rabid fans.

Rose opens his tale with a cursory prologue scene in »

- Nick Schager

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Sadly, The Devil's Violinist Is About Paganini, Not Charlie Daniels

27 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Nineteenth-century Italian violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini was rumored to have made a Faustian pact in order to play like the devil, though the flexibility that enabled him to cover three octaves across four strings with one hand was more likely a side effect of a genetic connective-tissue disorder. Bernard Rose's elegantly staged but tonally flat biopic embraces the myth, even underscoring Paganini's rising fame, scandalous hedonism, and womanizing as an anachronistic form of rock-star fantasy. (It's like a humorless take on Ken Russell's Lisztomania, and who wants that?) Unlike the writer-director's 1994 success Immortal Beloved — owned by Gary Oldman's chameleonic transformation as Beethoven — Rose's cult-of-personality approach here suffers »

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The Devil’s Violinist Coming to Theaters and VOD Jan. 30

8 January 2015 2:24 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

One of the newest movie stars is a professional violinist! Violinist superstar David Garrett is starring in “The Devil’s Violinist,” coming to theaters and VOD Jan. 9. The film also stars Jared Harris (“Lincoln,” “Mad Men”), Christian McKay (“Rush”) and Joley Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) and is directed by Bernard Rose (“Immortal Beloved”). The film focuses on a virtuoso who is constantly surrounded by scandal amid his fame. In 1830, violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (David Garrett) is at the peak of his career, acclaimed throughout Europe. His name alone suggests countless affairs and scandals – which is exactly what his manager Urbani (Jared Harris) is doing his utmost to  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Honey | DVD Review

6 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Snagging a special mention after a premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (where it received a commendation from the Ecumenical jury), actress Valeria Golino’s directorial debut Honey played to generally warm reception and even snagged seven David di Donatello Award nods (but went home empty handed). A limited theatrical in the Us in March of 2014 didn’t seem to attract much of a response, unfortunate considering Golino has made quite an expressive and enjoyable film, perhaps lost in a sea of strong titles coming out of Italy over the past two years that seem to have saturated conversation.

Golino hinges an intriguing character study around the thorny topic of euthanasia, with her directorial debut. Jasmine Trinca stars as an assisted suicide activist, a beautiful harbinger of oblivion, and it would seem that death certainly becomes her in this meditative tale that avoids polemics in favor of self-discovery and exploration. »

- Nicholas Bell

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