9 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
The Independent Filmmaker Project will honor Richard Linklater with its Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, set for Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Linklater, whose most recent film is this year’s Before Midnight, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, has been making films since 1988's It’s Impossible to Plow by Reading Books. He made his name with 1991’s Slacker and 1993’s Dazed and Confused. His credits also include Suburbia, The Newton Boys, The Waking Life, Bad News Bears, A Scanner Darkly and
- Gregg Kilday
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-nominee Peter James about his career and the art of cinematography...
“My father was a house painter and my mother worked at the school canteen; she was a hairdresser as a young girl during the war,” recalls Peter James of his childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia. “We didn’t even have a record player in the house. We didn’t get a black and white TV until 1963.” The prospects for the teenager did not look good until his cousin Jon Cleary, a prolific novelist who had an Oscar nominated adaptation called The Sundowners (1960) produced, intervened. “He had written several film scripts and asked my parents, ‘What is Peter going to do when he finishes school?’ I was only 15. They said, ‘He’s hopeless. He can’t read or write.’ In fact I’m dyslectic. The word dyslectic hadn’t been invented in those days. »
Feature Ryan Lambie 4 Jul 2013 - 06:30
Mention of Ethan Hawke's name might conjure up some of his critically lauded performances in movies such as Reality Bites, Training Day or Before Sunrise. You might associate him with his successful stage career, or his two well-received novels, or the documentary he made last year about Shakespeare's Scottish Play.
Yet since the very beginning of his career, Hawke has made occasional - and often excellent - forays into science fiction, thrillers and horror. His first screen role was in Joe Dante's 1985 sci-fi fantasy Explorers, in which he played a young boy who, along with his friend Wolfgang (the late River Phoenix) creates a spaceship and heads off on an intergalactic adventure. Although not a financial hit, »
Both Texas-born and vets of the Austin indie filmmaking scene of the mid-90s, the two actors have since floated through independent, art house, and mainstream projects to varying degrees of success. Hawke, for the most part, stayed indie while Wilson went big. They are the story of Generation-x: Former malcontents grasping for authenticity and fame in an industry that is designed to make those dual aspirations somewhat impossible.
When observed as a series of choices beginning in 1994, the careers of Hawke and »
- Lindsey Bahr
Sneak Peek director Richard Linklater's 1998 action crime drama "The Newton Boys", now available on DVD from Anchor Bay, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dwight Yoakam and Julianna Margulies :
"...it seems the only way the 'Newton' boys can make good is by goin’ bad! Faster than you can say 'nitroglycerin', they’ve knocked over more than 80 banks from Texas to Canada.
"Now their sights are set on a multimillion-dollar 'Federal Reserve' train robbery, but the Feds are about to turn up the heat..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Newton Boys"...
- Michael Stevens
Having debuted here at the London Film Festival two years back, Richard Linklater’s darkly comedic character study finally receives a theatrical release. This gap may have been, in part, down to the distributor, as the film isn’t the easiest to market. It’s a quiet, muted affair with a style of humour worlds away from the kind of broad farce now associated with its lead, Jack Black (for better or worse, it was Linklater that set him on that path back with 2003’s School of Rock).
Thankfully, the director reigns in that signature anarchic shtick Black is now renowned for, resulting in not only the comedian’s finest lead role to date, but also allowing the gregarious performer to lose himself in the part in a way he’s never done before.
Bernie Tiede (Black) is the pillar of the community in a small Texan town, stretching his »
- Adam Lowes
His films put talk before spectacle and character before bombast. John Patterson pays tribute to an indie traditionalist
Richard Linklater, the Quiet Man of American indie cinema, will soon be releasing Before Midnight, the third panel of his sublime Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy triptych, and the word-of-mouth is good. But British viewers can whet their appetites before that on Bernie released a year ago in the States, but still fondly remembered in the best-films-of-2012 polls.
Bernie embodies the Linklater virtues: he's interested in characters, and he seems to like people, which counts as a gift these days; he loves talk and talkers, and loves to listen and watch. If an actual narrative arc should amble into view, hey, he might let it shape things up too. If not, well, just lighten up and go with it. He's relaxed.
While many of Linklater's movies unfold in a single day, Bernie »
- John Patterson
9 items from 2013
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