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We’ve talked previously about movies that are better than their source material on the whole. Now let’s talk about movies that improve upon their source in a very specific way — the ending. A bad ending can ruin a perfectly good film (The Ninth Gate) and a good one can make an otherwise mediocre film shine (The Usual Suspects — Yeah, I said it, come at me). Even if the rest of the film was a complete dog turd, at least the creators got the ending right in movies like… 5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Return of the King got a lot of guff for having like five different ending sequences, but it could have been oh-so-much worse. Tolkien was a historian foremost and a writer second. Thus, The Lord of the Rings books have a bit of a pacing problem. Greater thinkers than I have pointed out that “Fellowship of the Ring” is »
- Ashe Cantrell
There are always a ton of great movies being added to Netflix every month, but the site also takes movies off every month. I know; this is tragic news. But it's better to be prepared than to sign in only to find out that that movie you've been meaning to watch has expired from streaming! Here's a list of the movies that are being taken away on Nov. 1, including a bunch of '80s classics that you'll kick yourself for not taking the time to watch this month. 101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) The Big Chill (1983) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) Footloose (1984) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The Great Outdoors (1988) Hannibal (2001) La Bamba (1987) Les Miserables (1998) The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) The Ninth Gate (1999) The Prince of Tides »
October is generally a jam-packed month when it comes to movies. The Oscar season push is just beginning, and there are so many great horror movie marathons on TV and at your local Cineplex. That's not even counting all the stuff on Netflix Instant! Well, Netflix is a fickle master, and a whole bunch of awesome movies will be removed from its streaming service on November 1st. Here are just a few highlights. You can still rent these on DVD, but then you have to wait for the mail, and who needs that? (Curious as to what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in November? Here's a list.)
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- Jenni Miller
Lasse Hallstrom's The Hypnotist is getting set to make its DVD premiere in the UK on September 15, 2014, via Studiocanal, and right now we have the box art along with a six-pack of new images. Dig it.
In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.
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- Steve Barton
Roman Polanski arrives for our interview with a smile. Which is a relief. The last time we met, around the time he made his 1999 satanic thriller The Ninth Gate, I asked him about his “notorious” reputation in the media and he near-enough boiled over. “How can you ask such a question?” he steamed. “What is ‘notorious?’ I think you’re too much a victim of the media, and I would rather be known by my work than my notoriety.” »
The Iranian-French cinematographer Darius Khondji has worked with an impressive roster of international A-list directors including Bernardo Bertolucci ("Stealing Beauty"), David Fincher ("Seven"), Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("The City of Lost Children"), Danny Boyle ("The Beach"), Roman Polanski ("The Ninth Gate"), Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Wong Kar-wai ("My Blueberry Nights") and Michael Haneke ("Amour"). With his latest project, James Gray's "The Immigrant," hitting theaters last Friday, Indiewire spoke to Khondji by phone about working with Gray for the first time and about how it's different from his collaboration with other directors. Starring Marion Cotillard as a Polish immigrant arriving at Ellis Island in 1921, and Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as the complicated men she encounters, "The Immigrant" exposes the darker side of the "American dream." The look of the film is simultaneously dingy and spectacular, a fitting depiction of both the wonder »
- Paula Bernstein
It’s probably safe to say that Johnny Depp does not enjoy the same levels of popularity that he did around a decade ago. Granted, the actor hit the height of his popularity after he was launched to worldwide fame in the first movie in Disney’s ever expanding Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, playing Captain Jack Sparrow, a rum-obsessed pirate with morality issues who seems to be channelling Keith Richards. In recent years, though, Depp seems unable to find himself in a genuinely good film – flop after flop, bad review after bad review. So what’s going on?
With the recent release of sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which has been panned across the board, it’s just another misfire to add to Depp’s increasingly muddled filmography. His performance as Dr. Will Caster has been branded “catatonic” and “sleepy” (which at least makes a change, given the intensity »
Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.
I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »
- Jerry Smith
Very few 20th-century classical composers set out with the intention of writing music for films. Wojciech Kilar, who has died of cancer aged 81, was no exception. Would he ever have dreamed, when he was studying composition in Poland, that he would later go on to score more than 100 films and build his reputation on that body of work rather than in the concert hall? It took Kilar more than 30 years of composing music for Polish films before he became internationally recognised because of his creepy score for Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
The acclaim that Kilar accrued from his music for Coppola's pyrotechnical horror movie led to work on other widely shown English-language films, such as Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996) and three by Polish-born Roman Polanski »
- Ronald Bergan
9 items from 2014
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