6 items from 2011
Innnnnn One Corner we have a 69-year-old movie icon who's headlined huge movie franchises ("Star Wars," the Indiana Jones movies, the Jack Ryan movies) and proved himself a silver-screen hero in films like "The Fugitive," "Air Force One," and "Blade Runner." George Lucas made him a star in 1977 when he cast him as Han Solo, and ever since he's flown the Millenium Falcon right into moviegoers' hearts. Punch it, Chewie, it's Harrison Ford!
Innnnnn the other corner we've got the chiseled tough guy who proved blonds do have more fun -- as James Bond. Trained alongside other UK stars such as Ewan McGregor and Joseph Fiennes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he made his name in various British dramas until Matthew Vaughn's 2004 crime thriller "Layer Cake" proved to 007's producers that he had what it took to leave audiences shaken, not stirred. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Daniel Craig! »
- Max Evry
Harold Pinter's play Betrayal, in which Kristin Scott Thomas is about to star at the Comedy theatre in London, explores a love affair lived backwards. The play begins with the characters locked in open recrimination and bitterness, and ends, seven years earlier, with them in thrall to furtive passion. When I meet Scott Thomas for lunch in a break from rehearsals she is full of the complications that this back-to-front narrative presents, and also characteristically anxious to work her way toward a resolution. "Normally you go in to a scene charged with the emotion of the scene before," she says, "but here you have to sort of uncharge things all the time. You lose that progression with which we make sense of things, »
- Tim Adams
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A young girl (Browning) is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.
The Buzz: It’s certainly a great time to be a fifteen-year-old boy, isn’t it? It’s a shame I’m twenty years past my prime – Sucker Punch would have been 100% pure Pavlovian arousal for me back then. The batch of battling bombshells cartwheeling in all their gorgeously rendered video-game glory, coupled with the film’s flawless focus on, and impenetrable belief in, the great escape that can »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Josh Sternfeld
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
When this thriller premiered at Tribeca this past spring, Alison Willmore wrote, "the second film from writer/director Josh Sternfeld ("Winter Solstice") has ambitions reaching beyond being a straightforward police procedural," though critics, including her, were mixed about the end result. Nick Stahl and Rachel Nichols star as small-town sleuths who investigate a botched home invasion case that claims the life of a young child in an affluent community and enflames class divisions when the main suspects are from the poorer community nearby. Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's second daughter to go into the family profession, makes her film debut.
"Anywhere USA" (2008)
Directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine
Released by Cinevolve Studios
- Stephen Saito
Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News Blu-Ray for Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Adventures Of A Teenage Dragonslayer (2010) Alien 2 On Earth: Midnight Legacy Collection (1980) Double Feature: Alpha Dog/Assault On Precinct 13 20th Century Fox’s animated Anastasia (1997) Asylum’s Battle Of Los Angeles (2011) Because Of Winn-dixie (2005) Beyond The Darkness: Buio Omega (1979) Devolved (2010) Eddie Murphy is Dr. Doolittle (1998) The End Of Poverty? (2008) Double Feature: Ernest Goes To Camp/Ernest Goes To Jail Cartoon Network’s CGI Feature Firebreather (2010) Tim McGraw in Flicka (2006) Football Double Feature: Friday Night Lights/The Express
Sci-Fi Double Feature: Galaxina/Crater Lake Monster Double Feature: Garfield 1 & 2 Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011) How Do You Know (2010) Jet Li Double Feature: Fearless/Unleashed Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality: Ultimate Edition (1923) Harrison Ford in Random Hearts (1999) Riddick Collection: Pitch Black/Chronicles Of Riddick (Unrated Director’s Cuts) 20th Century Fox’s Robots (2005) The Sandlot (1993) Scary Movie 4 »
- Travis Keune
He began his career as “Harry Ford,” appearing in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, before working as a carpenter when the acting gigs dried up. Then came Han Solo, Indiana Jones and suddenly Harrison Ford was one of America’s greatest movie stars, mixing a Gary Cooper-ish leading man charm with a distinct Everyman aura.
In the wake of a stream of utter disappointments (Six Days, Seven Nights, Firewall, K-19: The Widowmaker), Ford went back to well and donned his famous battered fedora in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That was a sorely needed hit for Ford, but does it really rate as a comeback? Let’s take a look:
Star Wars – I don’t know if you ever managed to catch this little sci-fi flick, but it put Ford on the map in a massive way. »
- Anthony Vieira
6 items from 2011
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