9 items from 2010
ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 getting released in a few days, Warner Bros. held a big press junket this past weekend in London and I got to fly across the pond to attend. I’ve already posted my interview with Emma Watson and director David Yates, and for today’s installment, I’ve got Harry Potter himself…Daniel Radcliffe.
During the intimate roundtable interview, Radcliffe talked about his ten year journey playing Harry Potter, what props he took home from set, what can fans look forward to in Part 2 (the final Harry Potter movie), the upcoming reshoots to make the ending perfect, other projects like The Woman in Black, his work on Broadway and the West End, and so much more. While Radcliffe could easily be a tough interview due to how much press he’s done over the past decade, I think as you read or listen to the interview, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Mark Kermode picks film and TV's most enduring bloodsuckers
An unacknowledged adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (which was banned in Britain after copyright complaints from the author's litigious widow), Fw Murnau's silent gem still startles and amazes; the sight of the vampire's shadowy hand grasping at the heart of his victim ranks among cinema's most enduring images. So convincing was Max Schreck's unearthly performance that the modern movie Shadow of the Vampire would playfully suggest that he was the real deal; a genuine vampire hiding his identity in plain sight beneath the cover of movie magic.
Debunking that most enduring vampire cliche, Guillermo del Toro's chilling masterpiece manages utterly to desexualise its antihero's bloodlust with extraordinary results. Having availed himself of the weirdly mechanical "Cronos" device, Federico Luppi's Jesus Gris staves off death with the occasional snifter of spilled claret. A »
- Mark Kermode
Denzel Washington's apocalypse drama is out on DVD this week. Put aside the mousemeat and chew on Paul MacInnes's condensed version
The Book Of ELIBy Paul MacInnes, with apologies to Gary Whitta
Ext – 30 years in the future. Day. Wideshot of Post-apocalyptic America, laid waste by a cataclysmic war that killed everyone save those involved in a Mad Max re-enactment. Zoom into an underpass to reveal Denzel Washington. He wears mirrored sunglasses and is beating up a group of leather-clad Cyberpunks, All Without Having To Move – a distinct advantage for the middle-aged warrior.
Denzel Washington [slicing open a Cyberpunk]: Back in the day, people had more than they needed. They had no idea what was truly precious. But then, the war tore a hole in the sky. Lemon-scented wipe?
Denzel Offers a KFC-branded wetwipe to a bloodied Adversary. They Nod, acknowledging Denzel's fundamental human decency.
Denzel [garroting a member of Zz Top]: It is my job to deliver the book. »
- Paul MacInnes
Mark Kermode chooses the most believable sons of God...
It's perhaps ironic that the best telling of the Easter story is a solidly secular work, but Denys Arcand's modern parable about a troupe of actors attempting to breathe new life into the Gospels (and annoying the church in the process) is a genuine masterpiece. Bluteau is mesmerising as the performer who starts to take Christ's teachings to heart, thereby radicalising those around him and threatening the authorities. Arcand's intelligent script even contrives a real-life resurrection which offers eyesight to the blind and health to the sick. A real cinematic miracle.
Hey kids! Jesus Rocks! Nowadays, this film of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical would doubtless be cast via a trashyTV show entitled How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Messiah? Back in 1973, however, »
- Mark Kermode
DVD Playhouse—February 2010
Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.
Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
It seems strange to say Harrison Ford is underrated as an actor; he is, after all, the No. 1 worldwide box-office star of all time, with a roster of hit films and franchises whose audiences cross all age and gender lines. He created two of the most recognizable and beloved icons in film history: space cowboy Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, and the wisecracking, whip-snapping, fedora-sporting Indiana Jones.But in a career spanning five decades, Ford has also turned in remarkable performances in a world not so far, far away. Complex roles as philandering husbands in hits like "Presumed Innocent" and "What Lies Beneath" showed the actor was willing to risk his likable image. He made offbeat choices with 1982's "Blade Runner" and 1986's "The Mosquito Coast"—performances and films that didn't fare well at the time but have come to be heralded in recent years. And then »
Sometimes it's the small moments.
As in life, in a movie one little thing can have the power to send you into a bittersweet reverie of love lost, or fill your heart with enigmatic emotions. For me, it usually involves music.
There are too many music-in-movie moments throughout the history of cinema to discuss here, but often, even during the shortest bursts of soundtrack -- shorter than say, Harold waiting for the fate of Maude and driving his car towards that cliff to the entire tune of Cat Stevens' "Trouble" (one of the most heart-achingly beautiful and brilliantly edited mergings of song and image) -- if set properly, I can get chills just watching a few moments of a musical interlude.
- Kim Morgan
Welcome to another brand new edition of Gays of Our Lives. As always, we’ve got lots of the latest clips, news and spoilers in the world of soaps and dramas featuring your favorite (and not so favorite) gay characters.
This week, in Gool Theater, Lucas has a new man on the Dutch version of Good Times, Bad Times. Yay! But will it be enough to make him forget his feelings for Noud? Plus, Aaron’s unnerving encounter with a man has him scrambling to prove he’s not gay on Emmerdale, Christian struggles to get over Syed’s decision to marry Amira on EastEnders and Luke and Noah’s new year starts off horribly on As the World Turns. Meanwhile, it’s the morning after for Kyle and Oliver on One Life to Live.
In Gool Scoops And Spoilers, Kyle comes to believe that Sky is the father of »
- Anthony D. Langford
9 items from 2010
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