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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
Cinema's celebrated wild man is said to have retired, citing his inability to remember lines. With his ability to steal the show both onscreen and off, has any other actor been so adored by the public?
Most of the actors we associate with the American new wave of the late 1960s and early 70s are, in fact, no longer acting at all. Warren Beatty hasn't made a film in 12 years. Gene Hackman announced he was quitting in 2008, though it had already been four years since his last movie. Only Robert De Niro continues at anything like the speed (if not the quality) of his younger self.
So it should not be a source of consternation that news has emerged of Jack Nicholson's retirement. His recent performances in undistinguished comic doodles (The Bucket List, How Do You Know) have hinted at a slowing down, a falling off. Of course, it »
- Ryan Gilbey
Have we seen the last of one of the most legendary actors in American cinema? A sad report on Sept. 4 claimed that Jack was done for good because of memory issues, but is that the truth?
Jack Nicholson may have more iconic roles than any other actor around. But at the age of 76 — and after not starring in a movie since 2010 — retirement is a real, serious possibility. So is the Batman actor actually hanging it up?
Jack Nicholson: Retiring Because Of Memory Issues?
“Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a source told Radar Online at Sept. 4. The report alleged that Jack was giving up acting because of memory issues.
“There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
However, soon »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Houston, Texas is best known for oil and cowboys. Like most things, there is way more than meets the stereotype. My favorite Houston secret is Worldfest, a nine day international independent film festival held every April.
What is so great about it? It’s a point of pride for Houstonians because it is the oldest in the world. It was founded in August 1961 as Cinema Arts, and International Film Society. It became the international film festival it is today in April 1968. In all of this time it has been under the care of founder Hunter Todd. His goal was to create a quality film festival for independent filmmakers.
Meh, who cares how old it is. If it’s last power doesn’t impress you, here’s a short list of some of the filmmakers discovered at Worldfest:
Pretty sweet, »
- Aeryk Pierson
The actor on shyness, working with Sylvester Stallone and staying sober in Hollywood
[Sounding genuinely surprised] Oh, thank you! Thanks so much.
[Spoiler!] You get killed in this film. Is it fun doing death scenes?
Well, look, it's not my favourite thing. I despise it, to be honest.
Because the character is over! What's fun about that?
Well, if you had to get killed, at least you get killed by Sylvester Stallone.
That's true. Stallone's definitely a hero of mine and he's such a sweet guy, too. We shot that scene on my birthday so on the one hand I was celebrating and on the other I was dying.
Did he get you a birthday present?
Stallone gave me an opportunity [by having me co-star in the film]. That was a gift in itself.
You play a bad guy. Did you pick up tips from Gary Oldman »
- Hadley Freeman
Just released in UK cinemas, Quartet is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. He has followed the path of many great actors before him that have turned their attentions and talents towards directing. In this Top 10 we take a look at some other note-worthy actors turned directors to put on your must watch list.
Sean Penn - With a career like Sean Penn’s, which includes award-winning films Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam and Milk, he was set as a Hollywood legend. Wanting more, Penn decided to follow in his father Leo Penn’s footsteps and begin directing. Thankfully he did pick up the camera or we wouldn’t have film greats like The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge and Into the Wild.
6 items from 2013
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