19 items from 2009
Notice I didn't say best movies -- that territory has been well covered by far more passionate list makers than I am. (By the way, do you agree with me that a devotion to ranking is primarily a male urge? Tell me three good reasons why I'm right or wrong. At any rate, I don't have the gene for it.) As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, though, here's fodder for your New Year's Eve party: A list, in no particular order, of 10 movie developments from the past 10 years that have impressed, depressed, excited, upset, »
- Lisa Schwarzbaum
In his later years Orson Welles made wine and beer commercials. He acted in The Muppet Movie and Magnum Pi and narrated a documentary about Bugs Bunny. Sometimes he gave lectures, too, shambling into the half-empty town-halls of middle America to breathlessly introduce himself as a film director, writer and actor; a magician, designer and painter. Then his eyes would flick across the rows of empty seats. "Isn't it strange," he said, "that there are so many of me and so few of you?"
It was Welles's fate to burn too brightly, too quickly. He was a man who could be everything except a cog in the Hollywood machine; an artist whose precocity would prove his undoing. He was a stage star in his teens and the creator of Citizen Kane at the age of 25. After that, »
- Xan Brooks
Director: Richard Linklater Writer(s): Robert Kaplow (novel), Holly Gent Palmo, Vincent Palmo Jr. (screenplay) Starring: Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin November 1937 – Orson Welles, producer John Houseman and their theater company at the Mercury Theatre began working on their much fabled production of Julius Caesar (the first Shakespearian play to be presented on Broadway). The Mercury Theatre was founded by Welles and Houseman earlier in the same year after the duo resigned from the Federal Theatre. In 1938, the Mercury Theatre evolved into The Mercury Theatre on the Air – a radio series that included the most infamous and influential radio broadcasts of all time: The War of the Worlds (broadcast on October 30, 1938). Welles and Houseman then moved to Hollywood and made Citizen Kane. Director Richard Linklater shows us a fictionalized perspective of the Welles (Christian McKay) and Houseman (Eddie Marsan) 1937 production of Julius Caesar. We are introduced »
- Don Simpson
What follows is my original top ten list of 2001. We'll discuss each year of the decade over the next month or two (we already did 2000). I do this because I am curious about which films "stick" and which fade and why and maybe you are too? Best year of the decade I think. The top five films would all be valid #1 film choices in some years. New comments are in red.
Note: This list references films released in NYC in 2001, not year of production or year in which they first the hit festival circuit or whatnot.
Runners Up (in descending order): Sexy Beast, Ali, Series 7: The Contenders, The Others, Last Resort and Waking Life. I don't remember loving Ali that much... and more than The Others? I don't remember that at all. I mean Nicole Kidman was the shit Twice Over in 2001.
In my round up of the »
- NATHANIEL R
If Richard Linklater did not exist, I would never have thought his fame would be possible. Here's a director who has found mainstream success in intellectual thought and aimlessness -- not something Hollywood usually takes kindly to.
Slacker earned raves, cult status, and inspired Kevin Smith to create Clerks. Dazed and Confused followed, quickly becoming one of the quintessential high school flicks, merging stoner simplicity with political and social discussion. Before Sunrise charmed audiences with romantic discussion, The Newton Boys revealed interests reaching beyond modern day, Waking Life took on rotoscoping to discuss philosophy, Before Sunset quickly became a widely loved talk-centric romance, then fast food and Philip K. Dick fare, and now time with Orson Welles. (Not to mention those penned by others, like the one-room drama Tape.)
Yet the guy can't catch a flipping break.
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Continue reading Why Won't Anyone Make a Richard Linklater Film? »
- Monika Bartyzel
Fans of HBO’s Entourage know Adam Goldberg as Nick Rubenstein, the spoiled coke-addicted son of a famous movie producer who agrees to fund Medellin, Vince's ill-fated dream project. To others, he is Julie Delpy’s lover in the romantic drama 2 Days in Paris, or the "stereotypically Jewish" guy in films like Dazed and Confused and The Hebrew Hammer. Over the last decade or so, Goldberg has worked with a slew of top-drawer directors including Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) Tony Scott (Déjà vu), David Fincher (Zodiac), Richard Linklater (Waking Life) and Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), predominantly in supporting roles. He is also an accomplished musician and filmmaker.
Now, in the satirical spoof on New York’s Chelsea art scene (Untitled), Goldberg steps into the lead role as Adrian Jacobs, a brooding and sullen composer of esoteric discordant musical works that feature — among other sounds produced by ready-made everyday »
I have a love/hate relationship with the work of director Richard Linklater. His Slacker and Dazed and Confused films were great, and School of Rock was fun. But the romantic borefests Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, like the animated Waking Life, put me to sleep.
So, I’m not sure what to expect with his upcoming feature, Me and Orson Welles. The new trailer Linklater’s latest work recently debuted and you can watch here, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.
On the one hand you have the character of Orson Welles (played by Christian McKay), one of Hollywood’s most famous personalities. Though Welles’ Citizen Kane tops the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Movies” list, he is perhaps better known for his fall from hotshot celebrity director to desperation. At the end of his life, he was so hard-up for money that he wouldn’t say no to any job. »
- Brian Gresko
Based on Robert Kaplow’s novel of the same name, “Me and Orson Welles” tells the story of Samuels (Efron), a teenage student who gets the chance to make his big break when he is hired to star in Orson Welles’ production of Julius Caesar. Falling in love with a production assistant, he soon learns the horrible secret of show business.
The film is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Waking Life, Fast Food Nation, Scanner Darkly) and is scheduled to hit theaters on November 25th, in limited release.
Watch “Me and Orson Welles” trailer below:
- Allan Ford
Bruce Willis in a sci-fi flick with a heart.
In "Surrogates," nobody goes to work anymore, or even leaves the house much. Instead, lifelike robo-mannequins are dispatched to undertake the day's business while their operators sit at home with headsets and watch. These surrogates tend toward whitebread perfection — blonder of hair, bluer of eye and hotter of bod than their owners — but they can also be purchased in any race or gender desired. Imagine the benefits. Cops and combat soldiers no longer need risk their real lives. Communicable diseases fade away, along with various sorts of prejudice. (That hot number your surry just picked up in a club might actually be some leering lardo sprawled at home on his living-room sofa.) Life — or at least "life" — is good.
The movie makes significant alterations (mainly of gender and motivation) in the Robert Venditti »
Me and Orson Welles is a film you probably haven't heard of yet, which is a bit sad considering it's a great film with great performances. Richard Linklater directors a period piece starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay about the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Ceasar" directed by Orson Welles in 1937. The story is about Efron, the only teenager cast in the play. Efron actually does a great job in this, but the best performance is from McKay, who plays a spectacularly entertaining Orson Welles. I saw this in Toronto last year (read my review) and enjoyed it, but unfortunately it hasn't been picked up yet. Watch the promo trailer for Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles: [flv:http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/me-and-orson-welles-promo.flv http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/me-and-orson-welles-promo.jpg 504 214] Me and Orson Welles is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater, of everything films like Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Waking Life, Fast Food »
- Alex Billington
For an actor so young, Twilight's Michael Welch has been on TV and movie screens for ages, acting in nearly every genre. It should be no surprise, then, that his favorite movie adopts such a wide view of the world. Take a look at what it is below:
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- reelz reelz
By some wonderful cosmic coincidence, Augie Garrido, the winningest baseball coach in Division 1 Ncaa history, happens to manage the University Of Texas Longhorns in Austin, the hometown team of director Richard Linklater. Linklater prizes eccentrics and philosophers with a Zen-like perspective on the world around them, and Garrido could easily be a character in movies like Slacker or Waking Life, waxing poetic about his unique approach to the game. Produced to air on Espn—the DVD comes with “censored” and “uncensored” audio options, due to Garrido’s occasional profane meltdowns—Linklater’s Inning By Inning takes the form of »
Tommy Pallotta, producer of Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, has released his new film, American Prince, directly into the bit torrent file-sharing community. The film is a sequel to Martin Scorsese's little-seen documentary American Boy, which amounted to almost an hour of actor Steven Prince telling tales, reportedly true tales from his life, to a small audience of friends. One of these stories was used in Pallotta's Waking Life, in fact - retold by Prince and then converted to the digitally rotoscoped style of that film. Another formed the basis for one of the most memorable scenes in Pulp Fiction, and I'll include Prince's version of that story at the bottom of the post. Pallotta has told Torrent Freak that he sourced much of the archive material used in American Prince from the internet. Yes we used material from BitTorrent and YouTube for American Prince and no, we »
- Brendon Connelly
The notion of a collective conscience has been in my head ever since Ethan Hawke's Jesse and Julie Delpy's Celine discussed life and death in Waking Life. Jesse referred to innovative leaps, getting the answers, and solving an old crossword puzzle: "It's like once the answers are out there, people can pick up on 'em. It's like we're all telepathically sharing our experiences."
But what about media and moviegoing? I've been in the middle of reading one book, happen to pick up another at the store, and then turned the page of my current read to see mention of the new book I just purchased. With moviegoing it seems to be even more prevalent. Within days of watching Synecdoche, New York, I watched Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III. I'd seen neither before, and both had Tom Noonan. Just the other day, in the middle of my Soap marathon, »
- Monika Bartyzel
The Eyes of Me
If you missed the biggest little film fest in the south here are some things to look forward to next year.
Best Place to watch Field of Dreams: sitting on the outfield of Dickey Stephens Park, home of minor league baseball's Arkansas Travelers
Best Place for homestyle seafood: Flying Fish on President Clinton Ave
Best Place for politics, porterhouse steaks and homecut fries: Doe's Eat Place (For great conversation do like I did and bring Phil Donahue along.)
Best Dam Bridge: The Big Dam Bridge over the Arkansas River--longest pedestrian bridge in North America (I just like saying "Big Dam Bridge".)
Best Place for a late night burger and single malt scotch: The Capital Hotel Bar
Best Place for live music: Revolution Room--Paste favorite Claire Holley, Little Rock favorite American Princes, both on the same night
The last but not least of the films...
The Eyes »
Well now, here’s an intriguing fusion of the old and new. Executive producer Sergio Donati (Once Upon A Time In The West) is backing Andrew McKenzie’s Hired Guns, a spaghetti western due to start shooting in July with an in-talks cast of Will Patton, Jeff Fahey, Karl Urban, Keith David, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini and Zoe Bell and the score provided by Andrea Morricone who, yes, is the son of Ennio. This alone would be enough to catch the attention. The cast fits, Donati obviously knows the score and speaking of the score ... well, it’s hard to argue with the Morricone heritage, now isn’t it? But here’s where things get interesting: The film is going to be shot digitally on the Red camera and then put through the same rotoscope animation technique pioneered on Waking Life and subsequently employed for A Scanner Darkly and others. »
- Todd Brown
More than 30 years ago, Martin Scorsese decided to spend an evening -- more than a day, really -- filming his friend Steven Prince as he told all kinds of strange and fascinating stories about his life. The result was the short documentary American Boy, which had no official release in 1978 but floated around "unofficially" for decades. Tommy Pallotta saw one of these bootleg copies when he was in college, and never forgot it. He and Richard Linklater included one of Prince's stories from American Boy in Waking Life. And more than 30 years after American Boy, Pallotta and Linklater spent a similar evening hearing more of Prince's tales, which are the backbone of Pallotta's documentary American Prince. Both films screened back-to-back at SXSW.
- Jette Kernion
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Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster and two clips for American Prince, a documentary directed by animator/filmmaker Tommy Pallotta, who was a producer on Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. The film takes a look at Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary American Boy, which never has had an official release, and which only a few people have seen (generally as a bootleg). Pallotta follows up with the film's subject, Steven Prince, 30 years after Scorsese's film. Prince is probably best known to many of us as the guy who played the gun salesman in Taxi Driver, but apparently both documentaries reveal an extremely colorful life. I can't wait to find out the details.
Gallery: 'American Prince' Poster
American Prince will have its world premiere at SXSW this Saturday, March 14, with an encore screening on Tuesday, March 17. Scorsese's American Boy will be shown right before this film, »
- Jette Kernion
Edgar Wright’s big screen adaptation of the comic book Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will incorporate clasic hand drawn animation. Co-star Brandon Routh revealed to Collider that Wright is doing some “really cool things” with the film, specifically the movie will feature “a mix of real people and drawn animation.” How cool is that?
Routh was never really clear the extent of the useage. Will the backgrounds be completely handdrawn incorporating a Sin City greenscreen style? It’s unlikely, especially since Wright is shooting the film on location in Toronto Canada. Could he being incorporating some kind of rotoscoped animation ala Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly? Also unlikely.
I’m assuming that the hand-drawn animation will be incorporated into the fight sequences between Scott Pilgrim and Ramona’s seven evil boyfriends. I haven’t read the comic books, but I’ve heard that the fights are set-up in a retro video game-like style. »
- Peter Sciretta
19 items from 2009
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