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The American Friend

Wim Wenders goes neo-noir in this wonderfully moody character-driven crime tale. Soulful art framer Bruno Ganz is the patsy in a murder scheme, but Dennis Hopper's sociopath / villain has a change of heart and befriends him. This modern classic looks great and features movie directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in major guest roles. The American Friend Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 793 1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 127 min. / Der Amerikanische Freund / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller. Cinematography Robby Müller Art Direction Heidi & Toni Lüdi Film Editor Peter Przygodda Original Music Jürgen Knieper Written by Wim Wenders from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith Produced by Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders Directed by Wim Wenders

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fourteen years ago Anchor Bay released a Wim Wenders DVD collection with excellent extras provided by the director himself.
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Now On Blu-ray: Wim Wenders' The American Friend On Criterion

It's startling to me that The American Friend, a pitch-black film noir, remains so fresh and vibrant. Originally released in 1977, the film was part of a wave of "New German Cinema" that swept beyond the country's borders to international acclaim and opened the way for director Wim Wenders to come to America to make movies. It was a mixed blessing at best, as Wenders wryly acknowledges in a new interview for the Criterion Collection's beautiful new Blu-ray edition, available tomorrow (Tuesday, January 12). Drawn from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game, the film stars Dennis Hopper as Ripley, an amoral character first portrayed by Alain Delon in René Clément's Purple Noon. He shows up in Hamburg, Germany, to sell a painting by a supposedly dead artist,...

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Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripley' Books in Development to Become TV Series

Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripley' Books in Development to Become TV Series
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's "Carol" didn't take home the top prize at Cannes, but the lesbian romance was undoubtedly one of the highest-profile films of the festival.  Perhaps it's author Patricia Highsmith's renewed caché that has led to the development on a TV show around her most famous character, the homicidal social chameleon Ripley. The five books about him -- "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), "Ripley Underground" (1970), "Ripley's Game" (1974), "The Boy Who Followed Ripley" (1980) and "Ripley Under Water" (1991) -- will be turned into a TV series. Executive producers are searching for the right creator/director and star before shopping the project around to premium cable networks and streaming services. Ripley has already "starred" in the films "Purple Noon" (1960) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). Highsmith's debut novel was "Strangers...

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Patricia Highsmith's Ripley Heads For TV

Patricia Highsmith's Ripley Heads For TV
With this year marking the 60th anniversary of Tom Ripley's debut, it seems fitting that a significant new screen project should be in the works. Much filmed already, this time he's heading to television, with Television 360 and Endemol Shine Studios joining forces to adapt all five of Patricia Highsmith's macabre crime novels.Not the alien-fighting kind, Highsmith's Ripley is a con-artist and serial killer, living the high life courtesy of a stolen inheritance, a wealthy father-in-law and a lucrative sideline in art forgery. Suave and sophisticated, he's completely without conscience and can't even remember his bodycount (it's actually a modest ten, with a handful of other deaths indirectly attributable to him). The books he appears in, published between 1955 and 1991, are The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The first was adapted as Purple Moon with Alain Delon
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Mr. Ripley Is Coming To Television

Television 360, Endemol Shine Studios and publisher Diogenes are all teaming up for a TV series based on novelist Patricia Highsmith's five-book series about the serial killer character Tom Ripley.

Guymon Casady ("Game of Thrones") and Ben Forkner ("The Killing Room") will executive produce and are aiming to get a major filmmaker and actor onboard the project before they shop it around premium cable networks or streaming services.

The plan with the series is to expand and explore the "depth, sophistication and complexity" of the Tom Ripley character. Both the first book "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and the third book "Ripley's Game" have seen two big screen adaptations a piece, whilst the second novel "Ripley Under Ground" was adapted once. Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper and Alain Delon have all previously played the character.

The final two books, "The Boy Who Followed Ripley" and "Ripley Under Water,
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Bonjour Tristesse; Plein Soleil – review

In his final column for the Observer, our film critic welcomes the re-release of two influential classics from the late 1950s

What goes around comes around. Or "This is where we came in!", the words we'd whisper back in the days of continuous movie performances, before heading for the exit when we reached the point at which we'd entered the cinema. Appropriately in the week I write my final film column, two classic movies, Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Plein Soleil (aka Purple Noon, 1959), are re-released from that period at the end of the 1950s when I was embarking on a career as a professional writer. Both appear in beautiful new prints that do full justice to the Mediterranean sun which dictates their mood of dangerous eroticism, and both are closely associated with what was popularly known as the French Nouvelle Vague. In the first of them an English-speaking cast play French
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How Many of the Movies from Roger Ebert's List of Great Movies Have You Seen?

I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do,
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How Many of the Movies from Roger Ebert's List of Great Movies Have You Seen?

I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do,
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Patricia Highsmith's cinematic life beyond the grave

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Patricia Highsmith makes me proud to be a Patricia. She wasn't perfect — far from it — but I admire her for many reasons, chiefly for her legendary novel The Price of Salt. She died 17 years ago, but the present has been good to her in the last few years. The 2010 biography The Talented Miss Highsmith was a fascinating and in-depth look into the life of the writer, who was also a lesbian. The book won author Joan Schenkar awards and praise, but also divulged many things about the somewhat secretive loner Patricia Highsmith was.

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Now the lesbian-themed The Price of Salt is being adapted into a feature film called Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska. The film is going into production in New York and London this February, which means we'll hopefully see it
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Zach Helm to Adapt Patricia Highsmith’s Novel Deep Water

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Screenwriter Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) is set to adapt Patricia Highsmith's novel Deep Water.  Per THR, "The story centers on an upscale suburban husband who, in order to avoid a divorce, allows his wife to have affairs. When the paramours start disappearing, the quiet marriage and community that surrounds it begin to heat up."  Fox 2000 wants to make the film as a "dark, sexy comedy."  The project does not currently have a director. Highsmith's work is no stranger to Hollywood with her novels Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley both being adapted into critically acclaimed films.  Helm has his work cut out for him if he's trying to make his adaptation measure up to those movies (on the bright side, Deep Water will probably be better than Ripley's Game).  Helm is also writing Errol Morris' Freezing People Is Easy starring Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig,
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David Thomson on Ray Winstone

It's a lack of pretension that makes Ray Winstone so likable – so long as we don't start getting fancy notions of him as 'an actor'

I suspect Ray Winstone usually knows a good film from a bad one, but he has a world-weary calm that sees no need to let us in on the secret. Perhaps he has an inkling of how pleased we are to see him, and since he has had to declare bankruptcy twice so far as a professional actor he may take a certain gloomy pleasure in just being employed. There are actors well versed in elaborate, erudite answers to the question, "Why did you take this part?", but Winstone has the battered patience of a bloke who has seldom believed in "taking" a part rather than having the good/bad luck of ending up with it. It is that lack of pretension that leaves him so natural and likable,
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Keith Lemon coming to the big screen for Keith Lemon: The Film

British comedy star and Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon is set to follow in the footsteps of Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G, Borat and Bruno as he makes his feature film debut, with Lionsgate UK announcing that cameras will begin rolling on Keith Lemon: The Film on November 17th in Belfast. Written by Lemon's alter-ego, Leigh Francis (creator of Bo Selecta and Keith Lemon’s World Tour) and Paul Angunawela (Keith Lemon's Fit), the movie will be directed by Angunawela and is to be produced by Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia!, Johnny English), Simon Bosanquet (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Ripley's Game, Whole Lotta Sole) and Aidan Elliott (Killing Bono, Fairytale of New York). Take a look at the synopsis...

"Keith Lemon: The Film is a comedy about Keith following his dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, just like his hero Richard Branson.
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Viggo Mortensen to Star in The Two Faces Of January, the Directorial Debut of Hossein Amini

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Viggo Mortensen passed on Snow White and the Huntsman right around the time Hossein Amini entered negotiations to rewrite the script.  I suspect their paths crossed, as in the months since, Amini and Mortensen teamed to develop an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January.  The 1964 novel is a suspense thriller that centers on an American con artist, his wife, and a stranger in travelling in Athens.  A source tells 24 Frames Mortensen would assume one of the three starring roles, and this is intended to be the directorial debut of Amini. Amini wields a powerful calling card right now with Drive -- by all accounts from Cannes and Laff, Drive is amazing.  We peons only have to wait three months for the September 16 theatrical release.  Cronenberg will next be seen playing Sigmund Freud in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, assuming it gets the late 2011 release we expect.
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Generator Entertainment Scout Irish Film Locations for 'The Federation'

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Belfast's Generator Entertainment is currently in development and sourcing Irish locations for new feature film, 'The Federation'. The spy thriller is set to shoot in September and October of this year and will mark the feature film directorial debut of English writer Sven Hughes (Ghost Machine, Roach). Casting for the film is currently underway. The producers on board for the upcoming feature include Mark Huffam (Game of Thrones), Simon Bosanquet (Killing Bono, Ripley's Game) and Aidan Elliott (Whole Lotta Sole, Killing Bono).
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

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The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos,
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

  • Dark Horizons
The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos,
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Start at the top and work your way down

• Introduction to The Great Movies III

You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.

I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time.
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Resident Evil 5 -- It's Happening

No, the subtitle for the fifth Resident Evil movie won't be It's Happening (at least, I'm fairly certain that it won't be.) What I mean is that a fifth Resident Evil movie is now a certainty after Resident Evil: Afterlife opened to a commanding $26.6 million dollars. That's the best opening for the zombie gamerflick franchise in its cinema history.

So how do I know for sure that RE5 is going to happen? Two words: Milla Jovovich. "This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at No. 1 worldwide. It's the biggest movie in the franchise," the model-turned-actress told Vulture yesterday, probably while grinning from ear to ear. Not even Sigourney Weaver in her Alien franchise had this kind of good will at the top of Ripley's game. "So we’re definitely going to make another one." There you go. Proof.

Look, it's not like Paul W.S. Anderson is
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Paris, Texas: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Wim Wenders' 1984 film Paris, Texas, now available on Blu-ray disc from the Criterion Collection, centers around a man named Travis (Harry Dean Stanton). Long thought to be dead since disappearing four years ago, Travis reappears from the desert near the Mexico border, mute, world-weary and an amnesiac. After collapsing at a rundown gas station, a doctor manages to connect the mysterious stranger back to his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell), who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Anne (Aurore Clement) and Hunter (Kit Carson), the abandoned seven-year-old son of Travis and his estranged wife, Jane (Natassja Kinski).

Bringing his brother back to Los Angeles, Walt begins the slow process of reconnecting his long-lost brother to his past. Hunter and Travis, who really don't know each other, begin to build a guarded friendship that leads to the estranged duo to plan a road trip back to Texas to track down and reunite with Jane.
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Fright Girl Rachel Grubb Delivers Haunted Kira & Why Am I In A Box!

Remember our former February 2008 Fright Girl Rachel Grubb? Well she's been busy since her Fright Girl debut and got in touch to let us know about the 2 most recent projects she's taking part in. First up, she'll be starring in a feature called Haunting Kira and the most recent press release just announced Joanna Angel as a co-star. Here's the details:

Joanna Angel joins sexy cast of Haunting Kira

Producers say the Princess of punk is a perfect fit for story of a ghost that has reanimated a rotting corpse and roams the streets of Las Vegas.

As if its cast wasn't hot enough, "Haunting Kira" broke the news Thursday night on Twitter that Joanna Angel will be joining the independent horror film's roster.

As the head of her own adult production company (Burning Angel Entertainment), Joanna Angel has directed more than 20 films and appeared in over 60.

The award-winning pioneer
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