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Obscure Movie Characters I Love: Rhona Mitra in “The Life of David Gale”

I’ve decided to add a segment to this site that pays homage to movie characters that didn’t see much screen time but that left an implant in my brain that I was never, ever able to forget. While my crush on Rhona Mitra began after seeing the movie Hollow Man in which she’s in the movie for all of 2 minutes, it was in The Life of David Gale that I realized we had a special actress on our hands. P.S. if you haven’t seen The Life of David Gale it’s a fantastic movie. While Rhona Mitra’s part is tiny

Obscure Movie Characters I Love: Rhona Mitra in “The Life of David Gale
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Review: "The Commitments" (1991) Starring Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angelina Ball and Bronagh Gallagher; Blu-ray & Region 2 UK DVD Release From Rlj Entertainment Ltd

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By Dawn Dabell

Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Commitments? An acclaimed hit with audiences and critics alike when first seen, it quickly grew in stature into something of a modern classic and has remained perennially popular ever since. It has also inspired touring bands, a major stage production and a few million sub-standard karaoke renditions of the iconic Mustang Sally (and other ditties) in pubs up and down the land.

Unemployed Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) dreams of being a band manager, and places an ad in the local paper – “Have you got soul? If so the world’s hardest working band is looking for you.” Various losers, opportunists and drop-outs turn up at his door to audition, but bit by bit he manages to put together an inexperienced band comprising ten members: men, women, backing singers, guitarists, saxophonists, a drummer and an unlikely lead vocalist
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Watch: 11-Minute Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Greatest Movie Twists Of All Time

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A movie twist done right is a rare pleasure: the cherry on top of the cinematic sundae, if you will. It conjures a sense of immediacy and pleasurable disequilibrium, compelling viewers to question all the information they’ve absorbed up until that point. Conversely, when a movie twist is sloppily executed or poorly thought-out, it can seem like the cheapest of gimmicks: a manipulative “gotcha!” moment that exists for no other reason than providing the viewer with an involuntary and fleeting thrill. In a film like David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” the major twist that defines the film’s final act is ultimately integral to the movie’s themes about fractured identity and mental instability. In a movie like Alan Parker’s “The Life of David Gale,” the twist that ends the movie merely exists to cap a narrative that’s already become howlingly ludicrous, adding no substance or context to the story at hand.
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Director Alan Parker officially announces his retirement from feature films

He may not have made a movie since 2003’s The Life of David Gale starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet but anyone holding out for a thunderous return to the big screen from Alan Parker will be sadly disappointed. The man behind such gems as The Commitments, Midnight Express and Angel Heart has stated that he won’t be directing any more feature films ever again.

Speaking during a masterclass at the Bari International Film Festival in Italy recently, the English filmmaker said, “Directors do not improve with age: they repeat themselves, and while there are exceptions, their work generally does not get any better. This is the reason why I have decided not to make any more films.”

Parker was once approached about the possibility of taking the hot seat on a Harry Potter movie – we don’t know which one – but he admits, “While that would have made me extremely rich today,
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Alan Parker: I won't direct another film

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"Directors do not improve with age", says Alan Parker, as he also chats about turning down Harry Potter...

Across Sir Alan Parker's career, he's made some very strong films. Birdy, The Commitments, Mississippi Burning, Fame, Angel Heart and Bugsy Malone instantly spring to mind. And heck, we've got a soft spot for The Road To Wellville, too.

However, Parker hasn't directed a movie since 2003's The Life Of David Gale. And he's now told the Bari International Film Festival that he has no plans to direct another. "Directors do not improve with age, they repeat themselves", he said during a session at the festival. "And while there are exceptions, their work generally does not get any better. This is the reason why I have decided not to make any more films".

He also added that the last screenplay that he penned "was the best thing I've ever created", but
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Alan Parker Tapped Guest Of Honor At Brussels Fest

Alan Parker Tapped Guest Of Honor At Brussels Fest
Paris– Following the footsteps of Bertrand Tavernier, British multi-hyphenate Alan Parker (“Midnight Express,”"Fame”) will be the guest of honor at Brussels Film Festival.

As a special guest, Parker will open the festival on June 6, and will give a lecture on film and a masterclass on the following day. He will also present “The Commitments,” his 1991 comedy-drama, while his full work – comprising 14 films — will screen at the festival’s Cinematek.

A screenwriter, helmer, composer and producer, Parker has directed many cult films that have shaped American popular culture. Some of his most famed pics include “Bugsy Malone” with Jodie Foster, Oliver Stone-penned “Midnight Express,” winner of two Oscars and four Golden Globes, the cult musical “Fame,” which won two Oscars, and the Gene Hackman-starrer “Mississippi Burning.” His last film, “The Life of David Gale” is a thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a prominent activist against the capital punishment
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Camerimage unveils competition juries

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Hunger Games DoP Tom Stern and 12 Years a Slave cinematographer Sean Bobbitt among those chosen for jury duty.

The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Jury members of the main competition jury are:

Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition

Jost Vacano, the cinematographer behind several Paul Verhoeven films including Total Recall, RoboCop and [link
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Films made in 3D are a marketing gimmick, says director Alan Parker

Great Gatsby was only made in 3D to get the money back on a $120m movie, Bugsy Malone director tells Kirsty Wark

Sir Alan Parker has dismissed 3D films as a marketing gimmick and said he is unlikely to direct any more movies – but would consider working in TV, where "the very best work is being done".

Parker said that big budget films were made in 3D because the Hollywood studios thought that was necessary to make it appealing to a mainstream audience.

"Everything has to be 3D if it is over a certain amount of money from a marketing point of view," he said, during an interview with journalist and presenter Kirsty Wark at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Wednesday. "From a creative point of view it is rubbish. Absolute nonsense."

He added: "For instance Gatsby, why on earth was that 3D? Well the reason was
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The 25 Worst Movie Character Names Ever

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You're at a bar and some fictional movie character comes up and introduces her or himself. How long will it take before the subsequent conversation trends toward anything other than some form of, "But, seriously, what's your real name?"

And that's how we created this collection of the 25 worst movie character names ever. If the answer to the above hypothetical scenario was "30 seconds flat," that character made our highly-researched, scientifically-ranked list.

We've brought this feature back to the forefront in honor of Will Smith's turn as Cypher Raige in "After Earth." Yes, that's right — his name is "Cypher Raige." If you know of even worse character names than that — and that of those in the list below — hit us up in the comments.

25. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), 'Jack Reacher' (2012)

24. Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), 'End of Days' (1999)

23. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), 'Mean Girls' (2004)

22. Jonah Hex
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Resolution Signs ‘Revenge’s Gabriel Mann

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Actor Gabriel Mann has signed with Jeff Berg’s Resolution Entertainment. He was at Apa. Mann co-stars as tech billionaire Nolan Ross on the ABC drama Revenge. He will next be seen in Diego Luna’s Chavez, a biopic of civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. His previous credits include features The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Life Of David Gale and a recurring role on Mad Men. Mann continues to be managed by Van Johnson and repped by attorney Allison Binder.
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Reader Spotlight: Tony T

In our ongoing 'get to know The Film Experience community' project, here's another Reader Spotlight. This time we're talking to Tony who grew up overseas and now lives in Texas. He sent me the nicest note once about the site that really cheered me up on a down day.

What's your first movie memory?

Tony: I spent my entire childhood watching Disney movies. It was literally everything I did when I wasn't in school. They were mostly dubbed in French so it was a little bit of a revelation to rediscover them in English when I grew up. But my very first movie memory that I can recall semi-vividly is watching The Beauty and the Beast with my cousins. I was so captivated that I had to move to a different row in the movie theatre to sit away from my cousins because they were distracting me so much. 

I love it.
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Reader Spotlight: Lynn Lee

"Reader Appreciation Month" continues. Get to know The Film Experience community! Today we're talking to the very delightful and smart Lynn Lee who has her own blog where she muses on film & tv.

When did you start reading The Film Experience?

Lynn: I think around 2005. I remember our mutual friend Nick Davis hooked me on to Tfe, and I've been reading it ever since. You bring such great insight, without a speck of pretentiousness, into such a wide range of films. And I love the variety of content on the site - the reviews, the links and blogathons, the first line/last shot series, and of course your raging actressexuality. 

Awww thanks. That last part I can do nothing about. It's just who I am! So, what's your first movie memory?

Lynn: The first movie I remember watching at home, over and over again, was The Sound of Music. I loved it,
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Alan Parker: 'I like the craziness of the film set'

From Bugsy Malone to Midnight Express to Fame, the director Alan Parker has had an amazing career. Now Bafta is giving him a lifetime achievement award

'I turn on the TV sometimes, start watching something and think: 'This seems quite good, a bit familiar.' Then I realise … It's one of my movies. It's a pretty odd feeling." Alan Parker is in reflective mood: the onetime scourge of all that is arty, self-indulgent and non-commercial has, to all appearances, mellowed. Not only because he has just been named as the recipient of this year's Bafta fellowship (the academy's lifetime achievement award), but also because he has been spending a lot of time working on his own website: collating pictures, writing production histories, reproducing cartoons; generally archiving his life's work.

"I'm quite proud of what I've done," he says. "It's the first time for a long while that I've started thinking
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Alan Parker to receive the Academy Fellowship from BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that British filmmaker Sir Alan Parker is to receive BAFTA's highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship, in recognition of outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previous Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Lee, along with last year's recipient Martin Scorsese.

"Sir Alan Parker is a hugely distinctive filmmaker, and a man of uncompromising vision and personality," said John Willis, Chairman of the Academy. "He has made an immense contribution to the British film industry, receiving a wide range of critical and public acclaim for his writing, producing and directing across almost 40 years of filmmaking. It’s almost impossible to highlight any one moment of his career, but the incredible 19 BAFTAs his films have won indicate the esteem in which he is held by his peers,
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Sir Alan Parker To Be Honoured With BAFTA Fellowship

One of the country’s finest writer and directors is to be bestowed a BAFTA fellowship for his work in the industry. Alan Parker, who was responsible for one of my own personal favourite films in the Oscar-winning true-life classic, Mississippi Burning, will receive the honour at the event on the 10th February. Here we have the press release announcing Parker’s award.

On Sunday 10 February, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will present Sir Alan Parker with the Academy Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London.

Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Lee. Martin Scorsese
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How Alan Parker progressed to Bafta's top table

The varied and brilliant career of the director of Bugsy Malone and Fame is to be celebrated by a Bafta fellowship

From the custard pie guns of Bugsy Malone to the legwarmers of Fame; from the prison brutality of Midnight Express to the unalloyed musical joy of The Commitments – the career of Alan Parker in all its variety and brilliance is to be celebrated by a Bafta fellowship next month.

Parker, 68, follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick and Elizabeth Taylor in receiving the honour. It is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' equivalent to a lifetime achievement award, but the director is not worried about the signals that accepting such an award might send.

"I'm honoured by the award – flattered, really," he said on Tuesday. "A lot of people deserve it more than I do. I know film-makers who have refused these sort of things,
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Britain's Alan Parker to Get BAFTA Fellowship

Britain's Alan Parker to Get BAFTA Fellowship
London – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is to present filmmaker Alan Parker with the Academy Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony in February. Parker's 40-year filmmaking career includes directing Madonna in Evita and The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet. Photos: The Top European Media and Entertainment Industry Stories of 2012 Martin Scorsese received the fellowship at the film awards in 2012. BAFTA chairman John Willis described Parker as "a hugely distinctive filmmaker, and a man of uncompromising vision and personality." Willis also noted that the 19 BAFTA awards

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Masters Of Cinema Part 1: Werner Herzog

“Movies do not change anything…”Werner Herzog says calmly into the microphone surrounded by the scarlet and black colours of Qtv radio’s studio. The interviewer, Jian Ghomeshi, is momentarily stunned and repeats Herzog’s statement in search of an explanation. Ghomeshi’s surprise is understandable. In front of him sits arguably one of the most respected directors alive today, so much so, his films are considered some of the finest in recent film history by cinema goers and critics alike. However, Herzog’s statement is, as always, no off the cuff remark. He effortlessly articulates his point in his distinct and captivating German accent. The point he makes in regard to one of his more recent films ‘Into the Abyss’ (a film about the death penalty in the United States) is that the notion that films can evoke effective change is exaggerated and change can only come about through political debate and media outlets,
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Kate Winslet

With six Oscar nominations by the age of 35, it's nice to see Kate Winslet falling on her lovely, intelligent, earnest face once in a while

One thing to be said for Contagion is that it's unlikely to bring Kate Winslet another award. Alternatively, there might be an award for anyone who can come up with a good reason why she made Contagion, a picture that takes a vast subject and reduces it to amazing banality. Yes, it is by the same Steven Soderbergh who made Sex, Lies and Videotape, and if you recall the journal he wrote about the making of that film, and the brave new world of independent projects he foresaw, this is a sad comedown.

But that's not Winslet's fault. Perhaps she did this confident no prizes would be offered. For I take her to be a reasonable, good-humoured actor who knows in her heart how silly
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The Artist Trailer

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This has been on itunes for a bit, but buzz is just so big on this movie I had to post it now! The Artist is a silent b&w movie, recreating the style of the ‘20s with a story indeed set then too, about a big star and his lover. Praise has been pretty unanimous since Cannes, with Best Actor that festival going to headliner Jean Dujardin – basically the equivalent of Clooney, Pitt and Damon rolled into one in France, in terms of star quality. Check out the trailer below – nice use of music from The Life of David Gale – and look out for the movie over the coming months. Rumour has it it could be in line for a Best Picture nomination…….
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