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In this extract from his forthcoming book, the Observer's new film critic, Mark Kermode, examines how the internet has changed the role of the professional reviewer. When everyone has an opinion, what value does the critic retain?
"Forrest Gump on a tractor." Those five words are probably my favourite film review ever. More importantly, they constitute the most damaging hatchet job I ever encountered, managing to do something I had often argued was impossible – to kill a movie stone dead. I didn't read them in a newspaper or on a blog, I didn't hear them on the radio or television; rather, they were whispered in my ear by a trusted friend and colleague, David Cox, as the house lights went down on a screening of David Lynch's The Straight Story.
I'd been really looking forward to that movie. I've been a huge Lynch fan ever since being blindsided by »
- Mark Kermode
Yikes, talk about an over share! In a candid new interview, Rob admits that for his self loving scene in his 2008 film ‘Little Ashes,’ he wasn’t exactly acting…
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have had many groundbreaking sex scenes in Breaking Dawn, but Rob’s best on screen sex partner was in fact, himself. In a bizarre and totally over revealing interview, Rob revealed that when playing Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, he “pleasured” himself in front of the camera, so his sex scene would look authentic! Read on for all the details.
Rob, 27, starred in the little watched film in 2008, right around the time that Twilight exploded onto our screens, and he took method acting a little too seriously.
Speaking about how he feels overexposed, Rob revealed a surprising secret.
“If you Google something about long enough you will know everything »
- Eleanore Hutch
“We’re all gonna win Oscars.” Linda Lovelace’s life is ripe fruit for the biopic plucking, and with this first trailer for Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, it looks like Amanda Seyfried truly owns the role and the spotlight as the porn star turned icon turned anti-porn advocate. You see, Lovelace’s life is filled with some truly heinous stuff (including films called Peeverted and Dog Fucker), that could be brutal on screen given the context of her relationship with the abusive Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard). The problem is that if the cut is the same as it was at Sundance, it could still be a pretty bland affair. Seyfried looks kind of adorably stupid here, but there’s no doubt her Lovelace will wise up once the flash bulbs are all thrown away. The question is how well this particular take will portray a story so full of potential. Check »
- Scott Beggs
This is the third debate of our monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
This month we ask »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The fashionistas have invaded the Croisette.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a two-day celebration of the longstanding love affair between the film and fashion worlds rekindled by Prada-packed “The Great Gatsby” and Un Certain Regard opener “The Bling Ring,” about teens obsessed with Louis Vuitton, Versace, Louboutin and Dior, among other brands. The paparazzi will be happy.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
But fashion houses in recent years have also started seeking out a different role within the movie world: one that goes beyond dressing stars for red carpets and parties, or designing costumes for their onscreen roles.
Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other venerated haute couture companies with mega global appeal are increasingly venturing into film from new, and seemingly philanthropic, angles such as film preservation, sponsoring film museums, festivals and schools, and also film production.
Some examples: Gucci, »
- Nick Vivarelli
News of Roger Ebert's death prompted an outpouring of emotion, tributes and fond memories from some of Hollywood's finest. Ebert may never have been an above-the-line movie star himself, but his importance to the film industry cannot be underestimated.
In a five-decade career spanning newspapers, TV and the internet, Ebert mastered every medium he turned his hand to with reviews of wit, intelligence and eloquence. In short, he was the master where most other film critics were mere apprentices.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 great Ebert reviews below.
"Years and years from now, when Coppola's budget and his problems have long been forgotten, Apocalypse will still stand, I think, as a grand and grave and insanely inspired gesture of filmmaking - of moments that are operatic in their style and scope, and of other moments so silent we can almost hear the director thinking to himself. »
The film world was left in mourning today with the loss of Roger Ebert, easily the planet’s most respected and well-known film critic, passing away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70.
He was a figure of inspiration for many journalists wanting to get into the industry (myself included; from a young age I’d read his reviews every week without fail), and had that uncanny ability to completely enthrall you with his reasoned wit even when you didn’t agree with his opinions.
That is the sign of a great critic, and unsurprisingly as a result, Ebert is distinguished as the first film critic to win a Pullitzer Prize. The respect held for him is evident from the outpour of tributes from figures as prominent as Steven Spielberg and Barack Obama.
It’s a testament to the man’s stature and talent that we’d »
- Shaun Munro
Twitter is abuzz with recollections and thanks as president, peers and the movie world pay tribute
Actors, directors, fellow critics and the Us president have paid tribute to the eminent American film reviewer Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70.
Ebert, who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 and became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize eight years later, died early on Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after revealing a day earlier that he was undergoing radiation treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Many tributes mentioned the critic's famous "thumbs up, thumbs down" verdicts or the familiar "the balcony is closed" sign-off from the long-running Us television film review show At the Movies, which Ebert presented for many years.
Us president Barack Obama said in a statement: "Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he »
- Ben Child
Tell us your favourite lines and reviews from the much-loved film critic, who died this week
To say that film Roger Ebert, who has died from cancer aged 70, had a way with words would be an understatement. In a career spanning five decades, the Chicago Sun-Times film reviewer won a huge international following thanks to his brilliant, often acerbic, but always engaging criticism. Admirers have been sharing some of their favourite lines of his on Twitter with the hashtag #EbertQuotes – below are a few highlights, but what else would you add? Are there any Ebert film reviews that stand out for you as favourites?
For the uninitiated, there's a wealth of Roger Ebert quotes here and here, and for a mnore comprehensive look at his work visit rogerebert.suntimes.com.
"To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion." #EbertQuotes
— Lo! »
No one loved movies like Roger Ebert. But perhaps more importantly, no one panned movies like Roger Ebert. He turned taking the piss out of a reprehensible film into an art form, leaving you giggling days later.
While we're heartbroken at his passing, we'll always remember him for his big heart, his humanity, his passion, his fortitude, and, most of all, his incredible wit in the face of so many terrible, terrible cinematic train wrecks.
Here are a few of the funniest Ebert take downs of movies. Let us know which one's your favorite.
"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
"The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, »
- Carol Hartsell
Greetings, musically inclined Fright fans! Been a while since I’ve posted a “Song Of The Week” entry, so apologies for that. Thought I’d come back with a fairly bizarre one that acts not only as a really good tune to crank & kick your weekend off with, but also it’s a wacky little short film written, directed and starring Vincent Gallo (The Brown Bunny, Buffalo ’66). I remember several years back when I worked for Tower Records, we’ve go to these presentation meetings with the big record labels to see what new artists they were excited about. Normally it consisted of the rep telling us a bit about the artist and then playing the first single off their record. But in the case of ‘My Vitriol‘, their bio notes featured a quote from Deftones frontman Chino Moreno calling them “the best band in the world” and we were presented with the following video, »
- Rob Galluzzo
Deep Throat’s Journey: Epstein & Friedman’s Porn Star Biopic By-the-Numbers
In their first outing not placing significant focus on the recuperation of queer subjects or thematics, filmmaking duo Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman turn to one of the most salacious historical moments concerning heteronormative sex with Lovelace, a biopic on the star of the infamous Deep Throat. While this sophomore feature effort from the documentarians feels far less experimentally pieced together than their 2010 Allan Ginsberg piece, Howl, their approach feels a tad static this time round and, perhaps in effort to be tasteful, almost too sterile. Despite its trappings of the generic biopic dressing, some engaging lead performances tend to outshine its standardized format.
Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), born Linda Boreman, became the first pornographic celebrity superstar with her one and only film, Deep Throat in 1972. A kind of good girl, an unexpected pregnancy as a teen caused her working class parents (Sharon Stone, »
- Nicholas Bell
12 items from 2013
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