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A Tony-winning musical about a Hall of Fame rock group by an Oscar-winning director—on paper, it sounds like a sure-fire hit. So why did Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys fall flat in theaters this weekend?
Simply because Clint Eastwood should have never directed it in the first place.
When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway back in 2005, it broke the mold of the emerging trend of “jukebox musicals”—that is, musicals that repurposed pre-existing songs and placed them into stories—by using the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that were already loved and adored by millions to tell their own story. »
- Jake Perlman
Jersey Boys, 2014.
Directed by Clint Eastwood.
The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
There is a great scene in Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the hit show Jersey Boys, where the actors perform a musical number in that old Hollywood style we no longer see; the set is clearly a set, the singing breaks out from conversation, people enter and leave the frame dancing, and for a few minutes the film is acknowledging both the roots of the show and the magical artifice of musical cinema.
The problem is these few minutes only arrive as the film is ending, like the final curtain of a stage »
- Gary Collinson
There are, you could argue, two Clint Eastwoods. One is the strong, near-silent type, the man with no name but a pair of Colt revolvers or a .44 Magnum, the lean avenging angel who asks if you feel lucky, punk, and would care to make his day. Whether he's a tough cop, a tough cowboy, a tough secret-service agent, a tough military man, a tough experimental-jet-fighter pilot or a tough racist old coot, the part is a variation on Eastwood's screen persona. His status as a macho icon was cast in »
To celebrate the release of Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, which hits cinemas on June 20th, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a copy of The Clint Eastwood: Directors Collection boxset including Mystic River, Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You, »
- Gary Collinson
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
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30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out »
- Michelle McCue
From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has had a bit of a rougher run than usual in recent years, critically speaking. He's back with Jersey Boys based on the Broadway jukebox hit about the Four Seasons.
Let's divvy up our reactions to the trailer.
• There will be a lot of music
• Counterprogramming in the blockbuster realm of summer movies could help with critical reception so that's a smart move.
• Newish handsome actors in plum star-making position (if the movie is good and they ace it)
- NATHANIEL R
Clint Eastwood's output as of late has been pretty uneven: for every triumph ("Letters from Iwo Jima"), there's a major disappointment ("J. Edgar") or outright dud ("Hereafter"). When given great material, though, Eastwood can really make it shine, and there's some potential in his adaptation of the hit musical "Jersey Boys," which just released its first trailer. Eastwood's first musical as a director (following his aborted attempt to remake "A Star is Born" with Beyonce), "Jersey Boys" tells the story of the Four Seasons (later known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) as they went from rags to riches, and as their personal troubles became greater, including debts, mob involvement, strained friendships, and Valli's relationship with his troubled daughter. The pedigree here is huge: the jukebox musical won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for John Lloyd Young (who reprises his role as Valli here »
- Max O'Connell
I can understand the appeal of a jukebox musical on Broadway. In a way, it’s just a concert, albeit for cover artists, with a little bit of story thrown in for fun — like skits on a rap record. On the big screen, though, they just can’t be as enjoyable. There’s no live performance and, unless you find just the right movie theater or wait a number of years for a Drafthouse sing-a-long screening, there’s none of the same audience vibe you get with the real deal. I’m sure the stage incarnation of Jersey Boys is a really good time. The movie version, on the other hand, looks like a real bore of a biopic with an imitation soundtrack. It seems so generic that they’ve probably even thrown in a token sibling death for Frankie Valli. This evening we got our best look yet at the adaptation, directed »
- Christopher Campbell
Mark Kermode: a handsome translation of Eastwood's 1992 western offers a grand spectacle
Westerns have traditionally borrowed from Japanese legend (The Magnificent Seven reworking Seven Samurai etc) so now it's time to repay the compliment with this handsome translation of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winner from Korean-Japanese film-maker Lee Sang-il. Set on the northernmost island of Japan at the dawn of the Meiji era (the time period matches that of the original), the narrative unfolds as before; a bounty offered on the heads of two men who assaulted and scarred a young woman draws vigilantes from afar. Ken Watanabe steps into Clint's Bill Munny boots as Jubei Kamata, a retired warrior whose promise to abandon the sword has been weakened by the death of his wife. Teaming up with an ageing comrade and a young firebrand, Jubei leaves his two children to head off once again into the fray, and back into the abyss. »
- Mark Kermode
Director Lee Sang-il's version of Clint Eastwood's 1992 western is well told, but holds few surprises
The symmetry is irresistible. 1964's A Fistful of Dollars, a remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, made an international star of Clint Eastwood; now Eastwood's valedictory 1992 western has been remade by Korean-Japanese director Lee Sang-il. The tale of an ageing warrior (here Letters from Iwo Jima's Ken Watanabe) who returns to the saddle to avenge a vicious attack on a prostitute translates fluently to the late samurai era, allowing Lee to refresh the action in pitting rusting swords against the emergent pistol. Narratively, it's limited by a lack of surprises: if the territory's new-ish, the characters are ported over unaltered from David Webb Peoples' screenplay, and their interplay doesn't yield any insights on the grim business of killing that Clint hadn't already spat out. Still, it's an enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, »
- Mike McCahill
The Oscar-tipped actor will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the film about a pair of men who meet in a Japanese 'suicide forest'
The film centers on a pair of men who travel to the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a popular location for suicides – but instead of killing themselves, their meeting prompts a reflective journey. Ken Watanabe, the Japanese actor known for his roles in Inception and Letters From Iwo Jima, will play the second man.
It's the latest in a series of weighty dramas from McConaughey, previously the king of the glitzy romcom – his critical appreciation has exponentially increased with roles in the likes of The Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe, alongside deft, crowdpleasing turns in Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street. He's now the firm »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
With films like Raze getting a lot of attention lately, the question beckons... will combat horror be the next subgenre to hit it big? Given that Donald Lawrence Flaherty’s Brutal has added aliens to the mix, it just might!
Described as Fight Club meets “The Twilight Zone,” the film stars Morgan Benoit (Forbidden Kingdom, 47 Ronin) and features fight sequences created by two of Hollywood’s top stunt performers, Colin Follenweider (Avatar, X-Men) and Chris Torres (Letters from Iwo Jima).
Brutal centers on Trevor (Morgan Benoit), who is abducted at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees, Trevor evolves from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine.
Derek (Jeff Hatch), an ambulance chasing lawyer, is the latest lab-rat abductee forced to fight Trevor. As they exchange increasingly violent beatings over the course of weeks and months, »
- Uncle Creepy
When the Oscar nominations come out, there should be a couple of surprises. Knowing where they will crop up is the hard art of predicting. The most important factor in determining Oscar upsets is looking at the preferential voting process that is different from most other award groups. You can read about it in detail here but the bottom line is: a contender which appears 4th or 5th on every ballot will get trumped by a contender that appears 1st or 2nd on just over one sixth of ballots. A candidate with a small pocket of passionate support will get in over broad consensus choices. It's how "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "The Reader" were able to unseat "Dreamgirls" and "The Dark Knight" in their respective years. Let's have a look at this year: "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Butler" will appeal to certain parts of the academy for sure »
It’s not often that Oscar nominations follow right on the heels of the Golden Globes, but here we are: We’re a day away from the 2013 Academy Award nominations. Have you already bought a “Get Well Soon” card to send to the crew of Fruitvale Station and Prisoners? Because they’ll be coming up with nothing on nomination day. Let the Hallmark healing begin.
Before the big announcement, let’s voice our last minute prayers: our biggest (and perhaps least probable) wishes for the 2013 Oscars. Pretend I’m saying all of this in the voice of Rayon from Dallas Buyers Club for maximum poignancy.
The nebulous number of Best Picture nominees ever year depresses me. What was wrong with five? We enjoyed five. Five! Like Spice Girls . With five, everything stood a chance. »
- Louis Virtel
15 items from 2014
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