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East End Film Festival Movie Review – West of Sunshine (2018)

West of Sunshine, 2018

Directed by Jason Raftopoulos

Starring Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Kat Stewart, Faye Smythe

Synopsis:

Jim (Damian Hill) has been given a deadline to pay back a substantial debt to a dangerous loan shark or face the consequences. His escape plan consists of backing a race horse, borrowing off friends, and dodging phone calls, but he doesn’t take into account the fact it’s his day to look after his young son (Tyler Perham), a turn of events that puts both of them at risk.

With its tale of fallible nice guy struggling to do right by his family, this Antipodean drama drives the same roads as Scott Cooper’s Out of Furnace, and on a surface level even recalls Kevin Costner kid in a car crime caper A Perfect World, but despite some wonderfully shot sequences and decent performances, West of Sunshine drifts along
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’: A look back at her 10th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’: A look back at her 10th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 10 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

After steamrolling through the 1980s, racking up half a dozen Best Actress Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep experienced a more subdued reception in the early 1990s.

The decade started off on just the right note, with a ninth Oscar nomination for “Postcards from the Edge” (1990). Streep also garnered praise for her turn opposite Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life” (1991). The picture, however, was not a box office success, drawing roughly the same interest in theaters as “She-Devil” (1989), which was deemed a bomb upon its release.

Streep’s next project was among her most ambitious to date – a big-budget horror-comedy from filmmaker Robert Zemeckis,
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The Best Clint Eastwood Movies and Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of this week’s “The 15:17 to Paris,” what is Clint Eastwood’s greatest film (either as an actor, or as a director)?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

Almost impossible to choose, but something especially energized and deep-rooted results when a great filmmaker makes a movie about the practice of filmmaking, and something even more energized about Eastwood’s own incarnation of a John Huston-oidal director, as a vain blowhard and a squanderer, in “White Hunter Black Heart”; it’s the movie of a Hollywood filmmaker thinking equivocally about his industry and his confrontation with its ingrained practices and legends. Yet
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In Praise of Laura Dern: TV's Mvp of 2017

In a year in which one man's Twitter account became the world's barometer of international crisis, it can be difficult to find things upon which we can all agree. However, here's one truth that seems irrefutable across party lines: Laura Dern makes everything better. Whether it's her broad comedy in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, her refashioning of an iconic character in Twin Peaks: The Return, or her award-winning work on Big Little Lies, her year was as varied as it was memorable. And that's not even including the fact that she
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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’

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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’
For Justin Chon, who was recently featured in the iTunes Filmmaker Spotlight, getting the deeply personal and unique “Gook” (click here to watch the film) made was a triumph. But seeing it in competition at Sundance 2017, where it won the Audience Award and also received a a nomination for a Film Independent Spirit Award, proved that his vision resonated with audiences.

“You always hope that people connect with whatever film that you’re making at the time, but it’s hard and rare to make a film that actually does that,” Chon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, tells IndieWire. It’s usually a wish and a hope but you never expect the outcome, so it’s just a really amazing, fulfilling surprise that people connect to the film and that it even got into Sundance.

“Gook” follows two Korean-American Angelenos (played by Chon and David So) and
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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What filmmaker would you most like to see try their hand at a horror movie?

Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko), Pajiba/Riot Material

I struggled with this question, because a lot of the directors I have adored have worked in horror, be it Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Robert Zemeckis (“Death Becomes Her”), Edgar Wright (“Shawn of the Dead”), Frank Oz (“Little Shop of Horror”), Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”), Bong-Joon Ho (“The Host”), Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive”), or Taika Waititi (“What We Do In the Shadows”). Part of what I love about the genre is the way is can be reshaped with vision, color,
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Posterized September 2017: ‘mother!,’ ‘It,’ ‘Woodshock,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

The seasons are starting to mix as summer makes way towards fall. Sprinkled amongst the Hollywood blockbusters this September are five Toronto International Film Festival selections (not to mention Venice and Telluride)—some hitting your local cinema the week after they debut. And the coming months are only bringing more (as well as some holdovers from last fall such as The Limehouse Golem opening in limited release September 8).

Choose your selections wisely as some of what’s coming may still be talked about at the Oscars in 2018 while
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson circling new Netflix movie

Simon Brew Jun 22, 2017

Highwaymen, a project once earmarked for Robert Redford and Paul Newman, is set to star Paul Newman and Robert Redford...

The mighty Kevin Costner is adding another film project to his work slate, with the news that he’s set to co-star with Woody Harrelson in a new film for Netflix by the name of Highwaymen.

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It’s a project that’s been around a long time this one, at one stage a possible vehicle for Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The current guise of the film will be directed by John Lee Hancock, who previously wrote the Kevin Costner-headlined A Perfect World, and directed The Founder and Saving Mr Banks.

Hancock has re-written the script too, from an earlier draft by John Dusco.

The project
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Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
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"Diner" 3Th Anniversary Screening, L.A., June 10

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By Todd Garbarini

Barry Levinson’s 1982 comedy Diner celebrates its 35th anniversary (yikes!) with a special 35mm screening at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. A highly revered coming-of-age story directed by the man who helmed Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), and Rain Man (1989), Diner features and all-star cast that includes Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser. The 110-minute film will be screened on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: Producer Mark Johnson and actor Paul Reiser are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Diner (1982)

35th Anniversary Screening

Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Followed by Q & A with Producer Mark Johnson

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 35th anniversary screening of one of the best loved films of the 1980s,
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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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For Our Consideration: A cross on its side: Logan gets religion

This article contains spoilers for Logan.

“We always thought we were part of God’s plan. Turns out we were God’s mistake.”

Logan

James Mangold’s Logan, which draws heavily on Western stories about gunfighters in twilight, ends with the moving gesture of a makeshift cross being turned on its side to make an X. The film itself is a fluke of the superhero-franchise era; it’s both violent and terrifically subtle (aided by some of the best acting in the genre) and has more in common with great mid-period Clint Eastwood movies like A Perfect World and Unforgiven than with the X-Men series to which it serves as a revisionist epilogue. Let me draw your attention to just one side of a film that I think has a lot worth appreciating: its careful, pointed broaching of the subject of religious faith. Throughout Logan, one hears the religion of
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The Founder review

Micheal Keaton stars in the story of the man who brought McDonald's to the world....

The last time Laura Dern worked on a project involving writer/director John Lee Hancock, it was the excellent A Perfect World, that Hancock wrote and Clint Eastwood directed. There, she had a meaty role, and brought to it the gravity and commitment we’ve come to expect from a Laura Dern performance. For Hancock’s latest, The Founder – which he directs, this time from a script by Robert Siegel – it’s incredibly miserable then to see Dern reduced to what may just be the most thankless role of her career. Here, she’s the wife of Michael Keaton’s Ray Kroc, but in terms of a character on screen, her job is to wear either an evening dress or nightwear, and basically to scowl at and nag her husband. Like most of The Founder,
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Playback: Kevin Costner on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Dances’ Memories and More

Playback: Kevin Costner on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Dances’ Memories and More
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

In this week’s episode, the last of 2016, Jenelle Riley and I are tapped out. So we toss it out to the listeners for a few questions. How will the guilds change the conversation this Oscar season? What Golden Globe surprises are lurking around the corner? Is it time for an ensemble category at the Oscars, and in a year full of so many great cast accomplishments, what is truly the best of them?

A little bit later (16:40) I’m talking to the star of one of those ensembles, the great Kevin Costner. He plays a composite character in the film, the head of a group tasked with the problem-solving of putting astronauts into space. That meant there wasn’t a single person he could talk to and mold his performance around, but that simply allowed him and director Theodore Melfi to make
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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred.
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First Look at 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake Cast

First Look at 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake Cast
CinemaCon 2016 is in full swing right now in Las Vegas, where all of the movie studios are showing off their blockbuster releases for the next few years. One of the movies making a splash is The Magnificent Seven remake. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, best known for Training Day and The Equalizer, this big budget Western once again re-teams him with the star of those two movies, Denzel Washington, who can be seen in his full cowboy getup right in the center of a new banner that also shows off the rest of this cast.

The Magnificent Seven reboot script comes from John Lee Hancock, best known for A Perfect World, and Nic Pizzolatto, the writer behind HBO's acclaimed drama series True Detective. The movie hits theaters this September, and boasts quite an ensemble alongside leading man Denzel Washington. It is a remake of the classic 1960 John Sturges Western of the same name,
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What happened to the cast of Jurassic Park? Sam Neill and co-stars 22 years later

What happened to the cast of Jurassic Park? Sam Neill and co-stars 22 years later
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.

With Jurassic World overhauling its stars entirely (just two remain from the original), we take a look back to find out what the stars of Jurassic Park are doing now...

Sam Neill

Already a well-known star when he appeared in Jurassic Park, Neill won himself a fresh fanbase playing Alan Grant, a palaeontologist invited to see John Hammond's breathtaking park up close.

A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing
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Imperium #1 | Toyo’s Valiant Bloody Path to the Future

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Joshua Dysart has been the architect of the Harbinger corner of the Valiant relaunch, and while there is and always has been a science fiction beat to the Valiant Universe, the story of Toyo Harada, even in this issue with a robot at his side, is to me one of heroic fantasy gone awry.

I think what’s most telling is that he sells his vision of the future by placing each of his people as beneficiaries and key architects of it. That even the most powerful mind on the planet cannot mask what’s at the heart of his own flaw. Maybe his only flaw. I think a lot of people, maybe even appropriately so, assign it as God Complex. I see a circumstance that’s mired in more tragedy. It’s Hero Complex. Toyo wants to be the hero. By giving each of his team the a vantage
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Which films could be in for big Oscar snubs?

Every single year, multiple Oscar snubs appear on the big morning. That’s just a fact of the matter. Historically, no matter what year we look at, there’s at least one or two fairly shocking omissions when looking at the Academy Award nominations. A perfect world would prevent this, but as you all know, our world is far from perfect, to say the least. As such, pretty much each and every Oscar category contains at least one glaring miss, though by the time nomination morning rolls around many of them are easy to predict. Still, that doesn’t make them right. In an effort to try and prepare for the eventuality of the snubs, I’ve got five films listed below that could be in for some sort of a shock that morning, and not in a good way either. That doesn’t mean that they necessarily will happen,
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