Friday, September 5, 2008
2. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)
3. Niagara (Henry Hathaway)
4. Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
5. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
6. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
7. From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann)
8. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati)
9. Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
10. I Vietlloni (Federico Fellini)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
2. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
3. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
4. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
5. No Direction Home (Martin Scorsese)
6. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
7. Caché (Michael Haneke)
8. Sin City (Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez)
9. L'Enfant (Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
10. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
I'm pretty sure I'm missing something.
2. Signs (M. Night Shyamalan)
3. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
4. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman)
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
7. Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes)
8. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
3. Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
4. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
6. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
7. The Time Machine (George Pal)
8. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
9. The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges)
10. Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks)
I tried chosing a random year to do a top ten. I came up with 1960. I'm sure I'm missing some great titles.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ryan Gosling continues to prove that he’s one of the best actor’s of his generation with a performance that truly carries the film. Casting any other actor other than Gosling in the role of Lars might have been devastating to the picture. Gosling brings a certain weight and sweetness to the role than could have been turned into a stereotypical lunatic.
I also had the opportunity yesterday to watch Charlie Bartlett. The film starts out pretty fine but quickly beings to wallow in sloppy writing and fucking awful characters. The suicide of one particular character is handled so badly that you wonder if the scene wasn’t shot by a child.
It can be missed.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The world seems a little less cooler now.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie "Jaws," died Sunday. He was 75.
Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.
However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital's Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.
He was nominated for a best-supporting actor Oscar in 1971's "The French Connection" in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979's "All That Jazz," the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.
However, he was best known for his role in Steven Spielberg's 1975 film, "Jaws," the enduring classic about a killer shark terrorizing beachgoers and well as millions of moviegoers.
Widely hailed as the film that launched the era of the Hollywood blockbuster, it was also the first movie to earn $100 million at the box office. Scheider starred with Richard Dreyfuss, who played an oceanographer.
"He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call 'a knockaround actor,'" Dreyfuss told The Associated Press on Sunday.
"A 'knockaround actor' to me is a compliment that means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn't' yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can," he said.
In 2005, one of Scheider's most famous lines in the movie _ "You're gonna need a bigger boat" _ was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from U.S. movies.
That year, some 30 years after "Jaws" premiered, hundreds of movie buffs flocked to Martha's Vineyard, off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, to celebrate the great white shark.
The island's JawsFest '05 also brought back some of the cast and crew, including screenwriter Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley, who wrote the novel that inspired Spielberg's classic. Spielberg, Scheider and Dreyfuss were absent.
Dreyfuss recalled Sunday a time during the filming of 'Jaws' when Scheider disappeared from the set. As the filming was on hold because of the weather, Scheider "called me up and said, 'You don't know where I am if they call.'
"He'd gone to get a tan. He was really very tan-addicted. That was due to a childhood affliction where he was in bed for a long time. For him being tan was being healthy," Dreyfuss said.
He added that Scheider "was a pretty civilized human being _ you can't ask for much more than that."
Scheider was also politically active. He participated in rallies protesting U.S. military action in Iraq, including a massive New York demonstration in March 2003 that police said drew 125,000 chanting activists.
Scheider had a home built for him and his family in 1994 in Sagaponack in the Hamptons, where he was active in community issues. The oceanfront house featured five bedrooms, four fireplaces and various decks and porches.
Last summer, Scheider announced that he was selling the home for about $18.75 million to singer-songwriter Billy Joel and was moving to the nearby village of Sag Harbor.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Irvin Malcolm: I know.
Irvin Malcolm: I'm bummed out right now.
Irvin Malcolm: He has his whole career ahead of him.
MovieDan82: the films he would have been in...
Irvin Malcolm: I know.
Irvin Malcolm: He's a great actor.
MovieDan82: unlike other actors who have died, he really did have a strong body of work
Irvin Malcolm: One of the best of his generation.
Irvin Malcolm: He might get a posthumous Oscar nomination next year for The Dark Knight.
MovieDan82: I wouldn't be surprised at all.
MovieDan82: his work in Brokeback Mountain will always be legendary
xzackbowerx: im just kinda in shock
MovieDan82: I know!
xzackbowerx: i cried dude
xzackbowerx: b.c it was like
xzackbowerx: the joker just died today
MovieWes99: Heath Ledger is dead
MovieDan82: I know
MovieDan82: so shocking
MovieWes99: can't believe it
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Lord Titan is easily the strongest of the gladiators. To even consider beating him is a hateful act. Titan only loses when told to by producers.
Undefeated in Joust, this smoking hot ex-cage fighter is only a few months younger that I am. She is also a Myspace friend.
In promotional videos we’re told that Wolf has been fighting “men and animals” for his entire life. Rumor has it that before each match, Wolf is repeatedly kicked in the genitals by the other gladiators to charge him up.
"I felt out of the loop with the Bourne trilogy and all of the people who just love them. I saw the first film when it first came out on dvd and I thought it was just "ok" nothing more and nothing less. I remember that I tried to watch the 2nd film a couple of times on cable and I just couldn't get into it. I just couldn't get why people loved them so much.
So, after seeing The Bourne Ultimatum get so many rave reviews and get on so many peoples top ten lists, I became curious in checking them out. I wondered if I really was missing out on things and because of this I got all 3 films and decided to see them all over the course of 2 days. I can now happily jump on the bandwagon who love these films."
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
While everyone are on their A game in the film, the very best performances are by Ellen “Tiny Dynamo” Page and Jennifer Garner. Poor Garner is overlooked in the reviews I’ve read by Ellen Page, probably rightfully so (she‘s that good!), but she really deserves notice for a bringing alive a character that that we initially don’t like but come to really love as the picture progresses.
Ellen Page is on fire in the picture. By the end of the film you want to put her in your pocket and protect her from the cold. Cute as a bug!
Page sells Cody’s dialogue with ease. It could have turned into disaster in the hands of another actress with less talent for delivery. There is a fine line between hip and overindulgence. A much harder performance to pull of than Julie Christie’s very good performance in Away from Her.
The criticism I’ve often heard about Juno concerns the dialogue by screenwriter Diablo Cody.
“I am sick of people thinking they know what teenagers are. It's BS. For some reason, everyone now classifies teenagers as the jocks/preps or the social outcasts who are funny because they're quick witted. That's ridiculous! I am a teenager, so I do have a pretty good opinion on this. No one I have ever met talks like that. I wish people would stop writing these awful movies about people they don't understand. You really want to know the best teenager movie I've ever seen is? This is the point where you stop reading because you are going to go nuts over what I am about to say. Seriously, stop reading. You won't be able to handle the truth and will make a crack at my maturity...But the best teenager movie that actually does relate to people is Superbad. Yeah, I know...Superbad, but seriously that is how people talk. And guess what? They wrote that when they were teenagers. So, tell the whores to stop writing awful screen plays and let real writers do the work. I don't want any more crap from people who just don't understand what they're writing about.”
Some viewers point out like this one from IMDB that sixteen year-old girls don’t speak like the character Juno and certainly they’re right, but what they fail to grasp is that Juno obviously takes place in a hyper pop-reality much in the same way Charles Schultz approached his comic strip Peanuts. If you want reality rent a documentary. In no way is Reitman and Cody striving for teenage realism, but they are going for an emotional truth, and a lot of Juno rings true.
Juno is one of the best films of 2007 and deserves all of it’s accolades.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Punch-Drunk Love is flawed by it’s very nature. The flights of fancy and whimsical moments in the film still throw me off, though I admittedly enjoy them. It’s also rather strange to see Adam Sandler so vulnerable in a motion picture. It’s still his career best.
A worthy film in a great auteur’s filmography. Punch-Drunk Love is the first film where Paul Thomas Anderson has abandoned his homage’s to Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese and announces that he will only be influenced by himself.