Ever wondered why your favourite movie star is now in straight-to-video hell? What the hell happened?
is a series of articles about the career ups and (mostly) downs of contemporary actors, actresses and directors who were once Hollywood stars (but who stumbled at one point) or serious contenders for stardom (but who did not make it). While the articles are made of known material and rather-matter-of-fact ("...but it got terrible reviews and bombed at the box office
"), they offer a singular perspective on what it takes to reach the A-list and stay on it. [more inside]
"DISCLAIMER TIME! 50 is a very small number. I make no claims to any of these lists being either comprehensive or some sort of objective analysis of the 'best' films directed by women. I make selections based on on what I've seen, what I like, and the position of the stars. One film per director. Ready? Let's go
." [more inside]
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable video
: Comedy Actresses
. Stacey Wilson sits down with The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco,The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, Shameless' Emmy Rossum, and Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, to talk about stupid questions from the media, disastrous auditions, odd fan interactions, the crazy stuff people tell them, and the state of American TV. (1:03:14, highlight transcription available)
"Japanese cinema’s preeminent taboo buster, Nagisa Oshima
directed, between 1959 and 1999, more than twenty groundbreaking features. For Oshima, film was a form of activism, a way of shaking up the status quo. Uninterested in the traditional Japanese cinema of such popular filmmakers as Kurosawa, Ozu, and Naruse, Oshima focused not on classical themes of good and evil or domesticity but on outcasts, gangsters, murderers, rapists, sexual deviants, and the politically marginalized." The great Japanese director Nagisa Oshima
passed away at the age of 80 last week. Appreciations from the Guardian
, NY Times
, AV Club
, and a few in-depth articles over at Senses of Cinema
and Film Comment
Every Thursday, Film School Rejects
posts things "learned from the commentary tracks of an iconic movie": Commentary Commentary [more inside]
Sight & Sound
's prestigious Greatest Films of All Time
poll is conducted only once per decade. The latest edition polled 846 film critics (up from 144 in the 2002 edition) and 358 directors. The results were revealed earlier today and, for the first time since 1962, Citizen Kane has not topped either the critics' or the directors' poll
. It has been unseated as the Greatest Film of All Time by Vertigo and Tokyo Story.
The magazine has also revealed the Critics' Top 50
. [more inside]
Rotten Tomatoes asks some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Name Your Five Favorite Films
. Browse at the link or click on people of possible interest below the fold. [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
Simply the Worst.
Film blog Reverse Shot is looking this month at the worst (by various criteria) films of some major directors, including the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers
, Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
, Woody Allen's Anything Else
, and more
A visitor to the Rotten Tomatoes site can check out the data for individual Hollywood careers—that's how Tabarrok came up with the Shyamalan graph—but there's no easy way for users to measure industrywide trends or to compare different actors and directors side-by-side. To that end, Rotten Tomatoes kindly let Slate analyze the scores in its enormous database and create an interactive tool so our readers might do the same.
Pauline Kael called it "a huge, jerry-built, crumbling ruin of a movie". Roger Ebert called it "such a silly and stupid movie... our immediate reaction is pity". Few directors of Michelangelo Antonioni
's stature have followed a film as acclaimed as Blowup
(1966) with one as reviled as Zabriskie Point
(1970). [more inside]
Charlie's Angels. Simon & Simon. 21 Jump Street. Baywatch. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
And of course, The X-Files.
spans nearly 40 years, and his habit of using profanity onset
was immortalized in the classic episode Jose Chung's From Outer Space
(sorry, no video), but in the end, he really loved those guys,
and they loved him.
He was lured out of semi-retirement
and back to Canada to executive-produce and direct Supernatural
for the WB (later CW). Kim Manners died of lung cancer
in LA on January 25, 2009.
TM without the ™
. When he's not directing one of the best movies of the year
or sitting on intersections with cows
, David Lynch
is a vocal advocate
of Transcendental Meditation
. In his new book Catching the Big Fish
, he talks about the Box and the Key
, meeting Fellini, the Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit, why he doesn't do DVD commentaries--and TM, which he calls "the experience that does everything." If you're intrigued by TM but sketched out by the organization
and the $2,500 fee
, perhaps you'd like to know that there is a cheap, downloadable alternative
Robert Altman, RIP. The Director
of Nashville, Mash, and A Prarie Home Companion has passed on.
Three new ways of thinking about David Cronenberg
(director of Videodrome, Dead Ringers, etc.). A documentary filmmaker, an avant-garde filmmaker, or maybe just a guy who looks at couples and probably wonders what they look like having sex. Kind of par for the course.
the little girl in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
, finds out that another little Canadian girl is about to star in another Terry Gilliam film, and writes--and warns--about her experiences. Gilliam responds.
) first film
(or "Silver Ring"), once believed lost has been found
was an English Language, "relatively avant garde" PR film that had perhaps the first use of Musique Concrete
in a Japanese film -- in this case, the first score by Toru Takemitsu
. The film was discovered to be lost (as a result of the firm it was made for going under) in the 1980s when it was desired for a retrospective on the 1950's Japanese Avant-Garde at the Pompidou Center
. [More Inside]
Director Ryan McFaul
(whose music video for Gay Boyfriend
was previously seen in this MeFi thread
) is back with a dizzying MGM-meets-digital-compositing advert for a Broadway production of Wonderful Town
. (Slightly less dazzling, but still worth seeing, is his ad for a San Francisco production of White Christmas
.) Somebody give this man a feature film!
Victorian era projectors
: a site devoted to the work of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.
Ardent Twin Peaks
fanatics are rallying behind Operation: Creamed Corn
, in efforts to convince New Line to release the deleted scenes hand-picked by David Lynch from Fire Walk with Me
. Will it work? I sure hope so.
bizarrely philosophizes during a press conference about playing god and technology "becoming our masters." I can't imagine 2 issues that couldn't take a bigger backseat to the most pressing concern of how government uses said technology. Steve, the bogeyman isn't The Matrix its Uncle Sam.
Besides being great directors, what do Wong Kar Wai, John Frankenheimer, Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee, and Alejandro González Iñárritu all have in common
? BMW is cool. ...and Ang Lee is too, the Incredible Hulk, nice touch.