Martin Scorsese certainly understands the connection between music and film. Both in his dramatic films ( Mean Streets, Good Fellas , etc. ) and in his documentaries ( the Last Waltz, No Direction, Home, etc. ) music has been ever present. Rumor has it , the director is planning a documentary on the band as it celebrates their 40th anniversary and as we all mourn their passing. Scorsese certainly does seem the best candidate to explore the culture of New York in the 70s. Screenrant.com reports
Share the spaghetti love…Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Spaghetti Western that would change it all… Sergio Leone‘s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Tom Betts writes: 50 years ago today in…
Recently the watershed Italian Western ” A Fistful of Dollars ” celebrated its 50th birthday. Over at the Spaghetti Western Database , Sebastian has written on the importance of this film and and its impact, as well as its recent restoration.
Our favorite films of 1964
The wonderful site Furious Cinema ( furiouscinema.com ) has compiled a brilliant list of films that have turned 50 years old this year. There are sure to be several familiar and several not-so-familiar films here and plenty that have had an enormous impact on cinema and pop-culture. Are any of your favorites on the list?
Fight Club. Being John Malkovich. The Matrix. Magnolia. The Blair Witch Project. They predicted a revolution in film that never happened.
Hard to believe these films came out 15 years ago. While I don’t agree 100% with this assessment and it’s important to remember these films didn’t just arrive spontaneously, this is an interesting look back at the end of the century in cinema and how things have changed.
In the mid-sixties, the maverick American director Monte Hellman conceived of two westerns at the same time. Dreamlike and gritty by turns, the two films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre. As shot back-to-back for famed producer Roger Corman, they feature overlapping casts and crews, including Jack Nicholson in two of his meatiest early roles. The films—The Shooting, about a motley assortment of loners following a mysterious wanted man through a desolate frontier, and Ride in the Whirlwind, about a group of cowhands pursued by vigilantes for crimes they did not commit—are rigorous, artful, and wholly unconventional journeys into the American West.
criterioncollection Will bring two 60s “acid western classics” starring Jack Nicholson by director Monte Hellman ( @MonteHellman ) of “Two-Lane Blacktop ” fame to BluRay / DVD in new 4K restorations this November. These films have influenced Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino among others but until now have had only limited circulation in poorly preserved prints.
Coppola’s epic descent into man’s Heart of Darkness, “Apocalypse Now, was released 35 years ago today. James Gray pays tribute in Rolling Stone
How much do we require of the people who entertain us and what does it take from them? How much do they pull from themselves and what are the costs? The news that Robin Williams died an apparent suicide at the age of 63 on Monday has come as a shock and a sadness, but not — and maybe this is the tragedy of it — not a terrible surprise.
Touching piece by Ty Burr in the Boston Globe about the brilliance of Robin Williams’ performances and the pain he lived with. RIP Robin Williams
Brian De Palma’s 1974 cult rock-opera satire is out today on a 40th anniversary DVD / Blu-Ray from Shout Factory with lots of special features. Here’s Edgar Wright, director of the Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilmgrim vs. the World, etc on his love for the film, via trailersfromhell.com