Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Roger Deakins.

I Guess I shouldn't really diss Oscar any further BUT I can't help it. Case in point; Roger Deakins. A legendary cinematographer that has NEVER won an Oscar. The below montage will show you some of his best shots and why the boneheads over at the Academy can't their minds straight and finally award this genius the Oscar he deserves. I know, I know .. an Oscar doesn't mean jack but still it's the recognition that counts for me and Deakins has already 10 nominations but zero wins. Absurd. Especially considering he's probably the best cinematographer at the moment in the industry. Blasphemy. I expanded on this idea after having read the FOLLOWING  piece over at Awards Daily. Anyways on with the montage.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kubrick and Spielberg team up again for "Napoleon"?


Here we go. Now THIS is film news ! People have long known that I have an unequivocal obsessions with Stanley Kubrick's long lost passion project on Napoleon. Hell, the un-filmed screenplay is one of the most popular screenplays downloaded online. It's become the stuff of legend. In the 60's Kubrick was developing a possible film on the life of Napoleon and had already cast Jack Nicholson in the role. The legendary director even said this would be "The greatest movie I've ever made" - which says a lot given that is the same guy that gave us classics such as 2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove. Anyways long story short a film about Napoleon came out before his even began filming and was a complete flop, which had studios scared at the prospect of another one, especially since this one already had a high budget to begin with. The whole project was scrapped and became the stuff of legend. I mean, think about a 3 hour Kubrick epic about one of the most fascinating characters to have ever lived on the face of the earth.

Yesterday's news was a breath of fresh air has it was unveiled that Spielberg will try and tackle Kubrick's screenplay for the small screen as part of a TV Mini Series. This isn't the first time Spielberg tackled a lost Kubrick opus, the other time was in 2001 when he released AI: Artifical Intelligence which was based on an idea Kubrick had developed over three decades. Suffice to say, I believe that film is a masterpiece -some clearly don't- and the thought of Spielberg tackling Kubrick again sounds incredible. Kubrick spent years researching Napolean, going through as many as 18,000 documents and books. The Kubrick family trusts Spielberg and I do too. Of course the contrasting differences between Spielberg and Kubrick are big but hey, is there anyone out there who can mimic Kubrick well enough? Maybe Paul Thomas Anderson. Now that would be something. For now let's just trust Spielberg with this one, his last film -Lincoln- was a very well made historical drama.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top 50 American films 1980's

1) Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee)
2) Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
3) Platoon (Oliver Stone)
4) Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
5) The Fly (David Cronenberg)
6) Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
7) Terms Of Endearment (James L Brooks)
8) Blow Out (Brian DePalma)
9) The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
10) Back To The Future (Robert Zemeckis)

11) Broadcast News (James L Brooks)
12) The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
13) Die Hard (John McTiernan)
14) Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)
15) Rain Man (Barry Levinson)
16) The Last Temptation Of Christ (Martin Scorsese)
17) The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
18) Witness (Peter Weir)
19) Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodovar)
20) Batman (Tim Burton)

21) Prizzi's Honor (John Huston)
22) The King Of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
23) After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
24) Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
25) Mask (Peter Bogdonovich)
26) The Killing Fields (Rolland Joffe)
27) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
28) Big (Penny Marshall)
29) Raising Arizona (Joel Coen)
30) Risky Business (Paul Brickman)

31) The Untouchables (Brian DePalma)
32) The Terminator (James Cameron)
33) Hannah And Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
34) The Purple Rose Of Cairo (Woody Allen)
35) Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen)
36) Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
37) Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
38) The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan)
39) Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir)
40) Bad Boys (Rick Rosenthal)

41) Mad Max (George Miller)
42) Scarface (Brian DePalma)
43) Predator (John McTiernan)
44) Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne)
45) Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
46) River's Edge (Tim Hunter)
47) Superman 2 (Richard Lester)
48) Crimes And Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
49) Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
50) The Temple Of Doom (Steven Spielberg)

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