Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays from World of Reel (and Michael Shannon)

The great modern-day Actor/Director partnerships

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It seems harder and harder for a director to have himself an acting muse in this day and age of cinema. Gone are the legendary collaborations: Scorsese/De Niro, Wilder/Lemmon, Hitchcock/Stewart, Fellini/Mastroianni, Kazan/Brando, Brooks/Wilder, Kurosawa/Mifune, Ford/Wayne, Bergman/Ullmann, Herzog/Kinski, Leaud/Truffaut, Dietrich/Von Sternberg. What modern-day actor/director partnership could one day be deemed worthy of the 11 mentioned? Here are a few that have contending potential.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ben Stein's quote about 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' will make you see the movie on a whole deeper level.

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For those of you who don't know, Stein played the Economics teacher in the movie. His quote is as follows:

"This is to comedies what Gone with the Wind (1939) is to epics", Stein said. "It will never die because it responds to and calls forth such human emotions. It isn't dirty. There's nothing mean-spirited about it. There's nothing sneering or sniggering about it. It's just wholesome. We want to be free. We want to have a good time. We know we're not going to be able to all our lives. We know we're going to have to buckle down and work. We know we're going to have to eventually become family men and women and have responsibilities and pay our bills. But just give us a couple of good days that we can look back on."

He basically nails the timeless nature of the film and why it has stood the test of time. There aren't many films from the 80s that have the rewatchability of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Funny how critics basically panned the film when it came out, but, over time, it has become one of the more beloved films of my generation. Richard Roeper's favorite movie of all-time, by the way!

Composer John Williams: Never seen a STAR WARS movie

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I am not a die-hard "Star Wars" fan, but John Williams' "Star Wars" score is as iconic as they get. He's scored all 8 films of the saga and basically made a career out of it, although his 1975 score for Spielberg's "Jaws" is, for my money, is as good as anything ever composed for a "Blockbuster" movie.

He spoke to The Mirror recently and revealed that, shock, he's never seen any of the "Star Wars" movies.

“I let it go. I have not looked at the ‘Star Wars’ films and that’s absolutely true. When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished,’ Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.”

So there you go. It's not the only iconic score he's done. Remember, he has scored practically every Spielberg since "Jaws." I'd say the best work he's done is the following: "Schindler's List," "Jaws," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Harry Potter," "E.T," and "Superman." 

12 Great films made by directors over 80

"Patriots Day" earns its stripes

"Patriots Day" is a fervently patriotic, but solidly made thriller from director Peter Berg. At first I was ready to dismiss this picture as another America-rah-rah kind of film and the trailer did hint at that being the case. What I wasn't expecting was how cinematic Berg's film would be. The electrifying manhunt for the two terrorist suspects that concocted the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings back in 2013 is more than enough to sustain your attention throughout this 133 minute film. The way Berg does business here is blunt and effective, he doesn't hold back and just let's the story take over you.

The bombings, which caused 3 deaths and injured 264, led to a massive manhunt, but the film doesn't only focus on that. It also focuses on the heroic tales of simple folks that tried to make a difference that day. The extensive research that berg and company made does show, the professionalism at hand leads to a hard-earned film that does the city proud. I would know, I now live in Boston and at the press screening for the film, more than a few week ago, there weren't many dry eyes in the house. Mark Whalberg's, fictionalized, Seargant Tommy Saunders might be the main hero of the film, but it's the people of Boston that come through in being the heart and soul of the film.

Shuttling through an array of characters and storylines, "Patriots Day" is a messy film, it sometimes over-excitingly gets over-cooked, but there is something to be said about a film with this much heart. The sappy sentimentalism is there, so is the need to oversimplify its message of good vs evil and the much-feared "America rah-rah" is there, but when Berg sticks to investigative chaos and action sequences we are sucked right back into its frames. None more immersive than the Watertown confrontation between Boston Police and the two terrorists. In the blink of an eye this seemingly quiet neighborhood gets turned into hell on the streets, as bombs explode, artillery gets used and horrific screaming occurs with every jolt. It recalls the very best of Paul Greengrass, who is an obvious influence for Berg here, and catapults you right into the thick of things in that historic day [B]

Martin Scorsese's hilarious cameo in Albert Brooks' The Muse (1999)

New R rated image from ALIEN: COVENANT

Ok who put the Gallon jar of Strawberry Sauce in the microwave? Could you not??? Some poor Janitor is going have to clean this mess up.

There is a rumor that a trailer is supposed to happen today, so I'll keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, we have this lovely new image from Ridley Scott's much anticipated sequel to "Prometheus."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Emma Stone Says Directors Have Given Her Improvised Jokes to Male Co-Stars

If you haven't yet seen "La La Land," PLEASE go and catch it, if anything, for Emma Stone's career-peak performance. The film is a knockout, but she carries it with the raw, amicable talent of a true movie star. She will, most probably, win the Best Actress Oscar and you won't hear any complaints on my end about it (although, if this were a fair and just world, Isabelle Huppert would win it hands down for "Elle," but Oscar voters don't usually warm up to a film that has, oh the horror, subtitles.

In a new cover story/interview with Rolling Stone, Stone reveals some of the more upsetting behavior she's encountered as a woman on a movie set.

If the rumors that actresses get paid considerably less than their male co-stars is accurate, and I do believe it is, I think it's okay to be pissed when you're providing extra value that your male co-star isn't or isn't capable of.

"There are times in the past, making a movie, when I've been told that I'm hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea," she said. "I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I've improvised, they've laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away."
"Or it's been me saying, 'I really don't think this line is gonna work,' and being told, 'Just say it, just say it, if it doesn't work we'll cut it out,'" she continued. "And they didn't cut it out, and it really didn't work!"

On a lighter note, I do like this paragraph from the RS interview:

"Drinking helps. "Do you want sake?" she asks. We get a bottle and Stone pours me a glass, per Japanese custom. I return the favor, mentioning that I once discussed this bit of etiquette with a chef in Tokyo, who likened filling one's own sake glass to public masturbation.

"Masturbation? I've only heard it's bad luck!" Stone says, laughing. When I finish my glass a few courses later, I space-out and absentmindedly refill it myself. She gasps: "You just jerked-off on the table."
I apologize and pour her some more. "Go ahead, please," she says. "Jerk me off, too."

Read Rolling Stone's full interview with Stone here.

MOONLIGHT tops Village Voice critics poll

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Jerry Lewis gives a painfully awkward interview to THR

Jerry Lewis is a tough interview. Everybody in the industry knows that. I remember a few years ago jumping on the opportunity to interview Lewis, who was directing a musical theatre version of The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, and my then editor quickly shutting down the idea by saying "trust me, you don't want to do that." He ended up going to interview Lewis, whom I heard quickly turns on you if you're a young journalist being sent to interview him. I've never seen a Lewis interview go well with a Journalist in his 30s or, even, 40s. He likes these old-school journalists that have been around and know his repertoire front to back and, even then, he can still turn on you if he doesn't like the questions. Anyway, The Hollywood Reporter's Andy Lewis found that out the hard way. 

A rough, not official Top 38 of 2016

BLADE RUNNER 2049 will be rated R, 8 Official Images Released


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wes Anderson officially announces title and cast of his next film, "Aisle of Dogs"

Of all the great Wes Anderson movies, and there quite a few, I've always a real fondness for "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," a stop-motion animation treat from 2009 that was the most formally realized picture of his career. So it is with great joy that I just found out Anderson's next movie, another stop motion animation venture, will be titled "Aisle of Dogs" and due to come out in 2018. If that wasn't enough he has amassed another fantastic cast to take part in this adventure.

The full cast:

Bryan Cranston
Bill Murray
Jeff Goldblum
Scarlett Johansson
F. Murray Abraham

Edward Norton
Tilda Swinton
Kunichi Nomura
Harey Keitel
Akira Ito
Akira Takayama
Koyu Rankin
Yoko Ono (!)
Courtney B. Vance (!)
Greta Gerwig (!!!)
Frances McDormand
Bob Balaban
Liev Schreiber

As it stands I'd rank the Wes Anderson films this way:

1) The Fantastic Mr. Fox
2) The Royal Tenenbaums
3) The Grand Budapest Hotel
4) Moonrise Kingdom
5) The Darjeeling Limited
6) Rushmore
7) The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
8) Bottle Rocket

Martin Scorsese: 'Cinema is gone'

New ALIEN: COVENANT photo of Katherine Waterston armed

Scorsese will use CGI technology for "The Irishman" to make Robert De Niro Look As Young As He Did In ‘The Godfather: Part II’

Charlie Chaplin sans Mustache, 1916

Charlie Chaplin, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list

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Isn't the resemblance to Cillian Murphy kinda striking?

THE EMOJI MOVIE trailer will almost convince you that American cinema is dead

Yes, we all know Hollywood is running out of ideas. I have been warning people for months now that they're making an Emoji movie. People didn't believe me. Well, here you go. Further proof that a movie can get made about just about anything. I'm really curious how they will market this thing. I mean, what's the target demographic for this? People that like to use emojis? Teenyboppers that can get suckered into seeing just about anything as long as it is rammed and marketed down their throats. Total brainwash. This might go down as one of the worst ideas for a movie in a very long time. Anthony Leondis directs and this guy is known for the direct to DVD "Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch." Yikes, kill me now. Hey, maybe Almodovar and Scorsese were right about the sad state of affairs in American cinema ...

The synopsis has it like this:

THE EMOJI MOVIE unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

“The Emoji Movie” opens on August 11, 2017.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Steven Spielberg turns 70 today. Here are his 10 most iconic shots.

The 9 Best Films by Directors Under 25

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"The Evil Dead" (1981)

Sam Raimi was just 22 years old when he completed "The Evil Dead." He first made a short film for less than $2,000 called "Within the Woods" to entice Hollywood execs to "The Evil Dead." Raimi has said that he "begged" them to give him the $100,000 needed to make the low-budget film, and he eventually accumulated $90,000 from various investors. The rest is, of course, horror movie history, as an additional two sequels were made and an incredibly loyal cult following ensued. Raimi’s career skyrocketed since then, as he was the brains behind the first three original Spider-Man movies — the second one being a classic of the genre — and went on to make other great films, especially 1998’s "A Simple Plan."

ROGUE ONE makes $155 Million in its opening weekend [Box-Office]

According to Box Office Mojo "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is set to open with the 12th highest opening weekend intake in movie history.

More to come ....

A few amazing things Buster Keaton did in movies

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CONTEST: Win the Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD to Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket"

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail's censor negotiation letter from 1974

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