Boy (1969 film) Boy (少年, Shōnen) is a 1969 Japanese film directed by Nagisa Ōshima, starring Tetsuo Abe, Akiko Koyama and Fumio Watanabe.
Remakes That Are Better Than the Original Movie. You can hear the collective groan from all the way across the internet whenever Hollywood announces a new remake.
No, their success rate isn’t great. Critics and groaners get one thing wrong, though: Remakes are nothing new. Studios have been remaking their own stories since shortly after creating their first stories. The effect gets multiplied with adaptations of novels and plays, with some films getting cloned so much that we eventually forget all about their origins on the page or stage in the first place. While no single genre has a monopoly on remakes or quality, there are some that manage to improve upon the film(s) that came before them. 1.
Believe it or not, it's entirely possible that the most iconic film noir Hollywood ever produced exists only because Warner Bros. couldn't re-release their original version of The Maltese Falcon. 2. 3. A few famous directors have remade their own work, and it's not always the remake that wins out. 4. 5. 6. 7. ‘Sputnik’ Is a Terrifying Alien Movie About the Fall of the Soviet Union. A Journey Back Into the Nihilistic Hellscape That Is ‘Apocalypse Now’ Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now premiered in the United States 41 years ago this week, on August 15, 1979.
I recently realized that I hadn’t seen it in nearly half that time—I’d watched it only once, on a rented VHS tape; I’m not sure I was out of my teens—so I decided to watch it again to see how my memory held up. The march of progress cannot be slowed; this time, I streamed it on HBO Max. Please, Hollywood, leave Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers alone. Rumours of a remake of Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 incisive satire of American fascism, have abounded for the best part of a decade.
The latest suggestion is that Joseph Kosinski, director of such sci-fi non-classics as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, could be tapped to reimagine the movie that set Johnny Rico and his cheerful militaristic pals against all those nasty space bugs. There are so many reasons that this is a terrible idea that it’s hard to know where to begin, but let’s start with Hollywood’s previous efforts to take on the Dutchman’s gilded back catalogue. The original Total Recall, in 1990, might just be the perfect Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, the Austrian oak’s preposterous frame and over-the-top acting perfectly complementing the movie’s fondness for cartoonish violence and wonderfully over-the-top, psychedelic sci-fi stereotypes. A White, White Day review – spiralling rage and stunning force. This bizarre and sometimes scary film from Iceland has a way of keeping you off balance and on the edge of your seat.
It is a psychological drama-thriller involving startling aesthetic choices from its writer-director Hlynur Palmason, switching up in its third act from subtlety to unsubtlety, but with stunning, deliberate force. For most of the time, the film has been a slow burner, and yet the final 20 minutes or so reveal that this slow burning has merely been that of the lit fuse, fizzling and crackling its way towards the bomb. Like The Lord of the Rings, this film ends a number of times, and there was more than one moment when I was (wrongly) certain that the final credits were about to roll. Yet it never ceases to exert a grip, especially with its enigmatic opening sequence showing a car driven at speed across a hazy landscape: we are invited to suspect a clever twist … and then un-suspect it. • A White, White Day is available on digital platforms from 3 July.
The Ground Beneath My Feet review – creepy phone calls dial up the fear. The creepy phone call that’s coming from inside the house – a well-known scary-movie trope.
The threat is more disturbingly intimate than you thought, or more disturbingly metaphorical. It’s an idea touched on in this elegant and mysterious psychological drama from Austrian film-maker Marie Kreutzer. Her trajectory of fear is not angled as you might think, towards a supernatural revelation or a down-to-earth explanatory twist or even an enigmatically balanced ambiguity between the two. An Honest Trailer for "The Fifth Element" Da 5 Bloods review – Spike Lee ignites a Vietnam cocktail of fire and fury. Spike Lee has shown up with an insurgent filmic uproar to match the uproar in the world.
Da 5 Bloods is a paintball gun loaded with real bullets: a blast of satire and emotional agony about race and the American empire, the evergreen wound of Vietnam, African-American sacrifices on the field of battle, and the fact that black deaths matter. It’s an outrageous action painting of a film, splattering moods, genres, ideas and archive clips all over the screen – with many a Brechtian-vaudeville alienation. It feels sometimes like an old-style war movie such as The Dirty Dozen but maybe Godard’s Le Petit Soldat, with playful riffs on Hollywood Vietnam standards and even John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The bloods of the title are Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr) and Eddie (Norm Lewis), four ageing Vietnam veterans who have returned to south-east Asia on what appears to be a luxury vacation trip down memory lane.
The Best Heist Movies of All Time. In the vast landscape of crime cinema—from movies about murder investigations to small-time crooks to gangster pictures—the heist movie holds a special place in the heart of many fans.
There's something about watching all of that planning come together, seeing the often clashing personalities of the characters work side-by-side, and even sometimes laughing or crying as it falls apart, that holds a special fascination. Perhaps because there's a certain satisfaction to seeing all the pieces click into place that more chaotic crime films just can't give you.
In the long history of crime cinema, there have been dozens of heist films ranging in size from small jobs to massive capers, but only a select few stand out as the perfect combination of planning and execution, of character chemistry and filmmaking intricacy. With those factors in mind, we took a look back at the long history of heist films and picked 25 of our very favorites (presented here in chronological order). 1. 2.
Clint Eastwood at 90: America's Film Legend Is Still Growing. Next week marks Clint Eastwood’s 90th birthday, which means that the esteemed actor and director has lived through 15 Presidential administrations and the complete political realignment of both parties several times over, one World War and upwards of a dozen non-World ones, cinema’s proliferation of color and CGI and its digital overhaul, McCarthyism, terrorism and everything else that could possibly be contained within nearly a century of history.
Through it all, his philosophies have remained remarkably consistent: he subscribes to a rugged individualism, first articulated through the strong, silent types of the Wild West and then expanded to encompass a smorgasbord of modern-day heroes. Eastwood’s protagonists champion the virtues of self-sufficiency and independence in the face of meddlesome interference from untrustworthy institutions. While Eastwood hasn’t traded in this hardline conservatism as he’s entered his twilight years, he has somewhat softened it.
30 Singular Films to Watch in Quarantine. How to watch: Rent from various outlets Rat Film (2016, directed by Theo Anthony) Theo Anthony’s Rat Film is a journalistic work that doubles as a dreamy collage, a story of a city that incorporates tragedy, comedy, and grim legacy.
After a late-night encounter with a rodent stuck in his trash can, Anthony finds himself exploring Baltimore’s history of rat infestations, which ties into housing segregation, redlining, urban neglect, and the city’s long-lasting problems with systemic racism. Incorporating the perspectives of city officials, community activists, and neighbors, Anthony turns a nonfiction project into a portrait of the home he loves, full of praise and regret. My streaming gem: why you should watch The Kindergarten Teacher. There are many things The Kindergarten Teacher, a 90-minute psychodrama now available to watch online, is not. It is not, for one, in any of the main pandemic-streaming categories – not a stress-processing action flick (Contagion), nor a nostalgic favorite. It’s not one of Netflix’s popular originals; the streamer seems to have botched the film’s US promotion when it was released in October 2018, despite an absolute knockout performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal that inexplicably did not earn any award nominations.
But The Kindergarten Teacher, directed by Sara Colangelo and based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name, is worth a watch as an absorbing portrait of one individual’s subtle but desperate slide into obsession, and as an affair story, though not the kind you’d expect. Frankenstein: Why David Cronenberg's Original Approach Was Best. David Cronenberg is one of the most visionary directors in horror, and has earned himself a reputation as a master of the body horror sub-genre; at one point, he was attached to a Frankenstein movie that seems like one of the biggest missed opportunities and best takes on the classic story in history.
Frankenstein, originally published in the 1800s, has been adapted from Mary Shelley's original novel in many different ways. In the early era of Universal Studio's Dark Universe, the monster was portrayed iconically by Boris Karloff in 1931. From there, the story of the Creature and his mad scientist father, Dr. The top 25 most compelling Hollywood autobiographies – ranked! 25. A Story Lately Told (2013) and Watch Me (2014) by Anjelica Huston The two volumes of Anjelica Huston’s autobiography are a shrewd account of her life with wry comments on the alpha-males in it, including her father John Huston and longtime boyfriend Jack Nicholson. 24. Little Girl Lost (1990) by Drew Barrymore She published this at 15 years old and like so many movie autobiographies, the title is a pre-emptive ironic twist on whatever the author is most famous for – in Drew Barrymore’s case, a child-acting star turn in Steven Spielberg’s classic ET, and then falling prey to substance abuse. 23.
Raymond Chandler Wanted Cary Grant to Play Philip Marlowe. Humphrey Bogart will go down in history as the actor most associated with the detective character Phillip Marlowe, but he wasn’t the first actor to play him, and he wasn’t author Raymond Chandler’s first preference. In 1944, the washed-up musical star Dick Powell played the sleuth in the first film adaptation of a Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely (retitled to Murder, My Sweet, lest it seem like another musical). The movie relaunched Powell’s career, and Chandler was not disappointed with the casting decision. Powell bought an air of refinement that Chandler had initially envisioned for his P.I. But actually, he said later, the actor he most wanted to play his detective was Cary Grant.
What a movie that would have been. “I like people with manners, grace, some social intuition, an education slightly above the Reader’s Digest fan,” he mentioned in a letter to his colleague, the writer George Harmon Coxe. Article continues after advertisement. Villain review – Richard Burton's masterclass in nastiness. 1945 (2017 film) The Shining: Danny’s Imaginary Friend Tony Is [SPOILER] Danny's imaginary friend Tony in The Shining is actually someone surprising, as revealed not in the film, but in Stephen King's original book.
In Stanley Kubrick's iconic film adaptation, Danny Torrance refers to Tony as "a little boy that lives in my mouth," and Tony shows visions to Danny of things that have happened and things that will happen. Tony is sort of presented as Danny's way of guiding himself through the various information he receives via his powerful psychic abilities. Late in the film, Tony seems to take over for Danny after the little boy is traumatized by his encounter with the woman in Room 237, telling Wendy Torrance that her son is no longer present, and speaking in the weird croaky voice Danny used previously when talking as Tony. He eventually snaps out of it, but for all intents and purposes, it appears that Tony was indeed imaginary, and just an invention of Danny's psyche to help him cope. Calm With Horses review – crime and brutal punishment in rural Ireland. The musician and actor Cosmo Jarvis looks eerily like a young Marlon Brando in this brutal gothic-realist drama set in the west of Ireland, directed by feature first-timer Nick Rowland.
Adapted by screenwriter Joe Murtagh from a short story by Colin Barrett in his prize-winning collection Young Skins, it’s a lowlife crime drama with a streak of tragedy, despair and irrelevant black humour. It’s powerfully and pugnaciously acted, and horses are brought in – as animals often are in social-realist movies – as symbols of redemptive nobility. Todd Haynes: 'People who say Trump is bound to win are letting it happen' When Todd Haynes was promoting his glam-rock fantasy Velvet Goldmine in 1998, he knew exactly what he wanted. The Absolute Best Historically Accurate Westerns. To put it mildly, we at True West have been overjoyed—nay, overwhelmed—by our readers’ responses to the deceptively simple question: Which is the most historically accurate Western film, and why?
With nearly 1,000 responses, we mulled over plenty of nominations. If we wanted to go by sheer numbers, according to our readers’ responses, we could say 1993’s Tombstone wins with 125 votes, 1989’s Lonesome Dove places with 124 and 1992’s Unforgiven shows with 36, and be done with it. But this should not be merely a popularity contest. Terry Gilliam Explains The Difference Between Kubrick (Great Filmmaker) and Spielberg (Less So) Terry Gilliam has never tried to hide his feelings about Hollywood. Stanley Kubrick's List of Top 10 Films: The First and Only List He Ever Created. Image by Moody Man, via Flickr Commons When, over the past weekend, I noticed the words "Stanley Kubrick" had risen into Twitter's trending-topics list, I got excited.
David Lynch Lists His Favorite Films & Directors, Including Fellini, Wilder, Tati & Hitchcock. At least a few of you — more than a few, I'd wager — think of David Lynch as your favorite filmmaker. Back when we posted about the greatest films of all time as named by Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Quentin Tarantino, you probably wondered what selections the Eraserhead auteur would make. You can get an idea from the interview clip above, in which Lynch considers the questions "Whose work do you admire? " How Did Akira Kurosawa Make Such Powerful & Enduring Films? A Wealth of Video Essays Break Down His Cinematic Genius.
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Sling Blade (1996) - Jim Jarmusch as Frostee Cream Boy. Peter Jackson's New Film on World War I Features Incredible Digitally-Restored Footage From the Front Lines: Get a Glimpse. Messiah review – it's Homeland ... with a divine twist. It’s ‘Day of the Triffids’ for today’s Britain, but with antidepressants as the monster. The Perils of Pauline. What's So Special About Kaiju? The 10 Best Literary Film Adaptations of the Decade. Let’s talk about the ending of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. In Netflix’s Hauntingly Intimate ‘Atlantics,’ What Capitalism Kills Can Never Die. Minority Report (2002) Esoteric Analysis. Hold The Dark Ending Explained. ‘In Fabric’ Is the Most Gorgeously Grotesque Movie of the Year. 'Blood Meridian' Movie: Why Is Cormac McCarthy's Novel So 'Unfilmable'? The woke undead: how zombie movies are taking on racial politics.
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Reading The Tree of Life. 'Incel' violence is horrific, but Joker is complex, and doesn't take sides. Quentin Tarantino's artful pulp: On alchemy, fantasy and "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" (Un)happy Partners: On Jazz and Independent Film. How 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Fails Sharon Tate and Its Female Characters. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right: On ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Some of Buster Keaton's most amazing stunts. The Ending Of The Mist Finally Gets Explained. The warrior critic: in praise of Pauline Kael. 'Beneath the Leaves' Review. 6 Best Batman Actors - Top Actors Who Played Batman, From Christian Bale to Ben Affleck. Anatomy Of Anatomy Of A Murder. Sorry they missed you, Tarantino – but Cannes was right to celebrate Parasite. Does Booksmart spell the end of high school stereotypes? John Wick 3 Gun Violence - I Couldn't Bring Myself to Enjoy John Wick: Chapter 3. Us Twist Ending Explained - Breaking Down the Theories About Adelaide and Red.
Screwball Noir: A Hypothetical Film Festival. Rare behind-the-scenes photos of Alex Cox’s gritty f*ck Reagan masterpiece ‘Repo Man’ Escape Room review – grisly and surreal high-concept horror. The Report review – gripping, fiery drama on CIA torture investigation. The Movie of the Year is a Stolen Cult Film that Almost Never Was. 12 of the Most Underrated Japanese Films of All Time. Boy (1969 film) The 5 Most Overrated Movies of 2018: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Vice’ and More. Jordan Peele’s Us trailer: watch the first look at Peele’s Get Out follow-up. Sci-Fi Movie Brainstorm. "Destroyer" director Karyn Kusama: "I’m keeping a smile on my face and seething inside"
Leave No Trace's Thomasin McKenzie: 'The bees have left the deepest mark on me' Director Debra Granik on her obsessive search for America's dispossessed. The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 3 – Leave No Trace. Killer queens: how The Favourite reigns over Mary Queen of Scots. Brightburn Trailer - Brightburn Imagines Superman's Origin Story As a Terrifying Horror. Natalie Portman is a force of nature in intense and stunning “Vox Lux” Coleman Francis: The Real Worst Director in Film History. Ranking Every MST3K Episode, From Worst to Best.
The 100 Best Movies on Netflix (December 2018) Lars von Trier on filmmaking and fear: ‘Sometimes, alcohol is the only thing that will help’ Roma: why Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar frontrunner is a triumph. Shoplifters review – Hirokazu Kore-eda's audacious latest steals heart. Are These the Five Most Idiosyncratic Directors Ever... or Are They Just the Most Identifiable?
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