This IFC/Sundance documentary is dedicated to telling the story of the National Film Registry, and how it operates. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! | Documentary. Wilder’s poison love letter to the business (in more than one sense: the film resulted in the end of his collaboration with writing partner Charles Brackett) sees deadbeat screenwriter William Holden stumble across forgotten silent star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), who hires him to rewrite the “Salome” biopic she sees as her path to stardom. | Stars: | Arnold Glassman, |
Director: Chris Foss, Votes:
82 min First and foremost is Betty (Naomi Watts) an aspiring actress who falls for an amnesiac woman (Laura Harring). The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. So Ben Stiller (and co-writers Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen) deserves a lot of credit for doing one that comes so close to greatness, though frustratingly falling short, as “Tropic Thunder.” Essentially a riff on “The Three Amigos” and “Galaxy Quest,” the film sees struggling action star Tugg Speedman (Stiller), committed method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), fat-suit-loving comedian Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), newbie Jay Baruchel and gay rapper Brandon T. Jackson forced to fight for their lives when the Vietnam movie they’re shooting puts them in the path of a heroin gang. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.
And the film never quite has the satirical bite you want it to have. Juliette Binoche,
Director: Directors: Gene Siskel,
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Mike Malloy The film feels like fairly gentle satire now, as much suggesting that Bacon’s Nick is a victim of his own hubris and ego as he is preyed on by an uncaring, creatively and morally bankrupt Hollywood machine (though, you know, that too) But at the time it reportedly made Columbia execs, piqued at what they saw as a negative portrayal, nervous enough to bury the film in a small release before whooshing it to home video, resulting in it recording a fairly hefty loss. Roger Corman, Jeff Bridges, The last version is also probably the least —Frank Pierson‘s 1976 film stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson and feels a lot like the star vehicle for its leading lady that it reportedly was, but it was also a massive hit, and if the “A Star is Born” narrative has taught us anything through the decades, it’s that Hollywood doesn’t really care about anything but success.
She and a large group of other extras were called in for what they assumed was a casting call—made up, dressed in revealing clothes—and then dropped off at a party for MGM executives for “entertainment.” Douglas’ ensuing rape haunted her for much of her life.
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. However, some of its jarring, semi-surrealist imagery is remarkable for its evocation of Hollywood Grotesque: the creepy wannabe child star sing-songs maliciously and apes a sexualized Mae West; the actress’ drunkard ex-vaudevillian father goes door-to-door doing lame magic tricks to sell suntan lotion; the actress herself primps and preens and teases while sliding inevitably into prostitution. The power it wielded could be harnessed for great moviemaking, or for covering up some truly heinous things. Director: Stars: David Lynch He went off to live in the jungle, snuck back onto set, and actually appeared in the film. “The Player” (1992) The premise was obvious; Robert Altman taking an all-star cast and doing for the movie business what he did for country music and politics in “Nashville.” But “The Player” proved to be a slightly different proposition, a more tightly-focused satirical noir from writer Michael Tolkin that doesn’t quite sit alongside the director’s very top-tier work, but is still thoroughly enjoyable. |
Douglas Dalton, | The meat of the story is that Richard Stanley, hot off of a couple of low-budget science fiction and horror films, was given the opportunity to direct an adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau. A tribute from filmmakers and critics around the world to the Taiwan New Cinema movement in the 1980s.
It’s pastiche and it’s patently not the best film of 2011. Director: Vote up the movies about movies you'd rather watch than the original movie.
Hollywood: The Fabulous Era.
Alex Stapleton "Star Treatment" – Producers discovered the effect of 'star power' on their box office bottom line. Tony Grisoni, Votes: Christopher Kenneally Walter Murch, Not Rated
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Eddy Dixon, 83 min In a way, that’s an honest approach: Hollywood has been a place not only lacking in diversity, but also where issues of racist representation or ethnic exclusion have to date been essentially unimportant to the powers-that-be, and so go unremarked on even in films that critique the industry in every other way. Letty Aronson,
| For instance, parts 2, 4, 5, and 6 of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Without the ironic detachment of, say, “The Player,” the wacky failed suicides and corpse robbery incidents fall flat: he can’t mask his genuine pique, and the grin turns into a grimace. Director: Jodie Foster,
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| Overall there is a freshness to the ensemble spoof/comedy that his more recent outings have lacked.
Roger Ebert, 110 min But for the most part, this is a terrific showcase for O’Toole’s suavity and an enlightening snapshot of the myths Hollywood likes to create around itself and its personalities. Elsewhere, ... See full summary », Director: Michel Seydoux, | Before you start screaming at your monitor and writing furious emails about how people don't understand Apocalypse Now the way you do, relax. | Hollywood Shuffle is a criminally underrated comedy that tackles the well-founded claims about Hollywood being way too white. 16,560 Directed, co-written, and featuring a starring performance by Robert Townsend, the movie provides a semi-autobiographical look into Townsend's experiences as a black artist in Hollywood . “Barton Fink” is great at many things: it’s one of the greatest hotel films, one of the greatest films about the writing process, and one of the greatest films about self-delusion and steep learning curves. “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Argo” and “Birdman” are pretty good movies (this doesn’t cover all bases, as “Crash” proved, but still). And it rarely sees itself as anything but dazzlingly white. It’s less a linear story than a temporally hazy jumble of fragments collected around a perverse love triangle involving newbie art director Tod (William Atherton), a manipulative, aspiring actress who lives on his block (Karen Black) and a sexually repressed accountant who’s naive in the ways of Hollywood (Donald Sutherland). Here are five documentaries featuring the long history of the movie colony. Orson Welles, Stuffed with cameos (including, most famously, an unrecognizable Tom Cruise as a monstrous studio executive), it stays somewhat disciplined in its scripting and manages a blend of big broad humor and a sense of something at stake, at least until its grip on reality slips in the third act. “The Artist” (2011) The baggage that follows a movie after it wins the Best Picture Oscar against competition more beloved by the critical community is often unfortunate: a product of our binary, fresh/rotten culture can be that if a film takes the top prize that isn’t the cinephile’s choice for best movie of the year, it’s immediately derided as the worst. Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground. | In fact, Johnny has the kind of lifestyle that wannabe movie stars might see as aspirational —living at the Chateau Marmont, traveling to Italy for TV appearances, ordering sex as casually as ordering dinner— and yet he remains unfulfilled. | Majken Algren Nielsen, |
“S.O.B” (1981)“It’ll become the greatest money-making film in motion picture history!” promises wild-eyed director Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) raving about his latest film.
| Brian De Palma, Votes: Kent Jones Tadanobu Asano, Quentin Tarantino, Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.
Manoel de Oliveira, John Carpenter,
It’s a grand slice of Hollywood melodrama, beautifully played and mounted, although William Wellman‘s 1937 iteration is also excellent if slightly less glossy and grand, with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor in the lead roles.
The film would be a blast of pointed fun if only it weren’t so depressing that it was made nearly 30 years ago, and most of its observations about race in Hollywood still sting today.
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story. Directors: Documentary, Biography, In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. | Gross: 4 years ago. Best of Rotten Tomatoes.
Jørgen Leth, Oh, and Alec Baldwin stepping away from a car he’s just crashed and saying “So that happened” is one of the greatest things ever.
Documentary, History, Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary », Directors: | Stars:
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“Tropic Thunder” (2008) Lord knows it’s hard to make a big, starry studio comedy that’s actually funny, and it’s harder still to do it when you’re doing it about the movie business itself, a subject that audiences reject more than they embrace. |
But do you know what? Hollywood on Trial. Martin Scorsese, Votes: And what numbers, with the title tune providing one of film’s most iconic images, and Donald O’Connor’s bravura “Make ‘Em Laugh” one of its funniest. Tomas Alfredson,
Documentary. | Director: While developing a film ... See full summary », Director: Katharina Kubrick, Yûharu Atsuta, | Chishû Ryû, "Autocrats" – Two of Hollywood's greatest directors, "Comedy – A Serious Business" – Hollywood learned very early how to make people laugh.
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