Trailer For The Beatles’ Restored ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ 50th Anniversary Re-Release Coming This Summer: IndieWire

Ben Brock writes: ““It was 50 years ago today…”: that’s both a misquote and a reference to the wrong album, but never mind, because listen up. This summer will mark half a century since the release of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Beatles’ first feature film and one of the most important pieces of musical cinema ever made. As well as an endlessly inventive and fun film, in which a huge amount if mileage is got out of the simple fact that it’s the Beatles playing themselves, it’s also a very modern-feeling movie, even 50 years on.”

Read more at IndieWire here.


Bob Hoskins Dies at 71


Famed British actor, Bob Hoskins, 71, died of pneumonia Wednesday and is survived by his wife and four children.

My first introduction to Mr. Hoskins was with Who Framed Roger Rabbit and while I enjoyed the film and his performance, I never quite understood the buzz that surrounded him.  That all changed when I watched The Long Good Friday.  Bob Hoskins was the perfect representation of Harold Shand, the working-class gangster trying to become a legitimate businessman.  His portrayal, especially the last few minutes, was largely responsible for making The Long Good Friday not only one of my favorite British films, but one of my favorite films of all time.

Here’s a complete filmography (not including his many television appearances) courtesy of Wikipedia:


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Up the Front Recruiting sergeant
1973 The National Health Foster
1975 Royal Flash Police Constable
Inserts Big Mac
1979 Zulu Dawn CSM Williams
1980 The Long Good Friday Harold Shand Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1982 Pink Floyd The Wall Band manager
1983 The Honorary Consul Colonel Perez Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1984 Lassiter Inspector John Becker
The Cotton Club Owney Madden
1985 The Woman Who Married Clark Gable George
The Dunera Boys Morrie Mendellsohn
Brazil Spoor
1986 Sweet Liberty Stanley Gould
Mona Lisa George BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (tied with Michel Blanc in Ménage)
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year (tied with William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
1987 A Prayer for the Dying Father Michael Da Costa
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne James Madden Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Eddie Valiant Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
The Raggedy Rawney Darky Also director
1990 Heart Condition Jack Moony
Mermaids Lou Landsky
1991 The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Louis Aubinard
Shattered Gus Klein
Hook Smee
The Inner Circle Lavrentiy Beria
1992 Passed Away Johnny Scanlan
Blue Ice Sam Garcia
1993 Super Mario Bros. Mario Mario
The Big Freeze Sidney
1995 Nixon J. Edgar Hoover Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Balto Boris Voice only
1996 Rainbow Frank Bailey Also director
The Secret Agent Verloc
Michael Vartan Malt
1997 Twenty Four Seven Alan Darcy European Film Award for Best Actor
Spiceworld Ginger Spice’s disguise
1998 Cousin Bette Cesar Crevel
1999 Parting Shots Gerd Layton
Captain Jack Jack Armistead
Felicia’s Journey Hilditch Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
A Room for Romeo Brass Steven Laws
The White River Kid Brother Edgar
David Copperfield Micawber
2000 American Virgin Joey
2001 Enemy at the Gates Nikita Khrushchev
Last Orders Ray “Raysie” Johnson National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actor (shared with ensemble cast)
2002 Where Eskimos Live Sharkey
Maid in Manhattan Lionel Bloch
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Henry DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie
Den of Lions Darius Paskevic
2004 Vanity Fair Sir Pitt Crawley
Beyond the Sea Charlie Maffia
2005 Unleashed Bart
Son of the Mask Odin Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor[18]
Mrs Henderson Presents Vivian Van Damm National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Stay Dr. Leon Patterson
2006 Paris, je t’aime Bob Leander Segment: “Pigalle”
The Wind in the Willows Badger
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Winston Voice only
Hollywoodland Eddie Mannix
2007 Sparkle Vince
Outlaw Walter Lewis
Ruby Blue Jack
Go Go Tales The Baron
2008 Doomsday Bill Nelson
2009 A Christmas Carol Mr. Fezziwig / Old Joe
2010 Made in Dagenham Albert Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011 Outside Bet Percy “Smudge” Smith
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Muir Final role

John Waters Honors Vincent Price in This TCM Promotional Clip

In honor of John Waters’ birthday, I went hunting for a clip to share and I came across a promotional short honoring the late, Vincent Price.  Written and narrated by John Waters, it pretty much sums up why I love both of these guys.

Although this was created in honor of Mr. Price being named Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month last October, it’s taken me this long to find it again and share it.  Well, truth be told, I haven’t looked that hard but hey, better late than never.


Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing follow-up readied for autumn fests: Screen Daily

Wendy Mitchell writes: “The Look of Silence will look at Indonesian death squads from victims’ perspective.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer is now busy in production on The Look of Silence, his follow-up to The Act of Killing. While The Act of Killing followed the perpetrators from Indonesia’s death squads, the new film is about the victims.”

Read more at Screen Daily here.

And the Awards For Horror Go to Elijah Wood, Joe Dante, ‘Ghost Train’ and More at the 2014 Stanley Film Festival: IndieWire

Taylor Lindsay writes: “The Stanley Film Festival, a horror film festival held for the second year at the Stanly Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado and presented by the Denver Film Society, came to an end April 27th. The winners of the Visionary Award, Master of Horror Award, Stanley Dean’s Cup and more have been announced.”

Read more at IndieWire here.

Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to Get Locarno Film Festival Honor: The Hollywood Reporter

THR writes: “Shi has contributed to the Hong Kong film industry for more than three decades, especially in the international success of Hong Kong cinema through her work with Cinema City studio in the 1980s and with the Film Workshop, which she and producer and director (and her husband) Tsui Hark co-founded in 1984. She is also the the founder and chairman of Distribution Workshop.”

Read more about her honor here.

Terence Fisher and Hammer’s Horror Legacy Gets Restored


Today, Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is getting a proper 3 disc U.K. Blu-Ray/DVD release.  The film was the last of the Hammer Studios Frankenstein series and also the last film directed by Terence Fisher. His first film, A Song For Tomorrow, was released in 1948, but he came into his own with 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein which not only was the first of an extensive list of gothic horror films to be directed by Fisher for the British film studio but also a launching pad for it’s stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Fisher was responsible for some of the most sophisticated and masterfully crafted Hammer films, including one of my favorites, The Devil Rides Out. The film, also starring Christopher Lee, was a Richard Matheson adaptation of the supernatural bestseller from British author Dennis Wheatley. A notable addition to the list is yet another adaptation, this one from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with 1959’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, again with both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Cushing was cast in the role of Sherlock Holmes and Lee as the targeted Baskerville.

I find that Fisher’s films are some of the most enjoyable of the genre and I find that his dramatic use of framing, light and color are inspiring and highly underrated. At the time of their releases, Fisher’s films were largely dismissed critically due to the characteristics inherent to the horror genre, most notably the sexuality and explicitness of death. In fact, Fisher is generally regarded as one of the first to blend these now battered and overused tropes into the genre.

I am very excited to see these films are now starting to gain the credit and recognition they deserve, especially with more and more restored releases of his works popping up on Blu-Ray and DVD.