July 17, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Bobby Farrelly
As one half of the Farrelly brothers, writer-director Bobby Farrelly has been one of the filmmakers instrumental in shaping modern American movie comedy. Before the Apatow era, the Farrellys redefined the idea of raunchiness on screen, delivering multiple hits like Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary while helping elevate performers like Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller to superstar status in the process. (Their unlikely influence on the mumblecore genre is also, apparently, not to be overlooked.)
This week, the duo's latest -- their take on the classic slapstick The Three Stooges -- arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, which gave us the chance to talk with Farrelly about his all-time favorite films (and get an update on the Dumb and Dumber sequel).
January 18, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Gina Carano
History is littered with the corpses of sports champs whose bids for movie immortality have been dubious at best; for every Hong Kong martial arts superstar and Austrian bodybuilder there are scores of straight-to-video beefcakes lacking the onscreen charisma to match their real-life skills. Rarer still is the successful female action hero crossover, but this week -- with the somewhat unlikely help of genre-shifting filmmaker Steven Soderbergh -- a new one arrives in the shape of Gina Carano, former Mixed Martial Arts fighter and now star of her very own spy thriller, Haywire.
The story goes that Soderbergh caught one of Carano's fights on TV one evening and couldn't believe the talented -- and visually striking -- fighter wasn't headlining her own movie. So, with the help of screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and a supporting cast of thespian eye-candy that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Michael Douglas, he set about putting together an action vehicle for Carano, in which the fledgling actress plays a CIA-trained assassin on the loose and out to avenge those who double-crossed her. With its minimalist plot, punishing (yet expertly-staged) fight choreography and throwback thriller cool, Haywire is the kind of film that seems almost too good to be true in the movie release graveyard of January -- and, if fate smiles upon it, should make a new action hero of its leading lady. We had the chance to chat with Carano about the movie recently; but first, she ran through five of her all-time favorite films.
September 4, 2009
RT Visits the Set of Cemetery Junction
"He won't do it," says Ricky Gervais, striding over to RT. He's referring to his round-headed friend Karl Pilkington. Last time we sat down with Gervais he'd suggested Pilkington -- co-star of his phenomenally successful podcast series with Stephen Merchant - as a film reviewer for the Tomatometer. "I said, 'They'll pay you £50.' He wasn't interested. I said, 'We'll dress you up as a giant tomato.' He went, 'Oh, this is getting better and better.'" But while Gervais has failed in that particular recruiting mission, he and Merchant are on fine form today. It's late July and RT has come to the Shepperton Studios set of Cemetery Junction, their first feature film together after success on the small screen with The Office and Extras.
June 22, 2007
AFI Announces Top 100 Movies of All Time ... Again
Ten years ago the AFI gave us a list of the Top 100 American Films Ever Made -- and when that was done they churned out 15 other lists every few years. And then last night they updated the Top 100 ... I guess because they ran out of lists.
November 29, 2005
Sundance Announces (most of) its '06 Lineup
One of the most talked-about and eagerly-anticipated film festivals of the year runs every January in a tiny little Utah ski town called Park City. The festival, of course, is Robert Redford's Sundance, and it's at about this time every year that the fest's lineup hits the streets. Read on for the festival announcement and several of the most noteworthy titles.