December 15, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Roger Corman
Movies as we know them just wouldn't be the same without Roger Corman. Sure, filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron and Joe Dante probably would have found their way into the game eventually, but the fact remains that they all got their start under the tutelage of Corman and his low-budget genre factory -- a tireless B-picture production line that also gave early breaks to unknown young actors like Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Jack Nicholson. Perhaps more significantly, Corman was one of the pioneers of the independent movie model, cranking out scores of exploitation and genre films (and distributing foreign titles by Truffaut, Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa) that turned profits even as they flaunted the traditional studio system. (Not to be discounted: he also directed a handful of genuinely fine movies, like the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Masque of the Red Death.) This week, Corman is celebrated in Alex Stapleton's documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, a career-spanning look at his work that gathers together exultant testimonials from many of his most famous pupils. We caught up with Corman earlier this week for a chat about his career and his "graduates," his thoughts on independent film, and how the Lucas/Spielberg blockbusters spelled doom for genre pictures. First, here are Corman's five favorite films.
May 4, 2009
What Are RT's Best-Reviewed Movies Of All TIme?
At Rotten Tomatoes, we know a thing or two about movie critics. When you get a bunch of pundits in a room together, it's tough to come to any kind of consensus. But once in a while, you'll find them in perfect concert. Thus we present to you RT's Best Reviewed Movies of All Time, a compendium of films that have achieved the height of critical blessing. From influential masterpieces (Citizen Kane, Metropolis) to perennial favorites ( Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Singin' in the Rain), we've got movies that have won widespread critical acclaim and fueled audiences' imaginations.
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.
September 15, 2005
Hollywood Giant Robert Wise Passes Away at 91
Master filmmaker and 4-time Oscar winner Robert Wise has died at the age of 91. Probably best known as the director of films like "The Sound of Music," "West Side Story," and "The Haunting," Mr. Wise was also the editor of Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "Citizen Kane."