Earlier this month, we posted a video of Quentin Tarantino listing off his top 20 movies to be released since he became a filmmaker. The video was actually party of a special series on the British television channel Sky Movies. Tarantino presented some movies of his choice films including Taxi Driver, Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and even his own Death Proof, accompanied by short sit down introductions.
What follows after the jump is Tarantino’s 10-minute review of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood. Of course, Anderson is one of Quentin’s good friends, so the review is glowing. But Tarantino’s insights are always worth my time. Check out the review after the jump. Read More »
The Weinstein Co have released the first movie trailer for Nine. Rob Marshall, who directed Chicago – winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture, returns to the big screen with another classic Broadway production. The musical tells the story of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), a producer, a mistress (Penelope Cruz), a film star muse (Nicole Kidman), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), and his deceased mother (Sophia Loren).
The trailer shows off some of the bright vs. dark cinematography of Dion Beebe, the all-star ensemble cast and incredible choreographed musical sequences. I love the backlit silhouette imagery in the opening. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Pulp Fiction was featured at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills as part of the Academy’s newest 17-week “Great To Be Nominated” series.
It was revealed that Miramax kingpin Harvey Weinstein had plans to open a chain of Jack Rabbit Slims restaurants after Pulp Fiction became such a huge success. Apparently Quentin Tarantino had to talk him down, explaining that the restaurant in the film was actually goofing on the trend of popular theme restaurants of the early ’90s. But Tarantino acknowledged that the five-dollar milkshake is no longer just a joke, but a reality in most diners and restaurants.
The Jack Rabbit Slim sequence in Pulp fiction was actually filmed at the Famous Mel’s. In the film, Mia (Uma Thurman) takes Vincent (Travolta) to the restaurant. The waitstaff and entertainers resemble 1950s personalities such as Ed Sullivan (the maÃ®tre d’), Buddy Holly and Marilyn Monroe (both of whom are waiters). Besides regular seating, patrons can also sit in a replica of a 1950s automobile, which has a table and seating inside the car. The food is also named after personalities from the 1950s or earlier – when asked what kind of milkshake Mia would like, she’s offered a choice of Amos and Andy (Chocolate) or Martin and Lewis (Vanilla). Vincent orders the Douglas Sirk Steak, while Mia has the Durward Kirby Burger. Both are given the option of having their meat “burnt to a crisp” or “bloody as hell”. A few restaurants, bars and bands across the world have since adopted the name.
Other Juicy tidbits revealed during the panel include:
The role of Butch the boxer (Bruce Willis) was originally written for Matt Dillon.
Daniel Day-Lewis was interested in playing Vincent Vega (John Travolta’s role).
Laurence Fishburne was originally pegged for Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson’s role), but Fishburne thought he was above supporting roles at that point in his career.
The good, and potentially great, news? This is just crazy, let me catch my breath. One of the best actors working today, Daniel Day-Lewis, is in talks to follow-up his Oscar-winning role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Bloodwith yet another award-caliber epic. So, what’s the sort of off-putting (but not necessarily bad) news? If it pans out, Day-Lewis’s next film will belong to Hollywood’s current remake pantheon, though this one sounds more like a bold and careful “re-envisioning.”
Director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Last Wave) and Warner Bros. are fast-tracking an $80 million remake of Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog‘s classic and quite deranged 1982 film about an ambitious man who strikes out, against all rationality, to construct an opera house deep in the Peruvian jungle. Day-Lewis will star as the aforementioned man, a role originally made famous by the German nut Klaus Kinski.
If your gut reaction is to decry a remake of Herzog’s film, that is understandable, but know that Herzog is on board to produce the remake. No word on how Weir will tackle-slash-update the original film’s infamous and signature scenes, in which a steamboat was gruelingly pulled up and over a steep hill by natives, but it’s being reported that this version will be set 50 or so years in the future. Guess that eliminates the steamboat. Mick Jagger, who was originally supposed to star in the ’82 film, is said to be in talks to contribute to the remake’s score. Obviously, it’s unknown whether Day-Lewis would rock his intense ‘stache, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that the main character is quite fond of a monocle, a futuristic monocle.
Discuss: Is Day-Lewis the monocled saviour of the modern remake? If it’s not a steamboat, might it be some type of flying contraption? Would you rather see Weir’s remake, or TWBB with Klaus Kinski as Plainview (a very living Kinski)?
The following review contains spoilers and touches on topics and themes from the film, There Will Be Blood, which may prove unsettling for some readers. This review is long as hell because TWBB is long as hell, but it is also one of the best films ever made andthe best film this decade.
The fact that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s American epic, There Will Be Blood, did not win an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Director says nothing about the film’s quality and inarguable stature as a masterpiece, but much about how we deal with an artist who swims out to the mark of greatness and madness, leaving the rest of us behind.
When an artist, rarely a director, does this it overwhelms and scares us. We practically expect the Jaws theme to begin its maniacal cue and watch the unknown devour him. Anderson, who previously directed the cool but slightly manipulative and hyperactive Boogie Nights and Magnolia, does nothing to alleviate our concern for the unhinged artist; his ever-focused stare dances more and more with an alarming expanse and he brandishes a smirk that sort of says “Oh really? Fuck off.” Luckily, from afar, these traits make him that much more interesting after viewing his first masterpiece.
David Spade impersonates Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in this hilarious There Will Be Blood parody video titled “There Will Be Oscars” over at FunnyorDie.com. Spade’s Plainview wants the Oscar gold. He’s worked long and hard for this moment. This is probably the funniest thing Spade has done in years. Watch the video now below.
Daniel Plainview‘s “I drink your milkshake…I drink it up! [slurp]” is chugging along to become pop culture’s new “…with fava beans and a nice chianti [slurp],” and nothing says “crossover art house hit” like a precocious YouTube mash-up. Kevin Kunze, presumably of the University of San Francisco, has set up DDL on a blind date with underrated pop-rap chanteuse Kelis, lacing imagery from There Will Be Blood with her space-age booty anthem “Milkshake.” The resulting video is called, ahem, “There Will Be [Milkshakes].” If anyone wants to make a quick Internet buck, get to making some TWBMS t-shirts pronto. Here’s hoping that Hollertronix or Weird Al puts out a bigger white label remix, thereby blowing the probable Best Picture nominee’s public awareness into outer space.
In related news, Entertainment Weekly‘s silly Shaw Report has declared “mustache fatigue” the new black. Sorry, Shaw Report, you’re, like, five years too late. The ‘stache has returned full-force, and this time it has milk and ice cream dripping from its handlebars. Now, go be a failed trendspotter and stick an L on your forehead as you sit it out inside Owen Gleiberman’s verbosity, thanks.
Note: No spoilers present in the clip. Check it out after the jump.
Paramount Vantage has provided us with video interviews with the stars of one of the best films of 2007 – Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Watch below as Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano talk about this new film classic. It’s amazing how much different Daniel is from the characters he creates.
Most major city regions have a society or association of film critics, who each year join together to vote on the best films and performances of the year. This weekend the winners have been announced for the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), The Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC), and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA). Here is a round up of the results:
Here is the quick briefing: The Cohen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men took the Best Film of the year award in three out of the five. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood took the top award in the remaining. Anderson is leading the Best Director category with two wins. Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and George Clooney (Michael Clayton) are tied for Best Actor with two wins each.
Julie Christie took home three best actress wins for her performance in Away From Her, narrowly beating out Marion Cotillard who has two wins for La Vie en Rose. Javier Bardem was awarded three supporting actor wins for No Country for Old Men. Amy Ryan won four out of five for her performance in Gone Baby Gone. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly took home three out of five of the Best Foreign Film Awards. Pixar’s Ratatouille leads with three wins in the Animated category, narrowly beating out Persepolis, which currently has two wins. Diablo Cody is leading with two wins in the Best Original Screenplay section for Juno.