Henry Festa – National Classic Movies Examiner – Movies

Who killed the Halloween horror movies?

Add that to… Pirates of Silicon Valley: The Tech Geek Cutthroat Classic (1999) September 3, 2013 While millennial box office has been busy churning out comic book and doomsday filmfare for the past dozen years, a lot of great underrated movies lost in pay TV land have come out of the cable entertainment industry. The profit… Harry and Tonto: Oldster Inveterate Journeyman Classic (1974) July 31, 2013 What was quaint and charming about the 70s was it had room for slice of life cinema. Pedestrian melodramas not about beautiful people, power players or movers and shakers in the rat race but simple everyday humanity. These movies co… The In-laws: Spy Dysfunctional Slapstick Family Classic (1979) July 23, 2013 The fun media interactivity about the 70s is that a lot of ubiquitous TV luminaries were often able to moonlight successful movie star careers in between their small screen day jobs. Household name players could shift to big screen roles… And Justice For All: Law System Indictment Classic (1979) July 5, 2013 Back in the end of the 1970s, a short method talent from the Actor’s Studio with the screen charisma of a half dozen white bread lead players seemed destined to a career of low life stereotypes. Then came… Brian’s Song: Sports Brotherhood Tearjerk Classic (1971) June 27, 2013 Whatever arbiters of history or generational scholars say about the 70s, it was a positive decade of hope in pop culture.

The Man Who Brought Beatles, Bond & More to Movies

At Paramount, he shepherded such classics as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and Ordinary People. At Lorimar, he was responsible for such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Being There, Escape to Victory and S.O.B. At Columbia, his fingerprints are all over Punchline, Hope and Glory and The Last Emperor. As an independent producer, he made the Steve Martin/Carl Reiner-directed The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains, plus Beat Street and The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis, among others. On the TV side, he set up Arli$$ and such miniseries as P.T. Barnum and The Tempations. As for capturing the Beatles before they broke out, Picker explains, “Through sheer good luck, we wound up having a three-picture deal with this group. We made a low-budget movie deal with a rock group because we thought they were kind of good but they hadn’t broken beyond their local market [in Liverpool]. [After they became a sensation in London], I walked into my boss’s office and said, ‘Guess what? We’ve got the Beatles.’ Now the question is, what do you do with them?” Picker takes credit for having the idea of matching up the band with filmmaker Richard Lester to create their first legendary film in 1964: “I honestly believe A Hard Day’s Night would not have been made had I not seen this short [by Richard Lester] called The Running Jumping Standing Still. It was a marriage of two talents, Dick Lester and the Beatles, who had a vision and made it work.” Related: McCartney: Yoko Didn’t Break Up Beatles As for Bond, Picker was an avid fan of Ian Fleming’s work and tried to get the ball rolling with Alfred Hitchcock directing a 007 adaptation, but Fleming didn’t like movies and didn’t want his creation ruined onscreen. Later, the author changed his tune and gave Cubby Broccolli and Harry Saltzman the option to produce his novels. Their $1.1 million budget request was turned down by their regular studio, Columbia, as being too high, so they went to United Artists and Picker, who gave them the green light for 1962’s Dr. No.

Friday, Oct. 11 Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi Plot: Hanks stars as real-life cargo ship captain Richard Phillips, whose heroic actions in the face of armed Somali pirates in 2009, who took the crew hostage of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama, captivated the nation. Rico Torres, Open Road Films ‘Machete Kills’ Director: Robert Rodriguez Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara Plot: Danny Trejo returns after the 2010 bloodbath Machete. This time the ex-federal agent has to take down a madman revolutionary/arms dealer who wants to start a worldwide war. Director: Bill Condon Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney Plot: Wikileaks gets its film revelation with Cumberbatch portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Bruhl his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel (Bruhl) as they turn an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely contested organization. Director: Randall Miller Stars: Alan Rickman ,: Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint Plot: This feature film tells the three-chord true story of Hilly Kristal (Rickman), who opened a New York club for country, bluegrass and blues artists but instead, thanks to the bands that came through his doors such as Blondie and Talking Heads, became a godfather for the nascent punk-rock movement of the 1970s. Friday, Oct. 11 Director: Carlo Carlei Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis Plot: Shakespeare’s classic forbidden-love story comes to life in an adaptation by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes with True Grit standout Steinfeld getting hot and heavy with Booth. Friday, Oct. 11 ‘I Will Follow You into the Dark’ Director: Mark Edwin Robinson Stars: Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold, Leah Pipes Plot: A young woman (Barton) fights to find her beloved boyfriend (Eggold) who has been taken by paranormal forces. Friday, Oct. 11 Directors: Murray Wais, Steve Winter, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, Rob Bruce Plot: The adventurous life of extreme skiier Shane McConkey is explored in a documentary. Friday, Oct. 11 Mike Osborne, The Weinstein Company ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Anson Mount Plot: The 2006 horror flick finally getting a release stars Heard as a shy outsider invited to spend the weekend at a secluded ranch house targeted by a killer stalker.