In the end-of-year rush to release Oscar-baiting pictures, the studios shift their patronage from summer blockbusters to the auteur driven films more likely to land them a gleaming awards statuette. And while many a critically respected director is more than happy to garner a few moments of cinema sun for their more awards-bound work, what the movie-goer may not know is that just because they get critical respect doesn't mean that they don't love a good slasher flick. In fact, a lot of the time many an acclaimed director's best work comes from their own spins on good old genre pictures.
Horror movies in particular have long been a draw for many of the great moviemakers. So, we thought we’d offer a list of some of our favorite horror flicks from directors who also happen to be gunning for a Best Picture Award this year.
Read Arthouse Directors Who Aren't Afraid of the Dark >> Posted 12.07.11 by reelz
No, the Super Bowl doesn't have much to do with movies but that doesn't mean we can't imagine if it did.
What if the big game was "directed" by some of Hollywood's best directors like Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch?
Luckily someone already has done that. Check out the video below of what the Super Bowl would be like in the hands of Tarantino, Lynch, Wes Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, and Werner Herzog. Posted 02.06.11 by reelz
Boy, the remakes are coming in faster than ever these days. Case in point: Variety reports that Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in an update of 1992's Bad Lieutenant, a film perhaps best known for featuring star Harvey Keitel entirely in the buff. That, along with various other adult-themed elements (two words: nun rape), helped the original earn an NC-17 rating -- instantly making it a must-watch for mischievous junior-high kids everywhere.
Even more strange than the timing of the Bad Lieutenant remake, however, is its choice of director: Werner Herzog, the eccentric (read: crazy) German filmmaker of Fitzcarraldo fame.
Seriously, this one's almost too good to be true. Don't expect Cage to repeat Keitel's legendary full frontal nude scene, however. Remember, this is the same guy who turned comic book bad boy Ghost Rider into a jellybean-eating, Carpenters-loving wuss. We'll be lucky if the Bad Lieutenant remake is edgy enough to garner a PG-13 rating.
Source: Variety Posted 05.13.08 by reelz
Forget Transformers, the real must-see movie this Independence Day is Rescue Dawn, a war drama about a fighter pilot named Dieter Dengler who was captured and ultimately escaped from a Laotian prison camp during the Vietnam War. I saw this movie a few months ago and it is still with me. It is powerful, sad, and most of all, pretty accurate--which you'll find quite disturbing.
The always-talented Christian Bale (Batman Begins, American Psycho) is wonderful as usual as the irrepressible Dengler, and Jeremy Davies (Spanking the Monkey, Saving Private Ryan) is Holocaust-survivor thin and Charles-Manson crazy as his co-prisoner. But the best part may be getting to see the criminally underused Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, Saving Silverman) show off his remarkably ample acting chops.
Rescue Dawn opens in very limited release this Independence Day, with a national roll out to follow later in the month. Whether you can see it now or you have to wait a week or two, it should definitely be at the top of your "to see" list.
To read more about the amazing Rescue Dawn, click here for Jeff Otto's complete review. Posted 07.04.07 by reelz