With the highly anticipated Robin Hood opening this week, it seems like an appropriate time to look back over the four-decade career of one of the most popular filmmakers of his era, Ridley Scott. The man clearly is far from done making movies, but, thanks to his already epic output, it doesn’t seem too early to try and recap his cinematic highlights so far. And the actual act of picking his ten best films wasn’t that hard. I don’t think even fans of A Good Year or 1492: Conquest of Paradise would be shocked to see they are not on the big list. Same with supporters of Black Rain, White Squall, or Body of Lies. I suppose there could be some diehard G.I. Jane fans upset that it didn’t make the cut. (Sorry Ashton.) And I’ll admit that I haven’t seen The Duellists in decades and, therefore, feel unable to appraise its position on the top ten. (Consider it excluded on a technicality.) The point is that most Ridley Scott fans would, with a few exceptions, probably have at least 7 to 8 films in common when listing their ten best. The more interesting question is the order…
Starring: Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, and Jerry Orbach
Written by: Howard Franklin
Gross: $10 million
As star power seems to lose a bit of luster every summer season, it becomes harder and harder to even qualify what the word "sleeper" even means. Before its release last year, The Hangover was touted so widely as a potential sleeper hit that it became pretty much a box office guarantee and something of an oxymoron.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for fans of the summer blockbuster and with total suckage like The Back-Up Plan taking up screen space, it couldn't come quickly enough. The season about to start looks a bit less promising than recent years, but there will certainly be a few massive hits.
On April 23, 2010, Paramount treated the domestic press to a 35-minute-press conference for Iron Man 2 in Los Angeles that featured Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Rourke, director Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, screenwriter Justin Thoreaux, and the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige.
With Steve Carell and Tina Fey making the switch from TV stars to movie stars with the new Date Night (the film debuted at #2, meaning that the multi-talented Carell and Fey can now safely call themselves "movie stars"), it got us thinking about that difficult journey from the small screen to the big one and why some actors and actresses make the leap while...Read More
With Clash of the Titans hitting theaters in a recently-revised-to-3D version that will ultimately make more money by riding the trend than it would have in the old-fashioned 2D format that it was in just a few months ago, it got our twisted minds thinking….
There was a ray of hope for Michigan’s future at the First Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival (held March 2 through March 7, 2010; see our interview with festival filmmaker Mike Manasseri here). On March 6, the hardworking visionaries of the Michigan film industry gathered at the Burton Theatre to discuss the business that is rejuvenating the state’s beleaguered economy. Featuring a 40% refundable tax credit and...Read More
Believe it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner. With only a few weeks to go, we're busy planning our extensive movie coverage for May-August 2010 and trying to determine what's going to work and what's going to suck. The bad news? It looks like there will be a lot more suck this summer season than usual. Maybe you’ll have more time to get...Read More
Something about this Oscar season has officially turned me off the Academy Awards. It's not that the Oscars were ever all that important but does anyone remember when they used to be more fun? With all the drama about inappropriate emails and campaign violations, something about this year has just left me feeling dirty and uninspired by the whole event. The acting categories are remarkably predictable, as are...Read More
With the brilliant Shutter Island opening tomorrow (come back for a review then), many critics have looked back over the four-decade career of arguably the best living filmmaker, Martin Scorsese. Who are we to stay out of the discussion? More than nearly any of his peers, it's actually difficult to whittle his films down to the ten best. And then to rank them? It's tough.