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Joker Is Now On IMDb’s Top Ten Highest Rated Movies Of All Time List

Joker might’ve left critics divided and society watchdogs concerned about the impact of the movie’s message on impressionable minds, but the film is an unquestionable hit with audiences. After making a killing at the box office and beating out Marvel’s own villain-turned antihero Venom to become the October release champ, fans have granted Joker another distinction by rating the pic among the ten best movies on IMDb.

While IMDb’s often accused of allowing its rating system to be swayed too easily by fanboys, Joker, the only release to feature from this decade, joins a distinguished top ten list, coming in at number nine at last count, alongside The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 12 Angry Men, Schindler’s List, Godfather I and II, and The Shawshank Redemption. The only other comic book movie on
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Metallica and San Francisco Symphony Supersize the Hits at S&M2 Gig

If you’re gonna step in front of 18,000 diehard Metallica fans and lecture them on the history of classical music, you better have something interesting to say. Luckily for Michael Tilson Thomas, music director for the San Francisco Symphony, the act of winning over the crowd Friday night was easy. Metallica, after all, were on his side.

After explaining how the 20th Century art movement “futurism” was inspired by the musical age, he introduced a piece by Russian composer Alexander Mosolov, Iron Foundry, and welcomed the Bay Area thrashers to join the orchestra.
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Once Upon a Time in Rome

A significant subplot of Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, involves the offer of work to fading movie stars from the Italian film business, where a few got lucky and reinvigorated their careers and others merely paid the rent or tarnished their reputations, if any.This notion is certainly not one of Q.T.'s notorious counter-historical plot turns: Italy had been offering opportunities to Hollywood and European flotsam since the fifties.In the era of Il Boom, the post-war economic miracle, filmmakers, including actors, were offered a great deal: they could live and work in Italy tax-free for a year. Projects were not only re-written to take advantage of this possibility, they were conceived for it: it's uncertain Roman Holiday would exist without the big tax break incentive.For actors, there was clearly another consideration, beyond the big, or at least tax-exempt, bucks and
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Kudos to Van Cleef in Santi’s Imitative Debut The Grand Duel (1972) | Blu-ray Review:

Arrow Video resurrects another Lee Van Cleef headliner with 1972’s The Grand Duel, the debut of Giancarlo Santi, who had previously been the assistant director on Sergio Leone’s celebrated The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Notably, the film was scripted by Ernesto Gastaldi, a noted genre writer (who also directed a handful of titles), responsible for Elio Petri’s The 10th Victim (1965) and Mario Bava’s The Whip and the Body (1963). Like Gastaldi’s other spaghetti western treatment featuring Van Cleef, 1967’s Day of Anger, recycled themes popularized by Leone provide the narrative backbone of a title which supplies exactly what it promises, a climactic showdown, with little to run on between its opening and closing acts.…
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Quentin Tarantino Pens Heartfelt Essay on Sergio Leone, the ‘Greatest of All Italy’s Filmmakers’

Quentin Tarantino Pens Heartfelt Essay on Sergio Leone, the ‘Greatest of All Italy’s Filmmakers’
Quentin Tarantino’s love for Sergio Leone and the spaghetti western genre is no secret (his upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” takes its name from Leone’s iconic “Once Upon a Time in the West”), but that doesn’t make a new essay (via The Spectator) the filmmaker has written on these subjects any less fascinating. Tarantino penned the forward to Christopher Frayling’s upcoming book “Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece” (on sale May 21) and refers to Leone’s epic as “the movie that made me consider filmmaking” and “showed me how a director does what he does.”

“It was almost like a film school in a movie,” Tarantino writes. “It really illustrated how to make an impact as a filmmaker. How to give your work a signature. I found myself completely fascinated, thinking: ‘That’s how you do it.’ It ended up
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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’
On May 31, 2019, one of Hollywood most accomplished personalities, Clint Eastwood, will celebrate his 89th birthday. The actor-turned-director and producer has had one of the longest and most varied careers of anyone working in the entertainment world. In addition to his film work he has also amassed an impressive resume as a musician and composer and even served as the mayor of the California town Carmel-by-the-Sea during the 1980s.

SEEClint Eastwood directed movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Eastwood began his film career in westerns and later also found success in crime dramas. He was mostly known for his striking good looks and stoic demeanor though and was not really considered a serious or talented actor. He would slowly work to change that fact and would eventually receive two Oscar nominations for his acting, both as Best Actor for “Unforgiven” in 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. While he didn
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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On May 31, 2019, one of Hollywood most accomplished personalities, Clint Eastwood, will celebrate his 89th birthday. The actor-turned-director and producer has had one of the longest and most varied careers of anyone working in the entertainment world. In addition to his film work he has also amassed an impressive resume as a musician and composer and even served as the mayor of the California town Carmel-by-the-Sea during the 1980s.

Eastwood began his film career in westerns and later also found success in crime dramas. He was mostly known for his striking good looks and stoic demeanor though and was not really considered a serious or talented actor. He would slowly work to change that fact and would eventually receive two Oscar nominations for his acting, both as Best Actor for “Unforgiven” in 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. While he didn’t win either of those acting awards, he would win two
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The Forgotten: See Sammy Run

Ken Hughes was an interesting character. The closest thing I have to a personal anecdote came from an old friend who was an assistant director: "Ken Hughes was the dirtiest man I ever met." I don't really know what he meant by that, and it may be unfair. But you can see little hints in his work.Hughes is best-remembered today for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and he did some of the better work in the astonishing sixties farrago Casino Royale (1967), but none of that really typifies him. His best film may be The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963), which he wrote as well as directed, and which brought to a kind of climax his early thriller period.Hughes' first film, in 1952, was Wide Boy, about a lowlife blackmailer, not a distinguished work but an unusual one for its frankness about the anti-hero's Jewishness. Sammy Lee is a much more
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New ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Posters Show Off Leonardo DiCaprio’s Aging Movie Star

New ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Posters Show Off Leonardo DiCaprio’s Aging Movie Star
After months of speculation, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was officially added to the Cannes lineup earlier this month. Ahead of its long-awaited premiere on the Croisette this week, the film has two new posters showing off Leonardo DiCaprio’s aging-movie-star character in all his glory.

The first of them announces, “Witness Rick Dalton and Margaret Lee together in Columbia-Euro’s latest motion picture, ‘Operazione Dyn-o-mite!'” Then there’s the second: “Straight from Italy comes ‘Kill Me Now Ringo, Said The Gringo,’ now showing in a multiplex near you.”

The Italian titles shown on the posters — not just “Operazione Dyn-o-Mite!” but also “Uccidimi Subito Ringo, Disse Il Gringo” — are likely a callback to the Spaghetti Westerns with which Tarantino and so many others are enamored, namely the “Dollars” trilogy comprised of “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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Once Upon a Time in the Leone Family

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Once Upon a Time in the Leone Family
Growing up as Sergio Leone’s career escalated segueing from the so-called “Dollars Trilogy” to “Once Upon a Time in the West” up to their father’s final masterpiece, “Once Upon a Time in America,” led his children Raffaella and Andrea to become steeped in two inextricably linked passions: film and family.

“Film has always been an aggregating element of our family,” says Andrea, speaking with Raffaella in the office that used to be their father’s in a villa on Rome’s outskirts, now the company’s headquarters. “In the evenings we would discuss movies and our father used to talk to us about his projects.”

Raffaella remembers spending every other summer of her childhood on one of the director’s sets in Spain, in the desert of Almeria where “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” as well as other Leone films,
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Fan Service: Avengers: Endgame And Sad Hill Unearthed

Haters gonna hate, and yeah, some folks will take, and have taken, their devotion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to ridiculous lengths, in the same way that just about every pop culture phenomenon since Beatlemania has inspired people to do. But the likelihood is, if you’ve ever felt any kind of investment, however intermittent or intense, in the movies that comprise the Marvel movie franchise since the release of Iron Man in 2008, you’ll probably find Avengers: Endgame at the very least satisfying, and at the very most just about everything you could hope for from a grand, emotional summing-up such as this. It’s a movie that, for all of its bowing to spectacle and the interactivity of its universe, puts the characters that have come to populate that universe first and foremost, and it takes its sweet time honoring each and every one of them in a dramatically complete way.
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Ten Years Of The TCM Classic Film Festival

The 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival is finally in the books, yet another fabulous, frustrating and altogether marvelous gathering in the heart of Hollywood to designed to revel in the history of movies and encourage the continued appreciation of the value of understanding where the movies have come from, how they’ve come to the place they are, and even a moment or two to consider possible futures, both for the path on which the movies find themselves and for the future of the festival itself. As always, I have filed my report on this year’s activities—movies watched, schedules contemplated, favorite people visited—for Slant magazine’s blog The House Next Door—and if I came off in that report a little crankier than usual, that dissatisfaction is borne from love for what Tcmff does so well every year and concern for some of the more commerce-oriented
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Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns Made a Fistful of Dollars and Clint Eastwood a Star

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Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns Made a Fistful of Dollars and Clint Eastwood a Star
Sergio Leone was born Jan. 3, 1929; he would have been 90 this week. Though he directed only seven films, their impact has been wide and long-lasting, including making Clint Eastwood a star.

On Oct. 11, 1967, Variety carried a guest column by Lee Van Cleef shortly before the U.S. bow of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The actor countered criticism that Leone’s films are too violent: “What could have more violent sequences than the Bible?” he wrote. Van Cleef added that the films were authentic and heavily researched, saying that on the set the filmmaker “carried a small library of well-illustrated American books devoted to American history of those times.”

In that same issue, Leone said he didn’t invent Westerns all’Italiana. There were two dozen before the 1964 “Fistful of Dollars.” But the film was such a hit, he said, it inspired more than 200 spaghetti Westerns in the following two years,
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Inside the Tour That Made Metallica Megastars

Inside the Tour That Made Metallica Megastars
When Lars Ulrich reflects on Metallica’s massive Damaged Justice tour now, he marvels that they were able to pull it off at all. “No band as extreme as ours had ever done a full arena tour,” he says. “So it was definitely a crapshoot, and it paid off.”

“Those were the years that we proved ourselves,” Jason Newsted, the band’s bassist at the time, says. “We were firing on all cylinders. Once the ‘One’ video came out, we were ready for it and the world was ready for Metallica.
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Ennio Morricone Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino a ‘Cretin,’ Threatens Legal Action Against Playboy Germany

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Ennio Morricone Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino a ‘Cretin,’ Threatens Legal Action Against Playboy Germany
Update: Ennio Morricone has denied participating in an interview with Playboy Germany in which he is quoted as calling Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” whose movies are “trash.” Read his full statement, in which he praises Tarantino and threatens legal action with Playboy Germany:

It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.

I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit
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Most Memorable Movie Scores

In any action movie, a powerful music score is essential to set pulses racing and crank up the intensity. A movie moment can be transformed with the use of one simple chord when struck at the right moment – and can turn a movie into an instant classic.

Fast-paced action films are nothing without a pulsating movie score to raise the stakes and maintain the momentum throughout the most dramatic sequences. A brilliant example is the powerful theme “The Beast” by the late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for the Oscar®-nominated film Sicario, which was re-imagined for the sequel Sicario 2: Soldado by composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

To celebrate the release of Sicario 2: Soldado on digital download from 22nd October and on 4K Uhd, Steelbook, Blu-Ray & DVD from 29th October 2018, we are rounding up the top movies with the most memorable scores that continue to stir the senses time after time.

The Dark Knight
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BFI Film Audience Network creates kit to help exhibitors support diverse audiences

The website and online toolkit aims to make cinemas more welcoming to audiences with various different needs.

The BFI Film Audience Network (Fan) has launched inclusivecinema.org, a website and online toolkit aimed at ‘breaking down barriers facing diverse audiences’.

The site is aimed at exhibitors, to help them ‘create welcoming spaces with skilled staff that are more approachable for diverse film communities’, according the Fan. It offers over 300 resources including how-to guides and first-hand testimonies.

The areas for which support is provided are: migration; autism and neurodiversity; dementia; mental health; ethnicity; Lgbtq+; D/deaf or hard of hearing; visual
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The Dragon Missile (Region B)

Guest reviewer Lee Broughton offers an assessment of one of the Shaw Brothers’ quirkier and more idiosyncratic historical martial arts efforts: an action-packed Meng Hua Ho wuxia flick from 1976 that concerns an irredeemable killer sent on a mission to save the life of a despicable and hated tyrant. Outstanding fight choreography, unusual weaponry and unpredictable plot twists help make this frenetically paced show a winner.

The Dragon Missile

Region B Blu-ray

88 Films

1976 / Color / 2.35 / 82 min. / Fei long zhan / Street Date, 26 Mar 2018 / £12.99

Starring: Lo Lieh, Tony Liu, Nancy Yen, Feng Ku, Terry Liu, Chih-Ching Yang, Sha-Fei Ouyang.

Cinematography: Wai-Kei Cho

Film Editor: Hsing-Lung Chiang

Art Director: Chan-King Sam

Original Music: Fu-Ling Wang

Written by Kuang Ni

Produced by Runme Shaw

Directed by Meng Hua Ho

Guest Review by Lee Broughton

When his own physicians fail to provide him with any relief for the pain caused by the gigantic festering boil on his back,
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in June 2018

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With June around the corner, a fresh round of shows and movies will soon arrive on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

Netflix kicks off the month with some fan favorites for the first blistering hot days of the summer with “National Treasure,” “Marvel StudiosThor: Ragnarok,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Several binge-worthy shows will be returning for viewers for another season, including “Glow” Season 2, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, and the “Sense8” season finale.

Hulu offers its own dish of classics, including “Apocalypse Now,” “Carrie,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Those looking for to finish out the shows they’ve been keeping up with have third season finales for “Reign,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Faking It.”

Amazon rounds out the month with some comedy flicks, including “The Disaster Artist,” “Nacho Libre,” and the entire “Leprechaun” franchise. Fans of “Babylon 5” and “Rescue Me” will find they can
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10 Westerns Inspired by Samurai Movies, from ‘The Magnificent Seven’ to ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (Photos)

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10 Westerns Inspired by Samurai Movies, from ‘The Magnificent Seven’ to ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (Photos)
We finally got a glimpse of “Shogun World” in the latest episode of “Westworld,” and the idea to mash up the two universes isn’t just a coincidence. There’s a long history of Westerns borrowing from samurai cinema and the other way around, with Akira Kurosawa studying the work of John Ford, which in turn led to many of Kurosawa’s movies to be remade as Spaghetti Westerns. The cowboy and the samurai are each lone wanderers in a lawless world, so it makes sense that the themes would crossover. Here are 10 instances in which the West met the East.

The Magnificent Seven” (1960) and “Seven Samurai” (1954)

Akira Kurosawa’s landmark film “Seven Samurai” was highly influential on modern action cinema, but its most direct descendant was John Sturges’s “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Eli Wallach. The film is a remake but represents
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