Saturday
Aug052017

Hollywood's Motor City Makeover

In the Hollywood worldview, Detroit is typically a place where you’re from, often to establish a cop’s street-savvy credentials (think Beverly Hills Cop, where detective Axel Foley was about as Detroit as, well, Beverly Hills). Lately, though, the city has grabbed the mic in Tinseltown; the Motor City is the backdrop of two TV shows, Detroit Steel and Detroiters, and anchors Kathryn Bigelow’s real-life drama Detroit, which opens nationwide Friday. Here are the top 10 films set in the mecca of motorcars:

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Friday
Sep162016

'Children of Men and the Latin New Wave Movement

 

A world in chaos. Terror attacks run rampant. Deportation is the hottest issue on a worried public consciousness as walls keep immigrants from interacting with native citizens.

A documentary? A nightly newscast? A Trump political ad?

Try Children of Men. 

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Thursday
Apr282016

Better Call Saul: The Olive Branch (or Mirror) to Breaking Bad and Mad Men

Warning: Spoilers don’t about; they lurk)

As the unofficial Assistant to the Manager of the Vince Gilligan Fan Club, I have been watching Better Call Saul religiously — and by extension, reruns of my two favorite shows, Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

And it has reawakened an inner-torment, one that perhaps other rabid fans of BB/MM suffer: Which of the dark odysseys is the better drama? Matthew Wiener’s tale of Wall Street executives in the 1960’s, or Gilligan’s tale of a high school meth teacher gone horribly astray?

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Saturday
Oct242015

The Reluctant Legacy of John Carpenter

Outwardly, John Carpenter doesn't look like one of the most fearsome men on the planet.

 


Sporting horn-rimmed glasses, an encyclopaedic memory of cinema and a ponytail as white as a unicorn's mane, he more resembles a hippie holdout; 

that affable college film prof who never quite surrendered the Peacenik ideal. 

He says "dude" a lot. When a conversation gets too philosophical, he'll crack, "Anybody got some weed?"

But give the guy a camera, keyboard and 90 minutes to tell you a bedtime story, and he'll harsh your mellow something fierce. The creator of the Halloween franchise, which turns 38 this year, has earned a lot of titles in Hollywood, most of which he says are misnomers: The Master of Horror, The Sultan of Splat, Godfather of the Slasher Flick.

Carpenter, 67, invited Moviepilot to his converted bungalow office for a rare peek at a 43-year career that includes The Thing and Starman. A double retinal detachment in 2012 and multiple eye surgeries, Carpenter has slowed his filmmaking. But not his storytelling:

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Sunday
Sep072014

In the 'Breaking Bad' writer's room, death looms

BURBANK, Calif. -- Vince Gilligan tends to pace when he's thinking of ways to kill someone.

The carpet in Breaking Bad's writers room here, where the show's scripts are hashed out, is wearing thin.

Gilligan is pacing, circling his table, fielding suggestions from his half-dozen writers about the fate of a key character in the show he created six years ago that begins its final run of episodes Sunday on AMC (9 ET/PT).

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