Robert De Niro

10 Actors Who Played Against Type — and Failed

This Friday, Arnold Schwarzenegger does something you’d have never quite predicted: he plays the leading role in an indie drama. Even more surprisingly, he’s very good in it. His quiet turn as a Midwestern farmer in the family drama/zombie flick Maggie is both a strong performance and a smart move for the aging actor, whose action vehicles haven’t exactly burned up the box office lately; when what you do isn’t working anymore, it’s a good idea to try something new. But for every Robin Williams, Matthew McConaughey, or Albert Brooks who transformed their screen persona successfully, there’s another who didn’t quite pull it… Read More

  • 0

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Selma,’ ‘Goodfellas’

The “double dip” — when a movie is reissued on DVD or Blu-ray, without much in the way of new bonus features — is the bane of the home media owner’s existence. Three of this week’s five new releases of note qualify for that label, and while none may warrant a replacement purchase, all take over for earlier editions (some of them hard to find) at a reasonable price, and, in many cases, with sparkling new transfers to boot. Meanwhile, we’ve got a must-see documentary on Netflix, and a home video debut for this writer’s best film of 2014. … Read More

  • 0

Jon Stewart Flies His Fanboy Flag at ‘Goodfellas’ Tribeca Screening

Though one of New York’s favorite sons and a friend of the fest, Martin Scorsese was unable to attend Saturday’s Tribeca Film Festival closing night movie, a 25th anniversary presentation of his 1990 classic Goodfellas (timed to the film’s forthcoming Blu-ray re-release). But Scorsese had two good excuses: 1) he’s making a movie, and 2) he’s making it in Taipei. However, he taped a brief introduction that ran before the movie — which, true to Scorsese’s chatty persona, ran nearly ten minutes (with edits!). He talked about the production, the music, the reception, and the panel that he was missing — including a shout-out that must’ve warmed moderator Jon Stewart’s heart. “I mean Jon, if you were around at the time, we would’ve put you in the picture,” Scorsese grinned. “I’m not exactly sure where, but…” … Read More

  • 0

‘Live From New York!’ Documentary Is More Than Just a History of ‘SNL’

When the Tribeca Film Festival announced this year’s opening night selection was Live From New York!, a documentary about the history and impact of Saturday Night Live, your correspondent felt a mixture of excitement and concern — the former as a longtime fan and aficionado of the show, the latter as someone who, as a longtime fan and aficionado of the show, wonders what the hell’s left to say about it. We are, after all, celebrating (and, it seems, celebrating and celebrating and celebrating) the 40th year of its existence, and between the anniversary pieces and books and that ragtag mess of an SNL 40 special, we’re flirting with a serious case of burnout, and the anniversary itself is still several months away. So it’s a relief to report that Live From New York!, which kicked off the fest last night with a raucous screening at New York’s Beacon Theatre, isn’t just a rehash of the same old stories and clips. It’s a stylish and entertaining examination of why it’s still on the air, 40 years on — and why we’re still talking about it. … Read More

  • 0

20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

  • 0

David O. Russell Hoping to Reunite Jennifer Lawrence, De Niro and Bradley Cooper for Film About the Inventor of the Miracle Mop & Huggable Hangers

Few have any complaints about the seeming company of actors David O. Russell seems to have assembled — and… Read More

  • 0

50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our… Read More

  • 0

10 Evocative Southern Gothic Films

Southern Gothic cinema owes a lot to the great Tennessee Williams, whose stunning stage plays became evocative films. Works like A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof introduced moviegoers to the steamy South, revealing its sinister side. Trading the grand for the grotesque, Southern Gothic cinema was born from the literary genre made famous by authors like Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee. These films brought the genre’s penchant for sex, secrets, and betrayal to the big screen. Williams is currently the subject of a Film Forum retrospective. Inspired by his Southern Gothic style, here are ten films that capture the dark heart of the South. … Read More

  • 0