Robert Duvall

The Best and Worst Films of SXSW 2014

The conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival has drawn to a close (though films will continue to run through the weekend), so alas, your film editor’s time in the lovely city of Austin is just about over. This year’s was an intriguing and entertaining slate, lacking the kind of breakout hits I’ve seen here in years past, but nonetheless filled with films that you’ll want to seek out in the weeks and months to come. Here’s a quick jaunt through the 15 movies I saw… Read More

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“Talk and Listen, Listen and Talk”: Acting Tips From Robert Duvall’s SXSW Panel

AUSTIN, TX: Robert Duvall, as you might expect, is a man of few words. He’s in Austin this week for the North American premiere of A Night in Old Mexico, a film that his Lonesome Dove screenwriter William D. Witliff had been trying to make for something like 35 years, so he joined film critic Leonard Maltin for an hour-long “Conversation with Robert Duvall” on Tuesday afternoon. And Duvall, while endlessly fascinating and full of kind words for his previous collaborators, wasn’t always forthcoming; most of his answers were short and simple, leaving Maltin to coax as many words of wisdom as he could from the 83-year-old actor. But he did occasionally get the legendary thespian to impart a few thoughts on his life’s work. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Billy Bob Thornton on Returning to Directing in ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’

It has been 12 years since Miramax Films unceremoniously dumped Daddy and Them, the third film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, into a straight-to-cable release and, it seemed, put an end to Thornton’s directorial ambitions. Coming on the heels of the company’s mangled 2000 release of his All the Pretty Horses, the one-two punch from Miramax (which had also distributed his 1996 breakthrough effort, Sling Blade) caused the Oscar winner to swear off filmmaking, focusing instead on acting and music. But now, all those years later, there is a new Thornton film. It’s called Jayne Mansfield’s Car; Thornton directs and co-stars (alongside Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, and many, many others), and co-writes with his old friend and writing partner Thom Epperson (their other scripts include One False Move, The Gift, and A Family Thing). It’s good to have him back. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in September

As we’ve discussed, the joyful fall movie season is upon us, and it’s time for Hollywood to spend four months making like they’re not a factory for endless remakes and comic book sequels. But don’t let them break their arms patting themselves on the back; every month the independent distributors give us a steady stream of smart movies for adults, and they’re not backing off just because the big boys are joining in. Here’s a few indie flicks worth checking out this month. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week(end)

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. We normally run this feature on Mondays, but figured it might be more helpful to you, the reader, in advance of the long Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve picked out a few work-related titles, along with great stuff from Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Viggo Mortensen, Zooey Deschanel, Charlize Theron, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Robert Duvall, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Greta Gerwig, Alexander Skarsgård, Guy Pearce, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tobey Maguire, Steve Coogan, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Christopher Walken, Ben Stiller, Rosario Dawson, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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10 Great Actors Who Did Trashy Well

Tomorrow, Lee Daniels’ Precious follow-up The Paperboy hits theaters; it’s a film that’s received a lot of attention since its Cannes premiere last May, not all of it positive. And make no mistake, the movie is a mess, but Kidman goes all out in her portrayal of a bleach-blonde sexpot who gets hot and bothered for dangerous men. In honor of Kidman’s risky performance, we took a look back at some of our favorite instances of terrific actors indulging their trashy side on film. Our top ten are after the jump. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got the likes of Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis, Jason Bateman, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, and Jesse Eisenberg; check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Video Essay: “And Introducing… Famous Faces in Their Film Debuts”

This week’s must-see DVD for film fans is Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton’s wickedly enjoyable documentary profile of Roger Corman, the B-movie master whose exploitation movies launched half the moviemakers and movie stars of the ’70s. One of the film’s highlights is Jack Nicholson’s remembrances of his first movie roles, including his debut performance in The Little Shop of Horrors (which Corman shot in all of two days). Nicholson’s story got us thinking about other stars and their first movie roles, so we put together this quick video essay with a peek at some other famous film debuts. Check out our latest video essay after the jump. … Read More

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The 10 Best American Gangster Movies

While we were off eating and drinking and making movie merry at SXSW last week, we missed an important anniversary: March 15th marked 40 years since The Godfather’s theatrical opening. Since it is basically your film editor’s favorite movie ever, you can surely understand my inclination to make this oversight right — and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to look at the picture’s peers among the great canon on American gangster films. (We kept it domestic for the sole purpose of keeping the list to a manageable length; for the same reason, we’ve tried to focus on films that are primarily gangster films, as opposed to movies like Reservoir Dogs that are heist movies or other genres with organized crime in the background.) After the jump, we’ll take a look at The Godfather within that canon: the film itself, the films that inspired it, and the films it inspired. To be fair, we’re doing it chronologically — and it’s all opinion, of course, so let us know what was unfairly skipped in the comments. … Read More

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