Storicamente, la dicitura "presentato e/o prodotto da Quentin Tarantino" vuol dire poco o niente. Con Hostel credo si sia toccano il fondo.
Due americani ed un islandese vanno in giro per l'Europa in cerca di gnocca e droga; verranno indirizzati in Slovacchia ("tante donne per pochi uomini, dopo la guerra"... ehhh?!?! I registi che che non sanno usare un atlante sono pregati di ambientare tutti i loro film in Texas).
La prima metà del film trascorre tra gentili signorine perennemente ignude, in perfetto stile porno-soft adolescenziale.
Poi uno del gruppo scompare, e la ricerca porterà ad uno strano luogo dove pagando puoi torturare a morte delle vittime raccattate per strada. Gli spettatori pagherebbero per essere al posto delle vittime...
Una vera monnezza: zero tensione, ritmo e atmosfera; la trama fa schifo e quel che veniva pubblicizzato come l'ennesimo film più splatter della storia finisce col mostrare poco e niente in fatto di efferatezze, senza alcuna originalità.
Unica nota simpatica (benché non sia niente di nuovo), il sacchetto per il vomito consegnato all'ingresso.
La vostra missione, se deciderete d'accettarla, sarà di stanare Eli Roth e di soffocarlo con questo sacchetto per il vomito.
Dello stesso "regista", ricordo Cabin Fever: anche quello parecchio trash, anche se questo Hostel riesce ad essere ben peggiore. Il che è tutto dire...
Voto: 3 (ma poteva anche essere 1).
sabato 25 febbraio 2006
Storicamente, la dicitura "presentato e/o prodotto da Quentin Tarantino" vuol dire poco o niente. Con Hostel credo si sia toccano il fondo.
mercoledì 22 febbraio 2006
C'era Una Volta In America, che finalmente ho avuto modo di rivedere in maniera decente dall'inizio alla fine.
Non c'è molto da dire: uno dei rari film perfetti sotto ogni punto di vista, regia, recitazione, sceneggiatura, fotografia. Sergio Leone cura in maniera maniacale ogni minimo dettaglio, e il risultato ripaga gli sforzi. Il solito Ennio Morricone qui firma la miglior colonna sonora di tutti i tempi.
Voto: 10 (e passa).
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Regista: Sergio Leone
Scrittore: Harry Grey, Leonardo Benvenuti
Genere: Crime, Drama
Valutazione: 8.3/10 (24386 voti) [#112 nella top250]
Durata: 139 min
Paese: Italy, USA
Lingua: English, Italian, French
- Robert De Niro .... David 'Noodles' Aaronson
- James Woods .... Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz
- Elizabeth McGovern .... Deborah Gelly
- Tuesday Weld .... Carol
- Treat Williams .... James Conway O'Donnell
- James Hayden .... Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg
- Joe Pesci .... Frankie Minaldi
- Larry Rapp .... 'Fat' Moe Gelly
- Danny Aiello .... Police Chief Vincent Aiello
- William Forsythe .... Philip 'Cockeye' Stein
Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.
Trivia random: It reportedly took many years for Sergio Leone to secure the rights to Harry Grey's book "The Hoods" on which this film was based.
Data di nascita: 10 November 1928
Coniuge: Maria Travia::(13 October 1956 - present) 4 children
- Il Cuore nel pozzo (2005) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
- Malèna (2000) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Mission to Mars (2000) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Ultimo 2 - La sfida (1999) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
- Bulworth (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Il Fantasma dell'opera (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- The Odd Couple II (1998) .... (musician: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly") [misc]
- Lolita (1997) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Il Quarto re (1997) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialised in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished, but he was hired by Leone for Per un pugno di dollari (1964) on the strength of some of his song arrangements. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionised the way music would be used in Westerns, and it is hard to think of a post-Morricone Western score that doesn't in some way reflect his influence. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres: comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies, exploitation movies -making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films, Gillo Pontecorvos Battaglia di Algeri, La (1965), Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore's _Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)_ , plus a rare example of sung opening credits for Pier Paolo Pasolini's Uccellacci e uccellini (1966). It must be stressed that he is *not* behind the work of the entirely separate composers Bruno Nicolai and Nicola Piovani despite allegations made by more than one supposedly reputable film guide!
Trivia random: Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984
Leone, Sergio (I)
Data di nascita: 3 January 1929
Data di morte: 30 April 1989
Coniuge: Leone, Carla::(? - 30 April 1989) (his death) 2 children
- Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) .... (dedicatee) [misc]
- Unforgiven (1992) .... (dedicatee) (as Sergio) [misc]
- Troppo forte (1986/I) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984) .... [scrittore]
- Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Un Sacco bello (1980) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Il Giocattolo (1979) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Il Gatto (1978) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Un Genio, due compari, un pollo (1975) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Il Mio nome è Nessuno (1973) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of 'Vincenzo Leone' , one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Waleran. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian and American directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics, much in vogue at the time). Towards the end of the 1950s he started writing screenplays, and began directing after taking over Ultimi giorni di Pompei, Gli (1959) in mid-shoot after its original director fell ill. His first solo feature, Colosso di Rodi, Il (1961), was a routine Roman epic, but his second feature, Per un pugno di dollari (1964), a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), caused a revolution. Although it wasn't the first spaghetti Western, it was far and away the most successful, and shot former TV cowboy Clint Eastwood to stardom (Leone wanted Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson but couldn't afford them). The two sequels, Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) and Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966), were shot on much higher budgets and were even more successful, though his masterpiece, _C'era una volta il West (1969)_ , in which Leone finally worked with Fonda and Bronson, was mutilated by Paramount Pictures and flopped at the US box office. He directed Giù la testa (1971) reluctantly, and turned down offers to direct The Godfather (1972) in favor of his dream project, which became Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He died in 1989 after preparing an even more expensive Soviet co-production on the World War II siege of Leningrad.
Trivia random: When his old friend Clint Eastwood - who was also close with Don Siegel - directed the Oscar-winning "anti-Western" Unforgiven (1992), Eastwood dedicated this film in memory of both Leone and Siegel.
lunedì 20 febbraio 2006
Avevo già parlato altrove dei Film Di Ninja®, ora approfondirò una delle (tante) pietre miliari del genere: Ninja Il Padrino (anche Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate o Ninja Operation 5: Godfather The Master).
Jackson, un mafioso ciccione di Hong-Kong, si ribella all'Organizzazione® che manda l'altrettanto grasso Bruno Lauzi locale ad ucciderlo. Dopo un duro scontro sul tetto di un palazzo i due si ritrovano, senza spiegazioni plausibili (se non il fatto che nel girato originale di questo film mancava la scena che collegava i due eventi), in un parco cittadino dove Jackson viene ucciso dalla temibile e affascinante (si fa per dire) killer Phoenix.
Nel frattempo, in un film girato in seguito ed altrove (con soli attori occidentali) che verrà sapientemente mixato a questi spezzoni di film poliziesco hong-kongese, Paulo - capo locale dell'organizzazione - decide di ribellarsi allo zio (evidentemente si tratta di una organizzazione a conduzione famigliare); lo zietto si rivolge al fidato Gordon - l'eccezionale Richard Harrison, vero protagonista del genere.
L'ambizioso Paulo, nel mentre, decide di muovere le fila nell'altro film e stabilisce d'imperio che è giunto il momento di seminar zizzania tra le fazioni in lotta per il controllo del territorio, per liberarsi dei personaggi scomodi.
Manipolando abilmente le informazioni spinge l'ingenuo ma fortissimo e grassissimo Raymond, già figlio di Jackson (mica di uno qualsiasi dei pirla coi quali la madre era solita copulare), a cercare vendetta, colpendo più o meno a casaccio tra ex amici del padre e perfetti sconosciuti.
Nel mentre Gordon, che è un ninja che si fa gli shuriken da solo e va in giro vestito con un costumone giallo sgargiante ed una bandana con su scritto "NINJA" davanti (e, suppongo, "NON AFFIANCARSI IN CURVA" sul retro), uccide due o tre fessacchiotti che non erano mai comparsi prima, ma le cui colpe dovevano di certo essere grandi (mica che Gordon ti ammazza così per fare, eh...)
Sistemati questi pesci piccoli con armi convenzionali (pistola, shuriken e cerbottana con dardi avvelenati) si avventa sulle guardie del corpo di Paulo, i temibili Frank, Peter e Jeffrey - anche loro ninja.
Con brevi ma intensi combattimenti ninja (con teletrasporti, salti, spadate, lancio di shuriken e bombe puzzolenti e quanto altro) avrà ragione anche di loro, e si già si prospetta lo scontro con Paulo, il traditore!
Nella pellicola hong-kongese intanto succede un po' di tutto, e tra una bella mangiata, un po' di sesso spensierato, scontri col Sicario e qualche assassinio a caso, Raymond ottiene la sua vendetta sugli esecutori dell'omicidio del padre e ristabilisce l'ordine naturale delle cose (quale che fosse).
Purtroppo non potrà combattere con Paulo, il mandante, perché trovandosi egli nella pellicola occidentale, cade un po' fuori dalla sua giurisdizione...
A Paulo ci penserà Gordon, in un epico duello ninja che vedrà il bene trionfare. Ma attenzione, perché il beffardo destino è in agguato con uno sconvolgente colpo di scena finale!
Prodotto dal solito Godfrey Ho (che per primo ebbe l'idea di rub...comprare film incompleti per mischiarli ad un po' di imbecilli occidentali vestiti da ninja) e diretto da Joseph Lai, punta molto sull'azione e sul complicato (e non esattamente privo di pecche) intreccio della trama.
- Jeffrey è un nome tanto decente, per un ninja che si rispetti, quanto Katsuhiro e Kaghemaru,
- alla comparsa di un ninja che vuole uccidervi, mulinare le braccine e gridare "Ninja! Sono ninja anch'io!" ha buone possibilità di trasformarvi in un ninja vestito e armato di tutto punto,
- i parchi cittadini sono ottimi terreni di scontro per i ninja, attenti quando ci portate i bambini,
- tutti i vestiti dismessi dal Michael Jackson degli esordi da solista sono stati riciclati per i film di ninja. O forse lo stesso Michael Jackson è un ninja...
Imperdibile. Nella vita, un vero appasionato di trash deve aver visto almeno un film di ninja.
Voto: per decreto ministeriale tutti i film di ninja ricevono lo stesso voto: 2 (come il numero di pellicole di cui si compongono), Trashometro® 10/10:
Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate (1987)
Regista: Joseph Lai
Valutazione: 8.0/10 (6 voti)
Nome di battesimo: Ho, Chi Kueng
Data di nascita: 1948
- Manhattan Chase (2000) .... [regista]
- Cui hua kuang mo (1994) .... (producer) (as Godfrey Hall) [produttore]
- Hei tai yang 731 si wang lie che (1994) .... [regista]
- Hong tian mi ling (1994) .... [regista]
- Ninja Fist of Fire (1994) .... [regista]
- Catman in Boxer's Blow (1993) .... (as Alton Cheung) [regista]
- Lethal Extortion (1993) .... (as Godfrey Hall) [regista]
- Hei tai yang 731 xu ji zhi sha ren gong chang (1992) .... [regista]
- Kickboxer Against the Odds (1992) .... [regista]
- Kickboxer from Hell (1992) .... (as Elton Chong) [regista]
Trivia random: He is considered a master of B-movie Hong-Kong actioners. However, a number of his movies are Z-grade movies made with a "cut-and-paste" technique. He would shoot footage for one movie, often using caucasian actors for exportation, then edit the scenes into several other movies, mixing them with footages from old, unfinished or unreleased Asian movies (using Thailandese as well as Chinese or Philippino footage), then trying to make the story somewhat coherent through dubbing and voice-overs. He would then have four or five movies (of rock-bottom quality, of course) while having spent the budget of one.
Citazione random: "I used to be a movie maker. Now I am teaching people to make movies. It really makes me glad when my students are happily showing me their works. Only if you've been through the whole process, can you understand how satisfactory and delightful it is."
Harrison, Richard (II)
Data di nascita: 26 May 1935
Coniuge: Francesca::(1978 - present) 1 child, Loretta Nicholson::(1961 - ?) (divorced) 3 children
- Jerks (2000) .... [attore]
- Angel Eyes (1993) .... Vince [attore]
- Lies of the Twins (1991) (TV) .... Jack Roth [attore]
- Paid to Kill (1991) .... James Burton [attore]
- Empire of the Dark (1990) .... [attore]
- Rescue Force (1989) (V) .... Chief CIA Agent [attore]
- Terminal Force (1989) .... Nick Tyree [attore]
- Dark Mission (Operación cocaína) (1988) .... [attore]
- Ninja Powerforce (1988) .... Ninja Master Gordon [attore]
- Ninja Strike Force (1988) .... Gordon [attore]
Muscular actor Richard Harrison was one of many handsome young American hunks whose career in Hollywood amounted to little more than brawny bits until being lured to Italy and churning out the sword-and-sandal pictures that were the early 60s craze. He would end up making over 100 films due to this lucky trek abroad. Born on May 26, 1936 in Salt Lake City, he relocated to sunny Southern California in his late teens where his blond, tanned, chiseled good looks (he was sometimes mistaken for handsome actor Guy Madison) landed him modeling work both on runways and in beefcake magazines. He was quickly noticed by casting agents and cast in small film roles, usually as a man in uniform. He can be obscurely seen in Jeanne Eagles (1957), his film debut which starred Kim Novak, Kronos (1957) with Jeff Morrow, Too Much, Too Soon (1958) starring Dorothy Malone, South Pacific (1958), in which he briefly appeared as a co-pilot, and Battle Flame (1959) with Scott Brady. While filming another minor role in Master of the World (1961) he met producer James H. Nicholson's daughter, Loretta, and married her within six months. They produced three sons. Frustrated at not being able to secure meatier roles in Hollywood, Richard jumped at the chance when offered a lead role in The Invincible Gladiator (1961) which was filming in Europe. He would end up settling in Italy for the next two decades. His first role immediately typed him as another Steve ("Hercules") Reeves and to avoid being penned in too much as a mythological muscle man, Richard also sought roles in routine spaghetti westerns and spy intrigue. Once Italy closed down it's film production and he, like others, found himself unemployed, he managed to scrape up work in Hong Kong with mostly bottom-of-the-barrel Ninja movies. Remarried in 1978, he had already begun acting less and less and delving into producing and directing. He has retired fully now except for an occasional script writing assignment.
Trivia random: Harrison was another in a long line of American hunks with super physiques who 'muscled' in on Steve Reeves' territory by traveling to Italy in the early 60s when he couldn't kickstart an American film career. Appearing in scores of sword-and-sandal spectaclaes and 'spaghetti' westerns, Harrison, unlike the others, was able to keep the momentum going later on in Hong Kong-produced kung fu movies.
Citazione random: "In my opinion, it is a death wish for an actor to be in too many B or should I say C movies. Maybe my greatest contribution to cinema was not doing Fistful of Dollars, and recommending Clint for the part."
- The Furious Jumpboxer (1992) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Kickboxer Against the Odds (1992) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Kickboxer from Hell (1992) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Robo-Kickboxer - Power of Justice (1992) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure (1992) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- The Young Kickboxer (1992) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Kickboxer King (1991) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Kickboxer the Champion (1991) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Thunder Ninja Kids: The Hunt for the Devil Boxer (1991) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Year of the Kingboxer (1991) .... (producer) [produttore]
sabato 18 febbraio 2006
Se un completo imbecille si presentasse da voi e - parole testuali citate dagli extra del DVD - vi proponesse di fare La Finestra Sul Cortile con gli scarafaggi, cosa rispondereste?
Io accetterei al volo, diamine! Con una idea così cosa può andare storto?
Il pregevole risultato è Mimic 3 (anche Mimic: Sentinel). Un tizio deve restare rinchiuso in casa in quanto da giovane era entrato in contatto con degli scarafaggioni geneticamente modificati ed ora, per una balzana associazione causa/effetto, è allergico a più o meno tutto.
Dalla sua stanza fotografa un angolo del quartiere più disfunzionale della storia, ed assiste al ritorno degli scarafaggioni di taglia umana che vogliono conquistare il mondo. Ad aiutarlo nella (non) strenua lotta la sorella e una sua amica (notevoli figliole), un poliziotto imbelle, la mamma (povera Amanda Plummer) e - ahilui - il mitico Lance Henriksen.
Non ho visto il secondo e se ho visto il primo il mio cervello mi ha fatto la grazia di averlo rimosso, ma questo terzo episodio è davvero spettacolare!
Non me la sento di infierire su recitazione, trama e regia, ma devo segnalare gli stupendi extra sul DVD:
- girato in Ungheria o Romania, lascia intuire come la produzione abbia sterminato decine di cani randagi che rovinavano il sonoro delle riprese,
- il regista si bea di non aver mai girato un film vero in vita sua, e di come tutto fosse fatto in ristrettezze economiche,
- i provini degli attori, in perfetto stile porno-gonzo.
Voto: 1. Trashometro® 8/10:
Regista: Guillermo del Toro
Scrittore: Donald A. Wollheim, Matthew Robbins
Genere: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Valutazione: 5.5/10 (6963 voti)
Durata: 105 min
Lingua: English, Italian
- Mira Sorvino .... Dr. Susan Tyler
- Jeremy Northam .... Dr. Peter Mann
- Alexander Goodwin .... Chuy
- Giancarlo Giannini .... Manny
- Charles S. Dutton .... Leonard
- Josh Brolin .... Josh
- Alix Koromzay .... Remy
- F. Murray Abraham .... Dr. Gates
- James Costa .... Ricky
- Javon Barnwell .... Davis
A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.
Trivia random: Screenwriters 'Matt Greenberg' and John Sayles are uncredited in the movie, but were credited in some of the trailers and TV spots.
Mimic: Sentinel (2003) (V)
Regista: J.T. Petty
Scrittore: Donald A. Wollheim, J.T. Petty
Genere: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Valutazione: 4.0/10 (351 voti)
Durata: Brazil:77 min
- Karl Geary .... Marvin
- Alexis Dziena .... Rosy
- Keith Robinson .... Desmond
- Rebecca Mader .... Carmen
- Amanda Plummer .... Simone
- John Kapelos .... Detective Gary Dumars
- Nick Phillips .... CDC Worker
- Lance Henriksen .... Garbageman
Marvin Montrose is a sickly 24-year-old man, confined to a bubble apartment room due to his severe asthma, He finds out that the Judas Breed monster roaches that terrorized society are back with a vengeance and are preying on the inhabitants of his apartment complex. So with the help of his sister Rosy and his best friend Carmen, They'll have to destroy the monster roaches and save themselves.
Nome di battesimo: Plummer, Amanda Michael
Data di nascita: 23 March 1957
Altezza: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
- Brew (2005) .... [attrice]
- Tma (2005) .... [attrice]
- Satan's Little Helper (2004) .... Merrill Whooly [attrice]
- Mimic: Sentinel (2003) (V) .... Simone [attrice]
- My Life Without Me (2003) .... Laurie [attrice]
- Get a Clue (2002) (TV) .... Miss Dawson [attrice]
- The Gray in Between (2002) .... Jalyn [attrice]
- Ilaria Alpi - Il più crudele dei giorni (2002) .... Gionalista ABC [attrice]
- Ken Park (2002) .... Claude's Mother [attrice]
- The Last Angel (2002) .... The Last Angel [attrice]
Amanda Plummer last appeared as Polly in "The Gnädiges Fräulein" with Elizabeth Ashley, and as Kyra in the world premiere of "One Exception" both by Tennessee Williams at the Hartford Stage.On Broadway: "A Taste of Honey" as Jo (Nominated for a Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award, and received the Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards); As Agnes in "Agnes of God" with Geraldine Page (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle, and Boston Critics Awards); As Eliza in "Pygmalion" with Peter O'Toole and John Mills (Tony Award nomination); As Laura in "The Glass Menagerie" with Jessica Tandy; As Dolly in "You Never Can Tell" by George Bernard Shaw.Among her Off-Broadway shows was "A Lie of the Mind" as Beth directed and written by Sam Sheppard. In England, at the Griffith Theatre "Pygmalion," and at the Royal Court Theatre "This is a Chair" directed by Stephen Daldry, and written by Carol Churchill.Her Regional work includes; Juliet in "Romeo & Juliet" (Hollywood Dramalogue Award,) and Sonya in "Uncle Vanya."Film work includes Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (American Comedy Award nomination,) Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (BAFTA nomination,) Michael Winterbottom's "Butterfly Kiss;" Peter Greenaway's "8 1/2 Women;" Larry Clark's "Ken Park;" Wim Wenders' "Million Dollar Hotel, Sidney Lumet's "Daniel," and " Lamont Johnson's "Cattle Annie and Little Britches."In television she is the recipient of two Emmy Awards, one Emmy nomination, a Saturn Award, a Cable Ace Award, and a Golden Globe nomination.In 1988 she was honored with the Anti-Defamation League Award for Woman of Achievement.She will appear as Saint Joan in "The Lark" by Jean Anovich directed by Michael Lyndsay Hogg at the Stratford Festival. Also, as Lucky in the filmed workshop, "Core Sample - Gol Otok" with Vanessa Redgrave, and Lynn Redgrave, directed by Lenka Vodvicki.
Trivia random: She and her father both received Emmy nominations in 2005
Citazione random: On Hollywood: "You've got to have a sense of humour about it. There's a con going on all the time. You can smell it in the air. People are always pretending to be something they're not in order to make a buck, to become that person they want to be."
Rear Window (1954)
Regista: Alfred Hitchcock
Scrittore: Cornell Woolrich, John Michael Hayes
Genere: Mystery, Thriller
Valutazione: 8.7/10 (48969 voti) [#14 nella top250]
Durata: 112 min
- James Stewart .... L. B. Jefferies
- Grace Kelly .... Lisa Carol Fremont
- Wendell Corey .... Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle
- Thelma Ritter .... Stella
- Raymond Burr .... Lars Thorwald
- Judith Evelyn .... Miss Lonelyheart
- Ross Bagdasarian .... Songwriter
- Georgine Darcy .... Miss Torso
- Sara Berner .... Wife living above Thorwalds
- Frank Cady .... Husband living above Thorwalds
Photojournalist "Jeff" Jeffries is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, and the entire story takes place in the courtyard adjoining the rear of his apartment, all events being seen through his eyes. Jeff believes that a murder has been committed by his neighbor Thorwald and sends his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella to investigate.
Trivia random: One thousand arc lights were used to simulate sunlight. Thanks to extensive pre-lighting of the set, the crew could make the changeover from day to night in under forty-five minutes.
Mimic 2 (2001) (V)
Regista: Jean de Segonzac
Scrittore: Donald A. Wollheim, Joel Soisson
Genere: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Valutazione: 4.0/10 (884 voti)
Durata: 82 min
- Alix Koromzay .... Remi
- Bruno Campos .... Klaski
- Will Estes .... Nicky
- Gaven E. Lucas .... Sal Aguirre (as Gaven Eugene Lucas)
- Edward Albert .... Darksuit
- Jon Polito .... Morrie
- Jody Wood .... Det. Clecknal
- Jim O'Heir .... Lou
- Brian Leckner .... Jason
- Paul Schulze .... Phillip
When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a species of "Judas" bugs and introduced them into the environment, where they were to "mimic" the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. The plan worked until the bugs evolved to mimic their next prey.....humans! Just when they were all thought to be dead, the giant cockroaches are back, and this time they've mutated to take on human form!
Data di nascita: 5 May 1940
Altezza: 5' 10¼" (1.78 m)
Coniuge: Jane Pollack::(22 April 1995 - present) 1 child, Mary Jane::(1985 - 1988) (divorced) 1 child
- Abominable (2006) .... Ziegler Dane [attore]
- Bone Dry (2006) .... Jimmy [attore]
- Devil on the Mountain (2006) .... Chase Jackson [attore]
- When a Stranger Calls (2006) .... Voice of the Stranger (voice) [attore]
- ""IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix"" (2005) .... Andrei Rubley (voice: English version) [attore]
- ""Into the West"" (2005) (mini) .... Daniel Wheeler [attore]
- ""Supernova"" (2005/I) (mini) .... Colonel Harlan Williams [attore]
- The Chosen One (2005) .... Cardinal Fred (voice) [attore]
- The Garden (2005/I) .... Ben Zachary [attore]
- Gun (2005) (VG) .... Thomas MacGruder (voice) [attore]
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is playing psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope. One of his latest projects was AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004), directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. He also appeared in the TNT original movie Evel Knievel (2004) (TV), directed by John Badham and executive produced by Mel Gibson. Henriksen portrayed Awful Knoffel in this project based on the life of the famed daredevil, played by George Eads. Henriksen starred for three seasons (1996-1999) on "Millennium" (1996), Fox-TV's critically acclaimed series created by Chris Carter ("The X Files" (1993)). His performance as Frank Black, a retired FBI agent who has the ability to get inside the minds of killers, landed him three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for "Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series" and a People's Choice Award nomination for "Favorite New TV Male Star." FOX Home Entertainment has just released the first season of "Millennium" on DVD.Born in New York, Henriksen studied at the Actors Studio and began his career off-Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's "Three Plays of the Sea." One of his first film appearances was as an FBI agent in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (1975), followed by Lumet's Network (1976) and Prince of the City (1981). He then appeared in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) with Richard Dreyfuss and François Truffaut, Damien: Omen II (1978) and in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (1983), in which he played Mercury astronaut Lt. Col. Wally Schirra.James Cameron cast Henriksen in his first directorial effort, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981), then used him in The Terminator (1984), and cast him as the android Bishop in the sci-fi classic Aliens (1986). Director Sam Raimi, who used Henriksen in his quirky western The Quick and the Dead (1995) opposite Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman, says, "Lance is a brilliant performer who goes way beyond acting. He becomes his character completely, leaving no trace of his former self and making something of every moment on screen."Henriksen's additional feature credits include what is one of his best-known roles, that of the head of a family of murderous redneck vampires in Kathryn Bigelow's cult vampire film Near Dark (1987). He's also appeared in Jagged Edge (1985), Pumpkinhead (1989), The Horror Show (1989), Survival Quest (1989), director Walter Hill's Johnny Handsome (1989), The Pit and the Pendulum (1990) (V), Bruce Robinson's Jennifer Eight (1992), Alien³ (1992), Richard Rush's Color of Night (1994), Powder (1995), Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995), Disney's animated feature Tarzan (1999) and John Woo's first American film, Hard Target (1993), for which Henriksen received a Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actor.He was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the TNT original film The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998) (TV) and had starring roles in PBS' Emmy-winning The Dark End of the Street (1981) and HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" (1989). Henriksen also played actor Charles Bronson in the television movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991) (TV).In addition to his abilities as an actor, Henriksen is an accomplished painter and potter. His talent as a ceramist has enabled him to create some of the most unusual ceramic artworks available on the art market today. He resides in Southern California with his wife Jane and their five-year-old daughter Sage.
Trivia random: Daughters: Sage Ariel (12 October 1999), Alcamy (b. 1987).
Citazione random: "I always wanted to be an actor, even when I was a little kid. When I used to run away from home, I'd go to movies and sit all night watching Kirk Douglas. When I was 16, I tried getting into the Actors Studio and they told me to get lost. I said 'I'll come back when I'm a man', and I came back when I was 30. I went to sea, I traveled the world ... I was waiting."
- The Burrowers (2006) .... [scrittore]
- Splinter Cell: The Movie (2006) .... [scrittore]
- Batman Begins (2005/II) (VG) .... (screenplay) [scrittore]
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005) (VG) .... [scrittore]
- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004) (VG) .... [scrittore]
- Mimic: Sentinel (2003) (V) .... (written by) [scrittore]
- Splinter Cell (2002) (VG) .... [scrittore]
- Soft for Digging (2001) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Hamlet (2000/I) .... (additional set production assistant) [misc]
- Wirey Spindell (2000) .... (office production assistant) [misc]
giovedì 16 febbraio 2006
Credevo che il curling fosse il massimo: tirare una pentola a pressione mentre due tizi sui pattini ci scopano davanti (con lo spazzolone, non fraintendete).
Non avevo visto lo skeleton: un pazzo urlante si getta nella pista del bob, steso su una barella rubata da una ambulanza, a testa in giù.
Meraviglioso. Da quanto ho capito è stato inventato sulle alpi svizzere da alcuni inglesi ubriachi. Verosimile...
domenica 12 febbraio 2006
In Devil's Child il demonio, lucido quanto Mandorlini (allenatore del Bologna calcio, ndr), fa un patto con una tizia e salva la vita a sua figlia che da bambina è vittima di un terribile incidente (forse causato dallo stesso satanasso); la figliola sopravviverà, ma non potrà avere figli.
Tutto ciò fintanto non incontra un marcantonio (the devil, again) e resta prodigiosamente incinta di un figlio che sarà satana (che però è anche il padre di se stesso).
Senza il coraggio - grazie al cielo - di emulare Rosemary's Baby, la mammina salverà la situazione con una salva di sacramenti.
Il film non sembra avere molto rispetto dell'intelligenza del demonio, e forse nanche di quella dello spettatore. Trash sì, ma patinato e con delle pretese.
Voto: 4. Trashometro® 5/10:
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Regista: Roman Polanski
Scrittore: Ira Levin, Roman Polanski
Genere: Drama, Horror
Valutazione: 7.9/10 (15335 voti) [#234 nella top250]
Durata: 136 min
- Mia Farrow .... Rosemary Woodhouse
- John Cassavetes .... Guy Woodhouse
- Ruth Gordon .... Minnie Castevet
- Sidney Blackmer .... Roman Castevet
- Maurice Evans .... Edward 'Hutch' Hutchins
- Ralph Bellamy .... Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
- Victoria Vetri .... Terry Gionoffrio (as Angela Dorian)
- Patsy Kelly .... Laura-Louise
- Elisha Cook Jr. .... Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
- Emmaline Henry .... Elise Dunstan
Rosemary and her new husband, Guy, move into a new apartment in New York, befriending an elderly couple who live near by. But when another girl in the block commits suicide, Rosemary starts getting more attention than she desires, from all the wrong people. And now with her (late) friend's warnings about witches in mind, she has a new problem - the protection of her forthcoming child. But it may not be the child that needs protection.
Trivia random: There is a popular rumor that Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey gave technical advice and portrayed Satan in the impregnation scene. This is false - LaVey had no involvement with the film.
Devil's Child, The (1997) (TV)
Regista: Bobby Roth
Scrittore: Pablo F. Fenjves, Laurence Minkoff
Genere: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Valutazione: 4.2/10 (140 voti)
Durata: Netherlands:90 min
- Kim Delaney .... Nikki DeMarco
- Colleen Flynn .... Ruby Martin
- Matthew Lillard .... Tim
- Gia Carides .... Eva
- Christopher John Fields .... Father Domenico
- Ivana Milicevic .... (as Ivana Milavich)
- Larry Holden .... Todd Gilman
- Grace Zabriskie .... Rose DeMarco
- Thomas Gibson .... Alexander Rotha
- Rachael Bella .... Young Nikki
A woman's mother makes a last-minute deal with the Devil to save her daughter's life, not realizing that her daughter's life is her stake. The daughter lives but with no chance of children. 20 years later, she mysteriously becomes pregnant after meeting a dashing stranger. Yet people are dying around her...
venerdì 10 febbraio 2006
Consapevole che un tale evento oscurerà l'apertura delle Olimpiadi Infernali®, sono lieto di presentare al mondo IMDbPY 2.4!
Lo so che avevo detto che la 2.3 era la miglior versione di sempre, ma questa è molto meglio. Giuro.
La principale novità consiste nel completo supporto unicode, in modo da potersi vantare con gli amici della propria collezione di film intimisti iraniani, con tanto di titolo in... beh quel che usano quelli là per scrivere (farsi in alfabeto arabo e/o sangue dell'infedele a seconda dell'umore, sembrerebbe )
Contiene anche qualche nuova feature (scarica info su "merchandising links" dei film ed "episodes cast" delle serie tv), una marea di correzioni di bug e miglioramenti di prestazioni (tutti azzerati dall'introduzione del supporto unicode. Ouch!)
Ho anche rilasciato nuove versioni dei programmi basati su IMDbPY da me scritti, per adeguarli al pestifero supporto unicode.
Supporto unicode che, per la cronaca, è stato molto meno doloroso da implementare di quanto non mi aspettassi. Il che significa solo che una torma di bug sta aspettando di uscire allo scoperto ora che ho rilasciato la nuova versione, onde inondarmi di ondate di unta onta.
martedì 7 febbraio 2006
I brutti film brutti, ti fanno apprezzare i bei film brutti.
In Oscure Presenze il figlio di Lloyd Bridges e il cugino di George Clooney passano un'ora e 40 a battibeccare "io ci credo!", "io non ci credo!", "io non ci credo che tu non ci credi!" riguardo ai fantasmi che infestano una casa del sud degli Stati Uniti. Se la sceneggiatura non brilla, il reparto effetti speciali invece sì che si è fatto cascare i maroni: la soggettiva dell'oscura presenza consiste in un vetro macchiato con una bomboletta spray blu posto davanti alla telecamera...
Bleargh, da evitare come la peste. Voto: 1. Trashometro® 2/10:
Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002) (TV)
Regista: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Scrittore: Phil Penningroth
Valutazione: 5.4/10 (109 voti)
Durata: 105 min
- Randy Birch .... J.T. Ginnis
- Beau Bridges .... Derek
- Richard Halliday .... Photographer
- Lori Ravensborg .... Jules Berens
- Nia Long .... Lou
- Thea Gill .... Pam
- Gabriel Olds .... Jeff
- Matthew Currie Holmes .... Nolan
- Miguel Ferrer .... Allen
- Trevor Roberts .... Arnold
Nome di battesimo: Ferrer, Miguel José
Data di nascita: 7 February 1955
Altezza: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Coniuge: Lori Weintraub::(2 September 2005 - present), Leilani Sarelle::(1991 - 2003) (divorced) 2 children
- The Man (2005) .... Agent Peters [attore]
- Halo 2 (2004) (VG) .... Heretic Leader (voice) [attore]
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004) .... Colonel Garret [attore]
- Silver City (2004) .... Cliff Castleton [attore]
- Shadow Realm (2002) (TV) .... Dr. Daniel Critchley [attore]
- Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002) (TV) .... Allen [attore]
- Sunshine State (2002) .... Lester [attore]
- ""Crossing Jordan"" (2001) .... [regista]
- L.A. Sheriff's Homicide (2000) (TV) .... Sgt. Walter Drazin [attore]
- Traffic (2000) .... Eduardo Ruiz [attore]
Quick: name another actor who appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously. This balding, spirited character actor, the son of Jose Ferrer (whom he closely resembles) and Rosemary Clooney, is quickly carving out a niche in flamboyant villainy with a sense of humor, and figures to be a notable player in the 1990s. Movie audiences first noticed him as the coke-snorting corporate baddie in RoboCop (1987), which he followed with a bit as a sinister biker in Valentino Returns (1988), and then went delightfully over the top as the scientist who flips out in Deep Star Six (1989). In 1990 he did manage a couple of relatively normal roles: as Kevin Costner's sidekick in Revenge and as a neighbor friend in The Guardian His TV hat trick consisted of a Cajun cop on "Broken Badges," a politically ambitious D.A. on "Shannon's Deal," and, his bestknown role to date, the acerbic medical examiner on "Twin Peaks" (all 1990-91). Recent films include Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Point of No Return, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Another Stakeout (all 1993), and Blank Check (1994). Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.
Trivia random: Is a long-time friend of Carrie Fisher. He helped her prepare for her Star Wars (1977) audition.
Nome di battesimo: III, Lloyd Vernet Bridges
Data di nascita: 9 December 1941
Altezza: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Coniuge: Wendy Treece Bridges::(10 April 1984 - present) 3 children, Julie Landifield::(1964 - 1984) (divorced) 1 son & 1 adopted son.
- Americanizing Shelley (2006) .... Gary Gordon [attore]
- The Good German (2006) .... Colonel Muller [attore]
- Spinning Into Butter (2006) .... Burton Strauss [attore]
- ""Into the West"" (2005) (mini) .... Stephen Hoxie [attore]
- 10.5: Apocalypse (2005) (TV) .... President Paul Hollister [attore]
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) .... Marty Rance [attore]
- I-See-You.Com (2005) .... Father [attore]
- Smile (2005/I) .... Steven [attore]
- 10.5 (2004) (TV) .... President Paul Hollister [attore]
- Debating Robert Lee (2004) .... Mr. Lee [attore]
Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his wife--who was his college sweetheart--Dorothy. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind (1939), a book they were reading at the time. His younger brother, actor Jeff Bridges, was born in 1949 and a sister, Cindy, the following year.Although only 5'10", Beau played basketball for UCLA his freshman year. The following year he transferred to the University of Hawaii, but dropped out to pursue acting and got his first major role in 1967. During his first marriage to Julie Landifield, they adopted Casey, and then had Jordan. He and his second wife, Wendy, have three children from this marriage - Dylan (b. 1985), Emily (b. 1987) and Ezekiel.Beau likes to play guitar and collects Native American percussion instruments. He also loves the ocean, including swimming and surfing. He is also active in environmental causes and handgun control.
Trivia random: Starred with father Lloyd Bridges and son Dylan in Showtime's "The Outer Limits" (1995) on 22 March 1995.
sabato 4 febbraio 2006
Eric Bana viene circonciso a tradimento; si incazza, si trasforma in Hulk (grigio, più mimetico nell'ambiente urbano) e se ne va in giro per l'Europa a spaccare un po' di palestinesi.
Ok, sono serio.
Munich è un film lungo e strano. Impeccabile sotto tutti gli aspetti tecnici (specie nella prima parte ed in generale nei momenti di azione), ma difficile da decifrare - come è giusto che sia, suppongo, dato l'argomento - nello sviluppo delle argomentazioni delle parti rappresentate. Molti, moltissimi dialoghi, quasi sempre intramezzati da parti di azione, e con una loro evoluzione complessa.
Film criticato da tutte le parti in causa ed ancor di più dai numerosissimi fan-club delle due fazioni (fan-club che si sentono da decenni in dovere di combattere battaglie per conto terzi, e continuo a pensare che questa sia una delle principali cause del protrarsi della questione... ma magari sono io che la faccio troppo semplice...) Criticato perché troppo schierato a favore dei cattivi, perché troppo poco schierato a favore dei buoni, perché cerca di stare troppo sopra (o in mezzo) le parti.
Non farà - ovvio, normale e giusto - cambiare idea a nessuno. A me pare che Spielberg offra la propria visione della questione, senza voler suggerire una via d'uscita o, al più, facendolo in maniera conscia che quanto proposto non è praticabile nel mondo reale.
Film lungo, strano e forse non particolarmente ottimista.
Considerazione a latere: la famiglia francese che aiuta tutti fa un po' troppo deus ex machina; spero sia una voluta esagerazione...
Lezione imparata (ma si sapeva già): nei primi anni '70 a Beirut sì che sapevano come ci si diverte...
Regista: Steven Spielberg
Scrittore: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
Genere: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Valutazione: 7.8/10 (10101 voti)
Durata: 164 min
Lingua: Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, English
- Eric Bana .... Avner
- Daniel Craig .... Steve
- Ciarán Hinds .... Carl
- Mathieu Kassovitz .... Robert
- Hanns Zischler .... Hans
- Ayelet Zorer .... Daphna (as Ayelet Zurer)
- Geoffrey Rush .... Ephraim
- Gila Almagor .... Avner's Mother
- Michael Lonsdale .... Papa
- Mathieu Amalric .... Louis
In the wake of 1972 Munich Olympic tragedy, the Mossad retaliates by deploying a team of agents(led by Avner(Bana)) in Europe to assassinate Palestinian terrorist leaders suspected of planning the attack, which left eleven Israeli athletes dead.
Trivia random: Director Trademark: [Steven Spielberg] [father] Avner's father is in jail, Avner himself is away from his wife and newborn child during the first year or so of her life.
Nome di battesimo: Banadinovich, Eric
Data di nascita: 9 August 1968
Altezza: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Coniuge: Rebecca Gleeson::(1997 - present) 2 children
- Lucky You (2006) .... Huck Cheever [attore]
- Romulus, My Father (2006) .... [attore]
- Munich (2005) .... Avner [attore]
- Troy (2004) .... Hector [attore]
- Finding Nemo (2003) .... Anchor (voice) [attore]
- Hulk (2003) .... Bruce Banner [attore]
- Hulk (2003/II) (VG) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- The Nugget (2002) .... Lotto [attore]
- Black Hawk Down (2001) .... Sfc. Norm 'Hoot' Gibson [attore]
- ""Something in the Air"" (2000) .... Joe Sabatini (2000-2001) [attore]
Upon graduating from high school, he studied classical acting in Sydney as well as classical text where he began to perform in several Shakespearian plays. Soon after, under the advice of one of his drama teachers, he auditioned and was accepted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.
Trivia random: Underwent weight and fight-training for his role as Hector in Troy (2004).
Citazione random: "When I shoot I'll take my family with me - one movie a year and then the rest of the time at home."
Spielberg, Steven (I)
Nome di battesimo: Spielberg, Steven Allan
Data di nascita: 18 December 1946
Altezza: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Coniuge: Kate Capshaw::(12 October 1991 - present) 5 children, Amy Irving::(27 November 1985 - 2 February 1989) (divorced) 1 child
- ""Nine Lives"" (2007) (mini) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Indiana Jones 4 (2007) .... [regista]
- Untitled Steven Spielberg/Abraham Lincoln Project (2007) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Untitled Transformers Film (2007) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Untitled Ukrainian Holocaust Project (2007) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- ""The Pacific War"" (2006) (mini) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Horrors of War (2006) (V) .... (thanks) [misc]
- Jurassic Park IV (2006) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Monster House (2006) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
Without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big grossing critically acclaimed credits to his name, both as producer, director and writer. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to Long Beach University, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western "Wagon Train" (1957). Among his early directing efforts were _Battle Squad (1961)_ , which combined World War Two Footage with footage of an airplane that is on the ground he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured kids as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would be foretelling to his future career in movies. In 1964 he directed Firelight (1964), a movie about aliens invading a small town. In 1967 he directed the movie Slipstream (1967), which was unfinished. But in 1968 he directed the movie Amblin' (1968), which featured the desert prominently, and not the first Spielberg movie the desert would be so prominent in. Amblin would also become the production company he would produce many films with, including the classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Spielberg had a unique and classic early directing project, Duel (1971/I) (TV), with Dennis Weaver. The film is considered a unique classic that still baffles some. In the early 1970s Spielberg was working on TV, in Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (1970), "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969) and Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) (TV), to name a few. All of his work in television and short films, as well as his directing projects were just the beginning of the gathering storm of talent that would become the Spielberg that made the brilliant films he would later become known for internationally. As an undoubted rising star, his major directorial effort was The Sugarland Express (1974), with Goldie Hawn. It was his next directorial effort that made Spielberg an international superstar among directors: Jaws (1975). This classic shark attack tale started the tradition of the summer blockbuster, or at least he was credited with starting the tradition. His next effort was the classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), a unique and very original UFO story that remains a cult classic. In 1978 Spielberg produced his first film, the forgettable I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), and followed his first effort with _Used Cars (1980)_ , a critically acclaimed, but mostly forgotten Kurt Russell\Jack Warden comedy. Spielberg hit gold again directing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), with Harrison Ford taking the part of Indiana Jones. Spielberg produced and directed two films in 1982. The first one was Poltergeist (1982), but the highest grossing movie of all time up to that point was the alien story, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Spielberg also made money a major part of the film industry, or at least a bigger part of the industry than it was before. He was the first producer to use product placement in his films, with the infamous placement of Rieces Pieces in "E.T." Spielberg was also one of the pioneers of the big grossing special effects movies, like "E.T.," and "Close Encounters," where a very strong emphasis on special effects was placed for the first time on such a large scale. In 1984 Spielberg followed up "Raiders" with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), which was a commercial success but critically did not live up to its predecessor. As a producer Spielberg took on many projects in the 1980s, such as the silly The Goonies (1985), and was the brains behind the little monsters in Gremlins (1984). Spielberg also produced the cartoon An American Tail (1986), a quaint little animated classic. But his biggest effort as producer in 1985 was the blockbuster Back to the Future (1985), which made Michael J. Fox an instant superstar. As director, Spielberg took on the book The Color Purple (1985), with Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, with great success. In the latter half of the 1980s he also directed Empire of the Sun (1987), which was a mixed success for the occasionally erratic Spielberg. But success would not escape him for long. The late eighties found Spielberg's projects at the center of pop culture yet again. In 1988 he produced the landmark animation\live action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). But 1989 proved to be another big year for Spielberg, as he produced and directed Always (1989), as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Back to the Future Part II (1989). All three of the movies were box office and critical successes. Also in 1989 Steven Spielberg produced the little known comedy drama Dad (1989), with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson, which gave mostly mixed results. Spielberg has also had an affinity for animation and has been a strong voice in animation in the nineties. Aside from producing the landmark Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Steven Spielberg produced the TV show "Tiny Toon Adventures" (1990), "Animaniacs" (1993), "Pinky and the Brain" (1995), "Freakazoid!" (1995), "Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain" (1998), _"Family Dog" (1993)_ , and "Toonsylvania" (1998). Spielberg also produced other cartoons such as The Land Before Time (1988) , We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), _Casper (1995)_ (the live action version) as well as the live action version of _Flintstones, The (1994) , where Steven Spielberg was credited as "Steven Spielrock." Spielberg also produced many Roger Rabbit seperate cartoons, and many Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs and Tiny Toons specials. Spielberg was very active in the early nineties, as he directed Hook (1991), and produced such films as the cute fantasy Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991). He also produced the unusual comedy thriller Arachnophobia (1990), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). While the movies were big successes in their own right, they did not quite bring in the box office or appeal as previous efforts. In 1993 Spielberg directed Jurassic Park (1993) which would go on to be the highest grossing movie of all time, for a short time. While the movie was a top grosser at the box office, the movie did not have the universal appeal of his previous efforts. But big box office spectacles were not his only line of business. He produced and directed Schindler's List (1993), a stirring film about the Holocaust. He won best director at the Oscars, and also got Best Picture. In the mid-nineties Spielberg founded the production company Dreamworks, responsible for many box office successes in the nineties and the new century. Spielberg as a producer was very active in the late nineties spearheading such films as The Mask of Zorro (1998), Men in Black (1997), and Deep Impact (1998). But on the directing front Spielberg was in top form in the late nineties. Spielberg directed and produced the epic, Amistad (1997), a spectacular film that was shorted at the Oscars and in release due to the fact that its release date was moved around so much in late 1997. But 1998 found one of Spielberg's best films in years come to the theaters: Saving Private Ryan (1998). This movie was an almost perfect film about World War Two that is spectacular in almost every respect. The movie was stiffed at the Oscars, losing best picture to Shakespeare in Love (1998). In the nineties Spielberg produced a series of films, including Evolution (2001), The Haunting (1999), and Shrek (2001). Spielberg also produced two sequels to Jurassic Park (1993) which met with big box office but an increasingly critical crowd of movie-goers. In 2001 he produced the mini-series about World War Two entitled "Band of Brothers" (2001) (mini). Also in that year, Spielberg was back in the director's chair for Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), a movie with a message and a huge budget. The movie did reasonably at the box office and received mixed signals from critics. As of right now Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Tom Cruise for the expected box office hit Minority Report (2002). While the movie is showing off good special effects and a stellar pairing of two titans of the silver screen the critics have not all been too friendly. Perhaps this is a further sign that Spielberg's days of big box office are on the decline. As well as producing Men in Black II (2002), Spielberg's next two projects are producing and directing Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, and _Indiana Jones 4 (2006)_ . While Spielberg has proven a brilliant filmmaker in the past his latest efforts have been mixed, but only the future will tell how he is looked upon as a presence in film. And while Spielberg has been extremely active in films there are many other things he has done as well. Spielberg produced the short lived TV series "SeaQuest DSV" (1993), an anthology series entitled "Amazing Stories" (1985), created the video game series Medal of Honor set during World War Two, and was a starting producer of "ER" (1994). Spielberg, if you haven't noticed, has a great interest in World War Two. Recently he produced the mini series "Band of Brothers" (2001) (mini), which was based on true events of a rifle company that parachuted into France. Him and Tom Hanks collaborated on Shooting War (2000) (TV) , about World War Two combat footage, and produced a documentary about the Holocaust called A Holocaust szemei (2000). With all if this to Spielberg's credit, it is no wonder that he is looked at as one of the greatest ever figures in entertainment. Spielberg is a great filmmaker without a doubt, and it does not seem he is anywhere near done making films, and with all of the money he has he probably could do anything he wanted to. And recently Spielberg graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in filmmaking. His possibilities are still limitless.
Trivia random: Son of Arnold Spielberg.
Citazione random: [on winning the Best Director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan (1998)]: "Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?"