December 20, 1998 |
When John Boorman stood up at the Cannes Film Festival in May to accept his best director prize for "The General," a fact-based gangster film, not everybody was applauding. Some citizens of the British filmmaker's adopted homeland of Ireland were downright irate. Like "The Godfather" and almost every other powerful crime film you can think of, this one has been slammed for romanticizing a violent thug.
December 3, 1992 |
"Zardoz" (1974), directed by John Boorman. 105 minutes. Rated R. For wild science fiction fans, this is a trippy examination of what happens when intellect overpowers humanity and humans taste immortality. For the less philosophical, it's a unique chance to see a bare-chested Sean Connery run around as a gun-toting savage with a ponytail.
January 19, 2013 |
Donald E. Westlake's greatest literary creation, Parker, was first played on-screen by Lee Marvin in "Point Blank" (1967). Marvin's collaboration with first-time feature director John Boorman was wonderfully fertile, giving birth to some indelible cinematic moments. Boorman encouraged Marvin to remain so silent, to suppress his intentions so deeply, that costar Angie Dickinson became totally frustrated in their scenes. Finally, Boorman encouraged Dickinson to unleash her anger by physically attacking Marvin.
April 3, 1988 |
Oscar-nominated film maker John Boorman (for "Hope and Glory") tells us he and another nominee--actor Marcello Mastroianni (for "Dark Eyes")--may soon be "swinging" into action on a new film. The two men, who worked together on 1970's "Leo the Last," dined in Rome recently, where the actor suggested an ideal subject for collaboration--Tarzan. Boorman said Mastroianni would play the king of the apes in his 60s and no longer quite the dashing figure he once was. "I like the idea," said Boorman.
October 22, 1992 |
With a cheesy title such as "Zardoz" and an opening monologue by a floating, disembodied head sporting an Egyptian headdress and a penciled-on mustache, it is easy to understand why John Boorman's 1974 fantasy film might grow dusty on video store shelves. But for fans of wild science fiction, the film is a trippy examination of what happens when intellect overpowers humanity and humans taste immortality.