September 9, 1996 |
The American Cinematheque at Raleigh Studios presents "3-Card Monte: The Films of Monte Hellman," a most welcome in-person tribute-retrospective of one of America's most resolute filmmakers, a spinner of existential, often allegorical tales and most recently, the executive producer of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs." The Hellman retrospective, which will be presented the next two weekends, commences Friday at 7 p.m.
June 25, 1989
Two-Lane Blacktop (Channel 5 Tuesday at 3:30 a.m.): Monte Hellman's intriguing piece of existentialist Americana, with James Taylor, Warren Oates and Dennis Wilson. The Naked Kiss (Channel 7 Wednesday at 1 a.m.): Sam Fuller B classic with Constance Towers as a bald hooker. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) (Channel 11 Thursday at 1 a.m.): The great anti-war early talkie classic from the Erich Maria Remarque novel. Bound for Glory (Channel 13 Thursday at 11:30 a.m.)
September 13, 2010 |
What would a film festival be without some juicy controversy? According to this dispatch from the Hollywood Reporter, the Italian press has been in an uproar after it learned that some of the Venice Film Festival's biggest prizes went to filmmakers with longstanding ties to jury president Quentin Tarantino. Sofia Coppola, who is close with Tarantino (the Reporter piece describes her as his former girlfriend), won the Golden Lion, the festival's top prize, for her new film, "Somewhere. " The Silver Lion for best director went to Alex de la Iglesia, another close Tarantino pal, whose new film, "Balada Triste de Trompeta," debuted at the festival.
November 16, 2006 |
DIRECTOR Monte Hellman isn't a household name, but he's definitely a cult figure in Hollywood circles for his stark, offbeat films inhabited by drifters, whether they are drag racers, mute cockfighters or disillusioned soldiers. The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre pays tribute to the iconoclastic director with a three-night festival -- and Hellman will appear each evening between films.
March 26, 2009 |
Many a great film director is tethered artistically to a trusted actor: John Ford had the Duke, Fellini had Mastroianni and Scorsese had De Niro. For Sam Peckinpah, the volatile maverick who reinvented the western as a hyperviolent, nihilistic landscape of losers, loners and lunatics, such a muse was a grizzled, world-weary and powerful character actor named Warren Oates. Any aficionado of New Hollywood cinema readily recognizes Oates' squinted eyes, crooked sneer and rustic cadence.
November 3, 1999 |
"Two-Lane Blacktop" fans: Start your engines. Monte Hellman's legendary 1971 road movie is available for the first time on videocassette and DVD. It has been a long road for the film that before its release was hailed by Esquire magazine as "movie of the year." A subsequent box office disappointment, "Two-Lane Blacktop" languished in the Universal Studios vaults, its video release stymied in part by entanglements over music rights.