I’ve had a weird relationship with Scorcese films over the years. Most of the films that most people tout as his classics (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver) I absolutely hate. Cannot stand them. To me, they’re boring exercises in vulgarity for vulgarity’s sake. It’s pretty much the way I feel about early Tarantino, as well. Then something weird happened. I started liking Scorcese films. They were getting closer and closer to the mark and then in 2011, he directed Shutter Island and Hugo, which were two of the best films of the year (the latter WAS the best film of the year). Since then I’ve been anticipating his films rather than dreading them and thinking maybe I should go back and give the more recent ones (The Departed, for example) another shot. Continue reading Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
OK. Let’s get this out-of-the-way. The Lone Ranger is not the worst movie of 2013. It had the good fortune to occur in the same calendar year as You’re Next. Short of someone shooting a three-hour nature study of horse apples, You’re Next is secure in being the worst motion picture of 2013 (and quite possibly the decade). However, if you would like to see an iconic American hero dragged through a pile of horse apples (unfortunately not a metaphor), then Gore Verbinski has delivered the definitive version of The Lone Ranger. Continue reading Movie Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)
This is a bit of a series we’re doing based on a simple fact of Oscar logic: people don’t usually win their Oscars for the movie they should have. A few weeks back we looked at the Best Actors; today we’ll look at Best Actresses who picked up the little gold guy for the wrong film. Continue reading Top 5: Actresses Who Won Best Actress For the Wrong Movie
It is with a heavy heart that I pass on that the world has lost its greatest living actor. Peter O’Toole is gone. Nominated eight times for Best Actor, Peter O’Toole will rank with Alfred Hitchcock as the most illustrious members of the profession to never be honored with an Oscar. He was given an honorary one in 2003, which he nearly turned down because he, “still wanted to win the bugger outright.” He should have. It’s unfortunate that Lawrence of Arabia and To Kill a Mockingbird were both released the same year, because neither got the full showering of awards they deserved. My second favorite performance of his is The Lion in Winter……to be honest, I’m a little heartbroken by this news and I don’t tend to get upset over celebrity deaths. I’ll let the obit from USA Today take over.
Peter O’Toole, the iconic star of Lawrence of Arabiawho became one of Hollywood’s early rebels, died Saturday in a London hospital following a long illness.
O’Toole, 81, was nominated for eight best-acting Oscars, a record, for films that include 1962’sArabia, The Lion in Winter (1968) and Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969).
Most recently, he earned an Academy Awardnomination for Venus, a drama about veteran actors whose lives are upended when they meet a teenager. O’Toole won an honorary Oscar in 2003 for his body of work, which would include more than 90 films and TV shows.
O’Toole’s family is overwhelmed “by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed toward him, and to us, during this unhappy time,” his daughter Kate said in a statement. “There will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished.”
Born Peter Seamus O’Toole in Ireland, O’Toole originally wanted to be a newspaper reporter, and one of his first jobs was as a copy boy. But after a stint as a radioman in the Royal Navy for two years, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and got the acting bug. While he had dabbled in theater since he was 17, O’Toole turned his attention to film, earning small roles in movies around 1960.
He shot to stardom in 1962, when director David Lean chose him to play T.E. Lawrence in Arabia, and earned a reputation as a hard-drinking Hollywood hell-raiser, a reputation he seemed to enjoy. A diehard rugby and Shakespeare fan (he once confessed to knowing all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets by heart), he was offered a knighthood in 1987, but turned it down, citing personal and political reasons.
O’Toole was tall, fair and strikingly handsome, and the image of his bright blue eyes peering out of an Arab headdress in the spectacularly photographed desert epic Arabia was unforgettable.
Playwright Noel Coward once said that if O’Toole had been any prettier, they would have had to call the movie Florence of Arabia.
In 1964’s Becket, O’Toole played King Henry II to Richard Burton’s Thomas Becket, and won another Oscar nomination. Burton shared O’Toole’s fondness for drinking, and their off-set carousing made headlines.
O’Toole played Henry again in 1968 in The Lion in Winter, opposite Katharine Hepburn, for his third Oscar nomination.
Four more nominations followed: in 1968 for Goodbye, Mr. Chips, in 1971 for The Ruling Class, in 1980 for The Stunt Man, and in 1982 for My Favorite Year. It was almost a quarter-century before he received his eighth and last, for Venus.
Stomach cancer nearly ended his life in the 1970s, before a triumphant return for Oscar-nominated turns in 1980’s The Stunt Man and 1982’s My Favorite Year.
O’Toole announced last year that he was giving up acting, saying: “I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.” His last film is Katherine of Alexandria, in which he plays Cornelius Gallus, a palace orator. The film is scheduled for release in 2014.
He is survived by his two daughters, Pat and Kate O’Toole, from his marriage to actress Siân Phillips, and his son, Lorcan O’Toole, by Karen Brown.
- Peter O’Toole dead at 81 (buzzhub.wordpress.com)
- ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ Star Peter O’Toole Dies At 81 (businessinsider.com)
- Actor Peter O’Toole dies aged 81 (bbc.co.uk)
Kon Tiki is a film I will admit I checked out pretty much solely because its directors (and don’t think I didn’t cut and paste this), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, have been tapped by Disney to helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). After seeing Kon Tiki, I’m excited for that film. If they can get a script, the prospect of seeing what these gentlemen can do with the franchise is something to anticipate. Continue reading Movie Review: Kon Tiki (2012)