Being the former drummer for my all-time favorite band, I owe at least some debt to Ringo Starr — which is to say that everything he does, though frequently middling, gets some passing attention. Yet I might have zero choice but to give note to this next project, since Deadline reports that he and Dave A. Stewart (he of ’80s synth-rock group Eurythmics) just pitched their own musical, Hole in the Fence, to Paramount, which the studio has duly picked up and set David Harris to write; it’s indicated the two will also create the soundtrack.
Right now, we know their basic revolves around “a group of kids who form a band to escape their depressing mining town,” and who, somehow, use the immense power of their rocking music to express all that pent-up angst. Although this initial logline leads me to think there won’t be much in the way of original content here, I’m always game for a fun, well-composed musical — and I’d say Starr‘s already proven he can make a good song or two when on-point. (I also like a couple of Eurythmics tunes, for whatever that’s worth.)
Is this a proper duo to have working on a musical?
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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