No filmmaker besides Martin Scorsese, probably, uses music so well as Cameron Crowe does throughout his career. That’s probably why Almost Famous rang so true when it opened and rings true today. It wasn’t only a film about criticism, journalism and coming-of-age, it was a film about rock and roll. Now he’s taken his love of both music and film and put together a list. He tries to stay at ten but can’t help it and goes to twenty.
I’m going to add a few of mine (some already tweeted) after his. He starts by saying “The first thing to remember about any top ten list is that it is not to be trusted. A top ten list is almost invariably subject to the whims of the day. You could be feeling sentimental or melancholy, and suddenly your top ten is a weepy diary of your feelings on the unfortunate day you made the list.”
Counting backwards, the first few:
10. “Where Is My Mind” (The Pixies)
Fight Club (1999)
Some say the lyrics of a song should never comment on the scene. This is not one of those times. The world crumbles, and of course, David Fincher knows the precise song to turn out the lights to.
Kris Tapley at In Contention & Hitfix lists his picks for the top 10 film debuts of all time.
With “The Tree of Life” on DVD and Blu-ray and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” opening in limited release on Friday, it seemed a good time to take stock of the best debut performances the cinema has to offer. Hunter McCracken in the former and Elizabeth Olsen in the latter offer up award-worthy work, stunning in their capacity to inhabit their characters and seek out the truth therein.
The research on this one was taxing, and I don’t mind telling you, this list might be different on another day. It’s tough to settle on 10 when there are so many sterling debuts to choose from. And believe me, if your favorite isn’t on here, I’m sure I considered him or her.
We’ll port 6-10 over here, and link you the rest of his gallery.
10. Tatum O’Neal, “Paper Moon” (1973)
9. Edward Norton, “Primal Fear” (1996)
8. Marlee Matlin, “Children of a Lesser God” (1986)
7. Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit” (2010)
6. Brad Dourif, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)
Aside from Orson Welles, Kris doesn’t reach back in history earlier than 1973, so I’ll name 10 debuts, all actresses, from earlier years, after the cut.
Look what a thing of beauty was delivered to Sasha’s house this morning. If you wish you could be so lucky, maybe you can be. Our wicked friends at Mouth Taped Shut sent some extras. Sasha will award TWO of these limited edition treasures in a lottery drawn from readers’ responses in the comments. To qualify, just write a paragraph or two about the visual impact of film. Check out the details of the essay question and two more photos after the cut.
Cinema Audio Society adds Scoring Mixers to the CAS Awards Mix
Los Angeles—The Cinema Audio Society, opened the submissions process on October 17 for the CAS Awards with a big change this year—Scoring Mixers will be added to the mix in three categories: Motion Pictures, Television Movie or Mini-Series and DVD Original Programming.
In making this change, CAS President David E. Fluhr, CAS had this to say, “I am delighted that the CAS Board is beginning the expansion of our nominee base this year, starting with Scoring Mixers in three of our categories. Recognizing all mixers who contribute to an outstanding achievement in sound mixing is a long time goal of the CAS, and we will continue moving forward.
As Tintin brings mo-cap ever closer to flesh and blood, two new posters for Sherlock Holmes:
Video Game of Shadows takes things in the opposite direction. (See them larger after the cut.) The artwork is pretty. I like it. But we don’t need reminders that Sherlock’s new adventures are entirely computer generated.
Ladies and ladies, we’ve hit the top six! And as Darienne Lake would say, “Any little slip can take you out of this game.” Which is why girlfriend was throwing banana peels everywhere. For this week’s mini-challenge, RuPaul asked the queens to cover their bodies in paint to create a “Twerk of Art” inspired by marriage equality. These ladies, grinded, twerked and humped their canvases. (Do these mini challenges actually mean anything anymore? Did they ever? The only thing that it did ...
I’ve just about had it with the internet. I used to think, wow it’s so great that there are so many young strong voices protesting things that matter. I used to think that the youth’s collective outrage over things like sexual assault and racism was a good thing. But what it has turned into, what it is in danger of becoming is about as helpful to the collective well being of people overall that driving a hybrid SUV does for the economy. You see, this outrage at Stephen Colbert,...
Right? I mean, right? That was the year to beat all others. We try to go there and talk about the individual films probably spending the most amount of time on Brokeback but 2005 overall turned out to be a great year for film with History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line all just missing Best Picture, though they might have gotten in if there were more than five. Have a listen! ...
Million Dollar Baby takes down Sideways and The Aviator. Probably the only film that really resonates from this year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which just gets better with each viewing, as does Sideways. Okay, fine, so do the Aviator and Million Dollar Baby. Ultimately it was not the best year for film but not bad overall. Have a listen....