joi, 7 iulie 2022

RIP James Caan

Sad news just after the 50th anniversary of The Godfather and the mini-series of the making of the film, The Offer (on Paramount+), last time when I caught a glimpse of James Caan. as Sony Corleone (the character). It wa salso his only Oscar nomination !!! (supporting role, together with Pacino and Duvall). James Caan died on July 6th, age 82. 

He came to attention as a sidekick to The Duke in El Dorado (1966, Howard Hawks), as Mississippi.  Francis Coppola cast him on The Rain People (1969), which got him to Sonny in The Godfather. He worked again with Coppola in the uderrated Gardens of Stone (1987).

He was a superstar of the 70's, one of the greats, a heavyweight. Though his best part for me is in 1981 with Michael Mann/s directorial debut on the big screen, Thief, magnificent film, neon noir, an inspiration on Nicolas W.Refn's Drive, with  a beautiful score by Tangerine Dream. 

Another brilliant part came in 1990 in Rob Reiner's Misery, based on the Stephen King novel. 

He was at the best in Rollerball (Norman Jewison) and The Killer Elite (Sam Peckinpah) both in 1975.

And before that in The Gambler (1974, Karel Reisz, written by James Toback from his autobiographic experienes), a risky role he took after the stardom rift from Godfather. He followed that with Slither, Cinderella Liberty, Freebie and the Bean. 

Other parts I liked him in: Alien Nation, Dogville, Bottle Rocket, City of Ghosts, The Yards, The Way of The Gun. He was a great (old) Philip Marlowe in the HBO film Poodle Springs (Bob Rafelson, 1998). 

Obit and career retrospective in Hollywood Reporter here.

My acting technique is to look up at God just before the camera rolls and say, 'Give me a break.'

                                                                      James Caan (1940-2022)

sâmbătă, 11 iunie 2022

 R.M.N. , noul film al lui Cristian Mungiu a fost la Cannes si acum e in cinematografele romanesti! 

Go and see!

impresiile mele (de la premiera) pentru revista Golan aici


joi, 26 mai 2022

RIP Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta was just 67 and ona good run/comeback trail. Last time i saw him in The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel to Sopranos. Also last year I saw again Goodfellas, a masterpiece, and his breakthrough role as Henry Hill.  He died in his sleep, in the Dominican republic, while shootomg a film there. RIP....

joi, 19 mai 2022

RIP Vangelis

Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire (got the Oscar for that, my dad favorurite soundtrack), 1492-Conquest of Paradise, Alexander...

Aphrodite's Child...

Vangelis Pappathanasiou was 79. RIP. Tears in the Rain...

my favourite album of his, with Yes' Jon Anderson, The Friends f Mr. Cairo (1981)

luni, 16 mai 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Are you happy? este întrebarea-cheie a noului Doctor Strange, care e mult peste primul film, care era povestea originii personajului. Poate că cei din film nu sunt happy, dar spectatorii au de ce să fie!

Restul cronicii la filmul-comeback al lui San Raimi si al lui Strange/Cumberbatch in revista Golan aici


sâmbătă, 14 mai 2022

RIP Fred Ward

Fred Ward. Great American Character Actor. He was Henry Miller in Henry and June, the first NC 17 film in American theaters. He was in The Player, Short Cuts, The Right Stuff, Remo Williams (The Adventure Begins, the title role, absolutely great, forgotten gem!), Miami Blues, Tremors and a ton other films. He had a face, a voice and an attitude, fit for misfits and anti-heroes, tough guys and bad guys, film noir and indie films. Last time I saw him in True Detective (season 2). He died on May 8th 2022. He was 79. 

Indiewire obituary here...

luni, 9 mai 2022

The Offer (2022)

50 years ago The Godfather was in cinemas after a long fight and a trpubled pre)  production.
Now Paramont+ made The Offer, a series about the making of the film, focusing on Albert Ruddy (Miles Teller), the producer in charge, Robert Evans (the chief of the studio, played wonderfully by Matthew Goode), Francis Coppola Dan Fogler) and Mario Puzo (Patrick Gallo), the author of the original book. It is a fascinating ride, in details (10 episodes, longer than the whole Godgather Saga:)), about the involvment of the Mob, Giovanni Ribisi is a mean Joe Colombo, the Gulf+Western factor, inside stories and of course, dramatic licences. Grand hyper Charles Bludhorn (the G+W fuhrer) is played with panache by Burn Gorman and his lapdog Barry Lepidus is a stonefaced Colin Hanks. Josh Zuckerman is Petyer Bart, 1st hand of Evens, later the chief editor of Variety trade. Juno Temple (llooking great, though I doubt her charcater wa sso influential in the real story), she reminded me a lot of Rosanna Arquette. Nora Arezender is Francoise Glazer, la boss de Chateau Marmont, and Al Ruddy's high maintenace mistress. 
Created by Michael Tolkien, the emerite author of The Player, with Leslie Greif.
`Leave the guns, take a canolli`

vineri, 6 mai 2022

Gopo XVI

 Am fost la Gala Gopo marti. A saisprezecea (16). Pentru mine nr.13, dar nu fu cu ghinion (pentru mine, again:)

Am scris articolul meu pentru revista Golan aici. Ziua cea mai lunga. Dca cititi vedeti si de ce.

Ma bucur tare ca Bogdan Farcas a luat premiul pentru cel mai bun actor pentru Neidentificat (aussi premiul de scenariu), e filmul meu romanesc preferat de anul trecut.  Cronica mea aici.

Despre Gala de anul trecut, numarul XV (15) am scris aici.

sâmbătă, 30 aprilie 2022

Petrov's Flu/Petrovy v grippe (2021)

Russian mindfuck at its best, vazut in cinema (rara avis) si scris un text pentru revista Golan despre Petrovy v grippe, filmul lui Kiril Serebrennikov, in selectia oficiala anul trecut la Cannes.

link aici sau

joi, 28 aprilie 2022

RIP Klaus Schulze

 nicht mehr Klaus....Klaus Schulze ist tod. 74 jahre alt :( RIP...

... ca tocmai scrisesem de Tangerine Dream al carui membru original a fost (Electronic Meditation). Fondator al scolii de muzica electronica berlineze alaturi de Edgar Froese (m.2015, pe care l-am vazut in 2009 alaturi de Tangerine Dream la Spandau Zitadelle!), krautrock, koscmiche musik, trance. 

 A cintat si alaturi de Ash Ra Temple si Cosmic Jokers iar solo are peste 60 de albume (Moondawn, Timewind, Mirage, so on and so forth, seria Dark Side of the Moog).

Si recent de Dune, despre care a facut un album iar Hans Zimmer i-a luat o piesa in noua versiune de soundtrack (Frank Herbert). Iar piesa ”Grains of Sand” e acelasi sound. Schulze a scos în 1979 un album conceptual despre Dune, intitulat chiar ”Dune”! Ultimul sau album, Deus Arrakis (also Herbert/Dune inspired) va aparea postum, pe 10 iunie 2022.

miercuri, 27 aprilie 2022

Firestarter by John Carpenter et all (SOTD)

The new Firestarter is out on May 14th. While the movie is surely shite and who needed it?) the soundtrack, at least the end titles are by maestro John Carpenter, his son Cody and Daniel Davis.

The piece reminds me of Mike Oldfield s Tubullar Belles, that worked in The Exorcist so well, plus some mean guitaring at the end. 

Remember, the 1984 film had music by Tangerine Dream?  But it was a lamer, synth sound. 

Firestarter is based by the novel with the same title by Stephen King.

vineri, 8 aprilie 2022

Tokyo Vice (2022)

A day and an episode delay from the US and other territories, here comes (in Romania's HBOMAX) the Michael Mann produced (and first episode directed by him, his first directing effort since Blackhat-2015 !)  TOKYO VICE, based on the memoir of the true crime American reporter Jake Adelstein in Japan's 2000.  Created by J.T. Rogers, 8 episodes for the 1st season, a difficult and costful project that started as a feature film in 2013 with Daniel Radcliffe attached, and then became a orderseries for WB in 2018. Enter Michael Mann in 2019, and filming started in Tokyo pn March 5th 2020 being shot down due to Covid 19 just two weeks later. Production was halted three times!!!

Adelstein is portrayed by Ansel Elgort of Baby Driver's fame, more than Divergent and Insurgent, and recently in the West Side Story remake. Featuring Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Rachel Keller from the Fargo series, plus a strong Japanese supporting cast. Pulsing score by Danny Bensi & Saunder Juriaans (Fear of the Walking Dead, Ozark, Windfall). Virtuoso cinematography by Diego Garcia (Too Old to Die Young, Nimic).

Reminds more more of Black Rain than of Miami Vice :)  The neon jungle and Japan's strange atmosphere (for a gaijin ;) was a first sight in Ridley Scott's underatted classic. Watanabe reminds me of Ken Takatura and Rachel Keller of Kate Capshaw's character. Here solo baseball, there solo golf (all at night), motorbikes in both. 

Kishi Kaisei!!!

miercuri, 30 martie 2022

RIP Taylor Hawkins

 I am not a Foo Fighters fan tho i respect Dave Grohl. 

But I became a fan of Taylor Hawkins in the wake of his absurd death. He was just one month over 50, he was on tour, he just played Lolapalozza in Columbia, in Bogota and was supposed to have a next gig in Sao Paolo.  The amount of substance found in his body system is even more absurd :(

Saw the FF's last gig and it's heartbreaking. Listened and watched and read all the mesagges from the music world, all saying what a great guy (and drummer) he was and all missing him and his spirit. 

Bring me Somebody to Love indeed..

And now I just saw Studio 666, the Fighters horror spoof film, their secter project during the pandemic. Uncanny to see Taylor H. there...

miercuri, 16 martie 2022

RIP William Hurt

 an so it goes. Body Heat,Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News, etc etc

Best actor Oscar for The Kiss of the Spider Woman, (1985)

Wenders, Until the End of the World,  Cronenberg, A history of Violence (another Oscar nom)

but dont forget his role in Ken Russel's Altered Stated was his 1st lead, and what a risky one..

Then he was The Accidental Tourist...

William Hurt was just a week shy of being 72. 

a great actor (i don't wanna mention Marvel here) and a troubled soul :(

last time I saw him in the Goliath series, great part!

marți, 15 februarie 2022

Nominalizarile la Oscar 2022

 Multe filme bune la Oscar 94! 

am scris despre ele, despre cine cred eu ca sa cistige (si nu cine merita sa cistige) pentru Golan aici.

sau aici.

The Power of The Dog conduce cu 12 nominalizari. Campion o sa ia. Cumberbatch nu se stie ca e Will Smith cu King Richard. Dune are 10 nominalizari. O sa ia Hans Zimmer ? The Lost Daughter-ar merita Olivia Colman inca un Oscar, poate ia Jessie Buckley...Dan Lautsen la imagine pentru Nightmare Alley? Noul Macbeth? c'mon....Drive My Car la film strain. Sper ca la piesa anului sa ia Billie Ellish pentru No Time To Die. 

Topul meu de filme pe 2021 aici.

Toate nominalizarile aici

Premiile se dau pe 27 martie 2022 la Los Angeles. Sa vedem unde le si vedem...

luni, 14 februarie 2022

RIP Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman has gone into the Ghostbusters Afterlife....he was supposed to do the sequel to Twins, entitled Triplets :)  

Born in Slovakia, naturalised in Canada. His early stuff tho : Metaballs,Stripes, was fun.Put Schwarzenneger into comedic mode (Junior, Twins, Kindergarten Cop). But he raised to global fame with Ghosbusters (1984) and the GHB franchise. (@who you gonna call?). His son, Jason Reitman, directed (and co-wrote) the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife...

and Legal Eagles (talking about Sidney Poitier....)

vineri, 21 ianuarie 2022

RIP Meat Loaf

 Bat Out of Hell..?

Marvin Lee Ady, better known as Meat Loaf died today at74 of Covid.

Rocky Horror Picture Show,


Saturday Night Live on the Wayne'sWorldsketch andmovie

Fight Club -¬His name is Robert Paulson¬ 

he was even in Bucharest shooting a scene for the infamous Bloodrayne

never saw him live but then, I grew to like him in the last 10 years, not before tho.

That I’m overblown, pompous, melodramatic, self-indulgent. I’ve heard it a million times. And the first person to describe me like that was me. It’s supposed to be overblown. The entire history of rock’n’roll is a comedy … Rock’n’roll was never meant to answer the questions of the universe. It’s a laugh. I’m a laugh. So laugh at me if you like. I have no problem with that.”                                 Marvin Lee Ady/Meat Loaf

Dead Ringer 

Objects in the Mirror are Closer than They Appaear

Life is a Lemon

Paradise by the Dashboard

....but I won't do that....

last year his lyricist and producer, Jim Steinman died. Together they were fearless.And they Rocked. 

Obit andBio in The Guardian Here 

luni, 17 ianuarie 2022

Top filme 2021 (& seriale & documentare)


Top filme 2021 (still work in progress...)

***Am văzut 375 de filme (inclusiv seriale, scurtmetraje, documentare, fime revăzute), mult prea puține în sala de cinema.

Nu pot să îmi închei topul fără să fi văzut Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro) și Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson). Poate si japonezul Drive My Car. (vazut both:) 

Licorice m-a dezamagit, nu am rezonat cu povestea si personajele. Mi-au placut vignetele William Holden (Sean Penn) si John Huston sau sam Peckinpah ?? (Tom Waits), si cea cu Jon Peters (Bradley Cooper), dar prea scurte, soundtrackul, muzica si culorile, dar nu e printre filmele mele preferate ale lui PTA. 

Drive My Car e cel mai vorbaret film japonez ever :) si are 3  ore. 

UPDATE 2 febr: am vazut Nightmare Alley si da, yes it is !!! Poate in primele trei locuri. In cinema in Ro, din 25 februarie.way toooo late, dudes...Incercati sa vedeti versiunea din 1947!!! 

March update: Am vazut si Licorice Pizza si Drive My Car. Ramin cu Nightmare Alley pe  locul 1, vazut si in cinema, chef d”oeuvre de film noir (sa vedem si varianta alb-negru) , cel mai ambitios film al lui Del Toro ca cineast! Clasic care va ramine timeless...

Top 5:

Bond 25-No Time to Die-Cary Ioji Fukanoga (desi tehnic trebuia să fie 2020) -cronica mea aici

The Lost Daughter-Maggie Gylllenhaal

The Power of the Dog-Jane Campion (cronica mea aici)

Annette-Leos Carax

The French Dispatch -Wes Anderson


French Exit-Azael Jacobs, technically 2020

The Persian Lesson -Vadim Perelman technically 2020

Martin Eden- Pietro Marcello-technically 2019


Nicolas Cage award: Pig-Michael Sarnoski

Guilty pleasure of the year: Benedetta de Paul Verhoeven

Fellini & co: ..Era la mano di dio/The Hand of God-Paulo Sorrentino 

Horror: The Deep House-Alexandre Boustillo & Julien Meury

action thriller: Wrath of Man -Guy Ritchie

comedie: Suicide Squad -James Gunn

neplacut: Nitram -Jed Kurzel -premiul de actorie Cannes 2021, Caleb Jones)

porn star of the year (has been:): Simon Rex in Red Rocket (Sean Baker)

mențiune pentru accente :): House of Gucci (Ridley Scott)

dezamagire: The Tragedy of Macbeth (Joel Coen)


Filmul românesc al anului: Neidentificat -Bogdan George Apetri (cronica mea aici)

si satira anului: Porno balamuc sau Babardeală cu bucluc -Radu Jude


Ted Lasso (sez 2-2021)

Goliath sezonul 4 -cel mai cinematografic sezon

Mayor of Kingstown -Taylor Sheridan -paramount+

Godfather of Harlem (sez 2-2021) f/x

The Outlaws (BBC)

Only Murders in the Building (hulu)

The White Lotus (HBO GO)

Diatlov: The Dead Mountain (TIFF Unlimited) cronica mea aici

Halston (miniseries Netflix)

Wandavision (disney+)

Landscapers (HBO GO)

Yellowstone -sezonul 4--Taylor Sheridan -paramount+




S is for Stanley (cronica mea aici)

Filmworker -Leon Vitali

The Sparks Brothers

Dean Martin King of Cool

My Octopus Teacher

What She Said (Pauline Kael)

vineri, 14 ianuarie 2022

Macbeth (2021)

aka The Tragedy of Macbeth, 1st film directed solo by Joel Coen of the Coen bros. fame. An Apple+ Original film.

Got to say I was hugely dissapointed by it. Found it boring and yes black and white, but that just makes it closer to Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948)...Still think Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood was the best of 'em...Polanski was in color, Jed Kurzel's was shite (fell even asleep in Cannes at the Lumiere screening,-----in 2015)

3 Oscars noms, for the beautiful cinematography by Bruno Delbonel, production design & Denzel (c'mon)

vineri, 7 ianuarie 2022

RIP Sidney Poitier

Who's Coming to Dinner? 

In the Heat of The Night, They Call Me Mr.Tibbs, (& The Organisation, all asVirgil Tibbs)

To Sir With Love...

The Defiant Ones

director: 9 films including the classic comedies Stir Crazy (1980) and Hanky Panky (1982)

-Sidney Poitier, The 1st black actor to get an Oscar (Lilies in  the Field,1963) and one of the msot influential activitsts for Civil freedom rights, later on UN ambassador, died at 94. RIP...

as a trivia fact Peter Bogdanovich directed him in To Sir With Love II  in 1996.They died in the same day, January 6th 2022....

RIP Peter Bogdanovich

He was one of my heroes, form very early when I first read about him. His life was more than a movie, more than the films he directed. He was a part of the Hollywood Elite, more than an insider, a cinephile and most of all, a survivor of that jungle. Targets, The last Picture Show,What's Up Doc, Paper Moon, Nickelodeon, Saint Jack, They all Laughed, Noises Off, The Cat`s Meow, the documentaries about his heroes whom he met and befriended. John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles. He was part of Welles unifinished mythical The Other Side of the Wind (that you can seee now on Netflix). He was an occasional actor too, the psychiatrist in The Sopranos. Peter Bogdanovich died on January 6th 2022. He was 82.

“There are no “old” movies-only movies you have already seen and ones you haven't” -Peter Bogdanovich