Directors Guild of America Award
The Directors Guild of America Awards are issued annually by the Directors Guild of America. The first DGA Award was an “Honorary Life Member” award issued in 1938 to D. W. Griffith; the statues are made by Society Awards. 1948: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – A Letter to Three Wives ¿ 1949: Robert Rossen – All the King's Men ¿ ** 1950: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve † ** 1951: George Stevens – A Place in the Sun † 1952: John Ford – The Quiet Man † 1953: Fred Zinnemann – From Here to Eternity † ** 1954: Elia Kazan – On the Waterfront † ** 1955: Delbert Mann – Marty † ** 1956: George Stevens – Giant † 1957: David Lean – The Bridge on the River Kwai † ** 1958: Vincente Minnelli – Gigi † ** 1959: William Wyler – Ben-Hur † ** 1960: Billy Wilder – The Apartment † ** 1961: Robert Wise – West Side Story † ** 1962: David Lean – Lawrence of Arabia † ** 1963: Tony Richardson – Tom Jones † ** 1964: George Cukor – My Fair Lady † ** 1965: Robert Wise – The Sound of Music † ** 1966: Fred Zinnemann – A Man for All Seasons † ** 1967: Mike Nichols – The Graduate † 1968: Anthony Harvey – The Lion in Winter ‡ 1969: John Schlesinger – Midnight Cowboy † ** 1970: Franklin Schaffner – Patton † ** 1971: William Friedkin – The French Connection † ** 1972: Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather ‡ ** 1973: George Roy Hill – The Sting † ** 1974: Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather Part II † ** 1975: Miloš Forman – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest † ** 1976: John G. Avildsen – Rocky † ** 1977: Woody Allen – Annie Hall † ** 1978: Michael Cimino – The Deer Hunter † ** 1979: Robert Benton – Kramer vs. Kramer † ** 1980: Robert Redford – Ordinary People † ** 1981: Warren Beatty – Reds † 1982: Richard Attenborough – Gandhi † ** 1983: James L. Brooks – Terms of Endearment † ** 1984: Miloš Forman – Amadeus † ** 1985: Steven Spielberg – The Color Purple § 1986: Oliver Stone – Platoon † ** 1987: Bernardo Bertolucci – The Last Emperor † ** 1988: Barry Levinson – Rain Man † ** 1989: Oliver Stone – Born on the Fourth of July † 1990: Kevin Costner – Dances with Wolves † ** 1991: Jonathan Demme – The Silence of the Lambs † ** 1992: Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven † ** 1993: Steven Spielberg – Schindler's List † ** 1994: Robert Zemeckis – Forrest Gump † ** 1995: Ron Howard – Apollo 13 § 1996: Anthony Minghella – The English Patient † ** 1997: James Cameron – Titanic † ** 1998: Steven Spielberg – Saving Private Ryan † 1999: Sam Mendes – American Beauty † ** 2000: Ang Lee – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ‡ 2001: Ron Howard – A Beautiful Mind † ** 2002: Rob Marshall – Chicago ‡ ** 2003: Peter Jackson – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King † ** 2004: Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby † ** 2005: Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain † 2006: Martin Scorsese – The Departed † ** 2007: Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men † ** 2008: Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire † ** 2009: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker † ** 2010: Tom Hooper – The King's Speech † ** 2011: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist † ** 2012: Ben Affleck – Argo § ** 2013: Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity † 2014: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or † ** 2015: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant † 2016: Damien Chazelle – La La Land † 2017: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water † ** 2018: Alfonso Cuarón — Roma †† – Director won the Academy Award.
‡ – Director did not win the Academy Award. § – Director was not nominated for Academy Award that year. ** - Film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. ¿ – Originally, the DGA used a non-calendar year for its award. Both films competed in the 22nd Academy Awards for 1949, both directors were nominated for Best Director. All the King's Men won Best Picture. 1991: Barbara Kopple – American Dream 1992: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky – Brother's Keeper 1993: Terry Zwigoff – Crumb 1994: Steve James – Hoop Dreams 1995: No award 1996: Al Pacino – Looking for Richard 1997: Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell – Riding the Rails 1998: Jerry Blumenthal, Peter Gilbert, Gordon Quinn – Vietnam, Long Time Coming 1999: Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen – On the Ropes 2000: Chuck Braverman – High School Boot Camp 2001: Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim – Startup.com 2002: Tasha Oldham – The Smith Family 2003: Nathaniel Kahn – My Architect 2004: Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni – The Story of the Weeping Camel 2005: Werner Herzog – Grizzly Man 2006: Arūnas Matelis – Before Flying Back to Earth 2007: Asger Leth – Ghosts of Cité Soleil 2008: Ari Folman – Waltz with Bashir 2009: Louie Psihoyos – The Cove 2010: Charles Ferguson – Inside Job 2011: James Marsh – Project Nim 2012: Malik Bendjelloul – Searching for Sugar Man 2013: Jehane Noujaim – The Square 2014: Laura Poitras – Citizenfour 2015: Matthew Heineman – Cartel Land 2016: Ezra Edelman – O.
J.: Made in America 2017: Matthew Heineman – City of Ghosts 2015: Alex Garland – Ex Machina 2016: Garth Davis – Lion 2017: Jordan Peele – Get Out 2014: James Burrows and Robert Butler 2015: Joe Pytka 2018: Don Mischer 2012: Alejandro González Iñárritu 1990: James Burrows – Cheers 1991: Peter Bonerz – Murphy Brown 1992: Tom Cherones – Seinfeld 1993: James Burrows – Frasier 1994: David Lee – Frasier 1995: Gordon Hunt – Mad About You 1996: Andy Ackerman – Seinfeld 1997: Andy Ackerman – Seinfeld 1998: Thomas Schlamme – Sports Night 1999: Thomas Schlamme – Sports Night 2000: James Burrows – Will & Grace 2001: Todd Holland – Malcolm in the Middle 2002: Bryan Gordon – Curb Your Enthusiasm 200
Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, actor, producer and film historian. He is part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, his most critically acclaimed and well-known film is the drama The Last Picture Show. Bogdanovich directed the thriller Targets, the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc?, the comedy-drama Paper Moon, They All Laughed, the drama Mask, The Cat's Meow. His most recent film, She's Funny That Way, was released in 2014. Bogdanovich was born in Kingston, New York, the son of Herma and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist, his Austrian-born mother was Jewish. S. in May 1939. He graduated from New York City's Collegiate School in 1957 and studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, he is fluent in Serbian. In the early 1960s, Bogdanovich was known as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An obsessive cinema-goer, seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth, Bogdanovich showcased the work of American directors such as Orson Welles and John Ford—whom he wrote a book about, based on the notes he had produced for the MoMA retrospective of the director—and Howard Hawks.
Bogdanovich brought attention to such forgotten pioneers of American cinema as Allan Dwan. Bogdanovich kept a card file of every film he saw between 1952 and 1970, with complete reviews of every film. Bogdanovich was influenced by the French critics of the 1950s who wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma critic-turned-director François Truffaut. Before becoming a director himself, he built his reputation as a film writer with articles in Esquire; these articles were collected in Pieces of Time. In 1966, following the example of Cahiers du Cinéma critics Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer who had created the Nouvelle Vague by making their own films, Bogdanovich decided to become a director. With his wife Polly Platt, he headed for Los Angeles. Intent on breaking into the industry, Bogdanovich would ask publicists for movie premiere and industry party invitations. At one screening, Bogdanovich was viewing a director Roger Corman was sitting behind him; the two struck up a conversation when Corman mentioned he liked a cinema piece Bogdanovich wrote for Esquire.
Corman offered him a directing job. He worked with Corman on Targets, which starred Boris Karloff, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, under the pseudonym Derek Thomas. Bogdanovich said of the Corman school of filmmaking, "I went from getting the laundry to directing the picture in three weeks. Altogether, I worked 22 weeks – preproduction, second unit, dubbing – I haven't learned as much since."Returning to journalism, Bogdanovich struck up a lifelong friendship with Orson Welles while interviewing him on the set of Mike Nichols's Catch-22. Bogdanovich played a major role in elucidating Welles and his career with his writings on the actor-director, most notably his book This is Orson Welles. In the early 1970s, when Welles was having financial problems, Bogdanovich let him stay at his Bel Air mansion for a couple of years. In 1970, Bogdanovich was commissioned by the American Film Institute to direct a documentary about John Ford for their tribute, Directed by John Ford; the resulting film included candid interviews with John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, was narrated by Orson Welles.
Out of circulation for years due to licensing issues, Bogdanovich and TCM released it in 2006, featuring newer, pristine film clips, additional interviews with Clint Eastwood, Walter Hill, Harry Carey Jr. Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and others. Much of the inspiration which led Bogdanovich to his cinematic creations came from early viewings of the film Citizen Kane. In an interview with Robert K. Elder, author of The Film That Changed My Life, Bogdanovich explains his appreciation of Orson Welles' work: It's just not like any other movie you know. It's the first modern film: fragmented, not told straight ahead, it anticipates everything that's being done now, and, thought to be so modern. It's all become decadent now, but it was fresh then; the 32-year-old Bogdanovich was hailed by critics as a "Wellesian" wunderkind when his best-received film, The Last Picture Show, was released in 1971. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Director, won two statues, for Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson in the supporting acting categories.
Bogdanovich co-wrote the screenplay with Larry McMurtry, it won the 1971 BAFTA award for Best Screenplay. Bogdanovich cast the 21-year-old model Cybill Shepherd in a major role in the film and fell in love with her, an affair that led to his divorce from Polly Platt, his longtime artistic collaborator and the mother of his two daughters. Bogdanovich followed up The Last Picture Show with the popular comedy What's Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, a screwball comedy indebted to Hawks's Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday. Despite his reliance on homage to bygone cinema, Bogdanovich solidified his status as one of a new breed of A-list directors that included Academy Award winners Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin, with whom he formed The Directors Company; the Directors Company was a generous production deal with Paramount Pictures that gave the directors carte blanche if they kept within budget limitations. It was through this entity that Bogdanov
Academy Award for Best Cinematography
The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is an Academy Award awarded each year to a cinematographer for work on one particular motion picture. In its first film season, 1927–28, this award was not tied to a specific film; the problem with this system became obvious the first year, since Karl Struss and Charles Rosher were nominated for their work together on Sunrise but three other films shot individually by either Rosher or Struss were listed as part of the nomination. The second year, 1929, there were no nominations at all, although the Academy has a list of unofficial titles which were under consideration by the Board of Judges. In the third year, 1930, not cinematographers, were nominated, the final award did not show the cinematographer's name. For the 1931 awards, the modern system in which individuals are nominated for a single film each was adopted in all profession-related categories. From 1939 to 1967 with the exception of 1957, there were separate awards for color and for black-and-white cinematography.
Since the only black-and-white films to win are Schindler's List and Roma. Floyd Crosby won the award for Tabu in 1931, the last silent film to win in this category. Hal Mohr won the only write-in Academy Award in 1935 for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mohr was the first person to win for both black-and-white and color cinematography. No winners are lost, although some of the earliest nominees are lost, including The Devil Dancer, The Magic Flame, Four Devils; the Right to Love is incomplete, Sadie Thompson is incomplete and reconstructed with stills. The first nominees shot on digital video were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, with Slumdog Millionaire the first winner; the following year Avatar was the first nominee and winner to be shot on digital video. In 2018, Rachel Morrison became the first woman to receive a nomination. Prior to that it had been the last gender-neutral Academy Award category. In 2019, Alfonso Cuarón became the first winner of this category to have served as director on the film, for his film Roma.
Winners are listed first followed by the other nominees. BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official site The Official Academy Awards Database, listing all past nominees and winners
Romero is a 1989 American biopic depicting the story of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, who organized peaceful protests against the violent military regime at the cost of his own life. The film stars Raúl Juliá as Oscar Romero, Richard Jordan as Romero's close friend and fellow martyred priest, Rutilio Grande, as well as actors Ana Alicia and Harold Gould. Although the film depicts true events, there are some fictional characters. During the 1977 El Salvadoran presidential election, public unrest is at an all-time high over fears of election fraud. In the midst of a guerrilla uprising, the military regime sends death squads to detain and kill anyone who speaks out against its terrible human rights record; the military prevents average citizens from getting to the polls. When the people decide to walk, the military shoots up their vans so that they have no transportation for the return journey; the Vatican elevates conservative yet reserved Oscar Arnulfo Romero to the position of Archbishop of San Salvador, hoping that with he will not get involved in the military dispute.
Although apolitical, Romero is afraid of the government's increasing hostility. He refrains from stirring anti-government sentiments, but progressively, as he spends more time in his post, he sees evidence of deception and systemic murder, after which he cannot support the government in good conscience and speaks out. After the assassination of Father Rutilio Grande, an outspoken Jesuit advocate for the poor and close friend of Father Romero's, Romero begins to take a stand against the government's policies, prompting the death squads to begin targeting priests. After failing to rescue a pro-government hostage of the guerrillas in a botched ransom, Romero discovers that his friend Father Osuna, a militant critic of the ruling regime, has been captured and tortured. After securing his release, Romero instigates a boycott of the president-elect's inauguration, defying him by taking Mass in a church the military has taken over as a barracks, he attempts to secure the release of a soldier taken hostage by Osuna and the guerrillas, but is arrested in the process.
Osuna is subsequently tortured to death. Undeterred, Romero rejects the violent methods of the guerrillas, but is nonetheless assassinated while saying Mass while consecrating the Eucharist. In the last scene it freezes to take a moment to state Archbishop Romero was murdered on March 24, 1980. "He had spoken the disturbing truth. Many chose not to listen; as a result, between 1980 and 1989 more than 60,000 Salvadorians were killed. But the struggle for peace and freedom and dignity goes on." Raúl Juliá as archbishop of San Salvador. Richard Jordan as Fr. Rutilio Grande, SJ. Alejandro Bracho as Fr. Alfonzo Osuña, SJ. Tony Plana as Fr. Manuel Morantes, SJ. Lucy Reina as Lucia, a poor campesino. Ana Alicia as Arista Zelada, an upper-class friend of Romero's. Omar Chagall as Rafael Zelada, the Minister of Agriculture and Arista's husband. Harold Gould as Francisco Galedo, Arista's rich father. Eddie Velez as Lt. Ricardo Columa, a right-wing military and political leader. Robert Viharo as Col. Ernesto Dorio.
Harold Cannon as Gen. Carlos Humberto Romero, military dictator of El Salvador from 1977 to 1979. Al Ruscio as Bishop Estrada, the military vicar of El Salvador and opponent of Romero. Claudio Brook as Bishop Flores, a vacillating bishop. Martin LaSalle as Bishop Arturo Rivera y Damas, bishop of Santiago de María. Eduardo López Rojas as Bishop Cordova, an ally of Romero. Tony Perez as Fr. Rafael Villez, secretary of the Bishops' Conference. Romero is the first feature film from Paulist Pictures, a company founded by the Paulist Fathers, a Roman Catholic society of priests; this was the first time. The company was known for the production of a long-standing television series called Insight; the film was screened in 1989 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was directed by Australian filmmaker John Duigan and produced by Paulist Pictures founder Father Ellwood Kieser. Alfonso Cuarón, a Mexican film director, worked as an assistant director for this film. Composer Gabriel Yared, who went on to win BAFTA Awards and an Oscar for his other scores, composed the music for Romero.
Romero was well received by critics. The film holds a 75% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a mildly positive review, awarding it two and-a-half stars out of four. Ebert praised Julia's "restrained and reasonable" performance but felt that the film was predictable and therefore not as powerful as other biopics. Spirituality and Practice gave the film a positive review stating it as an "excellent drama" with most of the praise going towards Raul Julia in his performance as Romero. Romero did receive criticism on; the Los Angeles Times stated the fact that "the film doesn't deal with the role of the American government in El Salvador's plight, beyond a plea from Romero for the US to stop sending arms that will be only used against his country's people." Furthermore, because there were a lot of historical aspects depicted in the film, The New York Times reviewer Vicent Canby thought that the film "is more important as the brief simplified biography of a heroic man than as cinema.
The film's manner is that of a textbook." Romero at the
A cinematographer or director of photography is the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. The study and practice of this field is referred to as cinematography; the cinematographer selects the camera, film stock, filters, etc. to realize the scene in accordance with the intentions of the director. Relations between the cinematographer and director vary; such a level of involvement is not common once the director and cinematographer have become comfortable with each other. Several American cinematographers have become directors, including Reed Morano, ASC who lensed Frozen River and Beyonce's Lemonade before winning an Emmy for directing The Handmaid's Tale. Barry Sonnenfeld the Coen brothers' DP. Ellen Kuras, ASC photographed Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind as well as a number of Spike Lee films such as Summer of Sam and He Got Game before directing episodes of Legion and Ozark.
In 2014, Wally Pfister, cinematographer on Christopher Nolan's three Batman films, made his directorial debut with Transcendence. In the infancy of motion pictures, the cinematographer was also the director and the person physically handling the camera; as the art form and technology evolved, a separation between director and camera operator emerged. With the advent of artificial lighting and faster film stocks, in addition to technological advancements in optics, the technical aspects of cinematography necessitated a specialist in that area. Cinematography was key during the silent movie era. In 1919 Hollywood, the then-new motion picture capital of the world, one of the first trade societies was formed: the American Society of Cinematographers, which stood to recognize the cinematographer's contribution to the art and science of motion picture making. Similar trade associations have been established in other countries too; the ASC Vision Committee is known for working to encourage and support the advancement of underrepresented cinematographers, their crews and other filmmakers, to inspire us all to enact positive changes through hiring talent that reflects society at large.
However, the Soviet filmmaker, Dziga Vertov, writing in Kino-fot No.1 rejected the role of Cinematographer in the "We: Variant of a Manifesto": "We call ourselves kinoks – as opposed to "cinematographers", a herd of junkmen doing rather well peddling their rags. We see the cunning and calculation of the profiteers. We consider the psychological Russo-German film-drama – weighed down with apparitions and childhood memories – an absurdity." There are a number of national associations of cinematographers which represent members and which are dedicated to the advancement of cinematography. These include: the American Society of Cinematographers the International Collective of Women Cinematographers the Canadian Society of Cinematographers the British Society of Cinematographers the Australian Cinematographers Society the Cinematographers Guild of Korea the Filipino Society of Cinematographers the French Society of Cinematographers the Italian Society of Cinematographers the Indian Society of Cinematographers the German Society of Cinematographers the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers the Spanish Society of Cinematography Works the European Federation of Cinematographers / IMAGO the Uruguayan Society of Cinematographers the Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers Cinematographers XX IlluminatrixThe A.
S. C. defines cinematography as: A creative and interpretive process that culminates in the authorship of an original work of art rather than the simple recording of a physical event. Cinematography is not a subcategory of photography. Rather, photography is but one craft that the cinematographer uses in addition to other physical, managerial and image-manipulating techniques to effect one coherent process. Camerimage Cinematography Cinematography Mailing List, a communication forum for cinematographers Filmmaking Glossary of motion picture terms Indian cinematographers List of film director and cinematographer collaborations List of film formats List of motion picture-related topics Cinematography.com Cinematography Mailing List International Cinematographers Guild The History of the Discovery of Cinematography American Society of Cinematographers The Guild of British Camera Technicians British Society of Cinematographers Indian Society of Cinematographers European Federation of Cinematographers / IMAGO Australian Cinematographers Society German Society of Cinematography, BVK Italian Society of Cinematography, AIC Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers, LAC
Fallen Angels (TV series)
Fallen Angels is an American neo-noir anthology television series that ran from 1993 to 1995 on the Showtime pay cable station and was produced by Propaganda Films. No first-run episodes were shown in 1994; the series was executive produced by Steve Golin and others. The theme song was written by Elmer Bernstein and the original music was written by Peter Bernstein. Period torch songs by performers like Patti Page and Billie Holiday were used periodically. In Europe, the show is known as Perfect Crimes and shown in France on Canal +, in the United Kingdom; the series is set in somber Los Angeles right after World War II and before the election of American president John F. Kennedy; the episodes, although filmed in color, mimicked what had been done by Hollywood filmmakers during the film noir era of the 1940s and 1950s in terms of tone and story content. The television program was produced using top-notch directors, well-known hard-boiled fiction writers, experienced screenplay writers, inventive cinematographers, actors.
The art direction gave the series the ambiance and historical look required of a show devoted to noir set in Los Angeles. A few known actors went behind the camera to direct a few episodes, they include: Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Kiefer Sutherland. Each episode in season 1 begins with a cool and restrained jazz score as the sultry character Fay Friendly explained to the audience what would develop in the episode; each episode in season 2 begins with a prologue voiced by Miguel Ferrer which explained to the audience the episode's events and who the main character's were. Her words are wistful and foreshadowed the pain to come. Neo-noir novelist James Ellroy said of the show: "It's a role call of tormented souls confronting their monsters within. It's the world of pulp on celluloid, pure translations that augment the stark power of great short fiction." List of Fallen Angels episodes and original story sources Directors of Fallen Angels episodes included: Peter Bogdanovich Tom Cruise Alfonso Cuarón John Dahl Keith Gordon Tom Hanks Agnieska Holland Tim Hunter Phil Joanou Jonathan Kaplan Michael Lehmann Jim McBride Steven Soderbergh Kiefer Sutherland Writers of Fallen Angels episodes included: Jon Robin Baitz Scott Frank Steven Katz Don Macpherson C.
Gaby Mitchell Frank Pugliese Howard A. Rodman Allan Scott David Siegel & Scott McGehee Amanda Silver Alan Trustman Richard C. Wesley Donald E. Westlake Among the many guest stars on the show were: First Season Gary Oldman, Gabrielle Anwar, Dan Hedaya, Wayne Knight and Meg Tilly Tom Hanks, Marg Helgenberger, Jon Polito and Bruno Kirby Joe Mantegna, Vinessa Shaw, Patrick Breen, J. E. Freeman, Kathy Kinney, Peter Gallagher and Bonnie Bedelia Peter Gallagher, Nancy Travis, John C. Reilly and Isabella Rossellini Laura Dern, Alan Rickman, Robin Bartlett, Michael Vartan and Diane Lane Gary Busey, Tim Matheson, Aimee Graham, Dick Miller, Elaine Hendrix, Ken Lerner and James WoodsSecond Season Mädchen Amick, Johnathon Schaech, Danny Trejo, Edward Bunker and Kiefer Sutherland Brendan Fraser, Bruce Ramsay and Peter Coyote Eric Stoltz, Richard Portnow, Estelle Harris and Jennifer Grey Dana Delany, Marcia Gay Harden, William Petersen, Adam Baldwin and Benicio del Toro Bill Pullman, Dan Hedaya, Kim Coates, Jon Favreau, Dean Norris, Jack Nance, Bert Remsen, Grace Zabriskie and Heather Graham Miguel Ferrer, Grace Zabriskie, Lucinda Jenney, Peter Dobson and Peter Berg Michael Rooker, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Berg, Arnold Vosloo, Kristin Minter, Darren McGavin and Christopher Lloyd Danny Glover, Kelly Lynch, Ron Rifkin, Dan Hedaya, Miguel Sandoval and Valeria Golino Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Cynda Williams and Roger Guenveur Smith When it debuted, Fallen Angels received mixed to critical notices.
In his review for the Associated Press, Scott Williams wrote,'We're asking a lot of TV to deliver entertainment about that stylish, moral abyss. Fallen Angels delivers, it lets us look over the edge and measure our souls against the darkness". The Chicago Sun-Times gave the series two out of four stars and Ginny Holbert wrote, "Part of the problem is the series' arch, self-conscious obsession with style. Instead of a'90s interpretation of film noir, "Fallen Angels" offers contrived, full-color cliche noir, replete with cocked fedoras, plumes of curling smoke and harsh sunlight sliced by venetian blinds". In his review for The New York Times, John J. O'Connor called it, "uneven but diverting when just hovering around film-school level". In his review for the Houston Chronicle, Louis B. Parks wrote, "The big problem with film noir homages is they overdo the ingredients, with none of the subtlety of the great originals. Fallen Angels has a touch of that, but the directors and actors play straight, the adaptations, taken from the real McCoy writers, are pretty good stuff".
In his review for the Washington Post, Tom Shales wrote, "Creating period pieces out of their period seems to be easy now for the gifted artisans of Hollywood. By today's commonplace high standards, the look and feel of the six Fallen Angels films seem transportingly authentic and sensuous, stylized in ways that evoke the milieu without spoofing it; the films veer into the arch and ridiculous, but overall, they at least look darn good". Newsweek magazine's David Gates wrote, "no show this summer will do a better job of whisking you away from the unacceptable'90s; these half hours are all too short". Entertainment Weekly magazine's Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote, "One unintended result of all this happy, naughty cigarette-puffing, however, is that, at their weakest, these films look like the work of boys (and don't be fooled, this is a boys'
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is based on J. K. Rowling's 1999 novel of the same name; the film, the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe. The story follows Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him; the film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It features well-known actors in supporting roles, including Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney and Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew, it is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first Harry Potter film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology.
The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards in 2004. Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $796.9 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2004 and received praise for Cuarón's direction and the performances of the lead actors. It marked a notable change in the film series' tone and directing, is considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best Harry Potter films. Harry Potter has been spending another dissatisfying summer with The Dursleys; when Harry's Aunt Marge insults his parents, he loses his temper and silently wills her to bloat up and float away. Fed up, Harry flees the Dursleys with his luggage; the Knight Bus delivers Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he is pardoned by Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge for using magic outside of Hogwarts. After reuniting with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry learns that Sirius Black, a convicted supporter of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, has escaped Azkaban prison and intends to kill Harry.
The trio return to Hogwarts for the school year on the Hogwarts Express, only for dementors to board the train, searching for Sirius. One enters the trio's compartment, causing Harry to pass out, but new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Lupin repels the dementor with a Patronus Charm. At Hogwarts, headmaster Albus Dumbledore announces that dementors will be guarding the school while Sirius is at large. Hogwarts groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid is announced as the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher. Draco exaggerates his injury, his father Lucius Malfoy has Buckbeak sentenced to death; the Fat Lady's portrait, which guards the Gryffindor quarters, is found ruined and empty. Terrified and hiding in another painting, she tells Dumbledore. During a stormy Quidditch match against Hufflepuff, dementors attack Harry, causing him to fall off his broomstick. At Hogsmeade, Harry is shocked to learn that not only had Sirius been his father's best friend and betrayed them to Voldemort, but is Harry's godfather.
Lupin teaches Harry to defend himself against dementors, using the Patronus Charm. After Harry and Hermione witness Buckbeak's execution, Ron's pet rat Scabbers bites him and escapes; when Ron gives chase, a large dog appears and drags both Ron and Scabbers into a hole at the Whomping Willow's base. This leads the trio to an underground passage of the Shrieking Shack, where they discover that the dog is Sirius, an Animagus. Lupin embraces Sirius as an old friend, he admits to being a werewolf, explains that Sirius is innocent. Sirius was falsely accused of betraying the Potters to Voldemort, as well as murdering twelve Muggles and their mutual friend, Peter Pettigrew, it is revealed that Scabbers is Pettigrew, an Animagus who betrayed the Potters and committed the murders. After forcing him back into human form and Sirius prepare to kill him, but Harry convinces them to turn Pettigrew over to the dementors; as the group departs, the full moon rises and Lupin transforms into a werewolf. Sirius transforms into his dog form to fight him off.
In the midst of the chaos, Pettigrew escapes. Harry and Sirius are attacked by dementors, Harry sees a figure in the distance save them by casting a powerful Patronus spell, he believes. He awakens to discover that Sirius has been sentenced to the Dementor's Kiss. Acting on Dumbledore's advice and Hermione travel back in time with Hermione's Time Turner, watch themselves and Ron repeat the night's events, they save Buckbeak from execution and witness Sirius. The present Harry realises that it was him who conjured the Patronus, does so again. Harry and Hermione rescue Sirius. Exposed as a werewolf, Lupin resigns from teaching to prevent an uproar from parents, he returned the Marauder's Map back to Harry, given he no longer has the authority to confiscate contrabands. Sirius sends Harry a Firebolt broom, he takes it for a ride. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, a 13-year-old British wizard famous for surviving his parents' murder at the hands of the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort as an infant, who now enters his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Harry's best friend at Hogwarts. Emma Watson as