Five Corners (film)
Five Corners is a 1987 American independent crime drama film, directed by Tony Bill from a screenplay written by John Patrick Shanley. The film stars Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro, Rodney Harvey, it depicts 48 hours in the lives of a group of young New Yorkers in the 1960s. Five Corners was released domestically in limited theatres on January 22, 1987; the film received positive reviews from critics but was a commercial failure grossing a mere $969,205 against a budget of $5.5 million. Foster received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance. In the Bronx in 1964 a high-school teacher is killed. A man offers to give two young ladies to two teenage boys offering them cash to take the women off his hands; these ladies wake in a strange apartment, lying naked under sheets. The next day, the boys tell the girls that their teacher was murdered, and, why they were available to take the girls for the car ride. Heinz has just been released from prison after serving a term for attempted rape, has returned to his old neighborhood to resume his relationship with his demented mother and to "rekindle" his own demented version of a relationship with Linda, the near-rape victim.
Harry had protected Linda in the near-rape, but since he has adopted a policy of non-violent response to violence. Harry has now become a Buddhist and a pacifist, seeks to join Dr. King's movement, making protecting Linda again a difficult task. Heinz calls Linda, tells her to meet him in a park at midnight, she reluctantly agrees. When arriving at the pool, she finds a board to hides it. Heinz shows her a present, she tells him. Heinz becomes outraged, thinking that she was rejecting his gift, kills one of the penguins. Linda fights Heinz off, runs off with one of the penguins. Heinz takes an unconscious Linda to a rooftop. A sharpshooter is in a position to kill him but doesn't. Heinz is killed by a mysterious arrow to his back. Five Corners on IMDb Five Corners at AllMovie Five Corners at AllMovie Five Corners at Rotten Tomatoes Five Corners at Box Office Mojo
Blue Velvet (film)
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending psychological horror with film noir, the film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, is named after Tony Bennett's 1951 song of the same name; the film concerns a young college student who, returning home to visit his ill father, discovers a severed human ear in a field that leads to his uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy and entering a romantic relationship with a troubled lounge singer. The screenplay of Blue Velvet had been passed around multiple times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with several major studios declining it due to its strong sexual and violent content. After the failure of his 1984 film Dune, Lynch made attempts at developing a more "personal story", somewhat characteristic of the surrealist style displayed in his first film Eraserhead; the independent studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, owned at the time by Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis, agreed to finance and produce the film.
Blue Velvet received a divided critical response, with many stating that its objectionable content served little artistic purpose. The film earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director, came to achieve cult status; as an example of a director casting against the norm, it was credited for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond her previous work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman. In the years since, the film has generated significant attention for its thematic symbolism, is now regarded as one of Lynch's major works and one of the greatest films of the 1980s. Publications including Sight & Sound, Entertainment Weekly and BBC Magazine have ranked it among the greatest American films of all time. In 2008, it was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest American mystery films made. Sometime during the 1950s, college student Jeffrey Beaumont returns home to Lumberton, North Carolina after his father suffers a near-fatal stroke.
Walking home from the hospital, he cuts through a vacant lot and discovers a severed ear. Jeffrey takes the ear to police detective John Williams and becomes reacquainted with the detective's daughter, Sandy. After eavesdropping on her father discussing the ear with a colleague, Sandy tells Jeffrey that it somehow relates back to a lounge singer named Dorothy Vallens. Intrigued, Jeffrey enters Dorothy's apartment by posing as an exterminator and steals a spare key while she's distracted by a man in a distinctive yellow sport coat, whom Jeffrey takes to calling "The Yellow Man." Jeffrey and Sandy attend Dorothy's nightclub act, in which she sings "Blue Velvet": the pair leave early so that Jeffrey can investigate her apartment in her absence. However, Dorothy threatens Jeffrey with a knife. Believing his curiosity to be sexual and aroused by his voyeurism, Dorothy forces him to undress and fellates him, their encounter is interrupted by the arrival of a man named Frank Booth, who beats and subjects Dorothy to a variety of violent sex acts during the course of a role playing game in which he refers to her as "mommy" and himself as "baby" and "daddy."
It becomes apparent that Frank—a gangster—has abducted Dorothy's husband and child in order to force her into sex slavery. After Frank departs, Dorothy makes a romantic overture toward Jeffrey. A disturbed Jeffrey relays the experience to Sandy, who tells him about a prophetic dream in which robins descend from the sky to eat and kill insects that have overrun the world. Jeffrey returns to Dorothy's apartment, where she confesses an attraction to him and the two enter into a sadomasochistic sexual relationship in which Dorothy encourages Jeffrey to beat her, though he proves hesitant. Jeffrey observes Frank in the audience at one of Dorothy's shows and begins following him, observing him engaging in drug dealing and a meeting with the Yellow Man. Jeffrey tells Sandy about his observations and the two kiss. Frank catches Jeffrey and Dorothy together and abducts them, forcing Jeffrey to accompany him to the home of a criminal associate named Ben, holding Dorothy's family hostage. While Frank permits Dorothy to see her husband and son, he forces Jeffrey to watch Ben perform an impromtu lip-sync of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams," which causes Frank to suffer a breakdown.
Afterwards he takes Jeffrey to a field, where he kisses him before subjecting him to a violent beating. The next day, Jeffrey goes to the police station, where he realizes that Sandy's father's partner is The Yellow Man, murdering Frank's rival drug dealers and stealing their supplies from the evidence room for Frank to sell himself. Jeffrey confesses everything to Sandy and the two attend a dance together where they admit their feelings for one another. Returning home, Jeffrey discovers a beaten Dorothy on his front lawn. Jeffrey asks Sandy to tell her father everything and returns to Dorothy's apartment, where he discovers her husband dead and The Yellow Man mortally wounded. Remembering that Frank has a police radio in his car, Jeffrey uses the Yellow Man's walkie-talkie to lie about his presence in the apartment. Sandy's father leads a police raid on Frank's headquarters, killing his men and crippling his criminal empire. Jeffrey and Sandy enter into a relationship and attend a family barbecue with his recuperated father, where they note the presence of a robin consuming a bug, Dorothy is reunited with her son.
The film's story originated from three ideas that crystallize
Independent Spirit Awards
The Film Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the bare budgets of independent films. Since 2006, winners have received a metal trophy depicting a bird with its wings spread sitting atop of a pole with the shoestrings from the previous design wrapped around the pole. In 1986, the event was renamed the Independent Spirit Awards. Now called the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the show is produced by Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and whose mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent Members vote to determine the winners of the Spirit Awards; the awards show is held inside a tent in a parking lot at the beach in Santa Monica, California on the day before the Academy Awards.
The show is broadcast live on the IFC network, as well as Hollywood Suite in Canada and A&E Latin America. The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards, produced by Film Independent, a nonprofit arts organization, was hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, broadcast live on IFC on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm PT. Online streaming service Sundance Now live-streamed the Spirit Awards concurrently with the telecast, with an on-demand version available on Sundance Now; the Independent Features Project/West was founded by Anna Thomas. In 1984 the FINDIE Awards were conceived by Independent Features Project/West board member Jeanne Lucas and Independent Features Project/West President Anne Kimmel and director/writer Sam O'Brien was an event producer; the awards are voted on by a nominating committee. In 1985, Peter Coyote and Jamie Lee Curtis presented winners with a Plexiglas pyramid designed by Carol Bosselman, which contain a suspended shoestring, printed with sprocket holes, representing the shoestring budgets of independent films.
The Reel Gold Award designed by Bosselman, was given to Steve Wachtel for allowing Independent Features Project/West continuing free use of his screening room. It was associated with Filmex. In 1986, Bosselman designed and sculpted the Independent Spirit Award statue, still given out today, using a lost wax bronze casting method. Independent Features Project/West became Film Independent. Dawn Hudson was director of Independent Features Project/West in 1995. Barbara Boyle was Independent Features Project/West president from 1994 to 1999. Independent Features Project became Independent Filmmaker Project. In 2018 the Independent Spirit Awards first gave out the Bonnie Award, named after Bonnie Tiburzi, which "recognizes a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by American Airlines." Chloé Zhao was the first to receive this award. American Cinematheque Carolyn Pfeiffer Julie Carmen Arthur Dong Matthew Breen Filmex Gregory Nava Official website Film Independent Film Independent on IMDb Independent Spirit Awards on IMDb Film Independent's channel on YouTubeFilm Independent.
"The 32nd 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved 11 June 2017. Film Independent. "The 31st 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "30th 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards HIGHLIGHTS - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "The 29th 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "The 28th 2013 Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Show - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "25th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017. Film Independent. "The Best of the 25th Spirit Awards - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
Film Independent. "Spirit Awards 2009 - Playlist". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2017
Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra is an American actress. Her film roles include True Love, Cadillac Man, Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Addiction, Cop Land, What Dreams May Come, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos. Sciorra was born in New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father, her parents are Italian. Sciorra studied dance as a child, took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sciorra made her feature film debut with a starring role in the 1989 comedy, True Love, she was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting: "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and her hard-as-nails negotiating style captures the mood of the film, makes Donna and touchingly drawn"; the performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune.
The latter received three Academy Award nominations. She earned widespread attention in 1991 for her co-lead role in Spike Lee's film, Jungle Fever, opposite Wesley Snipes. In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that Sciorra was "possessed of considerable presence and vulnerability", she starred alongside Rebecca De Mornay in Curtis Hanson's 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which held the #1 position at the North American box office for four consecutive weeks. Sciorra continued to work throughout the 1990s. Film parts included The Night. In 2001, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo on the HBO series The Sopranos. Entertainment Weekly called it "a career changing performance". In 2006, Sciorra co-starred with Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet; the film, based on the true story of the longest Mafia trial in American history, was described as "gripping" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who called Sciorra's performance "excellent".
Subsequent credits include the CBS series Queens Supreme. Carolyn Barek on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2018, she starred as Rosalie Carbone on the second season of Luke Cage. Of Sciorra's casting, executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker said: "I've been a huge fan of hers since Jungle Fever, no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven't seen her this gangster since The Sopranos. I'm thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel's Luke Cage"; that year, she reprised the role of Carbone on the third season of Daredevil. Sciorra was married to actor Joe Petruzzi from 1989 to 1993. In 2004, she began a relationship with Bobby Cannavale, she has never had children. In October 2017, Sciorra levied allegations of sexual assault against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. In an article published by The New Yorker, Sciorra alleged Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in the 1990s. Annabella Sciorra on IMDb Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra on Twitter
Impromptu (1991 film)
Impromptu is a 1991 British-American period drama film directed by James Lapine, written by Sarah Kernochan, produced by Daniel A. Sherkow and Stuart Oken, starring Hugh Grant as Frédéric Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand; the film was shot on location in France as a British production by an American company. The main location used was in the Loire Valley. Since getting divorced, Baroness Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin Baroness Dudevant, the successful and notorious writer of sensational romance novels now living under the pseudonym George Sand, in Paris, has been in the habit of dressing like a man. In her romantic pursuit of the sensitive Chopin, whose music she fell in love with before seeing him in person, George/Aurora is advised that she must act like a man pursuing a woman, though she is advised to avoid damaging his health by not pursuing him at all. With this advice Sand is deterred by a fellow countrywoman who pretends to be smitten with Chopin, the mistress of Franz Liszt, the Countess Marie d'Agoult.
Whether the Countess is in love with Chopin is unlikely. Sand meets Chopin in 1836 the French countryside at the house of the Duchess d'Antan, a foolish aspiring socialite who invites artists from Paris to her salon in order to feel cosmopolitan. Sand invites herself, not knowing that several of her former lovers are in attendance. A small play is written by Alfred de Musset satirizing the aristocracy, Chopin protests at his lack of manners, de Musset bellows and a fireplace explosion ensues. Chopin is swayed by a beautifully written love letter ostensibly from d'Agoult, a letter written by, stolen from, Sand. Sand wins over Chopin when she proves that she wrote the letter, reciting its words to him passionately, after buying a copy of her memoir he finds the text of the letter in the book. Chopin is challenged to a duel by one of Sand's ex-lovers, he faints during the face-off. Sand finishes the duel for him and nurses him back to health in the countryside, solidifying their relationship. Near the end of the movie and Chopin dedicate a volume of music to the countess, although this only suggests that she has had an affair with Chopin, causing a falling-out with her lover Liszt.
Sand and Chopin depart for Majorca, relieved to escape the competitive nature of artistic alliances and jealousies in Paris. Judy Davis as George Sand Hugh Grant as Frédéric Chopin Mandy Patinkin as Alfred de Musset Bernadette Peters as Marie Catherine Sophie, Comtesse d'Agoult Julian Sands as Franz Liszt Ralph Brown as Eugène Delacroix Georges Corraface as Felicien Mallefille Anton Rodgers as Duke d'Antan Emma Thompson as Duchess d'Antan Anna Massey as Sophie-Victorie Delaborde, George Sand's MotherThe film's supporting performances include David Birkin as Maurice, John Savident as Buloz, Lucy Speed as Young Aurora, Elizabeth Spriggs as Baroness Laginsky. Sarah Kernochan, director James Lapine's wife, had written the film in 1988 during a lay-off due to 1988 Writers Guild of America strike. Kernochan explained the film: "How do complicated people find a simple way of loving?" The producer Stuart Oken liked the project. Oken brought the project to his friend and fellow producer, Dan Sherkow, who secured financing and distribution for the picture.
For the cast, Lapine wanted "to use people he had worked with before." He cast actors who "didn't look like, but embodied the characters." Judy Davis and Mandy Patinkin could "hardly look more unlike the cultural icons they portray." Lapine hired a piano coach and a music consultant to advise both Grant and Sands on various piano techniques. Due to Common Market legalities, the film was incorporated as a British production with co-production by Ariane Films, a French company and distribution by a United States company Sovereign Pictures; the budget was $6 million. Chopin: Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major Ballade No. 1 in G minor Polonaise in A major "Military" Etude in E minor "Wrong Note" Prelude in G-sharp minor Prelude in D-flat major "Raindrop" Etude in G-flat major "Butterfly" Nouvelle Etude No. 1 in F minor Etude in C-sharp minor Waltz in D-flat major "Minute" Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor Nocturne in F major Etude in A-flat major "Aeolian Harp" Liszt: Apres d'une lecture de Dante Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa" Grand galop chromatiqueBeethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major "Pastoral" Impromptu was released on 12 April 1991 in the United Kingdom.
It was broadcast on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1993. Impromptu has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 17 reviews, with an average score of 6/10. Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the film is "a zingy, impudent little essay on gender, with the exquisitely confusing George Sand at its center." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film 3/4 stars, writing, "The film has little serious interest in George Sand, none in the novels that are all that remain of her, but diverts itself with scandal, atmosphere and witty repartee."Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, likening it to the films of Ken Russell. Speaking of director James Lapine's approach, Maslin said, "Handling this material playfully, he tosses together the film's artistic luminaries and allows them to indulge in outrageous antics, like the scene that finds Sand pleading for Chopin's