Category: Cinema Saints

Cinema Saints: Guillermo del Toro

  Guillermo del Toro, who celebrated his 51st birthday just last week (on October 9th, to be exact) and who will no doubt have even more reason to celebrate this week with the release of Crimson Peak, seems to be more active and more revered than ever before. Though his career spans more than two decades, it seems that many are just now catching on to del Toro’s fanboy brand of genius. Or, perhaps it is that he is finally getting to apply his impeccable imagination to more and more projects that are actually worthy of his mad, brilliant...

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Cinema Saints: Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater is a connoisseur of the everyday. He captures the intricacies and trivialities of regular life, showing the importance in the small, making the common and unimpressive grand beyond belief. In some ways, Linklater is like Terrence Malick in how he reveals the wonder in the mundane through his films. Where Malick is focused on nature on a large scale, Linklater points his camera toward the far more ordinary. Summer nights, high school parties, and other assorted moments that seem so simple, so regular, relatable even, are turned into events of mammoth meaning and truth. In one of his very best movies,...

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Cinema Saints: Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow, as a writer, a producer, and a director, has become something of a brand name within the realm of the studio comedy. Seemingly, and going on 20 plus years in the business, Apatow can do no wrong, at least when it comes to making sure that the funniest, most intelligent, unique voices in comedy get their time to shine under the spotlight afforded by his acumen for high production values in the field of comedy writing. While it might be easy to poke holes in some of his lesser works, with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and...

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Cinema Saints: Arnold Schwarzenegger

  Arnie’s career is inexplicable. His first Hollywood movie, Hercules in New York, is about as bad as it gets. Both its plot and lead actor are unintelligible, and the result is laughable. If you showed someone this movie and said that the lead actor, a giant, muscle-bound foreigner would go on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest names, and eventually the governor of California, they would laugh in your face. Even now (after his reign in Hollywood has largely culminated) there is something incomprehensible about him. How did we accept that this man could play an American cop?...

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Cinema Saints: Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee probably had a more interesting life before he became an actor than most of us could ever hope to have without ever becoming one at all. But we’re not here to talk about his military service, as the man himself never liked to talk much about it either. Rather, we’re here to talk about Sir Christopher Lee the actor, in order to better establish his sainthood as an icon of cinema, and to mark his mortal passing in kind. To begin, Christopher Lee had one of those fantastic careers in which he was a cultural icon...

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Cinema Saints: John Turturro

John Turturro lives within the margins. Normally, that might not be considered a complimentary thing to say of an actor. Yet, in Turturro’s case, I feel there is no better way to describe him. The first role Turturro ever had was “Man at Table” in Martin Scorsese’s great 1980 film, Raging Bull. He started small, an extra, and from there he only began to slowly fill up the margins of cinema history. There are stars like, say, Tom Cruise or Daniel Day-Lewis who are born leading men, and aside from a few notable exceptions (Tropic Thunder for Cruise), stay...

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Cinema Saints: John Carpenter

John Carpenter works in two genres: horrors and westerns. The temptation would be to say he does science fiction too, but you would be wrong. Even his most sci-fi-y works like They Live and Escape from New York follow the western premise of a lone stranger comes into town and gets embroiled in a situation he has to straighten out. The same applies to Big Trouble in Little China, which actually was originally written as a Western before being updated to the modern day-set wacky headfuck that it became. He deals in men of few words (or a ton...

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Cinema Saints: Stan Lee

You may be wondering why Stan Lee qualifies as a Cinema Saint. Though he’s not exactly involved in any aspect of the films’ production, a Marvel movie just doesn’t feel complete without a cameo from Stan the Man. He’s managed to appear in most of the modern Marvel movies, including the animated Big Hero 6. The only exceptions are the Ghost Rider films, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past (do you even realize what you’ve done, Singer?). I felt obliged to share my appreciation for Mr. Lee when a notorious group of “critics” counted his...

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Cinema Saints: John Cazale

Here at Audiences Everywhere, we love movies. We must do, because we talk, watch, and write about them all the time. We don’t love all movies (as a look into our garbage pile will prove) but we give each movie we see a fair shake and can even find the good in bad movies. However there are negative factions on the internet who, for whatever reason, seem to only want to find the bad in movies. They pass their time and in some cases make their living pointing out all the tiny faults in movies, and then they present these things to you as though they are doing you a favour. They seem fixated on letting you know that the movies you love aren’t perfect, and sometimes they even try to make you feel guilty for enjoying the movies you enjoy. But that is not us. We find no value — entertainment, informational, or academic — in seeking out the petty “sins” of cinema. Here at Audiences Everywhere we like to look to the positive, so in that vein, we present Cinema Saints, a weekly feature discussing the people in cinema who, for various reasons, we love.   John Cazale In an ideal world, everyone would know John Cazale’s name. He would be up there with Pacino and De Niro, or perhaps Hoffman and Hackman, in the pantheon of great...

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