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All 13 Nicolas Roeg Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By David Zou

“Nicolas Roeg is a chillingly chic director.”
– Pauline Kael

Born in 1928, polymath filmmaker Nicolas Roeg – who turns 90 on August 18th of this year – began his cinematic career as a camera operator (early credits include Ken Hughes’s The Trials of Oscar Wilde [1960] and 2nd unit photographer on the David Lean classic Lawrence of Arabia [1962]), before moving on to being a cinematographer (François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 [1966], and Richard Lester’s Petulia [1968] rank amongst his most noted works as DP) and then later, of course, as composer, editor, writer, and director.

“When I first encountered cinema it was with a sense of wonder,” Roeg told Time Out in an interview back in 2006. That sense of wonder was evident in the first film he helmed as director, the narrative-shattering, censors-be-damned arthouse exercise/crime drama Performance (1970).

Much of what’s present in Performance (which was co-helmed by Donald Cammell) would come to characterize all of Roeg’s finest films; a narrative shell game of skewered chronology; elliptical and often jolting representations of fleeting memories; nightmarish variegations of sound and image, often kaleidoscopic abstractions and juxtapositions like shiny smashed glass once used to reflect the subconscious now reconstituted into Roeg’s expressive idiosyncratic style.

An almost immeasurable influence on many current mainstream filmmakers, particularly those with an experimental angle; Danny Boyle, Gaspar Noé, François Ozon, Lynne Ramsay, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Ben Wheatley, to name just a few.

The following list examines Roeg’s feature films (PLEASE NOTE: absent from this ranking are his numerous shorts, made for TV projects, and Aria, a 1987 anthology film he contributed to), while also elaborating briefly on the societal impact of his considerable and often celebrated works. If Roeg is a new discovery for you, than treasures await, and if he’s already a name very familiar for you, perhaps → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Coolest Movie Characters of All Time

By Dilair Singh

What does being a “cool” movie character mean exactly? It means being able to keep a level head regardless of the situation the character ends up in. For some characters, the stakes are obviously much greater. Their “coolness” becomes integral to their survival. But for other characters, their coolness is so ingrained it’s a way of life.

Here’s a list of 10 great examples of being cool in film; there are similar character traits, but coolness isn’t always exactly the same.

10. Tyler Durden – Fight Club


The dynamic between Brad Pitt’s performance, and Edward Norton’s speaks volumes about how much Tyler Durden meant for many young men. People love Fight Club so much now that it has almost become stigmatized to admit you like the film.

It’s a movie frustrated guys watch to feel empowered: in real life they’re perhaps most like Edward Norton’s Tyler Durden. But Brad Pitt’s portrayal of the same character is who they hope to be. It’s this complexity of Tyler Durden that marks Fight Club stand apart from being just a typical frat boy movie. Tyler Durden still represents so much; primarily the idea of taking charge of your own life.

9. Ellen Ripley – Alien

Ellen Ripley is a character that was ahead of her time. The character was originally written as a man, but Ridley Scott ultimately decided against that.

Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is a subversive hero: she’s one of the smartest, bravest characters in a genre that is typically filled with men.

8. Randal – Clerks

Kevin Smith has mentioned that when he initially started writing Clerks, he intended to play the role of Randal himself. As a result, Randal Graves is the funnier of → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema