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  Mike Leigh
Naked is a harrowing portrait of self-destruction and victimization.
Naked is an unrelenting, deeply disturbing film about the pain of alienation and lost direction.
At the heart of the film is the profoundly simple idea: that human suffering is universal, and that the only comfort lies in our ability to share the pain with those we love.
www.filmref.com /directors/dirpages/leigh.html   (679 words)

 DVD Review: Naked Gun
The film (as well as the cancelled TV series) starred Leslie Neilsen as bumbling detective Frank Drebin, who falls (literally) into solving many of his cases.
The film is still mainly a dialogue-driven comedy, and that remains the focus here as well, with dialogue sounding clear and easily understood.
Anyways, like the film itself, the commentary for "Naked Gun" is good for more than one listen - many will want to listen at least more than once to catch some of the little comments here and there they may have missed the first time around.
www.currentfilm.com /dvdreviews/nakedgundvd.html   (867 words)

 The Pagan Agenda :: Mike Leigh’s Naked
Naked is the definitive loner narrative, which consists in large part of the frustrated idealist Mancunian, Johnny (played brilliantly by David Thewlis), roaming the streets of London, partaking in a sort of modern Odyssey along the way.
The film is an unsentimental investigation into modern malaise with each of the main characters exhibiting some aspect of wasted opportunity as they persevere in a cruelly disinterested world.
Thewlis as Johnny is mesmerizing on film, and the patience involved in putting that performance onscreen seems to have paid off in creating a fully dimensional human being at the center of it all.
www.thepaganagenda.com /2005/10/17/mike-leighs-naked   (963 words)

 Naked Lunch explores writer's twisted creativity
EARLY IN DAVID CRONENBERG'S new film Naked Lunch, two aspiring writers are shown in a New York City diner in 1953 discussing different approaches to the creative process.
They leave him alone in a room and bring out a giant, talking beetle that tells him that he is really an undercover agent who must kill his wife because she is an enemy agent of Interzone, a drug-producing territory in northern Africa.
Cronenberg's film is based on William S. Burroughs' controversial Beat generation novel, Naked Lunch, but rather than translate the book directly to the screen Cronenberg has written an ingenious screenplay that deals metaphorically with the creative process that resulted in the work and the factors that influenced and perhaps necessitated it.
www-tech.mit.edu /V111/N59/naked.59a.html   (746 words)

 Naked Lunch Movie Review at Hollywood Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Who better, then, to make a film based on the work of Beat icon and avant-garde author William S. Burroughs — whose life of addiction and ceaseless rebellion against the establishment served as the basis for some of the purest, most unflinching, and influential writing of the 20th century.
Naked Lunch is more than a literary adaptation of Burroughs' 1959 breakthrough novel; it's a compilation of themes and excerpts from several of the author's early works intertwined with a sympathetic, moving portrait of the author himself.
Naked Lunch is the title of the film and many of the scenes and the monstrous Mugwumps—here, drug-producing, skeletal creatures who bear a marked resemblance to Burroughs—are lifted from the novel.
www.hollywoodvideo.com /movies/movie.aspx?MID=2363   (2252 words)

 Naked Blood
Unfortunately, as you might expect from a film which tries to transcend two highly polarised categories of film-making, the abovementioned plot is as confused as its director and writer appear to be.
At some points you get the sense that Naked Blood is trying desperately hard to make some kind of profound social statement, to get some message about the nature of superficiality and the rewards a person reaps by living their life in a shallow, self-serving way across.
The next morning, part of her premonition is proved to be accurate: Eiji's concept of 'observing' the three women mainly consists of filming them with a zoom lens from far away.
www.mandiapple.com /snowblood/nakedblood.htm   (2829 words)

 arts NAKED reviews
Simply having Meryl Streep in the film immediately draws attention, as it is rare she does anything which does not stir an outcry for another Oscar.
To describe this as an action film (which the film was touted as being), is misleading.
The film sets up backgrounds on those passengers you just know will become integral to the plot as it unfolds, but thankfully this is done in a snappy way so as not to waste too much time before the actual event -- ie, the wave -- occurs.
www.thedotsquad.com.au /artsnaked/reviews/web_main_search.php?section=film&tab=all   (2645 words)

 Naked Lunch (1991) : Directed by David Cronenberg, reviewed by Nick Burton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
David Cronenberg's 1991 film Naked Lunch should not be seen as an adaptation of the 1959 William S. Burroughs novel — such an undertaking would be quite impossible — but as an exploration of the state of mind that produced such a work.
The film's central image is based on a true story: In 1951, Burroughs shot and killed his wife while playing a game of William Tell.
That he made a film that is consistently aware of the pain and guilt that went into the creation of one of the most unusual novels ever written is even more remarkable.
www.pifmagazine.com /SID/473   (523 words)

 EUFS: Naked Lunch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The single most telling scene of the film is one in which Lee is seen lying in a pile of dirt, crying and hiding.
The whole film is a document of Lee's narcotic-fuelled fantasy and the reports he writes (to whom is never revealed, or indeed relevant) form the pages of `The Naked Lunch'.
The most fascinating aspect of the film is the very fact that it was made - a full-blown Technicolor portrait of the workings of a heroin-addled brain.
www.eufs.org.uk /films/naked_lunch.html   (368 words)

The film is structured according to the tradition of the "picaresque" novel (the classic
Throughout the film the point-of-view focuses on Johnny; the only exceptions (or nearly so) are the scenes that follow Jeremy/Sebastian.
The film has been heavily criticized, particularly in Britain, for its apparent misogyny (i.e., hatred of women, debased portrait of women).
spot.pcc.edu /~mdembrow/naked05.htm   (373 words)

 Brown Paper Tickets - Naked Freedom Film Festival at SAM
Naked Freedom Film Festival, debuting on May 15-16, promises to be the most comprehensive and diverse collection of films to date exploring naked expression in its many colors.
Films will explore themes of body acceptance, body art, public lands advocacy, exploitation, taboo, recreation, emerging body-positive cultures, and the use of the naked body to seek social justice.
The films showcase historic moments and the many colorful personalities involved in the spread of body-positive culture.
www.brownpapertickets.com /event/256   (210 words)

 Naked Killer (1992)
Simon Yam talks candidly about the film and his embarrassment at doing the sex scenes, the need for HK actors to have more time to train for their roles, and his willingness to take on any role if the script is good enough.
Wong also tapped into the whole mainstream Category III film erotica that was popular at the time to include ample amounts of female groping and lip-locking and a bit of sex and nudity.
In fairness, the film also bears a particularly strong resemblance to Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972) which is no coincidence since director Clarence Ford was a protégé of Chor Yuen.
www.kungfucinema.com /reviews/nakedkiller.htm   (1163 words)

 Naked Lunch Movie Review
A film adaptation of NAKED LUNCH is an ambitious undertaking.
NAKED LUNCH, written by William S. Burroughs, centers on the themes of drug (and other) addiction and homosexual perversion.
Do see NAKED LUNCH, if you're not easily offended; it is an entertaining film, and it breaks enough rules to put the rest of cinema in a different light.
www.killermovies.com /n/nakedlunch/reviews/g5.html   (730 words)

 BBC - Film Network - Half Naked   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Half Naked was born out of the frustrations of short film funding for filmmakers who just want to make films.
Half Naked has finally emerged in 2005 on numerous DVDs including the new EP+DVD by 'Thin Films' 'Half Naked' (released April 05) which comprises of 5 tracks including the Red Light Mix of the title track and an accompanying dvd of the short released on Thin Recordings.
Some of the content on Film Network is generated by members of the public.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/filmnetwork/A3551942   (815 words)

 Naked (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Before this film, Leigh was known for more-low-key, subtler comedic dissections of middle-class and working-class manners.
Naked is minimal on plot, dependent on the audience's fascination on the interaction between the characters, and has been praised as an outstanding work of modern realism, with highly convincing performances all round.
Naked has been accused of glamorising anti-woman attitudes in creating such a compelling misogynist character; but scenes towards the end of the film, in particular, render that claim somewhat hollow.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Naked_(film)   (677 words)

 Naked Lunch (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Naked Lunch is a 1991 film by the Canadian director David Cronenberg.
The first track on Showbread's Age of Reptiles is called "Naked Lunch" and is themed around the ideas presented in both the film and novel.
The film's score is composed by Cronenberg's staple go-to scorer: Howard Shore.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Naked_Lunch_(film)   (873 words)

 The Naked City
Filmed in Stillman's Gym, the Roxy Theater, the Whitehall Building, the City Morgue, Roosevelt Hospital, the Universal Building, and Williamsburg Bridge in New York City.
The Naked City is New York, a metropolis of playgrounds and police precincts, fire escapes and brownstones and neon lights, rush-hour subways packed like sardine cans and fire hydrants sprinkling the streets on a sweltering summer day.
The Naked City is a series of powerful scenes, first depicting the murder of a pretty, man-hungry, larcenous young model, and then detailing the efforts of the cops to sniff out her killers.
www.filmreference.com /Films-My-No/The-Naked-City.html   (812 words)

 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: Naked Lunch: The Criterion Collection
Naked Lunch isn't a biopic in the strictest sense, but the foundation of the film is solidly anchored in Burroughs' biography.
The best of Cronenberg's pictures and Burroughs' writings inspire dread, delight, pity, disgust, and speculation — both artists are celebrated as notorious rule-breakers and Naked Lunch, while not for the easily offended, presents one of the strangest, smartest, and most disturbing depictions of the writer's process ever put on film.
Criterion's two-disc DVD release of Naked Lunch is spectacular, starting with the new high-definition transfer in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1), which has been approved by Cronenberg and is absolutely pristine.
www.dvdjournal.com /quickreviews/n/nakedlunch_cc.q.shtml   (845 words)

 Amazon.com: Naked - Criterion Collection: DVD: David Thewlis,Lesley Sharp,Katrin Cartlidge,Greg Cruttwell,Claire ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Microcosms of relationships, criminal minds, malicious intent and the curse of intelligence are all explored here, in a film that may severely expand the viewer's beliefs about those that live on the fringe of society, and their own lives.
Although Naked is a fairly heavy movie by mainstream standards, its subject matter is highy socially relevant, emotionally moving, tragically beautiful and strong acting by the leading and supporting characters.
He is as merciless to a tourettic stutterer as he is ultimately to himself, and Johnny pushes to the very brink of madness in a film that uniquely captures the razor-thin divide between genius and savagery.
www.amazon.com /Naked-Criterion-Collection-David-Thewlis/dp/B000A88EV4   (2369 words)

 Naked City
Feature films had not been shot on location in NYC since the silent era, when Mark Hellinger, a former columnist, screenwriter and veteran of the Army Air Force's Motion Picture Unit proposed that a fiction film made with the urgency of a documentary would be a fresh approach to the crime film.
There were plenty of films set in New York, of course, in the fantasy New York of the Hollywood backlots and soundstages, created by writers and directors nostalgic for the cultural rush and urban beauty of the East Coast.
His first film after liberation from the confines of a studio contract at MGM was a raw and sadistic prison drama, Brute Force.
www.moviediva.com /MD_root/reviewpages/MDNakedCity.htm   (1133 words)

 Amazon.ca: Naked (Criterion Collection): DVD: Mike Leigh,Gina McKee,Lesley Sharp,Claire Skinner,David Thewlis,Katrin ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In between his breakthrough film (Life Is Sweet) and his world sensation (Secrets and Lies), filmmaker Mike Leigh created his most abrasive and daring film, Naked.
It is more of a character film than sheer entertainment and thus it can be hard to watch, but it offers one of the great performances of the 1990s.
One of the essential films of the 1990s, Mike Leigh’s brilliant and controversial Naked stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming, eloquent, and relentlessly vicious drifter in London.
www.amazon.ca /Naked-Criterion-Collection-Mike-Leigh/dp/B000A88EV4   (1111 words)

 Naked City -- History
The Naked City, a 30-minute crime drama starring John McIntire and James Franciscus as New York detectives, premiered on ABC on September 30, 1958.
In style and substance it was based on Jules Dassin’s 1948 feature film The Naked City, a police procedural filmed on location in New York.
This film’s title, as well as its gritty, semidocumentary look, was inspired by Naked City, the 1945 book of photographs by newspaper photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig).
www.scc.net /~heather/nchist.html   (721 words)

In fact, this film begins like a light-hearted documentary of New York; it's narrator (Producer Mark Hellinger) targets fun details only the New York nightlife can have.
In fact, most of the film was shot on location.
Film fans will enjoy keeping their eyes peeled for cameos of past and future stars in THE NAKED CITY.
www.filmsinreview.com /FilmReviews/DVDs/dvdrev-the_naked_city.html   (446 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Kinsey's Hollywood: Women who bathe naked with boys
Anyway, the boy taking a bath with the naked film star is "done in the best possible taste" she says.
She is shocked, appalled, stunned that a scene with her sloshing around naked with an apparently naked almost boy lover might be seen as a sex scene.
Still, the film was booed and hissed at by those uptight Viennese film critics who did not understand the artistic beauty and innocence of it all.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=41180   (764 words)

 The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur was James Stewart and Anthony Mann's third western together and is widely regarded as their best collaboration.
Ben and Lina's whispered escape ploy in the dark cave remains a concentrated statement of the film's shifting allegiances; her wavering between betraying Ben and cultivating Kemp, we torn between seeing Ben as a raffish but likeable outlaw, and as a vicious unprincipled killer.
The Naked Spur is pivotal: drawing a line forever beneath Stewart's beneficent drawl, and foretelling the bloody revisions of the post-classical horse opera.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/cteq/03/28/naked_spur.html   (1010 words)

 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
I recently bought the boxed set, (all 3 films) and really enjoyed watching them again.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
www.imdb.com /title/tt0095705   (365 words)

 Naked Lunch - AOL Music
For the movie, see Naked Lunch (film), for the Austrian band of the same name,...
Naked Lunch is considered Burroughs' seminal work, and one of the...
The reception of Naked Lunch was somewhat mixed.
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 Bright Lights Film Journal | Pricks in December: Naked
In Naked, Mike Leigh combines irony and a very strict form of realism, which might have been the predominant elements of his style for some time, to achieve results that any surrealist might envy.
Indeed, the irony is so intense that it is impossible to tell for sure what happens in many scenes, giving the film a flavor both familiar and delightful to anyone acclimated to the modernism which is now so often said to be old-fashioned.
That so many can consider Naked fascinating, stimulating, and enjoyable, without agreeing on simple questions like “what is this movie about?”, is surely a result of the active participation in understanding forced by the director’s style.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /54/noirnaked.htm   (1134 words)

 BBC News | WALES | Naked film postcards returned to sender
Postcards promoting a film featuring a group of men parading naked through a south Wales housing estate have been banned by the US Postal Service.
The film was co-funded by Channel 4, British Screen, Welsh film agency Sgrin and the Arts Council of Wales.
The film - shot in the Pontprennau housing estate in Cardiff - received its official screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival back in May.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/wales/1464627.stm   (389 words)

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