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2009-03-30 09:39:11

The latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, picked up three prizes at the Empire Awards ceremony in London. The movie was named best picture, Christopher Nolan won the best director title and Caped Crusader portrayer Christian Bale took home the best actor trophy, the BBC said. Helena Bonham Carter won the best actress award for her lead role in the big-screen musical Sweeney Todd and late actor Heath Ledger -- who won a posthumous Oscar last month for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight --...

2008-12-28 12:00:09

U.S. actor Viggo Mortensen says his involvement in the dark movies, Good and The Road, have helped him focus on the important things in life. The Eastern Promises star said the movies about Nazi Germany and an apocalyptic world, respectively, altered his outlook on the world by making him a more active member of society and social circles, the New York Post reported Sunday. It makes you value paying attention, you know what I mean? As a family member, or friend or member of society, if you...

2008-11-03 21:00:09

Giacomo Battiato's political drama "Resolution 819" won the gold Marcus Aurelius award for best film voted by the public at the Rome Film Festival. The critics' prize for best film went to Afghan director Siddiq Barmak's dark comedy "Opium War," ANSA said. Italian actress Donatella Finocchiaro earned a silver Marcus Aurelius for best actress for her work in "Galantuomini" and Ukrainian actor Bohdan Stupka took home the equivalent prize for best actor for his performance in "Serce Na Dloni...

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By ROBERT NOTT I Never mind the Pollocks Robert Nott I The New Mexican Appaloosa, gals-and-gunfire oater, rated R, Regal Stadium 14, 424-6296, 3 chiles Appaloosa, shot in New Mexico and based on Robert B. Parker's novel of the same name, opens with hoofbeats. The only thing that might top that for Western film fans is a burst of gunfire, which quickly follows. Appaloosa closes with a man riding into the sunset - - an apt ending. In between you get a passel of shootin', chasin',...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

By Michael Machosky No genre of film is as bound and defined by tradition as the Western. Of course, most of the best Westerns since the '70s have gleefully taken a stick of dynamite to the accumulated Western cliches-- from "The Wild Bunch" (1969) to HBO's "Deadwood" (2004- 06). The strong, if uneven, "Appaloosa" is a bit of both -- a subversive Western wearing traditional chaps and spurs. It does not have a traditional pedigree. The story is based on a novel by mystery author Robert...

2008-10-03 18:00:20

By John Beifuss "Appaloosa" might be described as a routine Western, except that in the filmgoing culture of 2008, there's nothing routine about the pleasures of a well-made and entertaining movie about gunfighters, an evil rancher, a piano-playing saloon girl and hostile Apaches in the Old West. The movie was directed and co-scripted by its star, Ed Harris, working from a 2005 novel by Robert B. Parker (author of the "Spenser" detective series). Harris does a fine job, but he should have...

2008-10-03 09:00:21

By Jeff Vice Deseret News APPALOOSA -- *** -- Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renee Zellweger; rated R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore, brief nudity, slurs) It helps to have a good sense of humor. In fact, having one has saved many movies. That's especially true of Westerns, a genre that's not necessarily associated with big laughs. While there aren't a ton of laughs, there are a few deliberate chuckle-worthy moments in "Appaloosa," an adaptation of the well- regarded Robert...

2008-09-27 00:00:25

By nigel powlson Westerns don't come along very often any more but when someone is brave enough to sit tall in the saddle, it's invariably worth the wait. Last year, Brad Pitt's foray into the wild west, The Assassination of Jesse James, was a contender for film of the year and Russell Crowe's remake of 3:10 to Yuma wasn't far behind. Now it's Ed Harris' turn to pull on spurs, dig out his six shooter and go in search of film drama. Harris is co-writer, director and star of Appaloosa,...

2008-09-22 12:00:25

By Reel N.M. DAN MAYFIELD Of the Journal It's been rumored that guys like Neil Summers are living in New Mexico. For 42 years, he's been one of Hollywood's go-to guys for stunts, specifically horse stunts in Western films. You know the guy who gets shot and falls off a horse in every Western? That's Summers. "It's all I've ever done. Forty-two years," Summers said. "I grew up watching all the cowboys on TV. I just wanted to be a cowboy in the movies. I had no interest in staying...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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