Diane Lane


Francis Ford Coppola‘s Rumble Fish is turning 30 years old this Monday. While its theatrical release was October 21, 1983, the film made its debut at the New York Film Festival earlier in the month, on the 7th. Since then, it has taken on more of a cult status rather than joining the classic ranks of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. That’s a pity, because it’s arguably as good as Coppola’s most well-respected hits. The teen angst picture stars Matt Dillon as a kid trying to live up to the reputation of his brother, “The Motorcycle Boy” (Mickey Rourke). And it has always been a favorite of mine. In fact, the sole poster framed in my apartment is a one-sheet from the film. It’s just that great. At the time, it was Coppola’s most experimental movie. It’s a bizarre trip into this hellish place where everything is soaked in dread and smoke. The only place a man can find some calm is a diner run by Tom Waits. When you have to find refuge with Tom Waits, then you know you’re in trouble. It’s a rough picture, especially compared to Coppola’s other, more sentimental (and in color, more accessible) S.E. Hinton adaptation about troubled kids from the same year: The Outsiders. Out of the two, the slightly earlier film is the one that garnered more accolades, but in my book Rumble Fish is the superior movie. Narrowing the film down to six scenes was tough, because every scene in the film is enjoyable in its own right. Diane Lane, Chris Penn, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, […]


Zack Snyder's Superman Man of Steel

Superman doesn’t look all that happy in these first two (near identical) teasers for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. If you thought Bryan Singer‘s Superman was an unbearable mope, wait until you get a peak at Snyder’s, who has apparently made one of our greatest heroes in the galaxy a bearded, lonely and sad fisherman. You can’t get more “gritty” and “real” than that shocking transformation. Check both teasers out below, one with Kevin Costner narrating and one featuring Russell Crowe’s melodic grumbling.


Superman Baby

Diane Lane is all set to become to most buxom and vivacious Martha Kent of all time in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, but she’s echoing something the future General Zod Michael Shannon has already publicly said: nobody seems to have a copy of the script. Lane told E Online that, “I read the script under lock and key. I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it. I nailed it into my memory. I’m really excited. I’m really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on.” She may not be able to talk much about it, but already I feel that she’s said too much. Lane’s comments seem to confirm that this new take on Superman is going to be yet another origin story, and if there’s anything I know to be true in my heart of hearts, it’s that nobody wants to see another superhero origin story. At this point Superman is such a part of Americana that our kids are born probably already knowing the tale of the baby jettisoned from the planet of Krypton and his new home on Earth where he finds he has strange powers. Do we really need to see the story “from infancy on” yet again? Can’t we finally just get a good movie where a grown-up Superman battles a bunch of giant robots or something in the […]


Zack Snyder

Visionary director Zack Snyder took some questions about his upcoming Superman movie at a recent press junket for his latest film Sucker Punch and had some interesting things to say about his approach. So far in his career we’ve seen Snyder do a lot of surreal, ultra violent, ultra stylized action stuff. That’s fun and all in its proper context, but it doesn’t explain how it got him the job of making a Superman movie. When asked about what his approach to this film would be, Snyder said, “I feel like, I mean I’ve said to the studio that this will probably be the most realistic Superman movie ever made. It takes place in the real world much more than [my previous films]… I mean, I’ve just never had the subject matter that needed that, you know what I mean? Like everything I’ve done up to this point really has the benefit of existing in a stylized world.” When the project was first being put together, word was that Christopher Nolan was overseeing it and it was going to take a similar approach to the material that he took when making Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. While Nolan is a pretty universally beloved filmmaker, it seemed like the studio was missing the boat. Just because gritty and street level worked for Batman doesn’t mean it’s going to work for Superman. They’re two completely different characters. And once Snyder’s name was attached to the project, it fanned the flames even […]



Warner Bros. has announced the second bit of casting news for their upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise via press release. First they announced that the relatively unknown Henry Cavill was cast as Clark Kent, and now comes the news that veteran screen hotty Diane Lane has signed on to play his mother Martha. That’s right; Diane Lane is playing Clark Kent’s kindly old farmhouse mother. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to oogle Superman’s mom in some patented Zack Snyder slo-mo. Immediately I’m picturing a sequence where a pie is taken out of an oven, a finger dips in for a test, and then some piping hot pie filling is sucked off. Slowly. Probably Clark will fly in through the kitchen window at this point and the rush of wind will cause her hair to blow around. Slowly. Snyder states in the press release, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.” Values and wisdom? Has he seen Unfaithful? But in all seriousness, Lane is a great actress and I’m sure she’ll do well with the part. I’m excited to see that this take on Superman is drawing an A-lister. That’s a good sign, and it does nothing […]



This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr horses around this week with the legendary racehorse from the 1970s, hoping he too can go home with Diane Lane. After racing out to see Secretariat, he wonders if Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel would be anything more than a pretty couple. Then he gets down on his knees and prays: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I beg you skip My Soul to Take.”.



Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; gaining strength as we gain weight. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions please don’t hesitate to inform the management…so they can forcibly remove you from the room.



Supposedly, Francis Ford Coppola made his final masterwork with Apocalypse Now. Then how do you explain this little slice of thug heaven?



In what I can almost assure you is not bestiality pornography (or is a first for Disney), John Malkovich has signed on for a movie about one of the most famous athletes in the history of the world.



This week on a very special episode of Reject Radio that we forgot to post earlier in the week, I name more than 5 great Stephen King film adaptations and make Robert Fure look like the fool he is, we take a look at Sorority Row, and Diane Lane looks great in a cop uniform.



Shelved! will be a very infrequent feature here at FSR where we briefly examine possible reasons as to why the film was buried then review the movie to see if it was shelved with good cause or if it deserves a space on your shelf. This week… Killshot starring Mickey Rourke!



So, you’ve dragged your wife or girlfriend with you to see everything from The Dark Knight to Step Brothers. This weekend, she has her revenge by taking you to see Nights in Rodanthe. There is only one thing that can help you through this crisis… sweet, sweet booze.


Diane Lane and Richard Gere in Night in Rodanthe

Due to the way he was affected by his screening of Nights in Rodanthe, Cole Abaius has decided to forego the standard review format. Instead, he will review the film in the form of an open letter to the filmmakers.



Kevin and Neil swear they aren’t planning on offending anyone in this show… until they start talking about unsubstantiated Kirk Cameron rumors.

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