Michael Waters is a fictional character in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, portrayed by River Phoenix. He is a sensitive, homeless hustler who suffers from narcolepsy, directly foiling his best friend, Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves), who is a type-A personality hustler from a rich, influential family. Mike, a vagabond searching for his mother, proclaims himself as a "connoisseur of roads" because he has been "tasting roads all [his] life." Mikey remains one of the defining characters of New Queer Cinema and, due to the impressive critical reception, is a crucial role in River Phoenix's success and influence as an actor.
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In the same year, he appeared in the science fiction comedy sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and independent drama My Own Private Idaho with River Phoenix. For the latter, Reeves received critical acclaim. He starred as a police officer in the action thriller Speed (1994) with Sandra Bullock. The film was a commercial success, and garnered critical acclaim. However he followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office including Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and Chain Reaction (1996). His career experienced a turnaround when he played computer hacker Neo in The Wachowskis' science fiction film The Matrix (1999).
My Own Private River is a re-contextualized adventure drama film of My Own Private Idaho (1991). Using footage shot and directed by Gus Van Sant in 1990, the new edit gives James Franco and Van Sant a shared director credit. The project is in tribute to Franco's favorite actor, River Phoenix. Franco called "Idaho" one of his favorite movies and praised River's performance as the actor's best. My Own Private River had its premieres at the Hollywood Theatre on September 25, 2011, at the Walter Reade Theater on February 19, 2012 and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on February 24, 2012.
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (United States: 1997, by Clint Eastwood, with Kevin Spacey; Jude Law and John Cusack) - based on John Berendt's best-selling book, a prominent Savannah citizen (Spacey) shoots to death his lover. Happy Together (Hong Kong: 1997, by Wong Kar-wai, with Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai; in Mardarin, Cantonese and Spanish) - the brash and irresponsible Ho Po-Wing (Chang) makes his money from the street. Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (United States: 2001, by Steven Spielberg, with Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law). Vers le sud (Heading South) (France: 2005, by Laurent Cantet). A Single Man (US: 2010, Tom Ford). Alberto Sorbelli. Larry Clark.
A list of American films released in 1991.
Mortal Thoughts, starring Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, John Pankow, Harvey Keitel. My Best Friend, General Vasili, Son of Joseph Stalin (Moy luchshiy drug, general Vasiliy, syn Iosifa) – (U.S.S.R.). My Girl, starring Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, starring Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw, Ben Johnson, Gary Busey, Tess Harper, Balthazar Getty, Mickey Rooney. My Own Private Idaho, directed by Gus Van Sant, starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. My Sons (musuko) – Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year – (Japan). Mystery Date, starring Ethan Hawke – (United States/Canada).
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In his third feature of the year, Phoenix portrayed quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan in his second feature with director Gus Van Sant, the biopic Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. The film was released on July 13, 2018 and Phoenix's lead performance received critical acclaim. His last film role of 2018 was as Charlie Sisters in Jacques Audiard's English-language debut, an adaptation of Patrick deWitt's historical novel, The Sisters Brothers. The film was released on September 21, 2018. This same year, he also collaborated with Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink and Kat von D to narrate Chris Delforce's animal rights documentary Dominion.
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Chad Stahelski, who had been a stunt double on The Matrix prior to directing Reeves in the John Wick series, acknowledged the film's strong influence on the Wick films, and commented, "The Matrix literally changed the industry. The influx of martial-arts choreographers and fight coordinators now make more, and are more prevalent and powerful in the industry, than stunt coordinators. The Matrix revolutionized that. Today, action movies want their big sequences designed around the fights." The Matrix received Academy Awards for film editing, sound effects editing, visual effects, and sound.
At this time, Phoenix joined her brother River on the set of his tenth movie, My Own Private Idaho. She met director Gus Van Sant to whom River suggested she would be perfect for a role in his upcoming project, a film adaptation of Tom Robbins's cult novel, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. She was cast as head cowgirl Bonanza Jellybean, alongside Uma Thurman. A few months after the film's completion, Phoenix flew to Los Angeles with her brother Joaquin to meet River during a break from Dark Blood. On the evening of October 30, 1993, they set out, joined by River's girlfriend Samantha Mathis, for a night at the Los Angeles club The Viper Room, which was in part owned by Johnny Depp.
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The film was directed by Gus Van Sant (credited as Gus Van Sant, Jr.) and starred an ensemble cast led by Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, and Rain Phoenix. Robbins himself was the narrator. The soundtrack was sung entirely by k.d. lang. The film was dedicated to the late River Phoenix. The film is a transgressive romp, covering topics from homosexuality and free love to drug use and political rebellion to animal rights and body odor and religions. Sissy Hankshaw is a woman born with a mutation (she would not call it a defect) giving her enormously large thumbs. Sissy makes the most of her thumbs by becoming a hitchhiker.
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Runners-up: River Phoenix - My Own Private Idaho and Nick Nolte - The Prince of Tides. Best Actress:. Jodie Foster - ''The Silence of the Lambs. Runners-up: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon - Thelma & Louise. Best Cinematography:. Roger Deakins - Barton Fink. Runner-up: Freddie Francis - Cape Fear. Best Director:. Jonathan Demme - ''The Silence of the Lambs. Runner-up: Gus Van Sant - My Own Private Idaho. Best Documentary:. ''Paris Is Burning. Runner-up: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Best Film:. The Silence of the Lambs. Runner-up: My Own Private Idaho. Best Foreign Language Film:. Europa Europa • Germany/France. Runner-up: The Vanishing (Spoorloos) • Netherlands/France.
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Franco reunited with Milk director Van Sant to make Unfinished, a project that features two movies: Endless Idaho and My Own Private River. Endless Idaho showcases edited outtakes, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 movie My Own Private Idaho, while My Own Private River focuses on the late actor River Phoenix. The idea for the exhibition was conceived after Van Sant introduced unused footage from the 1991 film to Franco, inspiring him to turn it into something more. Unfinished opened from February 26 to April 9 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. On February 27, 2011, he and Anne Hathaway hosted the 83rd Academy Awards.
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Keanu Reeves as Tod Higgins. Harley Kozak as Susan Buckman-Huffner. Eileen Ryan as Marilyn Buckman. Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix) as Garry Buckman-Lampkin. Helen Shaw as Grandma. Jasen Fisher as Kevin Buckman. Paul Linke as George Bowman. Alisan Porter as Taylor Buckman. Zachary La Voy as Justin Buckman. Alex Burrall as Cool Buckman. Charmin Lee as Nurse at Hospital.
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Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious" Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood, Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, and most recently "The Bowery King" in the John Wick film series. For his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It, Fishburne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
I Love You to Death is a 1990 American black comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring an ensemble cast featuring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, and Keanu Reeves. The screenplay by John Kostmayer is loosely based on an attempted murder that happened in 1983, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances Toto repeatedly tried to kill her husband, Anthony. She spent four years in prison for attempted murder and was released in 1988. Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) is the owner of a pizza parlor located in Tacoma, Washington, and has been married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) for years.
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The society has published an ongoing series of anthologies of articles including: * Los Angeles Times: Hollis Alpert, 1916-2007: Writer co-founded National Society of Film Critics The B List:The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties,Genre-Bending Mavericks,and Cult Classics We Love, Edited by David Sterritt and John C. Anderson, 2008. The X List: A Guide to the Movies That Turn Us On, Edited by Jami Bernard, Da Capo Press, 2005. The A List: 100 Essential Films, Edited by Jay Carr, Da Capo Press, 2002. Flesh and Blood: On Sex, Violence, and Censorship, Edited by Peter Keough, Mercury House, 1995. They Went Thataway: Redefining Film Genres, Edited by Richard T.
The 1990s saw the rise and success of independent films not only through the film festival circuit but at the box office as well while established actors, such as Bruce Willis, John Travolta, and Tim Robbins, found success themselves both in independent films and Hollywood studio films. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990 from New Line Cinema grossed over $100 million in the United States making it the most successful indie film in box-office history to that point.
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Director Gus Van Sant has notably set and shot many of his films in the city. The city has also been featured in various television programs, notably the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia. The series, which ran for eight seasons from 2011 to 2018, was shot on location in Portland, and satirized the city as a hub of liberal politics, organic food, alternative lifestyles, and anti-establishment attitudes. MTV's long-time running reality show The Real World was also shot in Portland for the show's 29th season: The Real World: Portland premiered on MTV in 2013. Other television series shot in the city include Leverage, The Librarians, Under Suspicion, Grimm, and Nowhere Man.
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The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale") is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The Big Three are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film.
Caselli has appeared in American films including My Own Private Idaho opposite River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. In 2002 she also appeared opposite John Malkovich in Ripley's Game. * Traces of an Amorous Life (1990). The Secret (1990). My Own Private Idaho (1991). Especially on Sunday (1991). Nero (1992). Sabato italiano (1992). The Little Apocalypse (1993). Fiorile (1993). Where Are You? I'm Here (1993). Beyond the Clouds (1995). Love Story with Cramps (1995). Oui (1996). The Return of El Coyote (1998). The Vivero Letter (1999). Olympic Garage (1999). Waiting for the Messiah (2000). Sleepless (2001). Ripley's Game (2002). The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII (2003).
The 7th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 1991, were announced on March 28, 1992. It was hosted by Buck Henry in a large tent at Raleigh Studios.
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The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards, produced by Film to, a nonprofit arts organization, was hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, and broadcast live on IFC on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm PT.
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Best Actor - River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho). Best Actress - Tilda Swinton (Edward II). The President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal:. Jean-Luc Godard (Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro). Career Golden Lion:. Gian Maria Volonté. Golden Ciak:. Best Film - Mississippi Masala by Mira Nair. Best Actor - Vittorio Mezzogiorno (Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein). Best Actress - Glenn Close (Meeting Venus). FIPRESCI Prize:. Nowhere Man by Naoto Takenaka. OCIC Award:. Close to Eden by Nikita Mikhalkov. OCIC Award - Honorable Mention:. Luigi Faccini. Pasinetti Award:. Best Film - Close to Eden by Nikita Mikhalkov. Best Actor - Vittorio Mezzogiorno (Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein).
Portland—Oregon's largest city—has been a major shooting location for filmmakers, and has been featured prominently in the films of Gus Van Sant, namely Mala Noche (1985), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Elephant (2003). *According to a list provided by the Oregon Film Council, the following films were shot in Oregon; however, specific locations and cities were not documented. Oregon Film, a catalogue of films shot in Oregon by the Oregon Governor's Office of Film & Television. The Oregon Film Museum, an online database of films shot in Oregon.