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Focus Features Presenting Six-Film Gary Oldman Retrospective in LA

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December 28, 2011

Gary Oldman Retrospective

Almost everyone is familiar with British thespian Gary Oldman, an incredibly talented and versatile actor who has appeared in everything from The Dark Knight to Lost in Space to Harry Potter. In an attempt to bring some extra attention to their Oscar campaign for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Focus Features is hosting a six-film retrospective looking back at Oldman's career highlights and best performances. And no, The Fifth Element isn't one of them - damn! The event kicks off for three nights in a row starting January 9th at the Arclight Hollywood, and you can RSVP for tickets for free on the website. This sounds great!

Thanks to Collider for the original tip on this event. Focus Features & KCRW invite you to celebrate one of the greatest actors of our generation - Gary Oldman. The event includes three nights in a row of double features in the evening, including these films: Sid & Nancy (1986), JFK (1991), The Contender (2000), Dracula (1992), Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and finally, a screening of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), with Oldman there for a Q&A. That final evening sounds like it'll be spectacular. Here's the website listing:

Gary Oldman Retrospective

If you're interested in attending, click the image above or visit this site to RSVP, as tickets are free but it's first come, first serve. Don't forget it looks like you must RSVP for each film individually. Matt Holzman, host of KCRW's Matt's Movies screening series, will conduct the live Q&A with Mr. Oldman on the final night of the retrospective, following the 8:00PM showing of Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (watch the trailer). It's very likely Oldman will receive a nomination, if not a win, for his performance in Tinker Tailor, as he does a spectacular job as George Smiley. But the Best Actor race is always tricky and there are many other highly acclaimed lead performances this year. Let us know if you're attending any!

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  • Anonymous
    What NO Leon: The Professional ... a travesty
    • evidently they didn't have time for this mickey mouse bullshit
      • Sethamus
        Points go to Dj, Ben and David....cause that movie rocked and rolled.  Not to mention that was the first Gary Oldman movie I remember seeing.  Dude literally stole the movie.
    • Yea I know... I feel like we should just host our OWN retrospective with Leon and Fifth Element and Prisoner of Azkaban and Book of Eli and more of his "badass" movie roles!
      • Book of Eli was such a bad movie due to its incomprehensible premise that I don't feel it should be included in the list. Fifth Element was great despite Oldman's character not making much sense in the end (Oldman himself delivered it magnificently, however.)
        • Whaaa? Book of Eli is damn good fun! Great filmmaking, just an entertaining post-apoc flick. And I LOVE Fifth Element, thanks to Oldman and Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker and Bruce Willis and everyone in that!
          • The problem with Book of Eli is that the premise is deeply flawed, with respect to the timeline it presents. The premise is that after nuclear fallout, people blamed religion to the point that every bible except one was destroyed. That takes a lot of hate, a lot of effort, and years to accomplish. You can't have that kind of widespread hate of religion and then turn it around less than a generation later to the point where nobody knows what a bible is. The second Gary Oldman started talking about the bible he would have been lynched by the people he was trying to use it to manipulate. The movie should have taken place a good couple hundred years after the fallout. It would have been an easy change, honestly. As it is, however, it doesn't work at all. Fifth Element was a great movie, I'm not denying that. Oldman's character should have been trying to do something at the end other than rooting for the thing about to destroy humanity, however; a little self-interest would have been appropriate.
          • Anonymous
            at Ben Roth: (couldn't reply to last post of this thread) In Fifth Element it wasn't so much Zorg (Oldman's character) rooting for Shadow (pure evil/thing about to destroy life), it was more like he was forced to help Shadow.
  • Loser
    For those who love Oldman, watch Romeo is Bleeding. His most wonderful, gripping, awesome and hilarious performance. 
  • hans
    A shame that they skipped Leon
  • Anonymous
    Since we can't substitute Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (obviously) I say drop JFK, Prick Up Your Ears and The Contender; keep Sid & Nancy and Dracula (obviously), and add in The Fifth Element, Romeo Is Bleeding, and Tiptoes. I almost picked True Romance, but that's just one great bit role in an OK movie full of great supporting performances.
  • MatthewS
    Thank you akirakorn for mentioning Dracula! I though everyone here had forgotten that he was Vlad the Impaler!

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