8 items from 2014
In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
• Patrick Wilson continues to surprise. After guest starring in one of Girls’ most talked about episodes and appearing in the modestly budgeted box office smash The Conjuring, Wilson is set to go the superhero route. He’s reportedly signed on to appear in Marvel’s Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright. There are no details on his role yet. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are starring in the film about a biochemist who discovers a formula that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant. Disney has already set a July 31, 2015, release. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Feature Simon Brew 30 Jan 2014 - 06:53
The lightest, funniest Indiana Jones movie generally ranks second, behind Raiders of the Lost Ark. Simon takes a look back...
This article contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Untouchables.
Go by the general law of Indiana Jones movies, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark is regarded as the best, Last Crusade is second, then there's a gap to Temple Of Doom in third, and the other one is fourth. I looked at Temple Of Doom earlier in the week, here, after I watched the movie with my ten-year old son. After that, we popped The Last Crusade on. And it left me wondering: is Last Crusade's stranglehold on second place fair?
Certainly by the time my ten-year old sat through it he'd have said so. He guffawed, was excited, and enjoyed the hell out of it. I don't blame him, »
Past events can fuel present problems, as the Reagans' latest cases taught them anew.
Written by co-executive producer Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Friday's (Jan. 17) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods," "Unfinished Business," set Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) on the trail of Army veteran John Russelll (guest star Chad Michael Collins), who had assaulted his wife, Maryann (guest star Kelli Barrett), and taken their son Tommy (guest star Michael Capperella) from his school.
The Army, as represented by Maj. Harrison (guest star Terry Serpico), wasn't happy that Danny had started an investigation without clearing it with him first. A struggle over jurisdiction began, with Marine veteran Danny noting, "I understand protocol. I just don't like following it."
During a press conference on a weapons-selling bust, Frank (Tom Selleck) was confronted by Betty Lowe (guest star Karen Allen), who asked him "why I can't get justice for my daughter. And her killer is out there, »
Kottke has uncovered an incredible behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The 1981 film chronicled Indy’s battle against the Nazis in a race for the Ark of the Covenant, which the armies believe will make them invincible. In the tradition of the old Saturday morning adventure serials, director Steven Spielberg and co-writer/producer George Lucas (the men look like twins in this 1981 documentary) devised an updating that has spawned three films and a television adaptation. This PBS special takes us behind the scenes with candid interviews, footage from the set, and allows us to mingle with stars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen as they prepare to tackle what would become one of their most famous roles. “I want one person, whose job it...
- Alison Nastasi
News and notes from all over TV:
- "Marvel's Agents of Shield" has officially gained an exciting new cast member: Stan Lee filmed an appearance on the ABC drama. It's reported that he will have a "big role" in his episode, which is expected to air on Feb. 4. Lee has made cameos in all the Marvel-produced movies, but this will be his first on the TV show, which he also executive produces. [Hollywood Reporter]
- CBS' "Blue Bloods" has cast actor-comedian Doug E. Doug ("Cosby," "Cool Runnings") and "Raiders of the Lost Ark's" Karen Allen in guest roles. Both will appear in the Jan. 17 episode. He plays a murder witness questioned anew by prosecutor Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) as she reopens a homicide case. His character won't be hard to find: He's in jail, being held for his apparent involvement in another matter. Allen plays the victim's mother.
- The Bcs championship game drew strong, »
8 items from 2014
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