17 items from 2014
It's always a bummer when a technical glitch happens. This week, we lost an entire question and answer to some sort of strange microphone flutter. Someone wrote in to ask about the year 1994, asking if there were films that were overshadowed by "Pulp Fiction" that year that deserved some praise, and I took the opportunity to sing the praises of Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe" for a bit. I love that movie, and I think it's got a great dark evil energy about it. The work by Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy is outstanding, and Jean-Hugues Anglade is like some mad hallucination in it. Anyway, we had to lose the whole thing, so it's a quicker-than-normal episode of "Ask Drew!" this week. We had a longer-than-expected hiatus between episodes, and we'll be turning that around and getting back on the every-other-week schedule now. It was my schedule that complicated everything. »
- Drew McWeeny
20 years ago last month, “Pulp Fiction” hit theaters and became an instant cult classic. Quentin Tarantino’s second turn as a feature director—the film followed “Reservoir Dogs”—'Pulp' was also a critical success, garnering the helmer an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (along with Roger Avary). Part of the Miramax Oscar campaign, though strong enough to stand on its own laurels, the film also received nominations for Best Leading Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Director, Actress in a Supporting Role (Uma Thurman), Editing, and Best Picture. 14 years after “Pulp Fiction” made its debut, the cast and crew reunited onstage on April 28, 2008 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. To be fair, it’s more of a crew reunion than a cast one. Of the remarkable helping of A-listers who appeared in the film, »
- Zach Hollwedel
My new apartment doesn't have internet or cable, because I don't know if I want internet or cable. "Not wanting cable" is so hot right now. This week, CBS and HBO announced their intentions to launch streaming-only services. Pause to imagine your retired grandparents who watch NCIS: New Orleans but prefer NCIS: La. Now pause to imagine your prodigal-son cousin who stars in a hipster off-Broadway nude-rap opera. (He plays a a cross-dressing hooker named Threeyoncé.) Now pause to imagine that they both suddenly agree on everything—because when the most successful TV network and the TV network so cool »
- Darren Franich
Director and writer Quentin Tarantino burst into the mainstream 20 years ago this week with the debut of "Pulp Fiction." Matthew Chernov says that it was "like a shot of adrenaline to the heart" that "changed the movie landscape" forever. He adds that movies from that timeframe like "Dances with Wolves" and "A Few Good Men" were "content to play it safe." Calling it the "coolest" film of the 1990s, he praises the soundtrack, razor-sharp dialogue (from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Tarantino and Roger Avary), the cinematography, and stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman. While nominated for the Best Picture of 1994, it lost that Oscar race to "Forrest Gump." Variety -Break- Jimmy Fallon grabs the YouTube late night crown from Jimmy Kimmel. Just eight months after starting "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC's program is now at 4.76 million s...' »
Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, “Pulp Fiction” changed the movie landscape when it opened on Oct. 14, 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s ode to crime and pop-culture was a bold new cinematic vision in a decade that badly needed one. Before “Pulp Fiction,” prestige films like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” seemed content to play it safe, while blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive” focused squarely on the mainstream. Overnight, the term ‘Tarantinoesque’ became shorthand for audaciously stylized ultra-violence and genre-bending thrills. On its 20th anniversary, here’s why “Pulp Fiction” remains the coolest movie of the ’90s.
The Soundtrack: From the rumbling reverb of Dick Dale’s surf-rock rendition of “Misirlou” to the soulful crooning of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the strip club sexiness of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack effortlessly mixes musical styles the way the film blends genres. »
- Matthew Chernov
Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction is one of the most influential movies ever made, which is interesting given that it’s also one of the most influenced movies ever made. The 1994 feature, which was released theatrically 20 years ago this month, is like the Paul’s Boutique of film given all the cinematic samples it’s comprised of. Tarantino is the uber movie geek, and he shows it over and over again in his own work, and this collaboration with co-writer Roger Avary might take the cake as far as how many allusions he can fit in, whether they’re spoken references or shots that perfectly mimic and repurpose those of his favorite classic films. You can find homages in the plot, dialogue, character names, props, cinematography and more. Because there are so many movies referenced in Pulp Fiction, and because you can find many places online that attempt to list them all, I »
- Christopher Campbell
As the producer of "In Treatment," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Entourage," Mark Wahlberg knows what it takes to be successful on the small screen. And now, he's taking one of his own movies and developing it for a brand new series. His forgotten about 2007 action thriller "Shooter," directed by Antoine Fuqua, is now being turned into an episodic drama for TNT. No word yet on the plot details, but we presume they won't be too far off from the movie about a U.S. Marine Scout sniper who gets framed up for murder and has to go on the run. [Deadline] The unlikely trio of James van der Beek, Bret Easton Ellis and Roger Avary are back together. They upended the "Dawson's Creek" star's image with the 2002 effort "The Rules Of Attraction," and now they're headed together to the U.K. for "Post Empire." The dark comedy will follow "an American Bernie Madoff type in the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to the first in a new feature here on Nerdly where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
In a remote mountain lodge, five college friends are spending time together to help one of them get over a break up. After a late night drunken party the friends decide to play with a Ouija board, with terrible consequences. An unholy evil is unleashed and the friends must battle evil and each other, as the lines between reality and imagination blur the struggle to save them begins.
- Phil Wheat
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
Cannes -- Quentin Tarantino and his Pulp Fiction leading lady, Uma Thurman, are returning to the scene of the crime. The duo will host a special screening of the film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23, exactly two decades after the cult classic won the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, in 1994, thrusting Tarantino and Thurman onto the world stage. Photos: The Complete Cannes 2014 Official Selection In 1995, Tarantino and Roger Avary won the Academy Award for best screenplay for Pulp Fiction. While it was previously announced that Pulp Fiction would celebrate its 20th anniversary at Cannes,
- Pamela McClintock
The CW has unveiled the trailer for "Unthinkable," this coming Wednesday's second season finale episode of "Arrow" which will include the return of Nyssa al Ghul, and a final showdown with Deathstroke. There's also a bunch of photos for the episode here.
The alphabet has cancelled two more comedies - "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night". The pair join casualties "Trophy Wife", "The Neighbors" and "Mixology". "Nashville" has also been picked up, though the number of episodes is still to be determined. Their only comedy whose fate is in question right now is "Last Man Standing".
They've also picked up "Secrets and Lies," the Ryan Phillippe-led series remake of the Australian mini-series in which a father becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his neighbor's child. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Bravo has added three new dramas to their development slate, including an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' Rules of Attraction, the network announced Friday.
Based on the book and film of the same name, Rules of Attraction follows the students and faculty at Camden College where children of the 1 percent-ers live as unhinged and wild adults. The high-concept murder mystery will jump through 12 different points of view. Roger Avary, who wrote and directed the film adaptation, will write the drama with Greg Shapiro serving as executive producer.
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- Sadie Gennis
Bravo has put three more scripted series projects in development, including Rules Of Attraction, a high-concept adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis book, with Roger Avary, who wrote and directed the 2002 Lionsgate feature adaptation, writing. Lionsgate TV is producing. Also in the works is Shanghai, an ensemble drama centered on a group of ex-pats living in China written by M. Butterfly scribe David Henry Hwang. Amazon has a similar pilot, comedy Cosmopolitan, about the loves and adventures of a group of young expatriates in Paris. Bravo’s third project is Sweet Life, a family drama set in the Inkwell area of Martha’s Vineyard where affluent African Americans flock to vacation. Bravo recently greenlighted its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Odd Mom Out, and set for development All the Pretty Faces, executive produced by Jennifer Garner. Here are descriptions of the three new scripted projects in development: »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after it was written.
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10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
You’re just like your brother. Ignorant, uneducated hillbilly, except the only special thing about you is your peculiar ideas about love-making, which is no love-making at all.
Nothing spices up a movie theater better than a little sex and violence; Arthur Penn’s 1967 film broke new ground on that front. Fictionalizing the partnership of famous gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the film starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the title criminals, while »
- Joshua Gaul
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
BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is England) has been set to work on the script for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved Sandman comic book, with David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed to be involved as well.
Having been in the works at Warner Bros. in various forms since the late 1990s, the story of Sandman follows Dream (aka Morpheus), who is a part of a group called The Endless – the most powerful beings in the universe. Each of The Endless are embodiments of natural functions and alongside Dream, the group comprises of Destiny, Destruction, Death, Desire, Despair and Delirium. Presiding over the world of dreams, our protagonist is often cruel in his actions. However, after an imprisonment of 70 years, he is soon faced with the challenge of righting his past wrongs.
The award-winning comic book series ran from January 1989 to March 1996, consisting of 75 issues, »
- Sarah Myles
Just in time for the 35th anniversary of the classic Don Coscarelli film Phantasm comes Phantasm Exhumed. The book takes a day-by-day look at each film in the franchise's production with unprecedented access and detail...
Basically, the secrets of the sphere are about to be revealed and, as the tagline suggests, "All it took was a little digging."
Some of the book's features include:
An introduction by Angus Scrimm More than 200 rare photos, many never before seen Written from more than sixty interviews with cast, crew, effects creators, producers, and studio execs Includes unpublished excerpts from Angus Scrimm's 1977 set journals Covers the unproduced Phantasms (Roger Avary's Phantasm 1999, the Phantasm remake, various P5's) Includes a chapter on Don Coscarelli's first two films, Jim the World's Greatest and Kenny & Company Detailed information on deleted scenes and script changes for all four films
For more on author Dustin McNeill's tireless labor of love, »
- Uncle Creepy
17 items from 2014
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