3 items from 2014
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
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"RoboCop was a smash hit 27 years ago … And it has become an iconic touchstone of pulpy, provocative, giddily violent mainstream cinema, so much so that news of a remake – which reaches our screens this week – prompted widespread howls of dismay in the fan community, as if sacred ground was being trampled on."
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Prompting these howls may be a sense of loss. The inevitable loss of credibility a film has when optioned for remake status. Watching The Godfather last night, I realised the film could never be remade. Of course, in the warped mind of a film studio perhaps we will see a foolhardy statement claiming the remake is under consideration, but it’ll never happen. Considering the purpose of remakes, I don’t believe The Godfather fits the bill. »
- Gary Collinson
Perception versus reality is a perpetual rivalry that comfortably overshadows the epic battles between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. With Sylvester Stallone hobbling back into the boxing arena for his latest effort Grudge Match, now seems a fitting time to reexamine Rocky, the movie that propelled him to stardom in 1976, scored 10 Oscar nominations and became firmly embedded within the tapestry of modern culture. But almost four decades on, can it still land a knockout blow?
When one thinks of Rocky, an array of iconic moments, sounds and feelings are instantly evoked. The triumphant theme music; the fists furiously pounding animal carcasses in the meat freezer; the training montage that sees the Italian Stallion run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and punch the air. Then there are the desperate cries of "Adriaaaan" after the climactic fight, which to this day continues to cause countless sore throats as »
3 items from 2014
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