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12 items from 2014


The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

10 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if they are, they are widely panned). That being said, religious themes exist in more mainstream movies than ever, despite there being no deliberate attempts to dub the films “religious.” Faith, God, whatever you want to call it – it’s influenced the history of nations, of politics, of culture, and of film. And these are the most important films in that wheelhouse. There are only two American films in the top 10, and only one of them is in English.

courtesy of hilobrow.com

10. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

A brutally expansive biopic about the Russian iconographer divided into nine chapters. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsyn) is portrayed not as a silent monk, but a motivated artist working against social ruin, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Sunday, April 20 - Despicable Me, A View to a Kill

20 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Flash Gordon - 1pm, Film4

Knowingly silly, with corny performances and unconvincing special effects, you have to simply go along with the ride rather than cynically pick holes in the wacky plot with Flash (Sam J Jones) attempting to save the planet from the villainous Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow).

Despicable Me - 2.15pm, ITV2

With his status as the world's greatest supervillain under threat, Gru (Steve Carell) plans to steal the moon with the help of his diminutive yellow Minions, who steal the show with the best gags.

The Towering Inferno - 3.10pm, Film4

One of the original disaster movies, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen try to avoid being fried while attempting ambitious stunts when an electrical fault causes a fire in the tallest building in the world on its opening night.

A View to a Kill - 3.55pm, ITV

Roger Moore's final Bond film sees him in a »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Sunday, April 20 - Despicable Me, A View to a Kill

20 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Flash Gordon - 1pm, Film4

Knowingly silly, with corny performances and unconvincing special effects, you have to simply go along with the ride rather than cynically pick holes in the wacky plot with Flash (Sam J Jones) attempting to save the planet from the villainous Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow).

Despicable Me - 2.15pm, ITV2

With his status as the world's greatest supervillain under threat, Gru (Steve Carell) plans to steal the moon with the help of his diminutive yellow Minions, who steal the show with the best gags.

The Towering Inferno - 3.10pm, Film4

One of the original disaster movies, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen try to avoid being fried while attempting ambitious stunts when an electrical fault causes a fire in the tallest building in the world on its opening night.

A View to a Kill - 3.55pm, ITV

Roger Moore's final Bond film sees him in a »

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Flash Gordon getting a reboot courtesy of Star Trek 3 screenwriters

18 April 2014 1:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gordon’s alive! It looks like pulp sci-fi hero Flash Gordon is heading back to the big screen, with Film Divider reporting that Star Trek 3 screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are working on a reboot of Alex Raymond’s classic character.

According to the site, the duo’s pitch “goes right back to the original Raymond comic strips and sidesteps any association with the [1980] movie, and even the serials. The idea, I’m told, is to reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman.”

There have been numerous adaptation of Flash Gordon on the screen, dating back to the 1930s, although the character is best known for the 1980 movie starring Sam J. Jones as Flash and Max von Sydow as his arch-enemy Ming the Merciless. He was last seen back in 2007-2008, with Eric Johnson (Smallville) playing »

- Gary Collinson

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DVD Release: March or Die

17 April 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Gene Hackman is a Major in the French Foreign Legion in March or Die.

In the tradition of Beau Gest, the 1977 action-adventure film March or Die stars Gene Hackman (The Conversation) and Ian Holm (Brazil).

It’s 1918 and a war-weary American Major (Hackman) in the French Foreign Legion, with a ragtag squadron of young legionnaires, is assigned to a remote Moroccan outpost. Their mission is to secure a French government archaeological dig that is looting an ancient tomb of its Arab treasure. The troops’ presence is not at all welcome by the Arab chieftain El Krim (Holm), who vows to expel the French intruders at any cost. But the French steadfastly refuse to leave. After a series of skirmishes, the film concludes with an epic battle between the two forces.

Directed by Dick Richards, produced by a young Jerry Bruckheimer, »

- Laurence

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

13 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.

courtesy of lassothemovies.com

20. Babette’s Feast (1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel

The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Briefs: Stephen Colbert To Replace David Letterman, Tom Hardy Covers “Esquire,” And Channing And Jonah Undergo Couples Counseling

10 April 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Alex Pettyfer (above), who is 24, Max Von Sydow is 85, Michael Pitt is 33, and Peter MacNicol is 60.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on Late Show

I thought he was leaving social media?

EW has a first look at Frankenhinie Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

Mike Magee, who was Major League Soccer’s Mvp in 2013, received a nasty tweet, and responded this way. Here’s the story.

Love Is Louder “@aaronfox72: @magee9 great penalty faggot, Go Union” pic.twitter.com/pd4B9Iw7eL

— Mike Magee (@magee9) April 7, 2014

Here’s the red band trailer for 22 Jump Street. It starts with Jonah and Channing undergoing couples counseling, and ends with Channing … searching for a grenade in … well, just watch.

Nene Leakes interviews Andy Cohen

Tom Hardy is on the cover of this month’s Esquire, and tells the magazine “I have always been frightened with men. To the point »

- snicks

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Guest Article: Argento Syndrome Author Derek Botelho’s Five Favorite Dario Argento Films!

5 April 2014 3:03 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

 

*Editor’s note: Icons of Fright friend Derek Botelho is set to release his new novel, entitled, The Argento Syndrome, an in depth look at the career of horror master, Dario Argento. The book features many candid interviews with everyone from John Carpenter and Asia Argento, to screenwriter Sean Keller and many more. We asked Derek to contribute his five favorite films by Argento, and alas, here they are. Read on!

When the name Dario Argento is uttered to a casual horror fan, you’ll often get a blank stare, or a puzzled, “Who?” in return; replace the neophyte in this situation with a horror junkie, the reaction could be a chuckle followed by, “He hasn’t made a good movie since Opera”. It’s a common, knee jerk, and dangerously nostalgic reaction I’ve been audience to many times. While it’s true that his career has seen better days, »

- Jerry Smith

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Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films Of All Time!!

28 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!

 

10.) Re-animator (1985)

Stuart Gordon’s film adaption of the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: Reanimator” is thought of to many, as one of »

- Jerry Smith

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

4 February 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »

- ryanlambie

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15 Nauseating Horror Sequels

3 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The flavor of bile is unmistakable. There just isn’t anything that tastes quite like it. And you know it when it comes on: The belly rumbles, the esophagus lurches within, and you battle back the slimy liquid that threatens to spew forth from your lips.

It’s a nasty experience. We all hate that sensation so we’re taking measures at Dread Central to help prevent such a situation from occurring.

See, there are horror sequels out there that are so horrifically bad they somehow trigger something in our internal systems... and the belly begins to rumble. We wish you no stomach troubles here, and we certainly wish the taste of bile on no man or woman. So we’re going to provide you with a list of sequels to avoid at all costs because if you check these out, you’ll be searching for the toothbrush in no time! »

- Matt Molgaard

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Briefs: The Man With Two Penises, Chris Kluwe Names Names, And Enrique Iglesias Needs To Put Up Or Shut Up

2 January 2014 2:21 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Birthday shoutouts go to Taye Diggs (above), who is 43, Dax Shepard is 39, Cuba Gooding, Jr. is 46, and Todd Haynes is 53.

Chris Kluwe: I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

Hate Group Leader Linda Harvey’s Book Maybe He’s Not Gay Pulled From Amazon.com

A Man With Two Penises Did A Highly Enlightening Q&A On Reddit. Yes, there is a Nsfw pic. I just … I mean … wow.

Enrique Iglesias: “My Worst Defect is From the Waist Down.” Sorry, you’re going to have to prove it. Pics or it didn’t happen.

Brian Boitano talks to Thomas Roberts about coming out and going to Sochi

This is why you don’t poke at things

Oh PETA, why do you love to alienate people? I don’t even get the point of this ad. So … meat eaters have to fantasize about … Fidel Castro? »

- snicks

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