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The Best of the Best Movies of the Year!

30 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | | See recent news »

By Scott Mendelson This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »

- Scott Mendelson

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Blu-ray Review: Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’ Misfires With Lackluster Rerelease

23 December 2011 5:16 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Twenty years before helming “Captain America,” director Joe Johnston made another superhero picture that was equal parts nostalgic and bombastically patriotic. Though 1991’s “The Rocketeer” was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the material is so dark that it’s worthy of Touchstone. As a throwback to Saturday morning serials and classic Hollywood archetypes, the film is likably breezy and instantly disposable.

Sharing the effects-laden hollowness of Johnston’s debut feature, “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” but lacking in its wit, there’s little wonder that “The Rocketeer” failed to find an audience during its initial theatrical run. Yet there are enough highlights here to solidify the film’s status as a cult classic, particularly Timothy Dalton’s suavely snake-like villain who, in many ways, out-charms the cocky protagonist.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Billy Campbell (AMC’s “The Killing”) stars as Cliff Secord, a smug, self-absorbed and cheerfully reckless stunt pilot designed »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Avengers Will Use Post-Conversion 3D

22 December 2011 12:58 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Was it ever in doubt that Joss Whedon.s The Avengers would be released in 3D next summer? I guess that after both Kenneth Branagh.s Thor and Joe Johnston.s Captain America: The First Avenger hit theaters in 3D this summer that Whedon.s ensemble adventure was finally given the go-ahead for the added dimension. Either way, Disney officially confirmed the enhancement in an announcement regarding its 2012 release schedule that was picked up over on Deadline. Whedon.s film unites the Earth.s mightiest heroes . Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) . in a battle against Asgardian trickster Loki (Tom Hiddleston), with the fate of the world lying in the balance. To date, we have seen an official trailer, a German teaser (with new footage), character banners and plenty of insight »

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Top 10 films of 2011: Captain America: The First Avenger

20 December 2011 3:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It’s our seventh favourite movie of 2011. Here’s Mark to explain why Captain America: The First Avenger was such a great superhero film…

Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's entry number seven…

7th place:

Captain America: The First Avenger

In the run-up to next summer's long-touted superhero group-hug extravaganza, The Avengers, Marvel Studios has really learnt its lessons. After the sense of disappointment left by Iron Man 2, the next two pieces of the puzzle put far less emphasis on advertising the team-up, and much more into the establishment of the protagonists, and superhero stories that were interesting in their own right.

You »

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Blu-ray Review: The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition

19 December 2011 3:30 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »


Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi


Joe Johnston


Dave Stevens (graphic novel “The Rocketeer”), Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo & William Dear


Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly,Alan Arkin,Timothy Dalton,Paul Sorvino,Terry O’Quinn, Ed Lauter

MPAA Rating: PG


109 min


The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring

adventure of mystery, suspense, and intrigue! Cliff encounters an assortment of

ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who is a secret Nazi spy. With the

help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his

foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world. The

dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.

I was grateful for the opportunity to review and own The Rocketeer on Blu-ray. Having the ability to watch one of my favorite, and »

- Jason Moore

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Film Junk Bonus Podcast: The Jurassic Park Trilogy (Includes Bonus Xmas Podcast)

19 December 2011 1:26 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Christmas has come early here at Film Junk! In this brand new installment of our ongoing series of premium podcasts, we discuss yet another beloved franchise: the Jurassic Park trilogy. In celebration of the recent Blu-ray release, we dig deep into Steven Spielberg's sci-fi action/adventure series and discuss whether or not these groundbreaking blockbusters still hold up. It's safe to say we're fans across the board, but we do run into a few disagreements when it comes to some of the finer details of the series. We also talk about Joe Johnston's entry in the franchise and whether or not it holds a candle to Spielberg's first two installments. It's the perfect opportunity for you to revisit Isla Nublar and Isla Sonar and join us on our journey through Jurassic Park...but wait, that's not all!! As a gift to all of the fine folks who decide »

- Jay C.

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MTV: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Best Film of 2011

16 December 2011 4:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

MTV has come up with its own list of the top ten movies of 2011, picking David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, as the very best film of the year — conveniently giving a potential box-office boost to the only movie on the list that has yet to open in North America. And you thought the latest Manoel de Oliveira effort would land in the top spot, huh? Silly you.

I should add that Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist isn't on the list. Or Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Or Bennett Miller's Moneyball. Or even, Emma Stone and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Bryce Dallas Howard notwithstanding, Tate Taylor's The Help. And I won't even bother mentioning Asghar Farhadi's A Separation or Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy. Oops! I just did. »

- Zac Gille

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'Captain America' Co-Creator Joe Simon Dies

15 December 2011 10:34 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Jeremy Gordon

Comic books weren’t always such a big deal. Back in pre-war America, comics and their characters were produced by the dozen, each hoping to capitalize on some zeitgeist or current of interest to make its company some money before moving onto the next potential concept. When Joe Simon co-created Captain America in 1940, literally no one could have seen where the comic book industry would eventually find itself -- and that 71 years later, his patriotic creation would see the silver screen en route to a larger “Avengers" film.

According to Newsarama and confirmed by Marvel Comics, Simon passed away yesterday at the age of 98, from unknown causes. Despite his age, Simon had remained a vital figure in the comics world -- this year, he released an autobiography, “My Life in Comics," and was active from the sidelines in supporting the Captain America film.

“The people out in »

- Splash Page Team

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Exclusive: Billy Campbell Talks The Rocketeer Blu-ray

14 December 2011 1:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Joe Johnston brings his 1991 classic to Hi-Def for the first time December 13

Before directing the Nazi smashing, highflying World War II era Captain America: The First Avenger, director Joe Johnston embarked on a similar adventure with the now classic pulp comic throwback The Rocketeer. Dismissed upon its initial release in 1991, this soaring escapade has grown into a solid cult hit, and stands as one of the best superhero movies of the 90s.

The film follows young pilot Cliff (Billy Campbell), who stumbles upon a secret rocket-pack that turns him into a daring masked vigilante, out to stop the Nazis and win the girl. We recently caught up with Mr. Campbell to reminisce about The Rocketeer's twentieth anniversary, its lovely debut on Blu-ray, and his return as Darren Richmond on Season 2 of The Killing.

Here is our conversation.

When The Rocketeer came out in 1991, it wasn't the box office »

- MovieWeb

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Weekly DVD Drinking Game: The Rocketeer

14 December 2011 7:54 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you liked Joe Johnston’s superhero action flick Captain America: The First Avenger this summer, you might want to watch some of his older movies. No, I’m not talking about The Wolfman. I’m talking about his other comic book film from 1991: The Rocketeer. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Disney has released the film for the first time on Blu-ray. Fans of The Rocketeer will recognize the fact that the rocket pack is powered by alcohol. What a coincidence… so is this column. Take a few drinks from your own rocket pack and enjoy this classic adventure in high definition. And now, to cover our butts… This game is only for people over the age of 21. Please drink responsibly, and don’t try flying a rocket pack without a helmet and chewing gum. Take A Drink When… Someone is hit Someone gets shot The rocket pack ignites A plane takes off or lands »

- Kevin Carr

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The Rocketeer Blu-ray Review!

13 December 2011 6:53 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool gets its Christmas wish: The Rocketeer on Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Release Date: December 13, 2011

Rating: PG

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-ma

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French

Special Features: Theatrical Trailer

The Set-up

A brash young pilot (Bill Campbell) finds an experimental rocket pack that makes him an overnight hero, but a movie star spy (Timothy Dalton) and Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn) are also searching for the rocket.

Directed by: Joe Johnston

The Delivery

Joe Johnston, the director of this 1991 action adventure, has some serious credentials among film geeks. He worked on both the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, and is directly responsible for those films being so awesome. He directed Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and The Wolfman before directing his best film, this past summer's Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Rocketeer may not have the »

- (Victor Medina)

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Billy Campbell Talks The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Blu-ray and Season Finale of The Killing

13 December 2011 6:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The action-filled, family adventure film The Rocketeer – starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton – is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Blu-ray release, now available. With state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound, the story of a test pilot (Campbell) who discovers a top-secret jetpack that throws him into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue, turning the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero, still holds up as one of the best comic book adaptations that’s hit the big screen. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star, Billy Campbell, talked about how the spirit and good-hearted nature of the film have really allowed it to hold up over time, why he thinks it didn’t have the box office that people expected, that he doesn’t have any props from the film because he doesn’t collect mementos, what it »

- Christina Radish

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The Rocketeer

13 December 2011 5:37 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

For a movie based on a comic book set in the 1930s, The Rocketeer was actually ahead of its time. The movie was released as Disney’s big summer film in 1991, backed with tons of marketing, and planned as a big tent pole for their future.

The problem was, in 1991 there were precious few superhero movies creating a genre to support the fan following. When it opened that June there was nothing out there to support it and the groundswell of geekdom had yet to reach critical mass. Therefore, despite relatively positive reviews, the movie did minimal business, finishing 27th for the calendar and largely forgotten. Its director, Joe Johnston, went on to make a number of other hits and misses until he scored big earlier this year with Captain America. Now, taking his fame and the 20th anniversary into account, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released The Rocketeer on Blu-ray and DVD today. »

- Robert Greenberger

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Kung Fu Panda 2, Fright Night

13 December 2011 9:49 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It's the second last shopping week before Christmas and we've still got a few pretty big DVD releases hitting stores today including one of the most critically acclaimed summer blockbusters of the year (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), one of the best remakes of the year (Fright Night) and arguably one of the best animated films of the year (Kung Fu Panda 2). Looking beyond these titles we also have a couple of Hong Kong action flicks, The Legend Is Born: Ip Man and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, plus the well-received documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. We've also got new seasons of Family Guy and The Life and Times of Tim, and new to Blu-ray we have Joe Johnston's The Rocketeer, Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, and a new Extended Director's Cut of Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. What will you »

- Sean

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EW Looks Back: Billy Campbell on how 'The Rocketeer' (kinda) cured his fear of flying

13 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

When it debuted June 21, 1991, The Rocketeer was dismissed by many (including EW) as too old-fashioned, too stolid and square. The 1930s period adventure film — about a young pilot (Billy Campbell) who gets pulled into Nazi-era intrigue along with his aspiring actress girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) when he happens upon a human jet pack designed by Howard Hughes (Terry O’Quinn) — ultimately sputtered to a $47 million gross (roughly $88 mil in 2011 dollars). But it was far from forgotten. In fact, looking back at The Rocketeer now, 20 years later, it feels wonderfully old-fashioned for an entirely new reason: Directed by Joe Johnston (who’d »

- Adam B. Vary

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Pietro's Blu-ray Review: The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Edition

13 December 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The Film The 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition of The Rocketeer is offering fans both new and old another chance to revisit the cult classic film that many feel came before its due time. Today, however, it fits right alongside the many other comic book or science fiction films that have become a hot commodity; such as Captain America: The First Avenger which was also directed by Joe Johnston. Kudos go out to George Lucas’ effects company Industrial Light and Magic for being able to digitally clean and enhance a film that is 20 years old. There are still some aspects though, such as the black lining around Cliff's “flying”, that act as a cinematic time stamp; but they are easily forgiven and I would even say add to the charm of the property. The Rocketeer is an iconic film to this day, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Blu-ray World: Rocketeer Blasts Off, Inbetweeners Unleashed, Apes Rise Up

12 December 2011 10:01 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Our weekly column resumes with a new format, and I will be your host. Only the most notable Blu-ray (and, occasionally, DVD) releases from around the world will be highlighted -- no more than 10 each week, to keep things sane -- as well as titles that our intrepid crew has already reviewed.My Pick of the WeekThe Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition (U.S., Region A)Joe Johnston's rendition of Dave Stevens' original creation, a neat fusion of 40s sensibility as applied with affection (and without irony) to a patriotic adventure.Bill Campbell plays the hero, a down-on-his-luck pilot who comes into possession of a mysterious jet pack. He teams with his mechanic (Alan Arkin) to test it out, quickly earning the moniker "The Rocketeer" and drawing immediate attention from »

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The directors who should tackle a Marvel movie

12 December 2011 4:10 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With one eye on the currently empty director's chair for Thor 2, we've got a few ideas for people who should tackle a Marvel movie...

With the directorial job for Thor 2 currently up in the air and a number of other Marvel properties without directors, I thought I’d have a look at some of the projects currently in progress, and suggest a suitable director for each.

A couple of the films below aren’t Marvel Studios productions, but are based on Marvel comics, so they still count...

Thor 2: Werner Herzog

I appreciate this is a bit of a leftfield choice and highly unlikely to happen, but imagine Werner in charge of Thor 2 – it would be magnificent. As Branagh brought Shakespearian elements to Thor, the themes and eccentricities explored in Herzog’s movies, such as Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, Wrath Of God, would be interesting in the follow up. »

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Joe Johnston.s The Rocketeer Coming To Blu-ray December 13th!

11 December 2011 12:51 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Photo: © 2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved

On Tuesday, celebrate the 20th anniversary of director Joe Johnston.s (Captain America: The First Avenger) action-filled, witty The Rocketeer. Now with state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high definition sound, experience it as it jets off for the first time on Disney Blu-ray..

The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense, and intrigue! Cliff encounters an assortment of ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who is a secret Nazi spy. With the help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world. The dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.


Billy Campbell (“The Oc,” Enough)

Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, The Dilemma)

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, Get Smart)

Timothy Dalton (The Tourist, »

- Michelle McCue

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More From Steven Spielberg On Jurassic Park IV

11 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Speaking with Shock Til You Drop/Coming Soon, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg once again talks about development on Jurassic Park IV, which he will produce and Joe Johnston will direct. Spielberg says that the film is currently on the schedule, despite his busy promoting War Horse and Adventures Of Tintin while shooting the biopic Lincoln. He's also asked if the film will restart the franchise as previously rumored, saying that it's 'another boring secret'. On the current status of Jurassic Park IV... I haven't been active in the last year because I've been so busy obviously on 'War Horse,' 'Tintin' and now I'm currently shooting 'Lincoln,' but right now, it's on the schedule to bring out another 'Jurassic Park. On whether or not the film will be a reboot... It's just another boring secret. *chuckles* Do you think a fourth Jurassic Park film should be made, »

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