IMDb > John Dykstra > News
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

News for
John Dykstra (I) More at IMDbPro »

Connect with IMDb

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

4 items from 2016

David Lynch, Dune and directorial control

13 September 2016 7:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 14, 2016

In 1984, David Lynch made Dune - a case study for how difficult it can be to jump from small films to major blockbusters...

It's the age old tug-of-war between art and commerce: movie studios want products they can sell, but they don't want them to look like something off a production line. They want movies that look and feel different, but not so different that audiences are too bewildered to buy a cinema ticket. In interviews, studio bosses and producers often talk about a filmmaker's "unique vision", and they often sound sincere while doing so. Yet the reality of spending huge sums on mainstream movies generally means that studios will often wind up feeling nervous when the cold reality of that vision becomes apparent.

To cite but one example, look at the fate of Josh Trank and his 2015 Fantastic Four movie. Trank was a young filmmaker who'd just come off Chronicle, »

Permalink | Report a problem

Film Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

9 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you’ve seen one cinematic apocalypse, you’ve seen them all. At least that’s the feeling conjured by “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the latest entry in one of the more reliable comic-book franchises around, this time disappointingly succumbing to an exhausting case of been-there-done-that-itis.

Director Bryan Singer pioneered the contemporary wave of superhero movies with 2000’s “X-Men,” and made a welcome return to the series just two years ago with the time-jumping “Days of Future Past.” Perhaps he should’ve quit while he was ahead. Even though “Apocalypse” hardly reps the franchise nadir (an in-joke midway through this ’80s-set pic throws deserved shade at Brett Ratner’s woeful “X-Men: The Last Stand” as one character exits “Return of the Jedi” and laments “the third one’s always the worst”), this is easily the least compelling, surprising and satisfying of Singer’s entries.

While the best “X-Men” movies are defined by their keen intelligence, »

- Geoff Berkshire

Permalink | Report a problem

Star Wars: examining A New Hope’s classic opening shot

8 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




The opening of Star Wars perfectly illustrated the might of the Empire. Ryan looks at the making of the film’s classic shot...

We’re bathed in the inky blackness of space. The stars seem to sparkle as the camera tilts down, slowly, slowly, to the blue haze of a planet, its surface spanning off as far as the eye can see. John Williams’ music quietens to a murmur, allowing us just a moment to admire the serenity of the view before a ship - skinny and jagged - hurtles over the head, pursued by the sound of laser fire.

As Williams’ orchestra builds to a crescendo, another, unexpectedly huge shape looms into view. It’s our first ever glimpse of an Imperial Star Destroyer - a vast, skull-white battleship. The speed of its movement is vaguely reminiscent of a Great White shark on the hunt. Its »

Permalink | Report a problem

Star Trek: the battle to make The Motion Picture

16 March 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Massive cost overruns, script rewrites and an angry Leonard Nimoy. Ryan charts the battle to make the original Star Trek movie...

After years in limbo, the rush to make a Star Trek movie suddely began in earnest on the 28th of March 1978. That day saw a lavish press conference arranged by Paramount president Michael Eisner, chairman Barry Diller and the entire cast of the original Star Trek series. Eisner announced to an assembled group of reporters that a film spin-off from the cult Trek TV show was finally going to be made. Its appropriately grand title - Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The director, Eisner continued, would be Robert Wise - an industry veteran who was not only a safe pair of hands (he’d directed such hits as West Side Story and The Sound Of Music), but also had a proven track record with science fiction. »

- ryanlambie

Permalink | Report a problem

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

4 items from 2016, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners