18 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Anghus Houvouras with a weekly wander through the media making its way across the world wide web, including Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle...
I’m not sure if it’s the bad writing and pedestrian directing, the good actor, or the complete bloodlessness of these Marvel movies, but after brutally killing thousands innocent people, ushering in an alien invasion, and leveling Manhattan, Loki is still the most likable character in a Thor movie. Does that strike anybody else as weird? All these different characters in this universe and the only person with an ounce of charisma is the murdering, would be world conqueror?
- Gary Collinson
The first trailer for Wes Anderson's latest film is released today, and the signs are that all those stylistic flourishes we know and love are present and correct
• Fantastic Mr Fox recap: Wes Anderson reworking well worth another look
Nothing gets us going more than the promise of a new Wes Anderson film. Will it be a funny as Rushmore? As inventive as Fantastic Mr Fox? As ambitious as The Royal Tenenbaums? Well, another one is on the way: The Grand Budapest Hotel, which despite its title seems to have less to do with Anderson's tenderly mysterious short film Hotel Chevalier than an amalgam of Anderson's predilection for jewel-box environments, giant major-name casts, and arch pseudo-professional patter.
That's not to say The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn't look great: we can safely say this is a return to the mentor »
- Andrew Pulver
You want funny? We got funny! From Airplane to Duck Soup, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' pick of the 10 best rib-ticklers
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
Recently, Hollywood comedy »
Your daily bulletin bringing you all the latest film news on 27 September
And that means it's movie day! What should you see over the weekend at the cinema? We've reviews of all the new releases to help you decide just that.
• Our top tips this week are Blue Jasmine, Woody's new 'un, which Peter Bradshaw awards five stars. Also hitting the jackpot are a couple of re-releases: The Wicker Man and for Michael Roemer's lost classic Nothing But a Man. (You can watch Xan Brooks banging the drum for the film here, by the way.)
• A couple of documentaries each earn four stars: Smash & Grab, about a big bling heist and Greedy Lying Bastards, about climate change deniers.
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First, a little personal history. I first took to the boards as a shepherd in a primary school nativity play where, aged six, I staggered around gaping upwards at a non-existent star with a teatowel on my head; my dad, in his own words, "laughed so much I nearly fell off the bench". I was too shy a schoolkid to be much use whenever the yearly show came round: mumbling a single line, or walking awkwardly across the stage for a brief cameo appearance. One year the drama teachers got a little ambitious, and put on a play about the Crimean war; the exact title escapes me, »
- Andrew Pulver
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
With the release of "Lost in Translation" ten years ago, everyone was finally forced to take Bill Murray seriously. Even the Academy finally noticed him and gave him a Best Actor nomination, the only one he's received so far.
By this time, he'd been paring down his craft for 30 years until, with the help of directors like "Translation"'s Sofia Coppola and "Rushmore"'s Wes Anderson, he'd achieved a kind of Zen purity. After that, he could choose to play the smartass clown (as in his early roles) or the serious thespian, or somewhere in between. With no agent and plenty of savings, he could pick and choose projects at whim and do only what he felt like doing. So even his lesser movies seemed like labors of love; after all, there must have been something personally appealing to him in those roles to coax him off the golf course. »
- Gary Susman
Both a prequel and a sequel to 2007′s inspirational theatrical bomb (but DVD hit) “The Ultimate Gift,” “The Ultimate Life” once again soft-pedals gentle messages of Christian charity and family values destined to appeal strictly to the converted. Frequent faith-based filmmaker Michael Landon Jr. displays great determination, and even more folly, in his attempt to mount a “Giant”-sized family saga with the production values of “Sharknado.” Terminally dull result faces grim theatrical prospects on its way to endless Hallmark Channel reruns, where it will challenge even the most forgiving viewers to stay awake and alert throughout.
Picking up three years after the events of “Gift,” busy young mogul Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew, taking over for Drew Fuller) has hit a rough patch with g.f. Alexia (Ali Hillis), and only a thorough reading of the journals of his deceased billionaire grandfather, Red (James Garner, onscreen for less than a minute), can set him straight. »
- Geoff Berkshire
William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” was an allegorical tale about the savage decent into humanity’s heart of darkness seen through the eyes of a group of British kids on a desert island, and while Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson’s I Declare War isn’t much of an allegorical tale it is about the minor squabbles in every adolescent child’s life that seem like the biggest problems in the world and seen through the eyes of a group of Canadian kids playing fake wargames on a hot summer’s day in the woods. It ain’t literature, but it is definitely a whole lot of fun.
Sticks and branches stand in for guns, water balloons filled with red paint are grenades, you get paralyzed for ten seconds after getting “shot,” you’re “dead” and have to go home if you get hit by a grenade, and »
- Sean Hutchinson
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Wes Anderson doesn’t do actual sequels. He just doesn’t. He and his partners create intricately imagined idiosyncratic worlds and contained stories that function on their own. They don’t need origins or postscripts. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to see those brothers take a trip to Macau or Duluth. I don’t care what Margot and Richie and Chas do for Thanksgiving 10 years later. And I »
- Lindsey Bahr
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Feature Ryan Lambie 26 Jul 2013 - 15:12
This week's pick of crowdfunding projects has a sci-fi theme, from a musical based on Jurassic Park to a dark genre thriller...
In this week's Crowdfunding Friday, we've gone for a loose sci-fi theme. And the range of projects we've picked this time around come from a broad cross-section within that genre - there's a stage musical, a dark-looking science fiction thriller film, a tactical videogame based on Japanese super sentai shows, and a comic book set in a vibrant alternate universe.
The projects lined up here give an idea of just how broad the sci-fi genre is - and are but a tiny handful of the quirky, compelling new ideas lurking on sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. So without further ado, let's introduce the first of this week's selection...
Jurassic Park: The Musical: 3D
I'm still waiting for someone to make a »
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) marked an exciting moment for the videogame industry. New consoles. New blockbuster titles. Long-awaited sequels. What follows is a list of the 15 most exciting games I saw this year. I got hands-on time with most of them, but it’s important to remember that playing videogames at E3 is not the same as actually playing the videogames. At E3, you’re staring at the most expensive TV screens corporate money can buy, while various company reps urge you on and assure you that you’re much better at the game than all of »
- Darren Franich
Writer/director Maggie Carey's "The To Do List," opening next month, is a comedy concerning a dweeby virgin (Aubrey Plaza, basically a female Max Fischer) who decides to become sexually experienced before leaving for college. Thankfully, it doesn't shy away from the dirtiness of old school sex comedies (informed, somewhat, by its 1993 setting) and the entire movie is a wild, oddly sweet coming-of-age with an emphasis on the coming. For just how raunchy this movie can get, a new red band trailer gives you a good idea.
The movie, which some already seen (and for the most part enjoyed), has a wonderfully breezy, totally "sex positive" outlook, and while its humor uncomfortably approaches maximum levels of gross-out excessiveness, for the most part works really well. Even this red band trailer holds back, though, content to have a lot of F-words and implied nudity do the talking (there isn't any actual nudity in the movie, »
- NextMovie Staff
Last year’s Moonrise Kingdom was inarguably auteur director Wes Anderson’s most accessible film and received widespread critical acclaim. That said, his style is an acquired taste, and those who have acquired it continue to disagree when the subject turns to ranking his best films. Ranking his work, however, hinges on the successful combination of composition and performance. Anderson’s best films perfectly balance his familiar tropes with moving portrayals of human foibles and vulnerability.
The overall appeal of Wes Anderson films lies in their unique presentation, unity of vision, and endearingly asocial characters. The main criticism of Anderson’s work has been that his style is repetitive. This critique ignores the benefits of a self-possessed style and unity of vision, something to which many filmmakers only aspire. Anderson films consistently depict the universal dysfunctionality of characters and employ simple vertical and horizontal pans, lingering static shots, and an »
- Katherine Springer
If Rushmore's Max Fischer and the anonymous videographer from Michael Haneke's Caché somehow spawned a love child, he'd look something like Claude Garcia (newcomer Ernst Umhauer), the apt pupil at the center of François Ozon's delicious bourgeois horror story, In the House, one of the major highlights from this year's edition of Rendez-vous with French Cinema. An open-faced overachiever with a dangerous glint in his eyes, Claude sparks the attention of his burned-out French teacher (Fabrice Luchini) when he turns a series of perfunctory writing assignments into an ongoing chronicle of his entry into the picture-perfect home—and lives—of a fellow classmate and his parents. Of particular interest to young Claude: his friend's voluptuous moth »
People laughed at the mere idea of the twee, oh-so-precious auteur applying his deadpan sensibilities to a galaxy far far away, but in a new awards season interview with Deadline even Anderson himself admits his version of "Star Wars Episode VII: Revenge of the Preppies" might be too clever for its own good.
"Well, I have a feeling I would probably ultimately get replaced on the film because I don't know if I have all the right action chops," Anderson admits. "But at least I know the characters from the old films. I don't think I would do a terrible job at a Han Solo backstory. I could do that pretty well. But maybe that would be better as a short. »
- Max Evry
18 items from 2013
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