Anghus Houvouras with the five best film franchises…
As we continue to examine the state of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, it’s time to dole out a little love. We’ve looked at the Five Worst Film Franchises and Five Film Franchises on the Fence. It’s time for the Five Best Film Franchises. Yes, there are franchises that deserve love. Movie series that consistently entertain and deliver at the box office. Films that make the concept of franchises more palatable, even when studios are trying to crap garbage like G.I. Joe: Retaliation down you’re throat.
Once again, we are only considering franchises that have films actively in production with two or more installments previously produced.
With that in mind… here’s the best of the best:
1. James Bond
The longest film franchise is still the best. Super-Spy James Bond has been entertaining audiences since the 1960’s with his alcohol fueled sexual exploits. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Grammy winning composer Lorne Balfe creates an action-packed, emotive score for Paramount Pictures’ and Skydance Productions’ Terminator Genisys, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is the Executive Music Producer.
With the movie building from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, including shot-for-shot recreations, Lorne Balfe’s score needed to honor the tradition of the past Terminator films while adding bold, new music to fit the action and emotions of Genisys.
In addition to propelling the action, Balfe’s score needed to tap into the film’s emotional core as it explores themes of freedom and guardianship. “The score contains everything but the kitchen sink. It’s a hybrid score, and although there are these massive action cues, »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this Funky Friday? An Ohio movie theater accidentally plays Insidious Chapter 3 instead of Inside Out, Chuck Palahniuk reads Fight Club for kids, Mark Wahlberg plays Head Shots with Jimmy Fallon and much more. We also have a crazy stop motion kung fu battle, Spaceballs Lego sets and a fan breaks the Seinfeld set. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Author Chuck Palahniuk has taken his beloved literary and cinematic classic Fight Club and turned it into a kids book... Although it's still not kid-friendly. The author hilariously tries to keep it clean, turning Fight Club into the "Horsing Around Club," but, eventually, he goes »
Earlier this month, June 15th marked the 10th anniversary of Batman Begins, the franchise reboot from director Christopher Nolan that launched the most acclaimed film franchise adaptation of The Caped Crusader to date. So what better time is there to dive behind the scenes of the film that gave Gotham the hero it deserves? A […]
The post Votd: Feature-Length Look Behind the Scenes of ‘Batman Begins’ for 10th Anniversary appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
With the release of Batman: Arkham Knight this week, Samuel Brace takes a trip back to the Asylum…
This week, as Batman: Arkham Knight hit consoles and PC’s across the globe, I sat there unable to refrain from hearkening back to years past, 2009 in particular and the series debut game that so many of us still hold dearly. Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game that started it all, was released that summer only one short year removed from Christopher Nolan’s seminal superhero feature The Dark Knight, and I very much remember the excitement I felt at that time, the thirst to consume anything and everything Batman, the hunger to put myself into the world of that movie, of that franchise, how desperate I was to put on the virtual cowl and become the Batman.
It didn’t matter that the aesthetic of Asylum was quite different from that of Nolan’s movies, »
- Samuel Brace
Experts suggest that Interstellar is scientifically accurate enough to be screened to students – but not every film belongs in the classroom
Anyone who’s seen Christopher Nolan’s wonderfully self-important space epic, Interstellar, will be somewhat confused by the news that experts in the fields of physics and quantum gravity have deemed it accurate enough to be studied in schools worldwide.
Related: The science of Interstellar: astrophysics, but not as we know it
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- Benjamin Lee
The graphics in films are outstanding, but the high-quality images used are not only on the big screen. The growing world of online Casino is able to replicate many successful films and maintain their impressive graphics on the small screen of your laptop or mobile. This hasn’t gone unnoticed in Hollywood, and they’ve commissioned many films to be available to play on online Casino – notably NetBet. Some of the most successful slots and progressive jackpot games in-fact are movie based, with their characters and plot stories being transferred into the games themselves. The following are four notable films that are a success in the online Casino world as well as their box office figures.
This 1992 American Thriller that saw a police detective (Michael Douglas) fall in love with a prime suspect of a murder trial (Sharon Stone) was one of the most successful films to be released in the decade. »
- Gary Collinson
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
In The Karate Kid, it's Mr Miyagi. In Back To The Future, it's Doc Brown. In X-Men, it's Professor Xavier. The mentor is a familiar archetype in the movies, and it's a device which is as old as storytelling itself.
The mentor is commonly characterised as a wise, usually much older being who provides wisdom and useful objects to a story's hero or heroine. The Star Wars movies have introduced numerous mentor figures in the entries released so far: dignified old Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, the benevolent Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, the mentor for a young Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace.
In each instance, we see the mentor provide their students with teaching and gifts »
Everyone keeps expected video game movies to take off the way superhero movies have, but that just hasn't happened yet, with most being critically derided and not very well received by fans. Hollywood is hoping to change that with two big 2016 releases, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed. If they are as successful as expected, more will surely follow. Including a movie based on the popular Deus Ex franchise. Square Enix, publisher of the title, arrived at E3 2015 with, not news of the movie, but news of an announcement for the movie. Yes, according to producer Adrian Askarieh, we'll definitely know more about the Deus Ex movie sometime this summer.
The new video game sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was being showcased at E3. It is a follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a title in the franchise that became so popular, it rejuvenated the series and was set up as a movie at CBS Films. »
Ten years ago the state of the Batman franchise – and the movie industry – was in a much different place than it is now. In today's movie climate, the term "reboot" is a word bandied about casually and Batman as a character and movie franchise is held in high regard. However, ten years ago things were completely different. Before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the future of Batman in live-action was uncertain. With the ten year anniversary of Christopher Nolan's seminal film this week, let's take a look back at how Nolan – before he was the enormously successful filmmaker he is today – redefined Batman and the reboot. In the late 90's, the Batman franchise was at an all-time high. It was just coming off 1995's Batman Forever, which at the time was a big box office success and a hit with audiences. Then along came 1997's Batman & Robin, directed by »
- Dan Marcus
Robin and Catwoman reunite! Anne Hathaway will appear in an upcoming episode of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's variety show HitRecord on TV. This wacky sneak peak brings the two back to the comic book genre, but of a different variety than Christopher Nolan's gritty The Dark Knight Rises. Gordon-Levitt plays the barrel chested Brock Blaster who must rescue the damsel in distress from the clutches of the sinister Vivica Virus—played by Hathaway. It's an hilarious play on the classic comic book tropes. They even have dopey sidekicks who are completely useless! What a hoot! This funny video will appear on tomorrow's episode titled "The Number Two," which »
Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster The Martian has drawn a number of comparisons to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... and with good reason. After all, both movies feature Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon, and are set around the idea of astronauts finding themselves trapped in space and hoping to find a way back. Despite these similarities, however, Matt Damon has gone on record saying that the two films are really not the same thing. Yahoo! UK recently had the chance to chat with the Bourne star about his upcoming film, and it was during their conversation that Damon actually revealed he was seeing the Martian/Interstellar comparisons before he signed on to the project. However, his view on the whole thing changed when he met with Ridley Scott to talk about the movie, and the British director explained away his concerns. Said the actor, I went in to meet him, »
It.s safe to say that Joel Schumacher forever ruined his legacy with the Batman franchise because of Batman & Robin. However, despite the Bat-nipples and Arnie.s campy Mr. Freeze, it turns out that a third Batman film that Scumacher had planned actually sounded rather incredible. Joel Schumacher originally took to the Batman franchise with 1995.s Batman Forever, which had Val Kilmer as the titular caped crusader and was an enjoyable, family-friendly take on the character. It was forgettable fun. That all changed with Batman & Robin, which is widely regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever made, and proved to be such a colossal failure that it took Christopher Nolan.s Batman Begins to rejuvenate the hero. Joel Schumacher would have gone some way toward salvaging his reputation if he.d been given the chance to create his third Batman film, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher »
The first trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian received such a great response from audiences, 20th Century Fox has since shifted the movie's release date one month forwards to take advantage of the positive buzz. Given that it features an all-star cast (headlined by Matt Damon) and an exciting premise that sees Scott return to the sci-fi genre, fans have had plenty of reasons to get excited. However, as part of an ongoing joke (that sadly doesn't get funnier the more you tell it), many 'eagle-eyed' viewers have continued to point out the movie's obvious similarities with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Like Nolan's film, The Martian features Damon as a marooned astronaut, and also includes the talented Jessica Chastain in a key supporting role. Despite this, Damon was quick to assure Yahoo! Movies that the two films would be very different. “I went in to meet [Ridley Scott], then I signed on really quickly. »
By now, I hope all of you have seen the downright amazing First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Starring Matt Damon, this potentially epic science fiction adventure has been my most anticipated film of the year ever since I learned that it had a 2015 release date. I really think this has ridiculous potential. To be fair, I’m a huge fan of the book of the same name by Andy Weir, which was one of the fastest and most compelling reads I’ve had in some time. While reading the page turner, I couldn’t help but imagine the movie version, one that could be a perfect blend of fun and intelligence. If my hunch is right this fall, we might have the rare sci-fi flick that the Academy can’t resist in The Martian. The story is pretty straightforward, at least initially…what if an astronaut was accidentally stranded on Mars? »
- Joey Magidson
Last year came Chris Nolan's "Interstellar," a movie which featured Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded for years alone on a cold and desolate planet, and also boasted Jessica Chastain in a supporting role. Later this year comes Ridley Scott's "The Martian," a movie which features Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded alone on a cold and desolate planet, and also boasts Jessica Chastain in a supporting role
Therefore you can understand people's initial and skeptical reaction upon hearing about "The Martian," even though the premise and tone of the movie is much more rough and ready action-adventure as opposed to more philosophical and sentimental science fiction. The concerns were something that Damon himself initially had before signing onto the movie, and Damon tells Yahoo that the film's director, Scott was the one who ultimately persuaded him:
"I went in to meet [Ridley Scott], then I signed on really quickly. »
- Garth Franklin
If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.
These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »
- Justin Chang
I really believe Jessica Chastain works for the many-faced god from Game of Thrones. How else can you explain her amazing ability to morph into so many different characters that each feel so real and layered? In her upcoming Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi thriller The Martian, which is based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, Chastain plays Commander Melissa Lewis, the person in charge of a mission to Mars that suffers a major setback. As you have hopefully seen in the great looking trailer, The Martian revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet and find a way to let Nasa and »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I was looking for a new book to read last night and the Kindle edition of Andy Weir's "The Martian" is only $5.99, but then I thought to myself as much as I'd like to give the book a read I'm not sure I want to spoil seeing it play out on the big screen. So, I decided I'd finally give Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" a turn since I've been meaning to for years. As far as Ridley Scott's The Martian, all I know is what the synopsis tells me, which is Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars and Nasa and his crew are attempting to rescue him. However, from what I understand, the first trailer offers up some spoilers and has also caused many to compare Damon's role to the one he played in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar sight unseen. Well, »
- Brad Brevet
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