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Emil and the Detectives is a popular novel that was filmed several times and once by Disney. The version you want to see, however, and which you very possibly can't see, is the one scripted by Billy (or "Billie") Wilder and directed by some bloke called Gerhardt Lamprecht. I don't know his other films, but he appears to be amazing.
Emil, visiting his granny in Berlin, is drugged by an evil criminal man on the train and robbed of the money he was delivering. The film has carefully set Emil up as a spirited young fellow, kind and thoughtful but also a little naughty. A prank involving a public statue has left him in fear of being pinched by the police, so when he's robbed he joins forces with a gang of kids to get his cash back.
The combination of location naturalism and studio artifice, which is at »
- David Cairns
Robots are a staple of science fiction. They’ve been appearing in films since 1927, and never lose their popularity. Why?
Who knows? What do I look like, a psychologist? All I know is they’re awesome, and it’s high time that we at WhatCulture took a look back at the robots that have been not only successful, but simply iconic amongst movie fans.
Some of these are from one lone movie, others from full-fledged franchises, others were introduced in TV shows and later found another life in film adaptions.
Note: We’ve excluded any robots that have a fully human appearance. Thus, Roy Batty from Blade Runner and such have been left out.
10. Maria (Metropolis)
- J.D. Westfall
For some reason, developers like to use comic book characters in fighting games. I understand the draw; big, garishly costumed people beating the crap out of each other with fists, gadgets, or superpowers. Next round; rinse, repeat. But to reduce a comic book to simply a street brawl is insulting to comic fans. Batman is a detective first, fighter second. Flash seldom fights face-to-face, instead using his speed to let his adversaries beat them selves, and only a small handful of characters can actually stand toe-to-toe with Superman. So, last year when Warner Bros. Interactive announced Injustice: Gods Among Us using the characters of the DC Universe, I wasn't impressed and I wasn't excited.
Boy, was I wrong.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is easily one of the best comic book games ever conceived. Fighting or otherwise. Developer NetherRealm, veterans of the fighting game genre having created the Mortal Kombat reboot two years ago, »
The new Man of Steel trailer landed late Tuesday afternoon with a sonic boom that caused a seismic shift in fan anticipation. Though eagerly awaited, many have remained skeptical, and somewhat uneasy, about this so-called 'reboot' from director Zack Snyder. He did, after all, make what some call the most disappointing comic book adaptation of all time with 2009's Watchmen. And Warner Bros., the studio behind Man of Steel, royally whiffed it with their more recent DC Comics adaptation Green Lantern. Not to mention, there's still the mild stench of Superman Returns wafting through the air like a patchouli fart, causing fear that we could be in store for another snooze fest that fails at showing exactly what Kal-El is capable of on planet earth.
Man Of Steel - Trailer 4
This latest look at Man of Steel puts all fears to rest, and even turned this mild mannered superhero movie »
When looking at film locations it would be shameful if the settings in the infamous German Expressionism movement were to be overlooked. A number of movements and directors over the years have Expressionism to thank. There is so much to say about this movement from the wonderful films that were born out of it, to the microelements that can still be seen in cinema today. However, what stands out the most are the incredible film sets.
German Expressionism as an art form was the response to the bleak reality of daily life. In the 1920s German films were developing a distinctive style, the emphasis of these films was placed on presenting an expressive, imaginative point of view opposed to everyday life. Cinema worked as a way to represent a reality the German public could only imagine and the films present a world violently distorted from the pressures of intense personal moods and emotions. »
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Blomkamp rightly gained attention and praise for his 2009 debut feature District 9, and his next film, this summer's Elysium, appears to contain the same amalgam of intelligence and action; and that brief yet indelible shot of Copley and his Japanese sword seems, in a weird sort of way, to sum up what's so compelling about Blomkamp's filmmaking career to date: clever, oblique, and joyously cartoonish.
Who needs the Terminator when you have Matt Damon? The first full-length trailer for Elysium is in the wild. And by the looks of the robotic exoskeleton the actor's sporting in this highly anticipated sci-fi adventure, fans of director Neill Blomkamp can rest assured he's going to deliver a worthy second film following 2009's critically acclaimed District 9. Here are five kickass things about Elysium that have us excited: 1. Occupy Takes Sci-Fi! The Occupy movement that took Wall Street by storm in 2011 and pointed out the growing inequality among the classes is actually a long and storied theme in cinematic science fiction dating as far back as Fritz Lang's Metropolis. In this case, the »
Green Arrow is a perennial second string DC Comics character that has recently become more popular again through the successful CW show Arrow, whose premiere was the highest rated CW program in three years and was recently picked up for a second season. He also will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting video game Injustice: God Among Us. Previously, he made many guest appearances in the animated shows Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice (where he was voiced by Firefly star Alan Tudyk). But before becoming famous on the silver screen, Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow began as a Batman/Robin Hood quasi-rip off in DC Comics’ More Fun Comics 73 (1941) which also marked the debut of Aquaman (who is cool now).
George Papp (More Fun Comics; Adventure Comics)
- Logan Dalton
Viola director Matías Piñeiro discusses the fluidity of Shakespeare, when Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville morphs into Fritz Lang's Metropolis, how European directors in America like Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch, and Billy Wilder influence an Argentine director. His beguiling film sees a bike courier embraced by an all-female Shakespeare troupe. The morning before its Us premiere at New Directors/New Films, we met at a café to tackle what Paul Mazursky, Gus Van Sant, Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier have in common that Kenneth Branagh does not.
Anne-Katrin Titze: In Viola, the Shakespeare text moves almost imperceptibly into the everyday speech. Is it all planned out word for word by you? Is it completely scripted?
Matías Piñeiro: Pretty much scripted, except for the last song, which wasn't scripted at all. I write the script very close to the shooting. It's not that I write it and then eight »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
1931 was an epochal year for the horror genre. It saw the release of Dracula, then Frankenstein, arguably the most important one-two punch in horror history. These two films lit the fuse on the horror boom of the 1930s and established Universal as the predominant studio for supernatural thrills and chills. Perhaps more importantly, it introduced the world at large to Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, the most monumental icons the genre ever has or ever will see. Both blessed with enthralling screen presence, they gave off entirely different vibes and sported uniquely haunted appearances. In 1934, Universal got the bright idea to team up these contracted superstar boogeymen for a purported adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Black Cat" (read it here). A take on the tale in name only, The Black Cat stands eight decades later as the most stylish and controversial genre film released by any »
- Matt Risnes
by Ryan Rigley
Starling City citizens beware. It looks like the purse-snatching heartthrob, Roy Harper, is here to stay. Making his debut in episode 15 of this season, Roy Harper (as played by Colton Haynes) is already slated to make an appearance in several other upcoming episodes of "Arrow." Plus, with the Hollywood Reporter breaking the news of Colton Haynes signing on as a series regular, it would appear as though we'll be seeing a lot more of Mr. Harper next season.
So far all we've really learned about Roy is that he lives on the awful side of town and that he may or may not make a living as a small time criminal in order to support his Vertigo-addicted mother. Oh, and he totally has the hots for Thea Queen (Oliver Queen's younger sister). But as any Green Arrow fan knows, there's way more to this down-and-out troublemaker than initially meets the eye. »
- Splash Page Team
With apologies, this week's column was delayed due to the whirling, queso-and-beer-and-movies dervish called the SXSW Film Festival. In fact, tonight in Austin there will be a special screening of Dave Grohl's rock-doc crowd pleaser "Sound City," which dropped on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Grohl and his Nirvana bandmates recorded "Nevermind" in that film's titular recording studio some 22 years ago, and three more before that? "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Willow" were released, both newly freshened up in 25th anniversary Blu-ray releases. But now on to the real treasures from this past Tuesday... "Ministry of Fear" (Criterion) Less expressionistic than he'd come to be known for, Fritz Lang's creepy 1947 espionage noir—a loose adaptation of Graham Greene's novel—may not prop up the cinematic canon like such pillars as "Metropolis," "M" or "The Big Heat," but it's still a ominously stylish and riveting piece of postwar pulp. »
- Aaron Hillis
In today's chapter of our ongoing tribute to horror's early days, we take a look at an epic dark fantasy from director F.W. Murnau, whom you may remember as the director of the 1922 film Nosferatu, the first – though unofficial – cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. (For a really cool fictionalized take on the making of that film, check out E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.) When Murnau returned to horror four years later, he did so in a major way, with the most elaborate and expensive German film production to date; Fritz Lang's monumental Metropolis would edge it out of the top spot the following year. The story of Faust is universally known, but got a big boost from an adaptation by renowned German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which was published in the early 1800s. The legend itself involves a master alchemist (Gösta Ekman) who »
- Gregory Burkart
Over the last decade, superhero movies have seen a resurgence on the big screen. Television, however, has been slower to follow, with the long-running Smallville being the only notable success story in a field where few producers have attempted to play. The CW attempted to add another one to the fold in the Fall 2012 season with Arrow, a small-screen version of the DC comics archer. The show has proven to be a success, and has already picked up a renewal for a second season, with years of comic book stories to draw upon. The cast and crew recently sat down at PaleyFest 2013 to discuss the show, the character of Oliver Queen, and what fans can expect going forward.
- Count Vertigo will be back in upcoming episodes, as will The Huntress, the latter of whom will interact with Detective Lance.
- The writers pointed to The Long Bowhunters and Green »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The most recent episode of "Arrow," "Dead to Rights," was arguably the show's best episode yet -- but when new episodes return on March 20, things are only going to get more intense. In fact, Stephen Amell tells us that Episode 18 is his favorite episode yet. (Of course, he says that about most episodes... but to be fair, he's never wrong.)
At the show's PaleyFest panel in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, the cast and creators of the show dished on what's to come -- and took a fond look back at the wild ride we've already taken. With all that's happened, it's hard to believe it's been less than a season since Ollie was rescued from the island.
First up, let's talk about this super-intense sizzle reel that was played before the panel began. The trailer teased that Shado will become a significant player in the island adventures, which was hinted at earlier, »
The intention for February's edition of Full Disclosure was to acknowledge Valentine's Day and, where possible, have our team of writers tackle a romance from their respective Lists of Shame. Whether that means an epic melodrama like Gone With The Wind, a classic Hollywood monster movie like King Kong, or a taboo-breaking Asian drama like Happy Together, love and relationships feature so prominently in the world of Cinema that it seemed a fun topic on which to focus. It hasn't worked out completely, some of our writers simply didn't have an appropriate film in their dozen titles, but for those paying attention, that was the focus behind this month's selections.Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang, 1927 Germany)Todd Brown, Founder & Editor:Finally catching up with Fritz Lang's Metropolis...
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The 21st century has seen a rise in genre pictures, with superhero films garnering billions of dollars, films based on children’s novels capturing the minds of idiots worldwide, and comedy entourages led by the likes of Judd Apatow, Edgar Wright and Will Ferrell continuously providing the laughs at our multiplexes. But throughout the ebbs and flows of cinema, few genres have maintained popularity like science fiction. Since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, this genre has been an important component of the movie landscape.
This century has been no different. So grab your light sabers and watch out for the monolith as we cover the 10 best sci-fi films of the 21st century.
10. Donnie Darko
In the cult indie hit, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie Darko, an emotionally disturbed high school student. Through somnambulism and threats of impending doom, Donnie finds himself vandalizing his school and burning down houses. His awkward and disturbed »
- Nicholas Fulton
Great movies often go hand in hand with great attention to detail – think about the worlds lovingly crafted in classics like Blade Runner and Metropolis: they suck you in with their dedication to every frame, and – in the cases of the aforementioned flicks – both Ridley Scott and Fritz Lang assured that each moment was rendered with the utmost respect for the production and the audience alike.
That’s not to say that all films don’t come with continuity errors, of course, because they do. And given that making a movie is such a long and arduous process – and one which relies on the combined efforts of a huge team – mistakes are bound to slip through the cracks: as movie-goers, we kind of expect the odd mistake now and again, and are generally forgiving of such things. Perhaps the worst of all movie mistakes, though, are of the erroneous spelling variety. »
- T.J. Barnard
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D., Planet Hulk, The Avengers 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Justice League, Arrow, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Superman: Unbound, Ultimate Spider-Man, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and more...
Although the 2013 superhero movie season doesn't begin for a few months yet, cameras have already started rolling on one of next year's big comic book adaptations, with filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 getting underway this past week in New York City. Coinciding with the start of the shoot was an official synopsis from Sony:
- Flickering Myth
Last night I watched Orson Welles' 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons for the first time. Of course, like everyone else, I'm watching the edited down 88-minute version of the film, which was recently re-released by Warner Home Video along with the 70th anniversary release of Citizen Kane, but at this point you take what you get as it seems decided we'll never see the original 148-minute version. As David Kamp wrote in his 2002 Vanity Fair piece, Ambersons is considered one of the "two great 'lost' movies in the annals of Hollywood filmmaking" along with Erich von Stroheim's Greed, which Christopher Nolan recently pegged as a Criterion hopeful. I've had Kamp's piece bookmarked for the longest time, not wanting to read it before seeing the movie myself and I was finally able to do so. It's a fascinating story of how the film came to be an hour shorter than »
- Brad Brevet
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