19 items from 2012
Starling City. Night time. A penthouse roof. A bad guy. Arrow kicks off with yet another of the 1% getting a quiver full of justice. Seriously, when will these guys learn they should move to one of their other eighteen houses?
In the midst of Oliver's righteous crusading, some dude steals his thunder by totally blowing Mr. Holder away. Oliver is surprised (and slightly aroused) by the impressive shot. He's also bleeding because he got grazed.
Well, when you're a scar-riddled sociopath who lived for five years on Magical Ninja Island, you don't need a doctor. You can do your own stitches. I was squirming just watching him. I mean, just daaamn.
He gets a nasty surprise when he realizes the bullet was poisoned. »
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Fay Wray bio and movies Fay Wray, best remembered for the 1933 interspecies romance classic King Kong, would have turned 105 on September 15. Besides Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1933 iconic horror tale and mammoth box-office hit, the Canadian-born Vina Fay Wray (in 1907, in Cardston, Alberta) also screamed and/or fainted in a number of other movies of the ’30s. (Photo: Fay Wray in a publicity shot ca. late ’20s / early ’30s.) Among those were Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel’s first-rate thriller The Most Dangerous Game / The Hounds of Zaroff (1932), in which Wray and Joel McCrea are [...] »
- Andre Soares
Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Barbarella" What's It About? Jane Fonda stars as Barbarella, an interstellar agent who's sent on a rescue mission, spanning the cosmos. Along the way, she encounters a variety of extraterrestrial beings and learns several new modes of seduction. See It Because: It's a camp classic, no doubt, but the new high-def version celebrates the movie's swinging '60s visual design -- and gives us a crystal-clear presentation of Jane Fonda at her galaxy-spanning hottest. Watch an Exclusive Clip from "Barbarella" - Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "God Bless America" What's It About? Bill Murray's younger brother Joel stars as Frank, a terminally ill man who takes his nothing-to-lose scenario and decides to clean up society. Aided by the crazy 16-year-old Roxy, he goes "Taxi Driver" on annoying reality TV debutantes, media loudmouths and people who text in the theater. See It Because: The movie's director, »
- Eric Larnick
The art of the glass shot or matte painting is one which originated very much in the early ‘teens’ of the silent era. Pioneer film maker, director, cameraman and visual effects inventor Norman Dawn is generally acknowledged as the father of the painted matte composite, with other visionary film makers such as Ferdinand Pinney Earle, Walter Hall and Walter Percy Day being heralded as making vast contributions to the trick process in the early 1920’s.
Boiled down, the matte process is one whereby a limited film set may be extended to whatever, or wherever the director’s imagination dictates with the employment of a matte artist. In it’s most pure form, the artist would set up a large plate of clear glass in front of the motion picture camera upon which he would carefully paint in new scenery an ornate period ceiling, snow capped mountains, a Gothic castle or even an alien world. »
Chicago – A quick search of the web will reveal hundreds of articles and blog posts and message board rants about how the smash hit “The Hunger Games,” both the Suzanne Collins book and Gary Ross movie, wouldn’t exist without Kinji Fukasaku’s amazing 2000 film “Battle Royale” (itself based on a 1999 Japanese book). See for yourself what all the fuss is about with an amazing four-disc collection from Anchor Bay, “Battle Royale: The Complete Collection,” which brings the landmark film to the United States for the first time.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
It’s amazing how a Hollywood version can lessen the controversy surrounding an international one. Although the theory that “Battle Royale” never earned a Blu-ray or DVD release in the States due purely to its violent nature and intense subject matter has been a bit overblown. The fact is that much-more-violent films get U.S. releases all the time but the Hollywood machine, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Gary Ross
In the dystopian, totalitarian nation of Panem, a wealthy capital city rules over an impoverished nation of districts. As penance for a previous rebellion, every year sees each district forced to enter two adolescents to participate in The Hunger Games competition; the winner receives an extensive cash sum and a chance to live amongst the wealthy, but the event is a death match where only one can survive. Elements of the film’s narrative and allegorical concerns result in an amalgamation of the likes of The Most Dangerous Game, Lord of the Flies, The Running Man, The Truman Show, Series 7: The Contenders, and Battle Royale, but The Hunger Games successfully stands on its own as a gripping entity with an interesting world courtesy of Suzanne Collins’ source material, the first in a hugely popular series of novels. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Directed by Elio Petri
The 10th Victim was the first film to offer up the concept of a TV show wherein people hunt and kill one another for sport and to expand the idea into a satire on gameshows. Set in the 21st Century, the government and the private sector have joined forces to create a solution to crime by giving it a profitable outlet titled “The Big Hunt,” a popular worldwide game show in which contestants are chosen at random to chase one another around the world in a kill or be killed scenario. The winner of the first round moves on to the next. After ten wins, a player is retired from the game and gets a cash prize of one million dollars, but very few make it that far. »
Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series has often been compared with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels primarily because both centre on a young female protagonist and somehow both became phenomenons for their shared young-adult demo. Personally, I think this is both an insult to the novel and the latest big screen adaptation, since The Hunger Games is leagues above Twilight in artistic credibility. The sense of familiarity of The Hunger Games in fact goes much further back, recalling everything from William Golding to Phillip K. Dick and even Stephen King. Here are several films which may or may not have inspired Gary Ross’s big screen adaptation – eleven films which come highly recommended and should be essential viewing for any fan of the soon-to-be billion dollar franchise.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Written by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Japanese author »
The Hunger Games is not, as I thought when I heard the title, a nostalgic docu-drama on the 1948 London Olympics back in the first post-war age of austerity. It's a film version of Suzanne Collins's popular series of American novels for so-called young adults (my 11-year-old granddaughter is reading them) set in a dystopian near future. This totalitarian state is modelled in part on imperial Rome, and teenagers are chosen by lot from the nation's most deprived youth to take part in televised gladiatorial encounters that end in death for all but one contestant. The privileged citizens in the capital have Roman names (eg Cinna, Seneca, Cato, Caesar) and dress like characters in Alice in Wonderland, while the downtrodden people in the outlands have folksy rural names. The combative heroine has the Hardyesque moniker of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and District 12, which she represents, resembles a coalmining town in the Appalachians from the 1930s. »
- Philip French
We are running with two reviews of The Hunger Games to give readers two perspectives on this new adaptation. Michael Haffner has read the novel by Suzanne Collins while Andy Triefenbach has not. Read Andy’s review here to see if it is different from Michael’s.
I’m going to start out with a bold statement first just to get it out of the way. Not only is The Hunger Games film better than the book, but it actually expands on Suzanne Collins’ universe which ultimately elevates the film to more than just a teenage love-story. This statement may upset some die-hard fans of the book and its subsequent sequels. However, it is true. Director and writer Gary Ross has teamed up with the series creator and screenwriter Billy Ray to streamline the long-winded 370 page young adult novel into a lean, brutal, emotional, story that is equally relatable for fans and newcomers alike. »
- Michael Haffner
The big release this weekend -- hell, it's one of the biggest movies of the year -- is the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, and it's a deviation on the science fiction / adventure story about an organized "hunt" in which actual humans are killed for sport and/or entertainment. This concept is, of course, not new, and I'll cite Richard Connell's 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game" as the modern forefather of the films listed below. Like most of the finest short stories of a "genre" variety, Connell's was simple, enticing, and socially relevant -- and clearly it remains pretty topical in today's fast-paced world. (Admit it: you could probably fill a small island with people you don't...
- Scott Weinberg
R Kurt Osenlund gives Gary Ross's The Hunger Games three out of four stars, which is a fairly solid endorsement, coming from Slant. That's nice and all, but The Hunger Games as a film is really only half the story. The other half has to do with marketing and the impact the film will have on the industry, aspects of a movie we don't usually pay all that much attention to around here, but in this case, they cannot be ignored.
According to Bloomberg's Michael White, when it opens on Friday, The Hunger Games may pull in between $115 million and $270 million during the first three days of its run. "It will also transform Lions Gate, an independent filmmaker known for horror movies, Tyler Perry comedies and a long takeover fight with Carl Icahn. With The Hunger Games, Twilight and two more projects with sequel potential, Vancouver-based Lions Gate has »
Directed by Gary Ross
In a dystopian future, the Capitol of the nation of Panem randomly selects twenty four of the country’s youngest inhabitants to fight to the death in a yearly event titled The Hunger Games. The film’s tagline – “The World Will Be Watching” – refers to the televised titular contest, which the government uses to maintain order.
Two “tributes” from each of twelves districts, a boy and a girl, must participate until only one is left standing. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) of District 12 (the coal mining district that fuels the Capitol) volunteers in her younger sister’s place, and is left to rely upon her sharp instincts and the mentorship of drunken former Hunger Games victor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) . If she is ever to return home, Katniss must make impossible »
As The Hunger Games arrives in the UK, we look back at a few other future sports movies, and try to decide which, if any, would be a hit with TV audiences…
If sci-fi tells us nothing else about the future, it’s this: decades hence, football will have fallen out of fashion. Tennis will seem passé. Baseball? Horrendously archaic. Instead, the sports of the future will be violent tools of oppression, used by totalitarian governments to keep people off the streets and glued to their televisions.
This is the premise for numerous movies, books and videogames – including Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy of novels, in which teen gladiators (or ‘tributes’) are chosen at random and forced to fight to the death on television. The first book, of course, is now a well-received movie, and is the latest entry in a future sports subgenre that appears to have its seeds »
Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games Reviews Pt.1 The Hunger Games was directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), from a screenplay by Ross, Shattered Glass / Breach's Billy Ray, and Suzanne Collins based on Collins' own novel. The sci-fier/adventure drama set in a post-apocalyptic world stars Winter's Bone / X-Men: First Class / Devil You Know's Jennifer Lawrence, The Expendables 2 / Awol / The Last Song's Liam Hemsworth, and The Kids Are All Right / Journey 2: The Mysterious Island's Josh Hutcherson, Movie 43 / Man on a Ledge's Elizabeth Banks, Rampart / The People vs. Larry Flynt's Woody Harrelson, The Devil Wears Prada / The Lovely Bones / Gambit's Stanley Tucci, Salvation Boulevard / The Healer's Isabelle Fuhrman, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising / Race to Witch Mountain's Alexander Ludwig, Sitting Babies / Running Wild's Jack Quaid, Mash / Ordinary People's Donald Sutherland, American Beauty »
- Anna Robinson
One of the biggest mystery surrounding the Joss Whedon-produced “The Cabin in the Woods” was what it was really about. It definitely didn’t sound like your traditional slasher movie with a bunch of horny kids in the woods getting stalked by a deranged masked killer. And the first trailer gave away some things, but not everything. Potential Spoilers Below Looks like Whedon and company have finally decided to give away more about their film. This new, revealing trailer spells out a lot of “Cabin’s” plot. The cabin of the title appears to be part of some secret, high-tech sci-fi-y hunting ground where guys (probably those rich 1%’ers) hunt people for sport. You know, another version of The Most Dangerous Game, i.e. man. Of course, there might be a twist or two thrown in there. I wouldn’t put it past Whedon to pull a fast one. »
This week, the two hilariously brought along Cyril as they headed to the jungle to capture a wanted drug dealer and claim some much needed cash for Isis.
Yes, apparently even the economy hits secret service agencies. And, trust me, if you were in Malory's tax bracket, you wouldn't just have nicer clothes and hate socialist propoganda; you'd send your best agents to claim a million bucks as well.
While I miss Ray out in the field, I have to admit that Cyril probably had his strongest episode as "El Contador." Besides, when a mission calls for an undercover accountant and not a shopping cart, can you blame Malory for her last minute switch?
I often find the strongest scenes and »
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Stress relief is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, and different people use their own methods for coping with the day-to-day struggles. Some people exercise, some eat, some smoke, some drink, some read, and others brutally torture a group hiking in the woods as part of a trip into the heart of nostalgia. That last one might be very specific to a select group of twisted individuals; namely those who’ve become infatuated with warrior-reverent cultures and read The Most Dangerous Game a few too many times as a kid. The Hunters features one such group: four men who maintain a shelter in the woods and prey on the panic of individuals who have the unfortunate luck of happening across their domain carpeted with corpses and dripping with curtains of blood. The film suffers from a scatterbrained story that has no discernible structure, and then falls apart completely »
- Lex Walker
In addition to the long line of competing tent pole films (from “Dante’s Peak” vs. “Volcano” up to “Mirror, Mirror” vs. “Snow White and the Huntsman”), there has in recent years been a growing number of biopics going head-to-head. First there was “Capote” vs. “Infamous,” as well as the upcoming “Lovelace” vs. “Inferno,” and next a pair of Jeff Buckley films: Daniel Algrant's “Greetings From Tim Buckley” starring Penn Badgley will go head-to-head with a still untitled Jeff Scott movie starring Reeves Carney (Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”). It’s unclear why so many dual projects go forward in this way, but it’s likely that this is the only way producers can get excited: hunting a directly competing film is their version of “The Most Dangerous Game.” Patricia Arquette, who decided to give up any sort »
19 items from 2012
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