7 items from 2013
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Written by Steven E. de Souza
Directed by former Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser, this post-apocalyptic science fiction yarn starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is without a doubt the most mainstream film to appear on this list. Much like The Hunger Games, The Running Man satirizes American entertainment, deriding everything from professional wrestling to reality TV and game shows. The film, which is loosely based on a novel by Richard Bachman (a pen name for Stephen King), is set in the totalitarian America of 2019, wherein convicted criminals are forced to take part as bait in a hideous TV manhunt called, yes, The Running Man. Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a cop framed for massacring rioting civilians during a protest and later picked as a contestant for the show, where he must survive a gang of skillful assassins like Subzero (Prof. Toru Tanaka »
- Ricky da Conceição
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 12 Nov 2013 - 07:05
Producer Dino De Laurentiis assembled an all-star cast and gathered a colossal budget for his 1976 remake of King Kong. Once again a story about a giant ape transported to New York and running amok, the 1976 King Kong overcame its production difficulties - including a malfunctioning 40ft tall mechanical ape designed by Carlo Rambaldi - and became a sizeable hit.
A decade later, De Laurentiis decided that it was finally time to make a sequel to King Kong, and brought back director John Guillermin (not to mention a much smaller budget of $10m) to make King Kong Lives. Unfortunately, by the middle of the 80s, nobody seemed to be particularly keen on seeing another giant ape movie - especially one full of countryside »
Other films in the line-up include All Hallow’s Eve, a Halloween-based anthology that features the return of the demonic Art the Clown, who was first seen in the terrific short film Terrifier; Jesse T. Cook’s subversive and incredibly divisiveSeptic Man; and the World Premiere of Chemical Peel, directed by Grand Junction, Colorado, native Hank Braxtan.
Joining the fest will also be Guest Director Phil Tippett, who will be on hand to present a special sneak preview of Phil Tippett’s Mad God: Part 1, a surrealistic stop-motion nightmare featuring hundreds of detailed puppets. He will also present a special screening of his short film Mutantland.
For more info visit the official Telluride Horror Show website, "like" Telluride Horror Show on »
- Brad McHargue
Though the depth of talent continually blows me away, I tend to avoid featuring contemporary print art (or fan art, or call it what you will) in this column, because it feels like a separate world to me. Limited edition prints celebrating die-hard masterpieces do not have to live by the same rules that most movie posters have to, and for that reason I feel that they belong in a different category from the work I usually talk about. That said, most of the time what I am doing in this column is celebrating great illustration, and these days one of the best places to find great illustration is on collectible art sites like Mondo or Dark City. And there have been very few posters I’ve seen this year that have impressed me quite as much as this 80th anniversary poster for King Kong.
The poster is the work of La Boca, »
- Adrian Curry
Wings, Dr. Strangelove: Film preservation and ‘Amazing Tales from the Archives’ (photo: Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen in William A. Wellman’s Wings) The 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s edition of "Amazing Tales from the Archives" was perhaps the weakest of the series to date. In the past, they have done a wonderful job demonstrating the excitement of finding lost films and footage, assembling them together, preserving and restoring them. This installment revolved around the "Digital Age," and did not concentrate only on silent film. The reconstruction of William A. Wellman’s Wings (1927), the first Best Picture (or "Best Production") Academy Award winner, was a familiar story of how an old film print could be dusted off and used for the production of a Digital Cinema Package. By now, we all are aware of the importance of film preservation, which is part detective work and part modern technology. »
- Danny Fortune
Pierre Etaix is much on my mind, you could say, since I've just written about 9,000 words on him (to be trimmed down considerably, I assure you) for the forthcoming Criterion Collection box set of his cinematic works. Though his last film for the cinema (as director: he has continued to act in films such as Micmacs and Le Havre), Etaix had a brief burst of activity directing for TV in the 1980s, which included one feature, L'âge de Monsieur est avancé, a filmed play which bursts its bounds and includes the audience and stagehand in the drama. It looks delightful, but as my French is at the level of your average two-year-old (and not even a French two-year-old), I can't really write about it.
But See Rank Le cauchemar de Méliès (The Nightmare of Méliès), produced the next year for a TV compendium tribute to Georges Méliès (also featuring contributions »
- David Cairns
This week, "The Bachelor" kicks off with Chris Harrison dropping by the Bachelorette Manse in a fetching eggplant-hued shirt. Very nice. Sean also has a nice shirt on -- wait, no he doesn't. 'Cause why would Sean wear a shirt?
Cute little Selma gets the first solo date. Look at those dimples. She's like Sandra-Bullock-in-Speed cute. As Sean arrives, he says he's "had a connection with Selma since night one." Just once, it'd be nice if the Bachelor would say, "Yeah, I'm not really feeling it with Betty, but she's really smokin', so I keep giving her a rose. Hopefully this date will let me know if we have absolutely anything in common other than thinking each other is hot."
But they never say that. It's a shame the main Bachelors or Bachelorettes don't have a little more of a sense of humor about their experience. But »
7 items from 2013
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