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If you missed Long Live The King when it played last November at The St. Louis International Film Festival, you can now watch it on Amazon Video and YouTube! The 2016 documentary Long Live The King explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Long Live The King is produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning Beast Wishes (the 20112 documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom. Long Live The King devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, »
- Tom Stockman
It's always a pleasure to write a sentence about a film that the filmmaker himself would recoil from in disgust, but here it is anyway: Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong remake is the best King Kong movie, surpassing the original. I wrote this before seeing Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island this week, so this isn't intended as a knock on that movie, though as with most of the King Kong spinoffs (Son of Kong, King Kong Lives, Kong Kong vs. Godzilla), there's nothing in Skull Island's plot structure that allows it to come close to the weird, earned pathos of the original, or Jackson's remake. Which is a long way of saying: I like my Kong tragic, and Jackson's Kong, building on and enhancing Merian...
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The latest movie to bring the super-sized simian Kong to the big screen, Kong: Skull Island, comes out today. Kong is a very well-known movie monster, but there are some things you probably don’t know about the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here are seven bits of trivia about King Kong.
1. Despite popular belief, the name “Skull Island” was never used in the original King Kong. For decades, people have used that name to describe Kong’s island home. The new movie uses “Skull Island” in its title. But the fact is, that name was never used in the classic first version. When the characters in that version reach the island, they know they’ve come to the right place because they see “Skull Mountain”, so-named because it’s shaped like a skull. However, the island itself is never named—only Skull Mountain is.
2. The very first Japanese Kaiju movie was a little-known, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
“[King Kong] surpasses anything of its type which has gone before it in commercial film-making. The work has many flaws, but they’re overcome by the general results. The errors will probably be overlooked… While not believing it, audiences will wonder how it’s done. If they wonder they’ll talk, and that talk plus the curiosity the advertising should incite ought to draw business all over. Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.” – Variety’s 1933 review of King Kong.
Released in 1933, Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong did indeed draw business all over. It’s opening at Radio City Music Hall saw every one of its ten shows sold out, with people queuing around the block to see the giant ape on screen. Tickets cost between 35 and 75 cents, »
- Luke Owen
Later this month, the mighty Kong returns to the big screen! To celebrate, we’re looking back at all the major primate appearances in film.
For as long as films were being made, humans have starred alongside primates. Unlike other animals, their human-like qualities can lend a sense of comedy or horror. Throughout the history of film, primates have been used to fulfill certain roles. In the early days, they were often a form of antagonist, carrying out dastardly deeds or causing mayhem. More common is the primate cast in a role of mischief, causing all sorts of comedic hijincks. While most primate roles were portrayed by live animals, it was not uncommon for men to dress up in ape suits for roles where the primates needed to carry out specific actions. Later, the advent of CGI has led to men mimicking primates in real time to create a motion-capture performance. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
I love me some King Kong. I loved the original '33 version, I loved Peter Jackson's 2005 version, and even liked some of the stuff in the '70s version. Hell, I don't even hate the cash-in Son Of Kong sequel! So I'm definitely down for Kong: Skull Island, unnecessary as it is. And if it means a showdown between him and Godzilla down the line? More power to it!... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
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