11 items from 2012
Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.
One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. »
It's rare that a comedy is so funny that describing why it's successful feels daunting, but that's exactly the case with Airplane!, this week's candidate for Best Movie Ever. I'm already panting. You've seen this damn thing, right? It's the sprawling Seurat mural of American spoof comedies: Every viewing reveals different, heretofore unseen nuances -- namely, hilarious jokes -- and you marvel at the amount of attention given to the simplest of flourishes. Plus, the gags about abortion, gayness, oral sex, and glue addiction are killer. The movie is so intractably deadpan that you almost feel as if the actors don't quite realize they're in the nuttiest spoof film of the last century. It's a near-unfathomable weirdness, this flick, and because it's 1) so rewatchable, 2) so full of funny people, and 3) so inimitable, it's a no-brainer addition to our "Best Movie Ever" Hall of Fame. Name the last time you saw »
Compared to other mega-selling bands like say, The Beatles, the story behind Queen is not quite as widely known. Formed in London in the early ‘70s, the band was responsible for a slew of hits over the two decades or so, traversing genres from rock to opera to disco, sometimes within the same song, before singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in the early ‘90s. Told through archival footage and interviews with two of the band’s principal members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor (bassist John Deacon has quietly refused to participate in any of the band’s recent activities since retiring a few years ago), “Queen: Days Of Our Lives” is a compelling overview of the classic band’s career. The group originally formed during college as an outfit called Smile before Mercury joined up and renamed the band which would eventually go on to record a »
- Cory Everett
A marketing survey has revealed that Warner Brothers is considering starting their own online movie streaming service that would compete directly with companies like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus.
Warner Brothers is considering launching an online streaming service to compete with providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. Called Warner Archive Streaming, the service would primarily offer classic movies, cartoons, and TV shows from its extensive catalog, rather than new releases. If successful, the service could catapult Warner Brothers as a major player in the booming online video streaming business.
Details of the plan emerged after Warner recently asked their consumers to participate in an online survey about the service. According to a source with intimate knowledge of the survey, Warner measured interest in a streaming service that would offer many of its older titles not readily available on DVD or Blu-ray. Warner currently has a program called Warner Archive, »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Titanic movies probably reveal more about the times they were made than the year the boat sank. In the 1933 movie of Coward's Cavalcade, it's a numinous moment in the years leading up to the great war and the depression. The 1943 German Titanic, a special project of Josef Goebbels, is anti-British propaganda on an epic scale, attacking corrupt British capitalism and celebrating German heroism. The 1953 Hollywood film Titanic endorses American family values of the Eisenhower era, and the 1958 A Night to Remember (based on Walter Lord's excellent book) scrupulously dramatises the events, underlining British sang-froid and noting the useful legislation it promoted. Cameron's 1997 picture sets off the American spirit of love, youth, equality and scepticism against British snobbery, complacency and crippling attachment to tradition which have had a baleful effect on the United States.
- Philip French
The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia
Written by Glenn Mitchell | Published by Titan Books | Format: 304pp, Paperback
To some movies are very of the “now,” whether it’s the latest summer hit or the latest super hero movie that’s coming out soon, or the latest so-called horror movie that we complain is not bloody enough because it’s had its rating reduced to make more money – we all know we’ve complained about it. What we sometimes forget though is that the movie industry has a history that can be more interesting than any of the movies. It’s the history of how they came to be and where the inspiration for everything we find in the scenes we so love come from. When you look at the history of movies you see the Universal monsters that pulled monsters such as Dracula and the Wolf Man into the main stream, the »
With "Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen's comic look at nostalgia and its limitations, having earned four Oscar nominations last week (including nods for Best Picture, Allen's direction and his original screenplay), it's a good time to take a look back at Allen's 1987 comedy "Radio Days." Another comic take on nostalgia, "Radio Days" is now officially a golden oldie itself, having been released exactly 25 years ago, on January 30, 1987. A fond look, filtered through memory, of a 1940s New York childhood, the radio broadcasts that captivated audiences back then, and the behind-the-scenes gossip about the performers who voiced them, "Radio Days" may be best known today for launching the career of Seth Green -- then a 12-year-old who played the Allen-like narrator as a boy. But there's also a wealth of little-known true stories behind the film, some of them from Allen's own life, some from classic radio lore, and some »
- Gary Susman
As Austin, the king of all things couture pointed out, a dress such as this could take months to plan and create. Well... that's why you're an All Star. Here is one day. In the immortal words of Tim Gunn, "make it work."
As the designers scrambled around Mood, Michael realized that April was buying the same color fabric he had planned on using. April's attitude is that she doesn't f-cking care if they're both using red, but Michael was more paranoid after their joint mop dresses from last week. He changed his strategy to black.
The new judges and host are growing on me, but Joanna Coles is Not. Her mentor segment is just so boring. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (C. Orlando)
Last week we got our first taste of the new Project Runway All Stars, and now that we're starting to settle with the fact that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will be absent, we can appreciate the crazy challenges these veterans are faced with. Like, for example, designing and constructing a couture ball gown for a night at the opera with a budget of $350 and only one day to work. Guest judges Mark Badgley and James Mischka explained to the designers that the challenge this week was "A Night at the Opera," and they would be looking for a "true couture touch" that is romantic, feminine and soft. Lucky for Austin Scarlett, right?! This is his specialty. But with everyone anticipating what he would »
A Night at the Opera, 1935.
Directed by Sam Wood.
The Marx Brothers make fools of high society’s opera lovers, and try to help their two friends-in-love along the way.
Groucho always gets the most ridiculously stately names. Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding from Animal Crackers, for example, or Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff from Horse Feathers. Mr Otis B. Driftwood is his character in A Night at the Opera. He’s still Groucho, though. He’s always Groucho.
Groucho acts as an advisor of sorts to Mrs Claypool (Margaret Dumont, of course). She’s trying to break into high society and solicits Groucho’s help. Why, we have no idea. This is a Marx Brothers film. Logic and rationality are the enemies.
He chooses the opera as their way up society’s ladder, encouraging »
Oli Davis presents an alternative to the usual year end Top 10 with 'The Top 20 – Yeah That’S Right, A Whole Twenty - of Films That Weren’t Released In 2011, But Which I Had Never Seen Before'...
I’m in a bit of a difficult position. I wrote my last review, of Raging Bull, at 4pm, Saturday 31st December. I’d seen it back in November, but backlogs have a habit of creeping up on you. It was my final review of 2011, having set myself the challenge to watch 100 films I’d never seen before, and write an article on each one.
However, there was a different backlog creeping up on that backlog. A sizable chunk of reviews still fester in the editor of Flickering Myth’s inbox – not because he’s negligent, far from it, but because my planning was poor. I’d been writing reviews at a leisurely pace from January to October, »
11 items from 2012
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