10 items from 2016
Ray guns! Space armadas! Storm troopers! Toei's manga became a pricey 3-D animated motion capture epic just three years ago, but was denied a release stateside. This collector's disc set gives us rude 'n' raucous space battles, along with a pirate's bounty of original Japanese extras. Don't worry, the 3-D visuals are excellent. Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D 3-D + 2-D Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 2013 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 115 (Japanese) 111 (International) min. / Kyaputen Harokku / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 34.95 Original Music Tetsuya Takahashi Written by Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Tareuchi from the manga by Leiji Matsuimoto Produced by Joseph Chou, Yoshi Ikezawa, Rei Kudo (Toei Animation) Directed by Shinji Aramaki
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Suppose they had a space war and nobody came? Toei Animation's 3-D extravaganza Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D was prepped and primed to take the world by storm, but like too many foreign super-productions it didn't even get a U. »
- Glenn Erickson
Anghus Houvouras on Hollywood’s ongoing diversity drama…
I’m white. Take a minute, let that settle in. I know it’s shocking. I’m like the Rick Astley of film columnists because you probably first thought I was black and like Rick Astley you’re always a little bummed when you click on a link and it turns out to be me. I’m not just white, I’m super white. Roger Deakins uses me to color balance his camera. My blood can be used as liquid paper. I’m so white the Academy Awards are considering giving me a lifetime achievement award. So take the rest of this column with a grain of salt, because a white man talking about racism is like an arsonist talking about fire safety: we’re familiar with the subject but probably not the best suited to discuss the topic with any sensitivity. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound technology, there were the Kinetophone and the Vitaphone systems – not to mention organ and piano players at movie houses. Much of that is discussed in A Century of Sound, which chronicles the evolution of film sound from the late 19th century to the mid-1970s. A Century of Sound has been split into two parts, with a third installment currently in the planning stages. They are: Vol. 1, “The Beginning, 1876-1932,” which came out on DVD in 2007. Vol. 2, “The Sound of Movies: 1933-1975,” which came out on Blu-ray in 2015. The third installment will bring the presentation into the 21st century. »
- Andre Soares
Its remake time again. For this article, we’re tackling Disney! We’ll be dissecting a popular animated movie, whose cinematic predecessor is a fantasy classic. This week, Cinelinx looks at Disney’s Aladdin. (1992)
Disney has taken many famous old stories and made them into modern cinematic blockbusters. One of those was 1992’s Aladdin, which was based on the story “The Thief of Bagdad” from Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights. Of course, this was not the first time the story was translated to film. It was done previously in 1940 as The Thief of Bagdad, which has been described by Roger Ebert as “One of the greatest fantasy films ever made, on a level with The Wizard of Oz.” (There was actually a silent version released in 1924, but we’re going to save the old silent films for another time.) Was the Disney remake a worthy follow-up to the 1940 classic? »
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2016 is going to be a bitchin’ year for science fiction and fantasy television shows. Not only for new shows hitting your screen but returning favorites! Here are some of our favorites that we are looking forward to over the next twelve months:
Mid Season Premieres:
“iZombie” (January 12, The CW)
Our darling but reluctant zombie Liv has broken up with Major for what feels like the billionth time (poor Major amiright?), the mob boss and Max Rager company are still on the loose, and the zombie cure is pretty much dead (get it??). Things aren’t looking good for our protags.
“The Walking Dead” (February 14, AMC)
The zombie horde is in Alexandria and the town that could have been home is about to be destroyed (Again). Guess who is about to come to make an entrance? Highly anticipated villain of the comic book series, Negan, it scheduled make his appearance in »
- Sarah Sommer
The Academy Museum announced today that it has accepted into its collection a major gift of the sole surviving full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark, donated by Nathan Adlen. The monumental Fiberglas model is the fourth and final version made from the original mold. Created for display at the Universal Studios Hollywood at the time of the film’s release, the prop remained a popular backdrop for photos until 1990, when it was moved to the yard of Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, a firm in Sun Valley, California, that regularly bought or hauled used vehicles from Universal Studios. With the business slated to close in January 2016, owner Nathan Adlen has made a generous gift of the historic prop to the Academy Museum.
- Michelle McCue
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Vilmos ZsigmondNEWSVilmos Zsigmond, 1930 - 2016: In December we lost Haskell Wexler, and now another one of cinema's great photographers has passed. Zsigmond was paramount to such films as Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Cimino's Heaven's Gate, De Palma's Blow Out, and many more. Keyframe has a roundup.After many, many years under construction the new home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Bampfa) will open in Berkeley, CA on January 31. "For the first time in sixteen years, Bampfa film screenings will take place under the same roof as the institution’s art galleries." Included in the announcement is the terrific news that the Pfa "will expand the number of film screenings it presents, hosting programs 52 weeks per year." Retrospectives devoted to Maurice Pialat, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Build of the Day: Watch a guy make his own Diy replica of the Stormtrooper Tr-8R "stun baton" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (via Geek Tyrant): Fan-Made Baked Goods of the Day: Now watch and learn how to make your very own Star Wars: The Force Awakens-inspired Bb-8 cake pops (via That's Nerdalicious): Cosplay of the Day: Well, it's not so much cosplay as beardplay, but this guy's Star Wars-inspired facial hair is pretty cool (via Fashionably Geek): Fan Edit of the Day: In one of the craziest fan-edit projects ever, The Wizard of Oz has been recut so every word of dialogue is now in alphabetical order (via Geek...
- Christopher Campbell
Sometimes you have to just sit back and appreciate the internet in all of its ludicrous glory. Sure, there will be some of you that think the decision by a deranged editor to slice together all of the dialogue from The Wizard Of Oz in alphabetical order is a giant waste of time, when it actually it should be celebrated for being so hugely superfluous but still finding an audience on the world wide web. The result is also oddly hypnotic. Especially when it gets to actual words. See how far you can get through it below. I mean, I.m not sure what to say. Am I impressed by this video? Indubitably. Amazed? You betcha. Kind of scared? More than I probably should be. What.s even more worrying is that after watching the above clip for a longer spell than I feel comfortable to admit, it sort of »
We’ve scoured the scenes of Sherlock special, The Abominable Bride, to dig out its nerdy details. Spoilers ahead…
Warning: contains spoilers for The Abominable Bride.
If, by the time Sherlock special The Abominable Bride came around, your usually-shining powers of observation had been dulled by New Year’s indulgence, never fear.
We’ve hunted around the episode with (mostly) clear heads and stumbled upon a few fun titbits, from Wilder the Diogenes butler, to set design jokes, nods to Doyle’s original stories, Paget’s illustrations, previous Sherlock episodes and more…
1. This dilated pupil (we'd suggest Cumberbatch’s rather than Freeman’s?) is the first hint-in-hindsight that what’s to follow involves narcotics.
2. Both A Study In Pink and The Abominable Bride start with Watson waking up from a nightmare of his time in an Afghan war, centuries apart.
3. Joining the regular cast’s Victorian counterparts »
10 items from 2016
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