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Life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you're gonna get. And some movies are like a fine wine fava beans and a nice chianti—they stand the test of time. That's the case at least for 1994's Forrest Gump, 1942's Bambi and 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, which are among 25 cinematic classics the Library of Congress has tapped for inclusion this year in the National Film Registry. Helmer Jonathan Demme's fantastic big-screen villain and Robert Zemeckis' Ping Pong-playing, shrimp-catching everyman—roles which netted both Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hanks Oscars—will be preserved in perpetuity along with Walt Disney's beloved 'toon, Charlie Chaplin's 1921 feature The Kid (his first full-length effort), Howard Hawks' 1934 screwball comedy satire Twentieth Century and Otto Preminger's spectacular 1959 adaptation of George Gershwin's musical Porgy and Bess. Per tradition, this year's list was chosen out of 2,228 titles nominated by the public, with the final 25 determined by Library film curators and esteemed members of the National Film Preservation Board. Joining the above-mentioned flicks in immortality are two hits from 1953: the great post-war noir The Big Heat, starring Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin and Gloria Graham and following a tough cop taking on a local crime syndicate; and War of the Worlds, a feverish Cold War nightmare based on H.G. Wells' 1898 novel chronicling an alien invasion of Earth. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Each December, the Library of Congress adds new films to its preservation list. Today, they revealed the 25 selected titles that will be protected by the National Film Registry.
“These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said. “Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams.”
Annual selections are finalized by the Librarian, who reviews hundreds of titles nominated by the public. This year 2,228 films were nominated for consideration. The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation then works to ensure that every film added to the Registry is preserved for generations to come.
- Sean O'Connell
Best Picture winners The Lost Weekend (1945), Forrest Gump, and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), along with the Walt Disney Studios' animated classic Bambi (1942), Charles Chaplin's silent comedy-drama The Kid (1921), and Howard Hawks' early screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934) are among the 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant movies just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Directed by Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend earned Ray Milland a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic. Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs earned Oscars for both leads, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. A monumental box-office hit in the mid-'90s and a paean to idiocy and conformism, Forrest Gump earned Tom Hanks his second back-to-back Oscar (he had won the previous year for Demme's Philadelphia). As per the National Film Registry's release, Bambi was Walt Disney's favorite among his studio's films. (That's all fine, »
- Andre Soares
Hannibal Lecter will be opening a celebratory bottle of Chianti and finding someone to have for dinner at the news that Jonathan Demme’s 1991 thriller The Silence Of The Lambs is part of the National Film Registry’s typically eclectic list of films to be Preserved For All Time.*Announced by the Library of Congress across the pond, the list is always made public around this time of year and movies make the cut because, according to Librarian of Congress James H Billington, they are “selected because of their enduring significance to American culture. Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."So what other “treasures” are on there besides the psychopathic slitherings of Doctor Lecter? Robert Zemeckis’ still-divisive, Oscar-scooping Forrest Gump for one, and Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 classic The Kid for another.Also on the list? »
The Library of Congress has added 25 more films to the National Film Registry. Each year the library chooses films they deem are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant to add to the registry. This year’s additions include Forrest Gump, Bambi (long overdue, I’d say), and The Silence of the Lambs, as well as the sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds (1953), Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend, and Charlie Chaplin’s first feature The Kid. In addition, the Library of Congress chose to add student works from Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull and director Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi. Hit the jump to check out the full list of this year’s films, which also includes a short blurb about each film. To check out the National Film Registry’s full list of films so far, click here. Allures (1961) Called the master of “cosmic cinema,” Jordan Belson excelled in »
- Adam Chitwood
Dennis Lim opens his profile of Bertrand Bonello in the New York Times by noting that the filmmaker "has a term for movies that take place in a single setting: brain films. 'I call them that because the location is like your brain,' Mr Bonello said. 'It's like when you go inside a theater or a cinema, and you shut the door: the outside doesn't exist anymore. Very quickly you allow yourself a lot of associations of ideas. You get lost, and you come back, geographically but also mentally.' Think, he said, of The Shining, which evokes claustrophobia within the vastness of an empty snowbound hotel, or Elephant, which circles the endless corridors of a doomed high school. A kindred atmosphere of simultaneous immersion and disorientation defines Mr Bonello's fifth feature, House of Pleasures, which is set almost entirely within a brothel in fin de siècle Paris. A world unto itself, »
Neeson will voice the journalist character George Herbert, but he won't be there in person, thanks to the wonders of modern day technology.
The Schindler's List star says, "I'm not a computer nerd at all so I knew nothing about this technological stuff, but it did sound very interesting. We shot it over three days in April.
"It was all done on 'green screen' which I'm very used to after Star Wars and Clash of the Titans and various films like that. It wasn't terribly different from shooting a movie."
The play, which is based Hg Wells' classic science fiction book, will tell the story of a martian invasion in England and will be staged next December. »
Aside from offering imaginative visions of alternate worlds, sci-fi can often provide more emotional resonance than realistic dramas, Ryan writes…
For some, science fiction offers little more than breezy escapism, a retreat from the real world and into an alternate dimension of rip-roaring space opera, such as Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon. It’s a function sci-fi served before the genre even acquired its name; Jules Verne’s Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and From The Earth To The Moon, for example, offered imaginative, humorous adventure to readers of the 19th century, and they're still widely read and adapted today.
It’s often the case, however, that the sci-fi genre can deal with weighty issues in a more powerful and intelligent manner than realistic drama.
Had Hg Wells written a realist novel dealing with the cruelty of the British Empire under the reign of Queen Victoria, it’s »
The time is almost here, kids. Put up or shut up. Will you bend over for probing or send these aliens back to the friggin' planet they came from? The choice will be yours next week when The War of the Worlds makes its way to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network.
Developed in conjunction with Paramount Digital Entertainment, The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure and narrated by the acclaimed and distinguished actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Set in London, the gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation, but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Flashback, Out of This World and Prince of Persia, the game follows the exploits of an unknown everyman »
- Uncle Creepy
We've said it before, and we'll say it again ... this game cannot get here soon enough! Strap in, kids, and bring your tissues as we have some more drool-worthy eye candy on tap for you from the soon-to-be-released video game adaptation of The War of the Worlds!
The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Out of This World, Prince of Persia, Flashback, and Heart of Darkness, players follow the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Forced to think through insurmountable odds, players will outsmart an army of alien tripods, »
- Uncle Creepy
The time is drawing nearer, kids! Pretty soon we'll all be fighting for survival on our favorite consoles as a means to finally put an end to the alien menace in War of the Worlds the video game. To get you further amped, we have some new screenshots for you! Dig it!
The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Out of This World, Prince of Persia, Flashback, and Heart of Darkness, players follow the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Forced to think through insurmountable odds, players »
- Uncle Creepy
"The forefront of the Japanese New Wave, Atg or the Art Theater Guild, was a collective of some of the greatest auteurs of Japan's post-war history," writes Mark Ayala at the top of his list here at Mubi. Besides producing and distributing films from the early 60s through the mid-80s by the likes of Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura and Seijun Suzuki, the Atg also published a pamphlet, and, with the help of Robert Nishimura, Miguel Patrício has been putting individual issues online. The latest addition to the Art Theatre Guild Pamphlet Project is #123, focusing on Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Youth Killer (1976).
Granted, those of us who don't read Japanese aren't going to be able to delve into these pamphlets in the way that we've been delving into the issues of Cahiers du Cinéma in English that have appeared online in the past few days, but as with those yellowed pages, »
Man, is October here yet? We have a planet to defend and some new drool worthy screenshots from the upcoming downloadable title coming for the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network based upon The War of the Worlds!
The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Out of This World, Prince of Persia, Flashback, and Heart of Darkness, players follow the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Forced to think through insurmountable odds, players will outsmart an army of alien tripods, spiders and drones as they make »
- Uncle Creepy
Being a Christian in the 21st century is difficult at the best of times. Even without Mel Gibson constantly putting his foot in it, or Westboro Baptist Church spitting venom at the very people they are supposed to be helping, we have to contend with a media backlash whenever a seemingly ‘Christian’ film is released.
The problem seems to be that people don’t mind Christianity per se: if people are Bible-bashing in the streets, they can ignore them or talk back. What they resent, or appear to resent, are films with Christian undertones – allegories or parables which introduce Christian beliefs or ideas in a supposedly secular context. When The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe came out in 2005, The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee accused it of “invad[ing] children’s minds with Christian iconography… heavily laden with guilt, blame, sacrifice and a suffering that is dark with emotional sadism.” Ouch. »
- Daniel Mumby
Some new screenshots have arrived showcasing one of the earlier levels in the upcoming The War of the Worlds game, Paddington Station, where the game's unique platforming aspects and control scheme are introduced to the player. In addition we have concept art depicting protagonist Arthur Clarke scaling a gigantic piece of Martian machinery whilst avoiding the deadly spotlights of the drones.
Topping it all off is the first "Arthur Diaries" video featuring snippets of gameplay voiced by the game's narrator and one of the coolest cats around, Sir Patrick Stewart. Engage!
The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Out of This World, »
- Uncle Creepy
As avid gamers no one is looking forward to the upcoming video game adaptation of War of the Worlds more than we are. The prospect of bringing this classic tale to the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network is too tasty for us to resist, especially after checking out this latest developer's diary!
From the Press Release:
Other Ocean Interactive’s love letter to both the bygone era of cinematic platformers (Prince of Persia, Out of this World, Flashback, etc.) and the works of H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, is nearing release, and the developer is celebrating by launching the official website for the game! Head over to the War of the Worlds Game website, where you will find a host of information on the game, including screenshots, videos, and other exclusive media that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet.
- Uncle Creepy
Over the past few days news coverage has been dominated by the widespread rioting which has plunged London and now other British cities such as Manchester last night into fear and despair. So to complete the saturation of riot-based media coverage, with something light-hearted and hopefully diverting in these scary times – here are my Top 10 Screen Riots that have ever graced the big screen… which is firmly where they should remain.
Before we begin, we need to lay out some ground rules for what constitutes a riot. A riot is distinct from a battle because it is not planned or co-ordinated by or around a certain individual. It is not the same as a mutiny because that also involves pre-meditation. And it cannot be confined to a single place, otherwise it becomes just another fight or bar room brawl. There are exceptions to these rules, as will become clear, but they are good guidelines nonetheless. »
- Daniel Mumby
It's not just the United States that dabbles in viral marketing. This new promotional technique is everywhere you look nowadays, and we love it. Recently in Italy a strange panic was caused when a notable news anchor recorded a video that was uploaded to YouTube stating that aliens have landed. Read on for details.
Said anchor, Maria Cuffaro, engaged in the broadcast you see below (sorry no English subtitles) as a means to promote Gianni Pacinotti's film The Last Earthling (L'ultimo Terrestre), which will be playing later this month at the Venice International Film Festival.
Cuffaro's approach to reporting the event pretty much mimics that of Orson Welles' 1938 radio play The War of the Worlds. Since its initial upload the video has been viewed over 500,000 times, and the number keeps growing.
In the video TV journalist Maria Cuffaro, who presents prime time bulletins on the state-owned Rai network without the trace of a smile, »
- Uncle Creepy
Real TV newsreader Maria Cuffaro fronts YouTube attempt to trigger same panic as 1938 adaptation of The War of the Worlds
If anything can be said to have "gone viral" in the pre-digital age, then it was Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds. Telling Hg Wells's story of an alien invasion by means of realistic news bulletins, Welles created genuine panic.
But what would happen if the same stunt were pulled using the awesome, scare-spreading capabilities of the internet?
More than 430,000 people have clicked on a YouTube clip purporting to be from an Italian news bulletin reporting the imminent arrival of extraterrestrials.
The snippet is from a film, L'ultimo terrestre (The Last Earthling), to be shown at the Venice film festival later this month.
But the newsreader is a real TV journalist, Maria Cuffaro, who presents prime-time bulletins on the state-owned Rai network.
Without the trace of a smile, »
- John Hooper
James looks ahead to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and wonders if scientists should be stopped...
Somewhere in Maryland there's a secret laboratory where the world's top scientists study and examine the planet's most intelligent primates. Captured by Special Agent George of the Jungle, the apes are kept under lock and key by the American government and are put through an extensive programme of drug experiments, intellectual aptitude tests and advanced schooling.
The initiative intends to uncover the most exceptionally bright of hominoids and utilise their talents for the good of the USA. The primate-primer exam that every ape inductee must sit consists of several rounds of rudimentary arithmetic and logic puzzles, a game of pin the tail on Shrek's Donkey and a geography assessment, where candidates are asked to locate Iran on a map.
The final, hardest challenge evaluates the primates' linguistic skills. They're asked to recite »
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