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“It can be said with certainty that any reviewer who pans [Mission to Mars] does not understand movies, let alone like them,” declared Armond White in 2000. While perhaps an over-corrective to the critical drubbing the film had just received, there’s nonetheless a grain of truth in his statement. Far from being a pale imitation of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as many reviewers accused, Mission to Mars actively deflates its predecessor’s misanthropy and grandeur – on one level, it’s a lavish, epic-scale lark from a director who’s often been as much a satirist as a craftsman.
With a budget of $100 million, it was and still is the most expensive project Brian De Palma has tackled. It’s also the only straight-up piece of science fiction among his filmography, as well as a relatively wholesome, PG-rated affair – a rarity for this most salacious of mainstream American filmmakers. Originally to be directed by »
- The Film Stage
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the moment the opening credits began I was hooked and a large part of this had to do with the show’s opening theme music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of the Austin-based electronic outfit Survive, the show’s theme immediately brings us into the curious world of Stranger Things. Analog synthesizer motifs creep in and out of the mix, pulsating ominously, intoning dread. A percussive heartbeat simmers underneath, propelling us forward into awaiting disaster and, paradoxically, backward to another time and place. When combined with the show’s titles—its »
If your summer this year will forever be synonymous with Netflix’s Stranger Things, then you’ve discovered the wonders and dangers that lurk within the small town of Hawkins on the nostalgic new series. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Mark Steger, the actor who plays The Monster on Stranger Things, to discuss what attracted him to the role, getting into the mindset of the creepy creature, the films that influenced his performance, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mark, and congratulations on your excellent work on Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Mark Steger: Thank you, I’m glad it’s resonated with so many people.
How did you prepare—mentally and physically—to portray The Monster on the series?
Mark Steger: In my work, I’m was always driving my body to transformed states and »
- Derek Anderson
Alex Westthorp Jul 29, 2016
A few tips on what to do if your geek merchandise and DVD/Blu-ray collections run the risk of getting out of hand...
How do you cope when your prized memorabilia turns from a healthy collection of a few hundred items into an obsession of Guinness Book of Records proportions? With Star Wars and Doctor Who collections now making said Guinness Book of Records, by nature of their perceived uniqueness and sheer range, we look at what constitutes a collection which is of some merit, as opposed to just a few hundred things many people may have. And how do you spot when that innocent set of artefacts has outgrown its purpose and threatens to overtake your home and your life?
So, you've grown up with a TV series or film franchise and for many years you've collected the related merchandise. Not that you've needed much encouragement, »
This past weekend the 2016 San Diego Comic Con took place. On the biggest attendance day of the con, one of the events was a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of Aliens, released on July 20, 1986. Seven thousand fans sat inside Hall H cheering on star Sigourney Weaver, director James Cameron and another half-dozen of the cast and producing talent behind Aliens.
On one hand, it's incredible to think that, 30 years after the release of Aliens, it would still prove to be an incredibly popular and often quoted movie. The impact of Aliens on Hollywood's sequel factory and action/adventure landscape cannot be dismissed.
On the other hand, can you imagine going to the Comic Con of 1986 and attending a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of another sci-fi movie that's often credited for elevating its genre, Forbidden Planet? I can't help but think that a Forbidden Planet panel held in '86 would »
- Patrick Sauriol
Ryan Lambie Jul 19, 2016
On the 8th September 1966, Star Trek made its debut on Us television. Introducing the crew of the USS Enterprise on their exploratory voyage across the galaxy, it provided the jumping-off point for a franchise that has endured for 50 years.
Series creator Gene Roddenberry may have taken inspiration from a number of sources when he came up with Star Trek - Ae Van Vogt's novel Voyage Of The Space Beagle, MGM's movie Forbidden Planet, to name two - but American television hadn't seen a genre show quite like this before. Employing some of the best sci-fi writers of the era, Star Trek was a space opera which dared to tackle big themes: xenophobia, equality, social change, all in the context of an adventure series with plenty of colour, »
While there’s been a lot of attention paid to the fact that this year is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, not a lot is being been said about a movie that came out 10 years before which inspired the series. In honor of its 60thanniversary, Cinelinx looks at the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
Star Trek is one of the most popular and enduring sci-fi franchises ever made. If it wasn’t for the influential 1956 film Forbidden Planet, we might never have had Star Trek. If you examine Forbidden Planet closely, you’ll see the creative aspects that inspired Gene Roddenberry while he was creating his TV masterpiece, which debuted in 1966. According to ‘Star Trek Fact Check’, Gene Roddenberry once wrote a letter asking “Would it be ethical to get a print of the film and have our people make stills from some of the appropriate frames?”
Forbidden Planet—which »
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Titan Comics has unveiled its full plans for Doctor Who Comics Day, which takes place this coming Saturday, July 9th.
This year’s Doctor Who Comics Day is set to be bigger and better than ever with the launch of a new crossover event comic – Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen that includes special variant covers. Titan will release multiple variant covers to collect, including Supremacy of the Cybermen variants by Alessandro Vitti, photo variant by Will Brooks, a cool Cyberman cover by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, a fun coloring variant, and exclusive retailer variants at Forbidden Planet and Books-a-Million. Check them out here…
The spectacular five-part, bi-weekly adventure, Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen, stars the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and is penned by best-selling comic authors George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Alessandro Vitti »
- Gary Collinson
Hasbro is set to expand its Black Series collectible action figure range this month with two new figures, which will be available during Star Wars Celebration Europe and the San Diego Comic-Con International.
Next up is Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, with the Jedi Master joined by a hologram of Princess Leia, as well as his own lightsaber and that of Anakin Skywalker.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi figure will be on sale for $44.99 and can be picked up from the Hasbro booth at Sdcc.
Via: Entertainment Weekly
- Gary Collinson
Later this month, Star Wars fans from around the globe will converge on London for the highly-anticipated fan event Star Wars Celebration, with screenings of your favorite Star Wars movies, Q&A panel sessions and much more. This fan event kicks off July 15-17 at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre. There, merchandisers will unveil their new products for fans to purchase, and today we have our first look at one of these items. Hasbro has unveiled two of its new Star Wars action figures, one of which will be available only at Star Wars Celebration, and the other at Comic-Con 2016 later this month.
Entertainment Weekly has our first look at these toys, which are part of the 6-Inch Black Series collection. The Kylo Ren action figure will come with a melted version of Darth Vader's helmet, like the one seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with Kylo's own helmet, »
We're celebrating 50 brilliant UK independent bookshops. If your favourite is missing, please add it to the list below...
In Neil Gaiman’s preface to Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, he describes four bookshops from his childhood. One was a travelling school shop, one a local store staffed by a helpful hippy where he’d pick up 25p Tom Disch novels, another was a bus ride away and owned by a Grinch who’d glower at schoolchildren customers, and the last was a now-defunct Soho sci-fi and fantasy treasure trove. Four individual shops run by booksellers with distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tastes. All of which made Gaiman what he is.
That’s the joy of independent bookshops. Their personalities shape those of the people who visit them. They’re not homogenous. Their stock tends to reflect their passions rather than the year's best-performing unit-shifters. And their »
Back in March, producer Charles Roven revealed that Warner Bros.' upcoming Suicide Squad would not be an R-rated movie, even after the massive success of 20th Century Fox's Deadpool. The producer revealed that the studio was aiming for a PG-13 rating, much like they did with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and today it was made official. The MPAA handed out a PG-13 rating to Suicide Squad for "sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language." Warner Bros. has also unveiled new merchandise for this comic book adaptation.
This summer, Super Villains will take over in the highly anticipated big screen action adventure Suicide Squad, marking the theatrical debut of some of the most beloved bad guys in the DC Universe, including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Katana and Enchantress, and bringing back to the big screen one of the most dangerous villains of all time, »
This summer, Super-Villains will take over in the highly anticipated big screen action adventure Suicide Squad, marking the theatrical debut of some of the most beloved bad guys in the DC Universe, including Deadshot™, Harley Quinn™, Killer Croc™, Katana™ and Enchantress™, and bringing back to the big screen one of the most dangerous villains of all time, The Joker™. The Super-Villains will unite in an action-packed adventure that will have moviegoers on the edge of their seats, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Wbcp) has done some teaming up of its own, partnering with its licensees around the world for its global licensing and merchandising program in support of the film. Written and directed by David Ayer and from Warner Bros. Pictures, Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.
Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products said:
“Suicide Squad marks the theatrical debut of several of the most recognized, fan-favorite DC Super-Villains, and »
- Kellvin Chavez
This is the review of Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland and Daniel Brühl. After last month's ‘other’ film about a tech savvy billionaire beefing with a benevolent super being, we get this month's incarnation, Captain America: Civil War. In Captain America: Civil War (although I think Captain America: Work Based Dispute has a snazzier ring) we find Steve Rogers and Tony Stark clashing when the spectre of collateral damage comes back to haunt them. Confronted with the civilian cost of their heroics, our super bros must face their greatest foe yet: each other. A guilt stricken Tony wants a government-controlled Avengers (“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys”) while a dubious Steve is »
- Rafiq Richard
What a lovely surprise Deadpool was. Its rebellious, twisted take on the traditional superhero movie proved to be effective, crowd-pleasing and thoroughly entertaining. It felt like a superhero film filtered through an 80s action movie, with its hyperviolence, gore, revenge plot and tortured clever dick anti-hero.
Back in April (which is now when I’m writing this but not when you’re reading this because this will be now for you now) we were invited to interview director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg (together), and Ed Skrein, who played Ajax. They were relatively brief chats, though, so we’ve chucked them in together to save you a click. You can’t say that this free website doesn’t give you value for money.
Now, appreciating that Simon Kinberg is the man with the answers about what’s going to happen in the Fox Marvel universe, you might be expecting some pressing for clues. But with a two month gap between interview and publication, it seemed likely to me that anything I could dig up would likely be uncovered by someone else before we could publish it anyway. I thought I’d be better off trying to find out some stuff about Deadpool instead. When you get to the bit where Miller responds to my theory that Deadpool is like an 80s action film, I think you’ll agree that I made a right and good decision.
The success of Deadpool after all of these years of work must have been very vindicating. Do you think the wait, the urban legends and the reputation of Deadpool as almost the outlaw superhero film, helped with its success?
Tim Miller: I think it had people rooting for the film, for sure. But I feel like the nature of the film itself. I often wonder, if I wasn’t part of the movie making process, do Deadpool fans feel like ‘oh, this was our little secret, this was our character and now everybody loves it and so it’s not so special and cool for us’. I hope they don’t feel that way. We brought it to a broader audience. I mean he felt like a character that you root for, that was an outsider, and I think that and the struggles - which are high class problems, to actually have a movie that’s even being considered to be made is pretty awesome – but I feel like that’s intrinsic in the character more than the process.
Simon Kinberg: I actually think that the timing was right, not that that was the intention, but that five years ago, or ten years ago, the culture wouldn’t have been ready for a movie that commented on other superhero movies in the same way. Where now, there’s such a saturation of these kinds of films, and there’s such a fluency with the audience in these kinds of movies that they understood the jokes in a way that they probably would not have as a mass audience five or ten years ago. And so even though it wasn’t intended that it would be…
Tm: I still think it would have been a great movie.
Sk: It would have been a great movie.
Tm: Not because I made it, just because it was a great script.
Sk: I just think that a mass audience wouldn’t have been able to laugh in unison in the same way.
You’ve made a film that’s an action movie and a comedy movie. The nature of comedy, particularly with the modern trend of ad libbing, thrives on spontaneity. So how does that combine with the nuts and bolts of making a big action film?
Tm: I think we left a lot of room for it. When you go into the process with Ryan Reynolds, you know he’s gonna do that. You’ve got to leave some room for it. And then, once we’d talked to Tj (Miller) for a while, we realised you’ve got to leave a lot of room for that, because Tj did not say the same line twice, which was just this treasure trove of material in the edit bay, and it really kept everything moving along.
The writers were on set every day to help respond to it. Because, you write something in a script but then you see a location, then you see how people move through space and it changes the way the jokes work. We just built it in because we knew it was gonna happen.
One of the things I really liked about this film is that it reminded me of some of the movies I loved from the 1980s, the action films of that time. Were then any movies from this period that were influential, or am I imagining it?
Tm: I think you’re imagining it. Maybe.
Sk: Well, you know what I would say? Because I grew up on those movies and those are my favourite films, and the big action movies of the 80s were R rated, much more muscular films, like the Die Hard movies and the Lethal Weapon movies and the Terminator movies, totally different than Deadpool in so many different ways, but they had a sort muscularity to them and they were R rated, and people spoke like real grownups speak, they swear. And I think some of that, and the violence, there’s ripples of it in Deadpool.
Tm: You know what else though? I think before the ages of digital effects where you could have an entire city lifted in the air and dropped on the planet, the approach to visual effects and action was a little different. And we didn’t have the budget to lift a city in the air and drop it on a planet, so our approach to what the action was had to be a little more measured. Probably like a lot of the limitations they had to deal with back then.
I had to fight to get that fucking carrier collapse in there and that was like the only moment of scope we had, the rest of it is fairly contained.
Ed Skrein Interview
Pretend to enjoy?
Ha. When you’re playing a character like this, do you try to humanise him in your head, or do you just cut loose and say ‘this guy is evil’?
There’s a reason that people do evil stuff. There’s a thought process in everybody’s head that when they think to do horrific atrocities and violent acts, there’s a reason, an order, a logic in their heads, that we don’t see. Because we have compassion and responsibility.
That lack of compassion is what it was about, for me. To form Ajax it was less about trying to be evil and be some fucked up guy. It was just like ‘I’m gonna take away these things and just see what’s left’. And then justify it, by saying “I’m making you a fucking superhero, dude. You should be thanking me. I made you immortal.” I say it in the movie. All he needs to do is keep his mouth shut. You’re getting me into character now.
When I started acting it was hard. I’d let these characters stay with me and get all twisted up and it kind of fucked with my head. But not for Ajax, man. They’d say cut after I’d been being horrible and had been torturing Ryan Reynolds, and then I’d skip off to the make-up department and gossip with them about what they did on the weekend.
So it wasn’t too torturous.
Now, you’re from England, like myself. And, for me at least, when I was a kid I didn’t have access to American comics like a lot of people do now. How is your relationship with comics? Do you read a lot?
Yeah, man. I read them a lot. I did have access to them, because I would go to Forbidden Planet in central London, I would go to… there was one in Camden, I can’t remember what it’s called.
Oh, it’s the Judge Dredd… Mega City One?
It’s called Mega City! On Inverness Street, I believe. Yeah. Inverness Street Market, Camden Taaahn. *laughs* Lovely.
I was going to the conventions at the Barbican and at Baker Street when I was a kid. I was collecting Spawn and X-Men from back then and loving Ninja Turtles and Thundercats on the side. There was a period of about 10 years when I stopped collecting comics. When I got Deadpool I was like ‘This is an opportunity’. This is what I call research, very important resources, and so tax deductible items.
I had to explain that to my accountant. This is very important for my character, this is character research.
But it was so great to get back into the comics. At the moment I’m reading X-Force, which is a phenomenal piece. You know, X-23 and Phantom-x. Two of my new favourite characters, I love them, created by Grant Morrison who is a writer that I love. X-Force is one of my favourite series of all time. I’d love to play King Mob. I’d love for them to make it, even if I don’t play it. I’ll be there, opening weekend.
I suppose you talked about the English and American side of things, falling in love with the American classic superheroes was wonderful. But when they started talking in your accent? You know, Billy Butcher is from Hackney. I live in Hackney. Billy Butcher talks in slang that we talk in. I read it and I think ‘Americans must be so confused by what he’s saying. He talks in cockney rhyming slang.’ So, it’s an amazing feeling to have that. Writers such as Garth Ennis, they’re just doing incredible things.
I’m very proud of them. Garth’s run on Punisher: Max and Morrison’s stuff on Batman And Robin is just fucking amazing. It’s a wonderful thing.
Before you leave, you’ll no doubt want to know what their favourite Jason Statham films are. Tim Miller and Simon Kinberg both told me their favourite Statham film is Snatch, while Ed Skrein’s favourite is Spy.
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I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.
But since 2010 there »
- Dennis Cozzalio
By Todd Garbarini
The Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a fun-filled weekend of six science fiction classics from Friday, April 15th to Sunday, April 17th. Several cast members from the films are scheduled to appear in person at respective screenings, so read on for more information:
From the press release:
Anniversary Classics Sci-Fi Weekend
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: www.laemmle.com/ac.
Re-visit the Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film as Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series presents Sci-fi Weekend, a festival of six classic films April 15-17 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.
It was dawn of the Atomic Age and the Cold War, as Communist and nuclear war paranoia swept onto the nation’s movie screens to both terrify and entertain the American public. All the favorite icons are here: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
La’s inaugural Wonder Con was a raging success this past weekend. Along with panels on comics, film, TV, and video games, there were celebs, swag, and cosplayers galore. While I wasn’t able to be everywhere at the same time, I was able to compile some of the highlights for all of you who couldn’t make it to the City of Angels!
• Netflix premiered a teaser trailer and introduced the cast of its new original series Voltron: Legendary Defender. Debuting June 10, DreamWorks Animation is reimagining the classic show about five teenagers who become pilots for five robotic lions in an effort to protect the universe from evil. Check out the teaser here! And check out the cast below!
- Harker Jones
In my career as a television interviewer, Nielsen was up there with William Shatner as the funniest man I ever met
I’ve been reading The Tempest again. I suppose that if Shakespeare were writing it now, he would have to call it The Extreme Weather Event, but in those days the language was in better shape. No poetry has ever been more beautiful than Prospero’s “Our revels now are ended” speech, which is likely to ring bells for any old man getting set to quit the world. Caliban, however, sounds so like an internet troll that he could easily be updated into a modern version.
It’s not necessarily a doomed task. Back in 1956, Forbidden Planet, one of the first big-budget sci-fi movies, drew on the characters of The Tempest to thicken the plot. I saw it several times in a row, and not just because Anne Francis »
- Clive James
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Nick Newman
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