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I love these kinetic typography videos and this one featuring Sterling Hayden's speech in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is particularly impressive. I have included the transcript below the video. Ripper Mandrake, I suppose it never occurred to you that while we're chatting here so enjoyably, a decision is being made by the President and the Joint Chiefs in the war room at the Pentagon. And when they realize there is no possibility of recalling the wing, there will be only one course of action open -- total commitment. Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war? Mandrake No. I don't think I do sir, no. Ripper He said war was to important to be left to the Generals. When he said that, fifty years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too »
- Brad Brevet
Politics! Everybody loves politics, don’t they? Whether it is laughing at George Osborne for refusing to deviate from his clearly flawed austerity plan or creating meme’s out of photos of Boris Johnson hanging from a zipwire, there is something for absolutely everybody. Unless you don’t vote. Then you have no say.
There have been some wonderful politicians throughout movie history, perhaps the best example being Bill Pullman in Independence Day. He is a jet pilot! This list is not of those politicians in the same vein, this a group of people who could only hope to thought of in the same way, they wouldn’t even get protest votes they are that useless.
10. Merkin Muffley – Dr. Strangelove
- Tom Gilchrist
Every work of art started as an idea — perhaps scribbled in a notebook. The same goes for film titles, as Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb proves. It's a memorable, amusing title for the filmmaker's funny ode to paranoia in the nuclear age. Open Culture shared a page from Kubrick's notebook, in which the director drafted a list of potential titles for his Peter Sellers-starring movie. Our personal favorite? Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus wins everything. Also, naming Seller's mad character Dr. Doomsday feels more comic book-worthy, so we're happy that never stuck. Kubrick was an obsessive director; we have to wonder how many other title drafts exist in the bottomless pit of his...
- Alison Nastasi
Scream Factory recently announced a June 18th release date for their Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition of The Howling and we now have the official list of bonus features that will be included:
“It’s time to unleash the beast within and join the pack as Scream Factory™ is proud to present the ferocious 1981 classic The Howling Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 18, 2013. Directed by legendary filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins) and written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless, this massive cult hit is based on the popular novel by Gary Brandner. The all-star cast includes Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo), Patrick MacNee (The Avengers, A View to a Kill), Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore), Christopher Stone (Cujo), Belinda Balaski (Piranha), Kevin McCarthy (Innerspace), John Carradine (The Twilight Zone), Slim Pickens (Dr. Strangelove), Elisabeth Brooks (Deep Space) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager). Brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense and »
- Jonathan James
The newest trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness mostly features some new looks at sequences you’ll recognize from earlier trailers. The red-tinted Dr. Strangelove war room, the Enterprise falling to earth, Captain Pike doing his best impression of Tom Skerritt from Top Gun, Chris Pine’s eyes shining as blue as a sapphire supernova: Check, check, checkeroo! But there are some intriguing bits of new footage. The key revelation is that Benedict Cumberbatch’s maybe-Khan-maybe-not bad guy has a ship. It’s much larger than the Enterprise. It’s colored dark, because it’s eeeeevil. And am I crazy, »
- Darren Franich
Chicago – “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” is a title that suggests the sort of tall tale that would entrance a crowd of scouts around a camp fire. It’s chockfull of fantastical creatures and action-packed setpieces, but its shoddy special effects cause it to fall short of pure enchantment. As for the story itself, it’s pure silliness.
Jet Li receives top-billing solely because he happens to be Jet Li, but he could hardly be considered the main character. This is primarily a star-crossed romance between a good-hearted physician, Xu Xian (Raymond Lam), who unwittingly falls in love with a demonic snake that takes the form of a seductive woman (Eva Huang). Their love appears to be genuine, especially after the snake saves his life, but master monk Abott Fahai (played by a bored Li) won’t allow such an outlandish union to take place, inspiring gloriously silly dialogue like, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...
"Never fall asleep when the kids have a sleepover."
Thanks to Darrien for this week's winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Nicholas Brendon (above) is 42, Ed O'Neill is 67, David Letterman is 66, Sarah Michelle Gellar is 36, and Claire Danes is 34. In ratings news, Glee was up 20%, while Hannibal held steady..Comedy legend Jonathan Winters has passed away at the age of 87. We'll always have the humor and Mearth that he gave us.Kristen Chenoweth will star as Matthew Broderick's sister in an untitled CBS comedy pilot.Harrison Ford On Gay Marriage: 'We're Getting There', says the man starring later this year in Ender's Game Just a »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
He was Howard Stern's crazy grandfather, Don Imus's hip cousin, and Wolfman Jack's uber role model. He was the first reporter to hang out with the Beatles when mere mortals weren't allowed within a mile of them, Charles Mingus dug him so much that they improvised a talking/jam together the likes of which has never been equaled in jazz, and he had such a quibble with movie Dr. Strangelove that Stanley Kubrick's mother -- his Mother -- demanded that Stanley go talk to him about it (and after that Kubrick became his friend and begged him to be the voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he turned down). Shel Silverstein, the hippest kid-poet this side of Alice, looked up to him like a guru. Andy Kaufman called him a true comic genius. And, oh, along the way he authored a collection of »
- Ken Krimstein
On April 4th I was walking home at about 10pm in the dark, having just got off a train. I was coming from the cinema, where I had just seen the new G.I. Joe movie. As I walked I was checking the news and happened across a title on Google News from our very own WhatCulture! T.J. Barnard was reporting that the great film critic Roger Ebert had died, aged 70. I stopped in my tracks for a wee moment and thought about it: here’s a man I have been reading for years, a writer who didn’t offer theory and philosophy, instead he offered simple, honest opinion, the basis of all great writing. I continued to walk in the dark, my mood by now matching the sky.
I thought as I walked what every single one of us is going to think when we see Iron Man 3, »
- Quinn Steers
It was 45 years ago this weekend that Stanley Kubrick gave us 2001: A Space Odyssey, a vision of the future that still beckons, even if the title is out of date. Something similar can be said about the extraordinary artist who made the masterpiece. History tells us that Kubrick died in 1999 at the age of 70, but our current pop culture tells us that his singular genius remains relevant and challenging to those who make movies, those who consume movies, and those who write about movies for a living. We see homages to The Shining in NBC’s new horror drama »
- Jeff Jensen
Since Stanley Kubrick’s “loose” adaptation of Stephen King’s novel debuted in 1980, many people have been unable to get it out of their heads. When the film came out, it wasn’t appreciated or lauded as it is today. Many deemed it a disappointment, a shell of Kubrick’s other master works, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange or Dr. Strangelove. Obviously, viewpoints shift, as The Shining is, to many, the scariest movie ever made. I know it’s up there for me.
But Rodney Ascher’s mesmerizing documentary, Room 237, puts the spotlight on five different people who have vastly different ideas about what Stanley Kubrick’s most divisive film was really about. It wasn’t just a horror movie; there were hidden meanings littered all over the place. Stanley Kubrick’s brilliance has only gained in stature as time has passed, and everyone, from »
- Andy Greene
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Directed by Joseph McGrath, the 1969 cult comedy film The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) and Ringo Starr comes from the pen of the brilliant Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella), based on his 1959 comic novel of the same name.
In the movie, Sir Guy Grand (Sellers), the richest man in the world, whimsically adopts a young homeless man (Starr) who he happens to meet by chance during a stroll in the park. Together they set off on a series of inspired escapades that comically attack the snobbery and hypocrisy of modern society. Moving from one misadventure to another, they have encounters with characters portrayed by such noteworthy performers as Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape), Laurence Harvey (Summer and Smoke), Raquel Welch (Hannie Caulder), Christopher Lee »
"Room 237" is hardly your average documentary. Not only does it float some very out-there theories about what Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is really about, it illustrates those points with clips from both the 1980 horror classic and dozens of other movies. Every single shot in the film is from an existing flick, including ones from Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Spielberg, as well as classic horror movies and silent films. Moviefone sat down with director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk, who provided insight into some of their choices. In the same spirit of obsessiveness, we've compiled every movie featured in "Room 237," below “The Shining” "Lolita" "Spartacus" "Eyes Wide Shut" "Paths of Glory" "Barry Lyndon" "2001: A Space Odyssey" "The Killing" "Fear and Desire" "Killer's Kiss" "Dr. Strangelove" "A Clockwork Orange" “Full Metal Jacket" "Drums Along the Mohawk" "The Battle of Apache Pass" "The White Buffalo" "Sitting Bull at the »
- Alex Suskind
With news of Steven Spielberg taking over Stanley Kubrick's unmade dream project "Napoleon" as a TV mini-series, a fascinating article over at The Atlantic looks at another Kubrick project that never saw the light. "Swing Under the Nazis," written by Mike Zwerin and published in 1985, caught the director's eye due to a photo therein of a Luftwaffe officer posing with Jewish, black and Gypsy musicians outside a Paris jazz club. Kubrick thought the provocative image had a "Dr. Strangelove" feel, and gave the budding project a similar title: "Dr. Jazz." The German officer in question was Dietrich Schulz-Koehn, who, obsessed with "hot swing," published an underground newsletter reporting on the jazz scenes in cities under Nazi occupation. "Dr. Jazz" was the pen name Schulz-Koehn used for the illegal publication. A script never materialized, but not for lack of Kubrick's passion. The director's longtime assistant Tony Frewin, speaking to the Atlantic, »
- Beth Hanna
TuesdayIt is the nature of obsession, the compulsion that causes the otherwise rational mind to charge into the labyrinth, to wrestle the obfuscating Minotaur within, and extract from the bull-man whatever morsel of meaning can be salvaged in this dumbed, flat world of ours. This was the quest, I felt, once again reviewing my fraught, evolving relationship with Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining, in which an incipiently insane Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson), his purposely oblivious wife (Shelley Duvall), and their oddly talented son, Danny, spend a particularly snowy winter at the supremely creepy Overlook Hotel.The movie came out in 1980, but my interconnect with the Kubrickian Kube long preceded that, back to the spring of 1964. That was when, as a high-school sophomore, I first saw Dr. Strangelove, the master’s glass-darkly comedy about what was then called “mutually assured destruction.” Finally, after a Cold War childhood spent »
- Mark Jacobson
Prepare to howl at the moon Fright-fiends, Joe Dante’s The Howling is getting a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory! The rising cult/horror video label is set to give Dante’s lycanthrope classic the HD treatment come June 18th! Dig on the newly commissioned cover art from Nathan Thomas Milliner, and preliminary bonus features below!
From Scream Factory’s Facebook page:
“Director Joe Dante’s classic The Howling. Known fondly for its humorous script, outstanding Rob Bottin effects and Dee Wallace (Cujo), this will release on 6/18 as a Collector’s Edition on either DVD or Blu-ray. (Important to note that this will mark the first time the film has been on the Blu-ray format in the U.S.) New key art plus the iconic original theatrical poster art on the reverse side plus extras (which are still in development but you can pretty much expect that all »
- Justin Edwards
Deadly Puppies is comprised of Hyejin June Hong and Ori Kleiner and they put together the following 76-second animated tribute to the works of Stanley Kubrick, which tease the filmmaker's films chronologically beginning with Fear and Desire and continuing through Killer's Kiss, The Killing, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and, finally, Eyes Wide Shut. Give it a look below. »
- Brad Brevet
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