7 items from 2014
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $54.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
The beloved 1963 film stars Lewis as shy and bumbling chemistry professor Julius F. Kelp. Unlucky in love, Kelp makes a potion to help him attract his crush, student Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens, The Poseidon Adventure). The potion turns Kelp into smooth nightclub singer Buddy Love, and works beautifully to draw in Stella, but the unstable formula makes Love slip back into Kelp at the most embarassing moments.
Lewis helped compile the plentiful extras for the Collector’s Edition, which include two new items:
“Jerry Lewis: No Apologies, »
The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.
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Hollywood Hillbillies | Helen Mirren | Jessica Tandy | Maggie Smith | Meryl Streep | Olympia Dukakis | Shelley Winters | June Squibb | Anne Ramsey | Driving Miss Daisy | The Queen | The Poseidon Adventure | Travels With My Aunt | Moonstruck | The Iron Lady »
- Ryan Gowland
That rumbling sound you hear is the angry spirit of Irwin Allen, the man behind such 1970s catastrophe-classics as “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno,” but there aren’t enough sacrifice-able virgins in the world to make “Pompeii” an appeasing offering to the disaster-movie gods. This team-up between the director of “Avp: Alien vs. Predator” (Paul W.S. Anderson) and the star of “Sucker Punch” (Emily Browning) is as awful as you feared it might be, although there’s at least some camp value in watching Kiefer Sutherland froth at the mouth as a very Billy Zane–like Roman bigwig. »
- Alonso Duralde
What does it mean to be an Oscar nominee?
The answers can be as varied as the nominees themselves. As the annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival continues on Turner Classic Movies, each night is themed to all the candidates in a certain category in a certain year.
The evening of Friday, Feb. 14, showcases all the talents who were nominated for best actor of 1955 for the pictures that are being shown. One of the movies absolutely transformed the career of the actor in question: "Marty," the big-screen version of a television play.
Related: All the 2014 Academy Award nominees
Rod Steiger was sought to reprise his TV portrayal of a lonely, good-hearted Bronx butcher, but he refused to sign a contract that would have obligated him to make several more pictures for the producers, who included Burt Lancaster. They then chose Ernest Borgnine, who mostly had played villains ("From Here to Eternity, »
To Live and Shake and Die in La! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "Earthquake."A-listers Mark Robson, Jennings Lang and Mario Puzo (!) steal a leaf (and more) from the Irwin Allen playbook with this turgid smash hit about a devastating La temblor which painstakingly copies stunt shots from The Poseidon Adventure. If not for the sternum-rattling sound effects of Sensurround, an alarming audio process that duplicates the trembling sensation of theater walls coming down around your ears, this prototypical ’70s disaster epic would be remembered only as an archaic soap opera that would have seemed risible in 1954, let alone ’74. Clifford Stine and Albert Whitlock were among the team of visual effects masters who helped level Los Angeles in such convincing fashion. »
- Trailers From Hell
With the news that the African Queen has become a tourist boat on the Nile, we look at other screen boats that have captured film fans' imaginations
Boats and films go together like the seaside and scampi. There's the 320-tonne steamboat in Fitzcarraldo that Werner Herzog famously had the film's extras cart over a hill to get it from one tributary of the Amazon to another. Then there's Kevin Costner's trusty trimaran in Waterworld, the U-96 of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, Forrest Gump's shrimping vessel, and Jenny and One-Eyed Willy's ship, The Inferno, which the truffle-shuffling gang come across in The Goonies. This year, we'll be popping our life-jackets on again in readiness for another boat film, Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah.
With the original African Queen now reincarnated as a tourist boat on the river Nile, we decided to take a look at what other »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
Directed by Giulio Paradisi
Written by Luciano Comici
This Euro-American science fiction horror clusterfuck was directed by professional body builder Giulio Paradisi (credited as Michael J. Paradise), who made four other films, but is best known for shooting second-unit footage on Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. It was the brain child of producer Ovidio G. Assonitis – known for his poor quality attempts at cashing in on box office gold by cloning Hollywood’s biggest hits. Assonitis was a hack, with a reputation for producing flagrant knock-offs like the 1977 Jaws rip-off Tentacles (starring John Huston and Shelley Winters) – and Beyond the Door, the most successful of numerous Italian horror films produced in the wake of The Exorcist. In the dawn of ’70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to emulate the success of their American counterparts. Of the hundreds of these films produced, The Visitor is »
- Ricky da Conceição
7 items from 2014
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