13 items from 2014
I think that there’s a rule in Hollywood that movies that start with the word “American” must have amazing ensemble casts (see: American Hustle, American Beauty, American Pie, American Gangster, American Graffiti). This week, the action-comedy American Ultra adds three new members to an already bustling line-up: Sharon Stone, Bill Pullman and Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale. They join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Justified‘s Walton Goggins, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo in a film for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh.
The low-budget Lionsgate movie, picked up for a cool $7 million in March, stars Eisenberg as Mike, a stoner and slacker living in a small town whose past as a highly-trained secret agent comes back to interfere with his new, quieter existence. He becomes the target of a top secret government operation, which naturally does not sit well with his girlfriend, Phoebe (played by Eisenberg’s Adventureland co-star, Stewart »
- Jordan Adler
The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival wrapped up its 5th annual hoorah in Hollywood on Sunday and this year was chock full of joyful and exciting films and special guests. There were so many wonderful old movies that most people have seen, but for me the true thrill was the chance to see a beloved movie on the big screen, the way it was intended.
Throw in some amazing guests and it was absolute gold.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)
Screened at the beautiful El Capitan Theater, The Jungle Book was the last Disney animated feature that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. After the success of Mary Poppins and other Disney hits such as The Parent Trap, The Absent Minded Professor and The Sword in the Stone, Disney went back to the well and asked songwriters Bobby and Richard Sherman to take a swing at its animated »
- Melissa Thompson
For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers (and Geeks) from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival beginning this Thursday, April 10 and running through Sunday, April 13.
Coinciding with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
TCM recently announced the tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away last weekend, will be Sunday, April 13 at 9am with a screening of National Velvet at the Tcl Chinese Multiplex 4. Eddie Muller will speak with Margaret O’Brien and read a poem written by Mickey Rooney, titled “Flesh and Bones” to close the tribute.
Fans of Rooney can watch a full day of his films this Sunday on TCM beginning at 6Am with Broadway To Hollywood. The »
- Melissa Thompson
A boy, a girl, the breaking surf, some fumbled attempts at automobile lovin’, a hand-jive contest, a lycra-clad makeover, and a dozen of the greatest songs you’ve ever heard. With those raw ingredients, I present the latest installment of EW’s Summer Blockbuster month. Because we are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Grease, the first movie musical on this list takes the No. 18 slot. So let me tell you about it, studs.
We live in times fueled by a collective passion for nostalgia. Well before our nostalgia covered up a national snarkiness, though, Grease set the template with its saucy yet »
- Lanford Beard
When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
As details of the "Veronica Mars" movie started to become public last year, one thing above all warmed the hearts of a certain segment of Marshmallows.
Piz was back. And he was holding hands with Veronica.
That small-but-huge detail is a victory for the nice guys of the world -- the actual nice guys, not the self-described, in-quotes "nice guys" who trash any and every woman who doesn't fall into bed with them on account of their niceness. Stosh Piznarski would never roll like that.
Piz and Veronica (Pizonica? VeroniPiz? Piz-Mars-ski?) don't have a cutesy cognomen like LoVe, and I'll grant up front that the electricity that often popped off the screen in scenes between Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring wasn't always there between Bell and Chris Lowell. Then again, after all the Sturm und Drang of her relationship with Logan, Veronica clearly welcomed the more even keel presented by »
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
American Graffiti: before Luke Skywalker was a kid from Tatooine, he was Ron Howard dreaming of escaping the wastelands of suburban California [my review] [at Netflix] Inside Deep Throat: doc about the making of the legendary porn film; fascinating, funny, infuriating, essential [at Netflix] Saved!: wicked black comedy sends up self-righteous religious fundamentalism [my review] [at Netflix] Serenity: the Firefly movie; can’t ever have too much Firefly [my review] [at Netflix] Dark Skies: familiar but effective haunted house-meets-alien abduction thriller [at Netflix] You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: an Adam Sandler movie that I don’t hate, and actually find rather sweet and progressive [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before dvd
Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This weekend is looking particularly amazing for those of you living in (or traveling to) the Dallas area, because this year’s Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo is overflowing with stars of screen and comics. Richard Dreyfuss! Karl Urban! Stephen Amell! Karen Gillan! The Warehouse 13 and Defiance casts! Ian Churchill! Chris Sprouse! And So Many More.
And if you’re lucky, you might even spot SciFi Mafia Senior Managing Editor Lillian Standefer! Details are below, but Please Especially Note this fine print from the official website: Note: We will allow all pre-registered guests to enter the building Before we start ticket sales at the box office. This may delay the box office ticket sales for 30-60 minutes.
Oscar winner, Richard Dreyfuss tops Sci-Fi Expo line-up!
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss tops a long list of actors and artists appearing at Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo on Feb. 8 & 9 at the Irving Convention Center. »
- Erin Willard
Many of the top-grossing films of all time, including the "Batman" series (No. 50), "American Graffiti" (No. 44), "Back to the Future" (No. 61) and "Iron Man" (No. 127), also feature some of the hottest rides of all time. The way cars like the five below handle the intense action sequences is like nothing you can imagine, unless you are lucky enough to have gotten behind the wheel of one. The Batmobile In all its incantations, the Batmobile has been one hell of a ride. The Batmobile Tumbler from "The Dark Knight" and "Batman Begins" is one of the best bat rides to date. This car features a 350 Chevy V8 engine that can reach 60 mph in a cool five seconds, even with the vehicle's special 37-inch off-road tires mounted on an independent front-suspension panel. Of course, the fact that »
Earlier this evening, Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill took part in a Reddit Ama session to raise awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As expected, the veteran actor fielded questions about a variety of geeky subjects, specifically Star Wars and the animated Batman series for which he voices the Joker. Hamill's responses were sweet-natured (he said "Oh gosh" a lot and at one point feared he might be offending cat people by saying he prefers dogs). But he was also thorough and detailed. Check out nine of his best responses below.
13 items from 2014
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