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The world has changed, ladies and gentlemen. We live in a society built around, obsessed with, and inundated by technology. With these technological advances come an assortment of new challenges for the countless bloggers, podcasters, writers, and critics on the web as they review and discuss the latest television and film releases. Back in the day, there was one way to consume new content: you sat down and watched it at the same time as everyone else. Sure, you could wait for a movie to arrive on VHS (ha!), or chance upon television reruns; but for the most part, you either saw the movie or show when it aired, or you missed it.
Now, our options for taking in new films and series are virtually endless. Did you miss last night’s mid-season finale? No problem! Watch it later on Hulu Plus! Did you miss that summer blockbuster while it was in theaters? »
- James Garcia
Cinema Retro enters its tenth year of publishing with issue #28 which is now at the printers. It will be mailed to all UK/European subscribers before Christmas. Subscribers throughout the rest of the world will get their issues in January.
We launch our landmark anniversary with one of our best issues ever. Here are the highlights:
Sheldon Hall presents major coverage of the 50th anniversary of the British war movie classic Zulu starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins...complete with rarely seen images. Dave Worrall takes you behind the scenes for the filming of the James Bond blockbuster Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios and presents some rare behind-the-scenes production shots as well as a "now-and-then" guide to specific studio locations from the film. Ray Morton provides an exclusive interview with famed cinematographer Richard H. Kline, whose credits include Soylent Green, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Camelot, Body Heat, The Mechanic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Lessons learned from the "Bones" episode, "The Mystery in the Meat" are:
1. Bring a bagged lunch to school.
2. Never eat something called "Hot Bacon" without checking to be certain it's a food product.
3. Make sure the bar in the middle of nowhere still has a country-western theme
4. Horse meat rarely meets health codes, even at public schools.
Failing to remember these things apparently results in murder and/or fights with biker gangs.
Shades of "Soylent Green"
The murder of the week begins with a school-lunch ode to "Soylent Green." That's because the yummy stew is people. People stew.
That tastes even worse than the normal slop.
Due to the rather extreme and disgusting nature of this particular murder, Booth, the Jeffersonian team and Caroline all rapidly descend upon the crime. It turns out that the mystery meat is a canned product called "Kettle-Top Stew" from a company called Tryon Foods. »
In the animated film "Free Birds," Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson play two turkeys who go back in time to the first Thanksgiving to stop their kind from becoming America's traditional holiday meal. Sitting down with the two actors was more entertaining than the movie itself, since they refused to take anything seriously and made it clear why the studio (newcomers Reel FX) had to split them up to get anything accomplished.
As I walked into the room, Wilson greeted me with "Yeah, baby," except he wasn't addressing me, just rooting for the Red Sox. What followed was a very loose conversation that touched on Hitler, Jesus, Mark Twain, drinking Wild Turkey to get into character, and trying to get Owen Wilson onto the "Hunger Games" gravy train.
Moviefone: What did you think when you were pitched a movie about time-traveling turkeys?
Owen Wilson: I remember they were talking »
- Sharon Knolle
After a decade of low-budget cheesy special effects science fiction films, the early 1960s was particularly quiet, ceding to television series such as Star Trek and The Time Tunnel. But, also released in 1966 was an eye-opening spectacular that had a plausible premise, strong cast, and the next generation in film special effects. Fantastic Voyage may be remembered today for Raquel Welch in a tight outfit, it is also a step forward in cinematic Sf. Thankfully, it preceded 2001: A Space Odyssey by two years.
At a time when miniaturization was making home technology smaller and more sophisticated, the idea of inserting a tiny sub full of humans into the body of an ill scientist seemed the next logical step. The body in question was the victim of an assassination attempt and his knowledge and life had to be saved so a daring experiment was to be undertaken. Forget that the »
- Robert Greenberger
Feature James Clayton 23 Aug 2013 - 06:35
The arrival of Elysium in UK cinemas prompts James to ponder the bleak societies of sci-fi movies past, present and future...
Ladies, gentlemen and AIs of indeterminate gender: I have seen the future and the future is bleak. At least, the future that I've seen at the cinema is bleak. The films prophesy dark times and, because I believe that the screen is a scrying quadrangle and that moviemakers are credible soothsayers, I'm convinced that the ominous prophecies will come true. Ruminating on multiplex revelations I find myself concerned about ages to come.
I don't mind immersing myself in pop cultural depictions of dystopian despair for a couple of hours. In fact I actually find the ordeal perversely entertaining and it can be a whole lot of fun if the stimulating future settings are spiced up with special effects action sequences and inhabited by excellent actors. »
Though Orson Welles has been gone from this world for 28 years, but that doesn't mean he's done giving films to the world. Back in 1938, Welles worked on a stage production of an 1894 play from William Gillette. As part of the show, Welles and his Mercury Theater planned to show three short films as prologues to each act of the play. The segments together formed a three-part slapstick comedy starring Citizen Kane and Soylent Green actor Joseph Cotten, which were originally supposed to be screened with music and live sound effects, but the project was never completed and was thought lost. But it has just been found in Italy! Variety reports the film, called Too Much Johnson, was discovered in an Italian warehouse and has been restored and set for premiere at Italy’s silent film fest Le Giornate del Cinema Muto on October 9th. Following its debut overseas, the film »
- Ethan Anderton
Charlton Heston movies: ‘A Man for All Seasons’ remake, ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (photo: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur) (See previous post: “Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur.”) I’ve yet to watch Irving Rapper’s melo Bad for Each Other (1954), co-starring the sultry Lizabeth Scott — always a good enough reason to check out any movie, regardless of plot or leading man. A major curiosity is the 1988 made-for-tv version of A Man for All Seasons, with Charlton Heston in the Oscar-winning Paul Scofield role (Sir Thomas More) and on Fred Zinnemann’s director’s chair. Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Thomas More’s wife in the TV movie (Wendy Hiller in the original) had a cameo as Anne Boleyn in the 1966 film. According to the IMDb, Robert Bolt, who wrote the Oscar-winning 1966 movie (and the original play), is credited for the 1988 version’s screenplay as well. Also of note, »
- Andre Soares
Charlton Heston: Moses has his ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day Charlton Heston is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star on Monday, August 5, 2013. TCM will be presenting one Heston movie premiere: Guy Green’s Hawaiian-set family drama Diamond Head (1963), in which Heston plays a pineapple grower, U.S. Senate candidate, and total control freak at odds with his strong-willed younger sister, the lovely Yvette Mimieux. Also in the Diamond Head cast: France Nuyen, Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner George Chakiris (West Side Story), The Time Tunnel‘s James Darren, and veteran Aline MacMahon (Gold Diggers of 1933, Five Star Final) in one of her last movie roles. And last but not least, silent film star Billie Dove reportedly has a bit role in the film. (Photo: Charlton Heston ca. 1955.) (Charlton Heston movies: TCM schedule.) Now, with the exception of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, in which Charlton Heston »
- Andre Soares
Steven Moffat may have some big surprises in store, but so far it seems Doctor Who’s fiftieth birthday will heavily weigh towards the extreme poles of Mark Gatiss’ docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time and Moffat’s low-calorie (now with 43 years less nostalgia!), doubtless audacious Smith/Tennant/ John Hurt team-up. But it’s only right that we fans celebrate the spirit of Doctor Who, rather than a clip-show celebrating the letter—and pay tribute to its boldest and most original narratives.
So step forward, Revelation of the Daleks (1985)—a triumph from Colin Baker’s all-too-brief and troubled Doctorate. It’s a thoroughly unique and weird experiment—and its triumph, despite casting aside so much of Doctor Who’s then-standard repertoire, is as great a testament to Who’s storytelling prowess as any.
No matter what your taste in Doctor Who, chances are Revelation of the Daleks’ peculiar flavour is not easily acquired. »
- Hamish Crawford
The new movie The Internship, which opened in fourth place with $18.1 million this past weekend, depicts what it's like to work at Google. It is obviously fictionalized for comedy purposes, but otherwise that's a real company. What might be more fun to watch is the story of interns at a fictional company. I don't mean just any made-up company. In fact, that sounds pretty pointless. I mean a well-known fictional company. Like Tyrell Corp. (Blade Runner) or Cyberdyne Systems Corp. (The Terminator) or Oscorp. (Spider-Man) or Umbrella Corp. (Resident Evil) or Soylent Corp. (Soylent Green) or Weyland-Yutani Corporation. (Alien) or LexCorp. (Superman). Okay, maybe not an infamously evil or even just controversial company (is it basically that any...
- Christopher Campbell
In the future, when the minimum wage has been abolished and the remaining jobs are dispensed via lottery and people fight over moldy crumbs of Soylent Green in the street, the furious, gnawing population of Post-America may look back at The Internship and think of it as relevant, a beacon of hope, full of comforting but somehow still indecipherable messages about courage and dreams (that's a line in the film, by the way, "Have the courage to dream." So True! You Should!) But for now it's just stupid nonsense. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play middle-aged salesmen whose company folds. Unable to find new jobs, they wind up applying for Google's summer internship program and, because they've got spunk, moxie, get-up-and-go, pep and double the can-do...
- Dave White
Warning: Spoilers all up in the conference room.
Never trust an organized entity, especially if it has a 401K plan.
As this week's new thriller "The East" chronicles a former FBI agent's transition to a private job at a sinister intelligence agency, we thought we'd look back at the rich history of evil movie corporations and separate the maniacally, outrageously, inexcusably evil from the "Aw, that's cute, look at them trying to be evil" evil.
Our extensive audit resulted in the following cinematic analysis. Proceed with caution, employees and non-employees alike.
15. Initech ('Office Space')
Peter Gibbons' corporate hell, personified in the passive-aggressive overtime demands of Lumbergh and stapler-fetishizing mumblings of Milton, wasn’t bent on world domination or the complete destruction of humanity. The evil here was much more subtle, realistic and soul-crushing. Thankfully, Peter escaped with a swanky blue collar job cleaning up filth — a better »
- Adam D'Arpino
After an excellent start to the tenure of new artistic director Chris Fujiwara in 2012, the Edinburgh International Film Festival returns this June with a similarly promising, extremely eclectic line-up. Last summer I provided Sound on Sight’s first ever coverage of the event, the world’s longest continuously running film festival, and shall be continuing to do so in a few weeks time; the festival runs from June 19th to 30th.
Things kick off with the European premiere of Breathe In, following its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Drake Doremus’ follow-up to Like Crazy stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan, and concerns the change in a family’s relationship dynamics when a foreign exchange student comes to stay. The closing gala film is romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending, which receives its world premiere at the festival. The Glasgow-set film stars Doctor Who »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Giant maggots and the Doctor dressed up as a milkman – what more could fans have asked for?
The Green Death: episode six (23 June 1973)
The one … with the maggots!
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the last 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part six of The The Green Death. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
Maggots define The Green Death, but the main reason for its place in the canon is the departure of beloved companion Jo Grant. Off she goes, into the Amazon in search of protein-rich fungi with her new Welsh eco-warrior fiance. The Doctor's anguish lies in everything he doesn't say. Not until he hologrammed up to Rose Tyler on Bad Wolf Bay would the Doctor ever appear more heartbroken. That exit, driving off forlornly in Bessie as Jo and her »
- Dan Martin
Well that certainly wasn't the image I expected to see in the optogram in the opening scene of "The Crimson Horror" - how about you? Even Madame Vastra said it was impossible. Yep! Vastra, Jenny Frist and Strax were back and on the case. It was really their hour, as they went to extraordinary measures to try to get The Doctor to come their way.
My first thought as Jenny infiltrated "Sweetville" was Soylent Green Is People! When she finally got to the monster and it was, again, The Doctor, I was clueless. At least the next scene showed a bunch of people ready to be dumped into a pot of red goo. Perhaps Soylent Red was people? Nah...it was just a preservation process.
It was a really fast hour of viewing, that's for sure. Mrs. Gillyflower was played by the incredible talent, Diana Rigg, known best for her »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 23 Apr 2013 - 07:43
The Exorcist celebrates its 40th birthday this year, which had Aliya wondering, what other horror films came out in 1973? Here are 10...
Some movies become so famous, so iconic, that they rise above the time and place from which they sprang. The Exorcist is one of those movies. It doesn’t need any explanation and it doesn’t seem to age. Whether you love it or hate it, it stands above other horror movies.
It’s too easy to view influential films as if they were made in a vacuum, but when we talk about The Exorcist as possibly the best horror movie ever made, it got me thinking – was it part of a great year for the horror genre? What else was out there in 1973? Were all the horror movies of that year along similar themes, or were they all still dealing in physical rather than psychological horror? »
This weekend, the summer movie season unofficial kicks off with "Oblivion," a big-budgeted sci-fi extravaganza starring Tom Cruise as one of the last men on earth, a maintenance worker who is part of a two-person "clean-up crew" looking after the planet after a devastating intergalactic war. Of course, a series of increasingly weird situations leads Cruise's character to question everything he's been told. This includes his encounter with a group of freedom fighters led by Morgan Freeman's mysterious character, which serves as the beginning of a series of eye-opening revelations that could throw both himself and the planet into an existential tailspin. We've taken the time to run down the ten things you should probably know going into "Oblivion." 1. You Should Try to Know as Little as You Can One of the biggest pleasures of watching "Oblivion" is realizing how different a movie it is than the one marketed in the trailer. »
- Drew Taylor
In a significant first-run deal, Universal Channel has acquired A&E Network‘s Bates Motel for the UK. Handled overseas by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock feature Psycho and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz and Nestor Carbonel. It debuted in the U.S. on March 18 and was renewed for a second run last week. Universal Channel acquired both seasons. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E. Carlton Cruse, and Kerry Ehrin are exec producers. World’s Oldest Film Fest Adds ‘Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan In ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year, will close with Not Another Happy Ending. The film, directed by John McKay, stars erstwhile Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan along with Stanley Weber and Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Apocalyptic and dystopian stories have always intrigued us. If societal structure was to break down, the void left behind would expose the basest of human impulses. And over the last century, movies have taken a sick sort of pleasure in showing us what the worst case scenario might look like, with ominous features of the future mirroring the most pressing concerns of the present.
1. 'Metropolis' (1927)
This groundbreaking German sci-fi flick from the silent era explores the division between upper and lower classes while, out in the real world, socialism was quaking the geopolitical landscape .
2. 'The Last Man on Earth' (1964)
- Ben Freiburger
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