17 items from 2017
“Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is a stupidly entertaining trash folly, the kind that could only be made today: an obscenity-and-insult-laced, aggressively “competent” adaptation of a 25-year-old TV show that manages to repackage every aspect of the series except, perhaps, the reason it was popular in the first place. And what was that reason? If Rodney Dangerfield were around, he might say, “There were two reasons!” But actually there’s a bit more to it.
“Baywatch,” which premiered at the tail-end of the 1980s (and stumbled out of the gate, becoming a hit in syndication the way “Star Trek” did), was a muscle-beach soap opera that anticipated the sexy-youth-kitsch-for-adults appeal of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was also an L.A. crime series where the law enforcers wore spandex swimwear; a cheeseball star vehicle that revamped the camp-stud Ken-doll mystique of the former “Knight Rider” hero David Hasselhoff; and, yes, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Exclusive: Starsky And Hutch star fronts Havana-based film.
The car’s parts were unearthed by the Hemingway Museum in Havana.
The film is set for delivery in autumn 2017.
Fitzgerald commented: “With fascinating insight, Cuban Soul takes us on an extraordinary and entertaining journey, right into the unexpected heart of a global-reaching issue.” »
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Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh
After wowing Cannes just two years ago with his slick and almost tactile Carol, Todd Haynes’ latest offering sees him venture into family fare. Adapted from the eponymous children’s novel by Brian Selznick – he who brought us Hugo Cabret – Wonderstruck tells parallel tales of children in search of parental love.
The film opens with the hero Ben (Oakes Fegley) lying in bed in his cousin’s room in Minnesota. The year is 1977 and there are the usual trappings of the era, from the Starsky and Hutch poster on the wall to the mish-mash of plaid, patterns and various shades of brown on all the soft furnishings. Ben’s mother (Michelle Williams) has just died in a car accident and Ben is now essentially an orphan, his father an unknown and absent entity, albeit very present in Ben’s imagination. The film follows his quest to find his mysterious father, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Charlotte Harrison May 24, 2017
A love letter to The Princess Bride, a film that never fails to brighten a day.
The Princess Bride is 30 years old this year, an anniversary that feels truly inconceivable.
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This is not going to be an article about the making of the film - Westley himself, Cary Elwes, wrote a wonderful book entitled As You Wish, which does a far better job of that than I ever could. Nor will this article be examining the release – i.e. how it died at the box office but became an instant classic upon VHS release (“For death cannot stop true love!”)
Instead this is my »
With the respected directors making their way to television, the medium is now luring Michael Mann back into its warming embrace. The Heat director, who cut his teeth on TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, and Miami Vice, has, along with producer Michael De Luca, snapped up the rights to Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.
Deadline reports that Mann and De Luca will shape Bowden’s book into an an eight-to ten-hour miniseries event, with Mann directing “numerous episodes.” Hue 1968 focuses on the Tet Offensive that became a major turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War, and one can see the Amazon synopsis below.
- The Film Stage
Emma Withington reviews Lego City Undercover…
Super cop Chase McCain has returned to Lego City to right past wrongs and take down escaped criminal Rex Fury…’again’. Serving under credit hogging Chief Dunby and joined by your best friend – of one whole day! – Frank Honey, who is very excited to show you his ‘special place’…It’s time to go undercover!
Lego City Undercover puts Chase back on the case, as it relinquishes its Wii U exclusivity by breaking and entering into your homes on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
If nothing else you will be ‘Bwah Ha Ha – ing’ during Lego City Undercover. While Lego games are generally hilarious in their own individual ways, Lego City Undercover carries razor-sharp wit and is crammed to the brim with charm and charisma. As a mashup of all things Buddy Cop/Crime Thriller/Action Movie, with appropriate 70’s/80’s riffs to boot, »
- Emma Withington
Sometimes, TV horror is the perfect medium for a particular kind of story. Perhaps a story that doesn’t rely on effects or sensationalism to affect the viewer; a tale that works in a simple, straightforward way, dealing with all too common emotions experienced by the regular teenage mind. To wit, Summer of Fear (1978) Aka Stranger in Our House, a chiller directed by the late legend Wes Craven based on the bestselling Ya novel of the same name by Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer). It’s a breezy thrill ride that also shows Craven could successfully work in the mainstream.
Originally airing Halloween night on NBC under the Stranger title as one of their The Big Event titles, its toughest competition was ABC’s Three’s Company/Taxi/Starsky and Hutch dynamo. But no worries, if you needed a horror fix on Halloween night, this is what you were watching. »
- Scott Drebit
There are times when a car is just a car in a movie or TV show. It’s simply s prop that makes a scene more real. A couple people might cross the street and then a car passes by, simple. But there are other times in a TV show or a movie when a car itself is a central part of the show. Shows like Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Starsky and Hutch and plenty of other shows made these cars “part” of the show and we as audiences loved it. Smokey and the Bandit was known for its car.
Vehicle Models That Made the Most Film and TV Appearances in History »
- Nat Berman
Chips is one movie Donald Trump would enjoy watching. Dax Shepard’s Chips is vulgar and sexist. While it has some funny moments, it was a painful movie to watch with so many flaws to count. I haven’t had such a bad time watching a movie since Suicide Squad.
Don’t expect your parent’s CHiPs when going into the movie theater to watch this hot mess of a movie. This reboot shares nothing in common with the 70s television show except for the motorcycle action that’s mediocre at best. Dax Shepard writes, direct and stars in Chips, and his effort fails to reinvent a classic show into a decent movie adaptation. Like the Starsky And Hutch or the Dukes Of Hazzard movie treatment, Chips falls into the same trap of making it a silly comedy with no merit.
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Borrowing character names and a few elements from the Larry Wilcox- and Erik Estrada-led television drama CHiPs, Dax Shepard’s remake feels more like a big-budget reboot of his delightful shit-kicking action comedy Hit and Run. His sophomore feature as a director delivers, fittingly, a few sophomoric laughs operating at the same frantic energy level as his previous film. Although its structure is similar to that of a loose Judd Apatow sensibility (which can be quite painful, as was the “extended cut” of the 40-Year-Old Virgin), CHiPs is a buddy comedy that’s more interested in homosocial bonding than the actual mission. The problem is the bonding, as sweet as it is, grows a little tiring and the film is structured so that we’re far ahead of our heroes, and where’s the fun in that?
Shepard stars as Jon Baker, a former BMX champ who has »
- John Fink
Let’s be clear. Any attempt to adapt a television series for the big screen is inherently an effort to wring an influx of cash out of an often-dormant property, leveraging name recognition in the hopes that it will translate into solid box office. Rarely is such a move inspired by any real necessity or sharp creative vision, and perhaps this overt disinterest in reviving a beloved show with an infusion of fresh ideas is why we have far more films like Bewitched and Lost in Space and far fewer like Mission: Impossible and The Addams Family, both of which reinvigorated their respective franchises decades after the shows went off the air.
One approach that filmmakers have routinely taken in recent years is to apply a comedic lens to properties like Starsky and Hutch and 21 Jump Street. Chips – the latest film based on a popular TV series – takes a similar route. »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.
“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »
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In the 90 years since the International Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences was formed in 1927, only one of its many members (current population: 6,000) has ever been kicked out. His name is Carmine Caridi, and in this Oscar week, he gives his whole story to The Hollywood Reporter.
You might recognize Caridi from some character roles in the 1970s, when he appeared in sitcoms like Phyllis and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; dramas like Quincy, M.E. and Starsky And Hutch; and films from Car Wash to The Godfather Part II.
Offscreen, Caridi’s life was also filled with drama. He was originally cast as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, but when Paramount head Robert Evans ordered the cast shuffled around a bit, he lost the part. Afterward, “I was a dope addict ...
- Gwen Ihnat
Playing football and basketball, Williamson was called “hot dog” by his peers “because I would always do something fancy when I scored,” he tells People in this week’s issue. “Then I got hit a little too hard and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is not what I was thinking it was.'”
For more of Williamson’s interview, pick up this week’s issue of People on newsstands now. »
- Julie Jordan
Avast looking just on the surface or the horizon, landlubbers!
Look deep beneath the surface, into the complicated characters and complex plot, as you watch Black Sails online or on TV. That's where you'll find the real buried treasure.
Black Sails Season 4 Episode 2 is characteristically compelling, while still packing action punches.
On the surface, the passionate pirates battle the fuddy-duddy British Crown for control of Nassau.
Five key pirate honchos — Captains Flint, Teach (aka Blackbeard), Jack Rackham and Flint's proteges Long John Silver and Billy Bones — battle to be the rogue king of Nassau and restore it to an unholy, hedonistic den of debauchery. And who wouldn't want that?
On the horizon, pirates could soon liberate thousands of slaves.
And European heavyweights Spain and England could soon throw down on the high seas.
Spain is still missing that bling pirates heisted from its vessel, the Urca de Lima. Spain has warned Goodes Rogers, »
- Gil Griffin
Remember the Nineties? Specifically, that decade's subgenre of films that proliferated during the A.T. (After Tarantino) era, the ones featuring retro-hip musical deep cuts and gallows-humor dialogue dotting horrific gunfights? Usually the antiheroes were criminals; in the case of writer-director John Michael McDonagh's tart-tongued throwback, they're police officers. And from the moment that Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob (Michael Peña) show up, chasing down a street performer – "Always wondered if you hit a mime, does he make a sound?" – you realize you've entered some sort of Lethal Weapon through the looking glass. »
17 items from 2017
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