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The horror genre is filled with great movies about animals turning against humans — from the creepy (Arachnophobia) to the campy (Anaconda) to the artistic (Razorback) to the gory (Savage Harvest) to the awesome (Deep Blue Sea) — but the number of legitimately terrifying examples can be counted on one two-fingered hand. There’s Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Lewis Teague’s Cujo and… that’s it right? Seriously, I can’t think of any other genuinely scary movies about animal attacks. That changes with the release of Adam MacDonald‘s Backcountry. Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym) are heading into the woods for a weekend getaway that they hope will help bring them closer together. Their relationship has been a bit rocky of late, and while she’s uninterested in the great outdoors he spent his childhood roaming the forest and feels confident she’ll come to appreciate the beauty of the park’s more memorable spots too »
- Rob Hunter
In a brand new series from Vimeo Channel 1848 Media, Julian Palmer analyzes and deconstructs iconic scenes and moments from recognizable films, and if the debut episode is proof of what’s to come, then “The Discarded Image” is going to be a must-watch series for any cinephile. Episode One of “The Discarded Image” examines one of the most heart-pounding scenes of the past four decades — the beach scene from “Jaws.” What’s so great about the episode (and, hopefully, the entire series) is that it doesn’t focus simply on the camera movements or blocking. Rather, the video’s scope reaches much farther. Palmer narrates a stunningly educational, information-packed quarter-hour that not only picks apart the scene in question, but does so within the context of Steven Spielberg’s work vis-à-vis other directors (most frequently Alfred Hitchcock), stylistic choices that define Spielberg’s career, his pre-production process, and his use of on-screen movement. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Louis Leterrier is in talks to helm In The Deep, the Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski about a lone surfer attacked by a shark and stranded on a reef must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries. This is the script that sparked a feeding, or rather bidding frenzy, last September. It will be produced by Weimaraner Republic Pictures partners Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem. When it comes to shark movies, the high bar remains Steven Spielberg’s Jaws… »
The original film starred the "Jaws" actor as the pilot of an experimental helicopter being used by the Lapd to help control crowds during the 1984 Olympics. Not that well received as a film, it nevertheless has scored a cult following in subsequent years.
Marvel exec and screenwriter Craig Kyle will handle the script for the new version which is expected to focus on a drone rather than a chopper. One of the original film's themes was that of police force militarization, something which seems very timely considering recent events.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Your first thought of Roy Scheider may be Jaws or SeaQuest Dsv, but for me it will always be Blue Thunder. The 1983 action movie about a pilot using an enhanced military helicopter to patrol Los Angeles was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid. The John Badham movie was not the greatest movie made but it had some pretty awesome aerial sequences. Now, the movie is being remade at Columbia Pictures with a significant change to the technology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Alex Maidy
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Today is Friday the 13th, and in honor of the occasion, Neca Toys shared a teaser image of a new figure of Jason Voorhees as a young boy (via Topless Robot): Here's a very short cartoon showing why the Spider-Man movies can only take place in the big city (via Geek Tyrant): Check out a new Audi commercial inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, involving drones instead of birds (via Design Taxi): If you've never read the original Peter Benchley novel that became Steven Spielberg's Jaws, here's a video presenting all the differences between book and movie (via Geek Tyrant): These Ghostbusters figures from Vinyl Idolz...
- Christopher Campbell
[Press Release] Los Angeles -- Universal Music Enterprises has announced a rollout of 26 individual soundtrack albums on vinyl – including John Williams’ scores to E.T. and Jaws; Blaxploitation classics like Willie Hutch’s The Mack, J.J. Johnson’s Willie Dynamite, Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man and the hip-hop-flavored Juice; Oscar® winners such as The Godfather, Silence of the Lambs, Rocky and Good Will Hunting; and cult movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Knights, John Landis’ Animal House, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Amy Heckerling’s Clueless and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The rollout got underway on January 20, with the release of Willie Hutch’s classic, much-sampled soundtrack to the 1973 movie The Mack, starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor, which was originally released on »
- Pietro Filipponi
After treating cinema fans for more than a decade, Ee's 2-for-1 ticket offer is coming to an end today (February 25). We'll certainly miss breaking up the week with a cut-price cinema visit, and the end of the promotion has made us all nostalgic about the classic Orange Wednesdays ads that started it all off.
Dubbed 'Orange Gold Spots', they starred Brennan Brown and Steve Furst as two clueless film execs listening to pitches from some of Hollywood's finest. Brilliantly lampooning the bean counter thinking of studio suits and the fragile creative egos of A-listers, the likes of Patrick Swayze, Macaulay Culkin and Carrie Fisher all stepped up to offer their increasingly compromised film pitches:
This early offering sought to capture that creative moment when the lightbulb flicks on... unfortunately Brown's dim-witted exec can't quite grasp what's dangling right in front of him. Stanley Kubrick would be livid. »
When the blockbuster movie was born in the late 70s, the stonking, foot stomper theme was in its prime. This is when John Williams made his name with scores for Jaws, Superman and Star Wars. The modern superhero boom can arguably be traced back to 1989’s Batman, and again, there was a memorable, hummable, infectious theme, this time courtesy of Danny Elfman.
But more recently, the glut of superhero pictures hasn’t produced anything like the same calibre of ‘hit themes.’ Iron Man has no big character theme, Thor neither, and Chris Nolan’s Batpictures don’t really scratch that itch at all.
- Brendon Connelly
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
It’s It's an oft-echoed sentiment that movies are made in the cutting room, so the Academy Award for Best Film Editing is a cherished trophy indeed. First, some guild award stats: since 1963, the American Cinema Editors have correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner 36 times (in years when the award has been split between Dramatic and Musical/Comedy Editing, the specific prize given has been noted): 1963: Harold F. Kress, “How the West Was Won” 1964: Cotton Warburton, “Mary Poppins” 1965: William Reynolds, “The Sound of Music” 1968: Frank P. Keller, “Bullitt” 1970: Hugh S. Fowler, “Patton” 1972: David Bretherton, “Cabaret” 1973: William Reynolds, “The Sting” 1975: Verna Fields, “Jaws” 1976: Richard Halsley and Scott Conrad, “Rocky” 1978: Peter Zinner, “The Deer Hunter” 1979: Alan Heim, “All That Jazz” 1980: Thelma...' »
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is headed to TV. The “Jaws” actor is set to star on “Madoff,” a multi-episode ABC drama centered around the rise and fall of the now-jailed financier Bernie Madoff, a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap. See Photos: 18 Real-Life Scandals That TV Ripped From the Headlines The actor will portray the infamous former stockbroker, who was convicted of fraud for his part in what became one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history and sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009. Lincoln Square Productions has teamed with ABC on the drama, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, »
- Travis Reilly
Last night.s avalanche of Saturday Night Live nostalgia with its 40th Anniversary Special was an insane trip down memory lane. However, wrapping up a live medley of past SNL musical characters, it would also see the return of Bill Murray as over-the-top lounge singer, Nick Ocean. While the bell-bottomed blue leisure suits are gone, the character, who should be credited with inventing the YouTube meme of adding lyrics to famous orchestral themes, is still at his repertory best with lyrics for the Love Theme from Jaws. .And yes, it.s sidesplitting. Why Steven Spielberg never decided to go with "Jaws Get Away From Me" for the soundtrack to his groundbreaking 1975 piscine horror pic is something we may be left wondering for ages. However, it seems that history would not be denied exposure to what would have been a sure-fire chartbuster during the days of disco and Pet Rocks. A »
There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.
But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.
Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”
They managed to do Ok, though.
- Tim Gray
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
If you're as crazy about movies as we are, then hopefully you've seen Jaws countless times. It's a classic Steven Spielberg film that has stood the test of time and is not just one of the director's best films, but simply one of the best films ever made in general, not to mention being the first legitimate blockbuster. But for film nerds, Jaws should also serve as a lesson in nearly flawless filmmaking, and Antonios Papantoniou ha taken the time to examine nine scenes from the film as part of his "Shot by Shot" series, paying very close attention to camera angles and movements, shot types, lengths of shots, and more. Watch! Here's Antonios Papantoniou's "Shot by Shot" analysis of Jaws from No Film School (via The Playlist): If you've got 33 minutes, this is absolutely one of those videos that's worth your time. Not only is this a thorough examination of Jaws, »
- Ethan Anderton
When Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” hit theaters in 1975, it did things no other film has done to date. In addition to scaring scores of cinema goers out of the water at the peak of summer beach season, it became the first film in U.S. movie history to surpass $100 million at the box office. By this definition, the first Hollywood blockbuster, “Jaws” would go on to hold the title for the most commercially successful film ever for two years (before being supplanted by “Star Wars”). But Spielberg’s thriller wasn’t just financial gold; the film was also a critical success, nabbing positive reviews, three Academy Awards, and a Best Picture nomination. Forty years later, “Jaws” is still a go-to classic for film buffs, students, and enthusiasts. In his new 33-minute study, circumspect and studious filmmaker, Antonios Papantoniou, breaks down nine scenes from “Jaws” in this latest “Shot by Shot” video. »
- Zach Hollwedel
I feel there has been a strong shift to an anti-Steven Spielberg mentality over the past couple of years. Yes, he has put out some not A+ material recently, with The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, but that does not take away the man has made some truly outstanding films and is a master of his craft. Arguably, his best film, or at least the best showcase of the man's visual technique, is 1975's Jaws. It is packed with tension, excitement, and terrific performances. I rewatched the film not too long ago, and it holds up immensely well, because Spielberg knows how to put together a scene. That is what the following video essay is about. Antonios Papantoniou has taken it upon himself to do a shot by shot breakdown of nine scenes from Jaws, showing Spielberg's methods of crafting the most dynamic scene. It is a thirty-minute watch, »
- Mike Shutt
Sure, it’ll be Valentine’s Day in about one week, but Halloween is less than nine months away, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about costumes and cobwebs, even as you chow down on candy hearts and foil-wrapped chocolates.
The folks at Trick or Treat Studios are definitely in the fall frights spirit, as they recently unveiled their entire 2015 lineup of masks, including some familiar faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, John Carpenter’s Halloween II, Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids card line, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, and many more.
- Derek Anderson
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