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Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
There’s no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential and iconic directors working today. Spielberg has dabbled in everything from war dramas like Saving Private Ryan, historical dramas like The Color Purple, thrillers like Jaws, sci-fi classics like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and […]
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- Ethan Anderton
"I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real." Get ready for Steven Spielberg mania all-September-long at your local Alamo Drafthouse! Drafthouse has officially announced a new screening series they're hosting called Septemberg, in honor of the upcoming release of Spielberg's newest movie Bridge of Spies (in theaters October 16th). Many of my friends grew up watching Spielberg movies, whether it was E.T. or Indiana Jones or Jaws or Hook or Close Encounters. He's a one-of-a-kind, masterful filmmaker even today, and it's always exciting to revisit his past work. The Drafthouse also put together a fun video teaser for the "Septemberg" series, along with info and locations around the country. Teaser video below - the screening series runs all month during September at various Drafthouse cinemas. "Steven Spielberg has to be the most populist of all the great American filmmakers. His main strength has been being a master storyteller, »
- Alex Billington
We're just a couple of months away from the release of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. The Cold War–era thriller — which stars Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda — is the first movie directed by Spielberg since Lincoln in 2012. It was written by Ethan and Joel Coen, and early buzz has been quite positive.
Now we have a question for you: What is the best Steven Spielberg movie? We're going to count any film he directed. Feel free to vote for a 1970s classic like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »
Director Steven Spielberg's career has evolved over more than four decades, from "Duel" in 1971 to "Lincoln,"his most recent acclaimed effort, in 2012. Along the way he won three Oscars and was responsible for such major cultural, critical and commercial turning points as "Jaws" (1975), "E.T." (1982), the "Indiana Jones" franchise, "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). But when was Steven Spielberg at his best? -Break- 'Crash': 10 years after controversial Oscars win, does it still deserve the backlash? We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, what they think is the prolific filmmaker's best decade. Read some of their comments below, then join the discussion here and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. ETPhoneHome: My favorite is by far his '80s work (and I'm obviously quite partial to o...' »
Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »
- Andre Soares
In the modern era of filmmaking, ushered in when Steven Spielberg accidentally created the summer blockbuster with Jaws, cinema has become increasingly linked with nostalgia. For example, the early films of Spielberg and George Lucas were inspired by their childhood love of 40’s and 50’s adventure serials, yet directors from the next generation (most notably Jj Abrams, whose Super 8 is effectively a love letter Spielberg and whose next film is a sequel to Lucas’ beloved sci-fi classic) tend to go full circle and wear their childhood influences on their sleeve, creating effective pieces that are nostalgic about what was already a piece of nostalgia to begin with. Yet audiences are beginning to reject the idea of nostalgia. This summer alone, the two movies that have been trying to sell audiences nostalgia for the 80’s, Terminator: Genisys and Pixels, have both flopped at the box office, as audiences prove »
- Alistair Ryder
From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.
Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in »
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
When it comes to the medium of cinema, the words “fan theory” have a built in eye roll factor of about eight million.
And that’s because most of the time, a movie theory tends to be the work of a crackpot; an insane person who has spent their precious time and energy trying to find meaning in something that there really is no meaning to be found in.
But occasionally a movie theory will crop up out of nowhere, slap you right in the face with its audacity, and make you feel sheepish for not having guessed that it was true all along. These are the fan theories that are genuinely, scarily convincing; insane theories that will have you wondering whether they were actually intended all along, like…
Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic, »
- Sam Hill
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is without question a true classic, frequently cited as one of the greatest movies of all time. The details of the chaotic (at times frankly nightmarish) shoot are well documented, but there was a lot more going on when cameras rolled for the first time in Martha’s Vineyard way back in 1974 than a broken shark model.
The making of Jaws is the inspiring story of a group of people triumphing over seemingly insurmountable obstacles, through sheer determination managing to produce a film that was infinitely better than anyone expected it to be.
It totally dwarfs the novel on which it was based and greatly improved on, with certain fairly significant omissions and additions resulting in a far more engaging tale, and a group of characters viewers were a lot happier to spend time with than the unrelatable (and at some points downright dislikeable) bunch featured in the book. »
- Mark Cassidy
In the wake of the massive hit that was Jaws (1975), studios were foaming at the mouth to replicate its success. Of course, their idea was to take everything that they thought made Jaws a winner and put it in a different setting. Here’s a few that were cranked out by the dream machine: Jaws on Land (Grizzly), Micro-Jaws (Piranha), Jaws, Back to the Water (Orca), Jaws, Back to the Water Again, with Feeling (Jaws II) , and our flick du jour, the little engine that could, Jaws on Wheels – The Car (1977) .
In actuality, Steven Spielberg made Jaws on Wheels before he made Jaws, with the relentless cat and mousecapades of Duel (1971). However, this was 1977 and it was time for an upgrade. Released by Universal in May, The Car was (naturally) laughed off the screen by the critics, and why wouldn’t it be? A demonic vehicle terrorizing a »
- Scott Drebit
Mendelsohn’s election was revealed Thursday as the WGA West shared its final list of candidates for the upcoming election, a month after announcing candidates selected by its nominating committee. New candidates are permitted to run via petition, but no new candidates have emerged.
Mendelsohn’s credits include producing “Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader” and writing “Air Bud.” He is also a current board member and will assume the secretary-treasurer post on Sept. 21, when the election concludes.
Jeff Westbrook also withdrew his name from the 17 previously announced candidates running for eight board seats with two-year terms. The ninth-place finisher in that contest will serve the remaining year of Mendelsohn’s term.
- Dave McNary
Jaws turned forty in 2015 and the original blockbuster is as intense, exciting and influential as it ever was. The shark doesn’t even look that fake. The film, of course, is more than just a film; it basically invented the summer movie season and made entire generations afraid of going for a swim in the sea. Or in some extreme cases, even taking a bath.
It’s well known that the movie had a troubled shoot, and trivia like the animatronic shark not working properly or it being dubbed Bruce after Spielberg’s lawyer are common knowledge to even casual Jaws buffs. There are, however, plenty of not so well know facts about the film that have slipped through the cracks – little Easter eggs hidden in plain sight that even the most eagle eyed fan may not have picked up on.
Be it a sneaky cameo or a »
- Padraig Cotter
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Zipper" thriller, starring Patrick Wilson (Watchment), Lena Headey (300), Ray Winstone (The Departed), John Cho (Star Trek) and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws). Check it out below. Plot: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. The new movie set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on August 28th. Trailer: »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
Shark Killer, 2015.
Directed by Sheldon Wilson.
A shark wrangler with a fear of the sea has to hunt a shark to retrieve a diamond from its stomach for his crooked brother.
In many ways it is unfortunate that Steven Spielberg did such an amazing job with Jaws, as every single shark adventure that has been made ever since just pales in comparison with what is pretty much a perfect movie. That isn’t to say that other shark movies aren’t enjoyable but you do spend a lot of time pointing things out and saying “That was in Jaws” or “They stole that from Jaws”.
And this is very true for the first five minutes of Shark Killer, as we are on a Hawaiian beach (or so it says) with a town official declaring the beaches »
- Gary Collinson
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