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Adam Wingard has promised a definitive victor when the giant beasties go at it in 2020. But the history of ‘versus’ movies suggest that, irrespective of who triumphs, audiences will feel short-changed
The last 18 months have seen something of a renaissance for the high-octane big-budget B-movie. From the hyper-real monster mashup of Kong: Skull Island to the one-gal-against-the-ocean thrills of Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows, to trashy superhero epics such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the multiplexes have been invaded with low-concept, semi-infantilised cinema. It is no surprise to discover that Hollywood executives are currently greenlighting movies based on the whims of four-year-olds, because most of the above films could have been dreamt up – at least in terms of their basic concept – by small children.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing for those of us who love genre fare. The entire blockbuster era was »
- Ben Child
In Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Quint goes on a monologue about how he was on a ship that was sunk in the Pacific Ocean and the survivors were stranded in the water for four days before being rescued during which time… Continue Reading →
The post The U.S.S. Indianapolis Has Been Found After 72 Years appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Nobuhiko Obayashi’s classic 1977 film, “House,” which is also known as “Hausu,” is a creative and dreamy psychedelic experience that has to be seen to be believed. What was supposed to be Japanese company, Toho’s answer to Spielberg’s “Jaws” became something entirely different. Sprouting from the imagination of Obayashi’s daughter, the film transformed into a bizarre creation truly of its own with use of a unique blend of practical and special effects, varied editing techniques, and beautiful set pieces. Originally panned by critics when it first got released in Japan for it’s absurdity, it has since gone on to become a cult classic among fans of Asian cinema all around the world, as well as many film critics today.
Enter the world of Obayashi.
The story of “House” begins with a high school student named, Gorgeous, who is excited for summer vacation, which she has plans to spend with her father. »
- Nicholas Richardson
After the success of “Jaws” in 1975, director Steven Spielberg made another bold step in genre cinema with the science fiction classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977. For its 40th anniversary, Columbia Pictures is re-releasing the movie in theaters for one night only on August 31. No Hollywood doesn’t make movies like […]
The post Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gets A New Movie Poster For Its 40th Anniversary appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.
Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!
Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema. »
- Tamika Jones
Here's a sentence you probably never thought you would read: Madballs will be included in a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. That's right, Madballs will make their big screen debut in Ready Player One. The 80s will be coming back in a major way when the movie hits theaters early next year. The nostalgic geek fest of a trailer premiered at San Diego Comic-Con and packed a ton of 80s pop culture references in just over 2 minutes of video. And now the Madballs will be added to the ever-growing list of pop culture references.
The news comes courtesy of the Madballs Facebook page. The page reposted the Ready Player One trailer with a caption that reads: "Dude! We're so Ready! We even make a grossed-out appearance (in the movie)!" It isn't clear if we're going to see a giant Madball wreaking havoc in the movie or if it will be »
If you've ever wanted to experience the thrill of swimming with the sharks without the risk of dismemberment, then you might want to take the plunge with Open Water 3: Cage Dive, which is in theaters and available On-Demand and on Digital HD beginning August 11th from Lionsgate. For our latest Q&A feature, we recently caught up with director Gerald Rascionato and star Joel Hogan to discuss the making of their new water-centric movie.
Gerald, the found footage approach to this story makes the viewer feel like they’re swimming with the sharks. How did you go about filming the first-person Pov shots?
Gerald Rascionato: I wanted the film to look authentic, but I made sure to get a Sony hand-cam that had a very good self-stabilizing lens. Even though the film is shot Pov, I didn’t want the footage to look too shaky like in some other found footage movies. »
- Derek Anderson
The seminal teen flick “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Sunday.
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold into stardom.
And in 2005, “Fast Times,” which was based on Crowe’s 1981 book chronicling his adventures going undercover at a San Diego high school, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Ironically, “Fast Times” had to overcome many obstacles during production and almost failed to get released.
Among the early difficulties the production encountered was finding a director for the comedy, which also featured future best actor Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage — billed as Nicolas Coppola — as well as Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.
- Susan King
In reference to movie adaptations of books, it is often said that “the book was better”. This is a look at some of the films where the opposite is true.
When I think about books that have made the transition to the big screen, I consider the reason that those books were chosen for adaptation. A lot of the time, I assume that the books are chosen because of their popularity. Movie studios want to make money, and by making a movie version of a popular book, they can cash in on that popularity. At other times, a book may be chosen because it has a unique concept that would make for an interesting film. In a time when it seems like script writers can’t come up with any new ideas, it makes sense to try and find inspiration in print. Likewise, a book may be chosen because of the person who wrote it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Paul Bullock Aug 3, 2017
You may have seen Jurassic Park a dozen times, but there loads of details that are easy to miss. Details like these...
Last week, visual effects artist Todd Vaziri took to Twitter to shatter the illusions of Jurassic Park fans everywhere. "When people watch this 24-year old mega-blockbuster," he tweeted, "they point and laugh at the totally obvious disappearing raptor on each viewing, ya?"
See related James Bond 007: revisiting Never Say Never Again
What, Todd? The what!?
Alongside this tweet, Vaziri also posted a slowed down Gif of the moment in question and - yep - there it is. During the final set piece, in which the T-Rex (somehow silently) stomps into the Visitor's Centre and gobbles up the Velociraptors, one of the Raptors disappears. Not eaten by the Rex, just gone. One frame, she's there, the next she's not, the following one she's there again. »
This shark-attack thriller will always stay with me for one unprecedented event at the press screening I attended. The drama reaches its climax with an outrageous trick ending, and when the twist revealed itself, someone behind me shouted – and I mean literally shouted – two words, of which the second was “Off”. I admired the clarity and force of his response, but on his reflection it was a little harsh about an unpretentious film whose destiny it is to toil in the shadow of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Anyway: Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play Lisa and Kate, two super-hot sisters in bikinis who have gone on holiday to help Lisa get over a bad breakup. They are in Mexico, and have a go at lowering themselves in a cage »
- Peter Bradshaw
"What do you want?" "I just want to know that it's, it's really happening." Sony has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The classic sci-fi film first hit theaters in December of 1977, two years after Jaws. This re-release was first teased with a "mysterious" air traffic control video that didn't explain what exactly it was teasing, but that was quickly solved. Now we know the film is returning to theaters again September 1st and if you've never seen on it on the big screen before, now is your chance. Don't miss it! Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, François Truffaut, Warren Kemmerling, and Cary Guffey. This trailer definitely makes this movie seem like a true classic - feast your eyes on this. Here's the full re-release trailer for Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »
- Alex Billington
Howdy, folks! It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the horror haul, our weekly round-up and one-stop-shop for all things horror. This week in horror news, Joe Hill is throwing around some seriously intense praise for Andy Muschietti's It, calling the film one of the best horror movies ever made on par with The Thing and Jaws. I know, it's a lot. Elsewhere, Wish Upon director John R. Leonetti settles the debate over whether Steven Spielberg or Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist, Paramount and Bad Robot push the third Cloverfield movie to 2018, The … »
- Haleigh Foutch
This Sunday marks the return of a Us pastime that’s up there with baseball and apple pie: Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. When it began in 1988, the event was a beneficiary of the pop-culture sensation started by the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws 13 years earlier. The film launched sharks into the national consciousness with a potent mix of blood-thirst and perverse thrills. Since Jaws, sharks have continued to chomp through the popular imagination: from the ridiculous (the sharks in Austin Powers, featuring laser beams on their heads, and the Tara Reid-helmed disaster movie Sharknado) to memeable oddities such as Finding Nemo’s Bruce.
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- Jake Nevins
With John Williams’s sideboard at home groaning under the weight of awards – the only individual nominated for more Academy Awards is Walt Disney – there’s a large canon of work to be sampled in this celebration of the composer’s 85th birthday. Williams’s Boston Pops collaborator Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra. Expect Jaws, Superman and Star Wars. Mark Gibbings-Jones
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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, Ali Catterall, Hannah J Davies, John Robinson, Phil Harrison, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller
The question of who actually directed “Poltergeist” has been haunting curious viewers for as long as the movie itself. Tobe Hooper is officially listed as having done so, though it’s long been suspected that co-writer and -producer Steven Spielberg was the true helmer; due to a clause in his “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” contract, however, Spielberg wasn’t technically allowed to direct anything else while preparing his kid-friendly classic.
Read More‘Poltergeist’ Making-Of Featurette: On the Horrors of Suburbia
“It was a very intense, very fun, very technical movie to work on. There’s a lot going on. And candidly… Steven Spielberg directed that movie. There’s no question,” says John Leonetti, whose brother Matt was the film’s cinematographer. Leonetti, who directed “Annabelle” as well as the upcoming “Wish Upon, »
- Michael Nordine
Chicago – Not all supernatural tales are meant to scare, and writer/director David Lowery haunts in a different way with his new film, “A Ghost Story.” Using the classic “white sheet” costume, with actor Casey Affleck underneath it for most of the film, Lowery creates a spirit with both emotion and a contemplation of its fate.
Photo credit: A24
“A Ghost Story” involves a young married couple, M (Rooney Mara) and C (Casey Affleck) as they move into small, remote house. There are some “bumps in the night” within the dwelling, but generally they’re in love with their castle. Tragedy strikes when C is in a car accident, and dies. At the morgue, he paranormally sits upright, and envelopes the sheet around him, taking on the persona of the classic ghost outfit. He goes back to “haunt” the house he formally lived in, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
U.S. cable network HBO are planning a new feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary. Titled simply Spielberg, the new documentary will apparently aim to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. It will also explore the legendary filmmaker’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time.
Celebrated documentarian Susan Lacy is producing and directing the new Spielberg documentary, which will air on HBO Stateside very soon – October 7th, 2017. It is expected to roll out to internationally affiliates – including Sky Atlantic in the UK – shortly afterwards.
The film will feature insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues – Lacy reportedly interviewed over 80 subjects for the new film, including the likes of J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Paul Heath
Steven Spielberg will step in front of the camera this fall as the subject of a documentary, which will air on HBO. Directed and produced by Susan Lacy, Spielberg is billed as "an intimate portrait of the iconic film director," which will chronicle the titular director's nearly five-decade-long career.
Lacy filmed 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg and the documentary traverses Spielberg's life, from his childhood and his early work on through to his impressive movie making that has ranged from entertaining blockbusters to more serious dramatic films.
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Steven Spielberg has been making great movies so consistently for so long that it sometimes feels like we take him for granted. Maybe a new documentary, titled Spielberg and coming to HBO later this year, can remind us that the man behind Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s […]
The post HBO to Premiere Feature-Length Documentary on Steven Spielberg This October appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
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