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With the news that the African Queen has become a tourist boat on the Nile, we look at other screen boats that have captured film fans' imaginations
Boats and films go together like the seaside and scampi. There's the 320-tonne steamboat in Fitzcarraldo that Werner Herzog famously had the film's extras cart over a hill to get it from one tributary of the Amazon to another. Then there's Kevin Costner's trusty trimaran in Waterworld, the U-96 of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, Forrest Gump's shrimping vessel, and Jenny and One-Eyed Willy's ship, The Inferno, which the truffle-shuffling gang come across in The Goonies. This year, we'll be popping our life-jackets on again in readiness for another boat film, Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah.
With the original African Queen now reincarnated as a tourist boat on the river Nile, we decided to take a look at what other »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
These days, the Summer blockbuster is commonplace and something cinephiles the world over look forward to experiencing every year. But there was a time when that wasn’t the case, and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is credited with being the progenitor of the blockbuster; changing the landscape of movies and releases forever. For that, and many other reasons, Jaws is one of the most influential movies around.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. This month we look at movies that are influential to us. What movies are influential to you? Feel free to add your »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Directed by Giulio Paradisi
Written by Luciano Comici
This Euro-American science fiction horror clusterfuck was directed by professional body builder Giulio Paradisi (credited as Michael J. Paradise), who made four other films, but is best known for shooting second-unit footage on Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. It was the brain child of producer Ovidio G. Assonitis – known for his poor quality attempts at cashing in on box office gold by cloning Hollywood’s biggest hits. Assonitis was a hack, with a reputation for producing flagrant knock-offs like the 1977 Jaws rip-off Tentacles (starring John Huston and Shelley Winters) – and Beyond the Door, the most successful of numerous Italian horror films produced in the wake of The Exorcist. In the dawn of ’70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to emulate the success of their American counterparts. Of the hundreds of these films produced, The Visitor is »
- Ricky da Conceição
Gareth Edwards' Godzilla looks absolutely fantastic, and I love the way they plan on telling the story. In a recently released video from the set of the film, Bryan Cranston talked about how excited he is to be a part of it, and said that they have used the same techniques in the movie that Steven Spielberg used to create Jaws. He explains,
"They're taking a very restrained approach to this, much like Jaws did. Steven Spielberg didn't always show the beast. The essence is present, it's there and it's moving, you know and it's creepy, so the tension will mount for sure."
Godzilla comes out on May 16th. You can watch the trailer again here if you want. Check out the interview below!
- Joey Paur
Entertainment Tonight Canada caught up with actor Bryan Cranston regarding his role in the upcoming blockbuster, Godzilla, and through the wondrous power of YouTube and an eagle-eyed viewer we have the entire segment right here for you.
Et Correspondent Sangita Patel stormed the set of Godzilla to sit down with the cast and chat about bringing one of movie's most feared monsters back to life. Fresh off his Golden Globe and Emmy-winning time on "Breaking Bad", Bryan Cranston tells Et why he was more than happy to be a part of the reboot. "As a kid, Godzilla was you know, my creature of choice. I love the absolute destructive nature of this beast."
Spilling secrets about the elusive film, Cranston likens the material to another film that also cast a monster from the deep as its lead antagonist. "They're taking a very restrained approach to this, much like 'Jaws' did. »
- Uncle Creepy
Luise Rainer today: As of last Sunday, the two-time Best Actress Oscar winner is 104 years old Inevitably, the Transformers movies’ director Michael Bay (who recently had an on-camera "meltdown" after a teleprompter stopped working at the Consumer Electronics Show) and the Transformers movies’ star Shia Labeouf (who was recently accused of plagiarism) were mentioned — or rather, blasted, in current media parlance — at the 2014 Golden Globe awards show, held this past Sunday, January 12, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Left unmentioned, however, was London resident and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth) — who just happened to turn 104 years old on the day of the Golden Globes ceremony. (Photo: Luise Rainer in the mid-1930s.) Luise Rainer movies Of course, quite possibly none of the people attending the Golden Globes had ever heard of — let alone seen a movie featuring — Luise Rainer (or »
- Andre Soares
It’s already a fantastic event but now it’s got even better with the announcement that modern legends of film and film-making Richard Dreyfuss and Terry Gilliam are set to attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February.
Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. The announcement of these high-profile guests continues the remarkable legacy of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival of securing the biggest names in international cinema talent to attend the festival each year.
The festival runs at venues throughout Dublin from February 13th – 23rd 2014. The jam-packed lineup for the full festival programme will be announced on January 20th, »
- Dan Bullock
Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfuss and renowned filmmaker Terry Gilliam will attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this February. Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. Richard Dreyfuss will attend the festival for a screening of his latest film, Cas & Dylan. He will participate in a Q&A session following the massively popular Jameson Cult Film Club screening of one of his most famous films, Jaws, which will be a must-attend event for film lovers. Tickets for the Jameson Cult Film Club are always one of the hottest, most-sought after tickets of the Festival. Cas & Dylan, Dreyfuss’ latest film, is directed by Jason Priestley »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
[Press Release] Pittsburgh – Darth Vader stalking through the Death Star…Harry Potter and Indiana Jones dodging danger at every turn…E.T. finally going home. Composer John Williams has orchestrated some of Hollywood’s most iconic and indelible movie scores and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates his musical accomplishments with the fourth Pnc Pops concert, “The Music of John Williams,” on Jan. 23-26, 2014. Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will take the audience on a whirlwind tour through Williams’s movie magic, from “Star Wars” to “E.T.” to “Jaws” (and everything in between). The concert kicks off with the stirring “Olympic Fanfare,” spreading the Olympic spirit through Heinz Hall. This concert, featuring solos from the Pittsburgh Symphony »
- Pietro Filipponi
Founded by sculptor Nigel Humphreys, Sculptoria Studio currently has one goal in mind; to beef up your toy collection with awesome collectibles that you've only ever dreamed of owning. Nigel has got a slew of collectible dioramas in the works, including one of Captain William Blake from The Fog and the iconic 'Devil's Tower' from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and he's just kicked things off with the company's very first release, in tribute to another Steven Spielberg fan-favorite; Jaws.
Limited to only 200 pieces, as all of Sculptoria's collectibles will be, this awesome first release recreates the estuary attack scene from the film, where an unlucky victim meets a gruesome end. Titled the 'Jaws Estuary Attack Diorama,' the limited edition piece is the first of many Jaws collectibles Nigel plans on releasing, with another one in the works that depicts Ben Gardner's severed head emerging from »
- John Squires
For many horror fans with kids, deciding which scary films are appropriate for our children can be a challenge. It’s natural that we want to pass on our love of the macabre and bond over a shared interest in horror, but we also want to protect our children from nightmares, or from being scarred by exposure to onscreen violence. There are some more obvious kid-friendly choices (check out some of our recommendations here and here), but it can be tricky to determine what is and isn't age-appropriate. To remedy this, we've set put together a list of ten classic titles we deem suitable for most young viewers... at least those old enough to understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Do keep in mind that these are our opinions, and only you know best what your little monsters are ready to see. The Legend of Hell House This 1973 haunted »
- Tyler Doupe
The Epix documentary “Milius” poses an interesting question: Why didn’t John Milius – writer extraordinaire, and director of some renown – become a household name like film-school contemporary George Lucas and other famous pals, including Steven Spielberg? The answer, however, proves more wishy-washy, or at least indecisive, than a Milius character would appreciate, with the director asserting he was blacklisted for his reactionary politics, while others cite his prickly and eccentric behavior, such as bringing a pistol to a notes meeting. Either way, Milius is a fascinating character, but beyond highlighting his filmography, the film leaves its central enigma unresolved.
A mass of contradictions prone to larger-than-life flourishes, Milius loved surfing and guns and consciously zigged where the counterculture movement zagged, embracing militarism and a macho mentality that produced a memorable body of work. As a writer, that ranged from “Dirty Harry” (uncredited) to “Apocalypse Now,” from Quint’s speech about »
- Brian Lowry
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
Price: DVD $12.96, Blu-ray $27.98
William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the 1977 cult suspense thriller will make its Blu-ray debut in a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with images from the film and excerpts from the book Friedkin’s recently published book, The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.
Sorcerer is derived from the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 French classic, The Wages of Fear. The film, made following the successes of Friedkin’s The French Connection and The Exorcist, tells the story of four men who end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin through 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four displaced men have nothing to lose so they agree for a small payment of cash.
Since the jaw-dropping climax to the indie horror classic Saw, actor, producer and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (alongside frequent friend and collaborator James Wan) has gone on to make the genre terrifying once again. The Australian actor, previously best known for a small role in The Wachowski’s The Matrix Reloaded, is perhaps deservedly looked at as one of the saviours of the modern fright flick with both his original creations Saw and the highly-effective chiller Insidious now multi-million dollar franchises.
So, with the upcoming home-entertainment release of sequel Insidious: Chapter 2, we had the chance to put some killer questions to Whannell regarding making his mark in the genre and what’s next as he moves into…’the further’:
You’re obviously and fan of the horror genre. Where does that love and inspiration come from?
I guess James and I are just big horror fans. We just both love horror films. »
- Craig Hunter
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