7 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Before Shia Labeouf was known for turning hitchhiking into performance art, making a paper bag the most-talked about red carpet accessory, and being an actual cannibal (well, at least in this awesome song), he was Louis Stevens. 16 years ago today, Even Stevens premiered on Disney Channel, making a star out of then 14-year-old Labeouf. The shenanigans of the Stevens family were on display on the Disney Channel for three seasons, plus The Even Stevens Movie, serving as the series finale. Other notable June 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1964: The Supremes released the single “Where Did Our Love Go.” It was their first song to hit the top of the U.S. singles chart. • 1967: Barbra Streisand sang for over 135,000 fans in New York’s Central Park. A recording of the free concert was released as her first live album, A Happening In Central Park. • 1977: The much-maligned sequel to The Exorcist, »
- Emily Rome
Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...
Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.
This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.
Freezing conditions. Dangerous stunts. Here are a few examples of actors who've suffered through some high-profile film roles...
When DiCaprio lifted his Best Actor trophy at this year's Oscars, we're surprised he didn't scream, "It's about damn time I won one of these. I slept in a goddamn hollowed-out horse for you people!"
Ah yes, the hollowed-out horse. But there was also the scene where DiCaprio had to eat a raw bison liver, or the sundry moments where the actor had to crawl in and out of freezing cold lakes and rivers. At a time when whizzy computer effects can make the impossible look possible, the cast and crew of The Revenant decided to take a decidedly analogue approach to making their period survival drama, with the long, arduous shoot taking place in ice-cold parts of Canada, the Us and Argentina.
Grim though the experience of making The Revenant was, »
The career of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who on Feb. 26 will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has few — if any — parallels in the history of film music.
The composer for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Cinema Paradiso” and an estimated 375 other feature films (not to mention another 90 or so TV projects) is perhaps the most prolific in Western cinema.
He is also among the most respected. Filmmakers from Terrence Malick to John Boorman, Mike Nichols to Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski to Bernardo Bertolucci, Roland Joffe to Brian De Palma, have sought him out to contribute to their films.
Reached at his home in Rome, he says via interpreter, that receiving the star is “a great accolade,” adding, “I can only anticipate how I’m going to feel when I’m there in L.A.”
It’s just the latest honor for the 87-year-old maestro. »
- Jon Burlingame
It’s been summoned forth to the brink of production before being condemned to the fiery pits of development hell. However, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Fox has ordered a TV pilot of The Exorcist.
Three years ago, it was Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin that was attached to adapt William Blatty’s spine-chilling novel to the small screen, though once the project began spinning its wheels Durkin soon moved on. Leave it to Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four), then, to pen the screenplay, with plans in place for James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall to executive produce.
Morgan Creek, holders of The Exorcist license, was once eyeing a TV reboot to coincide with the 40th anniversary of William Friedkin’s seminal horror masterpiece, though a prolonged spell in pre-production ultimately placed the project on the back-burner. Now, Slater’s rendition has been offered a new lease of life, »
- Michael Briers
Morricone’s first Western soundtrack in over 30 years is also the first commissioned orchestral soundtrack for a Tarantino project; in the past, the controversial Pulp Fiction filmmaker has been reluctant to trust a composer with the essence of his movie. But if you’re going to trust it to anyone, the legendary Morricone (reportedly responsible for over 400 scores) has got to be that person. Here are the awesome cues that put the hate in The Hateful Eight.
L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock
The overarching theme of Morricone’s brooding and gripping soundtrack tells you everything you need to know: something violent and dangerous is riding into town. »
- Sean Wilson
7 items from 2016
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