10 items from 2015
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »
- Shane Ramirez
Opening on November 25, 2015 comes the new film Creed. The film explores a new chapter in the Rocky story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
The films will be playing for one night at the B&B Wildwood 10! Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.
Rocky (1976) Synopsis:
- Movie Geeks
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Remember the scene in the original "Rocky" ("Rocky II") when trainer Mickey makes Rocky chase around a chicken as part of his training, because, as Mickey told Rocky when he asked, "Chicken chasing is how we used to do it in the old days"? Well, it looks like Ryan Coogler's "Rocky" spin-off "Creed," which stars Michael B. Jordan and Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, might just include a similar scene - this time with older Rocky training the son of Balboa’s late rival (Apollo Creed), Adonis Creed. "It's how we used to do it in the old days," Rocky will probably say in reply when Adonis asks him why he's making him chase »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The term ‘hybrid’ has become increasingly debatable when discussing the divide between fiction and nonfiction, though it’s a rather apt description of the French artist Pierre Bismuth’s cinematic inquiry, Where is Rocky II? Perhaps best known for his Oscar winning collaboration with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry on the script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bismuth became obsessed with a fake rock, called Rocky II, that Ed Ruscha placed amongst its geological counterparts in the Mojave Desert around the release of the eponymous Stallone film in 1979. The pitch of Where is Rocky II?, Bismuth explained in an email, “is that a […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Yesterday action icon Sylvester Stallone delivered a half-time message encouraging fans attending the Everton v West Brom game at Goodison Park to cheer during the shooting of scenes for the upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, and now a video has surfaced online which features Sly practising his Scouse accent. It’s as bad as you’d expect. Check it out here…
Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, Apollo Creed, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
- Gary Collinson
The Rocky spin-off Creed will be shooting tonight at the home of Everton, Goodison Park.
The football club revealed via Twitter that something for the movie will be shot during half-time of the Everton v West Brom game.
“I would like you to stay in your seats at half-time and keep any eye on the big screens for a very special guest to make a welcome return to Goodison Park. Be sure you make as much noise as possible – go absolutely nuts at half-time – to help us create a brilliant atmosphere. I have seen firsthand what kind of noise Evertonians create – it will be perfect for the scene.”
Remember to stay in your seats at Ht to star alongside @TheSlyStallone and @TonyBellew in the new ‘Rocky’ film. »
- Luke Owen
ABC cued up Galavant, its musical-comedy “extravaganza” on Sunday night. Did the first two episodes of the midseason series leave you whistling a happy tune?
Exec-produced by Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) and with music from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (Tangled), Galavant stars Joshua Sasse (Rogue) in the title role, as a knight whose armor loses its lustre after his lady love, Madelena (Mallory Jansen), gets kidnapped by — and then agrees to wed — the wealthy King Richard (Psych‘s Timothy Omundson).
10 items from 2015
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