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Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay by Christopher Wood
Moonraker has the unique distinction of being the most absurd and over-the-top Bond film produced in 50 years of the series. Spy films exist in a genre unto themselves, but the Bond films sometimes like to crossover into other popular genres as well. The first clear example of this was 1973′s Live and Let Die, which mimicked the then popular Blaxploitation genre. When Moonraker was released however, the Bond series took this genre crossover to its extreme, resulting in a Bond film as much a science fiction saga as it is screwball comedy. Certainly one of the strangest Bond films to date, Moonraker holds a unique admiration among Bond fans and remained the highest grossing of all the Bond films until the release of Goldeneye in 1995.
- Tony Nunes
Hey you, you right there still arguing the merits of the ending of Mass Effect 3--BioWare's set aside a bunch of in-game events and treats for series fans to celebrate Shepherd's epic adventures across space as part of N7 Day.
You can actually see some of the lovely things BioWare has planned today (as well as a much nicer, larger version of the poster above) on their site. As for me, I'd like to tell you about how Mass Effect went from a clunky sci-fi RPG, to one of the most gripping and gritty games of 2010, to a challenging, not-quite-settled conclusion this year.
I didn't care for the first Mass Effect. In fact, I think after about 10 hours, I was pretty sure I hated it. While I appreciated some of the technical prowess that went into the game, and BioWare's desire to visually homage some of the high-contrast, cheapie sci-fi »
- Charles Webb
Chicago – The characteristics of the classic B-movie during the 1970s and ‘80s usually required prisons, women and uniforms designed to easily tear away. The Music Box Theatre in Chicago will highlight that era on Friday, October 12, when they present “Chained Heat.” One of the co-stars of that essential women’s prison movie, Sybil Danning, will be at the theatre in person to introduce the film.
Born Sybilie Joanna Denninger in Weis, Austria, Danning was the daughter of a U.S. Army major, and spent time between the United States and Austria as she grew up. After trying out working in the dental field and cosmetology, she began modeling and acting in the early 1970s, making her debut in an Austrian film called “Komm nur, mein liebstes Vögelein.” After working her way through that film industry, she began her American career with “Bluebeard” (1972) and “The Three Musketeers” (1973), but was also doing such »
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Jurassic Park 4 is actually currently in the works, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver writing the script, and a release date of summer 2014 in mind. But when you're making a sequel to a movie that enormous, of course there have been earlier versions of the story, and a glimpse at the Jurassic Park 4 that might have been has just emerged, and perfectly timed to Halloween, as it turns out. The rejected concept art images come from a 2005 script written by William Monahan (Oscar-winner for The Departed) and John Sayles (director of indies like Lone Star and Matewan, but also write of more Hollywood films like The Spiderwick Chronicles and Battle Beyond the Stars). Around that time producer Frank Marshall was out there suggesting that Jurassic Park 3 director Joe Johnston would be returning and they were firming up the script, but of course, »
Now, we wrote about how this was a fucking good idea a long-ass time ago. Not only have we been excited about it in our forums, but we actually made a list a while back. The impetus for that list was a statement Sigourney Weaver made about how it sucks that she's too old to play Ripley in another action Aliens film. We were pissed that Old Dudes get to keep making action films, but Weaver didn't think she could just because she's a chick.
Let's update our wish list. Because all the dudes in The Expendables films are Old Mother Fuckers, I demand that the female cast be Old Bitches. None of this "Zoe Saldana" or "Milla Jovovich" bullshit other sites keep talking about. Seriously. Can »
The late 1970s and early 1980s were a groundbreaking period for science fiction films. It got kicked off by Star Wars, which fueled the imaginations of many directors of the time. It also caused studios to trip over each other in their search for the next big space saga. Some of those films were fun like Battle Beyond the Stars. Others were serious works of art like Alien, The Black Hole, and Peter Hyams' Outland.
Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Outland is available on Blu-ray for the first time. This was director Hyams' first journey into deep space. He worked in the sci-fi field once before with Capricorn One, but this 1981 cult classic took him to another world… or moon would be more accurate. Some say this was Hyams' practice for the more complex 2010, which he helmed a couple of years later.
Veteran Federal Marshal William O'Niel (Sean Connery »
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Apocalypse is an ever-popular idea in cinema. After all, what could be more dramatic than the possibility -- or even the actuality -- of the end of everyone and everything that you've ever known. It's an all purpose metaphor, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, in all kinds of tones, as highlighted by this weekend's comedy-drama "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," which sees Steve Carell and Keira Knightley brought together by the impending end of civilization.
The film's only semi-successful at melding romantic comedy with the end of days, as you'll find from our review, but there's plenty in the film to recommend it as well. And if you're still looking for a little more end-of-the-world drama, we've picked out five lesser-known examples that are worth seeking out Asap. Check out our selections below, and let us know your own favorites in the comments section. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Picking your favorite Akira Kurosawa film is a tricky choice for any movie fan. From "Rashomon" to "Ran," the great Japanese filmmaker, one of the most beloved and influential directors of all time, knocked out a string of classics in a career that lasted well over 40 years. But more often than not, at the top of the list for Kurosawa fans is "The Seven Samurai," the 1954 samurai epic that redefined the action movie for generations.
Following six samurai (and one pretender, iconically played by Toshiro Mifune) who are recruited by a village of farmers to protect them from bandits, it remains to this day one of the most stirring, thrilling adventures in cinema history, and landed Kurosawa firmly on the map in international cinema. The film was released in Japan 58 years ago today, on April 26th, 1954 (a U.S. release, heavily cut down, would follow 30 months later), and to mark the occasion, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
Roger Corman is perhaps the most prolific and influential Hollywood filmmaker in the history of the medium. His immeasurable imprint on American cinema not only spans over six decades but has resulted in creating an indelible cinematic body of work as well as a legacy of training the next generation of actors, writers, directors and producers – many of whom have created cinema masterpieces of their own – including many listed above!
I’m a huge fan of exploitation cinema, I have been my entire movie-watching life. After all I grew up in the video generation – a generation in which lurid VHS boxes promised more than the movies within contained and a time when my movie experiences influenced the types of films I relish in and enjoy today. »
A new documentary pays tribute to the prolific independent filmmaker, Roger Corman. Here’s Ryan’s review of the entertaining Corman’s World…
The importance of Roger Corman in American filmmaking cannot be underestimated. Without Corman, the New Hollywood style of filmmaking, which arguably began with Easy Rider in 1969, would never have happened. Directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Joe Dante would never have been given their first chance at making movies. Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and William Shatner may never have broken into stardom had Corman not given them roles in his films.
For much of the Us filmmaking establishment, Corman is ‘King of the Bs’ – a director and producer of low-budget trash. But what filmmaker Alex Stapleton’s documentary Corman’s World demonstrates is that, as cheap and swiftly made as Corman’s movies are, they’re varied, imaginative, and contrary to common assumptions, »
Earlier today the folks over at EatSleepLiveFilm put up a list of what they called the ’100 Best Films of the 80s’ and whilst their list was full of awesome films – covering a plethora of genres and touching base on a number of the decades best and most-loved movies – upon reading it, and as a 80s aficionado, I found there to be quite a few glaring omissions. Hence this “rebuttal” – a list of 50 films (in no particular order) that Didn’T make Eslf’s Top 100 that I think are some of the best of the 80s, including some that might surprise you…
Weird Science One Crazy Summer How I Got Into College The Burning Class of 1984 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane The Beastmaster The Sword and the Sorceror Hiding Out Battle Beyond the Stars Home Front (aka Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home) The Blob Dance Til’ Dawn My Science Project »
I love a good B-movie and one of my all-time favourite B-movie maestros is the legendary Roger Corman, I grew up watching many of his straight to DVD produced sci-fi and horror movies in the 80s and those films – such as Galaxy of Terror, Deathstalker, Forbidden World, The Terror Within and Humanoids From the Deep to name a few – are still cherished favourites today. In fact one of my all-time Top 20 favourite movies, Battle Beyond the Stars, came from Corman. He was also responsible for producing the awesome Bloodfist series of martial arts movies which starred Don “The Dragon” Wilson – another fave of mine!
Which is why I’m super-excited to see the Alex Stapleton directed documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel; and whilst the film hasn’t been announced for the UK as yet, I can at least satiate my Corman-induced hunger with the news that »
12 items from 2012
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