10 items from 2014
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an A-list director, one who’s really influenced the industry in a big way. The filmmaker in question? Why, Robert Zemeckis, of course. He’s known for his work with visual effects, for sure, but his talents go beyond that. He’s been responsible for so many iconic moments in cinema, with only some involving special effects at all. When you see how many outright classics he’s been responsible for, your head will spin that we don’t talk about him even more than we already do. As such, he’s a perfect director to shine this particular spotlight on. Zemeckis had his start on a relatively small scale, as you’d expect. First he made the musically tinged romantic comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand as well as the comedy Used Cars. Those were downright »
- Joey Magidson
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
It’s hard to believe that it’s already August, which means fall (and Halloween!) are just right around the corner. To keep all you genre fans busy in the meantime, there are a couple of classic releases coming this week from Scream Factory, as well as Mike Flanagan’s Oculus.
Oculus (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray & DVD)
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, »
- Heather Wixson
You've probably seen "Forrest Gump" so many times in the 20 years since its release (on July 6, 1994) that you can recite the dialogue by heart, starting with the line about life being like a box of chocolates.
You probably know that the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (for Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (for Tom Hanks), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Eric Roth). You may even know about the digital trickery that was used to insert Hanks's low-iq Everyman into historical footage of real-life events from the Baby Boom years, or to erase Gary Sinise's legs for his role as double-amputee Lt. Dan.
Still, there's a lot you may not know, including what Forrest really said (in Winston Groom's novel that inspired the film) about life being like a box of chocolates, or what Hanks's Gump actually said at that protest rally, or which famous actors »
- Gary Susman
Scream Factory is just cranking out the classics! Brian De Palma’s cult hit Phantom of the Paradise will be making its American Blu-Ray debut on August 5th and we have all the detailed specs for you down below. While I’m not sure why the second disc isn’t a Blu-Ray, this looks like a great set for fans of the film.
From the Press Release
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Score and Adaptation, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture, Phantom of the Paradise is the Faustian tale of Swan, (Paul Williams, who also wrote the acclaimed score) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), Phantom of the Paradise is a hilarious send-up »
- Andy Triefenbach
As we learned last year, our friends over at Scream Factory are bringing Brian De Palma's cult classic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise to Blu-ray for the very first time this summer, and on tap for you today are those full release details that you've been waiting for.
From the Press Release
The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, »
- John Squires
Very few musicals hit me the way that Brian De Palma’s 1974 underrated cult classic, Phantom Of The Paradise does. It’s just an absolutely delightful tale of revenge, selling souls and a songstress caught in the middle of it all. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time, you can definitely color me anxious as hell regarding Scream Factory’s announcement today of the full specs and August 5th release date of a brand new collector’s edition Bluray. For the complete info, read on! Long live Death Records!
“The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, »
- Jerry Smith
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and the dwarves are back for the second film in this Tolkien cycle. Bilbo goes toe to scaly toe with Smaug, a dragon voiced by Freeman's "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Why We're In: Even if you don't spring for the fancy Blu-ray set, you'll still get some goodies in this 2-disc package -- including the option to press pause while you take a bathroom break.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are Sailor and Lula, two crazy, star-crossed lovers in David Lynch's tribute to "The Wizard of Oz," Elvis, road movies, and much more. Sleazy, crazy, and sexy.
Why We're In: This Blu-ray is packed with extras that are sure to please everyone who's wild at heart. »
- Jenni Miller
Blu-ray Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The movie stars Kurt Russell (Death Proof) as a charming/nefarious car salesman caught up in a war between feuding car-lot owners, the twin brothers Roy and Luke Fuchs (both played by Jack Warden of Escape from Zahrain). This satiric look at the American dream also stars Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon and Lenny & Squiggy themselves, Michael McKean and David L. Lander.
Special features on the Blu-ray edition of this cult hit include the following:
-Isolated Score Track – The Film Score
-Isolated Score Track – Unused Score
-Gag reel and outtakes
-Radio Interview & Radio Spots
-Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know, »
- Gary Susman
10 items from 2014
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