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“I want to be in the Army.” That statement prompted a frantic phone call from my ex-wife, and an entire series of conversations. It also inspired a very particular screening of a very particular film, one in a series of recent screenings that have spoken to Toshi’s developing interests in both history and Hollywood. While movies are very important to Toshi, they are less important than Allen, and I suspect there will come a time where I lose Allen to other interests. That’s fine with me. Whatever he’s interested in and excited by, I’ll encourage him. Right now, his interests are more in games and puzzles and building things. Minecraft is pretty much the perfect intersection of all of Allen’s energies. As a result, when I am picking things that we’re all going to watch together, I find myself going mainstream and populist and easy. »
- Drew McWeeny
Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.
Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.
100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
Birth of a Nation
A Dog’s Life
The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Oli Davis
When Hugh Laurie first discovered the John le Carre novel "The Night Manager," the role of Richard Roper — a smooth and seductive arms dealer around whom all the players revolve — wasn't the one he was interested in. But that's because it was the early '90s, and Laurie was just the right age to play Jonathan Pine, a young man who becomes a spy after Roper's world intersects with his own in a tragic fashion. What it might have been like, to watch Laurie as Pine, will be one of the universe's tragically unanswered questions. But over 20 years later, Laurie still gets to participate in an epic miniseries adaptation of le Carre's novel as Roper, and it's hardly a surprise to discover he's totally captivating. Read More: Even 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Writer Lawrence Kasdan Thinks TV Is the Future of Quality Storytelling Laurie is also hilarious, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
How do you ensure that your film gets off to a good start? Make the opening scene unforgettable. These are our picks for the 10 best opening scenes in film.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
Check out the previous entries into this series here:
Top 10 Opening Shots in Film
Top 10 Opening Title Sequences in Film
So far this month we’ve looked at the best opening shots and the best title sequences in film. But although those aspects of a film can be important, they pale in comparison to what an opening scene can do to a film. An opening scene is what officially starts a film. It sets up the story, introduces characters, allows the »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
For Jean-Paul Rappeneau, the Los Angeles-based Colcoa film festival offers a sort of reverse homecoming — one in which the French director, best known for directing Gerard Depardieu in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” brings his childhood home to California audiences.
With “Families,” Rappeneau reconstructs the impressive mansion in Auxerre, Burgundy, where he spent the first 17 years of his life. “Oddly enough, it didn’t belong to us” the director explains over a cup of coffee in Paris. “That house was sort of my mother’s dream. She dreamed of a life that she hadn’t led, in Paris or in the films of Jacques Demy, and my father, who was a man from the country who had become an engineer, rented it to satisfy her.”
Rappeneau has just returned from Moscow, where audiences made the connection between “Families” — in which a businessman (Mathieu Amalric) revisits the family estate, tied up in litigation after the patriarch’s death, »
- Peter Debruge
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
- Nick Newman
Evolutionary Films has completed primary shooting on the horror film Aux. Shot in the United Kingdom, the film stars John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Tanya Franks and Rosie Fellner. Taking place in an underground World War II bunker, the film involves two young boys and their dangerous discovery. Something malicious lives deep below the surface. Currently in post-production, a preview of Aux is hosted here. Major plot points are revealed in the film's synopsis. Two boys discover the bunker and their outcome is dire. Not much later, several police officers investigate the macabre scene, only to be targeted themselves. And, there is only one person who can turn things around, if only his strength will hold. A film poster has been released for the film. As well, two concept artworks show the film's central setting and characters. The graphics show what hides in the bunker and difficulties of escaping this fortification. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Tony Black on Indiana Jones and the future of the franchise…
Ask almost anyone what they thought of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 2008 long-gestated sequel known forever and a day simply as ‘Indy IV’, and you’ll probably get much the same answer. “Awful!” “Rotten!” “Should never have made it!” “Nuke the fridge???!” You get the drift. It’s about as popular a sequel as World War Two, the fourth in, to many, a near-perfect trilogy of adventure films that helped define their decade, and the childhoods of millions. Indeed many try and revise history to erase it from their minds, considering Last Crusade the last hurrah. Like it or not, however, Disney know Indy = money given the near $800 million the fourth movie made on just shy of a $200 million budget. Almost nobody liked it, yet almost everybody went to see it. Therefore, after Disney’s epic purchase of LucasFilm, »
- Tony Black
Indirectly spawned by Steven Spielberg, PG-13 is now the rating of choice among movie studios. Ryan charts the effects of its rise and rise.
Even compared to the exploding heads and melting faces of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Temple Of Doom was an intense, gruesome affair. The Indiana Jones prequel may have begun with a breezy song-and-dance number, but it soon descended into a dark ghost train ride of human sacrifice, death by crocodiles, child slavery and chilled monkey brains for dinner.
One of the film’s most famous scenes saw a victim’s heart torn out and held, still pumping and oozing blood, before his gazing eyes. Some kids in the audience were probably cackling with macabre glee at all this. Parents and critics were far less amused. One reviewer even suggested that taking a child to see The Temple Of Doom was tantamount to wilful neglect. »
Todd Phillips on Tuesday slammed Screening Room, the controversial start-up that is looking to debut movies in the home the same day they hit cinemas, saying that the proposal threatened the theatrical experience.
“Why are we in such a rush to turn movies into television,” Phillips said to loud applause at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry conference taking place this week in Las Vegas.
“Why are we in such a rush to take the thing that separates us from everyone else — the physical shared experience of movie theaters — and do away with it,” he added.
Though he never mentioned Screening Room by name, Phillips target was clear. Screening Room is the brainchild of Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju. It wants to offer movies for rental for $50 and plans to share profits with theater owners and studios. It has attracted the support of filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Jackson. »
- Brent Lang
Last month, LucasFilm put a slew of rumors to rest by confirming that Indiana Jones 5 is finally moving forward, with Harrison Ford set to star and Steven Spielberg directing from a script by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp. Of course, no story details have surfaced thus far, but http://variety.com/2016/scene/vpage/frank-marshall-indiana-jones-harrison-ford-cinemacon-1201750527/|Variety caught up with producer Frank Marshall, who revealed that the story will continue where Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left off, and it won't be a prequel as previously rumored.
No one seems quite sure what Frank Marshall meant when he said Indiana Jones 5 will continue the story of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It isn't known if the new story will be directly linked to the events in that movie, if the same characters are coming back, »
Variety recently spoke to famed producer Frank Marshall at CinemaCon in Las Vegas where the famed producer discussed Harrison Ford's involvement with the fifth "Indiana Jones" film from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures.
Putting the rumors to rest, Marshall confirmed that Harrison Ford is the only actor suited to play archaeologist Indiana Jones saying:
"I think both in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series and on ‘Indiana Jones,’ we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.”
- J.B. Casas
Producer Frank Marshall expressed excitement about getting under way in the making of the fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and said he can’t imagine ever having another actor replace Harrison Ford in the title role.
In a Q&A on Monday after being named CinemaCon’s producer of the decade, Marshall called it “pretty sweet” to be returning to the film series that introduced him 35 years ago to director Steven Spielberg and to his future wife, Kathleen Kennedy, now president of “Star Wars” maker Lucasfilm.
Asked by Variety senior film and media writer Brent Lang about continuing “Indiana Jones” for even more sequels, Marshall said it could happen. “It’s all about the story. I think both in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series and on ‘Indiana Jones,’ we are not going to do the Bond thing,” Marshall said, referring to rotating different actors through the title roles in »
- James Rainey
Few developers make video games as inherently cinematic as Naughty Dog. The Uncharted series is the closest the electronic gaming medium has ever come to reaching the pulpy heights of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Last of Us is one of the best games I’ve ever played, a terrifying post-apocalyptic tale that poses a number […]
The post ‘The Last of Us’ Movie is Stalled and ‘Uncharted’ is a Big Question Mark appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Directed by J. Lee Thompson.
A pair of hapless adventurers take on a job to find priceless Aztec gold but are pursued by a vengeful spirit who will stop at nothing to protect it.
Back in the mid-1980s there was a brief moment when ripping off Indiana Jones movies was a thing and, as was the norm, it was the legendary Cannon Films who were the masterminds behind many of those low-budget gems. Whilst the mainstream responded to Harrison Ford’s archaeological adventures with the likes of the slick Michael Douglas-led romp Romancing the Stone, Cannon gave us the lacklustre King Solomon’s Mines and its sequel Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (both of which featured a young Sharon Stone alongside Richard Chamberlain in the lead role »
- Amie Cranswick
Some bad guys just want to collect antiques, or sand down a nice coffee table. Presenting our pick of 9 affable action movie villains...
Villains come in all shapes and sizes, from the hulking and formidable, like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, to the more lithe and cunning, like the maniacal Scorpio in Dirty Harry. The most memorable villains almost always have one thing in common, though: whether they're blessed with brains, brawn or both, they're intimidating and powerful in some way. They're a worthy foil for the hero (or heroine) of the piece.
So what happens when a villain comes across as, well, just plain nice? Sure, they may have the henchmen, the money, the gadgets and the guns. But some villains seem just too easy-going and friendly to be properly intimidating. This isn't to say the performances are bad; in some cases, they're scene-stealingly brilliant. »
The story is set in the future, a time when multiplayer gaming has become a virtual universe. The creator of that world leaves his fortune to the winner of a contest who solve the puzzles he left behind - puzzles based on the classic video games of the 1980s.
The producer says the film will feel in line with Spielberg classics like "Jaws," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Jurassic Park" - "it's classic Steven Spielberg, right in the center of the sweet spot of really his classic work, but with this whole new world now. There could be no one better to bring this to the screen.”"
DeLine adds that gaming companies have been cooperative with the film so far: "We've »
- Garth Franklin
Frank Marshall will receive CinemaCon’s special International Filmmaker Of The Decade Award on April 11.
The producer has made Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic World, and many others including the likely Cannes Film Festival world premiere Bfg, as well as upcoming releases Jason Bourne, Sully, and Assassin’s Creed. CinemaCon takes place in Las Vegas from April 11-14.
FilmBuff has licensed Us rights to Tommy Reid’s documentary We the People: The Market Basket Effect, a real-time chronicle of a labour dispute involving New England-based corporation Market Basket. FilmBuff plans an April 14-19 theatrical and April 22 VOD launch.Arcana Studio and Shout! Factory have cast Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom. Perlman will voice the role of Shoggoth and Plummer »
Last week, after months of rumors and speculation, Disney finally confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is happening, with the studio setting a July 19, 2019 release date for this long-awaited follow-up. Harrison Ford has been set to come back as Indiana Jones, with Steven Spielberg set to direct from a script by David Koepp, who co-wrote the franchise's last installment, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. During an interview with BBC, Harrison Ford revealed that he always wanted to make another movie, but he wouldn't do it without Steven Spielberg at the helm.
"I've always thought there was an opportunity to do another. But I didn't want to do it without Steven [Spielberg]. And I didn't want to do it without a really good script. And happily we're working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we're going to be very happy with."
Disney acquired »
Not long after its release in the summer of 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull usurped Temple of Doom as the most fan-loathed entry in the long-running Spielberg-Lucas adventure franchise, thanks in part to a host of corny/unbelievable moments. Most infamously: the scene where Indiana survives a nuclear blast by hiding out in a lead-lined refrigerator. So notorious was the gag that it spawned the oft-cited "jump the shark" variation "nuke the fridge," used to denote the moment that marks the creative decline of a popular film franchise or TV series. So whose idea was "nuke the fridge," anyway? And while we're at it, who should we blame for the rest of Crystal Skull's most controversial elements? Below, I've provided a full accounting of five of them, followed by an indictment of the guilty party(ies). (Note: HitFix was unable to verify the authenticity »
- Chris Eggertsen
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