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What's in Netflix's '80s grab bag? Swoony Merchant-Ivory films; a trio of John Hughes romantic comedies; early films with Sean Penn and Matt Dillon; Oscar-winning turns by Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Daniel Day-Lewis; and a few classics you already know by heart.
Mixed in are probably a few critically acclaimed films you've never seen but always meant to, whether it's B-movie fun like "Big Trouble in Little China" or ultra-arty Nc-17 fare like "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."
(Availability subject to change. DeLorean and pink prom dress not included.)
1. "A Room with a View" (1986) Nr
2. "The Accused" (1988) R
It's tough viewing, but Jodie Foster is mesmerizing as a rape victim who faces down her assailants in court.
3. "Bad Boys" (1983) R
- Sharon Knolle
Mythbusters fans, here are the answers to your long-simmering questions: What's the deal with those cast departures? How will the show's format change now that co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are on their own? What myths will be tested in the upcoming season? What's the one myth the team regrets? How long will Mythbusters continue? And are Adam and Jamie still really not friends? Below, co-host Savage gives EW a candid and thoughtful exclusive interview. We also have a clip from the new season, in which the guys take on a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. But first, »
- James Hibberd
Directed by Shawn Levy
Getting the band back together for one final gig is almost never a good idea. In the case of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, however, there’s enough ingenuity and fun to justify the encore. Director Shawn Levy adds a few clever wrinkles and plenty of familiar callbacks as he sends his family franchise out with pomp and poignancy. The untimely death of Robin Williams also adds resonance to the film’s melancholy message that letting go is a necessary, painful fact of life.
It’s easy for critics to dismiss films like Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Sott). When you’re three films into a franchise that’s fueled by a wafer-thin premise, you can feel bored and dissatisfied before the movie even begins. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Before taking on the Nazis in the search for the Ark of the Covenant in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, archeologist Indiana Jones faced off against a human sacrificing cult (some viewers may still hear “Kali Ma” chanted in their nightmares) in the 1984 prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Sideshow is paying tribute to the timeless adventurer’s second screen appearance with their new sixth scale figure.
“Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom Sixth Scale Figure
from Sideshow Collectibles
Crafted on a brand new, fully-articulated body
Dressed in his iconic globetrotter gear, including a screen-accurate tailored
jacket, khaki shirt and trousers, and famous fedora
Dr. Jones comes armored with his trademark bullwhip, pistol, and machete
Release Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 – 12:30pm Pt
Payment Plan for as little as $57.50/month
Edition Size: Tbd
Expected to Ship: December 2015
“If adventure has a name – it must be Indiana Jones! »
- Derek Anderson
Star Wars fans just don’t know where to channel all the excitement and energy “awakened” inside of them after watching the teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s not just the dark and light side of the force that’s been awakened, though. The dark and light side of Star Wars super fandom has also reemerged. The dark side: that guy who already got a tattoo of that spherical droid, which may or may not turn out to be the Jar Jar Binks of the new trilogy. The light side: this video by Deviant Rahll that puts that same droid in place of the giant boulder that Indiana Jones must out run in the famous opening scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Via: Neatorama »
- Eli Reyes
Look out Ghana – there’s a new player in the “crazy awesome updates of American movie posters” game. Poland has entered the fray. Unlike the Ghana posters, which have a really low-fi aesthetic charm to them, the Polish take on the one-sheets for American films are a bit of a different beast. Instead of featuring crude paintings and odd-looking characters, the Polish art often aims to be a little more meta and highbrow. Take the Fatal Attraction poster above – you don’t look at that and immediately think of Glenn Close boiling rabbits, but it makes sense once you know the title. Of course, not all of the Polish posters are so metaphorical. This one for Raiders of the Lost Ark is basically just Indiana Jones. Apparently, even Polish film fans...
- Mike Bracken
Gregg Landaker, who served as sound re-recording mixer on Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar,” says the writer/director was a key part of the creative process. As he expained during our recent webcam chat (watch below) “Chris came up with a really cool thing when we were on the stage working with him. He came in and he brought us a YouTube video of a Go-Pro camera on a parachuter base jumping. He goes, ‘Now hear the sound of this guy rattling down inside this thing, being hit and the sound of that go-pro? That’s what I kind of want to achieve when they’re falling in their spacesuits.’" -Break- Hans Zimmer on his 'human' score for epic 'Interstellar' This three-time Oscar champ (“The Empire Strike Back," 1980; “Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981; and “Speed," 1994) along with his partner, Gary Rizzo, worked to achieve a feeling of realism in »
Despite the fact that ‘tis the season to be jolly, getting the most out of the festive period is no joke. And when it comes to Christmas films, you can’t mess about.
There’s a great many films that are essential viewing over the Christmas period, and it’s important to stick with a tight schedule if you want to get them all done. It takes years of practice to perfect the Christmas movie routine, and this guide should help to guide you in the right direction. This is serious business.
First and foremost, it’s important to get the festive films done in the right order. You can’t just charge in there with Gremlins straight off. Oh no. You need to earn it, to work at it. After all, if you blow your load with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation early on, what’s left come Christmas Eve? »
- Tom Fordy
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
“Marion, don’t look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion, don’t look at it no matter what happens.” Fans of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark remember this warning from Indiana Jones as the Nazis opened the Ark. But Major Arnold Ernst Toht of the Gestapo saw the horrors of the Ark with wide eyes. He let out a shrill scream… before his skin melted, and now a new candle pays tribute to the memorable special effects moment.
Depicting the sinister Gestapo agent’s face that’s contorted in a final scream, the Melting Toht Candle is now available to pre-order for $31.59 and is slated for a 2015 release from Firebox. We have the item’s official details and images below (via Firebox). If you’re interested in this item, then you might also dig Firebox’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Monkey Brains Bowl.
“If you’ve »
- Derek Anderson
Ready for the first look at Star Wars: Episode VII?
Star Wars.com released this info today:
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.
Check out StarWars.com’s complete list of theaters playing the tease below!
Scheduled for a December 18, 2015, the movie release stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow along with the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
- Michelle McCue
We're stunned no one came up with the idea to make a bust candle of Raiders of the Lost Ark character Arnold Ernst Toht before now. How perfect an idea is that? No need to worry, though – if you have a Raiders fan on your holiday shopping list, this is probably the coolest present you can get them this year. Website Firebox is selling the nifty candle, which re-creates what is arguably the most famous scene in the classic Harrison Ford film (sure, everyone remembers the boulder in the opening, and Indy shooting the guy with the sword, but who can forget Toht’s terrifying demise). After the Nazis open the Ark, all hell breaks loose – and the wicked Toht has his face melt right off his skull... in a completely awesome way! This new candle re-creates that...
- Mike Bracken
As we approach the Christmas shopping season, there are certain people that are almost impossible to find gifts for. Movie fans are usually easy since you can just pick a piece of memorabilia or a new Blu-ray, but for those truly special people in your life, there is this candle molded after Ernst Toht. You may know him better as the Melting Nazi from the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. A defining film for many people born in the 1970s and 1980s, the climactic scene featuring the opening »
- Alex Maidy
Are you struggling to think of a Christmas gift for a movie-mad pal? Or how about an acquaintance that you don.t want to spend dozens of dollars on? Either way, the perfect present has been released and not only is it an ode to one of the greatest scenes in blockbuster movie history, but it.s also delightfully gross too. The face-melting scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark is rightfully regarded as one of the most nauseating yet compelling conclusions of any film in movie history. And while it has received many homages since Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford unveiled the world.s greatest archaeologist on moviegoers back in 1981, this is probably the most prescient one to ever emerge. Let me introduce to you the Major Toht facing melting candle. You can get a clearer image of the candle before it has been set on fire »
This is the coolest damn candle that has ever been created! It features Major Arnold Ernst Toht (Ronald Lacey) from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, and his face melts as the candle burns. As awesome as this is, they could have taken it a step further by including a skeleton underneath. It’s still a perfect way to set the mood for a nice romantic evening with your wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Nothing can get any better than eating a candlelit dinner while watching Toht’s face melt. I should get a bunch of these for the holidays! You can pick one up at Firebox for $31.39. Here are some points details that they give:
"Celebrate one of the greatest special-effects deaths in movie history" "Wax replica of sadistic Gestapo agent Toht – spectacles, fedora n' all" "Thankfully it melts a lot slower than his face does in »
- Joey Paur
Steven Spielberg is among those mourning his friend and fellow filmmaker Mike Nichols—the Oscar-winning director of The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Catch-22, Primary Colors, and Charlie Wilson's War, who has died at the age of 83. Spielberg, who has known Nichols for decades, released a statement calling Nichols "a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America's all time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known." Actors usually end up sharing the screen with countless colleagues over a lifetime, but being a director is a solitary profession. One film typically has one filmmaker. »
- Anthony Breznican
It might be the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but for some reason the celebration hasn't been as rampant for the adventure sequel that's actually a prequel as it has been for Ghostbusters. However, when it comes to Raiders of the Lost Ark, there's something pretty awesome that has just surfaced online that might be the greatest piece of movie merchandise ever made. From Firebox, the same people making the Temple of Doom bowl that makes it look like you're eating monkey brains, you can get yourself a candle that looks like Major Arnold Ernst Toht (Ronald Lacey). Look! Here's a look at the awesome Raiders of the Lost Ark Major Toht candle from Firebox (via Toybox): Thanks to friend of the site Max Taylor for bringing this to our attention. It's the only thing he's good for. The candle looks just as you »
- Ethan Anderton
When English mountaineer George Mallory was asked, infamously, why he.d ever attempt to climb Mount Everest, he replied, "Because it.s there." The same logic can be applied to an extensive, elaborate recreation of Steven Spielberg.s masterful Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has been filmed by Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. Why did they do it? Because Raiders is there. Their process has taken them 33 painstaking years, and the L.A. Weekly . in its comprehensive profile of the duo and the film . report that the remake finally is finished. Their story is basically the stuff of legend. Strompolos and Zala started their process as children in Mississippi, so enamored with Spielberg.s 1981 thriller that they decided to recreate it. They only made it so far . there.s only so much children can accomplish, after all . and they eventually abandoned the project after years of passionate filmmaking fun. »
Film fans count amongst the most obsessive in the world. Your average movie buff will busy themselves with huge libraries of videos/DVDs/Blu-Rays/downloads (delete as applicable to the time period), whilst many will go beyond that with all sorts of expensive hobbies: cosplay, purchasing original props at auction for ridiculous amounts of money, going on holidays to visit the locations used in filming, stalking Matt Damon. That sort of thing.
Others go for the somewhat more practical tributes to their favourite screen stories. Somewhat. Definitely less illegal than the stalking, anyway. Across the world there are dozens, if not hundreds, of houses patterned after the architecture and set design of classic Hollywood movies. Strangely, nobody has yet to recreate the temple from the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark in their living room. That giant boulder probably doesn’t appeal.
Still, there are a dizzyingly »
- Tom Baker
Scream Factory delayed the Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but for good reason: they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror. To hold horror hounds over until this much-anticipated Blu-ray becomes available on December 2nd, Scream Factory has given us a look at three clips and an original trailer that show off the movies’ high-definition upgrades.
“Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and »
- Derek Anderson
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