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If you're looking for an utterly independent analysis of Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future Part II, then it'd be fair to say you're probably in the wrong place. It would be remiss of me from the outset to not acknowledge that, in my youth, I absolutely adored Back To The Future Part II. I wore out two VHS copies of the movie I had (one of them ex-rental, to be fair), and Alan Silvestri's superb score has been resident in my head pretty much ever since (one I seem to have bought four times, across four different formats).
It's only over time that I've come to appreciate the film in any kind of perspective, and the catalyst for that was watching the three films back-to-back in the »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
This Friday’s edition of the CBS news program 48 Hours will feature coverage from when the show was in a South African courtroom this week to cover a judge’s decision on whether Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (a.k.a. “Blade Runner,” a reference to the leg prostheses he wears as a double amputee) murdered his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, or if her death was an accident. Pistorius was cleared of premeditated murder charges, but was found guilty of “culpable homicide,” similar to a manslaughter conviction in the United States. The judge’s decision, along with an interview with Oscar Pistorius’ former girlfriend, Samantha … Continue reading →
The post CBS’ “48 Hours” features coverage of Oscar Pistorius verdict appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of Ufotog, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds. In 2012, Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit at 48 frames per second—and though the film grossed more than a billion around the globe, many viewers flinched at the film’s “soap-opera” look.
Trumbull, who famously worked with »
- Jeff Labrecque
Oscar Pistorius was set to meet his fate on Thursday. In her lengthy review of the verdict facing the double-amputee Olympic track star, the judge stated that under South African law, Pistorius would not be found guilty of murder - the most serious charge he faced. This left Pistorius, who openly wept in the courtroom Thursday, facing either culpable homicide or a complete acquittal. The final verdict is expected to be delivered sometime Thursday, as the proceedings continue. The emotional trial lasted six months in Johannesburg, South Africa, and included a month-long break so the Paralympian sprinter known as "Blade Runner »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
Check out this awesome and energetic geek movie tribute art created by Dave Cosland. He calls the series "Alphabet Attack," and they include illustrations inspired by Escape From New York, Star Trek, Robocop 2, Aliens, The Thing, Predator, Star Wars, Terminator, Blade Runner, and The Matrix. The artist has an insane wild style. The pieces are filled with adrenaline, and I absolutely love that. The artist described the series as follows:
"Each piece is titled after a letter of the alphabet, and themed by faves from science fiction, film, comics, and literature."
I've included some pieces below but you can check out the whole collection here.
Via: xombiedirge »
- Joey Paur
Filmmaker Ridley Scott — who in 1982 adapted Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the big-screen drama Blade Runner — and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) will serve as executive producers on the project, which originally was developed as a Syfy miniseries.
The best-selling The Man in The High Castle presents an alternate history in which Nazi Germany and Japan won »
Alexa here with your weekly fix of film art. I've always thought color impacts the mood of a film greatly: the pops of red in Pulp Fiction, the moody blue noir of Blade Runner, the dominant earth tones in The Big Lebowski. Along these lines, there has been a mini-trend lately of designers abstracting films according to their color palettes. My favorite is by designer Charlie Clark. Clark's project, titled "The Colors of Motion," takes the average hue from each frame of a film and then presents the frames together as horizontal stripes or square tiles. Distilled down to their palettes, The Matrix becomes a sea of green and black, and Frozen becomes a patchwork of dark blues and browns.
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Any great film overlooked upon release is going to look overwhelmingly popular compared to how Blade Runner was initially recevied. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir masterpiece hit in the summer of 1982, mere weeks after Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Going completely against the bright and friendly view of science fiction, the film failed to capture an audience and bemused critics.
The adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? didn’t wallow in obscurity for long, over the course of the eighties becoming a cult hit on VHS. By the tenth anniversary it was so well regarded there was large scale rerelease and now, over thirty since it was first released, it is rightly regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
Boasting cutting edge special effects that presented a future grimier than we’d ever seen before and bringing »
- Alex Leadbeater
Ridley Scott is a moviemaking machine as he enters the latter stages of his 70s, and the man who gave us titles like Gladiator is ready to unleash another big-budget period epic with his newest feature Exodus: Gods and Kings. That’s right, the man behind Blade Runner is about to get biblical on you. Yahoo! Movies scored an interesting new behind-the-scenes clip that reveals the massive scope of Scott’s newest venture. The director takes us backstage and on location to show us Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Ramses, two brothers who have a falling out that leads to war. As is to be expected in a Ridley Scott joint, Exodus has some enormous sets, gigantic set pieces, and an action-oriented approach to the classic story that might lure in the less...
- Mike Bracken
When Ridley Scott remarks on the commentary to the final cut of Blade Runner how well the movie has stood the test of time, it’s impossible to disagree with him. Of all genres, science fiction is the most likely to age badly, showing up the limitations of special effects as new techniques emerge and featuring production design which appears dated – none of this applies to Blade Runner, which looks as fresh and impressive today as it did on its release.
And yet, the making of Blade Runner was a notoriously fraught production – from the countless rewrites to the animosity between many of the cast and crew during filming, the trials and tribulations which were endured to bring it to the screen are legendary, with some of those involved dubbing the movie “Blood Runner”, a title which captures the hard work and toil for those involved. Beyond the production woes, »
- Andrew Dilks
Ridley Scott is a moviemaking machine as he enters his late 70s. Now the man who gave us Gladiator is ready to unleash another big-budget period epic with his newest feature Exodus: Gods and Kings. That’s right, the man behind Blade Runner and Alien is about to get biblical on you. Yahoo! Movies scored an interesting new behind-the-scenes clip that reveals the massive scope of Scott’s newest venture. The director takes us backstage and on location to show us Christian Bale and...
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Exclusive: Soda brand continues to exist as the company expands to include Canadian distribution, starting with The Riot Club.
Canadian production company Thunderbird has acquired UK indie distributor Soda Pictures in a deal that will see Soda grow its UK operations and slate as well as launching as a distributor in Canada.
The companies launch the new venture with a Canadian deal for Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, which premieres tomorrow night in Toronto. The Riot Club deal was negotiated between HanWay’s Thorsten Schumacher and Soda’s Eve Gabereau.
Soda will continue to operate under its own brand, as part of the Thunderbird group of companies. Soda principals Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, who founded the company in 2002, will continue to lead the outfit.
The alliance will see Soda concentrating on high-end British films for its Canadian slate. The UK slate will grow in “scale and scope” thanks to the new investment.
Tim Gamble, CEO of »
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Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate are the composers of Magnolia Picture’s “Frontera”. What makes them so unique? They've never met in person. Join us as we talk with them about their interesting and unique working relationship.
Working partnerships are common in the movie-making industry. Pooling together knowledge and talent is one way to create a more appealing and more complete product. Furthermore, for large projects with lots of work to do and tasks to complete, it makes the burden easier to bear (we all know how helpful it can be to have a shoulder to lean on). What is not common is having such partnerships develop across an ocean and not in person. For Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate, that's exactly what happened.
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After director Ridley Scott didn't really say anything to address the complaints of a whitewashed cast for the Egyptian epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, a new featurette has come along with the filmmaker explaining why he wanted to make the film. If the first trailer wasn't enough to show off the large scope and epic nature of the film, then this featurette will get the job done. But that's mostly because everyone says "epic" about a dozen times in this short preview of the forthcoming winter release. It should make for quite the box office battle since The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters around the same time. Watch below! Here's the first featurette for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings, originally from Yahoo: Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, »
- Ethan Anderton
As Ridley Scott completes post-production on this December’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings and continues to work on that Blade Runner sequel, the 76-year-old filmmaker is also busy prepping to direct his next feature film, The Martian. Scripted by Drew Goddard, the sci-fi pic is based on Andy Weir’s e-book of the same name and will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must find his way back home. While the Cast Away slash Gravity-esque story suggests that Damon will be commanding most of the screentime solo, two intriguing choices have surfaced as possibilities to take on supporting roles in the film: Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig. More after the jump. The folks over at Variety broke the news that Jessica Chastain is in early talks for the female lead in The Martian opposite Damon, and Deadline adds that SNL alum »
- Adam Chitwood
Jessica Chastain’s most excellent soapbox rant about female superheroes has clearly landed her in good stead. Variety reports today that the Oscar-nominated actress and comedy stalwart Kristen Wiig are now in the running for a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian.
Should Chastain or Wiig sign on, they’ll appear opposite Matt Damon who at the moment is attached to play the lead. The story is based on the e-book by Andy Weir, which follows astronaut Mark Watney, one of the very first men to walk on Mars. After a freak storm accident on the red planet, he must do whatever it takes to survive.
Who Chastain or Wiig will play has yet to be determined, although we’d hazard a guess and say it’s one of his crew members. Chastain has made a career of bold performances. Her role in Zero Dark Thirty landed her an Oscar nod, »
- Gem Seddon
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro.
Running Time: 528 minutes
Psycho-Pass may dump a lot of exposition at our feet within a very short period of time in its opening episode, but thankfully this gets a lot of messy stuff out of the way allowing us to enjoy the series instantly. This is exceptional sci-fi action that relishes its opportunity to create a vast world of cool visuals, intelligent ideas, and engaging characters.
The show introduces us to a world where human beings have what is known as a psycho-pass, a reading that informs enforcers of your mental state and whether you are dangerous to society or not. Stress, anger, hatred, etc. can all contribute to this reading, and in a Minority Report style form of justice, those deemed as »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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