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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: The nonfamous guys in this photo got a huge surprise when they ran up the steps of Philadelphia's Museum of Art, mimicking the iconic scene in Rocky: the man himself, Sylvester Stallone, was standing there with his family, in town actually making another Rocky sequel (Creed). He graciously provided the following group selfie (via Live for Films): What if Al Pacino had played Han Solo? Maybe it'd have looked something like this mash-up of Scarface and Star Wars (via Geek Tyrant): Still looking for the perfect outfit to wear to the movies to see The Imitation Game? Here you go, die-hard Benedict Cumberbatch fans...
- Christopher Campbell
Scar Wars is an apt name for this Star Wars parody video, since it shows what the movie might have been like if Al Pacino had won the role of Han Solo and brought a little of his Scarface character with him to a galaxy far, far away. In the latest in the "What Almost Was" series from the guys at Mashed, Pacino puts an exclamation mark on the age-old debate of whether or not Han shot first.
There's a warning in the clip itself about language, but I'll give you another warning here: an F-bomb is dropped, so you might not want to be blaring this over your speakers at work.
- Ben Pearson
Director Barry Levinson offers his thoughts on what’s behind the growing outcry for more diversity in Hollywood films.
Are we a racist country? Yes. But we are getting better. For certain. And while that battle for absolute equality is being played out, an odd controversy about the racial injustice in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has emerged. The Oscar nominations of 2015 are being questioned as racially prejudicial. There are those who say a black woman, who directed “Selma,” was overlooked because of racial bias, and the actor who played Martin Luther King Jr. was also overlooked because he was black. The film was nominated by the Academy, but these individuals were not. I would tend to agree with these accusations if I thought the Academy had a great record of selecting the best nominees each year, but they don’t. It is impossible to pass through a single awards season without hearing, »
- Barry Levinson
Whether it was poor marketing or just not enough attention from the media, there are a lot of great films out there that went unnoticed during their box office runs. However, after only a few years these deserving films eventually find their audiences and earn the title of “cult classic,” thus achieving the appreciation that they deserve. Movie goers are familiar with this term, as well as several of the films that fall in this category, but there are in fact several great films that have not necessarily found their cult followings as of yet.
It typically takes a few years for a cult following to develop for certain films. Brian De Palma’s Scarface is considered a box office bomb and was panned by most critics around the time of its release, but a few decades have gone by and it’s now considered one of the best crime dramas of all time. »
- David Brown
Winning the prize for the best entry in the Borscht Film Festival’s Scarface Redux contest was Florida International University student Martell Harding, whose “Shootout” is 11 intense seconds of action-figure mayhem. Borscht’s crowdsourced remake of Brian DePalma’s modern neo-classic, Scarface Redux consists of, in the vein of Star Wars Uncut, homemade clips reinterpreting the film in a variety of styles and genres. And while Borscht 9 is over, the project is continuing, with some clips yet to be covered. Meanwhile, though, the competition aspect of the project is over, with Harding’s the winning clip. The filmmaker, who is studying Communication […] »
- Scott Macaulay
5 items from 2015
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