20 items from 2016
When Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain bowed in American theaters during the summer of 1992, it was anticipated by fans of the director as a welcome return to the sort of formalist genre contraption he hadn’t indulged in since the creative blow-out (forgive me) of Body Double eight years earlier. However, when the lights came up, even within the ranks of the De Palma faithful there was polarization. A handful defended it as one of the director’s masterpieces, while a greater number seemed to consider it at best middle-tier De Palma, a fully committed attempt to deal with typical De Palma-esque narrative elasticity and thematic concerns such as time, chronology and dream logic, all in the context of an examination of the morphing perimeters of American masculinity and parental responsibility which somehow, in the end, seemed as out of balance as its psychically fractured protagonist. Meanwhile, the »
- TFH Team
Mike Cecchini Sep 14, 2016
Tom Mankiewicz's Batman sceenplay is one of the more interesting unmade superhero movies of all time. The man who gave Superman: The Movie's legendarily difficult early drafts the polish that helped make it the timeless classic that it is (and who also wrote, co-wrote, or re-wrote the screenplays for James Bond adventures like Live And Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Spy Who Loved Me) took a pass at Batman in the early 1980s, and one of the possibilities to direct it? That'd be Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and more films that we love).
Midnight Run is one of those rare movies that doesn’t exactly take the world by storm upon release, but still manages to influence the film world, and becomes a must-see classic.
It’s hard to believe that it was 1988 when the ‘buddy cop’ and ‘road trip’ genres got this refreshing revitalization, but the film holds up exceptionally well. It may have a few oddities for the latest generation, but nothing actually problematic, and the humor is timeless. It may have a slightly “awkwardly-80s” feel to it, but with minor adjustments it might have been made today.
De Niro’s effort here telegraphed a lot of the choices he made over the rest of his career, trying even almost 30 years ago to stay out of the pigeonhole. Meanwhile, Grodin has possibly his best role, and one that works so well with his ability to jump from deadpan to outlandish, »
- Marc Eastman
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 9th, 2016.
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Episode Notes & Links Follow-up Star Wars The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray The Thing delayed Olive Signature releases in October News Arrow Releases Criterion’s November line-up Twilight Time Sale / American Buffalo Oop Plain Archive Old Boy Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Links to Amazon The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Beethoven The ’Burbs The Dream Team Elvis The Great Outdoors Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Microwave Massacre The Money Pit Patch Adams Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Our Top Five Home Video Releases
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The new branded line Shout Selects chooses Buckaroo for special-special edition treatment, with a long making-of docu just like the ones from the heyday of DVD. And this oddest of oddball sci-fi pictures has a backstory worth documenting. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Blu-ray Shout Select 1984 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.93 Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Production Designer J. Michael Riva Art Direction Richard Carter, Stephen Dane Film Editor George Bowers, Richard Marks Original Music Michael Boddicker Written by Earl Mac Rauch Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Neil Canton, W.D. Richter Directed by W.D. Richter
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Not content with its already well appointed special Blu-ray editions, »
- Glenn Erickson
One of the more exciting small screen announcements in the last month or so has been the news that filmmaker Kevin Smith is working on a TV series adaptation of MGM's 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension".
Smith scored the gig after his job directing an episode of The CW's "The Flash" series last year. Now he plans to continue the trend of getting high profile filmmakers guest directing random episodes of a TV series they're otherwise not involved in. Speaking with ComingSoon.net at Fantasia Fest, Smith revealed the names of a handful of directors that he hopes to recruit to helm episodes he's not involved in:
"I wanna get the people who loved it as much as me, so people like Richard Kelly, Edgar Wright, I'm gonna reach out to Quentin Tarantino, see if they'll direct an episode. 'Here's a chunk of change, »
- Garth Franklin
The Buckaroo Banzai series may have found a network. Deadline reports Amazon is nearing a deal with creator Kevin Smith for the show.The series is based on the 1984 sci-fi comedy The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, which starred Peter Weller as the titular scientist, pilot, and rock musician trying to save the world from aliens.Read More… »
Back in May Kevin Smith announced that he’s partnering up with MGM for a small screen adaptation of the 1984 cult sci-fi The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and now Deadline is reporting that Amazon is close to reaching a deal for the series.
Smith, a long time fan of the original movie, has stated that he hoped to be able to lure original cast members such as Peter Wller, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Goldblum back for the TV series, and views the first season as an adaptation of the film, with potential subsequent season then expanding the story further.
Since directing an episode of The Flash last year, Smith has started turning his attention more towards TV; he’ll be directing another episode of the DC series for its third season, and has also reworked his planned Mallrats sequel into a 10-episode series.
- Gary Collinson
Just a few months ago, the 1984 movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was simply a cult classic with a small but devoted following. Shortly after Kevin Smith directed an episode of The Flash, he was approacheed to turn this movie into a TV series, and now it seems that show has found a home. A new report reveals that the director and MGM are finalizing a deal to bring the Buckaroo Banzai show to Amazon Studios.
Deadline reports that Amazon and MGM are "close to locking in a deal" that would bring the show to the streaming service. The report claims that Amazon is eyeing to air the series at some point next year, but an exact episode count wasn't given. The news comes just hours after Amazon Studios announced their new comedy shows for their fall pilot season, including a reboot of The Tick.
Amazon and MGM are closing a deal for the streaming service to be the home of filmmaker Kevin Smith's proposed TV series adaptation of cult 1984 feature "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" says TV Line.
Peter Weller starred as a physicist/pilot/rock musician who, with his band of men called the Hong Kong Cavaliers, battled alien invaders from the eighth dimension.
Smith was approached by MGM about rebooting the property shortly after his great success helming an episode of "The Flash" this spring. »
- Garth Franklin
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai may continue.
Amazon and MGM are close to a deal for the streaming service to host Kevin Smith’s planned small-screen adaptation of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, our sister site Deadline reports.
Scream Factory celebrates over three decades of Dan O'Bannon's graveyard bash at this year's Comic-Con with a special Return of the Living Dead autograph signing, and their annual "Inside Look" panel will feature the eagerly anticipated announcements of future releases
Taking place at Shout! Factory's booth (#4118) on Friday, July 22nd, The Return of the Living Dead autograph signing will feature cast members Thom Mathews (Freddy) and John Philbin (Chuck), as well as Sean Clark, who hosted a new episode of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the beloved horror comedy.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory" panel, meanwhile, will be held in Room 29Ab at 8:00pm. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, »
- Derek Anderson
Yoga Hosers (2016)
Directed By Kevin Smith
Starring Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam Brody, Justin Long, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Tony Hale, Ralph Garman, Tony Hale, Harley Morenstein, Tyler Posey, Austin Butler, Jason Mewes and Vanessa Paradis.
Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.
As a director, Kevin Smith has taken a rather divisive career turn in recent years. Gone are the days when the Fatman on Batman was an indie darling churning out critically acclaimed hits like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma, and in his place is a podcaster who no longer cares about film conventions with outings like Red State and Tusk. This is a director who said he was retiring from the game to focus on podcasts, and now finds himself prepping another sequel to Clerks, »
- Luke Owen
After years of trying to get a sequel to his 1995 film Mallrats off the ground, Kevin Smith said today on Wwmr-fm Philadelphia that Mallrats 2 is officially in development as a 10-episode scripted television series. What’s more, the Yoga Hosers and Clerks director revealed that he’s also developed a TV series based on cult 1980s film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension in partnership with MGM, which has just been sold to an unnamed content… »
Is Kevin Smith headed to the eighth dimension? According to Dime Geek, the director is adapting the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension into a TV series.
The 1984 sci-fi comedy starred Peter Weller as Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a neurosurgeon, rock star, physicist, and race car driver who tries to save the world from aliens. The movie also featured John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd.
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Director Kevin Smith has been keeping quite busy over the past few years, launching his True North Trilogy in 2014 with Tusk, with the next installment, Yoga Hosers, set to debut this summer. The filmmaker also returned to the small screen recently, directing an episode of The CW's hit superhero series The Flash, which aired last week. It seems the filmmaker is eyeing another TV project, with an adaptation of the 1984 cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. As it turns out, the director's work on The Flash is what actually lead to this opportunity to bring Buckaroo Banzai back to life.
The director revealed the news on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, saying that "weird doors" started to open after his episode of The Flash aired last week. One of those doors was to MGM, who told the director's agent they had been exploring ways to turn »
The last time I caught up with The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai, the 80s film just didn't quite hold up, causing me to wonder what it is that I dug about the movies all those years ago as a kid. However, the cult fandom for Peter Weller's scientist, neurosurgeon, rock musician and race car driver hero has stayed strong over the years, celebrating all... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Following his small screen exploits in Central City with last week’s episode of The Flash, Kevin Smith has announced on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On that he’s working on a new TV series based upon the 1984 cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Here’s Smith’s comments on the subject:
“Because I did the episode of The Flash, suddenly it’s signal light of, ‘oh he’ll do fucking television?’ Which is weird because I’ve been doing TV for five-six seasons – we’ve just been renewed for Comic Book Men – but that’s different because it’s not scripted. Now I’m being pulled into the scripted world. MGM said, ‘hey we hear you like Buckaroo Banzai‘. They heard that because of a fucking podcast I did in New York at the Lincoln Centre with Peter Weller and John Lithgow where we watched »
- Gary Collinson
Filmmaker Kevin Smith says his success directing last week's episode of The CW's "The Flash" has been such a success that it has opened up some "weird doors" all over Hollywood with three projects setup over the past week with one of them being MGM TV which produces FX's "Fargo" series.
Smith was invited to discuss the possibility of turning another film into a TV series, something much more genre and cult-based - the 1984 genre-defying sci-fi film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension". Smith says he's "loved the movie forever" and speaking on a recent instalment of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, he explained his idea for a TV series version:
"Basically you just do the entire movie for season one, then season two you finally do the sequel we've all dreamed about, Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League."
MGM liked what they heard as Smith says »
- Garth Franklin
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the best DVD and Blu-ray 2015.
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Follow-Up Ryan buys the Ernest and Celestine Blu-ray from Plain Archive Ultra HD Blu-ray Pre-orders Live, March 1st release: Fox, Sony, WB, Shout! and now Lionsgate Curzon Tarkovsky Ryan’s Top 10 List of 2015 Classics from the Van Beuren Studio (Thunderbean Animation) Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Timeless Media Group / Shout! Factory) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Arrow UK) Twice Upon A Time (Warner Archive Collection) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Twilight Time) Watership Down (The Criterion Collection) Walt Disney Animation Studios: Short Films Collection (Disney) 3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley) Spartacus: Restored Edition (Universal) The Apu Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)
- Ryan Gallagher
20 items from 2016
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