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In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
With this weekend's release of the video game adaptation Need for Speed, the cross-country auto-race movie is back. So, let's get out our copies of The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II and other similar movies and see which one darts to the front of the pack. If not those two Burt Reynolds vehicles, then how about the related semisequel Speed Zone? Or one of the earlier, unrelated movies based on the same race, The Gumball Rally or Cannonball? And before that, don't forget the cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop, which was a major inspiration on the real Cannonball contest. Not all movies of the genre and that time period dealt with coast-to-coast races, though. Vanishing Point and the Smokey and the...
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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gabriel Axel (1918-2014) - Danish director whose Babette's Feast won the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (see the win below). His other work includes Royal Deceit and a part of Lumiere and Company. He died on February 9. (THR) Sid Caesar (1922-2014) - Comic actor and writer and legendary TV host who appears in the movies Grease, Grease 2, Cannonball Run II, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part 1 and It's a Mad, Mad...
- Christopher Campbell
3 items from 2014
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