6 items from 2014
2014 has proven to have one of our favorite rosters of studio movies since all the way back to 1984, when the world got the likes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Last Starfighter, Top Secret!, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Red Dawn, Conan the Destroyer, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, The Karate Kid and Ghostbusters. 1984 was no doubt a classic summer for movies, and fans have been celebrating its 30th anniversary in a number of fun, dorky ways. Since many of us were kids back then, our fondest memories of the summer of '84 are tied to those movies, sure, but also all the little things that went with them. The Atari games, the lunchboxes, the trapper-keeper notebook (c'mon, we know you had one!) and the rest of the...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the many stars of next week’s big release The Expendables 3, has had a long and profitable career in the movies. Having joined the film world after a lucrative stint in the world of body-building, winning many an accolade, Schwarzenegger’s first films focused on his physique. The first was the hard-to-find Hercules In New York where the star was credited as ‘Arnold Strong’, that role was followed by the much more successful Conan The Barbarian.
The film had a sequel, Conan The Destroyer with Schwarzenegger once again in the role. The franchise then made an attempt at a reboot with Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa taking over from Schwarzenegger, but the film failed to ignite the audience’s attention. This failure hasn’t put the studio off though as another film has been in the works for several years and with Arnie now »
- Kat Smith
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
The X-Men movies are important. They make a lot of money and they helped create Superhero-Era Hollywood and they incepted a certain kind of lucrative career arc in the heads of a generation of young actors. (Do the franchise, take the money, spend a year on greenscreens and the press circuit pretending you understand anything that’s happening, try for the Oscar, repeat.)
And the X-Men movies are important to me. I grew up loving superhero comic books and I grew up loving movies. These two fascinations were not mutually exclusive; but now, more and more, they feel diametrically opposed. »
- Darren Franich
★★★★★With Violent Saturday (1955), the recent Richard Fleischer reappraisal comes full-circle. A brazenly eclectic studio man who directed films as disparate as the Tony Curtis-starring The Boston Strangler (1968) and fantasy epic Conan the Destroyer (1984), Fleischer is near-impossible to pin down. But a few notable European reissues as well as a high- profile retrospective at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival have brought him back into the spotlight for dedicated cinéastes. Violent Saturday is not only his finest work, it's one of the best American films of the fifties; a picture that repurposes the forms of the past to create the genre sensibilities of the future.
- CineVue UK
Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. And this week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis have quite a bit of material to cover, since “Oathkeeper” featured a whole assortment of TV inventions that ran the gamut from “extrapolation” to “outright invention.” Join us on our journey into the ever-widening gulf between the Book-Westeros and TV-Westeros! (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)
Hillary: Darren. »
- EW staff
6 items from 2014
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