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“The big city? Cops? Shootings? Car chases? That kind of thing?” “Well, no. No shooting stuff. It’s more like songs and dances.” – Exchange between Dabney Coleman and Kermit the Frog, The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) “It’s like this. We live in claustrophobia, the land of steel and concrete. Trapped by dark waters. There is no escape. Nor do we want it. We’ve come to thrive on it and each other. You can’t get the adrenaline pumpin’ without the terror, good people. I love this town.” – Radio DJ, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) “When people see New York in the movies, they want to come here.” – Mayor Ed Koch, The New York Times (1985) Two movies released in the 1980s used the phrase “Take(s) Manhattan” in their title. The first was the latest G-rated feature starring lovable puppet characters from a popular children’s variety show. The »
- Christopher Campbell
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
Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47
Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...
This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.
The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.
Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.
And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm »
Interview Simon Brew 28 Mar 2014 - 06:15
Heading into UK cinemas today is the brand new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted. Directed once more by James Bobin, he spared us some time to talk about working with The Muppets, the complexities, the preparation, the bits that were cut and more. Here's how it went...
Mild spoilers for Muppets Most Wanted lie ahead...
The Muppets continue to popularise quite an old fashioned craft. More than just puppeteering, too. What are your feelings on it? Because my understanding of doing a Muppets film is that the preparation is arduous, the shoot is arduous, the post-production is a little bit lighter?
It is to a degree, but remember too that in post we have to deal with the fact that they »
The much buzzed-about film adaptation of Veronica Roth's literary series, Divergent, hits theaters this weekend with a new bevy of tough women who kick butt. And what's not to love about the Muppets returning to the big screen? Check out our recommendations on what films are worth seeing and skipping this weekend. See ThisDivergent var brightcovevideoid = '3372463640001'; Comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games is near irresistible, and understandably so, given that they both feature a feisty teen heroine battling to save her family in a dystopian future. Unfortunately for the newcomer, such comparisons are nearly ever in Katniss's favor, »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Directed by James Bobin
At their best, the Muppets walk a careful balance between sincerity and self-awareness, something few cinematic comedy acts can handle. All the way back to The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, The Great Gonzo, and their friends were able to step outside of any given story to gleefully mock it and, almost in the same instant, wholeheartedly embrace the artifice of the moment. When the situation demanded it, they could be journalists or pirates or beloved literary characters in a holiday story. The 2011 reboot demanded that they play themselves, in a story that acknowledged how the Muppets had fallen out of public favor over time and needed to mount a comeback to win back the masses. As Muppets Most Wanted opens, the Muppets have won the day and are stuck for ideas about what to do next. »
- Josh Spiegel
If you're a die-hard Muppets fan, you must be really looking forward to this weekend and the release of Muppets Most Wanted. Also if you're a die-hard Muppets fan, you'll agree that choosing a favorite of the Muppets movies so far is very difficult. Not that all of the features starring the Jim Henson creations are equal, but those first three are pretty incomparable if you're of a certain generation. And if you didn't grow up along with the original trilogy of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, then you might have a preference for one of the movies released during your own childhood. A lot of young people today, for instance, might like 2011's The Muppets best. I'm of an age where The Muppet Christmas...
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If you're not already following the Muppets on Instagram, then do yourself a favor and rectify that immediately. Sorry, Gonzo selfies are so much more gratifying than what your best friend had for dinner last night. One of the things we've always loved about the Muppets is that they're pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face, no matter the setting. They've been around for so long that they just feel comfortable. You see Kermit and you want to snuggle up with some soup and your inner child, and maybe watch The Great Muppet Caper or The Muppets Take Manhattan (one of my personal favorites). With a new movie arriving next month (and it's another Muppet caper), the gang continue to entertain us in fun, unique ways leading up to release. Whether...
- Erik Davis
8 items from 2014
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