12 items from 2014
Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
Growing up in the ’80s, my childhood was filled to the brim to double features. Whether in the local multiplex, or at the drive-in, there wasn’t a single thing that I enjoyed more than giving the box office my couple of bucks, and seeing whatever weird ass double features they programmed. I wasn’t around during the wonderful grind-house double feature days of the 1970′s (which happens to be my favorite era of horror), so my experiences were usually limited to films of the ’80s and ’90s. Usually, the theaters in which I frequented typically tried to pair similar movie together, but every once in a while, even as a kid, I ended up wondering, “What is going on here?” with their choices. So, because nostalgia is always oh so fun for me, I thought I’d give y’all a glimpse into four experiences from my childhood, that even today, »
- Jerry Smith
A college hottie and a computer geek are magically brought together in “Campus Confidential,” a charming and pacey mix of funny dialogue and zany slapstick that proves highly enjoyable all the way up to its clever double-whammy finale. Toplining local draws Chen Yi-han (Ivy Chen) and Chen Bo-lin as the unlikely couple, this zippy romantic comedy, helmed by visual effects ace Lai Chun-yu, is universally accessible and has foreign-lingo remake potential. Following a successful domestic release in December, which nudged close to $1 million, “Campus” graduated to Hong Kong and mainland auditoriums on April 10 and 11, respectively.
Pic fires on all cylinders from the get-go. Reading aloud from her magazine article, which has caused a ruckus at fictional Tung Ning U., comely law student and part-time model Kiki Liang (Chen Yi-han) delivers a very funny illustrated lecture on the various shortcomings of geeks when it comes to fashion sense, social skills and just about everything else. »
- Richard Kuipers
"Sorry, can you repeat that? I’m playing the new South Park video game. It’s amazing!" The interview has just started, and Chris Hardwick is already apologizing over the phone from his L.A. home. Had almost anyone else mentioned there were gaming in the middle of a conversation, the statement might be considered borderline rude. But come on: This is the man they call "The Nerdist," who's built an empire out of reviewing gadgets, internet binging and hosting conversations with past and present genre icons. It's that passion »
Last night, HBO premiered Mike Judge's new series Silicon Valley, and I'm pretty sure it's the best show for and about nerds ever made. Forget The Big Bang Theory, forget Head of the Class, forget Freaks and Geeks and forget even The It Crowd. Silicon Valley is a hilarious look at young guys working in the titular hub of the tech world, and much of its humor comes from jokes that only true nerds can appreciate. In recognition of that series, I thought it'd be interesting to consider its movie equivalent. Nerds have been a staple of cinema for decades but for the most part in stereotypical form. Revenge of the Nerds is certainly the most obvious title in that regard, though the 1980s were full of the conventional glasses-and-pocket-protector variety. Most...
- Christopher Campbell
The 8th annual B-Movie Celebration is traveling at us faster than a speeding monkey on a rocketship destined for the vast landscape of Mars, and we have the first details on what films and more will be waiting for you should you be one of the lucky ones to attend!
From the Press Release
1984 was not all Big Brother, Big Hair & Big Pants — it was also a great year for movies. This year, the annual The B Movie Celebration wants the “B” movies of 1984 to take a bow.
Many have made the claim that 1984 represented the paragon of both film-going and film-making. With films like Repo Man, The Toxic Avenger, Night of the Comet, The Last Starfighter and Ice Pirates, 1984 turned out to be a cinematic buffet; and the festival will be screening some of the best films from that glorious year, featuring live commentary from the people who made them. »
- Uncle Creepy
Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy “Neighbors” boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags, and provided that audiences don’t mind the lack of anything resembling a coherent story arc, its commercial potential ought to be enormous. Presented as a work-in-progress at SXSW (though aside from missing credits and a few continuity quirks, it appears largely finished), “Neighbors” is an unchecked riot that should go a long way toward selling antagonist Zac Efron as a credible adult actor, though as with anything involving the Greek system, a bit more moderation from the start might have prevented a few headaches afterward.
Rogen and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly, a young married couple whose infant daughter has prompted a move into the suburbs. Aside from the disruption to »
- Andrew Barker
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
“Revenge of the Nerds” meets “Back to School” via “Doogie Howser, M.D.” in “HairBrained,” a campus comedy that tries to transcend its many formulaic elements with an insufficient dose of absurdism. This follow-up feature from the writing-directing team behind 2006′s “The Oh in Ohio” seems unlikely to repeat that film’s modest sleeper success, even with the presence of sometime franchise king Brendan Fraser as the past-40 late bloomer who’s an incoming freshman alongside Alex Wolff’s 13-year-old prodigy. Limited U.S. theatrical launch Feb. 28 will be just a brief prelude for imminent better prospects in home formats.
Dropped by his “terrible mother” at the bus station (it’s depressing straight off to see Parker Posey exit the movie after two minutes), child genius Eli Pettifog (Wolff) has already lowered his expectations for college life, having settled for “the 37th best small liberal-arts college on the East Coast »
- Dennis Harvey
Booger’s belch in Revenge of the Nerds is actually the sound of a camel climaxing. There. Now you, too, are cursed — or blessed, if you’re into that sort of thing — with the same knowledge as the audience from Saturday’s Sf Sketchfest Revenge of the Nerds reunion. Curtis Armstrong, who played Booger (and who can currently be seen as Principal Foster on New Girl), revealed that little piece of foley magic at San Francisco’s Castro Theater, and nobody was more thrilled to hear it than the evening’s moderator, Chris Hardwick.The Nerdist and @Midnight host unleashed his inner 12-year-old on the crowd, displaying an unfiltered giddiness onstage as he interacted with seven stars from the film that played a formative role in his youth. In addition to Armstrong, Timothy Busfield (Arnold Poindexter), Robert Carradine (Lewis Skolnick), Andrew Cassese (Harold Wormser), Julia Montgomery (Betty Childs), Larry B. Scott »
- Brian Janosch
The year 1984 was truly a great year for movies. There were so many classics that came out that year. There's a tribute art show being put on by Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY called "It Came From 1984."
Some of the films represented at the show include Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, This is Spinal Tap, The Terminator, Police Academy, Beverly Hills Cop, Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Revenge of the Nerds, Purple Rain, The Karate Kid, Splash, and Red Dawn.
It Came From 1984 opens from 7 p.m. February 7 at the Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York. It will stay on display for a few weeks after. For more details head on over to www.bottleneckgallery.com.
Via: /Film »
- Joey Paur
FX has built a loyal following for the twisted genius of their animated hit “Archer,” which returns tonight, January 13, 2014 to start an incredibly strong series of episodes that spoof “Miami Vice” under the banner of “Archer Vice.” While “Archer” seems to garner more fans every year (helped ably by the popularity of the episodes on Netflix), FX has struggled to find it a partner. Maybe an obnoxious, fat, gay white rapper is just what Sterling Archer needed.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
“Archer” is still the vastly superior show but there’s enough promise in the anything-for-a-joke aesthetic of “Chozen,” which premieres after the fifth-season opener of the spy hit. “Archer” is a pretty well-known commodity at this point, building a fan base through repeats, Blu-ray releases, and streaming services to the point that most people know what to expect from it — raunchy humor, clever spy spoofs, silly action, whip-smart dialogue. If “Archer” is the suave, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
12 items from 2014
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