12 items from 2009
[Scene]: *Best Barry White voice* “Hey baby. It’s been too long since we’ve been together. Come over here and snuggle up to me. “ *Music swells* “You know how I like to hold you in my arms. Let me relax those shoulders.” *Background singers* “Mmmm, yeah daddy Hold me!” *Barry again* “You know I will baby, oh yeah, come outside with me,…grab that glass of champagne and take off that robe.” *Bass guitar plays a slow riff* “I’ve got the water warm and my hands warmer…follow me into the hot tub…” *Background singers* “Oh my, I feel so warm!” *Barry whispers* “Yes you do baby; you feel so warm in my Hot Tub Time Machine!”
Ok, so maybe that’s not quite how it happens in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine but it sure is how I’d like it to happen, except for the »
- Paul Young
Would take your time machine go back to 1986? Looks as if that's where the guys from Hot Tub Time Machine (John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Coddry, and Clark Duke) have ended up. It actually seems as if Cusack is going back to one of his best films, Better Off Dead. Not a bad place to go back to. The first trailer was indeed red band, but didn't show too much. It did give us a hilarious ass clip of Robinson yelling about the fate of John Connor with his nose all covered in coke. The »
- Niki Stephens
In our post-Columbine world, I happen to think that we've all gotten a little oversensitive when it comes to teenagers. But it's pretty safe to say that in this day and age you would probably never make a comedy about teen suicide. But thankfully, the '80s were a time when we could all be a little more daring in our humor, and we got to have a movie like Better Off Dead. The '85 teen comedy starred a sinfully young John Cusack as a lovable loser and part time ski bum who loses the girl of his dreams and decides that life isn't worth living...that is, until a French exchange student moves in next door.
So for today's Scenes (Songs) We Love, I went with Howard Jones' Like To Get To Know You Well. The track was originally released in the UK in the latter part of »
- Jessica Barnes
Lloyd Dobler. This name resonates for those who love Say Anything because if you make a list of great cinematic romantic characters, Lloyd Dobler is one of the few truly resonant male characters in the genre. Soulful, but not weak, Dobler is an outsider smart enough to know what he doesn’t want. Cementing the appeal of John Cusack for generations, even with some classic characters in Better off Dead and the series of comedies that followed, Cusack was a light comic actor. Here he takes it to the next level. My review of Say Anything after the jump.
Cusack’s Lloyd is a drifter, the son of a military family who decides that what he really wants in life is to go out with Diane Court (Ione Skye). They sat next to each other at a mall, and he’s in. Diane is graduating at seventeen. She’s never really connected with her peers, »
- Andre Dellamorte
For much of the 1980s, John Cusack was one of Hollywood's most dependable go-to guys for affable leads in teen romantic comedies -- typecasting that led to some great films (Better Off Dead, Say Anything...) as well as some rather forgettable efforts (Hot Pursuit, One Crazy Summer). But beneath that guy-next-door exterior lurked the heart of a thespian, and over the last 20 years, Cusack has assembled one of the more eclectic filmographies in the biz, starring in action flicks (Con Air), quirky dramas (Being John Malkovich), and even dabbling in horror (1408). With his starring turn in Roland Emmerich's »
The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, »
The world will end. It’s going to happen in 2012, which is actually November 13, 2009. So good luck trying to set your calendars or bothering to live each day to the fullest.
Here’s interviews from the quality cast (Woody Harrelson, John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Thandie Newton) … even though the film will most likely choose special effects over substance every chance it gets. And no, it doesn’t always have to be that way, as Star Trek proved.
John Cusack – From Chicago, but that’s not the reason I root for the man. And it’s not even because of Say Anything…even though I love the film and any woman reading this just had a nice, happy sigh thinking about Lloyd Dobler. Cusack and I began with Better off Dead.
- Jeff Bayer
It’s been a relaxing break, but now it’s time to get back to work and dive right back into the files. This week’s full review is a little biological terror from 1985 known as Warning Sign. A preachy little number about the dangers of biological warfare, this film pulls no punches when it comes to paranoia and its “don’t trust the government” message.
Taking place in Any Midwestern Town America, Warning Sign is the story of a chemical spill that occurs in the wackiest of ways. Think The Stand if the biological spill was caused by sticky tape and The Three Stooges. Even though the film can be admired as an early example of rage zombie-like behavior, preachy dialogue, melodramatic leads, and lousy extras make the film almost unwatchable. Even more disappointing, despite having such a “progressive” message, the female leads are extremely weak. Also, for some »
- email@example.com (David McKendry)
Simplicity is sometimes the brilliant way to go. Mission accomplished for Hot Tub Time Machine.
A group of men (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke) are thrown back in time to their younger days in 1986, thanks to their hot tub. It’s also fair to say this movie will be the absolute opposite of The Time Traveler’s Wife with Eric Bana.
It’s almost like I want John Cusack to declare this is the third film in some sort of odd trilogy with Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer. After all, those films came out in 1985 and 1986. Perhaps Cusack could hook up with Demi Moore again. After all, she somehow hasn’t aged since appearing in One Crazy Summer. I just hope there’s still time for him to save the assisted living home.
The trailer is red band, enjoy.
- Jeff Bayer
Do you like hot tubs? Have you ever sat in your room wishing you could go back in time and make up for all of your short-comings as a teenager? Well, someone had the absolutely brilliant idea to combine both items and give us the awesomest movie idea to ever come out of Hollywood (well besides Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus) - Hot Tub Time Machine.
Director Steve Pink (Accepted) teams up with writers Josh Heald and Andrew Mogel to try and bring some laughs and originality to the Hot Tub Time Machine. This is Heald’s first credited writing attempt and the second for Mogel who wrote the screenplay for Jim Carrey’s Yes Man. These three guys may not have a lot of background in directing and writing but that hasn’t stopped the 34th Street Films movie from picking up some pretty big names to star.
- Paul Young
Brian Pulido's The Graves is the first film acquired by After Dark Films’ 2010 Horrorfest: 8 Films To Die For, and will premiere in theaters across the Us and Canada on January 29th, 2010. Why do we care? Brian Pulido was our Mr. June 2007 Scary Stud of the Month, that's why! And, of course, it features Amanda 'Better Off Dead' Wyss!!!! We love her!
The Graves is about sisters Megan and Abby whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural. Read on for more info and the trailer...
The Graves stars Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (The Fun Park), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm St., Dexter), D. Randall Blythe (Screamer, Lamb of God), Shane Stevens, Patti Tindall (Death of a Ghost Hunter), Barbara Glover (Red Rock West »
Never mind that tacking an S onto the end of the title completely ruins the wordplay, this is just wrong: Elle Woods may have moved upward and onward through law school, but her pink and frilly spirit lives on in her young, adorable cousins Annabelle and Isabelle (Camilla and Rebecca Rosso). Fresh from England, the blond twosome assume their savviness in all things fashion will help them make friends at their new California prep academy in no time flat. One can imagine their frizz-inducing horror, then, when they discover that their new place of learning is run by uniform-loving, junior-capitalist snobs! After the most influential students at school frame Anna and Izzy for a crime they didn’t commit, it’s up to the girls to prove not only their innocence, but their capabilities. Reese Witherspoon presents this spin-off of the beloved franchise that helped make her a superstar. Legally Blondes »
- MaryAnn Johanson
12 items from 2009
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