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Some movies age better than others, but one thing that always make it a little more difficult for a film to stand the test of time is a narrative that leans heavily on computer wizardry. Making it look real and timeless (as much as you can anyway) is a real tricky balance, and more often than not, it's hard to pull off (please see "The Net"). But the '80s, in particular, saw a number of movies in which keystrokes were a central component of the plot, and decades on, the results range from quaint to hilarious. Found Item Clothing have pulled together a four-minute supercut highlighting computer hacking from '80s movies. From "Real Genius" to "WarGames" to "Weird Science" and more, all the bulk monitors, primitive graphics and more are here for your enjoyment. You can try and guess all the movies mentioned or see the full list right here. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
The Expendables 3 hits theaters Aug. 15, but in the meantime, there are 16 character portraits to entertain you. The only thing that would make their message clearer – think of this as the ultimate summer popcorn movie! — is if there were a Real Genius-level explosion behind each of them. Who’s happiest in these posters? Let’s see. Then check out the new “roll call” trailer.
1. Obviously, Terry Crews wins. He probably would’ve shot popcorn out of that gun if you’d asked him to. Which is why we look forward to seeing him on the media tour.
2. Antonio Banderas. »
- Mandi Bierly
Jon Gries has had quite the career so far, playing many characters that fans adore all around the world. Ask any horror (on non-horror fan as well to be perfectly honest) to name one of their favorite monster movies from the ’80s and more times than not, one of their answers will include Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad, in which Gries played “Desperate Man”, a character that never failed to get vicious and hairy when the moon came out. Other film roles, like Real Genius, Napoleon Dynamite and the Taken films have kept Gries constantly working, and his status as one of the hardest working character actors around is legendary. We were able to chat with Jon for a bit, to talk about his role in the Twilight Zone-like anthology, Locker 13, and as expected, it was definitely a pleasure. Read on!
First off, Locker 13 has an old-school vibe to it, »
- Jerry Smith
4 items from 2014
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