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Does This List Really Reveal The Best Films Of The Century?

10 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway takes a look at a list claiming to reveal the best films of the 21st Century…

Earlier this week, casual film fans were sent running first to IMDb and then to Netflix or Amazon at the news that David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive was named in a poll of 177 film critics as the best movie of the 21st Century so far.

It’s been on my “I need to re-watch that” list for a while, and from what I remember it’s a fine film, but I don’t think it’s the best of this century. I don’t think the critics who put it at the top of the list believe it is either.

Only 16 of the 177 – less than 10% named it as their number one film (and at my count 150 critics didn’t include it at all), but it appeared in the top five in many lists. »

- Neil Calloway

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What’s New on Netflix in September: ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Luke Cage’ Coming, ‘Fringe’ Leaving (Photos)

26 August 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From Disney smash animated hit “Zootopia” to Netflix Originals “Narcos” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” to “Jaws,” here’s the best of what Netflix is adding in September, and what you need to watch before it leaves. Available Sept. 1: What better time to stream “Jaws” than at summer’s end? You can even create a “Jaws” marathon, since “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3” and “Jaws: The Revenge” will also come to Netflix that day. Available Sept. 1: Tell your dad “Saving Private Ryan” will now be available to stream. It’ll make his weekend. Available Sept. 1: We’re not »

- Oriana Schwindt

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In September 2016, Including ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

26 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Footloose” (available September 1)

If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure, »

- Kate Erbland

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Why Liking Bad Films Means You’re Smarter Than Average

21 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re constantly getting abuse from your friends about your taste in films, Neil Calloway says help may be at hand from a recent study…

In what appears to be the cinematic equivalent of those studies that receive an inordinate amount of publicity when they trumpet the fact that gorging yourself on chocolate and red wine makes your healthier,“Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions” from the Max Planck Society argues that more intelligent people enjoy bad films. Now you have an excuse for your collection of Uwe Boll and WWE movies; you watch them because you’re intelligent.

Of course, correlation does not mean causation (the more films Nicolas Cage appears in in a given year, the more people drown in swimming pools); watching Roger Corman and Troma Movies doesn’t make you smarter, it’s just more intelligent people are more like to enjoy trashier films. »

- Neil Calloway

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Peter Bart: ‘Ben-Hur’ Might Need A Hail Mary As Another Redo Tries To Find Footing

18 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It's here — again! The opening of Ben-Hur tomorrow reflects Hollywood's unstinting determination to plunder its past. Each week carries word of new reboots, remakes and re-imaginings: Splash, Papillon, Jumanji, Top Gun, Ocean’s 8, etc., not to mention all the superhero regurgitations. Why create a new story when you can mess up an old one? The producers of the new Ben-Hur answer this question by pointing out their remake is aimed at the faith-based. From the tracking… »

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Why Music In Films Matters

14 August 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…

This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present.  Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.

What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »

- Neil Calloway

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Old Dominion Breaks Down the 20 (Yes, 20!) Songs It Name-Checks in 'Song For Another Time'

12 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Old Dominion, their third single - "Song For Another Time" - might just be their most charming, and certainly their most unique, yet. "This song means so much to me and I'm so proud of how it came out," frontman Matt Ramsey tells People of the band's follow-up to their big hits "Break Up with Him" and "Snapback." What makes it so special? The lyrics are actually made up of 20 other song titles - and the song almost didn't make the album. It was written on their tour bus one evening last summer on the Kenny Chesney tour, just »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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Why Are Film Sets Increasingly Troubled Places?

7 August 2016 7:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at why franchise movies seem to spawn arguments between film-makers and studios…

Rumours of a troubled production – and two differing cuts – of Suicide Squad add to a growing list of films that appear to have led to arguments and disagreements between the creative teams behind them and the studios bankrolling them.

Ghostbusters, Rogue One and of course Fantastic Four have all had difficult gestations, perhaps unusually so. It could be that these are just reported now, or it could be that studios are interfering more so that they get the film they want.

There is an increasing amount of press around to cover on set fall outs and arguments – websites and podcasts need fodder all the time – and these places just didn’t exist to cover the trouble Jaws, or Star Wars had as they were produced, so small difficulties that any major project will encounter are amplified and dissected, »

- Neil Calloway

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Flula Has an Olympics-Worthy Playlist to Pümp You Up for the Opening Ceremony

5 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "m65zZBfglhw"] Flula is most definitely getting into the Olympic spirit. Leading up to the big games in Rio, the online star has been interviewing Olympians for NBC - an outtake from his interview with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps ran on Instant Friday. But that's not the only way the Pitch Perfect 2 actor is gearing up for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday evening. He's also put together a pup-up playlist exclusively for People. Whether you're an Olympic swimmer or just a couch surfer, the ten tracks Flula has curated is guaranteed to pump you up for the big events »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Flula Has an Olympics-Worthy Playlist to Pümp You Up for the Opening Ceremony

5 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "m65zZBfglhw"] Flula is most definitely getting into the Olympic spirit. Leading up to the big games in Rio, the online star has been interviewing Olympians for NBC - an outtake from his interview with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps ran on Instant Friday. But that's not the only way the Pitch Perfect 2 actor is gearing up for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday evening. He's also put together a pup-up playlist exclusively for People. Whether you're an Olympic swimmer or just a couch surfer, the ten tracks Flula has curated is guaranteed to pump you up for the big events »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Why The VHS Tape Changed Films

31 July 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway remembers the humble VHS tape with fondness…

With VCRs no longer being produced, the death knell of videotapes has finally come. In reality, its heyday only lasted at most twenty years – from the 1980s to the year 2000, overtaken by DVDs, hard disc recorders, Blu-rays and now streaming services.

VHS – and its rival Betamax (the competition was a prelude to the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD wars of the early 21st Century) – were revolutionary in terms of movie watching. Films went from something you had to catch at the cinema, or on TV (one of the three TV channels available if you were in the UK) to something you could watch – repeatedly – in the comfort of your own home. Sure, before, a few people had projectors and 16mm prints of films, but now you could pause, rewind, stop films and even fast forward through the boring bits. Or, for teenage boys, »

- Neil Calloway

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Meg Ryan’s directorial debut Ithaca gets a trailer and poster

27 July 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After working in Hollywood for over three decades, primarily as an actress, Meg Ryan has finally decided to take a step behind the camera to make her directorial debut with Ithaca, an adaptation of William Saroyan’s 1943 book The Human Comedy. The first trailer and new poster for the film have been released and can both be seen below…

Ryan rose to fame in the mid-to-late 80s with roles in such now-classics as Top Gun and When Harry Met Sally and continued her success in the 90s with Sleepless in SeattleCourage Under Fire and You’ve Got Mail. Her most famous performances are generally considered to be those alongside Tom Hanks, who, as a matter of fact, has a role in the film. Those expecting to see a lot of Hanks when they go to the theaters should temper their expectations, however, as he is only briefly in the »

- Justin Cook

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on https://www.facebook.com/AlienAnthology so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron »

- Movie Geeks

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‘The Shawshank Redemption’: Iconic Tree From The 1994 Classic Falls

22 July 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The famous oak tree from the 1994 classic “The Shawshank Redemption” has fallen, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed on Friday that the staff at the convention had received calls that the iconic tree, located on private property on Pleasant Valley Road near Malabar Farm, fell and were not sure was caused it.

The tree was used as a filming location for the Frank Darabont adaptation of the Stephen King short story. The movie centered around two imprisoned men, Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy (Tim Robbins), who bonded over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. In a scene with the tree, Red is seen walking along a hay field and removing stones from a rock wall where Andy kept a gift for him.

Read More: ‘Shawshank’ Secrets Revealed: Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and »

- Liz Calvario

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Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles: revisiting the film

21 July 2016 9:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matt Edwards Aug 2, 2016

There was a third Crocodile Dundee film? Really? Was Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles any good?

Yes there was. Honestly, yes. No, not particularly.

I think we might have all been understating the cultural importance of the film Crocodile Dundee. It’s sort of mandatory that you do, I think, if you value your sanity. In 1986, when the film came out, it was a massive success at the box office. It grossed $174m  in the Us, making it the second highest grossing film of the year, taking just $2m less than Top Gun. The films writers, including Paul Hogan, were nominated for an Oscar. As much as I think Crocodile Dundee is a fun film, that’s a lot to take in.

In the 1980s, the box office charts looked different to the charts of today. Where now multiplex listings are dominated by brands and superhero films with wince-inducing budgets, »

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Why It’s No Longer A Big Deal To Be The Highest Paid Star In The World

17 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that Dwayne Johnson isn’t as successful as you might think…

A while back Dwayne Johnson posted a photo on Instagram, with a caption about how in 1995 he only had $7, and in 1996 he was wrestling in flea markets for $40, before finding fame, first as a star of the WWE, and then in Hollywood. You could be cynical and mention he has a family history of wrestling success, and played American football earlier in his career, but it’s an impressive achievement to go from just another wrestler to the highest paid actor in the world (bizarrely, he was also the first civilian to announce the death of Osama bin Laden; The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase never got that level of security clearance).

Many wrestlers have tried to move from the ring to the big screen, but not many have succeeded (when did you last watch Suburban Commando? »

- Neil Calloway

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How Wanda Plans to Acquire Paramount

15 July 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When a powerful and irascible 90-something hollers “get off my [studio] lot,” most people would tend to listen. But apparently not China’s wealthiest man, Wang Jianlin, and his Dalian Wanda Group conglomerate.

The Chinese mega-corporation is in talks to acquire a 49% of Paramount Pictures, the struggling film studio whose parent company, Viacom, has put the stake up for sale despite a fierce fight over control of the American corporation, multiple sources confirmed. Sumner Redstone, 93, controlling shareholder of Viacom, has said that he is not ready to sell any of Paramount, at least partly for sentimental reasons. He considers the studio his “baby,” acquired in a fierce 1994 bidding war with fellow magnate John Malone.

Redstone’s apparent opposition and the battles he and his daughter, Shari Redstone, are waging to remake the leadership of Viacom persuaded most observers that it would be unlikely that any buyer would come forward to buy Paramount in the short run. »

- James Rainey and Brent Lang

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Greatest Hits Video: Wilson Phillips, Chicago and More '80s Icons Perform

15 July 2016 5:36 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Just hours after the Emmy nominations were revealed Thursday, ABC’s Greatest Hits announced the winner of an even more prestigious honor: Beautiful Babe Lifetime Achievement Award. (Got any of those, Judith Light?)

RelatedEmmy Nominations: Top 7 Reactions

Host Arsenio Hall presented the award to Og video vixen Tawny Kitaen for her work in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Official proof that this actually happened can be found below:

The Beautiful Babe Lifetime Achievement Award goes to @Tawny_Kitaen! ❤️ @ArsenioHall #GreatestHits pic.twitter.com/SOpJjrXkc5

Greatest Hits (@greatesthitsabc) July 15, 2016

In case you couldn’t already guess, this week’s Greatest Hits »

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The film geek’s guide to home décor

11 July 2016 8:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thanks to the magic of 3d printing and the brilliant work of imaginative designers and geeks, recreating a scene from your favourite movies has never been easier. The wealth of film posters, props, items and movie ephemera available on auction sites allows you to recreate anything from the Temple of Doom to Top Gun and The Matrix to Lord of the Rings. Here are five ideas for adding a little Hollywood to your home.

The Great Gatsby

No film encompasses the Roaring Twenties in such style as Baz Luhrman’s epic, with lavish fittings and finishing and apparel to match. Sending your home back in time nearly a century won’t be for everyone, even the most ardent Leonardo fan, so perhaps investing in one or two specific Deco pieces such as a chair, bookcase or cabinet is an elegant place to start.

Horror movies

For the darker souls: a »

- The Hollywood News

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Why Emma Watson’s New Film Wasn’t The Flop You Think It Was

10 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that a poor opening weekend isn’t a sign of a failure for The Colony

 

This week brought the news that The Colony, the new film starring former Hogwarts alumna Emma Watson, made just £47 on its opening weekend at the British box office. I’ve spent more on a night out, with little to show for it except a crippling hangover and an unshakeable sense of self loathing (more self loathing than my usual everyday self loathing). By any measure, that’s a disappointing return, even for a film that was only shown on three screens. When less than ten people go to see your movie, it’s not done well. It beat – if getting a lower opening weekend constitutes beating – the Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins starring Misconduct from earlier this year, which despite an extensive marketing campaign, made a piffling £97 on its opening weekend. »

- Neil Calloway

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