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While on hiatus between seasons of FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, star Danny DeVito will take to the director's chair for the indie comedy, Honeymoon with Dad. Written by Scott Atkinson (Windtalkers) and Tegan West (Hamburger Hill), the picture follows an accountant left jilted at the altar and forced to spend his honeymoon with his estranged, "larger-than-life" father. Variety doesn't mention whether or not DeVito will take on the fatherly role himself, but I'd be surprised if he didn't. Tapestry Films and Reel FX Creative Studios will produce. FX's eigth season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres Thursday, October 11th at 10Pm Eastern. Hit the jump for more on DeVito the director. DeVito may be known to Always Sunny fans as the insane, cat-food eating, possible father of Dennis and Dee. Or maybe you know him as the disgusting, vile, yet oddly sympathetic villain The Penguin from Tim Burton's Batman Returns. »
- Dave Trumbore
During the late 1980s, a generation of American boys went to war in Vietnam. Doing so, however, didn’t require any basic training or an actual tour of duty. Nope, all that was required was a working Vcr and a VHS copy of any one of the squad of Vietnam War-era movies available at the local mom and pop video store. Seriously, I can’t remember a single birthday party from that time that didn’t involve a screening of Good Morning, Vietnam or Hamburger Hill or Platoon. But the Vietnam War movie that has always lingered strongest in my memory – the one that looked different and felt different from the others – was Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Hit the jump for my review of the 25th anniversary Blu-ray. A few nights ago, my ancient memories of the film were reawakened and challenged when I watched the stunning new »
- Harrison Pierce
Vietnam: Lost Films, DVD/Blu-ray, History Channel, 270 mins
DVD Review by Gary Young
Most of what I know about the Vietnam War I've picked up from films. I started with Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter when I was a teenager and then followed it up with the likes of Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Good Morning Vietnam, Hamburger Hill and even Forrest Gump.
Each of those movies added iconic images to the depiction of that war - images that have become a kind of movie shorthand for chemical warfare, guerrilla combat, jungle battles, 60s counterculture... you name it.
One of the most disconcerting things about The History Channel's Vietnam: Lost Films is the sheer wealth of excellent footage the team has uncovered, and how much it looks just like the Vietnam War of Coppola, Cimino, Stone and the rest.
These documentaries are just brimming with superb archive filming - the helicopters, »
- David Bentley
3 items from 2012
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