10 items from 2014
This past weekend had the fewest number of reader predictions I can remember and given the lackluster Fourth of July weekend perhaps we've reached a point where no one cares any longer. I mean, we're talking about a weekend where compared to the year prior the $118.5 million combined total of the top 12 was down 47% from last year and, as Box Office Mojo points out, it was the worst Independence Day weekend since 1999 when the top 12 managed $116.5 million, but you adjust for inflation and that comes to $182.5M. In fact, adjusted for inflation, this is the worst Independence Day weekend since 1987, a weekend where there wasn't a single film in the top 12 playing in more than 1,980 theaters and the Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks television remake of Dragnet took the #1 spot with $7 million in its second weekend. The two new films that weekend were Innerspace starring Martin Short in 1,603 theaters and »
- Brad Brevet
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1982 thriller "First Blood," starring Sylvester Stallone as the legendary Rambo. As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of "Death Wish" and "Walking Tall." Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff ("The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "North Dallas Forty"), 1982's "First Blood" is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo’s ("Southern Comfort," "Innerspace") beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond’s work on "The Deer Hunter" and Jerry Goldsmith’s thoughtful score conveys an »
- Trailers From Hell
As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of Death Wish and Walking Tall. Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, North Dallas Forty), 1982's First Blood is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo's (Southern Comfort, Innerspace) beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond's work on The Deer Hunter and Jerry Goldsmith's thoughtful score conveys an appropriately manly but melancholy mood.
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- TFH Team
It’s blast-off on Space Command, with production underway on this brand new science-fiction series in Los Angeles, which unites some of the most recognizable faces in science-fiction TV history with some of the most respected names behind the lens.
Written and directed by award-winning writer/director Marc Scott Zicree (Sliders) the thrilling new space-set franchise follow the bold adventures in space of the United Planet’s Space Command, a dedicated group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers exploring and taming the vast expanse of our solar system for human colonization.
Robert Picardo (Star Trek : Voyager, InnerSpace), Bill Mumy (Babylon 5, Lost in Space), Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Strain) and Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost) help make up the film’s cast of sci-fi veterans.
- Phil Wheat
This weekend in Los Angeles, Hero Complex Gallery and the New Beverly Cinema will team up to honor Joe Dante and Roger Corman as "Kings of Cult." The celebration begins on May 23 with a double feature of Dante's Matinee and Corman's The Masque of Red Death at the New Beverly Cinema. Dana Gould will host a Q&A with Dante and Corman between the films. On May 24, Hcg will host the "Kings of Cult" art exhibition. The collection includes works inspired by Gremlins, Innerspace, The Burbs, Piranha, Death Race 2000, The Raven, and more alongside original props from their movies. Dante and Corman will be on hand and ready to autograph. Hit the jump for more details and a preview of the collection. Tickets for the screening can be bought at Brown Paper Tickets. Who: New Beverly Cinema What: Double Feature Screening of Joe Dante’s Matinee (1993) and Roger Corman »
- Brendan Bettinger
They’ve provided horror fans around the world with many memorable monsters and scary scenes, and now Joe Dante and Roger Corman are receiving two well-deserved nights of tribute to their storied histories behind the camera. Composed of a double bill screening and an art gallery of props and artwork from their films, “Kings Of Cult: A Tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante” will commemorate the accomplishments of these two legendary directors.
We are proud and honored to present this pop-art tribute to these two legendary directors and Tfh Gurus. The artwork will pay tribute to their careers in unique and interesting ways, shedding new light on old favorites.
- Derek Anderson
Directed by Joe Dante
Science fiction is a genre in which anything is possible. Films in particular take advantage of this opportunity to transport its audience to new worlds and new ideas. In 1987, director Joe Dante and executive producer Steven Spielberg took us on a “big” adventure with the zany sci-fi comedy Innerspace. The film stars Martin Short, Dennis Quaid, and a young Meg Ryan, who all get involved with a scientific mission gone wrong. With an Oscar win for Best Visual Effects and a comic tone full of energy and fun, Innerspace is one ride from the 80s you might want to check out.
Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Quaid) is a brash Navy pilot who isn’t exactly looked upon as a military hero. He drinks, he fights, and he’s actually kind of a douche. His fellow pilots want nothing »
- Randall Unger
For many horror fans with kids, deciding which scary films are appropriate for children can be a challenge. It’s natural to want to pass on a love of the macabre to our offspring and bond over a shared interest in horror, but we also want to protect our children from nightmares or from being scarred by exposure to gratuitous onscreen violence. There are some more obvious kid-friendly choices like The Watcher in the Woods or Something Wicked this way Comes but it can be tricky to determine what is and isn't age-appropriate when it comes to films that were not necessarily made with children in mind. To remedy this, we've begun a recurring segment that spotlights classic titles we deem suitable for most young viewers... at least those old enough to understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Do keep in mind that these are our opinions, and only »
- Tyler Doupe
We haven't quite reached the point where anyone's talking about remaking The Goonies, but we're a step closer this morning, with the news that Paramount have put a team to work on a new version of Joe Dante's Explorers. The writers of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Better Living Through Chemistry are in the mix.Dante made Explorers in 1985, in between Gremlins and Innerspace, giving River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke their film debuts in the process and showing an impressive eye for upcoming talent. The story involves three kids (Jason Presson was the third; where's he now?) who manage to create a spaceship out of a dodgem car and travel to a distant galaxy for some family-rated alien adventures.Ilm did the special effects and Rob Bottin did the creatures, but Dante says the film was rushed through production and never properly completed. It tanked on its initial release »
Well if you’re feeling a trifle nostalgic you might be interested to know that it’s the 25th anniversary of cult black comedy The Burbs. Joe Dante’s offbeat movie follows life on an apparently quiet street in American suburbia. Ray (Tom Hanks) and Art (Rick Ducommun) become convinced their new neighbours, the Klopeks, are murderers, and start spying on the strange goings on to prove their theory right. An extreme case of suburban paranoia or the literal neighbours from hell? It could go either way. With a script by Dana Olsen, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson also star.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
10 items from 2014
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