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Shaft (1971) screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 21st and 2nd) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
“Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?”
Shaft was not the first Blaxploitation film but it is the most influential and one of the most memorable. A workaday script was launched into cultural orbit by the charismatic performance of Richard Roundtree and the unforgettable theme song by the late Isaac Hayes. The importance of this movie is not that it was hugely successful (although it was), but that it was among the first produced and performed by a crew and cast that was predominantly black. It proved that there was a significant audience for movies that represented black culture on its own terms and treated the audience with respect. Importantly, Shaft isn’t a »
- Tom Stockman
“We were awesome! Bodacious! Bitchin’! Gnarly! Radical! Totally tubular, dude! Wicked! Hellacious! I have always liked… Cowabunga……. Cowabunga!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 14th and 15th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
The entire concept of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was conceived by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird who originally created them to parody the dark, gritty comic books of the early 80s. Of course, the series branched away and became a pop culture phenomenon of its own and when something becomes a monstrous hit, you can almost guarantee a motion picture is right down the alley. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the theaters in 1990 and instead of it being a continuation of the hit cartoon series, the film goes back to its source material and starts its own continuity. Sure, the Turtles are fun, »
- Tom Stockman
Top 10 Movie Kisses for International Kissing DayTop 10 Movie Kisses for International Kissing DayAmanda Wood7/6/2017 10:00:00 Am
Today is International Kissing Day, and you know what that means: we’ve got a list to celebrate.
We couldn’t let this day pass by without commemorating it through a celebration of our favourite on-screen kisses. There have been many memorable make-out moments on-screen throughout the years, but these ten movies have what we consider to be the best of the best. It was honestly difficult to narrow this list down, and much debate was had over the memorability of certain smooches.
We think we’ve got the definitive best kisses list here, with everything from comedies to classic romances to animated films making the cut. Check out the list below!
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Could we really make a top kisses list without including Never Been Kissed? Absolutely not. This delightful tale »
- Amanda Wood
“They said you was hung!”
“They was right!”
I showed the condensed Super-8 version of Blazing Saddles, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 Politically Incorrect Movie Madness show a few years ago at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!
Blazing Saddles is my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. Yes, even more than Young Frankenstein – it’s hard to believe Brooks produced both yuk-fests the same year. I just watched his 1977 follow-up High Anxiety on 16mm last weekend for the first time since it was new and Yikes! – I see why it was a critical disaster – didn’t laugh once! »
- Tom Stockman
“If they move my desk again I’m quitting”
“I’m going to need you to come in on Saturday, and also come in on Sunday too”
“Are you related to the Michael Bolton?”
“Oh, and remember: next Friday… is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.”
Office Space screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 30th and July 1st) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
There are so many famous quotes from Office Space!
If you are working for a big company, especially if you are in software business, you will find yourself in Office Space, an irreverent comedy from 1999 starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston that makes fun of the inanities of work–particularly in a cubicle-ed office where the bosses are morons (not that »
- Tom Stockman
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Mashup of the Day: In the latest Phone Fights video, Darth Vader from Star Wars and Tony Montana from Scarface have a heated conversation: Movie Science of the Day: Kyle Hill attempts to scientifically explain the definitive xenomorph life cycle as depicted in the Alien movies: Fake Movie Poster of the Day: Who else watched the first act of Wonder Woman and imagined a sequel to The Princess Bride? "Farm boy, polish my armor. I want to see my face shining in it by morning." pic.twitter.com/BvvLCvh4Zv — Tarah M. Wheeler (@tarah) June 20, 2017 Soundtrack Cover of the...
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- Christopher Campbell
“One other thing. If you guys ever have kids, and one of them, when he’s eight years old, accidentally sets fire to the living room rug… go easy on him.”
Back To The Future screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 23rd and 24th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Today, the original Back To The Future (1985) is dated only by its Huey Lewis soundtrack and the choice of a De Lorean as a time machine. Except for a needless scene in which an obviously dubbed Michael J. Fox pretends he’s both Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, there’s little to criticize, and much to admire. One surprise in watching Back To The Future 32 years later is how cleverly the plot and script ties the past and present events together. Watching the film for a second or »
- Tom Stockman
Another brilliant lineup of midnight movies for the ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ to kick off the summer 2017 season. It’s a typically good variety of titles that will draw the late night movie buff crowd with a couple of retro surprises. The Midnight Movie experience has always catered to a college-age crowd and that’s the way it should be. The oldest film this time is Shaft from 1971 and the most recent is The Room from 2003. It’s always exciting when Tommy Wiseau comes to town. There’s a Miyazaki thrown in there for attendance insurance and a handful of standards including Office Space and The Princess Bride . The only title I’m certain is new to the Tivoli midnight roster is Shaft, and I suspect it will draw a good crowd.
Here’s the line-up:
June 23-24 Back To The Future
June 30-July 1 Office Space
July 7-8 Blazing Saddles »
- Tom Stockman
Resolve, strength, practicality, vulnerability. It’s all there in her eyes, her jaw, her smile. It’s what makes her so compelling
My love of movies and television is matched only by my love of books, so nothing makes me happier than when screen and page collide. The other week, I found myself rereading one of my favourite books-turned-movies, William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I adore the film, which I watched as a child, as much as I adore the novel, which I discovered as a teen. And even though she is underwritten, I’ve always loved the character of Buttercup. I suspect that was down to the actor who played her on screen, the luminous Robin Wright.
Today, the adjectives Wright conjures are earthy: flinty, stony, rocky. At 51, she looks as if she was carved from marble. But when I first saw her in The Princess Bride, she »
- Bim Adewunmi
Lynn Shelton sees almost every action-adventure film that Hollywood puts out, but they usually don’t make her cry. That changed with Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.” In a guest column Shelton wrote for The Talkhouse entitled “The Particular Cathartic Ecstasy of Watching Wonder Woman,” the director of “Your Sister’s Sister” explained that she burst into tears at the first sight of the young Diana. Seeing her “fiercely determined little girl look” filling the frame of a superhero movie produced an emotion in Shelton she hadn’t felt before.
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“As the screen revealed a warrior training ground, with no-holds-barred sparring taking place upon it, my tears flowed more copiously and I may have even gasped, as I realized that each and every one of the strong, athletic, capable bodies I was looking at belonged to women, »
- Graham Winfrey
“Trump has stolen all of our ideas for season 6,” Wright said Thursday during Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival.
In the hit Netflix series, Wright plays Claire Underwood, the icy wife of President Frank Underwood. The two are the ultimate power couple, as ruthless as they are brilliant, and not above using their public positions for personal gain. It sounds very reminiscent to a certain Oval Office occupant. Despite the challenge of keeping “House of Cards” relevant in the current political climate, Wright said the producers know how the series is going to end, but she’s not giving any clues.
Number of Female Directors Falls Despite Diversity Debate, »
- Brent Lang
Charlotte Harrison May 24, 2017
A love letter to The Princess Bride, a film that never fails to brighten a day.
The Princess Bride is 30 years old this year, an anniversary that feels truly inconceivable.
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This is not going to be an article about the making of the film - Westley himself, Cary Elwes, wrote a wonderful book entitled As You Wish, which does a far better job of that than I ever could. Nor will this article be examining the release – i.e. how it died at the box office but became an instant classic upon VHS release (“For death cannot stop true love!”)
Instead this is my love letter to my favourite film of all time. A film that I love unconditionally with more passion and devotion than any adjective could allow me to describe. »
Idw has announced that it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beloved cult classic The Princess Bride with the release of a second adult coloring book, entitled The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes To Color.
“With the overwhelming success of The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color, we wanted to follow it up with something even more unique for coloring enthusiasts to enjoy,” says Idw VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington. “This time around, we are serving up an entire coloring book feature all of the most quotable quotes from the film, along with stunning illustrations by Rachel Curtis.”
Inconceivable as it may be, The Princess Bride is back with even more beautiful illustrations to color. Artist Rachel Curtis once again captures the spirit of one of cinema’s all-time greatest love stories featuring all the fan-favorite characters you love, plus the villains you love to hate. »
- Gary Collinson
I don’t think people really understood just how big Andre the Giant was unless they experienced him in person. I never did unfortunately. But I think the moment I realized just how much of a “giant” he was, was in the movie The Princess Bride. It was when Indigo Montoya put his hands in Andre’s hands and you saw just how massive Andre’s hands were. I mean sure, you look at him in interviews and all that but to see a grown man’s hands get completely swallowed up by his hands was a defining moment of his sheer size. Back
Andre The Giant Flying out of Japan in 1980 »
- Nat Berman
Just back from the 2017 TCM Classic Movie Festival with a few thoughts and thoughts about thoughts. I certainly held my reservations about this year’s edition, and though I ultimately ended up tiring early of flitting about from theater to theater like a mouse in a movie maze (it happens to even the most fanatically devoted of us on occasion, or so I’m told), there were, as always, several things I learned by attending Tcmff 2017 as well.
1) TCM Staffers Are Unfailingly Polite And Helpful
Thankfully I wasn’t witness, as I have been in past years, to any pass holders acting like spoiled children because they had to wait in a long queue or, heaven forbid, because they somehow didn’t get in to one of their preferred screenings. Part of what makes the Tcmff experience as pleasant as it often is can be credited to the tireless work »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Wuv, twoo wuv...it's still going strong, nearly 30 years later. Cary Elwes posted on social media Saturday the sweetest 51st birthday tribute to Robin Wright, his co-star in the 1987 cult fantasy film The Princess Bride. The two play love interests Westley and Buttercup. Elwes, 54, posted a photo of the two sitting in their costumes on their outdoor set, with her wearing the red dress she sported when her character gets kidnapped under a matching puffer coat. The actor sports an olive green parka over his black pirate's outfit, as well as a cap. "Happy Birthday Robin," Elwes wrote. "You were a princess when we met, and now you're lovelier than any queen. Please »
by Anne Marie
While Turner Classic Movies is typically known for celebrating film history, today TCM made history. Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, writer/director/actor/producer quadruple threats whose career includes Sid Caesar's Show of Shows, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Russians are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, The Princess Bride and This Is Spinal Tap, were the first father/son duo to be immortalized in the Chinese Theater handprint ceremony. Before the two cemented their legacy next to Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino, and Trigger the Horse, friends and colleagues from their cumulative 135 year long careers paid tribute to two of the funniest men in Hollywood »
- Anne Marie
“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams
Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax season behind us. But it’s also film festival season, which for me specifically means the onset of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, the eighth iteration of what has become a perennial moviegoing event. More and more people flock to Hollywood Boulevard each year from all reaches of the country, and from other countries, to revel in the history of Hollywood and international filmmaking, celebrate their favorite stars (including, this year, beloved TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year and whose presence has been missed at the festival for the past two sessions) and enjoy a long-weekend-sized bout of nostalgia for the movie culture being referred to when »
- Dennis Cozzalio
4 April 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fresh off the strong opening weekend of The Boss Baby, screenwriter Michael McCullers is set to adapt the children's book Frogkisser! for Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The tone of the fairy tale musical — which will be a CG-animated hybrid title starring a live-action lead — is akin to the Shrek films and The Princess Bride: "Lighthearted but tongue-in-cheek."
- Ashley Lee
Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1987…
The 80’s mark a special period in cinema for me. It’s predominantly an age thing. I grew up throughout the 80’s, soaking in some fantastic films. It was a rising golden age of blockbusters which took the foundations of what guys like Spielberg and Lucas launched in the late 70’s, as that stark, gritty and dramatically challenging output that delivered some of the best films of all time (The Godfather and more), gave way to more crowd pleasing, optimistic fare. The cinematic landscape went from the likes of The French Connection, The Conversation, and Chinatown to the more light-hearted Star Wars or Jaws.
As blockbusters swarmed the cinemas and multiplexes began spreading, audiences demanded entertainment. That trend has carried on and intensified and it’s truer than ever in these days of Marvel adaptations. The 80’s got me into cinema. That passion »
- Amie Cranswick
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