17 items from 2017
Rebecca Lea Jun 26, 2017
The film: In the totalitarian dystopia of 2017, Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Recaptured after an escape attempt, he’s placed into a television gameshow called The Running Man, in which prison convicts attempt to stay alive in the Game Zone in order to achieve prizes such as a suspended sentence or even a pardon. However, Richards has links to the Resistance and they’re on hand to assist with his game-changing TV appearance.
To say that The Running Man is a loose adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, is something of an understatement. Stephen E. de Souza takes a hacksaw to the original everyman Ben Richards, an unemployed family man desperate »
Simon Brew Jun 22, 2017
It’s a project that’s been around a long time this one, at one stage a possible vehicle for Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The current guise of the film will be directed by John Lee Hancock, who previously wrote the Kevin Costner-headlined A Perfect World, and directed The Founder and Saving Mr Banks.
Hancock has re-written the script too, from an earlier draft by John Dusco.
The project »
Rebecca Lea Jun 19, 2017
This article contains spoilers for A Return To Salem's Lot
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The film: Anthropologist Joe Weber (Michael Moriarty) is given custody of his wayward son, Jeremy (Ricky Addison Reed) and decides to take him back to the town in Maine where he lived as a boy, Salem’s Lot. His memories of a happy childhood are soon swept aside by the alarming discovery that the town has been taken over by vampires. They want Joe’s professional help to write their bible, the story of their society, and Joe has to choose between his professional curiosity or getting the hell out of Vampire Dodge. Apparently, this is »
Being a loving connoisseur of ’80s cheese, my heart leapt at the news that Fox was rebooting the old-school dating show Love Connection. But alas, some things are better left in the past. The new reboot — debuting this Thursday at 9/8c — turns out to be the TV equivalent of a hot-pink leotard stuffed full of floppy disks.
The original Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery, is a charming relic of the video-dating era, with singles choosing a date from three options and reporting back to Woolery how it went. It’s corny and hopelessly dated… but that’s part of the fun. »
Jenny Morrill Apr 12, 2017
80s and 90s kids: prepare to discover your new favourite shop...
Sometimes, you have to dig a bit to find real treasures. A cult film, an out-of-print book, an unsigned local band, or, in this case, the best shop in the world.
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Bargains Galore, tucked away in the middle of a shopping street in Holyhead, looks like an unassuming souvenir and general odds 'n' ends shop. You'd be forgiven for walking past the buckets and spades, and the odd jackets, without giving it a second glance. You'd also be making a huge mistake.
Bargains Galore is no ordinary tat shop. Step inside its Tardis-like interior, and you're presented with a wonderland of retro paraphernalia, toys and collectibles.
There is no discernible »
Author: Cai Ross
Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.
Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell »
- Cai Ross
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
In our modern society, the obsession with reality TV is still a prevalent as ever, with millions of Americans regularly tuning in to Bravo, E!, TLC, and the like to peek into the lives of strangers. This fixation is not necessarily new, however, and films like Network, Man Bites Dog, The Running Man, and even The Hunger Games have long criticized and deconstructed […] »
- Ari Drew
Would you watch a reality show in which contestants killed themselves live on air? The screenwriters of “This Is Your Death” think you would, and they’re deeply disappointed in you. And so, out of deep concern for both your entertainment and enlightenment, they have written a dark social satire — serviceably directed by “Breaking Bad” baddie Giancarlo Esposito — in which they can have their cake, while you eat it, too. That means theatrical audiences (of whom there will be few) will have the chance to tsk-tsk as “real people” drown, shoot, electrocute, and otherwise off themselves, only to have the movie turn around and tsk-tsk them back for watching.
Those old enough to have lived through the first Golden Age of Television will recognize the pun in the film’s title — a riff on 1950s spirit-lifter “This Is Your Life” — while also remembering a time when even standard small-screen programming »
- Peter Debruge
Ok so does anyone remember that only yesterday I pointed out how reality TV is getting closer to movies like The Running Man and The Hunger Games? If you didn’t read it then I suggest going there now. The point I was making is that reality TV is getting more brutal with each year. Stakes are rising and the things we’re seeing people go through on live television are becoming more serious issues with more serious repercussions. This however, is extremely dangerous. We as a society are now making fun of tragedy, loss, pain, crying, destruction, you name it. My
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- Nat Berman
I’m guessing that many of you have seen The Running Man. If you haven’t seen The Running Man then you’ve surely seen The Hunger Games. Both movies are examples of societies that feature barbaric “games” that toy with the real lives its citizens. In The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger is being hunted by villains from a game show that are trying to track him down and kill him. Audience members bet on whether or not he’ll survive. In Hunger Games people from each District are pitted against one another and only one shall survive. Why do I bring these movies
New Fox Reality Series “You The Jury” Brings Us Closer To The Running Man »
- Nat Berman
Die Hard is without a doubt a classic. For many, it represents to this day the template for the perfect action movie. Well, nearly perfect. Though it was never enough to ultimately tarnish the legacy of Die Hard, there has been a relatively big plot hole that has existed for nearly thirty years. Fortunately, that plot hole has finally been filled and this whole thing can be put to bed.
Die Hard co-writer Steven De Souza recently attended a 30th-anniversary screening of The Running Man. During a Q&A following the screening, he finally explained away this particular plot hole. The issue in question related to the scene where Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) pretends to be a hostage when he meets John McClane (Bruce Willis). McClane clearly suspects something but it is never specified what exactly tips him off, and there doesn't seem to be anything that would. According to Esquire, »
Simon Brew Mar 6, 2017
Steven E de Souza deals with a spoiler-y plot hole in the original Die Hard movie...
Spoilers lie ahead for Die Hard
Die Hard is pretty much a flawless film for our money, with just one or two little bits and bobs here and there that are barely worth quibbling about. Still, screenwriter Steven E de Souza has been addressing one of them.
Spoilers for the mighty Die Hard lie past Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel. Be warned...
It’s to do with the fact that John McClane twigs that Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber is a terrorist. This is at the part of the film where Gruber is pretending to be Bill Clay, something that McClane sees through but it’s never quite explained why. We just assume that McClane is very clever.
Turns out it’s all do with some deleted material, »
Before Paul Michael Glaser directed The Running Man, four other directors worked on Stephen King‘s big screen adaptation. Here are the three The Running Man alternate versions we almost saw. Earlier this week, Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles presented a 30th-anniversary screening of The Running Man. Yes, it’s 30 years old this November. Screenwriter Steven E. de […]
The post Here Are Three Alternate Versions of ‘The Running Man’ We Almost Saw appeared first on /Film. »
- Fred Topel
The start of a new year can be a tad bittersweet. While there’s the promise of hopeful resolutions and much-needed change, there’s also the unavoidable realization that we’re all edging closer to the grave. Given that we’re coming off the back of a year that saw more celebrity deaths than the first act of This Is the End, it feels like more of a relief to be done with 2016, our own mortality be damned.
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- Benjamin Lee
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…
With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.
2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.
It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »
- Neil Calloway
17 items from 2017
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