10 items from 2014
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)
And so the essential twist that led to »
- Darren Franich
How I Met Your Mother is known for many things: A sweet love story, a surprisingly heavy mythology for a comedy, an episode structure that gives fans one tiny morsel of information about twice a year, etc.
But one of the most enjoyable aspects about the long-running comedy is its ability to coin catchphrases that speak to some real issues in the modern world. I mean, how would we solve disputes without Slap Bets? (Relax. Rhetorical question. You shouldn’t slap people in the face.)
Below are 11 of our favorite phrases the show has introduced over its nine seasons. Which »
- Erin Strecker
Interview Simon Brew 26 Mar 2014 - 06:14
We talk influences, Marvel, Statham and brotherly love with the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
There are no outright spoilers in this article, although we do talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier quite a lot, and specific influences on it.
Having dabbled in movies before, the Russo Brothers - Joe and Anthony - went on to hit big on the small screen. In particular, their legendary work on Community - packed to the gills with more movie references and in-jokes per second than hundreds of other shows - would bring them to the attention of Marvel's Kevin Feige. And, in turn, it'd be a major stepping stone to landing the Captain America 2 director's chair.
The pair spared us some time last week to talk about the film, and we picked up the story from there...
I've worked out from watching »
This weekend, yours truly ventured down to Hero Complex on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles for the King for a Day art exhibit. The show, which made its debut on March 21st is a tribute to the works of Stephen King, all, all I can say is "wow." There are some gorgeous, funny and frightening pieces of work on display, from Salem's Lot and Misery to Pet Sematary and It. There's even a piece from The Running Man. The Dark Tower gets some love and so does The Shining, naturally.
The post 30 Images from the L.A. Stephen King Art Show! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21
The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...
In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.
Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.
Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02
In his blockbuster movies, Tom Cruise likes to ride motorcycles and run with his fingers outstretched. Jean-Claude Van Damme likes to wear tight lycra and do the splits a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to make that sort of guttural "graargh" noise when he gets into fights.
Sylvester Stallone, on the other hand, has his own set of interests and habits. He likes to fire machine guns one-handed, scream while flying helicopters, and making a "hurgh!" noise when he does something athletic. Also, he has a tendency to star in films that involve prisons.
Now, admittedly, Stallone's appeared in lots of films where there's no sign of jail cells, sadistic prison wardens or metal trays with hideous food piled up on them. But then again, he has appeared in these. »
Not too sure how Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Running Man) would handle these lethal survival matches featured in a new Marvel's Avengers Assemble episode titled Mojo World.
Hulk and Hawkeye suddenly find themselves stuck in a death match at the hands of the intergalactic broadcasting master, Mojo. They must outsmart and outlast the brutal Torgo in order to survive!
Mojo World airs this Sunday @ 8 am/7c as a brand new episode of Marvel's Avengers Assemble inside the Marvel Universe on Disney Xd.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street contains more F-words and derivatives of it (506) than any other movie drama thus far. But with nine others already containing more per minute (Nil By Mouth is tops at 3.34, against Wolf's 2.83), the work for expletive-friendly directors seems plentiful. And with every F-bomb comes more work for editors skilled in dubbing over such expletives for different markets, age groups and broadcast times:
■ The version of Fargo originally overdubbed for Us channel TNT is considered a classic because of the variety of its alternatives for the F-word and its derivatives. One F-word remains, possibly because – having run the gamut from freakin', fruitless, fruitful, frizzin, froozin and freezin' to flip, faking, forget, feel and full-of – the editor was simply lost for a word.
■ Ken Locke, known »
- John Hind
Hewitt tells If the film is in the spirit of Brian Trenchard-Smith.s 1982 cult item Turkey Shoot but is not a reboot. .I loved Turkey Shoot but I did not want to remake it," he says. "This is a complete reinvention..
Principal photography starts in Melbourne on February 5. The Post Lounge is handling the visual effects and investing in the film. The producer is Antony I. Ginnane, who produced Turkey Shoot, with David Lightfoot as line producer and Lizzette Atkins as associate producer. Trenchard-Smith is an executive producer.
- Don Groves
10 items from 2014
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