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With Sony's announcement that they would soon start saying goodby to the PS2 (in Japan, at least), it felt like a good time to revisit some of the great (and not so great) moments with the console.
10. Meet "Rock Band's" daddy
What happened: The release of "Amplitude"
Date: March 2003
It's not like rhythm games were a new thing for Sony consoles (to this day I can't get "Kick, punch, it's all in the mind" out of my mind). But with the release of Harmonix's "Amplitude" and its follow-up, "Frequency," the PS2 ushered in a new arcade-style of music-shooter hybrid that laid the seeds for the one-day ubiquitous "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero" titles that seemed to have no end for a while. Sure, the soundtracks weren't the mix of contemporary and classic hits we come to associate with our modern music game (hey, who remembers Freezepop?), but the eclectic mix »
- Charles Webb
Paul Risker asks whether the BBFC's 12A classification is forcing producers to sacrifice artistic integrity for commercial gains...
Then and Now
The Woman in Black and The Hunger Games are a reminder of how far removed we are from the years of censorship controversy at the hands of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The 1970s saw The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) banned in British theatres despite international theatrical releases. The moral panic of the 1980s, instigated by the ‘video nasties’, saw the video release of Straw Dogs banned under the 1984 Video Recordings Act, contrary to the X rating theatrical release in 1971.
In ‘the year of our Lord’ 2012, the opposite is true, something that in the past would have been considered ironic. The distributors and producers of The Woman in Black and The Hunger Games have displaced the censors, securing through voluntary cuts the desired 12A rating.
The producers »
It is normal for movies, like everything, to feel overly familiar after a while. In fact, it is an issue that has existed even in the early origins of storytelling and literature. Sci-Fi as a genre borrows from a wide spectrum of source material and is one that can easily feel clichéd, and a lot of what we so often enjoy on the silver screen has been done in some way before. Some of the biggest Sci-Fi movies are, in many ways, a shameless rip off of a previous movie. This can be with movie’s use of location, it’s style or indeed the entire plot.
And you may not even have noticed it, but your brain did. It is similar to when you watch a classic film, like Dr. Strangelove for example, and notice that “oh, so that is what the Simpsons were making fun of.” The South Park »
- Darragh O'Connor
So the dress code in The Hunger Games was what you could probably call smart-casual (smart as in, whatever the hell will keep you alive) but all that seems to change with the upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. New stills released today reveals that the tributes will now wear uniforms that looks similar to wetsuits…or if you’re one of ‘those’ people, similar to Ben Richards’ outfit in The Running Man. Personally I think they look alright…okay, so I’m not going ecstatic over them, but really as long as the film lives up to its predecessor, I couln’t care less about the film’s fashion choices. Anyway, check them out below and let us know what you think.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence. It will star Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin & Donald Sutherland. »
- Esben Evans
Not to be confused with the inane adaptation starring Schwarzenegger, this dystopian tale has real pathos, and a point
The Running Man was, for me, one of those books you read after you've seen the movie. I knew that it was a Stephen King novel; it was the last of the compiled Bachman Books I owned (though not the last to be written by the Bachman persona; there were still three more to be published – four if you count Misery), the only one I hadn't read yet. I watched the movie, because the TV movie of It was (to my adolescent self) incredible, and I had seen The Shining and that was incredible, and this had Arnold Schwarzenegger in it and I loved Predator… It was a series of things that led to me watching the film first, and then reading the book. And that was a curious experience for me. »
- James Smythe
On paper, 2005's "Doom" didn't seem like it needed to be the completely ridiculous mess that it ended up becoming. It starred one of this generation's most charismatic action stars, The Rock from a screenplay by one of the guys responsible for "Arachnophobia," directed by the noted cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak who made the otherwise bad "Devil's Advocate" look good, based on a beloved franchise.
Oh, it was a video game franchise? Oh, jeez. Well, then let's tool around with the origins of the monsters a bit (moviegoers might be think demons from hell might be weird, but they'd be alright with mutants, or something, right?) and toss in a first person sequence because the games are first-person. The Rock? He'll play a bland hardass and the villain because the last thing we want this movie to be is fun. "Doom" is a terrible movie, but I can't wholly blame the »
- Charles Webb
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big-screen is a big deal for many of us at Thn towers. A lot of us grew up watching his action-packed cheesy 80s efforts and looking past his acting prowess (or lack of it), taking in the enjoyment and sheer presence of the Austrian Oak. Yes Arnie couldn’t act for shit but who can’t help but love the likes of Commando, The Running Man and his first two Terminator films.
His first lead role since Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines (oh christ, don’t remind us I hear you cry), is Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand. Schwarzenegger takes the role of small-town sheriff Ray Owens, who must product his people and fellow officers from an onslaught of a Mexican drug cartel attempting to cross the border with their recently escaped leader.
We’ve had a couple of epic posters over »
- Craig Hunter
Which Adaptations Are Worthy of King's Name?
The recent news that Universal will be adapting acclaimed author Stephen King's short story "Gramma" into a feature film directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) — coupled with the imminent arrival of Halloween, of course — got us thinking about the contributions King has made to not only the horror genre, but to science fiction, fantasy and suspense, as well. With book sales in excess of 350 million copies and his stories having inspired well over a hundred feature films, TV movies and TV series, King shares company with such literary legends as William Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in terms of the influence his writing has had on popular entertainment.
Unlike (most) writing, however, Cinema is a collaborative medium, requiring a confluence of talented individuals to bring a story to life on screen. Sadly, far too people in Hollywood possess the »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Sorry, Jason Momoa — it's not the years, it's the mileage.
Universal is once again rebooting their "Conan" franchise ... and this time with the man who started it all, according to Deadline.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be playing the mighty barbarian once again in "The Legend of Conan," which is set to be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. The producing duo believe that this is the movie fans really wanted to see but couldn't while Arnold was the governor of California.
The once and future Conan himself is certainly excited.
"I always loved the Conan character and I'm honored to be asked to step into the role once again," said Schwarzenegger. "I can't wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story."
- Bryan Enk
It’s like “The Hunger Games”, minus the plucky female lead. Or is it? The teaser trailer for director Paul Hough’s “The Human Race” doesn’t exactly give away much, including who the lead is, but according to the synopsis below, it’s a lass name “Veronica”, played by one Brianna Lauren Jackson. It also reminds me a bit of “The Running Man”, too. No, not the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the original short story by Stephen King. That was a pretty vicious little story, much more than the silly action movie that resulted from it. In any case, check out the teaser trailer for Hough’s “The Human Race”. Talk about running for your life. Ahem. Veronica suddenly finds herself in a surreal and horrifying race. The rules are simple: If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Many will »
Arnie wasn't lying when he said, "I'll be back."
The Austrian Oak, Arnie, the Governator, Ah-nuld, ...whatever you call him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a class all to himself. Born in Thal, Austria, in 1947, Schwarzenegger rose up from his humble background as the rebellious son of a local police chief in post-War Europe to dominate the world of professional body-building — three Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles between 1968 and 1980 — and then he set his sights on Hollywood. Despite one mouthful of a last name and a thick accent, Schwarzenegger tackled Hollywood with the same zeal he put into bodybuilding, becoming Sylvester Stallone's chief competitor for the title of '80s action mega-star, starring in a string of monster hits that, all told, have earned over $3.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
After climbing as high as he could in U.S. politics (limited by the fact that he »
- BrentJS Sprecher
No game show is complete without the esteemed host and The Hunger Games are no different with Stanley Tucci.s role as host Caesar Flickerman. This ringmaster round-up will feature some of the greatest showman.s in film, from Richard Dawson in The Running Man to Jim Broadbent in Moulin Rouge and Michael C. Hall in Gamer. So, let’s take a look back at some of these fantastic men in action!
Tucci brings color (literally… check out that hair!) to the eccentric character of Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games. Flickerman is the host of the games, as well as a show where he interviews the contenders. He seems sympathetic and encouraging to those about to fight for their lives, but he also does not seem to phased when they are killed during the games. Still, he helps the contestants out with their interviews, »
- Melissa Howland
It is a truth universally acknowledged that American pro-wrestling is a guilty pleasure for a lot of ‘grown ups,’ including myself and the illustrious Tom Fordy. What could be naffer than loving wrestling? Loving a film About wrestling, starring a wrestler made by a wrestling company. The World Heavyweight Championship of duff wrestling movies has to go to No Holds Barred (1989) starring Hulk Hogan. Incidentally, if you fancy a drinking game, read this from the beginning and have a swig every time you see the word (or derivative of) ‘wrestle.’ If you really wanna get arseholed, do it for ‘Brell’ as well. All will become clear.
Now then. If the only grappling flick you’ve seen is The Wrestler (2008) with Mickey Rourke, consider yourself lucky. Aronofsky’s heart breaking drama was brilliant and is very unique in that respect, as rasslin’ movies tend to suck, as No Holds Barred demonstrates. »
- John Sharp
While it is a matter of opinion whether or not the remake of Total Recall is as good as the original, almost everyone can agree that it lacks something that the original film had in droves; the effortless delivery of cheesy one-liners by Arnold Schwarzenegger. There's just nothing like a big Austrian man putting a comedic twist on a grotesquely violent scene. As such, I've put together this list of his best work so that the void in our movie-watching experience can be temporarily filled.
Warning: Spoiler Alert! - Some of these clips and descriptions involve key plot moments!
The Runners Up: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) - "I need a vacation."
The second Terminator film was full of excellent one-line wonders. This one, while perhaps not the funniest or the flashiest, is definitely memorable. It is memorable not only because of when it occurs in the film, but also because »
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I was 15 years old when "Total Recall" came out, the summer where childhood was saying its final goodbyes and independence was readying itself for an introduction. Going to the movies without grown-ups was still something of a novelty, particularly ones with so much gratuitous sex and violence.
Seeing "Total Recall," however, wasn't just a night out that felt more adult, it was a milestone for me in understanding how something could be both thoughtful and crowd-pleasing at the same time.
See, I was friends with Scott Silverberg, who was a year older anyway, but his older brother Derek had a car. A Volvo, sure, but it was a car, and it was loaded with Black Sabbath tapes and he constantly sprayed this vanilla-almond air freshener that made it smell like a marzipan with wheels. He wasn't a rocket scientist, or even very nice, but it was a car and that »
- Jordan Hoffman
Arnold Schwarzenegger personifies the American Dream. He came to the country to achieve something, and then managed to fulfill every fanciful goal he set himself. He wanted to be the best at bodybuilding. He did it. He wanted to be a huge movie star and he achieved it. He then overcame the doubters to become Governor of California.
The former Mr Universe's movie career has seen him become a pop culture icon as The Terminator. Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, Arnold led the action movie genre throughout the 80s and 90s. His CV is filled with some of the best action movies in the business. The first two Terminator movies are widely regarded as classics, while Predator, Total Recall and Conan the Barbarian also remain fan favourites. »
If you were to ask the average person whether they would consider watching a foreign film, the most common response would be a polite ‘no’, perhaps followed by the comment that ‘foreign films are best watched by foreigners’.
For me, it has been a constant battle to change this perception, but I remain as determined as ever to spread the word.
Here are my responses to 5 common objections for why film fans won’t venture outside the English language comfort zone…
5. “I Have Never Watched A Foreign Movie And I Never Will”
Lots of people have at least seen a movie inspired by a film from another country, but maybe they just don’t know it.
- Mike Todd
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Running Time: 113 minutes
Extras: Total Recall 20 years after interview with director Paul Verhoeven, Audio Commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: The Special Effects, Making Of, Imagining Total Recall featurette, Restoration Comparison, Photo Gallery, Trailer
Arnold Schwarzenegger is like a big old lump of Austrian marmite: you either love him or hate him. In 1990 he was on a roll, off the back of of Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987) and Twins (1988), none of which had made his numerous detractors question their stance. What Schwarzenegger needed was a film with a brain and a role that would offer him more than an excuse to flex his muscles, and Total Recall was exactly that. Based on Phillip K Dick’s short story ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ and adapted by Ronald »
- Sam Carey
The Lords of Salem Zombie was written, directed and produced by Rob Zombie. Genre staples Udo Kier (Cigarette Burns, Blade), Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling), Clint Howard (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, House of the Dead), Sheri Moon Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Creature), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Penny Dreadful), Ken Foree (Halloween, Dawn of the Dead), Meg Foster (They Live, Stepfather II), Richard Lynch (Halloween, The Sword and the Sorcerer), Maria Conchita Alonso (Predator 2, The Running Man) Billy Drago (The Hills Have Eyes, Imprint) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) star. »
Being a 24 year old male who is looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises so much that I have already purchased three separate tickets, I think it is safe to say I am not the target market for a rom-com. In fact I detest the abbreviation so much that the mere mention of it brings Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston and Ashton Kutcher type visions into my head. Seriously I can’t shake them, it’s like they’re sickeningly wired into my head (Total Recall?).
However over the years I have discovered a remedy, albeit a temporary one. One which will help to block out 27 Dresses, The Bounty Hunter and even *shudder* This Means War. Yes I watched it, I’m not proud and the fact that Tom Hardy ever touched that script worries me. Deep breath, Nolan…. Nolan….. and I’m back. So what is this magical solution to my Rom-Com woes? »
- Dan Lewis
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