9 items from 2010
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For anyone who a) grew up in the 80s, b) watched movies, and c) liked watching great movies, The Hole in 3D is more than just a film. Seven years after his last cinematic outing, 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Joe Dante is back. To some, that may not mean much. In the last two decades, only three other films, Small Soldiers (1998), Matinee (1993) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), can lay claim to bearing Dante's cinematic fingerprints. Hardly a prolific output.
But in the 80s, Dante was king. He made Gremlins (I could end it there, really, but I won't), sent River Phoenix into space (Explorers), put a miniature Dennis Quaid inside Martin Short (Innerspace), and had Tom Hanks, »
Tom Hanks was often likened to a 'new Jimmy Stewart' during his peak years. I never thought the tag quite fit because, though Hanks is a likeable "everyman" lead, he doesn't have the same range. Hanks, unlike Stewart, rarely tests the darkness at the edges and when he did in Road to Perdition it was one of his flattest portraits. In comparison, can anyone watch Vertigo and not come away fully aware of how comfortable Jimmy Stewart was burrowing into the skin of rather squirm-inducing psyches? The following lineup only includes lead or huge supporting roles and no voice work. (I'm not sure how one would categorize The Polar Express. How would one?)
So... sorry, Woody. You'll make it up at the box office this weekend with Toy Story 3 [my review] playing everywhere. Rest assured that you're still one of his most iconic roles.
Because the posters have to be »
- NATHANIEL R
It wasn't easy to decide what to do for Memorial Day here in the states and tie it to horror. Being a holiday today, the news is slow so we figured we would pick out a classic film, blow the dust off of it and give the proper attention it deserves...
Deciding what the film would prove to be the hard part. But out of nowhere it came to us like a beacon of light shining down from the heavens. How about a look back at "The 'Burbs", a film that certainly has its foothold in Americana and even has an Army war veteran ala Lt. Rumsfield which is a striking resemblance to Dale Gribble from the animated sitcom "King of the Hill". I would go so far as to say that the creators of "King of the Hill" must have based Gribble's character after Rumsfield they are so similar. »
Ahhh, one of our favorite sub genres. The fabled dark horror comedies that many of us grew up with and still love to this day. This was a list we have actually been working for quite some time, trying to pick just 10 and then put them in order was not an easy task. And we know you Bidites all to well, you will add and take away from this list for sure but that's the fun part of doing these...
#10. Gremlins (1984)
Oh, the days of amazing animatronics are long gone *sad face*. Gremlins have a great mixture of comedy, action, lovable characters and a great concept. It starts off as a cute family film then it just changes into a hilarious, frightening monster movie. The start of director’s Joe Dante’s horror comedies, Dante really shines mixing the two styles in this film. This is a cult classic and should definitely be checked out. »
It's been a few years since Joe Dante has put out a movie that is anywhere nearly as memorable as some of films he directed back in the '80s. The man who was once responsible for such classics as Gremlins, Innerspace and The 'burbs hasn't directed a feature-length film since 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he did do a couple of episodes for the Masters of Horror series which may have inspired him to get back in the game. Last year at the Toronto Film Festival, he finally debuted a new movie called The Hole, which brought him back to the PG-13 horror/adventure roots for which he is so well-known. The interesting thing about The Hole is that it was shot in 3-D, and this was slightly before 3-D had become The Next Big Thing™. Of course, it seems strange now that the movie still has »
I'm really looking forward to checking out "Death at a Funeral" this weekend. Someone from Screen Gems e-mailed me towards the end of the year with a list of upcoming movies on the studio's slate. "Funeral" was among them. I immediately scanned past it to focus on more action-driven fare, like "Legion" and "Takers." A leopard can't change its spots and all that.
I later returned to "Funeral," a Neil Labute-directed remake of the 2007 UK film (directed by Frank Oz!), and watched the trailer. That was it. Massive ensemble cast that includes Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson and Peter Dinklage. A trailer overflowing with funny moments. Chris Rock produced. I'm sold.
Rock has come quite a long way since his early bit roles in "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka." He's evolved as both a performer and a writer. Or has he? »
- Adam Rosenberg
If you're a movie fan, it's statistically impossible for you to feel anything but love for Tom Hanks. The guy started in comedy -- straight, raw comedy, with boobs and drugs and even the occasional donkey show -- but he matured quickly, giving us some of the most memorable performances of the past 30 years. In "Big," in "Forrest Gump," in "Saving Private Ryan," in "Philadelphia," in "Catch Me If You Can"... it goes on like this.
These days, Hanks tends to stay behind the camera, mostly as a producer, bringing us HBO hits like "From the Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers" and its soon-to-release follow-up, "Pacific." He also stars in those those Bible-pegged mystery movies. Back in 1996 he tried his hand at feature writing/directing, bringing us a Beatles-like band's fictional biopic in "That Thing You Do." It's a fun diversion; nothing on the level of Hanks' finest performances, »
- Adam Rosenberg
9 items from 2010
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