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Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016
We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...
For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.
No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) is playing from June 1 - June 30, 2016 in the UK.In an overview of the accomplished, fraught, tumultuous career of Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King (1991) can look like not just an artistic turning point, but an economic one. Gilliam had just finished a loose trilogy of comic fantasies—Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—each visually baroque and laced with a kind of surreal, dark, absurdist humor that marked them as a natural extension of his time as the lone American in Monty Python. Time Bandits was a head-turning left-field hit, and Brazil, the subject of a legendary battle with Universal over final cut, is often cited as Gilliam's masterpiece. But Munchausen, though held dear by a cult following, was a blow to Gilliam's career. It went quickly over-budget (wildly so, »
A couple of weeks ago I looked at the movies that were big box office successes even though critics universally destroyed them. Today, we.re going to take a look at the other side of the coin. Sometimes there are great movies which are unable to find financial success, regardless of how great they actually are. Most of the time fans and critics are in some degree of agreement. Good movies get seen and make money, bad movies do not. However, sometimes the term "bomb" really only reflects a film.s box office success and not its quality. Here are eight box office bombs that critics actually thought were good movies. Note: We are focusing on their domestic numbers, and acknowledge that some of these films found a way to make up their numbers are the international box office. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Budget: $46 million Domestic Box Office: $8 million »
Art imitates life, life imitates art, and film imitates everything in between. For ages, filmmakers, screenwriters, and set designers have drawn inspiration from other mediums, visiting museums and spending hours looking through books to seek the perfect aesthetic to draw upon. Read More: Listen: Michael Mann Talks Changes To 'Blackhat,' 'Last Of The Mohicans' & Possible Sci-Fi Project In 1-Hour Talk Periods from the early Renaissance to realism, Fauvism, post-impressionism, and more, have ignited ideas for a film (or a specific scene), and this new video from Vugar Efendi documents just that. Beginning with Ridley Scott’s “The Duelists,” Efendi gives examples of scenes from some of the greatest films of the past hundred years, juxtaposing the painting they were inspired by. Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus" sits side-by-side with a stunning young Uma Thurman in Terry Gilliam’s often-underrated “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” and Quentin Tarantino’s. »
- Samantha Vacca
5 items from 2016
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