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Directed by John Glen
With the release of Skyfall this month, critics have cited the major departures from the Bond formula taken by that film. They credit Daniel Craig for bringing a modern edge to a character that had become ridiculous in the Brosnan years. It’s easy to forget that similar claims were made about Timothy Dalton back in the late ‘80s. The classically trained actor brought grace to the role with his first appearance in 1987’s The Living Daylights. That film retained the look and feeling of the Roger Moore films while starting the shift towards a more realistic hero. The change became a lot more dramatic in Dalton’s second outing two years later. Licence to Kill pared down the excesses of the typical Bond film and crafted a more personal tale of revenge. While »
- Dan Heaton
When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros. lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of “China Beach.” He spent hours at Young’s side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features, but also about the process of showrunning. “He was very generous with me,” recalls Cuse. “And I appreciated that.”
That experience — as well as his later partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam (the “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”) — taught him the value of creative collaboration. As he worked his way up through the industry — from “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and “Nash Bridges” to the groundbreaking “Lost” — he’s been paying it forward, again and again. The ranks of television’s top producers include many graduates of what Damon Lindelof jokingly calls the Carlton Cuse School of Showrunning: Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. »
- Debra Birnbaum
A Hollywood filmmaker’s son has joined the fight against Isis, as part of an Al Qaeda organization. According to CNN and multiple other media reports, 26-year-old Lucas Kinney, son of Patrick Kinney, an assistant director who has worked on such films as “Braveheart” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” has been identified as the man who appears in a series of propaganda videos from the terrorist organization. The younger Kinney converted from Catholicism to Islam while studying in Vienna, smuggled himself to Syria in 2013, and has since appeared in two videos from Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian group affiliated with Al Qaeda. »
- Linda Ge
An Al Qaeda supporter named Abu Basir Al-Britani, who appears in an online video, is actually the son of Hollywood vet Patrick Kinney, who served as assistant director on such films as “Braveheart,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Rambo: First Blood Part II.”
The website Intelligence Group posted the video, which shows a bearded man with a British accent slamming Isis for destroying a village in northern Syria, in the middle of Ramadan. CNN reports that the man is Lucas Kinney, the son of the a.d.
Lucas Kinney is a member of Al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda branch in Syria.
Paul Cruikshank, identified in a CNN interview as a terrorism analyst, said Lucas Kinney “appears to have traveled to Syria because he believed it was his religious duty to fight jihad.” The report said Kinney “could exploit his familiarity with Western culture to deadly effect.” Right now, the group’s focus is on Syria. »
- Tim Gray
After his adventure into space, James Bond comes back to Earth in a much more grounded and closer to reality mission in For Your Eyes Only. This film takes Bond back to the basics as he fights without the assistance of over-the-top gadgets and a renewed focus on his deadly skills in the trade. His mission is to track down a sunken British ship before anyone gets a hold of its secret defense system, one which could potentially turn British ships against each other.
While not based on any of the original novels in particular, For Your Eyes Only is a combination of two of Ian Fleming’s short Bond stories ‘Risico’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Combining the plots works very well in creating a Cold War espionage tale. Parts of the film are slow, »
- Ricky Church
Early in Steve Jobs, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Danny Boyle-directed biopic about the mercurial Apple co-founder, the hero does something so right yet so peculiar that you understand why a cult sprung up around him. It's 1984, a few weeks after the legendary SuperBowl commercial heralding the arrival of the Apple Macintosh. The official public unveiling is minutes away. The crowd, which has been kept waiting as its creator dithers and tinkers backstage, has begun muttering and stomping its feet. Jobs is a serenely confident pill of a man, micromanaging everything, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fake Musicals of the Day: Watch Nathan Lane, Rachel Bloom and James Corden in "inappropriate" musicals based on The Terminator, The Exorcist and Se7en: Fan Art of the Day: Speaking of The Exorcist, that's one of the horror movies artists have Photoshopped Donald Trump into as part of a new meme. Below is the best of the best, for The Shining, and you can see other great submissions at iHorror. Professional Art of the Day: Attendees of New York Comic-Con will have the chance to pick up these three stunning prints based on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by artist Matt Ferguson. See them...
- Christopher Campbell
To celebrate the release of The Englishman’s Castle, Chandler and Co., A Picture of Katherine Mansfield, The Locksmith and Lazarus & Dingwall on DVD, we are giving 1 lucky WhatCulture reader the chance to win a bundle containing all five!
An Englishman’s Castle (1978) starring Kenneth More (Father Brown), Isla Blair (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Anthony Bate (Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy), is set in an alternate 1970s on an Earth where Germany won the Second World War and is now occupying England. Peter Ingram (More) is the lead writer of a popular soap opera set in Blitz-era London, and knowingly turns a blind eye to the local Nazi rule, opting for the easy life. But when faced with the stark reality of the situation Peter has a difficult decision to make.
Available to own on DVD from 5th October 2015.
Chandler and Co. »
- Laura Holmes
Is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull really the worst Indiana Jones movie out there? We dive into the beloved franchise to see and make the argument that Temple of Doom is as bad—or worse—than Crystal Skull is.
Ever since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls came out 7 years ago, it’s gotten the (much deserved) reputation as an absolute atrocity and a desecration to the reputation of a much-loved franchise. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls has been commonly divorced from the original trilogy as a separate and inferior entity. Most fans lump the earlier trio into one group, praising them all as masterpieces, unlike the disastrous 2008 sequel. However, that may not be the whole truth. The second film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was also a mess of a film with plenty of flaws, silly scenes, tonal problems, rip-off moments and bad characters. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Newcomer Ed Skrein is Jason Statham - sorry, Frank Martin - in this reboot of Luc Besson's Transporter franchise. Full of the fights, fast cars and clunky one-liners fans have come to expect from a series that once saw its hero deflect a rocket with a tea tray*, it works on paper, but not in practice.
Transporter Refuelled's problems lie not in the joyful silliness of watching a muscular Uber driver elaborately dislocate goons' jaws, but in the Stathlessness of it all. Though intellectual property law might call "Frank Martin" a character that exists outside of The Stath™, it's the Guy Ritchie veteran's charm, confidence and world-weary delivery that somehow make Mr Martin special, and try as he might, Skrein can't keep up.
The plot doesn't help, but then the Transporter plots never helped anyone. Take any of the previous three films and the titular gruff punch merchant will »
George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a visionary action movie of truly uncommon grace, intelligence and detail-oriented craftsmanship. Camille Delamarre’s “The Transporter Refueled” is absolutely none of those things, and yet the two films share an unlikely number of similarities. Both are fourth installments in franchises that scarcely seemed able to support a third; both feature recast, taciturn leads who must safeguard four scantily clad women on a dangerous road trip; and both express single-minded devotion — in their own radically different fashions — to stripping the action movie of its pretensions and excess fat. The rare stupid genre film that’s at least somewhat aware of its own transcendent stupidity, yet not aware enough to wink at it or try to explain it away, “The Transporter Refueled” will likely rack up modest figures over a sleepy Labor Day weekend, but those who show up will find one of »
- Andrew Barker
Carly Simon may have crooned 'Nobody Does It Better' for Roger Moore's James Bond outing The Spy Who Loved Me, but when it comes to big screen 007s it's still hard to look past Sean Connery's combo of humour, sophistication and lethal cunning.
The Scot celebrates his 85th birthday today (August 25), and we want to know what your favourite Connery movie moment is. Here's five below to help get the memory banks firing.
With a laser creeping precariously towards his gonads, Connery's 007 is still able to keep his cool in the presence of villain Auric Goldfinger. The above scene shows just why he was so brilliant as Bond, mixing arrogance, wit and cunning in the space of four tense minutes…
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
“Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli as part of the Reel Late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
In case Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade somehow passed you by in 1989, the film opens with a scene showing a young Indiana Jones (River Phoenix) demonstrating his tenacity when uncovering grave robbers taking precious artifacts in Utah. The film begins properly when Dr Jones (Harrison Ford of course) is invited by wealthy Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) to help locate and recover the Holy Grail, said to grant eternal life to those who drink from it. But as Dr Jones soon realizes, he must rescue his Grail-expert father (Sean Connery) from the Nazis who also covet the Grail for their own evil purposes.
From the start, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade »
- Tom Stockman
“I tought I taw – I did! I did! I did tee Michael Jordan!”
Space Jam screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (August 21st and 22nd) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel at The Tivoli Midnight Show.
There’s a great scene into Space Jam (1996) when Bill Murray makes an unbilled appearance at a basketball game with Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. An alien creature (voiced by Danny DeVito) says, “Hey! I didn’t know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture!” Bill Murray helps out the Looney Tunes team and then leaves the scene. But he comes back later again at the end when Larry Byrd takes a seat next to Bill, who, watching Michael Jordan dribbling the ball on court, says, “That coulda been me.”
You probably remember the clever mix of live action and cartoon animation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) which we screened last »
- Tom Stockman
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
BBC One's Casualty has once again topped the Saturday night ratings.
For the second week running, the medical drama was seen by 4.2 million viewers (23.1%) at 9.10pm on BBC One.
With highlights from matches including Tottenham v Stoke and West Ham against Leicester, Match of the Day rounded things off with 3.32 million (26.1%).
Speaking of game shows, The Saturday Night Story was seen by 2.3 million (13.5%) at 8pm, while The Bourne Supremacy attracted 1.4 million viewers (8.3%).
Gardener's World was seen by 770k (5.7%) at 6.30pm on BBC Two, followed by 530k (3.6%) for Proms »
“You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!”
The Wizard Of Oz screens midnights this weekend (August 14th and 15th) and at Noon on Saturday (the 15th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
I certainly can’t remember the first time I saw The Wizard Of Oz. I just seem to have always known what it was, how the songs go, and each and every character. It rightfully ranks on the list of most folks’ most beloved (if not best) of all time. I grew up with it on annual re-runs that were a big deal every Easter. The Wizard Of Oz is full of ironies. It was released in August 1939 to a somewhat indifferent audience and was not a success. Producer Mervyn LeRoy was so financially damaged he swore never to put another cent »
- Tom Stockman
“You have penetrated me. There is no escape. You are within me. Come into my center. Come into the center of the crystal!”
Zardoz (1974) screens midnights this weekend (August 7th and 8th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity’s achievements. Sean Connery took the role of Zed in Zardoz (1974) as a way to break out of his his James Bond image, and boy, what a crazy movie he chose! Zardoz is without a doubt one of the best bad movies that you’ll ever see – a masterpiece as far as cheesiness goes. All throughout the movie, Connery’s wearing nothing more than a red thong so basically, you’ll be seeing him as you really never wanted to see him, »
- Tom Stockman
“I got the results of the test back – I definitely have breast cancer!”
There will be thousands of plastic spoons flying through the air in the Tivoli’s main screen this weekend. Grown men in tuxedoes will be throwing footballs three feet away from each other in the Tivoli’s lobby. What’s going on and who will that strange man with the sunglasses, odd accent and black stringy hair be that everyone will be crowded around?
Forget Ant-Man! The wait is almost over. The St. Louis movie event of the summer is this weekend! Our city is bracing itself for the arrival of the one and only Tommy Wiseau! St. Louis-area fans of The Room will have the opportunity to meet the film’s talented, »
- Tom Stockman
“T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can’t just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct.”
Jurassic Park (1993) screens midnights this weekend (July 24th and 25th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Upon its initial release Jurassic Park made $920 million worldwide (in 1993 dollars) at the box office. And now it’s back, at the Tivoli midnights this weekend as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
The movie itself certainly holds up. In 1993, Jurassic Park did for monster movies what King Kong had originally done in 1933. It combines the new (at the time) visual effects technology of CG with a fantastic story and great characters to create a dizzying exciting movie packed with action, scares, intrigue, drama and humor. It was Spielberg doing what he does better than just about anybody – creating pure cinematic »
- Tom Stockman
“Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!”
The Shining (1980) screens midnights this weekend (July 17th and 18th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, The Shining (based on the Stephen King novel) creates some of the most genuine spine chills ever filmed. Taking a job as a winter caretaker for a giant and remote hotel, Jack Nicholson, his wife Shelley Duvall, and his son Danny Lloyd, find that the long hallways and empty rooms contain more than a few ghosts. The film goes back and forth from scary to amusing as Jack, meticulously pacing his part, slowly turns into a psychopath, taking an axe to his loved ones. Kubrick’s use of space »
- Tom Stockman
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