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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Heading into a three-day holiday weekend, it's fairly quiet in terms of blockbuster releases (it won't be a surprise if Guardians Of The Galaxy continues to top the box-office chart despite recent newcomers), but Austin has plenty of specialty screenings to catch your attention.
Austin Film Society is screening Roger Corman's bizarre postapocalyptic 1971 film Gas-s-s-s screening tonight and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa. On Wednesday night, Afs will also be offering a preview screening of No No: A Dockumentary (Caitlin's review) with director Jeffrey Radice, producer Mike Blizzard and editor Sam Wainwright Douglas in attendance. The film, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year, tells the story of how Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while on LSD in the 1970s. It's expected to open at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar next weekend and will also be available on VOD. We also get a new Essential Cinema series, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
What if the catacombs segment in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the setup for a horror movie, rather than an adventure film set piece? Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Perdita Weeks (The Great Fire), and Edwin Hodge (The Purge: Anarchy) star in As Above So Below as a crew of budding urban archaeologists who […]
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- Russ Fischer
Here's abstew to continue our celebration of 1989 as the 'year of the month'. Happy 25th, 1989!
As we look back at 1989 in preparation for the Smackdown, it's important not to forget what the movies have always been about: really attractive people. The Me Decade of the 80's, perhaps the greatest/craziest time in regards to fashion and hairstyles, if they taught us anything at all, it isn't that less is more. Oh, no. More is More! More shoulder pads, more eye shadow, more crunchy perms with mall bangs. So let's celebrate the 80's excess with these cinematic hotties of 1989.
Honorable Mention: Julia Roberts "Blush and Bashful Hottie", Daniel Day-Lewis "Method Actor Hottie", Meg Ryan "I'll Have What She's Having Hottie", Kenneth Branagh "New Shakespearian Hottie", Nicole Kidman "Just An Ozzie Girl On a Boat With Billy Zane Hottie"
10. Sean Connery
You Call This Archeology Hottie
Why Him: The once and eternally »
Made in Chelsea NYC gained back around 200,000 viewers for its second episode on Sunday, overnight data reveals.
The E4 series attracted 720k (3.4%) at 9pm on average (169k/1.1% on +1), which are the show's best ratings since its series seven launch earlier this year.
The Village continued with 3.92m (18.3%) at 9pm, dropping around 700k viewers from last week's opener. Match of the Day 2 scored 2.39m (19.0%) at 10.35pm.
On ITV, Come on Down: The Game Show Story entertained 2.28m (12.0%) at 7pm (154k/0.7%). The Zoo intrigued 2.15m (10.0%) at 8pm (315k/1.5%), and The Great War educated 1.44m (7.8%) at 9pm (168k/1.1%).
Channel 4's The Mill was seen »
The 1980s were a time in which the science fiction and adventure film genres reigned supreme. Films like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) are three of strong examples of classic 80s films that expanded their respective universes to further installments. The sequel, while a sometimes surefire way of making money off of an already established and original idea, can at times continue the adventure and prolong the cinematic magic in wonderful ways.
Filmmaker George Lucas popularized the sequel concept in 1980 with a follow-up to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. He had a vision when starting his space opera at episode #4 and The Empire Strikes Back furthered the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C3P0. It is thought by many to be far superior to its predecessor. A third installment soon followed and so did a prequel trilogy in 1999. These »
- Randall Unger
Film projects are hubs of not only bags of creativity and innovation but also inordinate amounts of stress and pressure so it should come as no surprise that they give birth to all these amazing stories and factoids which fascinate both cinephiles and casual fans alike.
Lesser known facts and trivia about films – much like movies themselves – have the power to inspire a surprisingly broad range of emotional reactions. Some of the points included in this list are just fascinating in their own right while others will have you splitting your sides with laughter and others could creep you out.
A recent post on Reddit discussing some of the coolest facts and trivia cinema has given us over the years had us desperate to do our own compilation of incredible facts which will hopefully be new to most of you.
Cinema is such a sprawling entity that has »
- Sam Heard
This is the final installment of Dave Perillo's Indiana Jones art series. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is such a great film, and an amazing conclusion to the Indiana Jones saga. I'm just pretending that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull never happened. Make sure to check out the artist's Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom posters! If you want to purchase one for yourself, head on over to DarkInInk.
Thanks to /Film for the heads up! »
- Joey Paur
It might be the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but it's also the 25th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. And there's no better way to commemorate the anniversary of what should have been the last film in the Indiana Jones franchise with an awesome new piece of artwork from Dave Perillo, who also debuted some great work for Mondo's Disney exhibition earlier this year. This piece comes from The Acme Archives who will release the print for sale today sometime between 10am and 11am Pst. It's a big, awesome piece of work for any fan of Dr. Jones. Look! Here's Dave Perillo's artwork for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (via SlashFilm): The print is a 12x36 silkscreen with an edition of 250, so good luck getting ahold of one. But for anyone who was able to get Perillo's pieces for Raiders of the Lost Ark »
- Ethan Anderton
Fans have waited over half a year for artist Dave Perillo to complete his Indiana Jones poster trilogy. On Friday July 11, he does just that. The Acme Archives will release Perillo’s take on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Friday, at a time between 10 and 11am Pst. The fitting companion to Raiders of the […]
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- Germain Lussier
"I didn't trust her. Why did you?" Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, we had the first "summer of the sequels," which gave rise to the summer movie marketplace as we know it today -- the tentpole system, whereby every few weeks (unlike nowadays, when it's every few days) a major summer movie is released to a pre-baked fan base. My favourite movie that year was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (no, not Batman, though Batman came a close second and went on, overall, to have a much larger impact on the way movies are made, marketed, and distributed). I was 12 on the verge of turning 13, arguably the sweetest of the sweet spots for seeing an Indiana Jones movie. Guns and bullwhips were...
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For some fans, Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the best of the franchise. Mainly if those fans are more fond of Mark Wahlberg as an Optimus Prime sidekick than Shia Labeouf. For others, it'll be the same as most fourth installments, a sequel that is far enough removed from the favored original that the series seems to be wearing out its welcome. Part fours are tricky by nature. They often follow a trio of movies that fit nicely together as a trilogy, even if they were of lesser quality as they went along. Look at how Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide and Terminator Salvation and The Bourne Legacy threw off the balance of their respective franchises. But while there are some really horrible fourth parts out...
- Christopher Campbell
The stuntman best known as the scimitar-wielding heavy blasted by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark has died. Terry Richards was 81. During a prolific four-decade career, he took falls is such screen gems as Star Wars, The Dirty Dozen, Brazil, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and nine James Bond film with four 007 actors, ranging from From Russia With Love and Goldfinger to The World Is Not Enough. In the 1997 Bond pic Tomorrow Never Dies, a 65-year-old Richards worked over star Pierce Brosnan in a recording studio. The London native also served […] »
There is a reason I'm a Batman fan. It's not because I'm a life-long comic book reader. That came later. And it's not because I grew up watching reruns of the old ABC television series. Though I certainly did. It's because Tim Burton's "Batman," released in theaters 25 years ago today, was the first movie that really owned my anticipatory faculties as a child. It was the first film that lit my movie-going fire, a designation saved for "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "E.T." a generation prior and perhaps "Jurassic Park" and Harrison Ford's actioners a generation later. In the simplest of terms, I wouldn't be a film obsessive if it weren't for "Batman." I owe it that much. For me, the film was an event not to be missed. I remember watching the commercials flood prime time television: the howling of a Batwing circling a Gothic cathedral, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As an executive producer and writer on “Lost” and showrunner of “Bates Motel” and the upcoming FX series “The Strain,” Carlton Cuse knows how to keep a secret. But the two-time Emmy winner said that seeing his name alongside Army Archerd’s in the pages of Variety meant he wasn’t a secret any more.
What do you recall from that time in your life?
I started my career as a development executive. On the side, I was writing, honing my craft so that I could jump across the desk and be the person coming in and pitching projects rather than the person trying to develop them.
Did you learn a lot from reading scripts?
I learned what it meant to be a good writer and what it meant to write a script that would get made. It also inspired me to put in the hours honing my craft.
- Jenelle Riley
There may have been a point, in late 1988, where Tim Burton began to wonder whether he'd bitten off more than he could chew.
Sure, the 30-year-old director had made feature films before - namely Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice - but those films were relatively low-budget. Small-scale. Made outside the glare of public and Hollywood studio scrutiny.
Batman, on the other hand, was being put together with a blinding media spotlight trained on it. Warner Bros had set aside somewhere around $30m to adapt DC Comics' beloved Caped Crusader for the silver screen, and both journalists and fans were following every step of its production with keen interest.
Most worryingly, as production on Batman got underway in October 1988, a vocal proportion of those fans were decidedly unhappy. »
Oldest person in movies? (Photo: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn 106 next December 11; he’s surely the oldest person — at least the oldest well-known person — in movies today. De Oliveira’s film credits include the autobiographical docudrama Memories and Confessions / Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (1982), with de Oliveira as himself, and reportedly to be screened publicly only after his death; The Cannibals / Os Canibais (1988); The Convent / O Convento (1995); Porto of My Childhood / Porto da Minha Infância (2001); The Fifth Empire / O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (2004); and, currently in production, O Velho do Restelo ("The Old Man of Restelo"). Among the international stars who have been directed by de Oliveira are Catherine Deneuve, Pilar López de Ayala, »
- Andre Soares
The Austin Film Society continues its "Rebel Rebel" series this weekend with a brand new 35mm print of Jamaa Fanaka's 1976 film Emma Mae. Tonight's screening at the Marchesa is free to Afs members, and the movie will play again on Sunday afternoon. Afs is also sponsoring a screening of The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, starring Tommy Lee Jones, on Wednesday night at the Texas Spirit Theater (inside the Bullock Texas State History Museum). It's free for Afs members, as well as Aff, Cine Las Americas and Bullock Museum members. Julio Cedillo and producer Eric Williams will be there for a post-screening Q&A. Head back to the Marchesa on Thursday night for a 35mm print of Truffaut's Jules And Jim. The film is part of this month's Essential Cinema series on films Of World War I.
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz has programmed a weekend of classic biker flicks to »
- Matt Shiverdecker
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
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