11 items from 2014
This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most important years in film. The year 1999 truly changed how movies are made and perceived. Twist endings, low-budget pseudo documentaries, classic book adaptations, darker-than-dark comedies, and that loathsome Jar Jar Binks character: 1999 had it all. Not since the summer of 1989 (Batman, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) has a year been more fruitful and transformative at the box office.
Why, exactly, there was suddenly a surge in creativity in Tinseltown during this particular year remains a mystery. Maybe the hysteria of the coming Y2K “apocalypse,” which, as we now know, never materialised, panicked Hollywood executives, and they took risks green-lighting more daring and out-there scripts (just think of Being John Malkovich). Whatever the reason, their anxieties were the movie-loving world’s gain. It’s hard to believe, but all of these »
- Michael Perone
If you are a movie watcher of any intensity, chances are you have heard many musical scores from the great John Williams, who is most famous for his scores for the films of Steven Spielberg and for the Star Wars franchise. Many of his themes have become iconic in popular culture, from the majestic theme for Superman to the imposing Imperial March for Darth Vader.
Film music has a way of conjuring up powerful memories of the movies from which it originates. Someone listening to a longing French horn playing the Force theme and building to a powerful crescendo will instantly picture the binary sunset on Tatooine from Star Wars. The soaring flying theme from E.T. will summon an image of a bicycle flying across the moon, or a simple, but ominous, two note stab instantly inspires anxiety in people as they picture a shark fin protruding from the water. »
- Daniel Rafacz
How do we make the familiar feel new again? Or to pose that same question to a cynical studio executive, how do we sell audiences more of the same? It’s no industry secret that audiences seem more likely to turn up for sequels to established properties, remakes, and recognizable genres, and George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, the World War II-set The Monuments Men, most definitely falls into that last bucket. The second World War is easily cinema’s favorite war, and even as The Monuments Men‘s “based on true events” art heist seeks to remove it from expected tropes, the story of a rag-tag team going up against the Nazis isn’t a terribly new one.
- David Klein
Here at Reelz, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
Walter White from Breaking Bad
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White »
- Megan Rivera
"That belongs in a museum!!" "So do you!" That, of course, is an early stretch of dialogue from 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In it, Dr. Jones is battling a posh and jerky villain who's apparently pretty quick with a comeback. They both want the Cross of Coronado, with Jones stormily barking out the first line, about how the precious relic belongs in a museum as opposed to belonging in the hands of a self-important thug. The film takes place in 1938, just before World War II would change everything, everywhere. Perhaps that's a large part of the reason they both overlook consideration that sometimes, maybe it's best not to let such a piece of cultural religious art end up in just any museum, especially...
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Feature Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 07:04
There are currently four Indiana Jones movies, and some might say that's one too many. But what about the Indy movies that never were?
For a new Indiana Jones movie to go forward, it requires a degree of agreement amongst three people who don't seem to have a habit of agreeing very much. Basically, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas all have to say yes, else the project stalls, and a different approach is taken.
As a consequence of this, there's a trail of unmade Indiana Jones films that failed to get the necessary unanimous agreement. The ingredients of some of them would find their way into others, and some ideas would never be returned to. Here then is a whistle-stop tour of the Indiana Jones movies that never were...
Indiana Jones and the Haunted Mansion
We'll start with the one we know the least about. »
Feature Simon Brew 30 Jan 2014 - 06:53
The lightest, funniest Indiana Jones movie generally ranks second, behind Raiders of the Lost Ark. Simon takes a look back...
This article contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Untouchables.
Go by the general law of Indiana Jones movies, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark is regarded as the best, Last Crusade is second, then there's a gap to Temple Of Doom in third, and the other one is fourth. I looked at Temple Of Doom earlier in the week, here, after I watched the movie with my ten-year old son. After that, we popped The Last Crusade on. And it left me wondering: is Last Crusade's stranglehold on second place fair?
Certainly by the time my ten-year old sat through it he'd have said so. He guffawed, was excited, and enjoyed the hell out of it. I don't blame him, »
Feature Simon Brew 28 Jan 2014 - 05:53
Simon takes another look at arguably the most brutal blockbuster movie of the 1980s: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom...
This feature contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
One of the pleasures I've found of being a parent is being able to introduce my offspring to some of the classic films of my own youth. My now ten-year old son worked his way through the Back To The Future trilogy last year, loving them all (with a special soft spot for the third), and for every modern release he watches, I try and introduce him to something a little older.
For some time, he's been asking about Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. I showed him, to his delight, Raiders Of The Lost Ark last year, and he's been keen to see more of Indy's adventures. But I »
There is so much written about awards every year, especially the Oscars. But the fact of the matter is… movies are meant to be seen. Movies are meant to make money. Movies are meant to entertain around the world.
All that press on who is going to win Best Picture… and yet not enough is written about what is the biggest movie of the year. The one movie that makes more money around the world than any other. The one movie that sells more tickets than any other.
In 2013, that movie was Iron Man 3.
No matter what happens at the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the most successful movie of the year – when it comes to cash – was Marvel and Disney’s third Iron Man movie. Period. If you look at ticket buying around the world, it was basically seen as a sequel to last years biggest global hit, »
- Dave Wylde
A new year is upon us, full of hope and optimism and the promise of countless resolutions that have yet to be broken... and lots of stuff to read, watch and play over the next 12 months, of course. As is the current tradition with the first column of each month, this week's Geek Beat is full of book, movie and game recommendations tied to the latest news and upcoming releases. And if the first week of 2014 is any indication, this year is going to be a busy one for tie-ins and other expanded-universe content, so you have my apologies in advance for the strain this is going to put on your wallet. To paraphrase that creepy knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “Choose wisely.” January is quickly shaping up to be a big month for comics with connections to...
- Rick Marshall
Sherlock returned to huge ratings on BBC One on New Year's Day, according to overnight data.
The third series premiere opened to an average 9.18 million viewers (33.8%) at 9pm, with a peak of 9.49m tuning in at the beginning of the episode. The show's second series launched with 8.75m, while its finale was seen by 7.90m.
Earlier on BBC One, Gnomeo and Juliet was seen by 4.15m (16.6%) at 6.45pm.
On BBC Two, Nature's Weirdest Events brought in 2.59m (9.9%) at 8pm, followed by Stanley Baxter's Glasgow: Big Night Out with 1.52m (5.6%) at 9pm.
ITV's broadcast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two thrilled 4.44m (16.7%) at 8pm (655,000/2.9% on +1).
Channel 5's An Audience with Ken Dodd repeat amused 1.20m (4.7%) at 9pm. The Dambusters brought in 995k (3.9%) at 6.30pm. »
11 items from 2014
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