11 items from 2011
If there is one thing guaranteed to get me to watch a film, regardless of my mood or the movie’s reputation, it would be the sentence, “It’s got Michael Ironside in it”. I’m just a huge fan, and have loved his work ever since I first saw the original V TV mini-series one balmy childhood summer while I was staying at my Auntie Anne's.
As Ham Tyler, the leather jacketed ex-cia agent who becomes an instrumental figure in the Los Angeles Resistance movement, Ironside seemed to dominate every scene he was in, and what impressed me most about his zero tolerance approach to the alien visitors was that here was a good guy who looked and sounded like a bad guy. »
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When Connor MacLeod said “there can be only one” at the end of Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 cult classic Highlander, he clearly had no idea how popular the film was going to become. USC film student Gregory Widen’s tale of immortals living amongst us – forced to fight to the death with swords in a battle known as The Gathering – caught on with geeks around the globe (we geeks love swords – which made Highlander becoming popular a no-brainer) and spawned one of the worst sequels ever (Highlander 2), a decent third and marginal fourth entry, a television series that ran six seasons, a spin-off series, a terrible film on SyFY, comics, a kid-friendly animated show, an awful videogame…and now, a remake. Early reports about a Highlander redux...
- Mike Bracken
Numbered sequels are out of fashion, and titles are getting longer and more ungainly as a result. We chart the rise and rise of the dreaded colon in movie names…
As we established a few weeks ago, sequels have been around in one form or another since the dawn of filmmaking itself, and in an indirect way, Johannes Gutenberg is to blame. But in the course of researching that article, it became apparent that the way sequels are named has changed considerably over the decades.
While the titles of films like The Son Of Kong and The Return Of The Pink Panther made a reference back to the names of their predecessors, the habit of simply slapping a number or numeral after a title didn’t really begin until the 50s and 70s, with the films Quatermass 2 and The Godfather Part II.
Movie producers gradually dropped the word ‘part »
One of the more cult followings among "hero" films, the Highlander series remains atop many lists of franchises waiting to be rebooted. Other than a long lived television show in the mid-nineties and one or two attempts in the latter part of that decade to bring the story back to the big screen, Highlander remains in one level of development heck or another. A shame given that the scope of the nearly allows for a nearly infinite number of thematic settings, as well as some interesting character studies. One would assume that living for centuries would have some interesting effects on the personality and psyche of the individual, as each new century requires a new identity and life. Not to mention having to live with watching generation after generation of friends/loved ones dying off. Regardless of these interesting facets, it doesn't look like the Highlander series will be front and center again anytime soon. »
- Tom Hoeler
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Let Me In How you respond to Let Me In will depend almost entirely on whether or not you've seen the original. On a purely technical level, its craft is unquestionable. Director Matt Reeves has thoughtfully and skillfully reconstructed Let the Right One In for American audiences, maintaining the solemn mood and tender intimacy of the boy-girl relationship that made the original so heartbreakingly compelling. But that's also the problem: the film is strictly an imitation. Save for some narrative streamlining and one astounding new set piece, this movie lacks any identity of its own. It is nearly a shot-for-shot remake, and it makes very little attempt to differentiate itself. Because of this, anyone who has seen »
- Adam Quigley
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.
The Buzz: This film looks stunning. I’m excited to see it in IMAX 3D. With a cast of relative unknowns (save Richard Roxburgh of Moulin Rouge) the star of this one looks to be cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin.
This is S.O.P. as far as Hollywood marketing is concerned, but I’ve always been annoyed when production credits are used to dupe the cinematically challenged populace. This film is produced by James Cameron, not directed. Direction credits go to Alister Grierson, a relatively untested director; Sanctum being only his second feature, »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
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The late, great Blake Edwards’ 10 — starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek — gets immortalized on Blu-Ray. Two films go from silver screen to Blu-Ray… Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in An Affair To Remember; and Bette Davis stars in All About Eve, just in time for it’s 60th anniversary. Disney’s animated classic Alice In Wonderland comes out of the vault for a special 60th anniversary treatment. Sticking with the anniversary trend, Highlander reaches it’s 25th (tentatively) with a special gift set, boxed with Highlander 2. Let Me In fills the role as this week’s primary horror release, with Hatchet 2 showing up to the party a day late. My indie Blu-Ray pick of the week goes to the indie sci-fi/drama Monsters, a low-budget film which made huge waves on the festival circuit, is »
- Movie Geeks
Scanners (Original Release Date: 14 January 1981)
If you bring up David Cronenberg when talking movies with a casual moviegoer, chances are the moviegoer will at some point say to you, “Isn't he the guy who directed the movie with that scene where _____?” Some Cronenberg movies offer multiple moments -- most of them grotesque -- to fill in the blank. With The Fly, you get multiples. There's the meatymass that used to be an ape. There's the arm-wrestling match. There's the final transformation into Brundlefly. (Maybe next week I'll finally write a review that doesn't mention Brundlefly. We'll see.)
The blank for Scanners will forever be filled in with “that guy's head explodes.” You don't even need to have seen the movie at this point. “Hey, have you ever seen Scanners?” “Sure. My favorite part is where that guy's head explodes.” “Word.” The asker doesn't really care whether or not the askee has seen it. »
- Thurston McQ
Gregory Widen was just an undergraduate in the screenwriting program at UCLA when he wrote a script entitled Shadow Clan for a class assignment. He sold the script for $200,000 to producers William Panzer and Peter S. Davis, who then sent it to be re-written. Add one music video director (Russell Mulcahy), a charismatic leading man (Christopher Lambert) and an ensemble cast, and film history was made. While not a box office success on release in 1986, Highlander did well overseas, and gained a cult following on home video, eventually leading to five sequels, three spin-off television series, an animated direct-to-video movie, books, comic books, video games and a slew of quotable lines (as well as many welts, since my friends and I spent many hours with makeshift swords fighting each other). Highlander has become a cult classic in the hearts of many.
Flashback to Connor’s youth, as he and his »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. The Social Network Each year, there are always a select number of standout films that astound through their remarkable craftsmanship. More rare, meanwhile, are the films that achieve this while also providing prescient insight into our evolving culture. The Social Network is the latter. While film may not have seemed like the medium best suited to communicate how the internet has altered the world, the dynamite pairing of director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin transforms the topic into a fiercely entertaining, cinematically rich experience. Never before has the use of computers in film been so thrilling without needing to abandon total authenticity. And for all its rhythmically-charged dialogue sparring sessions set to Trent Reznor's electric score, »
- Adam Quigley
11 items from 2011
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