6 items from 2014
Withnail & I, 1987.
Directed by Bruce Robinson.
Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.
Perpetually wasted Withnail and the introspectively uptight I (Marwood), disappear half way up a mountain near Penrith to share some quality time……
There is a difficulty encountered by all reviewers when it comes to writing something subjective on a confirmed cult classic. In terms of tricky it sits somewhere between negotiating an extension from a loan shark, while convincing lie detectors Age of Extinction was a good idea. »
- Gary Collinson
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)
This week's "Ask Drew" includes a moment I suspected would happen at some point, and now that it has, I'll address it here. I don't like the answer I gave to one of the questions. I don't think it's a bad answer, but it's not the right answer. On the way home, I thought of a far more appropriate response, and so I feel like I owe it to the person who sent the question in the first place. Basically, he asked me if there are any truly bad films that I love. I sort of dismissed the idea of "guilty pleasures" and then talked a little bit about "Buckaroo Banzai," but I think that's sort of me dodging the question. There are terrible movies I love. I think "Hudson Hawk" is a train wreck. I don't think I can defend it at all. It makes me laugh like a maniac in places, »
- Drew McWeeny
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic Sherwood, Olga Kurylenko, Sarah Hyland, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Ashley Charles, Claire Foy, Joely Richardson, Dominique Tipper, Edward Holcroft | Written by Daniel Waters | Directed by Mark Waters
Based on the series of novels by Richelle Mead and with a screenplay written by Daniel Waters who also penned the screenplays for the likes of Heathers, Hudson Hawk, Demolition Man and Batman Returns, Vampire Academy is a teenage fantasy drama with a hint of comedy and a speckle of horror and comes at a time when these types of films are, what you might call, all the rage. Directed by Mark Waters, who is no stranger to teenage films as he was behind the camera for movies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday and the family fantasy adventure flick The Spiderwick Chronicles.
I imagine many people will see the cover to »
- Chris Cummings
It's not that hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the release of "Heathers," on March 31, 1989.
Really, the movie seems like an artifact from a different era, one paradoxically bolder than our own. It's hard to imagine a movie getting made today that makes fun of teen suicide, schoolhouse violence, and the public grieving process that follows both. "Heathers"'s gleefully gruesome satire made stars out of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty, launched the careers of screenwriter Daniel Waters and director Michael Lehmann, and created the mold for subversive schoolgirl comedies to come, from "Clueless" to "Mean Girls."
"Heathers" wasn't a hit at first, but it eventually became such a huge cult success that it made lunchroom polls and lines like "What's your damage?" into pop-culture fixtures. Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's still much you may not know about "Heathers," from which other »
- Gary Susman
The new film 3 Days to Kill is an original story created by Luc Besson and directed by McG. Those two names may lead you to expect a pretty good action film. If that was your guess, then you would be half right.
The film tells the story of Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner). He is an aging CIA hit man who is forced to retire due to a sudden illness for which there is no cure. This new reality forces him to reassess his priorities. He realizes he must try to reconnect with his estranged family before it is too late. While he attempts to awkwardly play catch up with the lives of his wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and daughter Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld) a wild card, of sorts, appears.
The wild card is a young CIA agent, who calls herself Vivi (Amber Heard), who approaches Ethan and tries to recruit him for one last job. »
- Steven Gahm
6 items from 2014
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