15 items from 2015
Having debuted on History in January, the exciting miniseries Sons of Liberty is now available on Google Play (clickHere) and Amazon (clickHere). We recently caught up with actor Dean Norris, who stars as Ben Franklin in this 3-part look at our rich American History. Sons of Liberty is a dramatizing of the early American Revolution events in Boston, Massachusetts, the start of the Revolutionary War, and the negotiations of the Second Continental Congress which resulted in the drafting and signing of the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence.
Directed by Kari Skogland, the series theme music was composed by Hans Zimmer. Best known as DEA Agent Schrader on Breaking Bad, Dean Norris currently stars in Under the Dome, where he plays town councilman James "Big Jim". His other credits include TV's NYPD Blue, The X-Files, The West Wing, and Lost and films such as Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
Released in 1987, Operation Wolf not only ushered in an era of gun games, but tapped into the decade's macho action movies, Ryan writes...
Some of the biggest arcade machines of the 80s - both in terms of popularity and physical bulk - were about bringing cinematic fantasies to life. Did you have childhood dreams of taking the controls of an X-Wing like Luke Skywalker? Atari's Star Wars let you do just that. Did you want to be Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Then Sega's nausea-inducing After Burner had you covered.
But what if you wanted to be a tough military, gun-toting hero, like Sly in Rambo: First Blood Part II, Arnold in Commando, or to a lesser extent, Chuck in Missing In Action? Lots of 80s games had military themes, like Capcom's Commando (which had nothing to do with the film), Snk's Ikari Warriors or Konami's Green Beret.
The definitive military hard-man game, »
IMAX Corporation have confirmed that "Terminator Genisys", the 'reset' of the "Terminator" movie franchise, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive 'IMAX 3D' format and released into 'IMAX' theatres by Paramount Pictures worldwide July 1, 2015.
"...the crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theater geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie..."
"This film marks IMAX's first foray into the 'Terminator' franchise and we're thrilled to be a part of it and team up once again with Alan Taylor and our friends at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
"We are »
- Michael Stevens
It’s fair to say that the reactions to Terminator: Genisys have not been overwhelmingly positive. The initial badly photoshopped images were the first indication, and then subsequent trailer did the movie no favours. But, if these two non-spoiler script reviews from Arnoldfans.com are to be believed, the film might be better than we think.
“I think the best way to describe Terminator Genisys is three action packed movies in one,” writes ‘Greg’. “First of all, we finally get to see the Future Wars. Where John Connor, Kyle Reese and resistance take on Skynet. This is something that Terminator fans have wanted to see since James Cameron gave them a preview of it in the first film. So I don’t think fans will be disappointed with this portion of the movie at all! In the script the future war is 18 pages. So I would say around 20 minutes give or take. »
- Luke Owen
The 100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 10 The 100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 9 The 100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 8
100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 7
Well here we are, the very end. It has been a pleasure to work alongside my Sos colleagues and produce this massive list of 100 titles (110, if you count special mentions), each of which reminds us why we love Nintendo so much. As I mentioned prior, we started out with about 450 games, and slowly we cut away. While no person will be 100 % satisfied with each and every pick, much less the order, I’m pretty happy with the overall results, and hopefully most of you are too. We will be dedicating all of February to Nintendo so be sure to check back all month long. In the meantime, here is our top 10… read the full article.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Live-Action Netflix Series
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In his not-quite seminal but still very good 1998 essay “F/X Porn,” David Foster Wallace dissects the lasting legacy of James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Well, more accurately, he examines the enduring stain left by Cameron’s film on the modern action movie, but whatever.) The essay doesn’t offer much in the way of profundity regarding CGI-addled blockbusters or Arnold Scwarzenegger, though it does have that singular Wallace wit; the appeal of the breezy essay lies within Wallace’s digressive musings on Aliens, Cameron’s previous film, to which the writer dedicates just as many words as he does to the purported subject of the essay.
For the uninitiated, Aliens is Cameron’s lean, mean sequel to Ridley Scott’s body-horror classic Alien. An ostensible testosterone-fueled flick, replete with guns and gear and gruff military types spitting out phrases like, “Stop »
- Greg Cwik
There’s something unstoppable about the Terminator series. Like creator James Cameron’s bank account this is a franchise that keeps on growing and growing; a relentless cinematic behemoth that refuses to die.
Like most franchises it has certainly gone downhill as it has progressed. The original The Terminator directed by James Cameron remains to this day a classic of American science fiction cinema; its gritty, ultra violent action a reminder of just how great low budget cinema can be (not to mention how much the PG-13 rating has all but ruined action movies). With its big budget, Cameron’s sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, set the bar for blockbusters to come, but sadly the quality of the series has been in steady decline ever since.
With its complex time travel premise it was perhaps inevitable that narrative coherence would end up taking a back seat to the action, »
- Andrew Dilks
In the summer of 1977, James Cameron, like lots of other people that year, went to the cinema and watched Star Wars. But unlike so many others, Cameron didn't feel elation as the room went dark and the first space ship soared overhead - he felt a shiver of mild panic.
"My reaction to it was not, 'Oh, wow, that's cool. I want to see more,'" he later recalled. "It was, 'Oh wow, I better get off my butt because somebody is doing this stuff, you know, and they're beating me to it.'"
Within one year, the 24-year-old Cameron had borrowed some money from a consortium of dentists looking for a tax break, and with it, made the short film Xenogenesis. That film and its title (which could »
Paramount has quite a marketing hill to climb with "Terminator: Genisys." The reception to the first trailer for the film was hardly enthusiastic, and the relentless call backs to previous entries in the series — mostly "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" — fell flat hard. Moreover, the retconning of the storyline was both confusing and seemed to only serve putting Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the movie. And so, they'll see if this Super Bowl spot can help start turning the tide. Yep, the game day promo is basically a sizzle reel of the trailer — so maybe the message hasn't changed that much or maybe Paramount is just trying their best to sell whatever it is they've got on their hands. Maybe "I'll be back" will be enough to get audiences into theaters this summer, again, for one (hopefully) last run of Ahnuld as the killing machine turned protector. 'Genisys' arrives on July 1st. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After the first trailer debuted to a decidedly mixed reaction over the Christmas period, some more details on this summer’s Terminator: Genisys have emerged this week – namely on the anticipated fight sequence at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s older Terminator incarnation and his 1984 version, which will be part CGI-assisted and part footage from James Cameron’s original film.
The sequence was teased in the trailer, but now website The Terminator Fans have reported that Skydance Productions, the company behind the new retool/reboot/reimagining, has recently ordered some more CG elements to be added to the scene in order to make the fight “more brutal” with both Terminator machines set to suffer some very heavy damage in the aftermath. But rather than schedule some reshoots, the producers will use CG-effects on both versions of Arnold’s T-101.
The website’s source »
- Scott J. Davis
You might not know who Gary Rydstrom is, but you've certainly heard him before. This is a man whose pioneering sound work has won him seven (!) Academy Awards and brought to life groundbreaking technological advancements like the first film presented in DTS sound ("Jurassic Park") and re-crafting sound mixes in 5.1 surround (after his breakthrough work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," he and James Cameron created a new multi-channel mix for the original "Terminator"). He's also directed a pair of Pixar short films ("Lifted" and "Hawaiian Vacation") and overseen the English language dubs of four Studio Ghibli movies ("Tales from Earthsea," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Arrietty," and last year's Oscar-nominated masterpiece "The Wind Rises"). In short: he's kind of the coolest dude around.
And this weekend he adds another accomplishment to his already unfathomably long list, when his debut feature film "Strange Magic" debuts in theaters nationwide. This bizarre, George Lucas-produced animated fairy tale, »
- Drew Taylor
Awhile back, we featured a cool little project done by some cinephiles and video games fans where they used Grand Theft Auto V to recreate the motorcycle and semi-truck chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. That kind of idea is a no-brainer since the game is known for stealing cars and vehicular mayhem. But did you ever think that someone would take the time to recreate some scenes from Stanley Kubrick's wild 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange using the Rockstar Games production? Well, that's exactly what GTA Series Videos has done with the use of some editing and a PlayStation 4. Watch below! Here's the Grand Theft Auto V version of A Clockwork Orange from GTA Series Videos (via The Playlist): If you go watch the actual scene, you'll see that this is a pretty meticulous recreation of these scenes in the film, at least as far as Grand Theft Auto V would allow. »
- Ethan Anderton
Joining the chorus hailing this year’s prospects for the exhibition sector and the movie biz in general is B. Riley analyst Eric Wold.
“After declining by 5.2 percent in 2014, the domestic box office should rebound sharply by 7-8 percent in 2015 and set a new annual record above $11 billion,” Wold said, adding that he expected Imax and 3-D to be a driving force.
Also Read: After Five Percent »
- Todd Cunningham
"...the new film is set in 2029, when the 'Future War' is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system 'Skynet' on the ropes.
"...so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected..."
- Michael Stevens
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
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- Sharon Knolle
15 items from 2015
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