10 items from 2010
If you were a child of the 80s, you may have fond memories of the Tron video game. But do your recall the other 8-bit creations based on the movies of the day, like Dirty Dancing, Cool Runnings, Rain Man, and Field of Dreams? No? Well, I suppose that's because they didn't exactly... exist. But they do now, thanks to Dan Meth. Meth has animated a clip reel for the "forgotten" Nintendo games of the 1980s. His scope extends beyond the cinema to other cultural events of the decade, from Tank Man, to tearing down the Berlin Wall, to the Chernobyl disaster. It's absolutely worth a look after the jump. Via College Humor: Two thoughts: 1) I'm impressed that he parodied Dirty Dancing without resorting to a "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" joke. 2) As a Tetris nut, I actually want to play Chernobyl. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Real Steel is the first of many coming Hollywood films to be adapted from board games such as Battleships and Monopoly. Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Huge Jackman it tells the story of a failed fighter who in the future, where human fighting is now illegal, battles robots in underground fights. Jackman‘s character is looking to buy a robot that is supposed to be unbeatable but is broke after a string of loses. An opportunity comes to earn some cash by looking after a child which he does. Of course this seemingly mean spirited man who is obsessed with winning ends up having a shot at the big time and will only possibly win in partnership of the child which ends up acting as a surrogate son.
The film is suppose to delivery the same emotional high points of sport films such as Rocky and Cool Runnings (ok »
- Paul Koren
What Is It?
Taking its inspiration from a scene in Disney's trippy Fantasia (the famous sequence where Mickey Mouse enchants various items of furniture, itself inspired by a Goethe poem), The Sorcerer's Apprentice takes the necromantic theme of the 1940s animated original and updates it to present-day Manhattan.
Nicolas Cage stars as Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer with the uncanny ability to start a car with a Paul Daniels-like wave of his hands. Jay Baruchel co-stars as the eponymous apprentice, an average youth and self-professed "physics nerd" whom Cage trains in the dark arts to help protect the city from arch nemesis Horvath (played by Alfred Molina, who provided Disney's other summer blockbuster Prince Of Persia with some of its better moments).
Who's Behind It?
This week, put up your dukes and get ready to swing with Hanzohattori's handy collection of the best clips of drunken filmic fisticuffs
Sleeping with a robotic madam or rubbing rifles with Yul Brynner might not be everyone's idea of a holiday. But there's one part of Michael Crichton's gunslinging classic, Westworld, that easily justifies the thousand-dollar-a-day admission: the nightly bar brawl. That's because it follows the classic movie convention that any fight involving alcohol is barely a fight at all: it's an excuse to flip over card tables, swing on chandeliers and – if you're lucky – be slid face-first along the bar and into the chorus girls' dressing room.
If you're really unlucky you might have to duck a haymaker or have a bottle of moonshine smashed over your hat, but it's still a far cry from a real scrap in boozy Britain, where you're more likely to end »
There's a cute-but-sad story over at AOL Health that proves just how involved we can get in a movie, no matter how old or young we are. Apparently, there's been a rash of salmonella cases in young girls (reportedly 50 cases to date) because they decided to borrow a page from The Princess and the Frog and lock lips with an amphibian. Only he didn't turn into a prince, he just made them violently ill for a few days. There's no report as to whether a similar number have shown interest in learning how to make beignets or gumbo.
The sad thing is, I can actually see my younger self doing something like this. I never came into contact with any frogs beyond a Grow-a-Frog I had as a pet though, so no salmonella for me. But I know I did things that were just as silly. I remember taking a »
- Elisabeth Rappe
As you may have discovered last week with my write-up of Miracle, I've got a thing for great Olympic stories. In my mind, there are few greater stories in sport than those that surround the Olypmics. And while there aren't as many great stories associated with the winter games as there are the summer games, there are at least two. Miracle tells one, Cool Runnings tells the other. »
- Neil Miller
By Adam Stewart
If you remember the origins of one of the film "Cool Runnings," you recall the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where the inspirational story of the first Jamaican bobsled team came unfolded. Lone Ghanaian Olympian Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong is the 21st century equivalent: An unlikely nation competing in a sport dominated by countries where it, you know, snows. The "Snow Leopard," as he is known to his home nation, is part of just a small handful of Winter Olympians to ever hail from Africa.
With no funds whatsoever provided by his native land, Kwame relies solely on the philanthropy from private corporations and his original (and very cool) clothing line. Leopard Sports Limited is the brand that the he and the ski team from Ghana have developed to pave Kwame's road to his Olympic dream. But those spots aren't just for show — they carry a two-fold symbolism that is »
- MTV News
As you may or may not know -- you really should if you don't -- today marks the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. The best athletes in the world (for winter sports, at least) will converge on the city to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze honors to determine who the best in the world is. For the next four years at least, until the next Winter Olympics. Personally, I expect the Canadian team to dominate in curling.
Movie buffs know that Hollywood has a long, rich history of Olympics-pegged movies. From Cinderella story tales of underdog hockey teams to far-fetched (but true!) stories of the first Jamaican bobsled team, there is no shortage of based-on-truth features built around this holiest of sporting events. So in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics, we've decided to bestow medals upon the best, the worst and whatever falls in between. Hit »
- Adam Rosenberg
Last week, I journeyed to Santa Monica to visit the offices of Illumination Entertainment. Started by Christopher Meledandri, the producer behind Opportunity Knocks and Cool Runnings, who helped acquire and oversee Blue Sky Studios, the computer animation studio which produced the Ice Age series and Robots. Meledandri produced Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, The Simpsons Movie and The Fantastic Mr. Fox before jumping ship to form a new company, Illumination Entertainment. You probably haven't heard of them yet, as they have yet to release a film, but they are hard at work developing projects for computer animated, live-action and they even claim to have a stop-motion animated project that is on the verge of being announced. The plan is to do an average of two films a year for Universal, over the next five years. Their first film to hit the big screen will be Despicable Me, which »
- Peter Sciretta
BuzzSugar Community user hiptobesquare submitted her Favorite Sports Movies to the Movie Lists group. Check it out below! 1. Seabiscuit Such a great movie, so moving and exciting. Stellar cast. "Though he be little he is fierce." 2. The Sandlot My all-time favorite movie as a kid. "He's a wienie, Oscar Meyer even, foo tlong, dodgerdog, a wienie!" 3. Remember The Titans Great soundtrack, pretty good story. Also has Denzel. 4. A League of Their Own Such a girl-power flick, love seeing those Peaches do their thing! 5. Whip It I actually really liked this movie, especially when her dad pounds the sign into the lawn. I don't understand why she slaps the cute guy but okay. To check out the rest of the list, just read more. 6. A Knights Tale Heath Ledger on horseback. Hot. Great music, too. 7. The Karate Kid "Wax on, wax off. 8. Cars My younger cousins got me to watch this one, »
- Buzz Community
10 items from 2010
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