10 items from 2015
Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 8, “The Friendliest Place On Earth”
Directed by Tim Hunter
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
One of the most interesting things about Wayward Pines—and one of the reasons why it’s been so successful as a summer potboiler show—is the way that it’s a series where the central conflict is constantly in motion. Every week the stakes seem to shift one way or the other, peoples’ allegiance to one side or the other blurring as their motivations become clearer. Ethan’s trying to get out of town, then he’s trying to keep his family safe, then he’s trying to keep the town safe. Kate goes from placid resident of the town to the most extreme member of its insurgent group. And Pam goes from zealous follower of »
- Les Chappell
Liam Neeson is Hollywood’s most bankable action star. That’s a statement of fact, but how do we know it is fact? How much more bankable is he than others? First off, we take a look at the box office returns for his action films and match them against the budgets and see what sort of averages and trends pop up.
1st Disclosure: I am not a sabermetrics genius, I’m just a guy that likes to write about action movies. If somebody out there who is a sabermetrics genius saw this and said “There’s a better way to do this.”, it would only bring me joy to see my amateur work improved upon.
- Dylan Griffin
Bank holidays and hospital visits conspired together to keep us out of your ears over the last few weeks, but the lads are back once again with the usual banter, including far too much talk about penguin sex, and the power of James Cameron to make you think twice about Terminator Genisys. All this, and Tom’s Trivia Three – Jurassic Park, Saw, and Demolition Man get the Ttt treatment. Reviews – Insidious: Chapter 3. A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Meet the Parents. News – Uwe Boll’s has a very public meltdown, James Cameron reacts to Terminator Genisys, the upcoming release of Jurassic Park, and reactions to the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Daniel J. Harris on the Oculus Rift and 360-degree films…
Oculus Rift has been around in the gaming world for a little while now. And 360-degree films aren’t exactly new. But, with recent leaps in technology, accessibility and the cost of their production reducing they seem to be the next big thing to take the film industry by storm!
3D films were the big thing a few years ago and many of the top filmmakers jumped on the bandwagon with James Cameron and Avatar to create their own 3D film. For me, it gave me a headache and didn’t enjoy my experience.
The last 12 to 18 months has seen the boom in aerial photography due to the technologies reduction in price, accessibility and simplified consumer versions of the technology flooding the market place. Now, it seems that everyman and their dog has a drone! Some do it better than others, »
- Gary Collinson
With less than two weeks before the UK General Election, Neil Calloway looks at the connections between politicians and the film industry…
They say politics is show business for ugly people, but some people have crossed the line between the two, with varying degrees of success over the years.
Whoever wins the UK General Election, there will no longer be a double Oscar winner in the House of Commons; Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn (and Hampstead and Highgate before that), will be standing down. Jackson is probably the most successful example of the actor/politician in Britain, but there have been others. If you’re worried that without an Oscar winner then Parliament will suffer, then Julian Fellowes, who won for his screenplay for Gosford Park – which now looks like a trial run for Downton Abbey – still sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. »
- Neil Calloway
Lilyhammer's 'gangster on the lam in a remote Norwegian town' story is a quirky, comic gem that richly deserves a fourth season...
Lilyhammer’s third season arrived on Netflix last November, bolder, bloodier and sillier than ever. The most recent batch of episodes, boasting a budget bigger than Norway’s Gdp, catapulted viewers from the cold climes of Scandinavia to the tropical slums of Rio de Janeiro and back again, with a few stop-offs in New York along the way. There was murder, intrigue, Islamic terrorism, a dying whale, a mafia cookbook, drug-running, a big-budget Brazilian telenovela, reindeer racing and of course the requisite explosions, gun fights and fist fights that are now a permanent staple of life in the quiet and quaint little town of Lillehammer. There was also a finale that featured one of the more bizarre cliff-hangers in modern television history: a bludgeoned breast-crazed maniac lying »
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.
One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »
- Shane Ramirez
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
The future according to Demolition Man may have been a bleak false utopia, but in the decades that have passed since the film’s release, there are some things Stallone’s action flick got right about the state of technology. Come inside as I break down what Demolition Man got right (and wrong) about our future!
First of all, it’s important to note just how much I love Demolition Man. Sure, it can be considered a guilty pleasure film, but that hasn’t stopped me from watching it time and time again. Something about it is just so fun and appealing, giving it a longevity beyond many of Stallone’s other movies.
I was much younger when I initially saw Demolition Man, and I remember thinking how cool some of the future tech looked in the movie, never expecting them to become real. Looking back at the film, it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It's officially 2015, a year filled with a bevy of incredibly anticipated movies and video games. While we have to wait on some of those things, we've got plenty in store for January here on the site. Come inside to check out all that we have in store!
There's no denying that 2014 was pretty amazing for us here on Cinelinx. Last year around this time we successfully launched our Kickstarter for the Cinelinx Card game, and managed to ship them out and have them on sale. Movie buffs have been buzzing about the game and we couldn't be happier. We brought on new writers, celebrated our first full year of the Super Cool Nerd Show and the Fathergamer Podcast. Overall, we had an Amazing year...but you know what? We're not about to stop.
We have some big plans for 2015, some of which we can't talk about just now and you'll have to wait, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
10 items from 2015
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