7 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01
We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...
Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.
Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.
As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...
25. The Cable Guy
We can't sit here and »
Sex sells; there is absolutely no getting away from the fact that in every walk of life, a nice pair of breasts or a guy’s pert arse is going to sell whatever product they’re attached to, and more than anywhere else – other than porn, perhaps – that is true of movies.
Who isn’t going to enjoy a steamy sex scene in the middle of a movie? Sure, it might be gratuitous and completely pointless to the plot and/or the characters, but hey, it provides a nice break in the other action and gives us a bit of a thrill at the same time.
However, some movies have sold themselves on sex and come up short, as must be embarrassing for the owners of the bodies involved. After all, how much must it suck if you confidently flaunt your body on screen, and the box office tallies tell you, »
- Shaun Munro
Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.
Now, while we respect such a display of uninhibited revelry, it doesn't mean that anybody — and we mean anybody — necessarily wanted to see such a thing. Let's face it (or, rather, let's not) — there are just some people who need to keep their junk in the trunk.
Speaking of which, here are nine nude scenes that made us wanna cover our eyes.
The opening shot of director Sidney Lumet's last film shows Philip Seymour Hoffman energetically humping Marisa Tomei. Say what you will about the big guy, but he seems a more than capable lover ... not that we needed any visual proof of that. »
- Zach Laws
There you are, sitting comfortably watching a film, safe in the knowledge that you know what’s going on and then someone pulls the rug out from under you and suddenly you’re as confused as a member of the N.R.A. Your viewing pleasure much dependent on whether you’ve just witnessed a good twist, a bad twist or a so incredibly ugly-it-must-be-inbred twist.
Since long before Mr & Mrs Shyamalan got drunk and decided to ‘risk it’ twists have been used as story telling devices. They can either make us see everything in the movie through eyes anew with a deft sleight of hand or, with a heavier touch, have you unintentionally laughing out loud, rolling your eyes in utter disbelief or crying tears of anger into your popcorn.
This is a celebration of the 20 most ridiculous twists of all time. Those that left you shocked or appalled, »
- Kristopher Powell
When you think about 90s pop culture, you have to think about Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 erotic thriller, Basic Instinct. That movie dropped like a bomb, dominating the entertainment news cycle for months and inspiring years worth of parodies. Its success didn’t come because Michael Douglas’ cop character investigating a murder made for all that interesting a story, or because Verhoeven orchestrated the thing all that well either. It came almost solely because people were so shocked by the content. There were threesomes, ice pick murders, and, of course, there was that interrogation scene where you could catch the briefest glimpse of Sharon Stone’s vagina if you turned your head sideways and squinted. The 90s were more innocent times—before the near daily release of celebrity sex tapes—so this was intense stuff, and Basic Instinct made a mint off the scandal. Two years later, a sporadically working director named Richard Rush tried to cash in »
- Nathan Adams
The Asylum is the studio behind such cheap rip-offs as "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train." It's now back with "Jack the Giant Killer," which is a rip-off of Bryan Singer's upcoming "Jack the Giant Slayer." And today we have a trailer for the new movie, showing that it also borrows from Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Check it out below. Plot: A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it. "Jack the Giant Killer" is directed by Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks), and stars Jane March (Color of Night) and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire). It's set to be released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th, just eleven days after Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters. »
The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer likely won’t prompt legal action from Bryan Singer’s similarly titled blockbuster since it appears to be set in the early 20th century, the giants are dinosaur-like monsters, and I’m unaware of any version of “Jack & the Beanstalk” that includes a giant robot.
Jane March (Color of Night), Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), and newcomer Jamie Atkins star in writer-director Mark Atkins’ (Sand Sharks) Jack the Giant Killer, coming to VOD/DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th. That’s 11 days after Jack the Giant Slayer beanstalks theaters worldwide.
So how is The Asylum version of this classic fairy tale different?
A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it. »
7 items from 2013
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