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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)
James Gandolfini‘s final film opens this weekend. Written by Dennis Lehane, The Drop, is a crime drama starring Tom Hardy and multiple pitbulls, and has been getting strong reviews after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. After the actor’s sudden death in 2013 we’ve spent the past year celebrating the abundance of memorable film and television roles he left us with — many of which you can watch by simply logging into your Netflix account.
Below are eight films you can stream from the comfort of your home, office, or park bench (bearing said park has WiFi) this weekend. And why not? The weather’s probably going to be crummy anyway.
Not Fade Away (2012)
Written and directed by Sopranos creator David Chase, Gandolfini plays the conservative New Jersey father to a creatively driven son who’s discovering rock and roll during the ’60s. (This one gets extra points for its killer soundtrack. »
- Emily Exton
With a career spanning thirty years, Viggo Mortensen is one of Hollywood’s most experienced actors. To celebrate the release of his recent film The Two Faces Of January on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD from Monday 15th September, we are taking a look at some of the roles that have made him one of the finest contemporary actors on the planet.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Though Mortensen had enjoyed several roles prior to Crimson Tide this was one of his first truly major roles. Starring alongside Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, Mortensen, as nuclear-submarine weapons lieutenant Peter Ince, adopted the quiet restraint needed to portray an average man who finds himself in a less than average situation. Caught in the power struggle between Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (Washington), one would forgive any actor for letting the two Hollywood heavyweights overshadow him but Mortensen holds his own, delivering »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.
And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).
So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."
But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »
- Drew Taylor
The new Amway USA Today Coaches Poll for September 2, 2014 is out today and the Florida State Seminoles are still at the top. The top 5 remains unchanged from last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide are at number two in the poll, the Oklahoma Sooners are at 3, the Oregon Ducks are at 4 and the Auburn Tigers round out the top five. Two teams dropped substantially dropped this week as South Carolina dropped to number 21 in this week's poll, while Clemson is now at 24. Last week, South Carolina was raked was at number 9, while Clemson was raked at number 16. Both teams were thrashed in their Ncaa Football season openers, Texas A&M defeated the Sc Gamecocks 52-28 on Thursday, and Georgia beat Clemson 45-21. Sc dropped 12 spots after the miserable showing against the Aggies at home. The Clemson Tigers remained in the top 25, but fell eight slots after loss »
When a bomb blows a passenger ferry out of the Mississippi, federal investigator Denzel Washington learns that he can prevent the carnage - and save a dead beauty - with the appliance of time-bending science. It's E=mc skewed as the ultra-cool star and his Crimson Tide/Man On Fire director zig-zag their way through wormholes and plotholes to formulate an absurdly enjoyable sci-fi thriller. »
Scott Derrickson, as evidenced by this interview, is one of the most thoughtful, sure-handed American directors the genre has working in the field today. If you’re not convinced of that after Sinister alone, then Deliver Us From Evil just might make you a believer.
Inspired by the true events of officer Ralph Sarchie and his dealings with the occult and assistance with actual exorcisms in some of the darkest corners of New York City, Derrickson and company will do their worst in trying to convince us that these occurrences are based in fact.
In doing so, Derrickson will also probably wind up scaring the crap out of you.
When we spoke to Derrickson on set in the South Bronx back in July of 2013, his usual soft, inviting demeanor was still on full display even though he was neck deep in the minute-to-minute stress of shooting a nuanced film that »
- Drew Tinnin
With June now behind us, and July just welcoming us, Netflix's usual purge of older streaming titles has happened (rights expirations), with a new list of titles replacing them. Scrolling the list of those that become available on the streaming platform today, July 1, one that immediately caught my eye was "Crimson Tide" - a movie I haven't seen in ages, and one of Denzel Washington's best, in my not-so humble opinion. It got my attention because it instantly reminded me of a debate we had on the old S&A site, many moons ago (when it was still a hobby, and relatively-unknown) - a debate I thought I'd revisit years later, if only because the site's readership has grown »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Resurrection Season One DVD Review
Resurrection seems like the epitome of a series that didn’t expect to last past the first four episodes. When I wrote my original review of the show, and gave it a high rating, I said the show’s great weakness to that point was that it didn’t seem to want to commit to how weird it was going to be. It creates an opening within the first few episodes that leave viewers unable to be confident that it is about to lean toward the very weird, or toward an almost straight, “normal” drama that just happens to involve very abnormal events.
That isn’t even a problem in one sense, because not knowing where things are going isn’t a bad theory. Where it becomes tricky is insofar as viewers want to know just how goofy the twists and turns are apt to become. »
- Marc Eastman
There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity […]
- Russ Fischer
Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star Db Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.
Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t »
- Mandi Bierly
On the opening day of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday, HaHa Clinton-Dix, the 21st overall pick, immediately became a household name.
Packers Draft Haha Clinton-Dix
Clinton-Dix, who played safety for the Alabama Crimson Tide during his collegiate career, was snagged by the Green Bay Packers, who had the 21st pick in the draft. The top defensive player, though boasting a lot of on-field accomplishments for the tide, is also known for his unique name.
After Clinton-Dix got the phone call and was offered a spot on the Packers, he made his way to the podium at Radio City Music Hall. Clad in a suit with a burgundy jacket and black lapels, the athlete met Roger Goodell, put on a Packers hat and posed with a jersey.
Not long after the 21-year-old took to the podium, the Internet jumped on a Simpson’s meme to have a laugh about the safety’s first name, »
Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.
Who else would have:
» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?
» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?
» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?
» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?
- Jon Burlingame
University of Alabama swimmer John Servati died on Monday night after a tornado rampaged through Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama Swimmer Dies In Tornado
Servati had sought shelter with his girlfriend behind a retaining wall in the basement of his off-campus home during the violent storm. Tragically, the retaining wall didn’t hold, according to school spokesperson Shane Dorrill. While Servati was able to hold it up long enough for his girlfriend to escape unharmed, he became trapped under the wall. He was later rushed to Dch Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
"I understand that he was in a house off-campus and was hit by a retaining wall," Dorrill told Espn. "I don't know how it happened. I do know he was with his girlfriend and she is uninjured."
Servati was a beloved member of the University of Alabama community, which was shocked and saddened to learn of the star student-athlete's death. »
Feature Simon Brew 8 Apr 2014 - 06:24
We've seen plenty of people hitting each other. As audiences, aren't we ready for something else?
Lots of blockbuster films have increasingly bold and intriguing ideas. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has strong elements of 70s political thriller. Man Of Steel questions how welcome an outsider is on Earth. On the same theme, X-Men films, at their best, look at the toleration of differences in modern, and modern-ish society. By many measures, the core of blockbuster cinema is getting more intelligent, more ambitious, and more willing to take chances. Give us themes such as those over the hollow core of Wild Wild West any day, thank you.
But why, no matter how intriguing the set-up, does it now seem compulsory for a modern blockbuster movie to conclude with a last act generally packed to the gills with often-incomprehensible action? Why is there some unwritten »
One of the most prolific voices for film trailers, Hal Douglas, has passed away at age 89. Douglas' voice is instantly recognizeable and served as the narrator to the films of a generation, introducing us to films via the trailer, long before there was such a thing as the Internet where details were widely known long before release. Movies like Lethal Weapon, The Rock, Men In Black, Crimson Tide, Con Air, and countless others fill out his dance card. Douglas, a veteran of WWII, studied acting »
- Paul Shirey
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Creator: Aaron Zelman
Air Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 9/8c
Directed by: Charles McDougall
Cast: Omar Epps (“House”) as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,” “The Chicago Code”) as Maggie Langston, Mark Hildreth (“The Tudors”) as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine Richards, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Caleb Richards, Landon Gimenez as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith (“That ’70s Show”) as Henry Langston
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear, on the series premiere of Resurrection, Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
In “The Returned,” an 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy »
- Erin Willard
ABC has been trying to hit on a lot of fronts lately, but nothing has been a more clear shot at fans of Lost than the upcoming Resurrection. The trailers don’t exactly give you that impression (see sizzle reel below), but they hint that it might be there, as does the general premise.
We watch as Jacob awakes in a rice field in China, clearly in unfamiliar territory. The case soon falls to Immigration agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), who only knows that Jacob has made his way back to the United States, but hasn’t spoken a word since he was found. Though Martin is supposed to just drop Jacob off with Child Protective Services, he seems to be getting some information out of Jacob, and when Jacob confirms that he can find his way home, in Arcadia, Missouri, Martin takes him there.
The aging man who answers the door, »
- Marc Eastman
Although the College Football season just ended no more than three weeks ago, it’s never too early to speculate what the 2014 season will bring. Could we see another breakout star hit the national stage this year? Or will a familiar face finally fight his way into College Football stardom?
The Quarterback has become one of the most diverse positions in College and Professional Football today, with more and more gifted athletes succeeding at the position each season. There are six Qb’s who will cement their name among College Football’s elite in 2014, and could lead their to a national championship:
Taysom Hill, Byu (2,938 passing yards in 2013, 53% completion rate, 19 TDs; 1,344 rushing yards, 10 TDs)
The Dual-Threat Sophomore held his coming out party against Texas, rushing for over 250 yards and three scores. If his accuracy improves, defenses will be having fits all season long. »
- Chris Turner
A.J.’s mom, Dee Dee McCarron, is apologizing for dissing Florida State quarterback Jameis Winton’s post-game victory speech in a controversial tweet that read, ‘Am I listening to English?’ Dee Dee took to Twitter to insist that she did not ‘in any way’ mean to be ‘racist.’
The mother of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron quickly deleted her questionable tweet on Jan. 6, after facing a major backlash from the Twitterverse. To her credit, the football mom tweeted a heartfelt apology the next day to anyone she may have offended with her careless question.
Jameis Winston Tweet — A.J. McCarron’s Mom Apologizes Over Controversial Diss
After Jameis’ fans accused both A.J.’s mom and his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who favorited the tweet, of being racist, both women were quick to dismiss the allegations on Twitter.
Dee Dee tweeted the following explanation on Jan. 7:
Any1 that knows our family »
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