4 items from 2015
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
When Jumanji was released in 1995, the movie about a man trapped inside a magical board game obviously had to have a board game tie-in. Produced by Milton Bradley, that necessary piece of merchandising didn't exactly resemble the game in the movie, but then it also wasn't magic, either. You can now find used and mint copies of the short-lived tie-in item on eBay and Amazon and elsewhere starting around $20 -- less if pieces are missing and much more, north of $100, if the box is still sealed. But wouldn't you rather have the real thing? For the biggest fans of the movie, which is based on Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book, there are also prop games that were featured on screen, which are now highly sought-after collector's items...
- Christopher Campbell
George Clooney will present the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award to his old pal and longtime collaborator, production designer Jim Bissell. The awards show and presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31.
Bissell’s other credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, 300, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). He won an Emmy for Palmerstown, U.S.A., and and received an Oscar nomination for Good Night, And Good Luck.
- The Deadline Team
The website, thedentedhelmet.com, posted original concept art that Joe Johnston created for Boba Fett when he worked as a concept artist on George Lucas' Star Wars films. And yes, that is the same Joe Johnston that directed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and even Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). When you look at these alternate white-armor designs you may not even recognize him as the character that hunted down Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth »
4 items from 2015
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