6 items from 2012
In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.
The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually, »
- Mike Everleth
Spielberg's Lincoln biopic and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty may have been held back until after the votes are counted, but do Us voters ever allow themselves to be swayed by what they see at the cinema?
Two movies scheduled for release in the Us on 26 December – a traditional slot for hot Oscar contenders – may make poignant viewing for the political classes. They are Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, a dramatisation of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, a biopic of the 16th president.
If, during that holiday season, Barack Obama is preparing to begin his second term, the films will make pleasant chat at inauguration parties and help to burnish his legend. The Obama administration co-operated with Bigelow in the making of her film – there are allegations that the Pentagon released classified material to the director – while Spielberg, an Obama supporter, »
- Mark Lawson
What do you do if you produce a live-action video game of a very popular (at one time, at least) video game, but it goes straight to video in the United States and the director of the actual game series disowns it? Keep making more, obviously. That's the case with Tekken, though in the interest of optimism, the second try is more promising the first. Now, if you're going, "Wait, there was a first live-action Tekken movie?" A quick recap. 2010's Tekken was directed by Dwight H. Little (who mainly does TV work, though he did direct Murder at 1600) and featured Jon Foo, Kelly Overton (both pictured above as Jin and Christie, respectively), Cary-Hiroykui Tagawa, Cung Lee, Luke Goss, and Mircea Monroe as a handful of fighters in a dsytopian future who fight...
- Peter Hall
Roland Emmerich’s war on the White House looks set to continue. He clearly isn’t content with depicting aliens blowing up the centre of the Us government in Independence Day and having freak weather do its worst to it in The Day After Tomorrow. That's because now, he's signed on to direct the action drama White House Down.
The script is highly regarded and has been written by James Vanderbilt, who has worked on The Amazing Spider-Man for Sony, as well as its adaptation of Red Riding. These factors presumably helped in the decision to shell out $3m for this new script. Details of the plot are currently being kept a secret, but comparisons to Die Hard and Air Force One are being thrown around. No mention of Murder At 1600 though.
With this being an Emmerich film though, »
Spring has sprung, and with it comes more than a dozen TV series premieres. Perhaps the buzziest of the bunch arrives this week, from the pen of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes and revolving around a doctor — of spin. Our review:
The Show | ABC’s Scandal, premiering Thursday, April 5 at 10/9c (watch the first seven minutes here)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Democracy is a flawed concept. Here are 50 films that the IMDb voters would unfairly have you believe are worth no more than 5.9/10…
Six out of ten isn’t a very good score, really. It’s barely over half marks. 60 per cent. It’s alright, but it’s not great. You wouldn’t be proud of getting six out of ten on most kinds of tests, would you? So you might assume that any film that scores under six stars out of ten on the IMDb isn’t very good – possibly even terrible.
But that’s not always the case. Averages don’t tell the whole story; anything that’s potentially controversial or divisive will end up with a score that suggests most people weren’t that bothered about it, since high and low scores will be averaged – and IMDb users often exaggerate their scores anyway, giving a film one star »
6 items from 2012
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