4 items from 2016
We could almost weep with joy. Sod it, we will. One of our favourite animated films - heck, favourite films full stop - of the past 20 years is Brad Bird's stunning The Iron Giant. A film that's notorious for being utterly brilliant, and then marketed badly so nowhere near enough people went to see it. Here's our full lookback on the movie.
Warner Bros released, earlier this year, a Signature Edition of the film in Us cinemas briefly. This was a remastered version of the 1999 original, with around two minutes of additional material that was completed especially for the release. The Signature Edition is set for a Blu-ray release later this year.
Now we learn, though, that The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is coming to UK cinemas. »
In just a few short months, Fast & Furious 8 will start production in New York City and Atlanta, with Vin Diesel reprising his now-iconic role as Dominic Torreto. Like almost every actor, Vin Diesel wasn't born a star, and he had to work his way through the ranks to achieve the fame he has earned today. Of course, along the way, he most certainly had to take on a number of odd jobs to pay the bills, and today a video surfaced from 1994 that showcases the now-famous actor as an incredibly enthusiastic salesman for Street Sharks.
The video was taken from the 1994 Toy Fair, showcasing the actor reveling in his products, showcasing the features of these action figures. At one point in the video, he even puts on a shark hand puppet, showcasing the "Rocky Balboa action" of this toy. Thankfully for the actor, he wouldn't have to sell toys for too long, »
The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...
The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.
However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention. »
So, you’ve enjoyed most of last year’s animated feature films? Yes, 2015 was a pretty good year, but doesn’t match up to the gold standard of 1999 (Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, Disney’S Tarzan, and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut). Still Pixar had its best work in years with Inside Out and that Shaun The Sheep was a loving tribute to classic silent comedies, but the other major hits like Minions and The Good Dinosaur were geared toward the small fry (not that Out and The Peanuts Movie didn’t appeal to all ages). For this new film, definitely leave the kiddos at home. Yes we did have an “R” rated animated film last year with Hell And Back, but that flick was chocked full of sophomoric sex jokes and “gross-out” gags. This holdover from ’15 (now getting a wide release) is truly adult in subject matter and graphics, »
- Jim Batts
4 items from 2016
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