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"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long," muses Dr Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner. This statement doesn't apply to a startling list of classic movies that faded fast at the box office on initial release, but whose flames have been burning with more intensity as the years have passed...
Blade Runner (1983)
Budget: $28 million
Box office: $33.7 million (including re-releases)
While androids dream of electric sheep, accountants must have endured hellish nightmares in the aftermath of Blade Runner's dismal run at the box office in the summer of 1982. An opening weekend of barely $6 million (£3.61 million) was attributed to an ill-conceived advertising campaign, the competition of Et for bums on seats and a mixed reception from viewers who felt stunned by the imagery but alienated by the narrative.
It's hard not to wonder whether the film would have fared better if the studio had faith in director Ridley Scott's original vision, »
The latest in a current trend for TV spin-offs of beloved films (see Bates Motel, Fargo), this adaptation of the 1996 vampire western of the same name boasts that film's director Robert Rodriguez as its exec producer. Early word on the series suggests that it's high on visual imagination, though might be a little light on plot. Judge for yourself on Netflix, where a new episode is added every Wednesday.
Video: Nest Of Giants
Vice columnist (and writer round these parts too) Clive Martin leaves the nightclubs behind and heads out to Iceland to try to find out why an island with the population of Stoke produces so many of the world's strongest men. Martin hangs out with four-time World's Strongest Man winner Magnús Ver Magnússon, gets »
- Gwilym Mumford, Lanre Bakare
“The reason this is happening is because I’m pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach,” said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.
“Don’t forget the basics. Don’t get enamored with new technology, because it’s not new. Just the medium we’re working in is new, but that doesn’t change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It’s beyond technology. It’s the art of movies.”
The younger attendees in the audience tittered with excitement as the “Star Wars” creator – who was perhaps the most casually dressed that night in jeans – spoke.
- Alex Stedman
Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered. A giant spider slowly walks across a bleak Toronto skyline. A history teacher sees a man that looks just like him in a random movie. A pregnant woman thinks her husband may be cheating on her. A mother is just happy her son is no longer satisfied being a third-rate actor. These are a few of the facts that make up Denis Villeneuve's Lynchian new film Enemy, a film I'm still processing and perhaps forever will. Based on "The Double" by Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, Enemy drowns the mood in darkness as the film opens with a man walking down a long, dark corridor. We'll later recognize him as D-level actor Anthony Clair (Jake Gyllenhaal), but here he is just one of many men, gazing wide-eyed as women dance naked for their pleasure. The dance ends and two more women make an appearance, »
- Brad Brevet
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “10 Hit Movies That Fans Hated” — Charlie Jane Anders at io9 uses a list to highlight the disconnect between fan properties and fans. The usual suspects are lined up and knocked down. “Dystopian Thrillers: The Rare Hollywood Genre Where Women Rule” — Devon Maloney at Wired digs into the new genre movement asking young men to identify with young women’s story. “Helmer Jeunet Slams Hollywood’s Approach to 3D at London Creative Summit” — Robert Mitchell at Variety recaps comments from a powerfully inventive mind that argues using a tool in only one way is a great method for killing that tool. “Challenging the Canon: Fight Club” — Brogan Morris at Movie Mezzanine goes contrarian on David Fincher’s aggressive opus, and everything he says makes me want to watch it a hundred more times and »
- Scott Beggs
BBC One crime drama Shetland topped the ratings outside of soaps on Tuesday, according to overnight data.
Douglas Henshall's first full series opener gathered 5.20 million viewers (22.9%) at 9pm. This is down from its pilot episode's total of 6.37m in March last year, which aired on a Sunday. Later, Insane Fight Club fascinated 1.05m (10.9%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Permission Impossible concluded with 1.38m (6.8%) at 7pm, followed by The Great British Sewing Bee with 2.53m (11.2%) at 8pm and An Hour to Save Your Life with 1.97m (8.7%) at 9pm.
ITV's coverage of Arsenal's departure from the Champions League scored 4.54m (20.3%) at 7.30pm.
On Channel 4, Kirstie's Best of Both Worlds interested 1.25m (5.5%) at 8pm (220,000/1.0% on +1). The Taste crowned its winner with 767k viewers (3.4%) at 9pm, while Strippers intrigued 968k (6.6%) at 10pm.
Channel 5's Benidorm ER brought in 778k (3.4%) at 8pm (134k/0.6%), followed by The Mentalist with 993k (4.3%) at 9pm (166k/1.1%) and »
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
Live UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich v Arsenal
After a 2-0 reverse in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg, Arsenal head to Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena in search of the miraculous: they require a victory by two clear goals here, against the current holders. It looks a mammoth task, though Arsène Wenger's side will draw strength from their last visit to this ground when they achieved that exact result. Manchester City, themselves after an unlikely away victory, face Barcelona tomorrow (7pm, Sky Sports 1). Gwilym Mumford
Douglas Henshall returns as the noble, brooding Scottish island detective in the first of three new two-parters. Tonight, a teenage girl is found dead on a beach, pecked by crows and threatened by the grey tide. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, Mark Jones, Bim Adewunmi, Rachel Aroesti
The Naughty Dog masterpiece The Last of Us will be getting the big screen treatment courtesy of Screen Gems, who are responsible for bringing the Resident Evil franchise to cinemas worldwide. Key members of Naughty Dog will write the film alongside the Evil Dead mastermind himself, Sam Raimi providing himself as producer. At this time, there is no one set to direct the picture. There is no doubt that this adaptation will be on a lot of people’s radars in the coming months, particularly because everyone will be wondering who will snag the coveted roles of the game’s protagonists, Joel and Ellie.
Like any other form of fictional media, people take the time to invest in characters like Joel and Ellie, and the characters themselves are very special to the fans. There is bound to be a lot of discussion among people about the casting.
With that being said, »
- Chance Weickenand
Fight Club has been recreated as a retro beat 'em up.
The 1999 film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has been given a 16-bit makeover by YouTube channel CineFix.
Complete with authentic-looking dialogue boxes and sound effects, the three-minute video 'play-through' follows Edward Norton's unnamed protagonist through his escapades with fearless fighter Tyler Durden.
Outside fight sequences, the player also encounters bonus game scenarios that involve sliding with Norton's power animal penguin and collecting bags of fat from the dumpsters behind a liposuction clinic ready to transform them into soap.
Part of the user's '8 Bit Cinema' series, the remake follows pixel-perfect versions of The Dark Knight and Inception. »
In the past couple of weeks, CineFix has released two new videos in their 8-Bit cinema series. They use mostly 16-bit for their retelling of David Fincher’s Fight Club, but stay nearly all 8-bit for their version of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Both videos do an incredible job of summing up the events of each movie — especially considering they both come in well under the 3-minute mark. I'd say, though, that the Inception vid has more creative surprises, but the Fight Club retelling fits more elements from the actual movie into it.
- Eli Reyes
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Fight Club in the form of an 8 bit video game; John Travolta’s Oscars flub; an original a-cappella arrangement of the fight theme from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out; Black Mad Men; Star Wars Lightsaber™ BBQ tongs; and the top 10 surprising actor first roles. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
You guys. You guys! You Guys! The long wait to see "Fight Club" realized as a video game has finally come to an end. The fine folks at CineFix have imagined David Fincher's darkly comic cult favorite as an arcade classic, and it's a beautiful blend of "Street Fighter" and "Streets of Rage," both of which you undoubtedly spent countless hours playing as a kid. If only a "Fight Club" video game actually existed so we could watch Tyler Durden flash in and out of frame and wonder if it was really happening or if it is just a hallucination brought on video game-induced insomnia. Watch below!
- Tim Hayne
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher's most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher's best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher's cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas' Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life »
- Jason Barr
For a trillion people — in markets major, ancillary, and very possibly interplanetary — the equation is simple: big, doleful Hibernian Liam Neeson + big gun = excellent mayhem. His new thriller, Non-Stop, is a hijack picture with a mystery villain: Someone onboard keeps texting Air Marshal Neeson a threat: A person will die every 20 minutes if $150 million is not deposited into a numbered account. Oddly, when Neeson starts making noises to the pilots and his on-the-phone superior (Shea Whigham), everyone thinks he’s the hijacker. And who knows? He might be. He’s unstable enough. He’s a boozer. Maybe he’s texting himself the way Edward Norton kept beating himself up in Fight Club. The movie has so many red herrings, it’s amazing the theater doesn’t smell like a fish store.Jittery Julianne Moore wants a window seat and trades with computer programmer Nate Parker — which puts her next to »
- David Edelstein
No less an authority than Stephen King calls Nick Cutter’s The Troop “old-school horror at its best.” The book, which goes on sale February 25, finds a young group of scouts on an isolated wilderness trip confronted by a strange man with a horrible, deadly infection. Early reviews are invoking everything from Lord of the Flies to Night of the Creeps, which is a good sign in my book. I’ll have my own review of the novel here at Fearnet next week, but for now we’ve got a few words with the author himself. Fearnet: You've cited Stephen King as a major influence on your work and this novel in particular. What elements of his work do you see in The Troop? Cutter: Well, I cribbed its structure from Carrie, which is a debt I make clear in the acknowledgements. “The Body” (made into the film Stand by Me) is another obvious touchstone. »
- Blu Gilliand
For what it is, Non-Stop is a satisfying thriller, but it's a standard whodunnit with a slight psychological bend that, had it been pursued to the end, would have actually made it the Hitchcockian thrill ride some are going to attempt to peg it as being. However, to do that would have taken a lot more nerve than a director of Jaume Collet-Serra's standing has shown to possess, though you could argue Orphan (which went all the way to the other side) was more ballsy than most films we get today, even if I wasn't much of a fan, though more as a result of the filmmaking not the actual narrative. This time Collet-Serra is working with a screenplay from unproven screenwriters John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle, all first-time feature writers with Roach being a regular writer for the WWE. Given their credits, or lack-of, I would have expected much worse, »
- Brad Brevet
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Screenwriters John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle; Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o; Running time: 110 mins; Certificate: 12A
Welcome to the Mile High Fight Club. Liam Neeson gets his glare on in this thrilling, action-packed whodunit set on board an airplane, which blends the crowd-pleasing intrigue of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with the brutal force of Taken at 40,000 feet. Non-Stop keeps you too busy clinging to the edge of your seat to cynically probe for plot holes, providing relentless entertainment from take off to touchdown.
Neeson is perfectly cast as alcoholic air marshal Bill Marks, haunted by a turbulent past and reliant on secretly consuming a stash of booze and fags to keep him going during the commercial flight. That's pretty much standard for a Ryanair trip. But soon, he receives a series of cryptic text messages containing threats to kill a »
Director David Fincher and "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin already teamed up for the Oscar-winning Facebook drama "The Social Network," and now they may be turning their talents to a biopic of another tech legend: Apple founder Steve Jobs. Fincher ("Fight Club," "Seven") is in early talks to direct the as-yet-untitled film, while Sorkin has already finished writing the script for producer Scott Rudin, according to Variety. Based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 bestseller "Steve Jobs," the film reportedly has an unconventional structure consisting of just three long scenes, with each one taking place behind the scenes of one of Apple’s many major product launches through the years. Fincher is currently wrapping up "Gone Girl" -- which opens October 3 -- and could be moving onto the Jobs film soon after, depending on negotiations. After decades of tech innovation (including introducing the iPod and iPhone), Jobs passed away in 2011. He was »
- HitFix Staff
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