6 items from 2014
Some movies, no matter how old they are, never age a day. Their situations and themes remain as relevant now as when they were first released. Watching them today, they reflect and comment on our present in ways they couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Every month we’re going to pick a movie from the past that does just that, and explore what it has to say about the here and now. August 29th, 1997, aka Judgement Day, is the day according to Terminator 2 when SkyNet becomes self-aware and nukes the world into a man vs. machine post-apocalypse. That day has long come and gone. The 1991 film’s vision for the future, however, has not. Much of what Terminator 2 anticipates hasn’t fully come true in the 23 years since its release, but emphasis on the word “fully.” There’s a lot in James Cameron’s action classic that rings remarkably familiar in the year 2014. 1. America: The War Zone It »
- Alexander Huls
British tough-guy actor Ray Winstone is to discuss his craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Oct 5. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
Winstone’s association with BAFTA goes back to 1980 when he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for one of his earliest roles in drama That Summer!.
The actor first made an impact in 1977 playing a young offender in the controversial television drama Scum. He went on to star in British cult classics Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth (for which he received his second BAFTA nomination), The War Zone and Sexy Beast.
His TV work has included BAFTA-winning Great Expectations, Emmy-winning Henry VIII »
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
Brit character actor Ray Winstone is in talks to star in the tussled-about "Point Break" remake as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, a role Gary Busey immortalized in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 homoerotic cult classic about bank-robbing surfers. He'll be joining Gerard Butler, currently cast as wave-chasing, surfer-gang leader Bodhi (originally played by Patrick Swayze). Aussie hunk Luke Bracey will star opposite Butler and Winstone as FBI rookie Johnny Utah (played Keanu Reeves in Bigelow's film). Winstone induced shivers in 1999 as a walking picture of paternal evil in Tim Roth's indie "The War Zone," but you've also seen him skulking along the fringes of many mainstream and indie films, including "The Departed," "Cold Mountain," "Hugo," "Sexy Beast" and as a descendent of Cain in "Noah." Across the pond, he's been a film and TV mainstay for decades, with two BAFTA noms under his belt, accolades from the British Independent Film Awards »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Regent Releasing/Summit Entertainment
There aren’t many movies that lack even a single redeeming quality – movies so inherently terrible that there is literally nothing good to say about them, no matter how hard you rack your brains in the search to find something – anything – worthwhile. Even the “worst movies,” after all (those that are constantly cited as being some of the poorest motion pictures ever made) are at least hilarious or entertaining in their sheer awfulness – think of classics like The Room or Troll 2, both of which are intoxicatingly bad, but are all the better for it. We love ‘em for being crap.
So searching for a movie that has nothing going for it all – not in any way, shape or form – is a surprisingly difficult and perhaps even futile task. Take the first “bad movie” that comes to mind right now; chances are you’ll still be »
All men must die, but there's no need for you to have "trying to figure out what the hell is going on in Game of Thrones" listed as your cause of death. When Season Four debuts this Sunday, the cast somehow manages to get even bigger, despite a mortality rate that makes trench warfare look like a leisurely stroll through New York City's scenic High Line park. But with a little help, anyone can look like a master of the Game. Brush up with our Season Four cheat sheet, which »
6 items from 2014