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This important double-disc set contains two essential films. This is the first time Michael Cimino's epic 216-minute western has been available for domestic viewing in Britain. The second disc contains a shortened version of Michael Epstein's documentary feature Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate. Beautifully restored on DVD and Blu-ray, Heaven's Gate is one of the finest westerns ever made. It's a measured, magisterial account of the Johnson County War in 1892 Wyoming, when the powerful stock growers' association brought in a vast posse of assassins to destroy the wave of European immigrants they saw as threatening their monopoly of grazing land.
The film is seen largely through the eyes of an alcoholic aristocrat belonging to the stock growers (John Hurt) and two class enemies: a Harvard-educated sheriff who sides with the settlers (Kris Kristofferson) and an immigrant hired gun working for »
- Philip French
There's an old and tired joke/observation that we're all guilty of having made at least once. It goes something like "In the '50s, we were promised teleportation and hovercars and robot butlers! Why hasn't that happened yet?" This vision of a sprawling, urban science fiction world filled with flying cars and androids has been our go-to vision of the future for going on 70 years. Even darker science fiction movies like Blade Runner and Minority Report appropriate these basic building blocks, changing the pain but not the actual content. What's truly remarkable about Spike Jonze's Her is that it's a film about a science fiction near future that flat-out rejects our typical image of the future while quietly making the case that we're closer to...
- Jacob S. Hall
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch! We've posted three of the short films below, but for the rest, you must check out New York Times Magazine. Here's Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's scene starring Robert Redford: Andrew Bujalski's (Computer Chess) scene starring Cate Blanchett: »
- Ethan Anderton
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Streets of Fire (UK) Welcome to another time, another place, and a world where rock ‘n’ roll meets the American Western alongside an infusion of rockabilly gangsters and neon living. Pop icon Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) has been kidnapped by the leader of the Bombers, Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe). Her only hope is an ex-boyfriend turned mercenary, Tom Cody (Michael Paré). While wrapped in peculiar details, this oddball action/drama/musical is actually a pretty straightforward tale plot-wise, and it’s those details that make it stand apart. Well, the details, the cast, and the songs. The lead trio is joined by Rick Moranis, Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, and other recognizable faces, and the songs are catchy as all hell. The UK’s Second Sight is releasing this Walter Hill cult classic to Blu-ray for »
- Rob Hunter
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
It is incredibly difficult to create digital animation — time-consuming, soul-destroying carpal-tunnel work, ideally requiring an engineer with the soul of a poet — but it’s also incredibly easy for an overgrown idiot manchild with studio funding to hire lots of digital animators. The story of blockbuster cinema in the last decade is the story of mediocre directors working with whole armies of digital animators to create terrible movies made passable by incredible special effects. »
- Darren Franich
There are films that are said to be “ahead of their time”, this can often be an excuse for poor box-office sales or just the fact that the film was done in a style that people just weren’t ready for, and they just didn’t understand what the people behind the concept were trying to do. I’d say with Streets of Fire it’s a little bit of the two.
Streets of Fire was created by Walter Hill the same man who brought us The Warriors and just like that movie it was done in a comic book style but Streets of Fire is much more stylised and unusual. Streets of Fire, is set in “Another Time…Another Place” which appears to be a version of the »
- Paul Metcalf
I bet you’re thinking, “Hey, I could of guessed that.”
After all, R2-D2 and C3P0 are the glue that unifies the original Star Wars movies with the lesser respected prequels that came later. So while R2-D2 is on board for these new J.J. Abrams films, we’re all expecting C3P0 to come back as well.
Unfortunately, what the Internet is not expecting is an original script. After the prequels disappointed, these new films just feel like Disney cashing in its Lucas chip so that it can take over the “blockbuster film” industry between Marvel Comics’ superhero movies and Lucas flicks.
J.J. may have become a sci-fi favorite because of Lost, but Star Trek: Into Darkness and his new series Almost Human have led me to believe that J.J. doesn’t care about originality anymore. Into Darkness was a »
- Bags Hooper
I posted my review of Fox's "Almost Human" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the sci-fi cop show tonight, give or take a delay from football, what did you think? Was Michael Ealy an interesting robot for you? Did you find the human characters interesting? Did you like the production design, or did it seem too derivative of "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and others? Were you, like me, surprised that Minka Kelly is not playing a robot? Are you at all intrigued in the mythology about the criminal gang Kennex is going after? And was it interesting enough that you'll watch again tomorrow night? Have »
- Alan Sepinwall
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ed Harris | Written by Stephen King | Directed by George A. Romero
Creepshow is an anthology of five stories, some written specifically for the film by Stephen King and others adapted from his own short stories. With tales that include a dead father rising on father’s day for a family reunion, macabre drownings, monsters in crates, a strange “green” infection you’ll never forget and cockroaches revenge every story has a suitably creepy and memorable end.
I could take a look at each story in the anthology but I’m sure that people who are reading this review will no doubt have already seen the film before, if not then you are in for a treat – this is a movie directed by George A. Romero, based on the writing of Stephen King, »
- Paul Metcalf
In the new Fox network drama Almost Human, 2048 is dark and dirty. There are astonishingly violent criminals in it, and cops on the edge, and robots. Some cars have wheels, others fly; one of them looks like a hovering black doughnut. It rains all the time. Computers project iPad-like windows into the air, like in Minority Report (which influenced the iPhone, among other real-life technologies). All beat cops are required to have robot partners. You’ve seen all of this before — and I do mean all of it, from the design elements to the character beats. Apparently there are only two types of science-fictional futures: Star Trek and Alien. This series (premiering in two parts this Sunday and Monday at eight before settling into its Monday time slot) from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe) takes place in more of an Alien future — more specifically, an Alien Nation »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
In the opening moments of Fox’s Almost Human, we learn that crime in Los Angeles has risen 400 percent, criminal organizations run the city with impunity, and the police are so outnumbered that every human officer is paired with a combat-ready android.
The futuristic cop drama’s two-night premiere kicks off Sunday, Nov. 17 (9/8c) and introduces us to John Kennex (the Star Trek reboot’s Karl Urban), a detective returning to the force after a life-changing injury.
- Kimberly Roots
When Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks opens in theaters in December, audiences will delight in a movie that gives them not only a rare glimpse of the behind-the-scenes tug-of-war that ultimately brought “Mary Poppins” to the screen but also a glimpse of the creative geniuses it took to envision the classic film – everyone from a cantankerous, difficult author to an ever-optimistic, visionary entrepreneur.
John Lee Hancock’s film will have it’s North American Premiere at the Opening Night Gala of the 2013 AFI Fest on Thursday, November 7.
Prior to it’s screening at the AFI Fest 2013, the Oscar-winning actress will be honored with a handprint-footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
In preparation to take on the persona of P.L. Travers, Thompson listened to tapes of »
- Michelle McCue
“Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report is about a cop in the future working in a division of the police department that arrests killers before they commit the crimes, courtesy of some future-viewing technology. John Anderton has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a future crime and must find out what brought it about and stop it before it can happen.” (courtesy IMDb)
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- Nigel Honeybone
In a move reminiscent of Minority Report, Tesco is to install facial recognition screens to target you with tailored adverts
Tesco is to install facial recognition screens in its stores which will be able to target you with tailored adverts. The technology will try to work out your age and gender in order to suggest products that you might like to buy. Some have suggested that this idea has come straight out of the film Minority Report, where stores immediately recognise the main character and offer him a selection of clothes based on what he has bought before.
What technology seen in films or in novels would you like to use in real life? Would you like a hoverboard as used in Back To The Future? Would you kill for a James Bond gadget as devised by Q? Perhaps the technology envisaged in fiction terrifies you, and you would rather »
While cool tech, mind-boggling theories, future worlds, and alternate universes are all sights to behold on the big screen, the spectacle doesn't make our favorite sci-fi movies immune from a few "uh oh" moments here and there.
As always, photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com.
- Erin Whitney
He’s only 16 years old, but Asa Butterfield has already carved out a respectable acting career for himself. He received critical acclaim for his role as Bruno in The Boy with Striped Pyjamas, and he played the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Now he has one of his biggest roles to date in Ender’s Game, Gavin Hood’s cinematic adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved science fiction novel.
In the film, Butterfield plays Ender, a boy born into a world reeling from two devastating battles with an alien species. Taken to Battle School along with many other children to be trained as a military leader in preparation for a third attack, Ender soon emerges as the best candidate to lead the International Fleet in a fight for humanity’s survival.
During the recent Ender’s Game press day, Butterfield sat down with journalists for a press conference interview, »
- Ben Kenber
Written and directed by Stephen Sommers
In Odd Thomas, the titular clairvoyant character (Anton Yelchin) can see dead people and bodachs (spirit creatures that alert him to future deaths). Working with the local police, headed by a chief played by Willem Dafoe, Odd goes around stopping people before they do bad things, but one potential criminal, a guy he lovingly dubs Fungus Bob, causes him all sorts of problems.
The story in Odd Thomas is half-baked and slapdash (despite Odd’s constant narration trying to explain everything), the universe it tries to create is vague and unconvincing, and the actors lack a certain amount of chemistry and personality (other characters have to literally remind the audience of how weird Odd is by literally using the word “odd” to describe him). It’s a rather dull affair, and in the wide spectrum of “people who can see the »
- Justin Li
The upcoming sci-fi movie, which follows Ender Wiggin's (Asa Butterfield) as he's recruited and trained to fight the formidable alien Formics, is full of impressive CGI action sequences. The new TV trailer offers a brief look at the Formics' ships and planet, a few seconds of a simulated battle, and a stressed-out Ender shedding a few tears. But Harrison Ford's Col. Graff isn't much of a softy. Here are six things we can't wait to see in director Gavin Hood's adaptation of the beloved novel.
1. The Zero Gravity Battle School
We've had a stressful experience with zero gravity at the movies this year thanks to "Gravity," but watching adolescents play free-floating war games? We're in. In the trailer for "Ender's Game »
- Erin Whitney
Chronicle's Adam Schroeder is producing. While no story details were given, it is said to be in the same vein as Chronicle, centering on a big visual concept with a young cast at its core. The pitch also included a visual test reel that Chris Gorak directed.
Chris Gorak started his career as an art director and production designer for films such as Tombstone, Fight Club, Minority Report and Lords of Dogtown. He made his feature directorial debut with the 2006 thriller Right at Your Door, which he followed up with 2011's The Darkest Hour. »
“A visual effects supervisor does something that a designer cannot do and vice versa,” observes Alex McDowell who was responsible for the production design of Fight Club(1999), Minority Report (2002), and Man of Steel (2013). “The visual effects supervisor’s job is to coordinate and instruct the technology that is going to execute the vision. The designer’s job is to lay down the vision in respect to how it reflects what the director wants, what the script needs, what the film shoots, and to make the environments that the actors touch and occupy. It’s our job to make sure that’s consistent and coherent across the entire movie whether it’s done in production or post. It’s a close relationship.”
“One of the great things that »
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