12 items from 2011
Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; our reindeer games are Reindeer Games. Twas the night before Christmas, and here at Jfc, we’re administering cinematic pain with despicable glee. These holiday movies are awful, fraught with despair. And at first we treat them with an appropriate lack of care. But then we reverse, like our heads we did wound, seeing to it that with love these turds are festooned. To top it all off, ‘ere we roll out of sight, we pair the film with a snack to make your Crisco-mas bright. And now we present, before this stops being funny, a disaster called Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. What Makes It Bad? To properly lampoon Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, I must resort to tactic heretofore unseen in this column. (Humor?) Shut up, self! For the next few sentences, I will not make a single joke. I need this abdication of puns, quips »
- Brian Salisbury
Baby, it's cold outside. So what better way to warm your toes (and your heart) than by curling up with a Christmas movie? But choose wisely, dear reader. Christmas movies can be a minefield of shmaltz. Allow us to present you with our not-quite-definitive list of the best and worst of the genre.
The best ...
It's A Wonderful Life, 1946
It may be an obvious choice and we may nod in half-hearted agreement with the New York Times' original description of the movie as "sentimental" and "facile" but despite that, Capra's ending still makes me weep.
Best moment: "That's a lie Harry Bailey went to war…' A despairing Jimmy Stewart realizes just what he's lost
See also: Miracle »
- Sarah Hughes
Cashiers du Cinemart, the legendary cult movie zine that puts all other movie zines to shame, has returned with a brand new print edition that is available in a variety of formats, from an old school photocopied version to a glossy high-end print-on-demand version to an electronic Kindle edition and more.
After a four-year hiatus, publisher and editor Mike White has returned to the printed page as part of a wider “Print Is Not Dead” movement. In typical fashion of it’s earlier print editions, Cashiers du Cinemart #16 is a massive 100-plus page endeavor with contributions from numerous writers, including White himself, riffing on classic cult movies, taking apart mainstream films, analyzing obscure genres, interviewing filmmakers a ton more fun stuff.
This new print zine comes hot on the heels of the hit book Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection, which gathered the best articles from the zine’s previous 15 issues, »
- Mike Everleth
This DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection," which is available from select online retailers and manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs are made to play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 90 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special Features: Trailer
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new feature series titled Adapt This, an in-depth look at a specific film adaptation and its original source novel. If you like this one and have any future ideas, please send them our way at editors (at) thefilmstage.com. Read on!
We all love movies. I know Dane Cook pointed it out more recently than, say, Luis Buñuel, but we all love cinematic adventures. Movies are, in the words of Susan Sarandon, the keepers of our dreams. We go to sporting events or political rallies and have a shared experience, but only movies can crowd a herd of us noisy, smelly humans into a dark room, sit us down, and shut us up by projecting someone else’s dreams for two hours.
What we tend to forgot is how often these movies are based on these things called books. Hold on, »
- Anthony Vieira
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the second of a six part feature... read part one here.
“After Thx 1138 , I wanted to do Flash Gordon and tried to buy the rights to it from King Features, but they wanted a lot of money for it, more than I could afford then,” stated American filmmaker George Lucas who came up with a creative solution. “I realized that I could make up a character as easily as Alex Raymond, who took his character from Edgar Rice Burroughs. It’s your basic superhero in outer space. I realized that what I really wanted to do was a contemporary action fantasy.” The native of Modesto, California was revisiting a childhood fascination. “As a kid, I read a lot of science fiction. But instead of reading technical, hard-science writers like Isaac Asimov, I was interested in Harry Harrison and a fantastic, »
Miramax Films has signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix to allow the streaming of their vast library of films via the Instant Watch service. Reportedly a $100 million deal, Miramax decided to go with a larger payment from Netflix to assure a non-exclusive deal, so they can go sign agreements with other streaming services, such as Hulu, Google and Amazon’s services.
It’s an exciting deal, due to the fact that Miramax has such a fantastic library of films that people have been wanting to stream in general. From Quentin Tarantino’s films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Kevin Smith’s favorites Clerks and Criterion’s own Chasing Amy all the way to Oscar winners Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, there’s tons of genres to choose from to start watching when the deal goes into place, beginning June 1st. So in less than 2 weeks, Netflix subscribers will »
- James McCormick
 Miramax has signed a multi-year agreement to distribute their films on Netflix's Instant Streaming service for U.S. subscribers. Several hundred Miramax movies will be available beginning in June 2011, with "dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis." Through this partnership, the Netflix library gains a variety of films which collectively have 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare in Love." Iconic titles such as "Bad Santa," "Chasing Amy," "Cinema Paradiso," "Clerks," "Cold Mountain," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Good Will Hunting," "Kill Bill" Volumes I and II, "Muriel's Wedding," "The Piano," "Pulp Fiction," "Reindeer Games" and many of the "Halloween," "Scary Movie," "Scream" and "Spy Kids" movies will be available over time. Read the full press release after the jump. Netflix Announces Strategic Multi-Year Agreement With Miramax Netflix Members Can Instantly Watch Hundreds of Iconic Miramax films, Including such classics as "Pulp Fiction, »
- Peter Sciretta
8:15 NBA Playoff Game 3: Miami at Boston 8:00 NCIS 9:00 CSI: Miami (repeat) 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (new) 7:00 Nascar Racing: Sprint Cup in Darlington, Sc 8:00 Chase (new) 9:00 Law & Order: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 Law & Order: Svu (repeat) 11:29 Saturday Night Live (new, with guests Tina Fey and Ellie Goulding) More TV to watch when you read more. 8:00 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 8:00 Reindeer Games 7:00 American Pie 8:00 Race to Witch Mountain »
Michael Bay is back to deliver the latest onslaught of mindless robot carnage this summer. We saw a teaser and Super Bowl spot, but now we have the first full-length theatrical trailer for the film starring Shia Labeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro, and Leonard Nimoy.
Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are out this time, handing over the reigns to Ehren Kruger, who worked with them on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Kruger was also behind Scream 3, Reindeer Games, and The Ring.
From someone who enjoyed the first Transformers, but despised the last one, I’m hesitant about Bay’s latest. Like almost all of his trailers it looks slick, but barely includes the idiotic dialogue and characters found in nearly all of his films. The participation of Jeong and Tudyk as comedic relief, »
- Jordan Raup
While there was no shortage of successful horror films in 1999 (Sleepy Hollow, The Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project, Stigmata), teen-based films were on the wane. 1998 represented the financial peak of this subgenre, with only two miserable offerings crawling into theaters the following year. Neither Idle Hands nor The Rage: Carrie 2 managed to scare up much business, indicating that target audiences might’ve had their fill of teen-specific horror and were now looking elsewhere for their shocks. The horror landscape was shifting rapidly and it was in this transition period that Dimension Films sought to deliver what was then being touted as the final installment in their hugely profitable Scream franchise.
Articulating Scream 3’s problems isn’t exactly rocket science, although it is perhaps best summed up by a memorable opening night experience. Once again the house was packed, only this time audience enthusiasm diminished steadily (and audibly »
- Masked Slasher
It’s quite telling when the best scene in your movie isn’t even from your own movie. When a clip is shown early on from Shaun of the Dead, I felt a burst of both enjoyment and frustration. Enjoyment because, well, it’s Shaun of the Dead. The overbearing frustration came from the fact that the movie I was watching was Scream 4.
This fourth installment is only a surprise in the sense that it didn’t continue the downward spiral of the series, but lets face it, surpassing the third film is about as easy a task as one could get.
The fact that the fourth is nearly on the same level as the third comes as a real disappointment, considering how director Wes Craven wisely kicks off the film with a compelling bang. The once-reliable filmmaker, and his film, seems aware of how ridiculous and usually bad »
- Jack Giroux
12 items from 2011
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