13 items from 2016
Confused by the way Matt Damon was portrayed in Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 puppet epic “Team America: World Police”? You’re not the only one. Damon was pretty befuddled by it himself. During an Ask Me Anything Q&A session on Reddit on Wednesday, the “Jason Bourne” star admitted that he was “kind of bewildered” by the portrayal, which painted the actor as a moron who’s barely able to utter his own name. “I was always kind of bewildered by ‘America,’ I think because it’s hard for us to understand what our images are in public, »
- Tim Kenneally
Andrew Blair Jul 20, 2016
Some movies wear their political messages lightly, some club you over the head. Guardians Of The Galaxy’s most explicit political statement is probably ‘We are Groot’, which could mean anything from ‘You’re my friends’ to a thesis on the benefits of intersectionality. Team America: World Police, on the other hand, provides an argument for military intervention that probably isn’t covered in the Chilcot Report.
Some movies, though, have messages buried at varying depths in the subtext that don’t come out straight away upon the their release. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, despite having been published in 1955, achieved this. The influence of World War One - the trenches and mechanised warfare - influence a technophobia, as does growing up near the Black Country. »
“In anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you need a montage. Even Rocky had a montage.” The lyrics from the Team America: World Police song (which actually originated on South Park) don’t lie as every single Rocky film features a training montage where Sylvester Stallone is getting ready […]
The post Lol: A Baby Does the ‘Rocky II’ Training Montage, Will Knock You Out with Cuteness appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
We're living a tidal wave of content. It's hard to know what to watch, when, and where. We're here to help! By telling you that you can and should watch a movie about a tsunami entitled The Wave from the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug, on Netflix next month. The streaming service has released the titles for their July 2016 movies and TV shows, though they are subject to change. Also available are those titles leaving Netflix in July. Highlights of what you can look forward to include: Back to the Future 1- 3, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 (if you want to get ready for the upcoming sequel), All of the Lethal Weapon movies (get a look at The Predator director Shane Black's first script brought to life), BoJack Horseman Season 3, The Sting, and more. Make sure to check out these titles before they leave: A Clockwork Orange, »
- Roth Cornet
You have mere days left to watch all these movies and TV shows, because come July, they'll be gone. With the truckload of new movies hitting Netflix in July, all these are expiring. It's a sad event, but at least we have a heads-up so that we can get all our watching in now. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new movies that popped up in June! Expiring July 1 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange A League of Their Own Allegiance Along Came Polly Best in Show The Beverly Hillbillies Bulworth Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Caillou The Central Park Five Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke The Conspiracy Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, seasons one-two Dinosaur Train, season two Drive Me Crazy Flashpoint, seasons one-five The Flintstones The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas The Game, seasons one-three How to Marry a Millionaire Ice Age: The Meltdown Medium, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Love them or hate them, reboots are here to stay -- until they get remade once again. And while some franchises are better left alone (cough, cough, "Fuller House"), others are even stronger the second time around, especially when you're not old enough to remember the original. Here's a look at the best and worst kids' shows making comebacks faster than you can say "cannibalizing my childhood."
'The Powerpuff Girls' (1998 - 2005)
Way back in 1998, Cartoon Network did something amazing and produced a cartoon that was equal parts "Spider-Man," "My Little Pony," and Ms. Magazine: "The Powerpuff Girls." Audiences eager to see that girls could kick butt too responded strongly, keeping the show on the air for seven years. The carefully crafted blend of silliness, standard villain plots, and adorable sisters charmed kids all over the world, spawning merchandise, cosplay, and even a full-length feature film. So naturally, a reboot was inevitable, »
- Jaime Vazquez
The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.
The 05/23/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including Aj Styles reuniting with The Club and turning heel, John Cena’s return, Stephanie and Shane McMahon announcing the WWE brand split, and much more…
The show opened with a lengthy video package on Memorial Day. Being an Englishman, however, all I heard was the opening riff to Team America: World Police’s ‘America, F*** Yeah!’
On a more serious note, why was The Miz used as one of the talking heads? In the show, he’s a heel. Couldn’t they have just gotten another babyface? Inconsistencies like that are really annoying.
The Steph And Shane Connection
But not as annoying as the McMahon siblings. Shane and Stephanie introduced the show proper by announcing that Smackdown’s going »
- Oli Davis
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
CBS has its procedural game down to a science. After ten seasons of success with the crime thriller Criminal Minds (and one not-so-successful spinoff, subtitled Suspect Behavior), the network has decided to section off a new segment of its FBI profiling world. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders brings back the world-traveling team first introduced in the parent series and gives them their own cavalcade of off-putting psychopaths to chase down.
The difference here is moreso in location (Thailand and India in the two episodes sent for review, but suspect green screen suggests a CBS lot in Southern California) than team dynamics. Anyone familiar with this kind of cop show procedural formula will undoubtedly find easy pickings in the line-up of likable leads offered beyond the borders of Criminal Minds’ America-locked Og series. But there’s simply nothing else to the show: it is, unapologetically, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Of the two films about attacks on the White House released in 2013, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down proved bigger, dumberer and a whole lot more fun than the stodgily straight-faced Olympus Has Fallen. Sadly, it’s the latter which has spawned this sequel, meaning that Gerard Butler gets to do his bargain-basement Bruce Willis impression again, but this time on the merrie olde streets of London. When world leaders gather for the Pm’s state funeral, London is hit by an “attack which has decimated most of the known landmarks of the British capital!!!” Crikey! “Make those fuckers pay,” gurgles a dying Angela Bassett, hardening Gerard’s resolve to send these “terrorist assholes” – most of whom are disguised as British bobbies (“Fuck, they’re not real cops!!”) – back to “Fuckhead-istan” pronto. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
All right action fans, you won’t have to wait for Spring and Summer for a noisy, big body-count, big-screen bonanza. That’s because “Mr. Movie Mayhem” is back, yup Gerard Butler. Wait a minute, back? He was here just last week, starring in the CGI-heavy, fight-fest Gods Of Egypt! Well, in that one, he’s not truly the star, but a (gasp!) villain! His Set is almost an inverse of his big break-out role in 300 (ten years old now?) and Gods is a kind of a mash-up of the Spartan epic with the (unnecessary) remake of Clash Of The Titans. But it’s not really a sequel and it’s a near-bloodless PG-13. Not the case here. Just three years ago Butler scored again with the bloody and bombastic (almost a non-puppet companion to Team America: World Police) Olympus Has Fallen. This is not to be confused with that »
- Jim Batts
In 2004, it looked as if Team America: World Police had hammered the last nail in the coffin for cinema’s definitive sex scene. Then, last year, in Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman — also working with puppets — found new and interesting nuances in that most hackneyed of cinematic clichés. The opening sequence of writers-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s latest film — where, in the red-lit basement of a Parisian sex club, two young men feel about, lock eyes and elope before walking the streets together — also breaks new ground in this regard. It’s a scene with a purpose to drop the audience into this world with apparently genuine onscreen sex, real-time shooting, and a brilliant surrealist flourish combining to make one of the most dazzling set pieces of this year’s Berlinale.
Paris 05:59 won’t return to such dizzying heights again in the scenes that follow, but the second and »
- Rory O'Connor
The great Charlie Kaufman has made his first foray into the world of animation with the critically praised Anomalisa, which we named one of the best films of 2015. Finally expanding over the next few weeks, to celebrate, we’ve decided to look back at some of the finest animated films that one might not want to show the entire family.
Who said cartoons were just for kids? As this week’s list will demonstrate, some of the finest weren’t necessarily designed with undiscerning young audiences in mind. Crossing genres and styles, these fifteen amazing features should probably be watched after this kids have been put to bed. Of course, there are many great examples beyond these, so please suggest your own favorites in the comments.
- Tony Hinds
Trey Parker and Matt Stone cleverly called attention to the cliché of training montages with a little musical number in Team America: World Police. However, that hasn’t stopped montages, especially with our heroes gearing up for the final fight, from being a mainstay in motion pictures. But have you ever stopped to think about what […]
The post Lol: The Iconic Stairs Scene from ‘Rocky’ Is Pretty Awkward Without Music appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
13 items from 2016
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners