"Dave Beeth-Oven. Maxine of Arc. Herman the Kid. Bob Genghis Khan. So-Crates Johnson. Dennis Frood. And, uh... Abraham Lincoln." Hadley Freeman revisits Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure with Alex Winter
, and Ben Child reports on the long-awaited follow-up to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
In 2004 Joseph Kahn
directed the hyper-kinetic, poorly reviewed motorcycle action movie Torque
. It was Kahn's directorial debut, and though he was tapped for (one of many
) failed Neuromancer adaptations, he devoted the next six years to a largely self financed project: the horror-comedy farce Detention
. Noted cultural critic Steven Shaviro discusses in this essay
why Detention, despite also being reviewed negatively
, is one of his favorite movies of the decade. Shaviro's review contains major spoilers for the plot, and it's probably best to go into the movie blind. A brief non-spoiler synopsis is available below the jump. [more inside]
"One of the most exhilarating cinematic works of the Czechoslovak New
Wave is Vera Chytilová's 1966 film, Daisies
, the story of two young women
who declare the world is spoiled and rotten, and so make a pact that they
will be too." -- Katarina Soukup, "Banquet of Profanities
." "In a 1966 interview, Chytilová
as a 'philosophical documentary in the form of a farce,' a 'bizarre comedy with strands of satire and sarcasm.'" -- Bliss Cua Lim, "Dolls in Fragments
." [more inside]
is a 1994 action comedy film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold. The film was a huge hit, and is noteworthy in that it featured visual special effects considered impossible
only a few years prior. It's been 20 years since it was released
. Time for a revisit, then. [SPOILERS if you haven't seen this movie.] [more inside]
The Dissolve's Movie of the Week discussion series (previously 1 2 3 4
) takes Airplane!
for a spin:
Nathan Rabin kicks off One and Done
- a look at writers, directors and actors who only made a significant contribution to a single film - with a dive into Carrot Top's Chairman of the Board
Cribbing from Pee Wee's Big Adventure
and Yahoo Serious
, this 1998 opus
failed to establish the college prop comic as a box office draw. However, the appearance of Chairman of the Board
co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith on Conan O'Brien
(with guest Norm MacDonald) is unforgettable
In a world
On May 30th the 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards
were handed out in Beverly Hills, CA. There are a total of 75 categories; the 17 top awards were handed out live at the sold-out show and are linked below the fold. [more inside]
Since his death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks's (very previously
) legend and stature have only grown; American: The Bill Hicks Story
) fills in the details of a life cut tragically short, blending live footage and animation, and is narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best. A comic's comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, American: The Bill Hicks Story is now streaming for free on Snag Films.
is an upcoming action-comedy movie from Swedish director David Sandberg. The trailer, at least, is a pitch-perfect celebration of everything that made 80s action movies ridiculous and wonderful. [more inside]
–Can you tell us in 25 seconds a synopsis of your new picture
–Uh, in 25 seconds? Yes, it's a picture, it's a drama about um human emotion in the United States, it deals with the tragedy of divorce as it relates to the child and those who have to suffer continually from the effects of an unhappy home.
–Sounds like a very serious picture.
–Yes. It is.
–There's no comedy in it whatsoever?
–No, I try and keep as much comedy out of my films as possible.
A 40-minute Woody Allen from 1971 promoting Bananas
. He does not answer a single question truthfully. via
by Omid Singh, Winner of the Audience Award, 2013 No Budget Film Festival, interview with Omid
Will The Real Mr Sellers Please Stand Up
- a rare ~50min film narrated by Spike Milligan and made during the filming of 'The Magic Christian'*
via Cinephilia and Beyond
. [NSFW - some nudity] [more inside]
The Exquisite Corpse project
is a film made by the now separated comedy group, Olde English
. [more inside]
- a post-apocalyptic nightmare set in a post-rabies Britain (warning: absolutely bleak). A Gun For George
- a short film about crime-writer Terry Finch
, author of the 70s Kentish fiction masterpieces The Reprisalizer
. [more inside]
Raising Arizona is notable among the Coen Brothers’ filmography for seamlessly fusing the ravishing grimness of their drama with the slapstick antics of their comedy. ... [It] is an intensely bittersweet film. That it is admittedly hilarious distracts from this sorrow, but it doesn’t dampen it. If not the absolute best by the Coens, it’s certainly their most charming.
- Michael Nordine [more inside]
Between Peter Jackson’s penchant for cartoonish unserious gore and Bob McCarron’s off-screen makeup effects manipulations,
Braindead achieves something that approaches inspired genius in the heretofore unknown artform of human carnage. The film is filled with moments of joyous slapstick tableaux... And then there is that moment where
Braindead finally breaks through to achieve a transcendentally surreal glory of excess where Tim Balme wades into battle against the zombies armed with a lawnmower, drenching an entire room in showers of blood. (
Braindead holds the record for the greatest amount of artificial blood ever used in a film). The film is a work of perverse genius.
- Richard Scheib
Return of the Living Dead (NSFW) is one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. Not only does it have loads of great looking zombies in it, it's one of the few zombie movies, besides its sequel, that has a perfect blend of humor and horror.
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator
(2:05:16) [Globe scene
and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech
], The Immigrant
(20:01), The Gold Rush
(1:11:49), City Lights
(1:22:40), Modern Times
(1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux
(1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's
movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
What you see here is a prime example of what happens to film that is neglected and improperly stored.
This is an original reel from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World that is now untouchable. The film has turned acidic, sporting the strongest and most foul vinegar-like odor I have ever smelled. In fact,
Robert Harris told me a story of how his contact lenses were singed by the fumes the film produced, causing temporary retinal damage to his eye. [more inside]
Bored by the ho-hum nostalgic Oscars last night? Enjoy Seth Rogen's edgy/funny 15 minute opener
to the previous night's Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Patton Oswalt talks to NPR
about his role in the Diablo Cody
scripted Young Adult
, which is already gaining him Oscar buzz
The concept of Used Cars originated with writer-director-producer John Milius, who pitched the idea to scribes Zemeckis and Gale while they were still hard at work on what would become
1941. ... Zemeckis shot
Cars in a breakneck 28 days at a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Mesa, Ariz. ... Despite its low profile, the film received a great deal of critical acclaim, including the notoriously finicky Pauline Kael…who described Cars as “a classic screwball fantasy — a neglected modern comedy that’s like a more restless and visually high-spirited version of the W.C. Fields pictures.”* [more inside]
"You're going nowhere, son. Just you, me ad the walls. So wipe that bloody grin off before it's shot off, and don't slouch. You toe rag. You
bin. Pay attention when I break you. And break you I will, boy. You're in my manor, now."
Buck up! It's Terry Finch's THE REPRISALIZER!
Follow Bob Shuter
, whose mission of reprisal against his brother's killers, their families, associates, progeny and property takes him across the desolate wasteland of 70s Britain, primarily Kent AKA FINCHLAND
. Finch, writer of The Reprisalizer and DRAW!
, the cowboy whose name means death, is soon to be the subject of a major motion picture
from Matthew Holness, creator of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
"We're going to try something different today. It's called a reality check."
A short film
by director Nick Scott
and producer Michael Berliner
. [more inside]
and Human Giant
addresses the most pressing question of our modern era: How Did This Get Made?
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
SI has written an oral history about the making of the movie "Major League".
Charlie Sheen was also interviewed for this piece.
In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the release of Wet Hot American Summer
, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is presenting
of artwork inspired by the movie. Gallery (2) [more inside]
Leicester, 1982. A school rock band enters an underground studio. Washington. A computer error detonates America's nuclear arsenal [YT]. Cruise of the Gods
was made and released as a British TV movie in 2002. It traces the different fortunes of two child actors - played by regular collaborators Steve Coogan
and Rob Brydon
- who meet after decades of estrangement on a fan cruise for the fictitious 80s TV series "Children of Castor". [more inside]
"Beat the Devil" went straight from box office flop to cult classic and has been called the first camp movie, although Bogart, who sank his own money into it, said, "Only phonies like it." It's a movie that was made up on the spot; Huston tore up the original screenplay on the first day of filming, flew the young Truman Capote to Ravallo, Italy, to crank out new scenes against a daily deadline and allowed his supporting stars, especially Robert Morley and Peter Lorre, to create dialogue for their own characters. (Capote spoke daily by telephone with his pet raven, and one day when the raven refused to answer he flew to Rome to console it, further delaying the production.)
- Roger Ebert's Great Movies
Building on the popularity of their previous
"Harry S Plinkett" movie reviews, Red Letter Media'
s Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman have been working on a second line of film mockery: Half In The Bag [more inside]
Yeah that's right. The Last Dragon is the Greatest of All-Time. Why? For me there are so many reasons.
A tribute to Harpo Marx, by his son Bill.
Why Back to the Future is secretly horrifying. NSFW, possible trigger alert for use of the "r" word.
For quite some time, I’d wanted to make a screwball comedy. A fast-talking, wildly acclerating ensemble comedy that gets stupider and stupider. I never imagined it would be about a war, and inspired by a very recent war at that. But Simon, Jesse, Tony and I all felt that the more we found out about the dysfunction in Washington and the naivety in London leading up to the Iraq invasion, the more obvious it was that the only way to deal accurately and fairly with this topic was as a screwball comedy.
- The Oscar nominated script for In The Loop
, with an introduction by writer Armando Iannucci.
Ambiguous movie endings resolved.
Some jokesters have put together imagined endings to some ambiguous film (and TV) endings. Much funnier and better executed than I expected.
Trailer for Brüno
, the upcoming film by Sacha Baron Cohen, formerly known for his characters Ali G
, winner of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short (possibly NSFW - a couple of swear words and adult theme)