The 100 Best (?) “B Movies” of All Time
, a mix of Cheap Knock-Offs, the Almost-Good, the Too Weird for This World and Classic Corn, compiled by Paste Magazine's Jim Vorel
, who has published more beer reviews than anything else, possibly because his "10 Most Unwatchable Films Featured on MST3K"
drove him to hopeless alcoholism. He also previously listed "10 Essential Bad Movies for Your Collection"
, all of which are highly ranked here (if you want to save time). So pull up a chair and make plenty of popcorn
, because the only thing more fun than watching cheezy movies is arguing about them. ("Hercules in New York" is ONLY #99? "Sharknado" only #90?!? Blasphemy!!)
In the 1933 movie King Kong
, the titular hero kills a group of sailors by throwing them off a log
. But some were supposed to have survived the fall, only to meet a gruesome end at the bottom of the ravine. When King Kong was edited
, this terrifying scene was lost. So director Peter Jackson decided to re-create it!
The Lost Spider Pit Sequence [more inside]
Hey guys, remember that old show "Fraggle Rock?"
And, and you know that recently-released movie The Hobbit?
Well, why not combine the two
For the release of the Hobbit, Lindsay Ellis
of the Nostalgia Chick (previously
) has decided to look back at all the LOTR films in order to analyze how they changed genre film-making, expected movie length, extended cuts, the problems of adaptation, and why Eowyn and Merry are made for each other. (Fellowship Of The Ring
, Two Towers
, Return Of The King Part 1
, Part 2
) Still need more? Then why not watch Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais of Rooster Teeth (previously
) try to walk the 120+ mile journey across New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to the filming location of Mount Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe in A Simple Walk Into Mordor.
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
Is a ’director’s cut’ ever a good idea?
The director's cut has been a feature of the home video landscape for years, getting a significant boost from multi-disk DVD and now Blu-Ray sets. There are some pretty bad
ones around, but which are the best? Movie sites like Shortlist
, IGN Movies
have all given us lists of the best (and worst), and online discussions
have suggested others (Blade Runner
tops most lists, but beyond that they diverge significantly). Where do you start when that two-hour epic isn't epic enough?
As the trailer
for Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit
premieres online, it's worth remembering that this isn't the first take on the journey of one Bilbo Baggins. There was the 1977 animated version as well
. Here's some screencaps
and a trailer
. Of course, if that's not enough for you, you could just watch it on Youtube (1
). And before it was a film, it was something called... a book
? Here's pictures of the cover of this 'book' thing from all over the world
SF author and Mefi's Own Jscalzi
was alone one night during a LOTR marathon and decided to live-tweet a running commentary.
The annotated scores for [*and Filmtracks.com's reviews of]
Howard Shore's soundtracks to The Fellowship of the Ring*
, The Two Towers*
, and The Return of the King*
Director Guillermo Del Toro has announced
that he will no longer be directing The Hobbit, and has made a follow up statement
today. Speculation is rife
as to what he might work on next, having given up that massive commitment. Some
, based on this AICN interview promoting the movie Splice, that going forwards with his adaptation
of HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness
may be on his mind again.
Arise, Sir Peter.
Renowned film director Peter Jackson
was invested by the Queen's representative in New Zealand
yesterday, as a Knight Bachelor
Companion of the Order of Merit
are principally a British
and European convention, exported to the Commonwealth colonies, and seen by some as a continuation of social class. Labour discontinued them in 2000 in favour of more egalitarian titles
(and with associated republican ideals), however they were restored in 2009
by the right-wing National party government, to a mixed
Middle Earth Filter: Peter Jackson and New Line to produce The Hobbit and a sequel.
After a lengthy legal dispute
between the director and the production company behind the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the two parties have come to a resolution - and Middle Earth will be back in cinemas in 2010 and 2011.
Crossing the Line
a trailer for a short film by Peter Jackson. [more inside]
So, there will be a movie made from the video game Halo
, which is bad. But it's being Exec. Produced by Peter Jackson
, which is good.
Christopher Lee has been cut out of 'Return Of The King'.
"Of course I am very shocked, that's all I can say....If you want to know why you would have to ask the company New Line or director Peter Jackson and his associates because I still don't really know why.
Does anyone know any more about this sayonara to Saruman? 'Asked if he would attend the première, he said: "No, what's the point? What's the point of going? None at all."
' I'm kind of shocked. But not quite as much as he is from the sounds of it.
Protest Lord Of The Rings "The Two Towers"!!!
"We believe that Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema's actions are in fact hate speech. The movie is intentionally being named The Two Towers in order to capitalize on the tragedy of September 11." Satire?....please.
Lord of the Rings sweeps Baftas
It must be wierd for Peter Jackson to be working on the final two acts of his trilogy when the first part is winning awards. I think this is what can be termed 'pressure to perform'.
New Line may add footage to the end of the theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
. "We're going to change the last reel out and do a preview of Two [Towers] at the end of the last reel..."