I recently polled various groups of people, including a movie-centric forum, a Facebook group of people who are fans of a local theater that screen cult favorite movies every other Saturday at midnight, my own friends, Flickcharters, and the Twitterverse. I asked, “Do you applaud at the movies?” Reply options were:
I’ve received quite a lot of responses in all venues where I have posed the query, and I can say without question that the vast majority of respondents not only do not applaud at movies themselves, but they have an open hostility toward the stupidity of those who do. I’ve previously shared some of my favorite movie-going experiences, but conspicuously I only commented on laughing with audiences at comedies or watching them gasp and shriek at horror movies—both commonly expected and accepted reactions to movies in public by adults who have been to a theater more than a few times in their lives. Why, then, is applause a second-class reaction? Read the rest of this entry »
He’s been rumored to be up for the role for a while, but now Josh Brolin has officially signed on to star in director Spike Lee‘s remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Korean revenge thriller Oldboy. Having just finished filming Men in Black 3, it looks like Brolin will fit in Oldboy between shooting Gangster Squad for Warner Bros., and Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day, opposite Kate Winslet.
At one time, DreamWorks was looking to pick up the rights to Oldboy, with Steven Spielberg intended to direct Brolin’s Men in Black 3 co-star, Will Smith. Now, Spike Lee is developing the remake from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend).
“Source” music in a movie can be dicey. This is music that plays within the movie in such a way that we understand the characters in the scene can hear it, rather than music that plays over the film solely for our benefit. American Graffiti wasn’t the first movie to use source music effectively by any means, but perhaps no film before or since has used it as well. If for some reason you’re part of the 67% of Flickcharters who shamefully have not seen the movie, the premise is simple enough: four teenage friends spend the last night of Summer, 1962 together. The whole film spans that one night, from sundown to sunup. The various characters split off and reunite throughout the film, their individual and collective stories told across Modesto, California. Read the rest of this entry »
And we’re back. After an August bereft of interesting new releases on Netflix Instant Watch (Tangled and The Expendables were the only notable titles), it’s time to get back into the swing of things with a great set of new movies available to stream beginning September 1st.
Thunderball (PG | 1965)
Flickchart Ranking: #1070
Other James Bond Movies available to stream on Thursday include:
You Only Live Twice (1967 – Sean Connery)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969 – George Lazenby)
Diamonds are Forever (1971 – Sean Connery)
Live and Let Die (1973 – Roger Moore)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1975 – Roger Moore) – My personal favorite
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 – Roger Moore)
Moonraker (1979 – Roger Moore)
For Your Eyes Only (1981 – Roger Moore)
Never Say Never Again (1983 – Sean Connery)
Octopussy (1983 – Roger Moore)
A View to a Kill (1985 – Roger Moore)
The Living Daylights (1987 – Timothy Dalton)
License to Kill (1989 – Timothy Dalton)
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I find it disconcerting how hated Nicolas Cage is. It’s not an uncommon occurrence to hear people say that they avoid Nicolas Cage movies because he is in it. Are there any other Oscar winners that that have that same problem? Make no mistake, I’m not saying he hasn’t been in bad films, but there is no actor who has been in over 50 films who can say they haven’t made a few mistakes. Yet these same people who damn him will forgive Al Pacino for doing Two For the Money, and are completely willing to ignore The Tourist from both Johnny Depp and Angelia Jolie‘s resumes. So why do people only take Ghost Rider, The Wicker Man, and Season of the Witch into consideration whether they should go see the newest Cage film? I have no illusions that this blog will make these Cage haters think he’s a master of the craft, but hopefully it will keep them from writing a movie off just because he is in it. Read the rest of this entry »