After teaming together as producer/director and actor for Saving Private Ryan on the big screen in 1998, Spielberg and Hanks continued their look at WWII by executive producing Band of Brothers in 2001 and The Pacific in 2010. While those mini-series focused on the war on the ground and at sea, respectively, the new mini-series will focus on the war in the skies, taking a look at the officers and enlisted men who served in the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force.
HBO states that the as-yet-untitled mini-series will be based in part on the book “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany” by Donald L. Miller, though other books may also serve as inspiration.
Hanks and Spielberg will executive produce, along with Gary Goetzman, for Playtone and Amblin Television.
Band of Brothers and The Pacific won a combined total of 14 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Mini-series in both 2002 and 2010.
Though their inclusion causes some controversy when they are pitted against “regular” movies, Band of Brothers and The Pacific are available to rank on Flickchart, due to their availability on home video and the fact that Flickchart adopts a policy of inclusion wherever possible for those who want to rank them.
You can look here for a list of the Best Mini-series of All Time on Flickchart. Band of Brothers tops the list, winning a whopping 77% of all its matchups on Flickchart.
via The Wrap
> For more on the controversy behind Flickchart’s generous definition of what constitutes a “flick”, you may enjoy reading The “Unrankables”.
Since last fall’s revamping of Flickchart‘s global ranking system (see the official announcement about that here), many films have found themselves moved around on the global charts. But one thing remains consistent: the Directors Who Dominate continue to do so. Previously covered in this series, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino remain at the top of the charts (with their highest-ranked films at #1 and #4, respectively.) But the biggest change is that their newest efforts (Inception and Inglourious Basterds) have a much stronger presence on the chart, where they now appear at #2 and #13. And this brings us to another director who continually dominates, the man who is widely regarded (for good or ill) as the father of the modern blockbuster: Steven Spielberg.
Sooner or later, everybody runs. Even if they’re one of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet. For this edition of Reel Rumbles, grab your popcorn and prepare for the run of your life as we go on the lam with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise in an attempt to prove their innocence (and cinematic superiority) with The Fugitive vs. Minority Report.
These two thrillers both feature a cinema superstar accused of murder and on the run from the law. One is a tense cat-and-mouse game between a surgeon out to find his wife’s real killer and the dogged U.S. Marshal on his tail; the other is set in the not-so-distant future, and features a law enforcement officer trying to clear himself of a murder that hasn’t even been committed yet. One is an almost unexpected masterwork from a director whose other best-known credits are the Steven Seagal vehicle Under Siege and a Coast Guard movie starring Ashton Kutcher. The other is a superb thriller-with-a-sci-fi-twist from one of cinema’s greatest living legends that, despite how great it is, somehow still doesn’t seem to quite match some of the director’s previous cinematic efforts.
So which is better? Run–don’t walk–into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out…
This week features a pretty solid and varied collection of movies. I’m not going to say some don’t look offensively bad, but I think the good outweighs them this week. The Warner Brothers Archive has some fun looking movies and Netflix continues to add some better than average movies to their instant watch service.
Tetro (DVD and Blu-ray)
The thought of sitting down and watching a new Coppola movie gets me giddy. For some reason every one of his recent movies seems to me like a long lost Hitchcock or Hawks movie. It just seems like this huge event from a long-lost talent, even though he’s (thankfully) still with us. He’s done a great job cocooning himself and his style is so pure that it feels like we’re uncovering these wonderful lost masterpieces from long ago.