Today is the amazing Mary Steenburgen’s birthday, so let’s celebrate with two of her best movies. Both flicks are wonderful time travel movies that feature Steenburgen as the girl who just doesn’t fit into her times. In Time After Time, she’s too old-fashioned for the late 1970’s and in BTTF3; she’s too modern for the 1880’s.
In a small town in 1979 Ohio, four friends decide to make a zombie film together using their parent’s Super 8 camera. The four boys, along with their new co-star Alice, go out to shoot an important scene one night when they witness a train accident and narrowly escape the wreckage.
The summer season has long been known for epic, big-budget films and broad animated comedies. But over the last few years, summer has become known for something else: The Judd Apatow Produced Comedy. Apatow has become a comedy commodity the likes that summer has never seen before. From the Will Ferrell comedies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, to his own comedy crew that has brought us Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and last summer’s spin-off Get Him to the Greek, Apatow has been the king of summer comedies in recent memory. But Apatow has been known for producing comedies that mostly focus on the male mentality, but this weekend he changes that with the release of Bridesmaids. Directed by Paul Feig who has written for some of the past decades best TV shows, such as “Freaks and Geeks”, “Arrested Development”, “Mad Men” and “The Office”, and written by Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids seems like it should be the formula for the summer’s first comedy hit. But before checking Bridesmaids out, check out some of these under-ranked films from the stars of Bridesmaids.
This week’s new releases suck for the most part so let’s begin with the…
|How would you rank it amongst the best science fiction movies of all time?
Flickchart Rankings: #10, 64, 176
One of the most consistent trilogies of all-time. There really isn’t a weak link out of the three. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of the Blu-ray set and long story short, it’s amazing.
|How would you rank it amongst the best science fiction horror movies of all time?
Flickchart Rankings: #35, 47, 566, 543
I’m an Alien virgin. I can’t explain how but I’ve managed to watch pretty much every sci-fi flick from the era, but haven’t watched an Alien movie. I’ve even willingly watched the Jack Palance crapfest The Shape of Things to Come twice instead of watching Alien. I will be remedying this very soon, as this set is absolutely loaded. Can’t wait for my pre-order to come in.
A few years ago, I realized that my knowledge of film history was very limited. My timeline of film began with Back to the Future, and I could tell you more about the films of Pauly Shore than those of Marlon Brando. So, with the acknowledgement that I was missing decades of great films, I decided to start way back at the beginning of film and work my way to the present, learning as much about film and watching as many movies as I could in the quest for cinematic enlightenment. Through this endeavor, I found some of the greatest films ever made, as well as learned an incredible amount about the history of film. I would like to share what I have learned so far in a chronological look at film I like to call “Flickchart Film School”.