The golden era of Pixar is over. It was a 15-year run of unmatched commercial and creative excellence, beginning with Toy Story in 1995 and culminating with the extraordinary trifecta of wall-e in 2008, Up in 2009, and Toy Story 3 (yes, a sequel, but a great one) in 2010. Since then, other animation studios have made consistently better films.
According to the major studios the vast majority of movies lose money, and they have armies of crafty accountants and tenacious lawyers to maintain that position. Thanks to their success in other projects, the key players of This is Spinal Tap have pockets deep enough to not care who they piss off in their suit to get what's legitimately owed them by their movie's multi-generational success.
The epic lead-in to the conclusion of the Python film, "The Meaning of Life" where the Grim Reaper enters an isolated country house and invites himself to dinner. The guests try to guess who he is until the Reaper tells them they all died from food poisoning.
Friday, Apr 7th 2017 (8:10pm) | Thanks: Sherman T. Tank
If you're a true country fan, then "Dueling Banjos" really needs no introduction. This classic tune was originally composed by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith in 1955 as "Feudin' Banjos," and has since earned an iconic status thanks to a 1972 film.
Deliverance is a drama thriller based on the novel of the same name, and is so deeply respected as a film that the National Film Registry selected it for preservation. A major scene that contributed to the film's success depicts a city man playing guitar opposite of a mentally challenged country boy who is extremely talented at playing the banjo.
Tuesday, Aug 23rd 2016 (12:01am)
Amid the scores of movies based on videogames, only one has so much depth behind it that it requires a trilogy right out of the gate. That game, of course, is Tetris.
Thursday, Jun 30th 2016 (12:03am)
Bangalore, India artist Prasad Bhat of Graphicurry has created The Evolution, a series of animated GIFs that visually summarize the movie careers of popular actors. Printed versions of Prasad's celebrity evolution illustrations are available to purchase from the Graphicurry store.
Friday, Apr 29th 2016 (12:00am)
Peter Salomone has a theory. That theory is that the Dire Straits' Walk of Life is the perfect song to end any and every movie with. To date, he has cobbled together nearly 150 examples.
Holy crap. He's right.
It takes a lot of bricks to build the best movies of the year... Here are the Oscars 2016 Best Picture Nominees in Lego: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.
Monday, Feb 29th 2016 (12:41am)
Imagine a prequel to the Back to the Future franchise that explores Doc Brown and his ties to with Libyan terrorists that provided the stolen plutonium necessary for his time travel machine.
Tyler Hopkins made a trailer for such a film using clips from the movies Back to the Future, My Favorite Martian, Camp Nowhere, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Dennis the Menace, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, The Sum of All Fears, Syriana, Iron Man, Dazed and Confused, and Munich. Yes, Christopher Lloyd has been in many more movies than you realized.
"I heard that they were doing Flash Gordon, they'd virtually cast it I think but they hadn't cast Vultan," booms Brian Blessed to Empire about his own snagging of a role which would become career defining. "I was asked to go along and meet Mike Hodges. And there was Dino. I said, 'I'm bloody made for this. I saw it as a child. If you don't give it to me I'm going to bloody kill you'."
Hoverboard charged? Sneakers self-tied? Pizza hydrated? Fax received? Then you're ready to follow the action as the world celebrates the day to which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in 1989's Back to the Future II
Wednesday, Oct 21st 2015 (12:04am)
Primer is The A.V. Club’s ongoing series of beginners’ guides to pop culture’s most notable subjects: filmmakers, music styles, literary genres, and whatever else interests us—and hopefully you. This installment: Mel Brooks, one of the most influential comic minds in entertainment history.
Monday, Oct 12th 2015 (12:04am)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
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