Action films in the Eighties were extremely distinctive. The featured big muscle-bound men accomplishing insurmountable tasks, decorated with squirting blood, massive guns and fists to the face. The names are legend: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris. The films are revered: The Terminator, Bloodsport, Commando, Cobra, Rocky III, RoboCop, Rambo, Aliens. And now Spoke Art has teamed up with artist Jon Smith to create an art exhibit that’s all about the craziest era in action film history.

It’s called Mucho Machismo: First Blood Part One and features works by Godmachine, James Flames, Tim Doyle, Methane Studios, Gabz, Alan Hynes and many others. The show opens in Oakland, CA Friday September 7 and will remain on display through September 28. Check out an exclusive gallery of images featuring all those films above and others after the jump. Read More »

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/Filmcast Ep. 188 – Prometheus

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam offer some faint praise for Snow White and the Huntsman, discuss the pleasures of getting into Dr. Who, reflect on the Blu-Rays for Alien and Breaking Bad, and try to make sense of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

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Twenty-five years ago, it was time for war. On July 18, 1986 James Cameron‘s film Aliens exploded into theaters and immediately became one of the few examples of a standout sequel in movie history. Picking up where Ridley Scott‘s Alien left off — with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley drifting asleep in the sci-fi version of a lifeboat — Aliens emulated its predecessor with character-centric thrills and expanded upon it by visualizing the killer aliens as a bee-like hive society.

The movie celebrates industrial and military design, as in the marine ship Sulacco, which lances through space like an ingenious fusion of rifle and projectile, or the smart guns which transform cinematic equipment (the Steadicam) into weapons. At the same time, it mocks big business (see Paul Reiser‘s sleazy company man Carter Burke) and presumptuous military might.

In a popular film culture dominated by buffed-up male action heroes (Schwarzenegger, Stallone, et al) Aliens dared not only to scorn false machismo, but to weave a gory, violently thrilling story about motherhood. Critics and audiences responded with rapture. Sigourney Weaver earned one of the film’s seven Oscar nominations (it won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects) and the film owned the box office for four weeks. Aliens is one of the most-emulated films in action and/or science fiction, and arguably James Cameron’s best work. We’ll revisit some key memories of the film after the break.
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When a full platoon of Colonial Marines gets wiped out of existence, someone tends to notice. That’s what happened in James Cameron’s 1986 film Aliens and while the subsequent sequels followed Ellen Ripley’s story, we never found out what happened outside of her limited point of view. One would assume the military was pretty pissed to lose all that manpower and equipment without a trace.

That’s where the 2012 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines picks up. It follows a team of Marines who are sent back to LV-426, back to the abandoned U.S.S. Sulaco, to investigate what happened to our beloved Hicks, Hudson, Vasquez, Apone and more. Gearbox, the team behind Borderlands and Duke Nukem Forever, has been developing this game for five years and – in anticipation of next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo – has finally released a trailer for the Spring 2012 release. Read More »

VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 28 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Lost ‘Aliens’ Video Game Discovered

Running around as Ellen Ripley, flamethrower/grenade launcher in hand, blowing away aliens. It seems like such a natural transition to a video game. And though the first two films in the Alien franchise did have games come to home computer, Commodore 64, and even the stand-up arcade platform, the first time Nintendo or Sega users got to play in the universe was Alien 3. That wasn’t the plan though. Twenty-four years ago, a little company called Square, who later made a name for themselves making a tiny series called Final Fantasy, made an 8-bit version of James Cameron’s Aliens. It was never released in the United States and was basically forgotten. Until now. Read More »

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