GeekBomb: The Enduring Legacy of Point Break

Point Break: A Love Story

It’s been 18 years since Point Break premiered, which is hard enough to believe in itself, but what’s even stranger is the staying power this movie has. In fact, just this past weekend, two of my friends went to go see Point Break Live! in Los Angeles, which is a comedic take on the film, complete with the actors hauling an unsuspecting guest from the audience to play the part Keanu’s Agent Johnny Utah. It helps that they’re fairly clueless and have to read their lines from cue cards.

When I interviewed director Kathryn Bigelow last year in Toronto for her new film The Hurt Locker, I asked her about the legacy of Point Break. She said, “I don’t know if it surprises me but… it’s very surreal. The permutations of once something has left your hands and enters the zeitgeist and how malleable it really is.” But why exactly does this movie keep popping up on the radar? Why Point Break Live! and not Reservoir Dogs Live! (note: do not steal my idea, that is going to totally be a cash cow for me) In today’s GeekBomb we find out everything about Point Break that you wanted to know, and then some.

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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Promote Hot Fuzz in Japan

The Pitch: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright record some idents for Japanese TV. Hilarious!

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Cool Stuff: Tyler Stout’s Movie Poster Art

Tyler Stout's Movie Poster Art

I’m ashamed to admit that just recently became aware of the poster artwork of Tyler Stout, although I’ve seen his work in passing. He’s done work for a lot of bands, a lot of special screenings at the Alamo Draft House in Austin Texas, the Netflix Rolling Road Show, and some film festivals. Most recently you may have seen his artwork on the poster for Quentin Tarantino Presents Hell Ride, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

I discovered Stout through this really impressive 2006 commemorative poster celebrating the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (seen above, a photo of the original Alamo poster it is playing off of can be seen here). The did a reprint of this design to celebrate the opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz (which is still available here). How Many movie references can you spot? Check out some close-ups of the piece above, and more of Stout’s amazing movie poster art, after the jump.

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Sequel Talk at Scream Awards

My Name Is Bruce

Spike TV’s Scream Awards took place this weekend (the show airs on television on October 23rd at 10:00pm) and a few industry folk showed their faces and talked about some possible upcoming movie sequels. Our friends at Bloody Disgusting have full coverage, but here is a rundown of the cool tidbits:

Edgar Wright says that if they make a Hot Fuzz sequel the title will probably be Hot Fuzz 2: Pigs in the City. He also revealed that he will in fact be directing a trailer for Eli Roth’s Trailer Trash, but it won’t be a sequel to DON’T (but now that you mention it, what a great idea).

Bruce Campbell announced that Image Entertainment is releasing My Name is Bruce in select theaters and on home video in 2008. The movie follows B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell as himself, as he is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon. But the big news is that a sequel is already in the works called My Name Is Still Bruce. I’m down.

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Note: This article was posted live from Comic Con during the panel. So please excuse us if we dont go into many details on some stories. I’m typing as fast and accurately as we can. :)

6,500 people have packed the big exhibition hall (which looks like a very large warehouse or airport hanger) for the Paramount panel. Before the panel we got the usual lecture about not video taping the video and photo presentations. Apparently last year a few things turned up on YouTube. Te program director warns us that if this keeps happening that the studio will stop bringing the great footage to the con.

They announced this year that the questions will be screened ahead of time. And if someone starts asking a question that is not the question that was screened, they will press the kill switch and the person will be removed. I’m wondering if this is just to protect the panelists from inappropriate and rude questions or if it also is to protect the content (ie don’t allow anyone to ask any questions about _____)
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Ratatouille

Rotten Tomatoes have published their Mid-Year Report, which features a list of the best and worst reviewed movies of the first six months of 2007. You can see the top ten of each below.

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Best Reviewed Movies

1. “Ratatouille”
2. “Away From Her”
3. “Once”
4. “Knocked Up”
5. “Hot Fuzz”
6. “Sicko”
7. “The Host”
8. “Zodiac”
9. “Waitress”
10. “The Lookout”

Worst Reviewed Movies

1. “Because I Said So”
2. “The Number 23”
3. “Premonition”
4. “The Reaping”
5. “Norbit”
6. “Perfect Stranger”
7. “Happily N’Ever After”
8. “Are We Done Yet? ”
9. “Code Name: The Cleaner”
10. “Hannibal Rising”

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Not many surprises to be found. Ratatouille has wrestled the best reviewed wide release of 2007 title away from Knocked Up, which is still holding strong at #4.One unusual observation is that the best movies list features a lot of comedy/romantic comedy films (Ratatouille, Once, Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz, Waitress). In the past usually dramatic indie flicks have dominated the list. I’m also glad to see Zodiac as I’ve fielded negative comments about the film from most people I have spoken with. David Fincher’s film is one of my favorites of the year thus far.

Because I Said So and The Number 23 are the film’s I’ve least enjoyed this year so far. So I feel a little vindicated seeing them rank at the top of the worst reviewed films list. I am actually surprised to see Hannibal Rising make the worst list at #10. I didn’t enjoy the film, but at the same time, I didn’t hate it either. I wonder if there is a huge backlash on the film purely based on it’s comparison against Silence of the Lambs?

Cake Flushing with Hot Fuzz star Nick Frost

Hot Fuzz

You really know it’s a slow news day when you see us posting videos of someone flushing cakes down a toilet. And I kid you not, we have not one but two videos of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost flushing his birthday cakes down a hotel toilet while on the Hot Fuzz American press tour. Why Frost thought this would be funny is beyond us. Heck, may-be it is funny. We’re really not sure. The second of the two clips features Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright and co-star Simon Pegg. Check out both videos after the jump.

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When we sat down with Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright this week, he revealed that the Shaun of the Dead trio will be making one last film in what they call the Three Flavor Trilogy:

Yeah, we do have an idea. Simon and Nick are writing something and we’ve just formulated an idea for the third one in what we’re calling the three flavor trilogy – different films that all contain blood and ice cream, and that’s the only link between the three.

And we hate to think of ourselves as spoofers. Particularly, we try to find a story within a genre that appeals to us in some way. Shaun of the Dead is really about turning 30. Hot Fuzz is in a weird way, it’s not autobiographical at all, but it is kind of based on where me and Simon grew up. I think it’s about finding that emotional hook within a genre, and it all starts to become organic after that. So it might very well be in a genre, mainly because we like making films in the UK that people in the UK don;t make. They make plenty of wordy oscar hungry kind of films. We don’t make many genre films.

Simon Pegg then commented, “We’re not going to be making a period piece, let me put it that way.

Hot Fuzz hits theaters on April 20th.

Jack Black to star in Edgar Wright’s THEM?

Them

While interviewing screenwriter turned director Mike White (Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, Nacho Libre) about his new movie Year of the Dog, we were able to briefly talk about his upcoming collaboration with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright:

“I’m writing a script with him [Edgar] now. It’s like a conspiracy theory comedy horror movie. It’s a little bit out of my wheel house and a little bit more in his wheel house. I loved Shaun of the Dead and we talked about writing something together, so once our movies are finally out there and put to bed, we’re going to get together and hopefully bang it out.”

We asked White when he would work with Jack again, and this is when things got a little interesting:

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