Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Tim Burton’s Batman shook the pop culture landscape in some pretty profound ways when it first arrived back in 1989. Burton transformed into a go-to blockbuster guy. Michael Keaton proved himself to be more than just a comedian. Jack Nicholson became absurdly wealthy. And perhaps most importantly, millions of people around the world willingly paid hard-earned cash money to see a superhero movie, which wasn’t exactly a healthy genre at the time.
But that version of the film only came about after nearly a decade of development, with many different directors, writers, and actors brushing against the project. One of those directors was Joe Dante, and he wanted to cast John Lithgow as the Joker.
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A part of the charm of Joe Dante‘s Gremlins films is how much hell the little monsters raise. They also don’t cause massive, destruction porn. If the Gremlins reboot/sequel comes to fruition, will it feel the need to compete with the huge monsters we see today?
According to the original films’ star, Zach Galligan, he’d like to see the series go in that direction — and maybe it will. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Gremlins director Joe Dante is plenty busy, but he’s not one of those filmmakers who seems to put out a new movie every year. Burying the Ex came about five years after The Hole, which arrived six years after Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and so on. So it’s exciting to hear he’s wasting no time getting started on his next project, Labirintus. Read about the Joe Dante Labirintus movie after the jump. Read More »
Let’s get one thing straight: Gremlins 2 is a very funny film with a hell of a lot of energy, and one of the best jokes on the studio idea of sequel creation that has ever been made. I love the movie. You can’t ding Gremlins 2 for being ridiculous and excessive, because it knows it is excessive. That’s the entire point of the film.
That doesn’t mean this Key and Peele sketch about the creation of Gremlins 2 isn’t hilarious, because many of same jokes within could be applied to a lot of films that aren’t nearly as entertaining as Joe Dante’s 1990 sequel to his original 1984 film. Jordan Peele plays “the hollywood sequel doctor,” who goes from observing the Gremlins 2 writer’s room brainstorming session to taking it over and pushing things in absurd directions that will be familiar to anyone who has seen the film. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Moving on from a bad relationship is tough even under the best circumstances. It’s infinitely more difficult when your ex comes back as a zombie determined to sabotage your rebound relationship and/or eat you alive. That’s what happens in Burying the Ex, Joe Dante‘s first film since 2009’s The Hole.
Anton Yelchin plays hapless Max, whose relationship with Evelyn (Ashley Greene) has gone downhill. Just as he musters up the courage to dump her, she dies in a freak accident. Max subsequently gets involved with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), only to discover soon afterward that Evelyn’s back from the dead and eager to rekindle their romance. Watch the new Burying the Ex trailer after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.
So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »
Burying the Ex is the latest film from director Joe Dante; it’s a horror/comedy that sets up a big metaphor for being unable to escape the problems of old relationships. See, Max (Anton Yelchin), is having a difficult time with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashely Greene) — much more so after she is killed and returns as a zombie. See, he just wants to move on, but with the living dead lass around, his old relationship is literally threatening to kill him. Check out the Burying the Ex trailer below. Read More »
Pitting vampires against werewolves isn’t a new thing, and it has even been done recently, in the Underworld series. But it can be done a lot better than Underworld managed, and Joe Dante (Gremlins, Burying the Ex) is going to see if he can be the one to do it. Dante has announced a film called Ombra Amor, which is in fact a relaunch of an idea he was working on a few years back. It will shoot in Rome and present a classically-influenced version of the supernatural battle. Read More »
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Given how movie studios continually mine familiar properties for new sequels and remakes, it’s no surprise that there’s a push at Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins movie. What is a surprise is that we haven’t seen one yet. A new film is in development now — reportedly a sequel, rather than a reboot — but new Gremlins films have been in development before and never gone anywhere. Now Joe Dante, who directed both the original film and its very cartoonish sequel, talks about the complications of making a new Gremlins film, even as he admits that he’s not at all involved. Read More »
Joe Dante and Roger Corman are two filmmakers with incredibly influential legacies. Corman’s eclectic, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants style of filmmaking helped educate and launch the careers of everyone from James Cameron and Jack Nicholson to Ron Howard and Peter Fonda. Then there’s Dante, whose twisted sense of humor mixed with childlike wonder helped mold children of the Eighties in ways very similar to Steven Spielberg. Along the way, each gave us a ton of memorable films.
Now, the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the films of both filmmakers with a art exhibit and film screening. The exhibit is called Kings Of Cult: An Art Tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante and opens May 24 at the Gallery in Los Angeles. Before that, Dante and Corman will be in attendance at a double feature of Dante’s 1993 film Matinee and Corman’s 1964 film The Masque of the Red Death on may 23 at the New Beverly Cinema. Read more about the event, and see some of the art, below. Read More »