I have nothing but respect for Armond White, but to say his opinions are unpopular is like saying the Sun will rise. It’s a foregone conclusion, and two of his most recent posts fit that bill and then some. In one post, he argues that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark and in another he says Paul W.S. Anderson is a better filmmaker than both Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson, comparing Resident Evil: Retribution and The Master. (That one is a few weeks old but we hadn’t written about it yet.)
The scary thing is, White is such a talented, smart writer and has such confidence in his outlandish arguments you almost want to believe them. Can he convince you? Read some excerts and link to the full articles after the jump. Read More »
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The practice of theatrically rereleasing classic films seems to be picking up steam, and the latest to get new theatrical bookings is John Carpenter‘s 1978 film Halloween. Carpenter’s movie solidified the slasher genre and wrote much of the roadmap for ’80s horror. It is one of the most successful independent films ever released, and for a long time was one of the most profitable movies, period, as it made nearly $50m in the US alone based on a budget of a couple hundred thousand dollars.
On October 25 the movie will hit theaters again. A list of theaters will be released today, so check that link over the next couple hours for more info. Other than that we don’t have many more details on the rerelease, but you can see the new poster for the film after the break. There you can also get info on the fact that Paramount also announces that “due to popular demand,” the Raiders of the Lost Ark theatrical re-release has been extended from a one-week run to a 300-theater booking starting today. Read More »
You might think there’s not much to see in an IMAX trailer for a film that has been out for decades, and you’re basically right, especially when looking at that trailer online rather than in an actual IMAX theater. But this trailer, which advertises the IMAX upconversion of Raiders of the Lost Ark, also comes with some other great info. AMC theaters is planning a marathon of the full Indy series to coincide with the Blu-ray release of the films, and Steven Spielberg talks about using IMAX for other films. Read More »
To commemorate the long-awaited Blu-ray release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, Paramount is reportedly planning to re-release Steven Spielberg‘s all-time action classic Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX theaters from September 7 to 13. Spielberg himself worked on the film’s transition to 70mm while simultaneously remastering the 1981 hit for the high-definition home format. Read more, including Spielberg’s quote, after the jump. Read More »
For years Steven Spielberg didn’t embrace DVD and all of his classic films stayed on VHS only. Eventually, he had a change of heart. The same can be said for the DVD to Blu-ray conversion. Spielberg was originally tentative to allow his films onto the new high definition format but has since changed his mind. Jurassic Park is already out. Jaws is on the way, as is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and, most likely, others are too. The most exciting release, though, may be the set of Indiana Jones films which will be released on Blu-ray September 18.
A new trailer for the release has come online showing a bunch of fantastic behind the scenes footage, some of which was reportedly not on the DVD box set released several years back. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Paramount and LucasFilm announced the fall release of the four-film Indiana Jones Blu-ray collection earlier this year, and now we’ve got a date for the set: September 18.
We don’t have a specific breakdown for the extras included in the set, but the press release, which you can read in full below, promises “a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.” More important, Raiders of the Lost Ark was “meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel,” supervised by director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Read More »
We’re reached a point in the evolution of film criticism where a shift is occurring. Critics who’ve been in the game for decades and decades are slowly beginning to give way to a younger, more vocal audience, many of whom are online. The beautiful thing about that is, though they all share a love of cinema, everyone has their own opinions of how and why we got there. And the best way to show that is with a top ten list.
The online contingent prides themselves upon being the new guard and, to that end, our friends at Film School Rejects polled 37 online critics and four young filmmakers for their lists of the ten greatest films of all time. They then gave those lists a point value and came up with a top ten that’s simultaneously familiar and controversial as it certainly caters to a younger demographic. Check it out and leave your thoughts below. Read More »
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Any artist who can graphically represent the Indiana Jones films in an interesting visual way, and also manage to completely ignore Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is a-okay in my book. That’s why you should check out the following trilogy of posters by French graphic designer Maxime Pecourt after the jump. Read More »