Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.
Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.
This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.
Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »
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Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.
Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »
Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.
Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.
Below, read Campbell’s clues about the second painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show.
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When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as quick. In 2012, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, was brought on to rewrite the sequel screenplay. Two years later and Sony has hired Breck Eisner to be the Karate Kid sequel director.
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Sometimes the Internet surprises you with something so random and cool, it’s unfathomable that it actually exists. An alternative version of The Karate Kid is all that and a crane kick.
In 1983, director John G. Avildsen was getting ready to shoot The Karate Kid with stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and others. As part of the rehearsal process, Avildsen decided to film all of the rehearsals and edited it together into a (very) rough version of the movie. It was used as a tool for the actors to give them a sense of what the movie would be like, how their characters would change, all of that important stuff. Presumably, it was never meant to see the light of day outside of the cast and crew.
Then, of course, this small film about a young man from New Jersey who moves to California and learns karate to earn the respect of his peers became a massive hit and, almost twenty years later, fans are still clamoring for more. Now that rehearsal movie has found its way online. After the jump, watch The Karate Kid in its entirety comprised solely of rehearsal footage. It’s the best DVD extra never included on a DVD. Read More »
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Nope. Not even three previews could come close to showcasing all the awesome stuff that’ll be at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles Friday night (yes, tonight) as Crazy 4 Cult 5: I’m Too Old For This Sh*t finally opens to the world. The show features work from over 100 artists interpreting a wide variety of cult films and, in this final (and biggest yet) preview for the show you’ll see Max Dalton‘s Monty Python and the Holy Grail inspired piece, Fight Club through the eyes of Joshua Budich, Brandon Schaefer‘s take on The Evil Dead and other art based on movies like Being John Malkovich, Buffalo 66, The Karate Kid, Mulholland Dr., A Clockwork Orange, The Hudsucker Proxy and more. There are over twenty new pieces below the jump.
And, of course, don’t forget to check out the first preview, second preview and third preview from the show at those links. Read More »
Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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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 40 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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Splice has its problems—not least of which is a flat third act horror turn-around—but it’s also refreshingly weird and original, taking the familiar monster movie/genetic-experiment-gone-wrong formula and twisting it into something uniquely its own. The Cronenberg inspiration is clearly evident, and lest the film get too serious, there’s also a knowing Sam Raimi vibe that creeps in now and again during some uncomfortably hilarious moments of absurdity. Not everyone will be able to tolerate the bizarre turns the story takes, but for those able to let the film’s perverse sense of dread pull them in, it’s one of the more intriguing films to be released in quite awhile.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – A Director’s Playground: Vicenzo Natali on the set of Splice.
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