(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Cape Fear
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Once upon a time, Martin Scorsese was developing a film called Schindler’s List and Steven Spielberg was working on a remake of the 1962 thriller Cape Fear. At one point, the two filmmakers decided to swap projects – Schindler’s List was a project that truly spoke to Spielberg and following the controversial release of The Last Temptation of Christ, Scorsese needed a commercial hit. We all know what happened with Spielberg’s film (it’s a masterpiece), but Scorsese’s Cape Fear is a footnote in an extraordinary career, a box office hit that only left the briefest of pop culture imprints, better remembered for the Simpsons episode that brutally parodied it than the film itself.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Of course, that’s a bit of an unfair way to introduce what is a very good, and very unsettling, thriller. In fact, Cape Fear is the rare Martin Scorsese horror movie, a genre he would only dabble in once more with the underrated Shutter Island. And while it lacks so many of the director’s trademark obsessions and tics, it’s a slick, mean and exciting piece of pop filmmaking. It’s Martin Scorsese letting his hair down and indulging himself in popcorn entertainment.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
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October is winding down. Soon, Halloween will be over, and it’ll be time to start preparing to stuff ourselves silly on Thanksgiving. It will also be time for a whole new slew of titles to arrive on Netflix. As usual, Netflix Originals make up the bulk of the new titles coming to the streaming service, but there’s plenty of familiar films as well. See what’s new below! Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in November 2018.
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For all you action figure collectors out there, iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles has a new exhibition you might want to check out, especially if you’re into the kind of action figures that haven’t been produced before.
Artist Dano Brown, who has been obsessed with customized action figures since he was a kid, put together an exhibition of 40 original action figures inspired by movies, television and video games. There are figures from Dumb & Dumber, The Big Lebowski, Forrest Gump, The Wizard, The Jerk, Little Monsters, and more. Read More »
Over the past 20 years, there have been more remakes than Hollywood has seen before. Sometimes they turn out fantastic like The Departed (a remake of Infernal Affairs) or True Grit (a remake of the John Wayne western of the same name). But it seems more often there have been duds such as Len Wiseman’s Total Recall, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, and Jose Padilha’s RoboCop.
A new video compares shots from some of these original movies, over two dozen in total, to their more recent remakes. Movies like Let the Right One In, Funny Games, Sleuth, Solaris, The Fly, Cape Fear and more are included. Read More »
There’s plenty of heroes out there, but what people really go crazy for is a great villain. Over nearly a century feature filmmaking has delivered some pretty mesmerizing, fascinating and memorable villains on the big screen. But which ones are truly the best?
Well, the folks at CineFix have attempted to answer this seemingly impossible question by counting down the Top 10 Movie Villains of All Time. And don’t worry, Christopher Nolan fans, because Heath Ledger‘s take on The Joker from The Dark Knight is on the list. However, you might not be so happy with some of the choices for best movie villains. Read More »
Over the weekend, I visited Orlando Florida to preview Universal Studios Orlando’s two new entertainment options, the new Superstar Parade and nighttime watershow Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. I also found the time to ride the new renovated version of Island of Adventure’s The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride. After the jump you can find my thoughts on all three of these new theme park experiences, along with photos we took at the preview event.
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As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
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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 24 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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