How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

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Hackers + Revolution + Rollerblades = How Did This Get Made?

On September 15, 1995, MGM released a stylish, cyberspace thriller called Hackers. Two weeks later—following mixed reviews and poor box office numbers—the film was gone from theaters. Yet despite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we plagiarize a little bit and wonder whether it’s about race, remember that one summer when puberty took over, burn our friends alive, go down under for some brotherly love, and love a cow. 
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Already Musical Backbeat to Become A Musical


Iain Softley‘s debut feature was Backbeat, a biopic recounting of Suart Sutcliffe’s time in The Beatles, his romance with Astrid Kircherr and very close friendship with John Lennon. The film’s secret weapon was Ian Hart’s performance as Lennon – the second of three times he took the role, after The Hours and the Times and before Forrest Gump – but as well as that superscud, it was a pretty well armed attack beast overall. it looked good, sounded great, Stephen Dorff was never better and Gary Bakewell made for a better Paul McCartney than, well, Phil Ackrill.

According to a little Tweet from David Poland, Softley is today casting Backbeat: The Musical. He wasn’t sure if anybody knew about the project, but I can’t find any big scale discussion anywhere. So far, I don’t know for sure if this will be a musical film or a musical stage show, but I’m banking on it a film – Softley being a film director, after all – and if Poland replies to my query, or I find the answer elsewhere, I’ll update this post.

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