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The quietly building popularity of Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist is good cause for becoming immersed in the great films from the silent era — marathon style, for the brave among us. Silent films are more accessible than ever thanks to the Internet and the fact that some are now in the public domain, but home video remains a better viewing experience for many of them.
The stark beauty of Metropolis’ sets and scenes of epic destruction during both Battleship Potemkin and The General are best seen on a TV screen, barring their availability in a theater with live music, which larger cities like Los Angeles offer from time to time. (WME is toying with the idea of bringing The Artist to New York, Paris, London and other venues with live performances of Ludovic Bource’s score, Billboard has reported.) Then again, it’s awfully convenient to hop on YouTube and go from film to film; Netflix Watch Instantly and Amazon Instant Video have some titles worth checking out, too. Whatever the format, this tested multi-genre silent movie marathon would be a good starting place for anyone wanting to poke around the silent archives.
Science fiction is a flexible genre when it comes to building a story line, and many writers and filmmakers over the years have used it to craft stories with environmental themes, some by setting their stories in overly polluted dystopian worlds, others imagining a world in which humans have engineered themselves into one form of trouble or another.
Whatever the angle, it’s always fun to see the environment play a part in a good sci-fi flick. I’ve scoured my personal movie collection, Netflix and IMDb to pull together a list of seven great movies with environmental themes that are definitely fiction, but they seem plausible.
Atlas Productions LLC announced today its plan to replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions sold through major retail outlets. These retail versions were packaged with an inaccurate synopsis of Atlas Shrugged. Not affected were the “Special Edition” versions sold online at AtlasShruggedMovie.com
The 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, is known in philosophical and political circles for presenting a cogent argument advocating a society driven by rational self-interest. On the back of the film’s retail DVD and Blu-ray however, the movie’s synopsis contradictorily states “AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…”
Don’t try and pretend the Oscars isn’t a snoozefest. “And the winner for best… ZZZZZZZZZ.” With Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy officially out of the picture, it’s time for the Academy to step up and hire the Muppets to host.
I am completely serious about this. I’m not trying to start a wacky campaign that will fizzle out after a few days. I truly believe that the Muppets would be the best Academy Awards hosts ever. Eddie Murphy and Brett “I Killed the X-Men Franchise” Ratner’s departures are an opportunity for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to not only make the show worth watching, but raise the bar for future broadcasts.
Why are the Muppets a good fit? So glad you asked! The Academy’s main objective each year is to find a host that appeals to the largest demographic. They won’t book someone like the hilarious Louis C.K. because your mom probably doesn’t know about him and he hasn’t done any family-friendly comedies. Eddie Murphy, on the other hand, traded in his Delirious red-leather jumpsuit for family friendly comedies years ago (none of which was very funny). The Muppets? They reek of family friendliness. Plus, they’re actually funny. Have you seen their parody trailers? This one is hilarious, so is this one, and of course this one. Plus, everyone loves the Muppets. If you don’t love the Muppets, there’s a good chance you’re dead inside.
Oh No They Didn’t! – thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies
I am told ONTD has used these images which are the work of Christophe Courtois. I have ammended this post to point to the ARTISTS website and not ONTD.
These movies are always sappy dramas. Do not allow you to be mislead by the trailer or calibre of the people involved into thinking otherwise. The protagonist/his little brother/father and/or love interest is very likely to end up dead. You probably should keep your tissues handy because you’ll cry tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears because you just wasted 13 dollars on this movie. This sort of poster is inevitably used for anything that involves Nicholas Sparks