Author and screenwriter William Goldman openly refers to his 1973 novel The Princess Bride as his best work – a view that speaks volumes considering his résumé. For a decade it seemed as though the whimsical tale of Westley and Buttercup would never make its way to the cinema screen. That is until Director Rob Reiner received the green light. The rest, they say, is history. December 4 marked the 30th anniversary of the film’s release in Australia and what better time to reminisce.
Before there were movies there were books, and some of the greatest films are adaptations of great reads. While many believe that the movies are never as good as the books, I believe that adaptations are a great way to share a story with those who don’t read, along with new generations.
Sometimes what makes a film special is watching the transformation of a certain character (spoilers follow).
It must be said that every filmmaker doesn’t set out to intentionally make a bad film, in fact they have every intention of making an entertaining film at the very least, whether it’s paying homage to a sub-genre such as 70’s Grindhouse exploitation, or like in the case of the new James Franco movie releasing soon, The Disaster Artist, that goes behind the scenes of one of the most celebrated bad films of all time, The Room (2003).
Jennifer Lawrence in an American actress who is well known for her roles in The Hunger Games series. Like many, I fell in love with her because of her performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and have watched her journey ever since.
Hans Zimmer is a renowned German composer who over the course of his career, has created over 150 soundtracks and movie scores.
Oscar season is almost upon us. One of the first big announcements of the season is the full list of animated feature nominees in consideration.
Quentin Tarantino has now directed eight feature length films. Not only is his filmography excellent, it is also littered with easter eggs for the more-than-casual fan.
As wonderful as it has been growing up in Australia, one thing I’ve always envied is how big of a deal Halloween is overseas, especially in the US.
June 2017 saw the release of the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot as the female heroine. Women across the world praised the movie for the strong female cast and its female director. The original Wonder Woman TV series featured Lynda Carter as the lead and aired over 40 years ago. With the passing of so much time, it is interesting to look at the differences and similarities between the original and renewed Wonder Woman franchise, as well as the two leading ladies, Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter.
Since IT has hit box office gold and claimed the mantle of the highest grossing horror film of all time (not adjusted for inflation), it’s worth looking back to see why Stephen King adaptations from page to screen, have such a hit and miss ratio.
Hollywood often sets the truth aside in favour of telling a better story. Sometimes the truth doesn’t have that perfect three-act structure they’re looking for, and that’s okay. Alternatively, in some rare cases, the film differs from reality, because the truth is just too insane to believe. For instance, Hugh Glass of The Revenant (2015), did not crawl across the country after being mauled by a bear to seek vengeance for the murder of his son, he just did it because he was pissed at John Fitzgerald; Glass didn’t even have a son.
Check out this list of 5 cool, irreverent movies that may have flown under your radar, however will be in your best interests to see as soon as possible – with trailers.
With the imminent release of Luc Besson’s Valerian; a film based in a rich and deep alternate world, we look at other films that have well-conceived worlds.