Sometimes a pop artist has such a huge and iconic hit that it defines the rest of their career. You can’t hear their name without that one big hit popping into your mind. Many of these artists disappear from sight just as quickly as they exploded on the scene. Typically we call these lucky/unfortunate folks “1-hit wonders.”
But often they only really match that name in our faulty memories.
Michael Biehn has starred in some classic science fiction/action movies. Even if you don’t know his name (and odds are you don’t) you know his characters from James Cameron’s early hit movies. If things had gone just a little bit differently, he would have been a household name. Instead, he’s doing voice work for video games.
What the hell happened?
Come with me if you want to know.
The Movieline vault is filled with goodies. Today, I unearthed a short and sweet bio on a then-unknown Julia Roberts. Check out the author’s bold prediction that one day, Roberts may outshine her brother, Whathisname. This article was published just before the release of Steel Magnolias soon after Roberts was cast in some unnamed comedy opposite Richard Gere.
With the Oscars now (thankfully) behind us we can look back and criticize other Oscars. While the entire internet is up in arms over Leo DiCaprio having never won, I’m going to make the case that being nominated several times is plenty of honor (last years long overdue recognition of Gary Oldman robbed me of #1 most disrespected).
Yes, winning is better, but at least you’ve been recognized as one of the best. Unlike the unfortunate actors I’m about to cover. The majority of them you probably would assume they’ve won or at least been nominated, however, for some strange reason, despite an impressive performances, star power, and overall body of work, they’ve never gotten the recognition they deserve. Let’s get snubby, shall we?
I haven’t written about The Walking Dead much this season largely due to lack of interest. The show is marginally better than it was last season, but that isn’t saying much. The first half of the season was mostly padding so the show could set-up a do-over of the Season 3 finale (which was horribly botched the first time). I was cautiously optimistic that with a clean slate, the show could come back from the mid-season finale and do something interesting. Instead, it had been treading water more than ever before (if such a thing is possible).
This week’s episode, titled Still, is clearly intended to be a character study on Daryl (the show’s most popular character) and Beth (the show’s least defined character). I don’t mind a slower pace for a well-done character piece. But every single moment of this character study feels forced. After an hour, the characters feel less well defined than they did going in.
Yesterday, Jeff the Wild Man posted a thoughtful article asking the timely question “Why Must Blockbusters Be Dumb?” Jeff made several good points about the ways in which the summer blockbuster has come to dominate Hollywood’s release schedule year-round. I actually have quite a bit to say on the subject, so I decided to post an article as my response rather than limit my thoughts to the comments section.
I just got home from seeing The Lego Movie. On the surface that might seem like a dumbed down piece of product designed to sell more of the titular building blocks. But surprisingly it’s full of heart, soul and humor. Definitely the blockbuster to beat for 2014.
Unfortunately, well-done blockbusters of that type seem an endangered species in Hollywood. For every Avengers, there are ten Transformers. For every one that might succeed as a one-off you then have to deal with several lesser sequels (Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Matrix).
But there’s no law that says blockbusters must be dumb or badly written or weakly acted or poorly directed. Indeed the likes of Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Aliens, Face/off, Die Hard, Shrek, Toy Story, Lord Of The Rings, The Lego Movie and so on all prove that there can be popcorn movies with intelligence. But the majority of the ones that are released on a regular basis are the cinematic equivalent of McDonald’s.
With the Academy Awards ceremony getting set to air tomorrow night, I just couldn’t help but feed the fire a little bit. So I decided to share pictures of each of the Oscar winners who has had an article specifically about them here at Lebeau’s Le Blog. Grab your popcorn and twizzlers and join in!
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