Our final four is split into two genres; action and comedy. Today, we’re tackling the former with two of the more memorable action movies not just of the year, but of the decade. Lethal Weapon didn’t invent buddy cop movies. But it sure did shape them. Predator didn’t define a genre, per se. But it mashed up two existing genres in a way that was uncommon at the time. Both movies launched franchises which remain on-going with the help of recent reboots; Lethal Weapon in the form of a TV show and Predator with an upcoming movie. Today, we decide which movie will represent the action genre in the final round.
Today’s match pairs two rising stars against each other at the moments when their careers took shape. Robin Williams and Mel Gibson were among Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. And they can both trace their A-list status back to the movies they headlined in 1987. Gibson costarred opposite Danny Glover in the buddy-cop movie that defined the genre. And Williams received his first-ever Oscar nomination for playing a zany army DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the Vietnam Conflict.
As we move into a new year, it’s a Le Blog tradition to spend the month of January looking back at the movies of the past. Yep, the bracket games are back. For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be pairing up movies from thirty years ago to pick the reader’s favorite flick from 1987. I think you will all agree when you see the line-up that it was a pretty solid year with enduring entries in many different genres.
Flashback/Backslide is running a “Sequelthon” with guest bloggers contributing reviews of several movie sequels. Naturally, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to write up Superman II. On the day that the latest Superman movie hits theaters, let’s take a look at the last time a Superman series had a second entry.
Welcome back to the Sequelthon everyone! Today we are happy to host a review of Superman II written by Lebeau from Lebeau’s Le Blog. Head over to his site to read a huge catalog of awesome content including the “What the Hell Happened?” series. Coincidentally, Superman II is currently in the Sweet Sixteen of our DC Comics Movie Tournament running right now.Head over to vote in all the matchups.
In 1978, the super hero genre came to the big screen with Superman: The Movie . The original script for that movie was high camp. It even included a cameo appearance for Telly Savalas as Kojak. In one scene, while looking for Lex Luthor Superman would have found a bald man who turned out to be the TV detective. This is but one of example of what Superman: The Movie might have been.
Fortunately, fate intervened…
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In its 20th issue, Starlog Magazine celebrated the release of Superman’s first major motion picture, Superman: The Movie. As Batman V Superman approaches, let’s go way back to 1978 and remember what remember what it was like to believe a man could fly. As a bonus, the magazine also interviewed the original movie Superman, Kyrk Alyn, who played the Man of Steel in the serials.
With the start of a new year, there’s a whole new slate of movies to look forward to. Hollywood is hoping 2015 will be a better year at the movies than 2014 was. But how will the movies of the new year stack up against the movies from 30 years ago. 1985 gave us some classic movies and its share of forgettable ones. In this month’s bracket game we’re going back in time to 1985 to pick our favorites from 30 years ago!
Zach Snyder’s 21st century take on Superman opens in theaters today. The character, generally considered the first super hero as we know them today, is celebrating 75 years since his first appearance in Action Comics #1. He helped to kick off the super hero movie genre which has become a dominant force at the box office in recent years. And by this point, there have been enough Superman movies to form a mini-genre dedicated to the Man of Steel.