Twenty-five years later, it’s easy to forget that Titanic was expected to sink at the box office. Following a wave of negative press over the movie’s ballooning budget and the need to push Titanic off the summer schedule, many expected James Cameron’s period drama to fail. Of course, we all know that the movie exceeded any and all expectations. Cameron was still finishing post-production on Titanic when he was interviewed for this article from the December 1997 issue of Movieline magazine and success was anything but guaranteed.
In the mid-to-later eighties, Carolco was riding high on a steady diet of action movies. Midway through the next decade, it collapsed. The story has been told in bits and pieces across various articles here at Le Blog. But a reader named Matthew has worked with a friend to put together a YouTube series on the Rise and Fall of some of Hollywood’s bygone studios. The first installment focuses on the action giants at Carolco. Check it out.
Edward Furlong’s first movie was a critically acclaimed box office smash. He was thirteen years old when he became famous overnight for playing a boy who was destined for greatness. At the time, it seemed like great things might have been in Furlong’s future as well. But almost immediately, Furlong went down a dark path of addiction, legal problems and charges of domestic abuse. This once promising young actor is now considered to be a cautionary tale.
What the hell happened?
With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes. What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation. We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect. But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists. Who’s the best movie heroine? It’s time to find out.
With Cinderella in theaters and the Divergent sequel opening this Friday, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes. What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation. We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect. But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists. Who’s the best movie heroine? It’s time to find out.
To celebrate the release of Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history. Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us. Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines. Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days. In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.
Mel Gibson came from Australia to conquer Hollywood. He became one of the most beloved actors in the world and an Academy Award winning director. But then his career imploded. In fact, that doesn’t cover it. Gibson’s outrageous behavior destroyed his career spectacularly. And yet, he seems unrepentant to this day.
On might speculate about where Gibson would be today if he managed to fight off his inner demons or at least keep them from spilling out into public view. (He’d be better off, I’m guessing.) Instead, we’re going to look at how his career may have changed if he had made different decisions along the way.
Here’s a look at what might have been…
Recently, Daffy and I discussed the rampant silliness of the new trailer for Terminator: Genisys – a movie that will attempt to reboot the popular sci fi series by throwing out everything fans know and love about the previous Terminator movies except for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the theme song. Even spelling gets tossed out like a baby with the bathwater.
Now, Auralnauts has recut the original trailer to give us this new (and pretty funny) paradox edition.
A while back Daffy and I were approached by Dan of Annie and Danny’s FastPass Podcast to do a show on time travel movies. Since coming up with topics is hard, Daffy and I decided to
steal Dan’s idea take him up on his offer. We were finally able to master time enough to line up all three of our schedules to talk time travel. So Dan becomes our first-ever guest star here on Le Show.
But it wasn’t just Dan joining us this time. We also took feedback from the wonderful readers here at Le Blog. About a week before we recorded, I posted a survey asking you guys what you wanted to hear about in a time travel show. The response was overwhelming. So we’ll probably continue to seek your input for future podcasts. For this episode, we had you guys rank eight time travel comedies and eight action/adventure movies.
We’re obviously going to cover the classics like Back to the Future and The Terminator. But Daffy dives deep with some scholarly research. We also look at the indie comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed and everyone wishes they had found the time to watch Primer. Special guest time travel expert Dan disses Star Trek and praise Jean-Claude Van Damme. And we all talk about what we would do if we could travel through time.
The show is embedded after the jump. Hope you like it.
There are very few actresses who have played iconic roles in action movies. Linda Hamilton is one of them. But immediately following the biggest success of her career, Hamilton put her career on hold. When she did work, it was usually as a guest star on a TV show. She basically terminated her movie career at its peak.
What the hell happened?
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.
To celebrate the release of The Hobbit, I’m counting down the top 10 movie trilogies.
As always, there are a few rules to review. In this case, what constitutes a trilogy. Obviously, a series of three films is technically a trilogy. However, while three is a minimum requirement, I won’t disqualify a film series that extended beyond three films. Ideally the series should contain three films that tell a tightly connected story.