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'The Last Blockbuster' Documentary Sets Up '80s Movie Nostalgia Brackets

'The Last Blockbuster' Documentary Sets Up '80s Movie Nostalgia Brackets

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In support of the upcoming documentary The Last Blockbuster, the filmmakers have created a number of March Madness-style brackets celebrating the best of classic movies of the VHS era. Fans can pit movies like The Exorcist and Scream against one another to decide which of the video store-era "rental classics" rises above the pack. "In all of our interviews, one thing that has become clear is that it wasn't the movie you rented, it was renting the movie," director Taylor Morden told ComicBook.com's Russ Burlingame during an interview for the Emerald City Video Podcast, which will run in the coming days. Morden is directing the crowdfunded documentary, which uses the Bend, Oregon Blockbuster Video -- the last remaining Blockbuster store that is still renting movies -- as a lens through wh...
Shows and movies on Hulu: September 2018

Shows and movies on Hulu: September 2018

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Hello, September, and a big hearty "welcome back!" to all your favorite fall TV shows. From quirky comedies like The Good Place to reality powerhouses like The Voice, there's no shortage of series premieres to watch on Hulu. You can also check out the return of Hulu's original talk show I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.The Good Place season 3 premiere will be available Sept. 28. NBC, Justin Lubin/NBC Hulu packs a punch in the film department this month, with a number of Oscar-nominated films to check out, including There Will Be Blood, Adaptation and City of God. And a special call-out to The English Patient, which will remain one of my all-time favorite films no matter how many S...

THE NEW CANON

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As the film world prepares to leave the childish things of summer behind and welcome the more serious, artistically ambitious movies of festival and awards season, it’s an opportune moment to consider the Canon: that list of revered films that helped form cinematic language, broke it open, captured not only their own zeitgeist but proved wisely prescient, and have stood the test of history to remain mini-master classes in aesthetics, technique, grammar and taste.For the most part, the Canon has remained an unchanged list of cinema’s most revered titles; the last time it was even slightly upset was in 2012, when the respected film journal Sight & Sound announced that its Greatest Films of All Time poll of programmers, film professionals and academics had put Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 fever
The Best Coen Brothers Movie Is on Netflix

The Best Coen Brothers Movie Is on Netflix

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Everett CollectionNo Country for Old Men confronts the mythic violence of America—and it's eerily relevant today.2007 was a great year for depressing movies. In the dark days of Bush’s second term, as America was mired in multiple wars, films like There Will Be Blood, Zodiac, and No Country for Old Men probed the violence and greed at the heart of America. The last movie—an adaptation of one of America’s most acclaimed authors (Cormac McCarthy) by two of America’s most acclaimed directors (the Coen brothers)—would go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. A decade later, the movie’s cynical yet mythic look at America’s lust for murder and money only feels more relevant.On its surface, No Country for Old Men is a straight-forward thriller. Everyman Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin in his breako
Kung fu movies and seedy 1970s NYC | Jersey Retro

Kung fu movies and seedy 1970s NYC | Jersey Retro

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Most people do beach reads; I watch movies. Um, not on the beach itself. The season of easy living is just a time when I catch up on some recreational viewing. "The Cavalier" (1978) I started out with an old-school kung fu movie I found at a Dollar General: Joseph Kuo's "The Cavalier" (1978) starring Chun-Erh Lung, Nancy Yen and Lieh Lo. (The original title is "Gui ma da xia," and it's also known as "Dancing Kung Fu.") Many kung fu movies have comic relief, but "The Cavalier" is a flat-out comedy. Setup: An old man -- with the requisite white eyebrows and ZZ Top beard -- travels from town to town with his virginal granddaughter in tow. Gramps stands in the middle of the market square and bangs a gong, while proclaiming that any man in the village may have his granddaughter's hand in ma...
This is how long it would take to watch all the movies on Netflix (while still showering and sleeping)

This is how long it would take to watch all the movies on Netflix (while still showering and sleeping)

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Is it possible to watch all the movies and documentaries on Netflix, while maintaining normal daily activities? Science says yes, but it would take over half a year. A new study conducted by Kinnari Naik of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester, found that it would take a whopping 236.5 days to watch all the movies and documentaries newly added to U.K. Netflix in 2017 while still eating, drinking, doing bathroom activities and sleeping. Different countries have different Netflix libraries, so U.S. timing would vary. But using the study methodology, it would take around 72.3 days to watch all of Netflix's 2017 original pro...
Fall Movie Preview 2018: 'Venom,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Halloween'

Fall Movie Preview 2018: 'Venom,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Halloween'

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With a Harry Potter follow-up, a Spider-Man spinoff, and a new take on “Mary Poppins” among the bounty of movies opening in theaters, the rest of 2018 has plenty to offer filmgoers. “A Simple Favor” Release Date: Sept. 14 Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding Why we want to see it: The gossip girl goes gone girl in this suspense drama, with Lively hiding behind her trademark blonde waves as a mysterious femme fatale and Kendrick as her blissfully ignorant best friend (“Twilight” vibes, anyone?) — until, of course, Lively’s character goes missing after asking Kendrick’s for a “simple favor.” Oh, and a special shout out to whomever decided to feature the ever-debonair Golding in love scenes with both. — Christi Carras [embedded content] “Colette” Release Date: Sept. 21 Stars
How Amazon could change your evening at the movies

How Amazon could change your evening at the movies

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Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 9:55 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 LOS ANGELES -- Going to the movies now consists of buying a ticket and sitting through some trailers. What if the entire evening was brought to you by Amazon? According to a report in Bloomberg, the world's largest e-commerce company is in the mix for bidding on Landmark Theatres, the chain o...