November 14, 2017 • Movies & Film
Ever watch a movie from the early 90s and think, “I know that kid! How do I know that kid?” We’re still waiting for Shazam for faces to be a thing. (Let us know when you’ve figured that out, Silicon Valley.) Luckily, we have IMDB and that no way feeling of recognizing the childhood self of a favorite actor. Today we’re celebrating – and remembering – a few fantastic actors and the roles they played as children for our very own League of Forgettable Child Stars.
October 31, 2017 • Movies & Film
We’ve got E.T. on our mind today and it’s a wonderful feeling. Our favorite extraterrestrial graces our pages today in a brand new picture book from illustrator Kim Smith. It’s enough to get our 80s-loving hearts a flutter. To celebrate this book’s release and the beautiful friendship between Elliott and E.T., here are some of our favorite interspecies friendships in pop culture.
October 30, 2017 • Fiction, History, Movies & Film, Television
Halloween is that most American of holidays: a mish-mash of old pagan religion, medieval customs and cavalcades of sugar. While no figure has come to symbolize Halloween the same way Santa embodies Christmas, that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried. Here’s some of our favorite gods and monsters who put the “Hallowed” in Halloween!
October 26, 2017 • Movies & Film
I grew up in an era of great illustration, and it was mirrored in cinema. The movies I loved had posters painted by Drew Struzan and Bob Peak, and within those films were stunning moving images featuring fantastic creations. In particular, that genre that used to be the perennial home for the B-Movie, Science Fiction. I had the posters over my bed and the actions figures, but it wasn't until later that I found out who was doing all this amazing stuff. Even more amazingly, that it was someone's job.
October 23, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film
The incomparable Tilda Swinton has been on the big screen for over thirty years, bringing us characters who run the gamut from modern day mothers to fantasy ice queens, vampires and royalty, predators and angels. Her unique look and commanding presence is incredibly distinctive, yet it can be wrapped around a range of roles that most other actors would struggle to encompass. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that Swinton has brought to life multiple characters from the pages of books—so many, in fact, that we aren’t even going to list them all. Instead, we take a look at her ten best and biggest—whether blockbuster movies, starring roles, amazing adaptations, or something else that makes these literary roles worth watching.
October 23, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Michael Crichton may be the author responsible for some of the most beloved and iconic science fiction on shelves today, but for some reason, his work hasn’t always weathered the jump to screen very well. While Jurassic Park endures as a modern classic, and Westworld is enjoying new life as a critically acclaimed HBO original series, most of Crichton’s sci-fi stumbled in the transition from page to screen. The screenplays often made sweeping changes to the stories and characters of the novels, the effects couldn’t keep up with the imaginative visuals described in the books, and talented actors were often stuck with clunky dialogue and ridiculous, nonsensical plots. Furthermore, while Crichton’s novels forced the reader to grapple with complex questions about humanity, cause and effect, communication, nature, and more, the movies rarely concerned themselves with such thoughtful reflection, retreating instead into spectacle and action and abandoning the very things that made the novels great.
However, now that special effects technology has evolved and filmmakers are increasingly making riskier, more cerebral films, perhaps we are due for a Crichton renaissance. Hollywood is already keen on revisiting many of the films and TV shows of yesteryears, so taking another cinematic swing at a few of Crichton’s novels seems like a natural next step.