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The 20 Best 'That Guys' Of All Time. A "That Guy" is a B-list character actor who's just talented enough to secure bit parts in a handful of movies every year, but not quite good looking enough to become a brand-name star. Some specialize in playing villains and others in having freaky-enormous chest tattoos, but combined, these brave, barely handsome men have appeared in every single movie produced in the last decade. You Might Know Him From... The Rock, 16 Blocks, The Green Mile, Proof of Life, 12 Monkeys, a bunch of other movies where he plays a psychotic government employee. Special Moves Being this close to jumping over this desk/car/boulder/pile of corpses and ferociously beating your face into the carpet. Is a Poor Man's... Russell Crowe Boogie Nights, Seinfeld, Ghostbusters 2, literally every hour-long TV drama about lawyers.

Thinking you're a worthless longhaired hippie punk, and not being afraid to tell you as much to your worthless longhaired hippie punk face. James Coburn. Michael Clarke Duncan Louis Gossett, Jr. Are All Big Franchise Films Essentially the Same Now? A scene from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, or...whatever. Your favorite place is in ruins, and a really mean guy is behind it all. He’s so bad, he’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. He’s the definition of fear, and other things which are very…unpleasant. Nothing will be the same ever again after this. Your favorite person or persons in the world will be pushed to the limit in a new adventure that will shatter their world, and yours. If you thought things couldn’t get harder, grittier, or contain more monotone music, you’d be wrong.

The next installment in your favorite movie series is here, and it’s similarity to other movies is striking, but not unsurprising. Sound familiar? Calling the majority of big franchise movies formulaic would be almost a compliment at this point, because it would denote some sort of basic originality. To be clear: I like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, and I’ll probably like Star Trek Into Darkness, in spite of myself. BUT. Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools. It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them.

One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools. Should this be surprising? The Euro-American fable has always featured an individualistic style.

When the public pays for a fantasy experience, riding the shoulder of some bold hero or heroine, each customer wants to identify with a protagonist who is special, unique, or at least interesting in some way that departs from run-of-the-mill, batch-processed humanity. Even when the character seems unremarkable, he or she is marked as singular and fascinating by virtue of being the one whose thoughts and experiences we share. That’s the magic of “point of view.”

While individuals get our empathy and sympathy, institutions seldom do. . — We Are the Exceptions — Horror Movie Daycare. In a town where horror movie tropes are real, babysitting is serious business. 100 Most Depressing Movie Death Scenes will sink your heart into the Swamp of Sadness. I'd disagree—Grave Of The Fireflies is basically one long death scene. Of two children. In wartime Japan. One of the best movies I will never, ever watch again. Other contenders (tie): Testament and When The Wind Blows. Both of which are also basically one long, sad, inevitable death scene, but this time (in each case) after a nuclear war. Testament is maybe slightly less sad, insofar as the live-action Americans dying very slowly from radioactive fallout are just slightly less hapless and a hundred-percent less clueless than the animated elderly British couple in Wind, who are under the impression that nuclear war is almost exactly like the WWII bombing of England they pluckily survived when they were much younger, and they can never quite get their heads around how much worse their situation is this time around.

I've never seen Grave, but I'm familiar with it. Really? Grave of the Fireflies. He gives me some knowledge, I buy him some shoes: 13 depictions of the magical homeless | Film | Inventory. 12 Zombie Movies that Root for the Zombies. It's not a movie, but I'd love to see an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's 'Last Stand' from John Joseph Adams' 2nd The Living Dead anthology. Just another story about a former teacher who is one of a handful of survivors of a standard zombie apocalypse — racked with survivor guilt at escaping while her husband and daughter were ripped apart, fascinated and repelled by the shambling enemy she helped capture, and (along with everyone else) their severely depleted numbers are on the verge of annihilation by a relentless foe who outnumber them millions to one.

The twist is our sympathetic narrator is... dead, thanks to a next-generation flu vaccine that worked. Just not in the way that folks who'd seen waay too many horror movies expected. These zombies are self-aware, eat raw meat NOT human flesh (well, there were those incidents but starvation and fear would make the best of us a bit bitey. No?) , and nobody cares. The 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Ever Made. This was the first time New York was destroyed on film. These effects are surprisingly good for a film of that era. Agreed. I actually kind of enjoyed it. That was just amazing. The shot from the harbor up into the crumbling towers on Manhattan was especially well executed. Was this the same film that employed building a miniature set on a set of rolling platforms?

The shot involved rolling a huge miniature cityscape across rails that were slightly curved so that the segmented platforms would undulate with respect to one another causing the buildings above to topple and tilt as their bases skewed, split and wobbled. the camera was mounted on the dolly and the whole thing was shot against a cloudless blue sky to hide the fact that the entire process was rolling laterally on three separate sets of rails. I read about this effects shot years ago and the time frame is correct...I just don't recall the film. Some scenes are hokey - many buildings are obviously built of blocks, but on the whole there's a lot of good work here.

Curator finds the world's first ever color movie hidden inside museum vault. The Statue of Liberty: Who destroyed it best? As someone who was actually alive when the original Planet of the Apes was released, I still voted for Cloverfield because we got to see the destruction and not just the aftermath. We're not being asked which was the better film. I enjoyed Cloverfield immensely. I do watch it on occasion, and I really do appreciate what J.J. Abrams was attempting in its making. I grew up watching Godzilla movies (although I have never watched the 1998 Godzilla) and other Toho films, so I was really into the whole monster movie thing.

Following the whole viral campaign before seeing the movie also helped. That's an excellent point. See, I think it was my love of the Toho movies that made me so disappointed with Cloverfield. But sheesh, how about those regular people? But I wanted to hear from someone who watches it consistently, so thanks. Alien: A Film Franchise Based Entirely on Rape. Horror isn't complicated. You find out what makes your audience uncomfortable and present it to them in the most unsettling way possible. This is why horror movies aimed at young males contain vague allusions to homosexuality -- it's what makes that audience nervous. So, if you have a country scared that communists are secretly infiltrating society, you give them 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If you have a nation coming off a recession and spiraling violent crime rates in 1980, you give them Friday the 13th. And if your country is terrified of people with dreadlocks, you make Predator.

Which Brings Us to the Rape But Alien? And not just the one Joss Whedon wrote. Oh, we're not joking. "One thing that people are all disturbed about is sex... Hearing this man utter the words "I'm going to attack them sexually" is more terrifying than all the Alien movies combined. That's from the Alien Saga documentary. That's the third worst place to get raped. Left: Giger's Necronomicon. Subtle. Nope. Weird Secrets of The Avengers That You'd Never Have Guessed. What would you suggest then? You realize that Spider-Man and Dark Knight have just one "main" character (for the most part), whose powers can be reproduced with non-CG methods, right? So tell us, how would you reproduce the ENTIRE Avengers cast using non-CG methods, without it looking super-cheesy and killing the franchise in a shit-storm of ridicule and money-loss?

*sigh* There's always a complainer... I'd say this is one franchise that cannot be made without CG. Thankfully, I don't think it's a franchise that solely exists to showcase CG, so I'm okay with it. Typically I'm a purist but this kind of movie is meant to feel BIG. This is one film that actually needs the CGI at the level it came with. 13 Creepy Captions From Movies That Let Us Know It's The Future. I'll take those points ! -) "Cast a Deadly Spell " , when, oh when will this come out on DVD ? I know. I know. The only thing I can think of is that it's tied up in some sort of IP hell, where nobody's quite sure who owns the rights, and it isn't worth the time and hassle of finding out. I figure our only hope is that Fred Ward and/or Clancy Brown land some sort of major part in an incredibly popular TV show, at the same time that Guillermo del Toro finally produces his big budget At The Mountains of Madness adaptation, and somebody at HBO finally realizes they have a property in their archive worth exploiting.

I have an ex rental VHS copy, the laserdisk, and a DVD burn of the laserdisk, but sadly even the LD-rip isn't much better than the VHS in terms of picture quality (and it's also missing a scene.) Even a minor amount of video restoration work would do it a world of good. Kubrick // One-Point Perspective. When Movie Montages Get Out of Hand. 7 Completely Unrealistic Movie Plots (That Came True) Sci-fi visionaries like Jules Verne and Gene Roddenberry get all sorts of credit for predicting the future via fiction. But you know who doesn't get credit? Weekend at Bernie's. As it turns out, lots of movies turn out to be prophetic, seeing even the most ridiculous plot points turn into real headlines months or years later.

The Film While Idiocracy is often cited as the under-appreciated Mike Judge film that is most likely to come true, Office Space already has. The films protagonist, played by Ron Livingstone, takes office rebellion a little further than that and decides to rip off the company he works for. The Real Life Event Michael Largent, a 22-year-old who had presumably never seen the second half of Office Space where the scheme goes to shit, decided that this sounded like a pretty neat idea. Jennifer Aniston is only vaguely relevant to this story, but is also incredibly attractive. Largent was bad at choosing source material. Oh, wait, sorry. Ha, seriously! 7 Movies Based on a True Story (That Are Complete Bullshit) We don't ask a lot from our movies.

A nice story, maybe with some sex, violence and Batman thrown in. But sometimes a movie comes along and takes on special meaning because it's based on a true story, and so we watch with rapt attention knowing that some real dude lived through all the awesomeness on screen. But if you're going to go with the "Based On A True Story" tag, all we ask is that you make the stories sort of, you know, true. You can do that, right? Not if these movies are any indication. The Pursuit of Happyness The Hollywood Version: Chris Gardner is a hard-working man with a pain-in-the-ass wife and an adorable little son boasting one of the greatest afros we've ever seen on a child.

Through what we assume is black magic, he solves a Rubik's Cube in record time, wowing an employee at Dean Witter and he apparently passes the only test needed to qualify a man to become a stock broker. In reality ... Chris, Jr. was apparently living at this point in time with his mother, Jackie. The 5 Most Wildly Illegal Court Rulings in Movie History. Everyone loves a good courtroom scene. We get lots of dramatic speeches and over-acting and Jack Nicholson reminding us that we can in no way handle the truth. But more than that, these scenes ultimately lead to Lady Justice being served.

The bad guys go to jail. Unfortunately, much of the time justice gets served only because a screenwriter twisted the law beyond recognition. The Crime: Murder, Assault, Bootlegging, basically being a Mob Boss and Tax Evasion Also, jaywalking. The Ruling: Guilty Because Your Lawyer Says So Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness is determined to break the stranglehold that Al Capone has on Prohibition-era Chicago. Look, Kevin Costner! The Trial: When Ness discovers mid-trial that the jury has been bribed, he confronts the judge, who is also in Capone's pocket, and threatens to expose him if he doesn't do something.

In a moment of panic, Capone's lawyer changes the plea to guilty, and the courtroom erupts as though all crime has just been wiped off the face of the Earth. 20 Instructional Signs That Must Exist in Movie Universes Slideshow. Why You Never Want a Gotham City Criminal On Your Crew. 6 Movie and TV Universes That Overlap in Mind-blowing Ways. Remember that time we told you about the most random celebrity duos who started out together, like George Romero and Mister Rogers or Jon Stewart and Anthony Weiner? Imagine, if you will, the same thing, only with fictional characters. #6. Tarantino Movies Are a Vast Interlocking Parallel Reality Every self-respecting Tarantino fan knows about the link between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs ... but it turns out that the connections between his movies go much, much deeper than that.

Tarantino's foot fetish is actually a deconstruction of the human condition of having feet. In Pulp Fiction, John Travolta plays a guy called Vincent Vega. GettyThe amount of CGI needed would bankrupt many studios. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. You see, in Inglourious Basterds, Eli Roth plays a character called Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz. And in True Romance (written by Tarantino), there's a film producer called Lee Donowitz, who has been confirmed to be Donny's son.

. #5. And The Simpsons. #4. Casino Royale flips into record books - Movies News News. London: The latest James Bond film Casino Royale has entered into the Guinness Book of World Records with stunt artists flipping the Aston Martin car a record seven times during a shoot for a crash. Gary Powell, of the famous Powell family of stuntmen, and his team staged the dramatic crash to beat the previous record of six rolls performed by a Top Gear stuntman last year. "We managed seven-and-three-quarter turns. And it was more difficult than it sounds because the Aston is built so well that it wouldn't turn over from a ramp.

We had to put a nitrogen air cannon in the car to make it flip and the director Martin Campbell wanted the shot done in one take," Gary, 43, was quoted as saying by the Sun newspaper. RECORD OF SORTS: Describing the scene in the Bond film, stuntman Dinney Powell says it is The 21st Bond film Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the 007 agent, will release worldwide November 17. The Powell clan have performed stunts in all Bond films. The 7 Most Ridiculous Movie Character Overreactions. The Baffling New Trend in Movie Poster Design. 500 Full-Length Movies You Can Stream Completely Free. How to Tell From a Trailer That a Movie Is Going to Suck. Kl8fq.jpg 230×2,347 pixels. Paul Owen: How to write the perfect disaster movie | Film. Three Horror Movies That Even a Scientist Could Love. The 5 Stupidest Ways Movies Deal With Foreign Languages. 5 Gaping Plot Holes Hollywood Knows You Won't Notice.

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