June 30, 2008 · 4:09 am
WALL-E Voted in the Top Ten Best Movies of All Time
At the conclusion of the film’s opening weekend, over 5,300 IMDb users have rated Pixar’s WALL-E, resulting in a 9.3 average user rating. This currently places the film at #9 on IMDb’s top 250 movies of all time, behind only Godfather 1 and 2, Shawshank Redemption, Good Bad and Ugly, Pulp Fiction, Schindlers List, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Empire Strikes Back. But with only 5,000 votes, the movie will likely drop on the list as more votes are counted. But the question is how far? The high placement is worth noting because it rarely happens. And when it does, the movie usually lands a fairly high placement.
June 29, 2008 · 6:05 pm
Movies: Jumping the Shark Meets Nuking the Fridge | Newsweek Periscope | Newsweek.com
Early in the new “Indiana Jones” sequel, our creaky, 65-year-old hero stumbles onto a nuclear test site, and the warning siren is blaring. Panicked, surrounded by Potemkin houses, he folds himself inside the lead-lined cavity of a refrigerator. Kaboom: the blast sends Indy hurtling across the New Mexico desert, a mushroom cloud rising behind him. He lands and, logic be damned, tumbles out unscathed. The franchise, though, will never recover.
In TV land, this phenomenon is known as “jumping the shark”: the moment when a once proud series swan-dives into putridity. It’s a reference to a dreadful, late-era episode of “Happy Days” in which a water-skiing Fonz lofts himself over the fin of a great white. But Indy fans were so demoralized, they coined a new phrase just for movie-franchise meltdowns. Ergo: “nuking the fridge.”
The phrase was born on May 24—two days after the film opened—and it went viral on movie message boards. In barely a month, it has blown through several Web. 2.0 benchmarks: YouTube tributes, “fridge” haikus, merch-hawking Web sites, “Word of the Day” status on UrbanDictionary.com. “You’re expecting [the movie] to be as great as you remembered it,” says Beth Russell, creator of nukingthefridge.com, “and after the fridge scene, it was like, ‘Oooo-K’.” A new legend is born, for all the wrong reasons.”
(Via newsweek )
June 28, 2008 · 12:58 pm
‘Dark Knight’ Selling Out 3 Weeks Early
Batman fans anxious to get a glimpse of the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker are snatching up tickets online more than three weeks before The Dark Knight’s July 17 premiere.
Dozens of midnight screenings of director Christopher Nolan’s second installment in the bat-franchise have sold out, causing theaters across the country to tack on 3 a.m. showings to meet fan demand, according to online ticket retailer Fandango.
“We are currently seeing a surge in advance ticket sales,” said Ted Hong, vice president of marketing for Fandango, which first began selling tickets for Dark Knight last Friday. “It makes sense that there’s a rush for tickets — it looks action-packed and film fans are anxious to see Heath Ledger.”
When Fandango polled members back in March to determine which summer blockbusters its customers were most interested in, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took first place, with Dark Knight coming in second. However, the scramble for advance Dark Knight tickets is currently outpacing Indy 4’s presale numbers.
Exhibitor Relations box office analyst Jeff Bock said he thinks the presale surge was to be expected.
“This movie comes in riding a wave of hype [Batman Begins] didn’t,” said Bock. He also attributes the rush to fans anxious to see Ledger portray Batman’s warped nemesis in what could be the actor’s last on-screen performance. Ledger died in January of an overdose of prescription drugs at age 28.
Joel Cohen, executive vice president at ticketing hub MovieTickets.com, said Dark Knight is doing remarkably well, even though advance sales for Nolan’s previous bat-flick, Batman Begins, were practically nonexistent in 2005.
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(Via Wired News)
May 4, 2008 · 2:46 pm
MacGyver Film In the Works?
An anonymous reader writes “Looks like everyone’s favorite Swiss Army knife-wielding action hero may be making an appearance on the big screen. The original series creator has announced plans are in the works for a MacGyver film. Serious questions abound: Will Richard Dean Anderson reprise the role? Will filming and editing somehow be done only using a paperclip, duct-tape, and TV remote?” And who, if not Anderson, would you want to play MacGyver?
May 2, 2008 · 6:23 am
Iron Man is the Best Reviewed Movie of 2008
Iron Man is not only a great comic book movie, but it’s a great film. Jon Favreau’s Marvel comic book adaptation is the best reviewed movie of the year (so far). The film currently has a 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 117 reviews. The only two 2008 releases which have garnered more critical acclaim have been smaller independent releases (Taxi to the Dark Side and Blindsight). The closest wide Hollywood release is the Judd Apatow-produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall with 85% (138 reviews counted). And who says that movie critics are stuck up folk who don’t appreciate popcorn flicks?
Not only that, but Iron Man is also currently the best reviewed Superhero movie of all time. Let’s take a look at the eight best-reviewed superhero movies of all time (according to Rotten Tomatoes).
- Iron Man – 96% (117 reviews)
- Spider-Man 2 – 93% (228 reviews)
- Superman: The Movie – 93% (46 reviews)
- Spider-Man 90% (206 reviews)
- X2: X-Men United – 87% (214 reviews)
- Batman Begins – 84% (246 reviews)
- X-Men – 80% (141 reviews)
- Hellboy – 79% (182 reviews)
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