Sunday, March 4, 2012
This Week's Links, Just For You
10 of the Greatest Movies Never Made
One of the dedicated cinephile’s favorite hobbies is contemplating the movies that might have been, and it’s a pastime we’ve engaged in here at Flavorwire on occasion. Because the Hollywood development process is such a fickle beast, prone to prevailing box office winds, rising and falling trends, and the particular peccadilloes of people in power, the pages of movie history are littered with the corpses of promising films that simply fell apart, for a variety of reasons. David Hughes is one of our most esteemed writers of cinematic obituaries—his books The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made and Tales From Development Hell (out today in a newly revised edition) are entertaining and detailed deconstructions of what went wrong with the movies you’ll never get to see. After the jump, we’ve assembled a few of the most intriguing movies-that-could-have-been from Tales, along with a handful of titles contributed by the author himself.
Finding Rick Santorum’s Cinematic Avatar
Last fall’s remake of Footloose (out on DVD next week) seems particularly well-timed — and not just because it’s the tale of an oppressed underclass rising up to fight the power. (Occupy Bomont!) Consider this: Footloose, in both of its incarnations, is the story of a deeply religious man, and an occasional politician, harboring a single-minded obsession with protecting the innocence of his flock by imposing his personal morality and biblical theology upon them. That’s right — if the 2012 election is Footloose, well, over the last couple of weeks, Rick Santorum is looking more and more like Reverend Shaw Moore. Why should we care? According to the results of a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, if we were all voting today, he’d defeat President Obama by three percentage points.
The Most Painfully Awkward Moments of Last Night’s Oscars
It’s all part of the ritual. First we spend months predicting the nominations, then we complain about the nominations, then we predict the winners to the point where there are no surprises during the ceremony itself, so we then complain about the show. Yes, folks, Oscar season came to a close last night, with trophies going to The Artist, Hugo, Meryl, Octavia, and Plummer over the course of the 193-minute ceremony hosted by Alan Shemper Billy Crystal.
Beautiful Pre-Code Movie Posters Unconvered in a Pennsylvania Attic
As you may have noticed, we love old movie posters. There’s something refreshing about the warmth and artistry of vintage film art, particularly when compared to the focus-grouped, Photoshopped, floating-heads nightmares that pass for movie posters today, and that’s why this item from MUBI about “the Berwick discovery” caught our eye. (Yes, it already has a cool-sounding nickname, and it deserves one.)
Flavorpill Liveblogs the 2012 Oscars
Well, film fans, the big night is here. After a month spent puzzling over the nominations, remembering acting snubs and other illogical choices, and scrambling to see all of the nominees, HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT has arrived. It's Oscar night, kids. Glam it up!
Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week
Welcome to the first installment of Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, a new feature in which we’ll help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got new documentaries, a pair of spy spoofs from the star and director of The Artist, and a couple of titles we told (or showed) you about over the past couple of weeks. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
This Week in Trailers: ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Neighborhood Watch,’ and More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best—while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine new trailers for you this week, including a new look at The Avengers and Richard Linklater’s latest (yay!), and new films from Adam Sandler and Tim Burton (boo!). Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.