Blu-ray Review: “Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection”

I’m always suspicious of these specially packaged Blu-ray collections, especially ones that are obviously repurposing previously released discs. However, the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection is definitely one of the finer box sets I’ve come across. The release comes from Universal Studios ...

The Great Summer Movies: Fish Make Love In It

My dad didn’t take me to see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I went with my friend Jack and his dad.

But my dad took me to see Batman a few weeks later, in that perfect summer of 1989. He took ...

The Great Summer Movies: Hold On To Your Butts

It is the summer of 1983. I sit in the River Oaks Theaters with my dad. I watch R2D2 get blasted by a stormtrooper, and I gasp.

It’s the summer of 1993. I sit alone in the theater at Chicago Ridge Mall. ...

Blu-ray Review: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Warning: This review contains mild spoilers, but really, if you want a spoiler-free review of a re-imagining of a classic old movie based on a notable story from even earlier, grow up. It’s impossible.

Then again, the “remake” of The Secret ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: We Love (John) Candy

We don’t often agree on things among the Popdose Staff. Ask us what we feel about “How Much I Feel” by Ambrosia, the solo albums of Ben Folds, whether George Lucas can ever be forgiven for

The Great Summer Movies: A Perfect Engine

Drunk naked lady ventures into water after dark. Shark eats drunk naked lady. Resort town goes nuts.

Police chief, oceanographer, and batshit crazy fisherman go after shark. They’re gonna need a bigger boat. Batshit crazy fisherman tells batshit crazy story about 700 ...

10 Movies…That Are Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

Kon-Tiki hits American theaters this week, months after it was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It’s a narrative retelling of Kon-Tiki, the 1951 Academy-Award winning documentary directed by Thor Heyerdahl about his voyage across the South Seas in a raft ...

DVD Review: Cinematic Titanic – Rattlers

The most difficult thing the Cinematic Titanic crew needs to do is to latch onto a movie that is so bad mocking it becomes easy, but not so bad that the overall awfulness envelops their jokes. That was the problem with ...

He Came to Me: Remembering “E.T.,” 30 Years On

On this day, three decades ago, Universal Pictures released E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the then-latest film from super director Steven Spielberg. It’s a date I’ve had committed to memory for years – a moment in time where everything changed for ...

Revival House: “I’ll Be Right Here.”

The third time I saw E.T. in the theater, I ended up sitting next to a huge biker dude. When the lights came up at the end, his eyes were puffed from crying and tears were streaming down his burly cheeks.

TV on DVD: “The River: The Complete First Season”

The found footage trend is here to stay, whether you like it or not. With the advent of digital media and online video accessibility, younger audiences are used to grainy video, hand held camera work and unknown actors performing in front ...

Farkakte Film Flashback: Newspapers Go To The Movies

You may have heard the old joke about the guy who cleaned up after the elephants in the circus and complained to his friend about the long hours, the low pay and the dirty work. When his friend asked him why ...

Popdose’s Winter 2012 TV Preview: “The River”

The River–Tuesdays, 9:00pm, ABC

I love horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies. I’m mixed (at best) on horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies made in the “found footage” style popularized by The Blair Witch Project, which has been recycled ...

Box Office Flashback: January 9, 1992

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters packs ‘em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of January 9, 1992! (Yes, “we” should’ve revisited ...

Blu-ray Review: “Super 8″

During one of the many featurettes included on the Super 8 Blu-ray, writer/director, J.J. Abrams, states that he had two different movie ideas. One was a coming of age story about a group of friends who set out to make a ...

Box Office Flashback: August 19, 1998

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters packs ‘em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of August 19, 1998!

Welcome to Box Office ...

No Concessions: A Summer “Transformered”

“You’ve lost  a shitload of weight,” a colleague remarked recently. While not true by the scale it feels true, and for a very simple reason: Over the last two months I’ve largely avoided the multiplex, and my weekly infusion of popcorn so ...

Meme, Meme, Meme: “E.T.: Extinction”

It’s nearly impossible to count out the creativity of the Internet generation anymore. As we’ve discussed on Popdose before, if you can grab a batch of movie trailers, a different soundtrack and approach both with a twisted outlook, you can ...

The Composers: John Williams

Don’t think of an elephant. Now you see an elephant, don’t you?

Star Wars. Harry Potter. Jurassic Park. Jaws. Now you’re hearing the music of John Williams, aren’t you? Williams turns 79 today ...

Don’t Go Near the Water: Film Beneath the Waves

February 4th sees the arrival of the James Cameron-produced Sanctum, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nothing  goes together quite like “I love you” and terror beneath the sea.

Cameron’s got more than a little bit of an issue with ...

The Composers: Jerry Goldsmith

Few movie score composers are as instantly recognizable in their style as Jerry Goldsmith was. His ability to swing from very traditional and sweeping scores like Legend and

Box Office Flashback: January 28, 1982

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters lines up at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of January 28, 1982!

10. Reds (distributor: Paramount; release ...

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