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- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 17:28 BSTLike a kid with a box of matches. And $60 million …Big Ben? The Eifel Tower? The Statue of Liberty? Is nothing sacred?Well, not in Tinsel Town anyway…There’s nothing Hollywood loves more blowing stuff up. Especially when that stuff is rather important to the people watching.That’s why in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, out this week, Antoine Fuqua is going all ‘Independence Day’ on the White House. Ramming it full with pesky terrorists, macho one-liners, and waiting for the resulting “boom”.So, what is Hollywood’s preoccupation with pyrotechnics all about? We gave Joe a few fireworks and put him on the case.Going out with a bang, here’s the last episode in the series of Home movies...Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood loves a big bang
Wanna know how to survive the apocalypse? Get a job.
If Hollywood’s morbid fascination with the end of the world has taught us one thing, it’s that being ordinary helps your chances.
Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic repair man in ‘Oblivion’, out this week, now joins Bruce Willis’ ‘Armageddon’ oil rigger, John Cusack’s ‘2012’ limo driver and Kevin Costner’s postman in, well, ‘The Postman’, on the list of blue-collar folk who survived disaster movie Doomsdays.
We set our Joe on the case to investigate the trend, and whilst he’s at it, maybe get a job too…
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Wed, Apr 3, 2013 16:43 BST
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- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:20 GMT
In the world of movie spin-offs, anything’s fair game. Even your childhood.
In ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ (that’s Action Man to us Brits), out this week, classic action figures are morphed into actual people. Like Bruce Willis, and The Rock.
Does exactly what it says on the tin? Not really.
So, in this week’s Home Movies, our Joe investigates the toy spin-off trend, to find out just why Hollywood wants to get its hand on your childhood.
And, if Transformers and Battleships can do it, why not Monopoly? Or even KerPlunk?
Now there’s an idea…Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood wants to get its hands on your childhood
- Orlando Parfitt | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 17:32 GMT
In the new cartoon adventure ‘The Croods’, early human history was a riot that featured zany animal sidekicks and brightly-coloured scenery.
In reality, our Homo sapiens ancestors’ lives were blighted by disease, violence and quite possibly cannibalism. Not great material for a DreamWorks kids flick.
That’s why we love cartoons. They take awful situations, such as fratricide within lion prides, or stepmother abuse, and turn them into jaunty, musical stories that always have a happy ending. But how do they do it? Joe Wilkinson investigates...
Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: why cartoons are better than real life