For years now we’ve been hearing about the death of physical media. Where major newspapers once carried weekly DVD reviews, the only time the shiny discs seem to make an appearance these days is as part of doom-laden stories about John Lewis de-listing DVD players or HMV going bust (again). But are things really so bad?Admittedly, when you look at the big picture it doesn’t look especially hopeful. A recent report from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) revealed a whopping 48 per cent decline in global physical media sales between 2014 and 2018 - in monetary terms, that equates to a drop in value from $25.2bn to $13.1bn. And here in the UK, Captain Marvel can jump straight in to the number one spot on the Official Film Chart, one week ahead of its disc release, based solely on digital download sales.Look closer, though, and things aren’t quite so clear cut. While the major Hollywood studios are certainly shifting their focus away from discs and towards … [Read more...] about Is it just me, or has the death of physical media been exaggerated?
Through a locked gate, down a winding path and by a still pond a few miles outside of the leafy village of Twycross, England, a bonsai tree stands. It was a gift given to Rare by Shigeru Miyamoto, the most famous game designer in the world, as a thank-you for the game developer's critical and commercial success in creating games for Nintendo, the most famous game maker in the world. For Rare's staff arriving to work at 8:30 sharp each morning, it has served as a reminder of the company's heritage, of who they are, of how lucky they are to be a part of something so admired, so rare. An unassuming trophy of past glories, it's also an inspiration for future goals, a symbol carefully cultivated to weather trends, transcend fashions; rooted, a gnarly resolution. On 20th of September 2002, Microsoft paid $375 million for this bonsai tree and all that it symbolised: creative excellence, technical mastery, innovation, originality, soul and the precious fingerprints of Nintendo. The … [Read more...] about Who Killed Rare?
By Patrick Cavanaugh - July 12, 2019 11:20 am EDT Share 0 Comments 0 Throughout the '80s, horror dominated the pop culture landscape, as franchises like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th made its terrifying villains household names. The slasher subgenre and the home video boom made it easier than ever to make formulaic films that audiences could easily consume. The '90s brought films like Jacob's Ladder and The Silence of the Lambs, which would be deemed "psychological thrillers," taking horror in a more dramatic direction. Heading towards the millennium, the genre was divided between cartoonish killers and grounded mysteries, making a full-blown horror story feel like a thing of the past. Filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez and collaborator Daniel Myrick had grown tired of the genre in the '90s, leading them to embark on a production that would change the face of horror forever. The Blair Witch Project is … [Read more...] about The Blair Witch Project Director Eduardo Sanchez Looks Back on the Groundbreaking Film 20 Years Later
By Jamie Lovett - November 19, 2019 11:01 am EST Share 0 Comments 0 Marvel’s Black Widow trailer may be on the way. A new rumor suggests the first trailer for the first Phase 4 movie will be released on December 3rd. There’s been no confirmation from Marvel or Disney about the trailer, but enthusiastic Marvel fans will be happy to have any hint about the trailer. Black Widow is set to open the 2020 Hollywood blockbuster season. That's been a role reserved for male-fronted action movies for years. Star Scarlett Johansson thinks Black Widow is more than up to the challenge. “The movie packs a big punch,” Johansson said in a recent interview. "If that slot is reserved for movies that pack a big punch, then we're in a good, good space." Johansson has also commented on having executive producer powers over the new film, saying it "is liberating in a way. I feel like I'm in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot more peace … [Read more...] about Black Widow Trailer Rumored Release Date
As promised earlier this week, the first trailer for It: Chapter Two is here. The sequel to 2017's blockbuster Stephen King adaptation It is set 27 years later and features a new cast playing the adult versions of the kids in the first movie. Check our our full breakdown of the footage. The trailer opens with a fairly long sequence in which Beverly (Jessica Chastain) returns to her home town of Derry and visits her old apartment. There is now a weird old lady living there, who seems to hold a dark secret. It's a really effectively creepy scene, and is followed by a quickly-cut montage that alternates between the new cast and their younger counterparts--plus a scary appearance from the evil clown Pennywise. There are some teases that we'll learn more about Pennywise's origin story, with the old woman talking about her father (who looks a lot like Pennywise) working at the circus. Check it out above.It: Chapter Two also stars James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, James Ransone as … [Read more...] about It: Chapter 2 (2019) Trailer Is A Terrifying Journey Back To Derry