influential films

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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs went completely overbudget, and no-one believed anyone would want a full-length animated film. It created a whole new genre.
  • George Lucas thought that Star Wars was going to be such a failure, he went on holiday rather than attend the premiere. It has become one of the most influential film sagas in film history
  • The Lion King was listed as a ‘B’ movie by Disney, and thus less effort was placed on it. It became Disney’s highest grossing film until 2013.
  • Beauty and the Beast had multiple time and money constraints, and was in “development hell” since the 1930′s. It became the first animated feature to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Disney’s first Oscar nominated film for Best Picture since Mary Poppins, and was the reason the Academy created the ‘Best Animated Picture’ category.
  • Frozen was stuck in “development hell” since Walt Disney was alive, and had multiple redrafts and script rewrites, and a few questioned whether it would be successful. It became the highest grossing animated film of all time, broke box office records across the world, became Disney’s first movie since Tarzan to win an Oscar (and won two) and became the first Disney movie (not including Pixar) to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Just because a project may be taking longer than you had hoped, or you have had to redo it multiple times, or you don’t think it will be a success doesn’t mean your project isn’t good. Sometimes our most successful projects are the most surprising ones

Don’t give up!

If you think a movie series that has lasted over 60 years is bad, despite it being a cultural icon in more than just it’s home country, despite it being one of the most well known pop culture icons in history, despite it creating and influencing entire genres of film, DESPITE it being reimagined several times over by well known and unknown creators all because of how profound an effect it has had on them….maybe your the bad movie.


Nichelle Nichols (B. 1932)

Born in Robbins, Illinois, Nichols got her start on the stage in 1961 with Oscar Brown's Kicks and Co., a musical satire about Playboy magazine. Ironically, this drew the attention of Hugh Heffner who was so impressed with her, he booked her in his Chicago Playboy Club. While still in Chicago, she performed at the “Blue Angel”, and in New York, Nichols appeared at that city’s Blue Angel as a dancer and singer. She also toured with Duke Ellington and in addition to her acting and singing work, Nichols did some modelling. 

Out of all of her accomplishments, her biggest and arguably most important role was that of Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. Through this role, Nichols was the first black woman on a major television series who did not play a servant; the prominent supporting role as a bridge officer was unprecedented. Her groundbreaking work on Star Trek not only inspired such actresses as Whoopie Goldberg (and, in turn, Lupita Nyong'o) to pursue their careers, but also inspired astronaut Mae Jemison who became the first African American woman in space.

After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency, which proved to be a success.[16] She began this work by making an affiliation between NASA and a company which she helped to run, Women in Motion.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

Those recruited include Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, as well as Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. Recruits also included Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator, and Lori Garver, the current Deputy Administrator. (X)

Maya Deren (1917-1961) was a Soviet-born American artist, and one of the most important experimental filmmakers during the avant-garde in the 40s and 50s. She was also a photographer, choreographer, dancer, and poet.

Her most famous film is the 1943 production Meshes of the Afternoon, seen as a masterpiece of the American avant-garde. The film won the Grand Prix Internationale at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. She left behind many other films, as well as influential essays on film theory.

New Release Review: Score: A Film Music Documentary

Jaws. Star Wars. Rocky. Indiana Jones. Psycho. James Bond. Batman. The Omen. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s impossible to discuss these landmarks of cinema - among countless others - without mentioning their scores, which continue to resonate to this day. The soundtrack can be seen as the heart of a film, as it possesses the ability to subconsciously elevate or manipulate viewers’ emotions. Score: A Film Music Documentary examines the power that music has in movies.

Virtually every modern name in film scoring provides insight into their process, including: Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight), Danny Elfman (Batman), Trent Reznor (The Social Network), Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers), Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War), Marco Beltrami (Scream), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), and Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy), to name a few. Various experts - from filmmaker James Cameron to historians to studio musicians - are also interviewed.

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feel free to unfollow if:
  • you hated the wachowski sisters’ speed racer (2008)
  • you do not agree with this statement: “the wachowski sisters’ 2008 film speed racer was a masterpiece of pop art visuals and kinetic storytelling”
  • you are not eternally bitter that this amazing 2008 film from the wachowski sisters based on the speed racer anime was harshly panned by critics who didn’t get it and was overlooked by audiences who went to see iron man instead
  • you do not believe that the film adaptation of the classic 1960′s japanese animated series mach gogogo, better known in the west as speed racer released in the year 2008 and directed by the wachowski sisters, the visionary minds behind the matrix, has been a quietly influential film that influenced films such as scott pilgrim vs. the world, pacific rim, and mad max: fury road
  • you are a joyless dullard who does not appreciate fun, like the people who ignored the speed racer movie when it was released
  • seriously the speed racer movie was fucking good. what the fuck. what do you know. i’ll fight you if you say otherwise. speed racer was robbed at the oscars. the criterion collection should have this in their library. the wachowski sisters deserve a nobel prize for making such an amazing film.

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It Was Perfect…You’re Perfect

Tom Glynn-Carney


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Arguably two of the best films ever made, and winners of nine Academy Awards between them, Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpieces The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) paint a chilling, multigenerational portrait of the Corleone crime family’s rise and near-fall from power in America. Coppola painstakingly mixes noir, melodrama, and historical epic to create two classics that are expansive in scope but tinged with emotion, their combined reputation refusing to fade over the years.

Tribeca celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential film sagas of all time with a 45th anniversary screening and reunion event. After the movie, we will hold a conversation with Francis Ford Coppola and some of the legendary actors who rose to stardom in these films, including Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro.

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A man and his coffin: Franco Nero's DJANGO movies

The original Django (1966) is one of the best and most influential films in the spaghetti western genre. The mysterious gunslinger Django (Franco Nero) arrives in a muddy town, dragging a coffin behind him in one of the most memorable intros ever. The sight of Django, his worn-out coat and coffin, plus the amazing music… it’s simply movie magic. He almost seems like an angel of death, and after saving a sexy prostitute from being whipped, he is caught between two feuding gangs: the KKK and some Mexicans with bad teeth. The film is directed by Sergio Corbucci, and Franco Nero is great as Django - a kind of Mad Max in the Wild West. It’s rumored that Mark Damon (Johnny Yuma) was originally intended for the part, but pulled out due to some scheduling conflicts. Phew, thank God for that. It just wouldn’t have been the same without Nero. It’s an amazing film, it has an enormous body count and the graphic content led it to be banned in many countries.

Franco Nero finally made a comeback as Django 20 years later with Django Strikes Again (1987), directed by Enzo G. Castellari. Django has turned his back to violence and finally buried his coffin and machine gun to live in peace with flowers and butterflies - and his daughter. Yes, he has a daughter now. But she is kidnapped by guy who calls himself El Diablo (Christopher Connelly). And things were going so well. Django first tries talking to the him. But we all know that shit doesn’t work in spaghetti westerns. El Diablo turns out to be a bit of a bastard, and Django gets his ass kicked all over the place. But he manages to escape with the help of Donald Pleasance, digs up his machine gun (he even speaks to it here: “We’ve got more to do!”) and he spends the rest of the film wandering about shooting the living crap out of people. The film was shot in South America in the 80s and it has a more tropical setting and a different, modern feel to it than you normally see in this genre. Of course, Nero is great - and Django is seriously pissed off here. Like Rambo pissed-off. Speaking of Rambo, below is a cool, pumped up “Django 2” poster. Ah the 80s… I love this film. What can I say, I have a thing for 80s action. It’s an uneven film, but an interesting tribute to one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t resemble the original, but so what? It doesn’t even look like a typical spaghetti western. It’s something new and fresh, and if you like the idea of a mixture of a spaghetti western and badass 80s action, this is worth checking out.

Release year: 1966
Country: Italy
Director: Sergio Corbucci

Django Strikes Again
Release year: 1987
Country: Italy
Director: Enzo G. Castellari


On this day in music history: July 6, 1964 - The Beatles first film, “A Hard Day’s Night” has its world premiere at the Pavilion Theatre in London. With thousands of fans jamming Picadilly Circus in London, the premiere is attended by the band, and members of the royal family including Princesss Maragret and her husband Lord Snowden. Filmed for a modest budget of $500,000, the ninety minute long black & white film (originally released through United Artists), also starring Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, and Anna Quayle is a fictionalized “day in the life” account of The Beatles’ lives. Written by screenwriter Alun Owen, produced by Walter Shenson, and directed by Richard Lester, the film breaks new ground visually for its innovative camera techniques, jump cut editing style and use of music throughout. Upon its release, it is rapturously received by The Beatles fans and critics alike, breaking box office records at the time. In June of 2014, the film receives its first release in high definition when it is released on Blu-Ray disc by The Criterion Collection, with it being fully restored from the original camera negative and fine grain interpositives. “A Hard Day’s Night” goes on to become one of the most influential rock films of all time.


Influential film movements are all over the world! In this episode, Craig discusses some big moments from Asian cinema.