Welcome to “This Is a Thing,” a new monthly feature where your humble film editor will examine a piece of popular culture — a film, an album, a television special, whatever — that I wouldn’t believe existed had I not laid my own eyes upon it.
I’d heard about the Turkish films for a while. They’ve been a longtime object of fascination for bad movie connoisseurs; it seems that in the late 1970s and early 1980s, filmmakers in Turkey had something of a cottage industry in unauthorized remakes of American blockbusters, in which plots were appropriated, characters were bastardized, and music, shots, and even entire sequences of the original works were lifted wholesale (often in jarring contrast to their terrible homemade special effects). In other words, the Turks were “swedeing” movies long before Be Kind, Rewind. There was the Turkish Superman, Turkish Star Wars, Turkish Wizard of Oz, Turkish Star Trek, and so on. They were spoken of in hushed tones by lovers of terrible cinema, who swapped third-generation VHS dubs, always (and this seems a point of pride among those who view them) without subtitles. They sounded too terrible to be true, so when I spotted a copy of Badi — helpfully labeled “The Turkish E.T.” — on the shelves of my beloved World of Video, I took a deep breath and walked it up to the counter.
… Read More
The image of non-creative types mucking about with (and screwing up) movies and television shows is nothing new — we’ve seen it in everything from Barton Fink to The Player to The Larry Sanders Show — but we got a rare opportunity to observe a real-life example of it recently, when a memorandum of notes from the suits at Tandem Productions to the makers of Blade Runner started popping up online. Those hilarious criticisms and suggestions got us wondering about other classic movies that came close to ruin thanks to studio interference. We’ll take a look at Blade Runner and several other examples after the jump.
… Read More
From Warner Brothers’ latest attempt to revive Casablanca to Searching for Keyser Soze, here’s a look at some of Hollywood’s worst sequel ideas for its greatest… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we met Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer and “Epic Mustache Wearer.” We scoped the 25 best blogs of 2012. We explored the Art & Absinthe Guide to Brooklyn. We found out that Superman got a job at Huffington Post. We admired this collection of … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got to know an artist who paints with blood. We learned about that time the Rolling Stones hung out at Andy Warhol’s East Hampton pad. We browsed some alternative Shakespeare book covers. We wondered what Joe Biden was whispering to this biker lady.… Read More
The screen test is one of the first chances an actor has to make a strong impression on camera. We’ve explored classic Hollywood screen tests before, and after seeing several new videos pop up online — Kate Winslet’s Titanic and Audrey Tautou’s international smash Amélie amongst them — we wanted to explore the origins of our favorite films that broke box office records and stretched the limits of epic moviemaking experiences. We feature Winslet’s video and a variety of other screen tests for blockbuster movies past the break. It’s a chance to see popular stars, who always appear so glamorously surefooted, build the framework for the movies that made them famous in a smaller, bare-bones setting. Click through for a peek at the casts of Star Wars, The Karate Kid, and other blockbuster greats as they flaunt their stuff in these early test footage tapes.
… Read More
[Editor's note: It's Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we're leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 30th.] If you’re a regular Flavorwire reader, then you already know that we love behind-the-scenes photos from classic (and cult classic) films. We can’t get enough of seeing great directors at work and movie stars laughing it up between takes, but the set photos we like best are the ones that mess with our mind. These are the pictures that cast our favorite cinematic moments in a new light, exposing some epic landscape shot for the scale model it is or revealing that some iconic outdoor scenes were actually created in the controlled environment of the studio or merely reminding us that intimate exchanges between lovers are usually filmed with a full crew. After the jump, we round up 25 behind-the-scenes snaps sure to take you right out of the movie.
… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we agreed with BuzzFeed that all hip hop tracks sound better mashed up with Disney movies. We didn’t understand Waffle House’s “new limited edition” line of salads. We loved one Redditor’s photo series recreating classic film moments with his cat. We read a case for loving tennis… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we reviewed five famous art heists through history. We dug these funny street signs from artist Phil Jones. We ate pizza with Prince. We said happy birthday to Ian MacKaye. We read Andy Warhol’s rejection letter from MoMA. We wanted to revisit E.T.… Read More
We’re not conservatives here at Flavorpill — we marveled at Avatar like everyone else, and we’re huge fans of modern CGI and motion capture techniques, and constantly in awe of the previously unimaginable cinematic possibilities they allow. We’re sure that there are some old-time filmmakers who’d kill to get at such technology — can you imagine Alejandro Jodorowsky let loose with CGI, for instance? But equally, there are some films that work precisely because of the archaic technology they used, and that we reckon wouldn’t be improved with glitzy modern makeovers. The latest questionable remake — Matthijs van Heijningen’s take on John Carpeneter’s The Thing — is out this week, and with Hollywood looking more and more to the past for inspiration, we’re pre-emptively warning them off the films after the jump. What are your untouchable classics?
… Read More