This week’s The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is the first big-budget adaptation of a Stephen King novel in a while, but King’s books and short stories have inspired more than 30 years of great horror, sci-fi, and drama films. Even as The Dark Tower is designed to launch a new franchise based on King’s epic fantasy series, the film is littered with references, homages, and Easter eggs to previous King novels - and to the movies they spawned. In this new video from ScreenCrush’s Britt Hayes and Ryan Arey, we connect all the dots between The Dark Tower and the long history of Stephen King cinema.
It’s almost impossible to watch Game of Thrones without going through a range of emotions. One minute you’re on the edge of your seat, heart rate through the roof, and the next you’re sobbing over a character’s death. The HBO series is filled with so much blood and backstabbing that it’s easy to focus on its goriest and most devastating moments. But what about the feel good ones? What about the times Game of Thrones made you cheer with glee, stand up and clap, or tear up with joy? Those are the ones we love most.
July 1 marks an important anniversary in the history of movies: The day the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the PG-13 rating. Prior to the PG-13, there was no rating for films that fell in the gray area between PG (movies where parental guidance was merely suggested) and R (movies that required adult supervision for admittance to the theater).
In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Every month (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
You might know that The Usual Suspects title comes from a famous line in Casablanca. But did you know that director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie thought of that title before they had a plot for the movie? They also thought of their movie’s famous poster, with all the main characters standing in a lineup, before they had a story too. They put those pieces together and worked backwards from there. That’s just one of the unusual facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Before he went by his real name, Dwayne Johnson, he went by The Rock. Everyone knows that. But did you know that before he was The Rock, Johnson had two other wrestling names? In his earliest days, he was called “Flex Kavana,” and when he later debuted in the WWE, he went by “Rocky Maivia,” combining the names of his wrestler dad (Rocky Johnson) and grandfather (Peter Maivia). A little while later, Johnson adopted a bad guy persona and began referring to himself in third person as simply “The Rock.” And thus a legend was born, and thus that’s just one of the facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
A new Alien opens in theaters this Friday; Alien: Covenant is the first movie in the beloved sci-fi franchise since 2012’s Prometheus, and the first with the word “alien” in the title since 2007’s timeless classic Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. Audiences will decide whether Covenant is a worthy sequel (we liked it), but even if they do, the overwhelming odds are they will find it no better than the third best movie in the history of the series. That’s because the first two movies in the series — Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens — are amongst the best sci-fi films ever made.
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