Number Crunching Shows Old Movies Are More Creative Than New Ones

Top 6 Scary Movies to Watch this Halloween

But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend. This result is likely familiar to any student of film history, who knows that this golden age also corresponded to a time when nearly all movies were produced and released by a handful of studios. The Big Five in particular reigned supreme through the practice of block booking. Studios produced several A-movies with big stars and high production values. But local theatres, which were monopolistically owned by the Big Five, were forced to also show the studios B-movies, often starring rising or fading actors and featuring formulaic plot lines. When the studio system crumbled in the mid-50s, there was a burst of creativity. Audiences were introduced to independent films of the American New Wave genre such as Bonnie and Clyde, released in 1967 as well as European art house, French New Wave, spaghetti westerns, and Japanese cinema. The novel styles, plot lines, and film techniques create a noticeable uptick in Sreenivasans analysis. Unsurprisingly, the research also suggests that unfamiliar combinations of themes or plots that havent been encountered before (something like sci-fi-western) often have the highest novelty scores. I think this reinforces this idea that novelty is often variations on a theme, said Sreenivasan. You use familiar elements broadly, and then combine them in novel ways. Sreenivasans analysis shows trends within particular genres as well. Action movies are essentially redefined in 1962 with the release of the first James Bond movie. Science-fiction films, on the other hand, show no similar creative uptick during the same period.

1. The Exorcist (1973) – $232 million The Exorcist released in 1973 is always included in every scary movies list and with good reason -it’s one of the best. The R-rated horror is one of the top grossing scary movies of all time and it has aged very well. 2. Ring (1998) – $137.7 million The Japanese horror directed by Hideo Nakata revolves around a videotape that bears a curse. The curse kills the viewer of the tape in seven days. Its 2002 remake made $129 million and was released just in time for Halloween 2002. 3. Silence of the Lambs (1991) – $131 million A horror film for adults, The Silence of the Lambs is a gothic fairy tale. On top all the thrill the film manages to provide its audience, Anthony Hopkins’s Oscar-winning role Hannibal Lecter is one character many moviegoers are never going to forget. In fact, the film was so good that it sparked the beginning of the serial killer genre. 4. Hannibal (2001) – $165 million Fans of Silence of the Lambs were quite excited when Hannibal was released in 2001, ten years after the first film about Hannibal. The much-anticipated sequel can be classified as an adult slasher film and is one of he R-rated blockbusters of its time. 5. The Mummy (1999) – $155.3 million Although the Brendan Fraser film is a mix of Indiana Jones and a bit of horror, the PG-13 movie is still a great addition for a Halloween movie marathon. One would argue that it’s more of like Raiders of the Lost Ark but it’s the perfect horror flick for kids. 6. World War Z (2013) – $202 million Everyone has an opinion about World War Z but if you want a zombie movie with the family, this PG-13 movie starring Brad Pitt is a good choice. There’s not much blood in this movie but a good two hours of zombies eating the flesh of those who are still alive gives viewers a bit of thrill -good enough for an unforgettable Halloween 2013 with the family.

Movies: ‘Machete Kills’ star Danny Trejo on typecasting, tattoos and going shirtless at 69

box office. It was enough to enable a sequel, which opened Friday. Machete Kills is even more of a free-for-all than Machete. Charlie Sheen (billed under his birth name, Carlos Estevez) plays the U.S. president, who sends Machete on a special mission. Sofia Vergara plays a madam with rage in her eyes and bullets in her machine-gun bustier. Trejo remains a leather-vested stalwart amid the madness. But if Machete Kills succeeds at the box office, Rodriguez will test Trejos solidity by sending him into space, in a third Machete film. Rodriguez hypes his yet-to-be-made sci-fi sequel in a trailer attached to Machete Kills. Reached by phone during a recent publicity stop in San Francico, Trejo is exceptionally good-humored and game about answering The Bees free-ranging questions. Here are excerpts from the conversation: Nepotism after the fact: Trejo met Rodriguez during the casting process for Desperado. Rodriguez cast Trejo in a supporting role in the film, shot in Acuna, Mexico. My family came down to visit me in Acuna, from San Antonio, and that is where Robert is from, Trejo said. My uncle started talking to Robert, and we realized (Trejo and Rodriguez) are second cousins. So it has been divine intervention all the way. On supposed typecasting: I remember somebody asking me about being typecast, I said What? Well, you are always playing the mean Chicano dude with tattoos. And I thought about it, and I said, I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos. 3 prisons, 1 tattoo: The tattoo on my chest was started in 1965 in San Quentin. A guy named Harry Super Jew Ross did the outline.

Movies that changed B.C.’s film world

a The Accused (1988) a When Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis rolled into town to make this drama about a rape victim who gets her day in court, the entire city was atwitter. In fact, you may be able to hear a tale or two to this day if you stumble into the right people. What it accomplished: The movie was a big production and proved Vancouver could handle a large studio picture, as well as A-list talent. Foster’s performance won her an Oscar, and somehow gave the town a hint of latter-day glam a as well as give Terry David Mulligan and other local celebs their Hollywood close-up. a Kissed (1996) a Lynne Stopkewich took a short story by Barbara Gowdy and tackled the last frontier of taboo: necrophilia. Selling sex with dead bodies is always a tough pitch, but brilliant direction and solid acting from the cast that included Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge and Jay Brazeau managed to overcome the ickiness of the theme and deliver a memorable and entirely surreal drama. What it accomplished: The movie made waves in the independent film community all over the world, and clearly set Vancouver apart from its Toronto anglo cousin. Molly Parker won the Genie for best performance, and soon made the leap South, where she continues to work in leading TV serials, including a new recurring role in the death-themed Dexter. a Air Bud (1997) a Vancouver is now home to a lot of kid movies, and if you ever wondered why, you need look no further than this original Air Bud. The story of a boy and a very special dog capable of shooting hoop, Air Bud launched an entire sub-industry in the city a as well as melt hearts around the world, thanks to its tender depiction of kid angst. What it accomplished: Air Bud marched to the top of the Canadian box office, winning the Golden Reel award (for best gross) at the Genies, and received a significant U.S.