Articles tagged bill paxton

High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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Titanic: 10th Anniversary Edition

While it's understandable that after raising one of film history's most massive success stories from the depths of potential financial ruin, Cameron might rest on his laurels a bit, you sometimes get the feeling that he has spent a good chunk of his post-Titanic life still thinking about Titanic.

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2 Jul 2007 // 1:00 AM

Big Love

Big Love generally handles the Henricksons' faith respectfully, but there's no forgetting that they are polygamists.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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23 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Big Love

Big Love illustrates the ways the cell phone serves as faux 'intimacy'. Everyone voice mails or pages each other, creating bland clips of conversation without contexts.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

In the wholly predictable and often cloying The Greatest Game Ever Played, Shia LeBeouf plays amateur golfer Francis Ouimet.

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Predator 2: Special Edition (1990)

According to director Stephen Hopkins, 'Los Angeles, with all its glare and dust, felt like a Western town to us, sort of a mining town that had been shoved up really quickly.'"

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30 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Thunderbirds (2004)

The only possible reason I can see for this screen version is the marketing opportunities embodied by the Thunderbirds themselves and their 'super-advanced technology' ships and gadgets.

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Broken Lizard’s Club Dread (2004)

A hedonistic island vacation run by washed-up Coconut Pete sounds like a great place for any kind of mayhem, and some does ensue. Just not quite enough.

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24 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

Bill Paxton's banal banter and overacting alienate us, as we try to ignore him and focus on the live-action images of Titanic.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Vertical Limit (2000)

Forces of nature make for excellent movie villains. Twisters, storms at sea, icebergs, earthquakes, wild rivers full of snakes, volcanoes -- they're all big, bad, easily recognizable bullies, mainly because, by definition, they never pick on anyone their own size.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

U-571 (2000)

A Nazi U-boat commander, peering through a periscope, locks a merchant ship in his sights. After giving the order to fire, he studies the ship's flaming wreckage and proclaims that the crew has succeeded in breaking her back.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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