Screen Junkies » Forrest Gump http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:45:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Throwback Thursday: The 25 Most Iconic Movie Posters of 1994 http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/throwback-thursday-the-25-most-iconic-movie-posters-of-1994/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/throwback-thursday-the-25-most-iconic-movie-posters-of-1994/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:00:39 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=263822 Check out these classic posters, and let the waves of nostalgia wash over you.

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If you were of movie-going age twenty years ago, consider yourself lucky — 1994 was one of the greatest years in the history of modern cinema. It was the year that gave us stone-cold classics like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, cult-favorites like Natural Born Killers and Clerks, and Jim Carrey demolishing the box office three separate times. Also, Forrest Gump gobbled up six Oscars, while Speed only won two, proving once again how out-of-touch the Academy is.

For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we’re honoring some of the best flicks of ’94 through their classic movie posters. Check out our favorites in the gallery above, and let the waves of nostalgia wash over you.

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10 Iconic Movie Lines, If They Were Written Today http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-iconic-movie-lines-if-they-were-written-today/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-iconic-movie-lines-if-they-were-written-today/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:50:31 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262898 We live in an era of rapidly deteriorating linguistic abilities (translation: words b hard), where the appreciation for an eloquently-delivered turn of phrase is at an all time low.

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By Jared Jones

We live in an era of rapidly deteriorating linguistic abilities (translation: words b hard), where the appreciation for an eloquently-delivered turn of phrase is at an all time low. For every hour that The Learning Channel is allowed to continuing airing reality shows about polygamist midgets suffering from bipolar schizophrenia, or delusional, cupcake-baking Long Island housewives who communicate with ghosts, the IQ of the average earthling drops 10 points, thrusting our collective vocabulary ever closer to the monosyllabic, hybrid hillbilly and valley girl grunts uttered by the mouth-breathing troglodytes depicted in Idiocracy (*accepts award for greatest sentence ever written*).

The movie world has not been spared in this eradication of intellect, and could honestly be considered one of its greatest forerunners. Even the whimsical insults of eras past have been all but forgotten in favor of the base-level “sick burns” churned up by today’s creatively-bankrupt minds.

“His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.” — Mae West, 1934

“It tastes like fuckin’ dick infused with balls.” — Adam Sandler, 2013

To loosely quote Not Sure, there was a time long ago when screenplays were penned with the writer’s blood, sweat, and tears, not hastily scribbled onto a cocktail napkin amidst a three-day coke binge with Michael Bay. But times have changed. Can you imagine how some of the most iconic lines in film history would sound if they were written today? Gee, I wonder…

10 — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 

Modern equivalent: “I got 99 problems but this bitch ain’t one.”

9 — “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Modern equivalent: “Life’s like a bowl of ‘sketti and butter, so go tell Sugar Bear it’s done.” (*farts*)

8 — “A boy’s best friend is his mother.

Modern Equivalent: “A boy’s best friend is *your* mother, who I totally put a dent in last night.”

7 — “They’re here.”

Modern Equivalent: “Oh sh*t there’s some ghost-lookin’ muthaf*ckas in the TV screen!”

6 — “Yo, Adrian!”

Modern Equivalent: “Yo, Adrian!” Truly a man ahead of his time, that Stallone.

5 — “If you build it, he will come.”

Modern equivalent: “If you f*ck it, fame will come.”

4 — “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

Modern Equivalent: “Gin and juice. Beeeitch.”

3 — “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Modern Equivalent: “I’ve a serious man-crush on you, Lou. No homo.”

2 — “I’m the King of the World!”

Modern Equivalent: “Suck my d*ck, Planet Earth!”

1 — “Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

Modern Equivalent: “If anyone else wanna kill some aliens, let me hear you say yeah!”

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Honest Trailers: Forrest Gump http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-forrest-gump/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-forrest-gump/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262506 Forrest Gump was released 20 years ago this week, so we decided to revisit the classic film that captured the heart of a nation — and beat Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture. For real.

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Forrest Gump was released 20 years ago this week, so we decided to revisit the classic film that captured the heart of a nation — and somehow beat Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for 1994′s Best Picture.

Enjoy, and follow us on YouTube for more Honest Trailers!

p.s.: That part at the 3:02-3:09 mark? Yeah, I really didn’t understand that moment as a kid. Gross.

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7 Movie Romances That Will Make You Glad To Be Alone On Valentine’s Day http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-movie-romances-that-will-make-you-glad-to-be-alone-on-valentines-day/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-movie-romances-that-will-make-you-glad-to-be-alone-on-valentines-day/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:00:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245259 Unless you're married to a sack of door knobs or something, your relationship is less odd than the entries on this list.

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Today’s Valentines Day, which should be a day about the celebration of love, but mostly, it just makes people crazy and insecure. In an effort to give everyone a little boost and hope, we thought we’d share with our dear readers an in-exhaustive rundown of some of Hollywood’s least conventional romances.

Note, not all of these pairings have the happiest outcomes, so we recommend that you consume this list with a lot of alcohol to dull the crushing pain of love down to a mere pinch.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Luke and Leia – Star Wars

She ended up with Han Solo, but this brother and sister did have their moment. Granted, they weren’t aware of the fact that they were related, but that’s why you always do your due diligence. It’s not out of line to ask for a family tree or a potential suitor’s login ID and password to Ancestry.com.

So, no matter how poorly your Valentines Day is going, you can always say to yourself, “At least I’m not carrying on a romantic relationship with my sibling.”

Actually, I misspoke. You can’t always say that if you’re actually having a relationship with your sibling.

Harold and Maude – Harold and Maude

May-November romances are one thing, but Harold and Maude were carrying on an early-January-late December romances in this 1971 dark, dark comedy. While the age gap is the most notable oddity in their relationship, upon becoming familiar with the characters, the strangest aspect is actually that these two people are complete weirdos and probably deserve each other.

Harold is obsessed with death, making him a natural fit for Maude, who resides at death’s door at the age of 79. For those thinking that this might be a quirky film to enjoy tonight, let me divulge that (spoiler alert) Maude kills herself at the end of the film.

So maybe you should go see The Vow instead.

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8 New Year’s Eve Films That Are As Hit-Or-Miss As The Night Itself http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-new-years-eve-films-that-are-as-hit-or-miss-as-the-night-itself/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-new-years-eve-films-that-are-as-hit-or-miss-as-the-night-itself/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:02:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240924 We didn't include 'New Year's Eve' because we delight in subtlety here at Screen Junkies.

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New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the most disappointing nights of the year. Every restaurant offers an overpriced, overproduced prie fixe menu that means you’ll be dining at either 6:30, 8:30, or 10:30. If you don’t have a decent house party to go to, you’ll overpay to go to some bar or club filled with amateurs. And in forcing yourself to have a good time, you’ll drink too much and fight with someone, probably your girlfriend, but possibly just some pizza guy on the phone because it’s 4 AM and you still haven’t gotten your food.

That’s how mine have gone. Your experiences may vary.

However, amid all the disappointing New Year’s Eve celebrations, there are a few gems. Similarly, this list is populated by several overhyped empty films, but peppered with a few memorable ones, as well.

So chill the champagne and tell the sitter you’ll be home by one, even though you have no intention of being back before 3 AM, because the new year is upon us.

The Godfather Part II

Say what you want about Batista, but the man can throw one hell of a New Year’s eve bash. There’s nothing that this party doesn’t have, including the Sicilian kiss of death from Michael Corleone to his brother Fredo after learning that Fredo betrayed the family. Batista announces that he is stepping down after rebels gain power, the party dissolves and everyone goes batshit crazy celebrating and rioting in the streets as the tides turn.

Much more interesting than watching the ball drop with either Ryan Seacrest or Dick Clark.

Trading Places

On this New Year’s Eve (possibly New Year’s Day), a man dressed in a gorilla suit got raped by an actual gorilla. There are some other occurrences germane to the plot, but the real takeaway here is that a man got raped by a gorilla.

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In Honor Of The NYC Marathon: 7 Memorable Runners From TV And Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-runners-in-tv-and-film-in-tribute-to-the-nyc-marathon-runners/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-runners-in-tv-and-film-in-tribute-to-the-nyc-marathon-runners/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:10:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235388 Running is boring, but somehow, these movies aren't.

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The New York City Marathon came and went yesterday, with tens of thousands of anonymous runners completing lifelong goals and running farther than many of us do in our lifetimes. It’s a rare instance in which the relatively boring act of running is brought to the forefront of the public consciousness. Sure, races can bring high drama, but that aspect is generally limited to the last 30 seconds or so of races that can take hours.

Films shy away from depictions of running for this reason, but they don’t avoid it altogether. Below are seven runners who heroically (and impossibly) make running interesting, if only for a few seconds. Let’s congratulate these skinny, dorky entrants as we peruse the list, shall we?

Johann Retternberger - The Robber

We’ll kick off with a lesser-known, but nonetheless awesome German film about real-life marathoner Johann Kastenberger (fictionalized as Johann Rettenberger), who made name for himself as a very prolific bank robber. He was no recreational runner, but rather among his nation’s most elite, placing in and winning several races. His speed wasn’t able to keep him out of jail his whole career, though. I don’t want to give away any plot details, so check out the film (on Netflix Instant) for the story, or wait for the Americanized version, which is slated to star Andrew Garfield.

Babe Levy – Marathon Man

Marathon Man isn’t just a clever title. In this seminal film that will probably ruin dentists for you, Dustin Hoffman plays a marathoner NYC grad student who runs afoul of some Nazi holdouts who have designs on a WWII diamond selloff. Sure, the running here is only tangential to the plot, but running is a boring enough activity that any reference to it in films is enough to get fired up about. (Sorta. I guess.)

As far as vanilla marathon running PhD candidates go, Hoffman’s Babe Levy proves himself to be a pretty tough cookie.

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The Worst Movie Wives And Girlfriends Of The Past 20 Years http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-movie-wives-and-girlfriends-of-the-past-20-years/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-movie-wives-and-girlfriends-of-the-past-20-years/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:00:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225585 Unfortunately, they're also all kind of hot. Hmmmm...

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We all have friends that are plagued by horrible relationships with wives, husbands, girlfriends, and boyfriends. Both girls and guys alike can get the life sucked out of them by significant others that are selfish, mean, or even just misguided. Such relationships can seriously hamper a friendship between two people, and in a well-made movie, those toxic relationships can jump off the screen to affect the audience.

Below are some fine films (except for maybe Saving Silverman) that demonstrate how the fairer sex can sometimes be totally unfair.

8. Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) – Casino

She’s a succubus, pure and simple. Imagine your dream girl. She could very well look like Sharon Stone. Then give her a crippling coke and pill habit. Then see to it that she bangs out your best friend, who happens to be Joe Pesci (Hey! You’re friends with Joe Pesci!) and also regularly grinds on her ex, a pimp named Lester.

I’m not done yet.

Then she ties your child to the bed so she can go out drinking. Then she tries to hightail it with James Woods (Lester) with all your money.

Is she still your dream girl? No. She’s your nightmare girl. A few months later you find out that she collapsed in a motel room hallway and died.

You’re smiling right now, aren’t you?

7. Debbie (Leslie Mann) – Knocked Up

No brainer. The character Mann played was the very definition of shrill. Not only was she bitchy to her husband, Paul Rudd’s character, but to Ben, Seth Rogen’s character, and even the doorman at the nightclub, played by Craig Robinson. Who can be mean to Craig Robinson? That’s insane. Her character was so abrasive that it caused Katherine Heigl to speak out against director Judd Apatow for vilifying women.

The final straw comes when she attempts to kick the schlubby Rogen out of the delivery room, only to have him blow up at her and kick her out. When he does this, she finally gains respect for him, which is endearing, but also means that she knows how awful she actually is, making her more awful.

Paul Rudd could do a lot better.

6. Patty (Sarah Silverman) – School of Rock

She essentially exists as the impetus for Jack Black to start schooling the kids in rock, so it’s natural that she would be written as a stone-cold B to her boyfriend. Sure, Silverman plays the sweet crass thing well, but when she turns it on, she can be a snippy as she is funny. This is what happens when sweet girls use their powers for evil instead of good.

5. Jenny (Robin Wright) – Forrest Gump

Well, he was there for her when her she was being abused in her house, he saved her from near-suicide in the disco era, and he cared for her while she was dying of AIDS. What did she do for him? She slept with him then popped in and out of his life as she saw fit, taking his help, then running away to go bang whatever stereotype of the era was around (hippie, clubrat, whatever).

Forrest may not be a smart man, but he does know what love is. Which is more than we can say for Jenny. Even when she shows up with Haley Joel Osment, it’s too little, too late. My baby mama’s have the decency to tell me that I’m the father while they’re still carrying. It’s common courtesy, and we’re losing it in this age of The Twitter and Friendster.

4. Melissa (Rachel Harris) – The Hangover

Sure, she’s a character crafted to be over-the-top ridiculous so we don’t feel bad when Ed Helm’s Stu strays from his vows and bangs out Heather Graham’s stripper, but you know what? It works?

Her disdain for everything that’s not about her is palpable. Just thinking of it makes me want to roger Heather Graham right now.

3. Judith (Amanda Peet) – Saving Silverman

The title of this goes beyond the millennial convention of simply slapping a title of (blank)ing (blank) onto a film and watching the money roll in. Silverman’s best friends, played by Steve Zahn and Jack Black really are trying to save him. So I guess technically, it could be said that Jack Black is a savior. It needn’t be, but it could.

Peet’s character is pretty much awful from the moment we see her, but Jason Bigg’s protagonist is willing to look past all that cause she’s pretty hot. That’s something we can all forgive. The fact that she keeps thwarting the bumbling, well-intentioned friends just fans our fury. Steve Zahn doesn’t deserve to be treated that way.

2. (Cookie) Catherine O’Hara – Best in Show

While most entrants on this list are unspeakably cruel at worst and painfully grating at best, Catherine O’Hara’s Cookie Fleck is just unspeakably misguided. Well, that and it sounds like she used to be a ginormous slut with most everyone in the incestuous world of international dog shows. Who knew that they were having so much sex?

However, it’s easy enough to hide a promiscuous past, but Cookie seems to throw it in the face of her husband, played by a patient, but at-the-end-of-his-rope Eugene Levy. He dismisses the allegations playfully, claiming that she has had “dozens of boyfriends,” but she quickly interrupts him to chime in, “Hundreds.”

1. Linda (Angela Featherstone) – The Wedding Singer

Well, she no-shows on their wedding day. That’s sort of a red flag about character right there. Then she shows back up into Robbie’s life as though nothing ever happened, spouting empty apologies. That’s strike two.

When she first bails, she says she could never be with a guy “living in (his) sister’s basement with five kids while (he’s) off every weekend doing wedding gigs at a whoppin’ sixty bucks a pop?” Adam Sandler was completely right. That could have been brought to his attention yesterday. Before the wedding.

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We Swapped The Genders Of 15 Famous Movie Characters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-swapped-the-genders-of-15-famous-movie-characters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-swapped-the-genders-of-15-famous-movie-characters/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:12:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224943 Forest Gump: A man sleeps with a retarded girl, then spends the rest of his life trying to avoid her.

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Films like Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, and even GI Jane have turned gender conventions on their head by introducing female characters in roles historically played by males. Some say they’ve gone to far. I say “balderdash.” Yup. “Balderdash.”

Some of the most iconic movies of the past century become wildly exotic and more compelling when the actual genders are swapped.

You probably want an example. Here are 15…

Forest Gump

A man sleeps with a retarded girl, then spends the rest of his life trying to avoid her.

Different film, no? Perhaps not as sweet and endearing as the original, but certainly one I would pay to see.

Well, this happens to be the case for many, many recent and not-so-recent classics. So take a gander to see what films pique your interest when the genders of the characters have been reversed. (Caution: Some plots become insanely hot and erotic.)

Shawshank Redemption

A black woman and a white woman form a very special bond in prison, only to reunite in Mexico to live the rest of their lives together.

Basic Instinct

A man kills a woman with an ice pick, then shows his genitals to the police during an interrogation before being cleared of all charges.

Iron Giant

A girl develops a very special relationship with a mechanical friend.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The continuing story of four young boys who acquire a pair of magical jeans that fit all four of them perfectly, even though they are all different shapes and sizes.

When Harry Met Sally

In order to demonstrate a salient point about sexual roles, a man fakes an orgasm in a crowded deli. “I’ll have what he’s having.”

Thelma and Louise

Two men shoot their rapist, have sex with a young girl, and drive off a cliff while being chased by women.

The Accused

A man dresses like a whore and gets raped by two women on top of a pinball machine.

Almost Famous

A 15 year-old female music reporter has a sexual awakening at the hands of older male groupies.

American Beauty

An uptight man has an affair while his wife masturbates in the shower. Then she’s killed by her closeted lesbian neighbor.

Junior

A woman has a baby.

Boogie Nights

A woman with an enormous vagina enters the world of adult films.

Sex and the City 2

Four fabulous men with shoe fetishes go to Dubai to f*ck everything that moves.

A League of Their Own

While the women fight in World War II, the men stay home and play baseball.

Bend It Like Beckham

A young Indian boy defies his parents, who believe boys have no business playing soccer.

Thanks to Amanda Al-Masri, Nick Rutkaus

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