Rob Hedden originally wrote more of the movie to be set in New York. He had written scenes at Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. But Paramount told him that budget would not allow him to spend that much time in New York so he was forced to rewrite the film and spend more time on the cruise ship. Hedden says he agrees with fans who complain that not enough time is spent in New York, given the title.
Many of the actors pointed out to themselves a plot hole earlier in the filming of the movie: they wondered how the ship got out of Crystal Lake and into the Atlantic Ocean. Since most of them were just happy to be in a film they didn't bring it up to the producers or director. Actor Vincent Craig Dupree was quoted in an interview about the plot hole saying "this damn boat could have come from the Sahara Desert and gotten into the Atlantic". "I don't care, I'm not gonna challenge the concept".
During production many of the cast and crew began calling the movie "Jason Takes Vancouver." This is because Vancouver doubled for New York in various scenes due to budgetary reasons, as Paramount refused to budget the extensive filming locations in New York. Except for two days of filming in Times Square, all of the scenes in the docks, sewer, alleys, and the diner were filmed in Vancouver.
Lar Park-Lincoln originally wanted to sign on to reprise her role as Tina Shepard in Part 8, but she wanted a higher salary than what she was paid in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988). Paramount told her that their budget could not afford to pay her anymore than what she bargained for and because of this she turned down the part. Thus, Paramount decided to re-write the entire script for Part 8 to take the movie to a whole new direction, which later completely excluded the character of Tina as they decided they did not want anyone from Part 7 to return.
After the disappointing box-office gross of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), director John Carl Buechler began developing a follow-up which reprised the character of Tina Shepard again facing off against Jason Voorhees after her release from an insane asylum. Meanwhile, Lar Park-Lincoln, who had portrayed Tina Shepard, co-wrote with her husband (who was a die-hard horror movie fan) an alternative screenplay which had Tina working as a psychologist for troubled girls. Lincoln's co-star in The New Blood, Kevin Spirtas, also wrote a screenplay which recast the events of The New Blood into a long dream, with his character as the killer. Paramount, however, opted to assign the project of a follow-up to writer-director Rob Hedden, marking his debut feature.
Director Rob Hedden had previously worked as a writer for Paramount on MacGyver (1985), but what he really wanted to do was direct. So, when the studio asked him to write for Friday the 13th: The Series (1987), he said he'd only do it if he could also direct. They hated the sound of that, but two months later they were still desperate for writers. So, they gave in, hired Hedden, and let him direct two episodes of the television series. The studio was impressed enough with Hedden's work behind the camera to offer him the job to write/direct this movie.
The movie was falsely titled "Ashes to Ashes" while filming in New York City to avoid fan interruptions. This fake title was also used in the script to prevent auditioning actors from knowing and revealing what film they were making. In the fake-titled script, Jason was renamed Ethan.
Colleen Van Deusen was named after the Van Deusen Lodge, which was the name of the cabin in Camp No-Be-Bos-Co, which is the one Alice and Pamela Voorhees first met each other in the original 1980 movie.
In a 2004 interview with director Rob Hedden, his original idea for the movie was for it be a crossover with Freddy Krueger from the popular 'Nightmare on Elm Street' movies. But much like in 1987, Paramount couldn't get the rights to use Freddy nor come up with an agreement to make both studios happy. Freddy vs. Jason (2003) wouldn't get made 14 years later.
The studio was looking for a Canadian actor to play Jason for the role. Ken Kirzinger was considered to play Jason. Kane Hodder was determined to convince Paramount to hire him again but to his surprise, they felt he wouldn't be interested to reprise his role. Ken would instead play Kane's stunt double in the movie and eventually would replace Kane in Freddy vs. Jason (2003). Canadian makeup artist Bill Terezakis also worked on both movies as well.
Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird (2017) and Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade (2018) are A24's highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes with a 99% approval rating. In 2018 and 2019, respectively, the studio announced multi-year partnerships with Apple TV+ and Showtime Networks for the digital releases of some of its upcoming films. The 2021 film Lamb was the first A24-distributed film to be selected as a country's official entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. In 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once overtook the 2018 film Hereditary as A24's highest-grossing movie worldwide with earnings of over $100 million at the box office.
King of New York is a film that fits into the stylistic tone of other New York City underworld movies, Escape from New York and Good Time. The use of color; like neon deep blues, gives this sub-genre an interesting visual tone.
The most modern gangster film on this list, Killing Them Softly addresses the impact of organized crime on American society after the collapse of the housing market. It also happens to be one of the best crime movies.
The themes of questioning loyalty and escape from poverty are shown in new and modern lights. It's one of the best Brad Pitt movies and James Gandolfini also gives an excellent performance. The last scene, although divisive among viewers, is one that has stuck with me for years.
The Harder They Come is perhaps best known for its infectious reggae soundtrack, which holds its own against the best movie songs. But at the heart of the picture, is an important commentary on gangster celebrity. The protagonist Ivan, played by Jimmy Cliff, wants to be a reggae singer but corruption and poverty keep him from success.
The Departed is adapted from the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Infernal Affairs is an excellent movie in its own right and I considered putting it here in place of The Departed. But I came to the conclusion that if one film outranked the other, it was The Departed.
By the year 2000, world culture had grown to see gangster films as a mostly sensational, idyllic genre. Popular gangster movies were rife with moral praise; often creating heroes and badass anti-heroes out of people the court would sentence to death.
One film in particular that is condemned in this way is Scarface. Children in the film say they want to be like Tony Montana but the life of crime they find is not the one that they had envisioned from the movies.
Jacques Audiard directs this thrilling gangster film about a young man who finds himself recruited into the Corsican Mafia while serving a prison sentence. A Prophet is a remarkably modern gangster movie.
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Parents need to know that Brain on Fire is a movie based on Susannah Cahalan's same-named memoir. As a talented young reporter on the staff of the New York Post, Cahalan (Chloe Grace Moretz) begins exhibiting unusual behavior and experiencing strange physical symptoms. With no diagnosis apparent, she and her loved ones are left without hope of recovery ... until the arrival of a brilliant doctor who refuses to give up. Cahalan's behavior is volatile at times; she's out of control and subject to violent seizures. Swearing includes use of "s--t," "ass," " hell," and "d--k." A young couple kisses and embraces; it's implied that they've slept together. In one humorous scene, a young man is nude, his genitals covered by the guitar he plays. Both the memoir and the film were created in the hopes of educating the public about anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disorder. 2b1af7f3a8