Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Tue 6 May 2008 10:00 am   //   Posted in: Movies, Typography

Logo in Iron Man movie is oddly familiar

On Sunday I went and saw this summer’s first mandatory movie, Iron Man. It’s pretty good. The protagonist is the CEO of a defense contractor called Stark Industries. Here’s what his company’s logo looks like:

Seem familiar? It did to me. That’s because it combines elements of the Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman logos.

(Stark logo via Screen Rant, Lockheed and Northrop logos from those companies’ Web sites. And nautrally, I’m not the first person on the Internet to notice this.)

Okay defense contractor people, who among you is building an Iron Man?

Fri 2 May 2008 10:18 am   //   Posted in: Brooklyn, Movies, Transit

Remaking of “Pelham 123” spreads to Brooklyn

The Taking of Pelham 123 Dumbo Brooklyn

Last week I wrote about how film crews were shooting the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123” along Park Avenue above Grand Central.

Yesterday I spotted signs in Dumbo (around the intersection of Jay and Front streets) noting a “Pelham 123” shoot taking place on Tuesday. What the heck are they doing in Brooklyn?

I also hear they were shooting scenes around 41st and 42nd streets on the East Side in Manhattan. More: The AM New York Urbanite blog has details about shooting on the 7 platform at Grand Central (they got permits for that?!) and Second Ave. Sagas has pics of Denzel Washington at the Park Ave shoot.

Sat 26 Apr 2008 10:23 pm   //   Posted in: Movies, Transit

Tony Scott remaking 2 classic subway movies

Walking on Park Avenue above Grand Central today, I saw some “No Parking” signs for a movie shoot: “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

Say what? It turns out they’re remaking the greatest New York City subway movie ever made. The original “Taking of Pelham 123” came out in 1974. The plot concerns a downtown six train (which originates on the Pelham line in the Bronx) hijacked by a cadre of colorful criminals. Unlike some subway movies (ummm…. “Money Train“?) “Pelham” was obsessively faithful to true subway operations. There’s even a great stunt crash above the Astor Place station, right outside the building where I work.

The remaking of “Pelham 123” will star Denzel Washington and John Travolta. (Here’s the IMDB page.) I have just about forgiven Denzel for staring in a two-bit remake of another classic movie, “The Manchurian Candidate.” He won me back with “Inside Man.”

The director of the new “Pelham” movie is Tony Scott. His IMDB page shows he’s also directing a remake of the second-greatest New York City subway movie ever made: “The Warriors.” The IMDB page indicates that this remake is set in Los Angeles. Boo! Moving the Warriors is like moving the Dodgers.

Sun 30 Mar 2008 11:44 pm   //   Posted in: Movies, Review

Iraq war still waiting for its movie

Sooner or later, somebody’s going to make a great movie about the Iraq war. Stop-Loss, which I saw this afternoon, isn’t quite it. (Spoilers to follow.)