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Liam Neeson’s ‘Non-Stop’ Trailer Is Five Action Movies In One

Laim Neeson in "Non-Stop"

Sreenivasan analyzed keywords used on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to observe trends. A novelty score was given based on the number of times any given keyword was used to describe another film. Films that had higher novelty scores featured a word that was rarely used to describe it. While films with lower novelty scores had a keyword used to describe a variety of them. A range from zero to one was applied as the novelty score, with the least novel being zero. To depict the evolution of film culture over time, Sreenivasan then lined up the scores chronologically. “You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood,” Sreenivasan said to Wired. “There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend.” After studio systems fell in the 1950s, filmmakers burst with new ideas which enhanced the movies during the 1960s. Films like Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, Breathless in 1960, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in 1966 were all very well received. In addition, plot lines, novel styles and film techniques helped create the increase in Sreenivasan’s analysis of that period. The films analyzed spanned a 70-year period and the study appears in Nature Scientific Reports .

By Kevin P. Sullivan (@KPSull) In his new character as an over-the-hill action star, Liam Neeson ‘s movies come with certain expectations. He’s going to be some figure of authority either active or retired someone will wrong him, and Neeson is then forced to kick some ass. But there’s something a little too familiar about the trailer for his new film ” Non-Stop ,” which hit theaters in February. We took a close look at the new preview and found five major action movie clichAs all combined into one trailer. Plane Setting When it is set on a plane, there’s nowhere to go, which is just another way of saying that it’s a confined thriller, but the size of the box we’re trapped in can vary. It can be as small as a coffin in “Buried” or as big as a panic room. An airplane is far from new fare for a confided thriller. We’ve seen the device used in the air in “Red Eye,” “Flightplan,” and, of course, “Snakes on a Plane.” Bad Guy In Hiding Neeson is just doing his job during the flight when he gets a text message. Now, before you start following his example and texting during your next flight, stop. He’s using a secure, Marshals-only channel. The bad guy or bad girl is somewhere on the flight with him. It could literally be anybody, but it’s probably the second or third most famous person on the cast. We’re looking at you, Julianne Moore. Hostages Held At Ransom How do you instantly crank up the suspense of a thriller?

After a documentary and several shorts, Godard made his first feature, "Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)" (1960), a brisk dark comedy starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a petty thief and Jean Seberg as an American ex-pat.

Griffith’s 1919 “Broken Blossoms,” which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929’s “Man With a Movie Camera.” PHOTOS: The Roaring ’20s on-screen As a student at San Francisco State, Mairs found the more traditional scores for the silent films screened in class “off-putting. I started to actually really engage with silent films when I saw screenings out of school. The Castro would occasionally show silent films with an organist or occasionally live bands. It was a radically different experience.” Because “CalArts has a history of experimentation,” said Mairs, he decided to include live, nontraditional performances at the screenings. Since he knew a lot of musicians at CalArts, Mairs initially asked them to score and perform. “Very quickly people got interested,” said Mairs, who has been teaching at the School of Film/Video since 1997 and has been co-head of the Film Directing Program since 2005. Once Mairs plans his films for the fall, he sends the list to the musicians, faculty and graduates and asks them which ones they are interested in composing. “I find they tend to do their best work when they are excited about a project,” Mairs said. PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 Rarely does one of his students in the class tackle a score. “The class is quite rigorous,” Mairs said. “It is a major commitment for the people who are doing the compositions.” Last year, though, Herb Albert student Kevin Robinson juggled the classwork in Mairs’ filmhistory class as well as composing the string quartet for “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” Robinson liked the experience so much that he and three other musicians recently provided accompaniment for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 “Battleship Potemkin.” But he decided not to compose a string quartet for “Potemkin” because Eisenstein’s classic “is so metric and moving and things happen quickly, soI wrote little sketches for everyone,” said Robinson, a week before the performance. “I am going to a minimalist thing, not that heavy on the texture, more like sketching things out.” This week, student Hannah Dexter, a composer and bassist who specializes in Gypsy jazz and bluegrass, will be working her magic on Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 “The Gold Rush.” Dexter will be playing the upright bass and providing vocals. Rounding out the trio are a guitarist/vocalist and a violinist. “Though I wasn’t 100% familiar with the ‘The Gold Rush,’ I have always been a huge Charlie Chaplin fan,” Dexter said. “I understand what they were looking for.

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RECOMMENDED: The 25 best animated movies of all time readers’ picks These special screenings make films like Ariels under-the-sea adventure feel a bit like a Rocky Horror Picture Show revival for 6-year-olds. When King Triton makes his royal entrance, the app tells audiences to Cheer! The lyrics to each song pop up on the tablet, encouraging people to sing along. And interactive games pit viewers against each other to see who can rack up the most points. Kim Tracey Prince of Agoura Hills, Calif., says that before learning about Disneys Second Screen Live app, her two sons had no interest in seeing The Little Mermaid. They considered it a girl movie. But she says that the iPad app lured them in. While Brady, age 6, got swept up in the story and quickly lost interest in the app, Kyle, 8, manned the tablet throughout the movie nudging his mom occasionally for answers to the pop-up trivia questions. It was a huge hit and Im glad we did it, says Ms. Prince. At the end, [Kyle] called it the best movie ever, which is a rare attribute for him. As far as she could tell, they were the only family in the theater with an iPad, which led to some confusion. The screening stopped at certain points, giving players time to complete a task on their tablets. Unsure about what was happening, several people left the theater to complain that the projector seemed to be broken, Prince says. These free apps work at home, as well.