No Cheering in the Press Box? Kobe Turning Mamba Changed That

No Cheering in the Press Box? Kobe Turning Mamba Changed That

The broken Kobe Bryant bricked his first five shots, yet for the next two hours the Lakers legend kept shooting, shooting, shooting. It was as if he knew he was aiming at forever. Once the scoring started, the packed Staples Center crowd began chanting, then cheering, then roaring, constantly roaring, creating the most deafening din in the building’s history. It was as if they knew this love would have to last forever. There is a strict rule against cheering in ...

Revolution: The Story of the Lost Pioneers of Heavy Metal

Revolution: The Story of the Lost Pioneers of Heavy Metal

In the beginning, there was love, hope and happiness; there was no “heavy.”  It was the ’60s, man — nobody particularly needed heavy; they had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and marijuana. But by the tail end of the decade things got ugly. Suddenly there was war, sex, drugs, violence, tension, revolution and fighting in the streets. And so “heavy” came to pass.  Heavy metal, that immortal hoary beast of lust, power and violence, was born in those murky last ...

Italian Cinema 101: Rossellini, Fellini, Benigni and Beyond on HBO Max

Italian Cinema 101: Rossellini, Fellini, Benigni and Beyond on HBO Max

Ciao amici! Welcome to the world of Italian cinema. For lovers of classic movies and the art of filmmaking in general, Italian neorealism was an all-important movement. Also known as the Golden Age, these works were created in the wake of WW2, often featuring real people as opposed to professional actors and focusing on themes like poverty, oppression, and desperation.  If you prefer something on the lighter side, you might as well look elsewhere… because even when they’re billed as ...

Godzilla vs. Kong: The Making of a Monster Hit

Godzilla vs. Kong: The Making of a Monster Hit

When Total Film catches up with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard in February 2021, his long-awaited crossover grudge-match movie is “100 percent done.” All he has left to do is sign off IMAX and Dolby Vision 3D versions.  This film has been a long time coming, and not just because it’s the culmination of a MonsterVerse arc that began with 2014’s Godzilla reboot, and continued through 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla sequel, King of the Monsters. After ...