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The Guest is a thriller that knows exactly what it wants to be. Playful, kinetic and riotously entertaining, it’s a slick throwback to the sexy, noirish actioners of generations past, a winking tribute to the films of John Carpenter and other ’80s horror directors, as soaked in blood as it is stylishly lit in colorful neon. Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, who so fruitfully toyed with the home invasion horror subgenre in You’re Next, have even more success tackling the action-thriller, emerging with an absolute blast of a film that could be held up as a new classic of the genre in a few years from now.
The kind of movie we’re in for is made clear from the get-go, as the title appears in bold, neon letters. We open on a man running down a country road, his movement brisk and almost robotic. There »
- Isaac Feldberg
Welcome, fellow fiends! Another year come and gone & it was quite a year for independent cinema. Not a single “studio” picture on my list, which isn’t surprising, considering some of the greatest horror films of all time – Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Blair Witch Project, etc – were all innovative low budget independent efforts. If you’ve listened to the latest episode of Killer Pov, then you’ll already know my picks, but I didn’t want that to deter from my annual tradition here on Icons. So without further adieu, here we go! My top 10 horror picks of 2014!
10 – Cheap Thrills
The definition of what we personally consider “horror” has changed and evolved so drastically over the years. Granted, I’m guilty of constantly claiming certain “fringe” titles are Not horror. But the older I get, true horror to me are the things that people do to each other. »
- Rob Galluzzo
As the eggnog flows tonight, many of you will go to old holiday standbys like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story,” while others will run to counter-programming favorites like “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon.” Imagine, if you can, a world where auteurs like Werner Herzog and Lars von Trier would have directed a holiday film with a scene set on Christmas morning and you’ll be keyed into Foregrounds Media’s hilarious mindset. Thanks to the fine folks at No Film School, we have two clever and funny videos, titled “The Auteurs of Christmas,” that port the iconic styles of directors like Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard, Herzog and von Trier, over to a Christmas morning scene. This is how you get to slow-motion shots of a young boy walking in slow-motion to the tune of the Rolling Stones – Scorsese, naturally – and »
- Cain Rodriguez
Before Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, everyone thought it was a huge risk for Marvel. Fans proved that notion wrong, as the movie went onto become the biggest release of 2014. Its doubtful that Ant-Man will fare as well, since it is being released alongside Disney's two juggernauts Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But its no longer seen as a risk for Marvel Studios, and fans are becoming more and more interested in the title as its release grows nearer. That excitement should triple once the first trailer hits, which will be very soon. The only question is when and where will we see it first?
The Alberta Films Rating board has confirmed that they received the finished trailer, and they have rated it PG. The teaser runs exactly 1 minute and 48 seconds, which is 20 seconds longer than the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. »
Christoph Waltz found his second Academy Award to be ''consolidating''. The 58-year-old Austrian actor - who won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Colonel Hans Landa in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film 'Inglourious Basterds' and a second gong for his role as King Schultz in 'Django Unchained' - says winning the prestigious award twice reaffirmed his credentials as a performer. Christoph - who's been cast in the new Bond film 'Spectre' - reflected: ''The second one had a completely different connotation and quality. It was consolidating. It was not so much ego as securing something that I had perceived as precarious. ''It said that it wasn't a coincidence, I wasn't going to vanish as quickly as I came, but that people wanted to work with me and with what I had to offer.'' Christoph also admitted to feeling gutted that he wasn't cast »
Christoph Waltz has had an amazing career in Hollywood, and one that has really only been around for the past five years, after Quentin Tarantino cast him as the heavy in his World War II fantasia "Inglourious Basterds." That performance, as a Nazi enforcer colloquially known as The Jew Hunter, won the actor, who had previously only been known for his work on European television and theater, an Oscar, and just a few years later, Tarantino cast him as a character that was the complete opposite -- a kindly German bounty hunter in "Django Unchained." Miraculously, he won another Oscar.
In the years since "Inglourious Basterds," Waltz has worked with an amazing array of directors, including but not limited to Roman Polanski, Michel Gondry, Francis Lawrence, and Terry Gilliam. The newest amazing filmmaker to make Waltz's acquaintance is Tim Burton, who directed the actor in "Big Eyes," the true-life story »
- Drew Taylor
Directed by Tim Burton
At first glance, Tim Burton’s latest, Big Eyes, appears to be a departure from the filmmaker’s general proclivities towards the grotesque and fantastical. Scissor-handed youths, murderous barbers, and obnoxious ghouls are nowhere to be found in this deceptively straightforward biopic of kitsch-master Walter Keane and his wife, Margaret. A cursory glance at the film might lead one to question just what Burton thinks he’s doing in the realm of realism.
Granted, this isn’t the first time that Burton’s examined life in the “real world.” His 1994 biopic Ed Wood offered a look at the life and work of the cult Z-grade director of films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space. But even then, the subject’s attraction to topics that spawned films widely considered to be among the worst of all »
2014 was an incredibly rewarding year to be a comics reader. Veteran creators, like Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek, and Matt Wagner continued to churn out some of the best work of their career while new creators, like Noelle Stevenson, Babs Tarr, and Tula Lotay had very strong starts. Marvel and DC published their fair share of events, including Original Sin, Multiversity, Spider-Verse, and seemingly a half-dozen Green Lantern crossovers, but they also took risks with new characters like Ms. Marvel, a mysterious female Thor, and the cast of Gotham Academy. Marvel and DC artists went far away from any semblance of a house style from the tapestry-like spreads of Elektra‘s Michael del Mundo, the Silver Age revivals of Silver Surfer‘s Mike Allred and She-Hulk‘s Javier Pulido, and the stylish character designs and Instagram-style layouts of Babs Tarr’s Batgirl among many others.
But Image Comics was the real »
- Logan Dalton
Craig Ferguson doesn't have a band. That's been a long-running joke of The Late Late Show—he didn't have a lot of things that most late-night talk shows have. It's why, among other things, his sidekick is a talking robot skeleton. But on Friday night, Ferguson began his final show with the biggest band of all: A montage of nearly 50 celebrities, all former guests on his show—from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to Quentin Tarantino and Kristen Bell—sang and danced to "Bang Your Drum" by Glasgow group Dead Man Fall. »
- Joshua Rivera
Uma Thurman is 44 and fabulous—even without a stitch of makeup! Taking a break from the set of her upcoming NBC miniseries The Slap, the Quentin Tarantino muse took a fresh-faced stroll around New York City on Thursday, Dec. 18. Appearing to go without a single stitch of makeup, the former model looked gorgeous bundled up in a chocolate-colored cape, leather pants, and jade suede boots. Her trademark blonde waves were tucked up into her black beanie hat. Though the mom of three—Maya, 16, Levon, 12, and Luna, 2—hasn't [...] »
Craig Ferguson said goodbye to The Late Late Show with a little help from guest Jay Leno and a few dozen other stars. Watch more 'Colbert Report' Gets All-Star Sendoff The opening featured a star-filled video of Ferguson singing "Bang Your Drum" by Dead Man Falls, with a little help from Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Daniels, Steve Carell, Quentin Tarantino, Lisa Kudrow, Marion Cotillard, Betty White, Regis Philbin and many more. But what will likely be talked about was what happened when the horse Secretariat took off his mask for the first time, revealing Bob Newhart was underneath. That led to a meta moment
- Aaron Couch
Who doesn't love Simon Pegg? Whether he is playing with the big boys in Mission: Impossible or Star Trek, Pegg has always brought something special and unique to tons of films like Hector And The Search For Happiness, The Boxtrolls, and his three films with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. His latest film, Kill Me Three Times, puts the British actor into a role we have never seen before: a cold-blooded killer. In what looks like an action-comedy in the same style as Quentin Tarantino, Joe »
- Alex Maidy
Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers. They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, […]
The post Lol: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
The ongoing slide from film to digital has resulted in the vast majority of movies being shot on the latter, newer format. While I still think there's a noticeable aesthetic difference between the two mediums, the cost benefits of shooting on digital (along with the time-saving benefits since time really is money, especially on a film set) have definitely made a dent in the budgeting process for most projects. Still, some directors have the clout to shoot on celluloid. Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan come to mind and even Ti West was able to shoot In a Valley of Violence the old fashioned way. With the amount of hits under his belt, one assumes that Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn has some say in this matter when it comes to his projects, and he claims he's made the switch to digital. Permanently. Steve recently learned this when he »
- Evan Dickson
November and December are always good for a holiday-themed movie or several, but ever notice how many of today's biggest and most popular filmmakers tend not to make straight-up Christmas movies? At least not often enough, if you ask us. So if we want to see folks like Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan and Alfred Hitchcock inject a little of that holiday spirit straight into our jingle-bell'n souls, we have to rely on spoof videos like the one below, courtesy of Fourgrounds and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company. This isn't the first time they've staged a holiday-themed video showcasing the fictional Christmas movies from popular filmmakers. Check out last year's version, too. If you had to pick one filmmaker to...
- Erik Davis
The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
As you can probably tell from looking at our Best Shots of the Year list, 2014 has given us some magnificent images. There are several shots that stand out—the haunting diptych at the end of “The Immigrant,” the baby-on-the-beach scene from “Under the Skin,” all of “Birdman.” And yet a true filmmaker, a true storyteller, can leave a mark on shots that are decidedly not as flashy. A true filmmaker can make idle shots of street corners look electric. Or, say, something like stock footage. To cap the year off, New York photography provider Shutterstock has crafted this neat assemblage of stock footage, shot and edited in the style of five of our most famous and influential filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuaron, David Fincher, and Terrence Malick. The video essentially showcases each filmmaker’s most pronounced visual motifs and, in some cases, the resemblances to that artist’s actual work is scarily spot-on. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Clint Eastwood is in need of something good. Desperately. I want it to be American Sniper, but talk about it so far, including Brad's review, has been mediocre at best and terrible at worst. I will still see the movie, starring Bradley Cooper as "The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History" (so the poster poses), but I am not getting my hopes up. For those eagerly awaiting this film, or people who just like movie marketing, below you will find a new trailer, a new clip, and a new poster for the film. So much promotion! #AmericanSniper, amiritec I hope when I see this I am pleasantly surprised by what I see. I cannot think of a film of Eastwood's I have liked since 2008's Changeling, and even that had a lot of issues. Is this the age thing Quentin Tarantino is talking about and why he will retire »
- Mike Shutt
We've featured some cool retrospective videos looking back at the films of 2014, like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014. The next video we're featuring is a little more selective about the films used in a montage called The Best of Cinema 2014. There's actually only 30 films on display here, and that's because it's inspired by Moviejerk's Top 30 Films of 2014 (which hasn't been published yet). Now be prepared, because there are some films here released back in 2013 in the United States, but Moviejerk is based in the United Kingdom, so Spike Jonze's Her made the cut. Watch! Here's Moviejerk's very well-done The Best of Cinema 2014, straight from Vimeo: Here's what Moviejerk says, "It’s nearly the end of the year, and everyone from Sight & Sound to John Waters are each coming up with their own best films list. Hardly anyone has the last word on this, not even Quentin Tarantino, »
- Ethan Anderton
When a major filmmaker decides to tell a story about a renowned artist, one expects that the director is painting a kind of self-portrait. That is the case with Mike Leigh’s splendid, thrillingly acted Mr. Turner (also out this month), and that may also be true for Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes. Take a glance at Margaret Keane’s sweet, painted children with their milky, enveloping, entrancing eyes, and you get a feeling of sadness and youthful wonder, as well as a bit of kitsch – all factors omnipresent in Burton’s offbeat fantasies, films like Beetlejuice and Big Fish.
However, Burton is no longer such a gauche visionary, his films more about the inventiveness of their atmosphere than the depth of the performances in them. Big Eyes’ opening credit sequence, which shows several of Keane’s paintings going through a press to make thousands of copies, could »
- Jordan Adler
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