9 items from 2015
It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**
The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best
David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children. »
By Diane Rodgers
“What’s got four eyes and can’t see?... Mississippi!”, quips Gene Hackman as FBI Agent Anderson in Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning, a cynical joke about racist attitudes of the backward-looking American south. This heavyweight dramatic crime thriller, based on one of the most notorious race-related murder investigations in U.S. history, gets its first ever UK Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Sight.
Set in 1964, endemic racism and race-related violence throughout the southern states is scrutinised to an uncomfortably realistic degree, as Roger Ebert wrote: “More than any other film… this one gets inside the passion of race relations in America”; the film understands and explains events, whilst Parker’s direction criticises and highlights prejudice without undue sensationalism. The plot revolves around the historical events related to the murders of three civil rights activists (two white and one black) who go missing deep in the heart of Ku Klux Klan territory. »
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If you thought Keeping a contract with WWE was a tough prospect when they’re all too happy relegating genuine talents to the mid-card and ushering others off to future endeavours, you should try getting one in the first place.
With Nxt, Tough Enough and WWE Diva Search it may seem like there are plenty of opportunities to break into the main roster of Vince’s big project. Sadly though, it’s a mine-field of eye-wateringly epic proportions. Even the prospect of getting to a tryout would be enough to make some wannabe grapplers cry, let alone making it through the punishing boot-camp.
It’s probably best to think of it as the most cliche-ridden army boot-camp, with R. Lee Ermey barking orders and firing tear gas at you simultaneously. Similar to learning karate at Cobra Kai. And even as your legs are bursting, you’re coughing up »
- Simon Gallagher
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.
Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.
So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.
Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity, »
The search for a new Duffman on Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) brings a bevy of familiar voices to Springfield — including one not heard on the show in more than 20 years.
TVLine has an exclusive first look at the episode, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Stacy Keach (Full Circle) getting into character; Deeley plays herself, while Keach once again plays the great H.K. Duff.
Bonus scoop (not in the video): »
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Running Time: 111 minutes
Hitting cinema screens in 1991 Toy Soldiers was the directorial debut of Daniel Petrie Jr., and it’s finally making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD. Graced with the cult classic title, the film delivers a balance of action, adventure and a hint of comedy. There are some off the wall moments, but it all adds to the charm of a 90s teen movie.
Set in The Regis School, or “Rejects” School as it’s known by its misfit students, is the last stop boarding school for rebellious teens. Dean Parker (Louis Gossett, Jr.) manages to keep these disorderly boys in check, with the exception of Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) and his friends; Joey (Wil Wheaton), Snuffy (Keith Coogan), Ricardo (George Perez), Hank (T.E. Russell), and »
- Ciham Messouki
Park City, Utah – This is the last batch of Sundance reviews I’ve got to offer. A tad late, but I couldn’t let these films go uncommented on, especially with their special offerings for those who seek them out. I hope that each of these films finds an audience.
Aside from “Listen to Me Marlon” (which will be debuting on Showtime soon), I have also recommended both of these films for the third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, the next fest for your radar, which takes off May 1-7, 2015 at the Music Box Theater.
Nonetheless, below are reviews for documentaries “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Pervert Park,” along with a take on a personal favorite, the narrative film “Seoul Searching.” After that, you’ll find a brief recap of my Sundance experience, along with very brief words on a few other movies I saw.
Listen to Me Marlon
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Stars: Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr., Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, R. Lee Ermey, Denholm Elliott, George Perez, T.E. Russell, Shawn Phelan, Michael Champion, Mason Adams | Written by Daniel Petrie Jr., David Koepp | Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr.
Regis High School, an exclusive prep school for delinquent teenage boys, becomes the target of a terrorist attack from Columbian drug lord and terrorist Louis Cali, who has travelled to the Us to free his drug kingpin father. With a team of ruthless mercenaries, Cali invades Regis High School in an attempt to capture the son of the federal judge presiding over his father’s trial. As Cali takes the students hostage, the FBI and Us Army remain helpless. Within the school, however, is a group of rebellious and mischievous students, led by Billy Tepper and Joey Trotta, who decide to put their expertise in avoiding authority to good use. Now »
- Phil Wheat
Watching Whiplash, the story of the antagonistic relationship between a drumming prodigy and his ferociously demanding conservatory music teacher, almost the last thing on your mind is music. Although almost three-quarters of the film moves to the sound of drums, the images in one’s mind veer more towards drill sergeant movies, sports flicks and cult initiation rites. It could as well be called Squarebash as Whiplash, so often does the relationship between Jk Simmons’s unforgiving professor and Miles Teller’s whimpering pupil resemble that between R Lee Ermey’s splenetic Marine Corps drill instructor and Vincent D’Onofrio’s useless grunt in the opening act of Full Metal Jacket, »
- John Patterson
9 items from 2015
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