16 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Simon Brew Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
Update: One of the major attractions at Comic-Con over the weekend was the 30th anniversary conference for Aliens. James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton and numerous other stars of the sci-fi classic all reunited to share their memories of making it, with anecdotes ranging from the construction of the Alien Queen to Bishop actor Lance Henriksen sitting in stunned silence when he saw a finished cut of the film.
Inevitably, talk eventually turned to Alien 5, Neill Blomkamp's sequel to Alien and Aliens which aims to split away from the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and give Ripley an alternate timeline. When asked about the movie, Weaver had long resisted plans to make a follow-up to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Resurrection because, as its ending implied, it would »
It’s a pretty exciting time to be an “Alien” fan. Not only is Ridley Scott currently in production on “Alien: Covenant” (which, if we have our facts correct, is an “Prometheus” sequel/”Alien” prequel), but Neill Blomkamp’s slow-moving sequel continues to take shape with tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the 30th anniversary “Aliens” celebration set for Comic-Con this month, the one and only Sigourney Weaver confirmed an important detail about the continuity of Blomkamp’s fifth installment.
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver revealed, confirming that Blomkamp’s sequel actually won’t be a fifth installment at all and will serve as a »
- Zack Sharf
Leveraging its ties with high-profile talent and producers in the U.S. and in Europe, French mini-major Gaumont has tapped its head of sales Cecile Gaget to spearhead international production for the company.
Gaget, who’s been shepherding worldwide sales at the company since 2010, will be in charge of producing or co-producing English- and local-language movies. She will report to CEO Sidonie Dumas and vice-ceo Christophe Riandée.
International projects on Gaumont’s slate include Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” and “Ballerina,” which are produced by Quad Films (“Intouchables”) and North American shingle Main Journey; and Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to “Neon Demon,” a revenge thriller set in Japan.
“This new step totally made sense as Gaumont expands its footprint within and outside of France with production of both French- »
- Elsa Keslassy
What is it about towering apartment buildings that fascinates filmmakers, especially those working in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy? It’s easy to imagine these eyesores of urban development — especially those with secured entrances and exclusive tenants — harboring sinister secrets inside their walls.
High-Rise, director Ben Wheatley adaptation’s of J.G. Ballard‘s eponymous sci-fi novel, more than fits into this strange subset of films, as it focuses on dystopian class warfare inside a monolithic beast of Brualist architecture. With the film now in theaters (and on VOD), we look at other other films that imagine the incredible, horrifying, or supernatural happenings in and around these deceptively unassuming structures.
Apartment Trilogy (Roman Polanski)
Has any set of films turned the usual drudgeries of apartment living — climbing up your stairs for the umpteenth time, dealing with troubled amenities, and trying your best to acknowledge neighbors’ existence without getting the least bit involved »
- TFS Staff
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th, a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) will encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, allowing fans to test their Alien knowledge, with the chance to win memorable prizes every 42.6 minutes on Twitter.
Fox Consumer Products has teamed with an impressive portfolio of licensing partners; showcasing everything from unique apparel to exclusive comic books to high-end collectables. One of the most-requested licensed products, the Reebok Alien Stomper worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, as well as the mid tops worn by Lance Henrikson as the Android Bishop, are being released by Reebok in limited edition to mark Alien Day. »
Grab your calendars Monster Kids, and clear your schedules on 4/26 (a nod to Lv-426) for a 24-hour homage to Alien and Aliens. Companies like Neca, DC Comics, Reebok, and more will be releasing new merchandise in honor of the iconic franchise. Fans can also join in on social using #AlienDay426, and tune in of Twitter for the ultimate Alien trivia event. Check out the full list of events and releases below.
Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2016) – Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th – a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) to encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, allowing fans to test their Alien knowledge – with the chance »
- Caroline Stephenson
With a new Alien movie coming out next year, there’s already a lot to be excited about, but the folks at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have now given fans an official time to celebrate their favorite franchise by announcing Alien Day, which will take place on April 26th (in honor of Lv-426) and feature the release of new collectibles (including replicas of Ripley’s Reebok Alien Stomper shoes), screenings of the first two Alien films, online trivia with prizes, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2016) – Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th – a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) to encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, »
- Derek Anderson
To celebrate the new Blu-ray & DVD Double Play release of The City Of Lost Children – out 14th March – we have a copy to giveaway. A dazzling fantasy adventure directed by Marc Caro (Delicatessen) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Drive), with stunning costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and a haunting score by David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti. The City Of Lost Children is the story of Krank, a tormented scientist who sets about kidnapping local children in order to steal their dreams and so reverse his accelerated ageing process. When local fisherman and former circus strongman One (Ron Perlman) has his brother kidnapped by Krank’s henchmen, he sets out on a journey to Krank’s nightmarish laboratory, accompanied by a little orphan girl called Miette. “A masterpiece of dark invention” Film4 “Extraordinary” Time Out ????? Empire Order today: http://amzn.to/1QvYErT
To be in with a shot, »
- Paul Heath
Off With Head: Iosseliani Returns with Breezy Cluster of Vignettes
Fans of Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani will be delighted to find the octogenarian in top form with his latest effort, Winter Song (Chant d’hiver), as the filmmaker enters his sixth decade in filmmaking. Revealing a new title every five years or so, Iosseliani continues to work in French, though this latest filmed partially in Georgia as well. Lovers of his first French production, 1984’s masterful Favorites of the Moon should be pleased to note his latest is modeled via the same series of vaguely interconnected vignettes across time periods. Several notable names float around in the vast cast in this mirthful, even silly portrait of a modern Parisian apartment block unknowingly haunted and connected to the skull of a French aristocrat who met an unhappy end with the guillotine. Hardly as macabre as its grisly beginning would indicate, Iosseliani »
- Nicholas Bell
To celebrate the new Blu-ray & DVD Double Play release of The City Of Lost Children – out 14th March – we have a copy to giveaway.
A dazzling fantasy adventure directed by Marc Caro (Delicatessen) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Drive), with stunning costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and a haunting score by David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti.
The City Of Lost Children is the story of Krank, a tormented scientist who sets about kidnapping local children in order to steal their dreams and so reverse his accelerated ageing process. When local fisherman and former circus strongman One (Ron Perlman) has his brother kidnapped by Krank’s henchmen, he sets out on a journey to Krank’s nightmarish laboratory, accompanied by a little orphan girl called Miette.
“A masterpiece of dark invention” Film4
“Extraordinary” Time Out
Order today via Amazon UK.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, »
- Gary Collinson
Belgian fantasy comedy The Brand New Testament is a sacrilegious delight. Ryan explains why it would be a sin to miss it...
What if God were a hook-nosed, oily goblin of a man who only created the world so he could torment it for his own amusement? That’s the initial question, at least, in this one-of-a-kind fantasy comedy from Belgium.
Directed, co-produced and co-written by Jaco Van Dormeal (Toto The Hero), The Brand New Testament unfolds with the imagination, iconoclastic humour and surrealism of Terry Gilliam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry.
Ea (Pili Groyne) is the 10-year-old daughter of God who, after years of torment at the hands of her permanently angry and abusive father, decides to escape from her plane of existence (here imagined as a grotty flat with 1980s decor) and head to Earth. As a final act of defiance, Ea uses her father »
In the beginning, it was supposed to be Dan Hedaya who got sucked out into space. His character, General Martin Perez, was originally set to exit Alien: Resurrection in spectacularly bloody fashion - his entire body ejected, limb by limb, through a whole in a tennis ball-sized hole in the space ship, Auriga.
Effects company Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc, spent several weeks in 1996 solving the problem of having a body pulled apart realistically by the vacuum of space. Test footage released by Adi shows the painstaking process of researching and testing practical means of creating Hedaya's death scene, which would have concluded with his character's screaming head stripped of its skin until only a gaping skull remained.
The results were almost comically grotesque and almost mesmerising to watch - so mesmerising, »
One would not think that a thriller a) starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson and b) helmed by The Others‘ Alejandro Amenábar would be dumped so unceremoniously, yet The Weinstein Company — no strangers to such a tactic, if Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s T.S. Spivet and last week’s Jane Got a Gun are just the most recent evidence — will do such a thing with Regression, which opens in three days and, to my knowledge, still has not had a single press screening scheduled. The picture becomes a bit clearer when one looks at the initial round of reviews, a collection that’s at best complementary and at worst, well, you can imagine. Here, it seems, something didn’t exactly click and a major company wishes to get this thing off its hands already.
So less than 72 hours before its U.S. debut, we have a preview that seems designed to »
- Nick Newman
Celebrating its 40th year, the journal Film Criticism has relaunched as an online open-access journal. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Demme addresses the Academy's diversity problem; The Big Short, winner of the Producer's Guild award, read as a documentary; comparing and contrasting Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant; J. Hoberman on Julien Duvivier; interviews with Anna Karina, Laurie Anderson, Michael Caine, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Manny Kirchheimer, Radu Muntean and a new book on Robert Ryan. » - David Hudson »
Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam of On Entertainment received Unifrance’s French Cinema Award at its annual Rendez-vous in Paris over the weekend in recognition of the global success of their recent production, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince.
The $57m production has drawn more than 15 million spectators worldwide since its release last July, making it the most successful French-produced feature-length animation of all time, and has still to hit screens in the Us, where Paramount Pictures has set a March 18 launch. UK and Canada releases are due around the same time.
16 items from 2016
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