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David Fincher’s most recent film, Gone Girl, has been the subject of intense criticism and analysis over the past few weeks. From claims of intense misogyny to stringent defenses on the other side, the film has evoked the most emotional critical response of any film in recent memory. However, my favourite part of the debate concerning Gone Girl has been the auteurist debate: which famous director is Fincher emulating in Gone Girl. Nick Pinkerton from Film Comment argues that Fincher is a derivative hack like Otto Preminger. Christy Lemire on the program What the Flick and Forrest Wickman from Slate make the obvious argument for Hitchcock. Richard Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko) draws the comparison to Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut. Matt Achity, also on What the Flick!, argues against the Hitchcock comparison to draw a link to Brian De Palma. Even here on the Sound on Sight podcast, »
- Mynt Marsellus
Let’s get this out of the way: Mockingjay Part 1 is in fact only half of a bigger picture. There’s nothing we can do about this, we just have to deal with it. But before people lump it into the same marketing gimmick as other recent film series that have split the last chapter into several pieces (I’m looking at you Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit), the break that happens at the end of this recent entry into the Hunger Games series doesn’t just feel justified, it’s actually completely necessary. In a way it ends in a manner that seems akin to Empire Strikes Back. We know that our main hero is at a turning point and that a break is necessary for them to gather their thoughts before venturing into “the final battle.”
The journey of Katniss Everdeen is one that has been a rocky one for me. »
- Michael Haffner
One of the most common fantasy powers to have – arguably right up there with flying and super strength – is the power of invisibility. Long before Harry Potter got his invisibility cloak or Susan Storm was given the ability to make herself invisible, H.G. Wells introduced modern popular culture to the double-sided coin this power could hold. Years after Wells wrote his book “The Invisible Man,” Universal Studios adapted the story into a film with Claude Rains, which spawned several inferior sequels. Throughout the years, our fascination with invisibility continued to show, in modern versions of the story by John Carpenter (Memoirs of an Invisible Man) and Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) as well as elements of other films like the goofy sci-fi invisible Aston Martin in Die Another Day. In fact, invisibility shows up so much in movies that it got me thinking about it more than I ever did walking past the girls’ shower room while I »
- Kevin Carr
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
By Rod Barnett
There have been entire books dedicated to the cinema of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and with good reason. Known for pushing the envelope of what is acceptable onscreen in both sexuality and violence, his movies have been celebrated and condemned - often by the same critic at different times! To one degree or another I have enjoyed every Verhoeven film I've seen all the way back to the brilliant Soldier of Orange (1977) but it was RoboCop (1987) that stomped across the world and made it possible for the madman to make nearly anything he wanted. I wonder what would have happened if this film - his first English language effort- had not been a huge financial success. Would we have had a series of progressively worse sequels with Rutger Hauer ravishing maidens and slaying nobles for gold? Maybe in a better world.....
Flesh + Blood (1985) takes place in Western »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Filming on Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues in Georgia this week, but one cast member won't be involved - Michael Douglas. Douglas has posted on his Facebook page that he's wrapped his scenes as Hank Pym on the production, completing his final scene this past weekend. Marvel puts aside time for additional filming closer to release, so Douglas may be back as Pym for further filming down the line.
He also posted an image of himself standing alongside longtime stunt double Mike Runyard, whom he has worked with for the past twenty-six years including such films as Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys," Barry Levinson's "Disclosure," David Fincher's "The Game" and Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra".
Post by Michael Douglas. »
- Garth Franklin
Does the new Call Of Duty game envision a scary future we might soon be living in?
War has changed, and so has the way we fight them. Gone are the days when armies were populated by brave men standing up for freedom, liberty and the defence of their realm. Today wars are fought for money, a lot of money. And with governments under ever-greater pressure to reduce defence budgets, it’s hardly surprising that they’re looking beyond their own armed forces when conflicts do arise.
The term "mercenary" used to be a derogatory one. A label given to a soldier who would fight for whichever regime would pay him the most. A mercenary was considered to be a man with no allegiance, no honour, and no moral compass. But today a significant percentage of all military personnel could be described as mercenaries.
The rise of private military corporations »
Vincenzo Natali is one of those guys who made a genre classic with his first feature, something that can be both a curse and a blessing to a filmmaker. Think of how many directors come out of the gate with something that defines them, only to end up trapped by it later in their careers. Natali certainly didn't disappear after "Cube," but he did deal with the sort of independent financing nightmares and development paralysis that has sidelined so many talented guys. I am a big fan of "Splice," a movie he made more recently, and I also think his segment in "The ABCs Of Death 2" is a lot of fun. To help spotlight that anthology film, we asked Vincenzo to share with us his favorite movie death of all time. I think it's a great way to get to know a filmmaker. If you really want a bead on who they are, »
- Drew McWeeny
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Total Recall (1990) No, not the Colin Farrell one — this is the original Ah-nuld version. Paul Verhoeven's very loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story takes the future governor of Calfornia to Mars, where he encounters a secret conspiracy and a underground resistance movement. The film's groundbreaking special effects made it one of the most expensive films of its day, and enabled Verhoeven to build his perfect woman. Snowpiercer (2013) (Available November 22) Thanks to an innovative release strategy, Bong Joon-ho's first English-language film was one »
- Nate Jones
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for November? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 9 of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or something. Oh, and you might want to make a note about November 22; "Snowpiercer" is worth the wait.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in November, provided by Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available November 1
First known as an actor, Jared Leto has also found success in the music industry with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. This documentary follows the band as it makes the album "This is War" while battling recording giant Emi in a pivotal lawsuit.
"Babes In Toyland" (1961)
Composer Victor Herbert's operetta comes delightfully to »
- Tim Hayne
When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this […]
The post See ‘RoboCop’ Behind the Scenes Photos From New Official Book appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children. Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons, Elena Kampouris, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and the voice of Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced. It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
A film easy to admire but equally hard to love, Paul Verhoeven’s 1985 film Flesh+Blood, his last title to make it to DVD about a decade ago, gets an exciting Blu-ray transfer this month. Notable in multiple regards, this was the last infamous collaboration between Verhoeven and his star Rutger Hauer, the pair having completed five previous films. Reportedly a grueling shoot, and the rising tensions between director and star didn’t help anything, this was also Verhoeven’s first English language film, the first time he didn’t use storyboards, and the last film he would make in his native Netherlands for two decades. While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, there is more to praise than damn in this ambitiously realized portrait of Medieval Europe that’s worthy of reconsideration.
It’s Western Europe in 1510, and amidst the bloodletting, Bubonic plague, and scourging of lands, a »
- Nicholas Bell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
Rutger Hauer (ctr.) goes medieval in Flesh + Blood
The movie follows Martin, a mercenary leader (Rutger Hauer, The Rite) as he and his gaggle of marauders plot revenge against the tyrannical lord who refuses to pay him the reward he’s owed. Along the way, Martin abducts a beautiful woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s betrothed to the nobleman’s son, but quickly discovers that his comely and conniving young captive is hardly a damsel in distress.
- Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven
-Composing Flesh + Blood featurette
-Original theatrical trailer
Buy or Rent Flesh + Blood
Shanghai Hippo Animation Design and Australia.s Vue Group are expanding their 3D animation co-venture.
Last December the two entities unveiled plans to co-produce three films with aggregate budgets of more than $57 million.
This week Shanghai Hippo Animation Design CEO Kerr Xu and Vue Group MD Alan Lindsay told If they will collaborate on four to five films a year. They say they are able to produce 3D animation much faster and far more cheaply than the Us studios.
.We don.t need 20 executive producers. We do the character design in- house and I direct, produce and write," Kerr tells If on a visit to Vue.s VFX facility in Bunbury Wa. .We save an awful lot of money..
The first film from the co-venture, Farm House II - Perfect Friends, will open in 4,500 cinemas in China on October 1. Kerr estimates there will be 15,000 sessions a day for the sequel »
- Don Groves
The history of the PG-13 rating is well-known by the majority of movie fans. In 1984, Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were both released with traditional PG ratings. Both became hits, but both became targets for criticism from parents who were surprised to see rather explicit scenes in both films (hearts being pulled out of chests, small creatures blowing up in microwaves, etc).
Parents and conservative folk alike demanded a new movie rating to keep up with the times. In response, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) concocted the PG-13, which “strongly cautioned” parents if they were considering allowing youngsters under the age of 13 to see a film bearing the new rating.
So, you would think that with this new rating that nudity on-screen would be reserved for Nc-17 and R-rated films right? Well, not exactly. Back in the early days of the rating, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
As everyone knows, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop is a science fiction classic, but after two terrible sequels and a middle-of-the-road reboot, the character hasn’t had much success outside the initial film. Thankfully things may be changing with Boom! Studios’ new ongoing Robocop series by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carlos Magno.
Taking place directly after the events of the original film and ignoring everything else that came after, the series’ first arc revolves around a newly released convict named Killian, who reenters the dilapidated Detroit to find everyone’s favorite cyborg cop battling the city’s worst. Killian is not a run-of-the-mill criminal, though. He is smart and cunning and his first plan of action is to turn the public against Robocop, who is still relatively new to the world.
What Williamson gets so right in the first two issues of the comic is the voice and tone of the original film. »
- Max Molinaro
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten favorite films of all time. Currently filming his debut narrative feature One & Two, Andrew Droz Palermo (read here) took some time out to unveil the films that make up that list as of August 2014. Andrew’s Rich Hill gets released theatrically (Aug.1st) via The Orchard. Here are his top ten in his own words.:
“What can I possibly add that hasn’t already been said? It’s a masterpiece.”
“Eerie. Heartbreaking. Surreal. Just amazing control of tone. Dying for Kino Lorber to release a Blu-ray.”
George Washington – David Gordon Green (2000)
“Rich Hill” gets compared to this film pretty often. I definitely take that as a compliment. »
- Eric Lavallee
There are certain eternal questions in life that I doubt we’ll ever find an answer to. Who was Jack The Ripper? What happened on the Mary Celeste? How have there been five Resident Evil movies? And the question we’re going to look at now, why do they make kids' cartoons out of very adult movies?
In some ways it makes sense. As a kid, there are very few moments more exciting than watching an ultra-gory action film or a dodgy sex comedy that you know you’re not supposed to be watching. Everyone knows this, the studios especially. But surely they can’t be that blatant about it? You can’t make a show for kids based on RoboCop! Have you seen RoboCop? Won’t somebody please think of the children?
Earlier this year, MGM admirably tried to reboot their "RoboCop" franchise to middling results. It wasn't exactly terrible, but it missed the edge and black humor of Paul Verhoeven's original. And it says something that 27 years later — the film was released today in 1987 — Verhoeven's movie still stands tall and holds up remarkably well. In fact, at one point, The Criterion Collection managed to get "RoboCop" into their lineup, first on laserdisc and then on DVD. It has long been out of print, but thankfully the commentary with Verhoeven, writer Ed Neumeier and producer Jon Davison has made it subsequent releases...or you can just listen below. After that check out the vintage "Siskel & Ebert" review of the movie, and spoiler alert, they really liked it. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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