10 items from 2016
The film imagines America taken over by aliens – but the main tragedy seems to be that it’s happening to white, middle-class, attractive movie-star looking folks
If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.”
Rick Yancey’s novel The 5th Wave opens with that quote from Stephen Hawking which, at this point, isn’t so much an insight as a cliché. Science-fiction has been rejiggering colonial narratives practically since it began as a genre: Hg Wells’s The War of the Worlds directly compares the alien invasion of England to Britain’s invasion of Tasmania. The nightmare is so familiar now it’s almost banal: what oh what would happen if someone, somewhere, treated us the way we treated them?
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- Noah Berlatsky
Mogwai rules have always been suspect, and ever since the original Gremlins debuted in 1984, fans have wondered what would happen if a Mogwai crossed time zones while eating after midnight. A reject script for the long-awaited Gremlins 3 attempts to answer this question. It puts Gizmo on an airplane, and one lone complimentary peanut causes havoc 20,000 Feet in the air.
Best known for penning the shooting draft for Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, screenwriting duo Damian Shannon and Mark Swift pitched their ideas for Gremlins 3 to Warner Bros. But the script was rejected. Now, the pair are sharing the first two pages from their work on Twitter, and it does attempt to answer the airplane/timezone question with aplomb.
The opening scene is a direct homage to the classic The Twilight Zone episode Terror at 20,000 Feet, which puts a Gremlin on the wing of a plane. This episode was remade »
Live TV musicals are all the rage lately, and we’re all for it! Since 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood on NBC, the peacock network has been dishing out musicals annually with “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” And now Fox joined the fun with “Grease: Live.” Who knows what's next?! We drummed up some of our dream stage-to-screen adaptations below. What’s on your list? “Rent”Between the 2005 Chris Columbus film adaptation and the 2009 final Broadway bow DVD recording, this record-breaking rock musical from the late Jonathan Larson has already been exhaustively adapted for the screen. But wouldn’t it be great to see today’s buzziest young stars take on pop rock classics? Rachel Bloom as Maureen? Chris Colfer as Angel? 5 Seconds of Summer star Luke Hemmings for Roger? Sign us up! “Aida”This ancient Egypt-set musical about star-crossed lovers often flies under the radar, »
It sounds like we already have our first great horror movie of 2016. Following its much talked about screenings at Sundance, the Farsi-language horror movie Under The Shadow is set for a worldwide release, thanks to Vertical Entertainment, Netflix, and Xyz Films:
Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered for global distribution of the Farsi-language horror thriller Under The Shadow, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut. The release date is still to be announced.
Under The Shadow is written and directed by British / Iranian Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is produced by Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films. »
- Jonathan James
I have never read a Goosebumps book. By the time the eager young bookworm in me was moving onto “proper” books (i.e. no illustrations), Harry Potter was exploding and contemporary children’s fiction changing, making the garish covers and pulpy titles of R. L. Stine’s plentiful novels a bit past it (I was an anti-nineties kid even at the time). I once picked up one of the “Choose your own adventure” spin-offs from the school library, but without the love for the material it felt rather monotonous.
This is very important to establish when talking about the Goosebumps movie, because Rob Letterman’s film appears to thrive on fond memories for those books. Countless stories, from the big (Slappy, the creepy ventriloquist dummy, is the main villain) to the obscure (deadly gnomes) get name-checked and Stine himself is a main character, played by a sometimes-gurning but mostly well-timed Jack Black. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.
On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!
Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »
- Adriana Floridia
Alan Rickman. Alan Rickman dead at 69: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died of cancer on Jan. 14, '16. Rickman (born on Feb. 21, 1946, in London) was 69. Rickman first played Professor Severus Snape – who looks like a villain, walks like a villain, and talks like a villain, but who turns out to be anything but – in Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). One of many British stage and screen stars featured in the franchise toplining Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Rickman would remain part of the Harry Potter gang until the final installment, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Alan Rickman movies Beginning with the Bruce Willis actioner Die Hard (1988), in which he plays the leader of a criminal gang, Alan Rickman was featured in nearly 50 movies. »
- Andre Soares
The Sundance Film Festival is still a week away, but Netflix isn’t waiting for the throngs to descend on Park City before making a big move.
The streaming giant has snapped up worldwide streaming video on-demand rights to “Tallulah,” Variety has learned. The story of a young drifter (Ellen Page) who takes a baby from a negligent mother was expected to be one of the hot titles at this year’s festival. It reunites Page with her “Juno” co-star Allison Janney.
Janney plays a woman who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother in what is being billed as a dramatic comedy.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for writer and director Sian Heder. She has a preexisting relationship with Netflix having worked as a writer and producer on “Orange is the New Black.” Her first short film, “Mother,” was honored at Cannes Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Florida Film Festival. »
- Brent Lang
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The Harry Potter characters are no stranger to heartbreak. The story begins with a trio of incredibly significant deaths, and the hits just keep coming over the course of eight films. And while the first few films are comparatively light, with the child-friendly Chris Columbus at the helm, things get dark pretty fast thanks to Jk Rowlings’ unwillingness to dumb down to her readers.
You can tell just by looking at the title credits of each of the films, which get progressively more depressing looking as time goes on that things are going down. And naturally, that sense of impending doom means there are going to be some top billed casualties. People you seriously care about die.
An important thing to note about this list is that it’s only going to focus on the deaths, heart-wrenching and otherwise, that are featured in the films. There are plenty »
- Audrey Fox
10 items from 2016
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