17 items from 2014
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »
- Louis Virtel
The original Police Academy film series was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. The comedy franchise follows the exploits of a group of academy misfits and recruits, centering around Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg). Other stars include Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Key and Peele have been making audiences laugh on Us station Comedy Central since 2012, and their self-titled show Key and Peele has been renewed for a fourth season. We don’t know yet whether the pair will be acting in the reboot or just behind the camera. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Buddy cop comedies are popular once more, following on the heels of 21 Jump Street, The Heat, and even Kevin Smith’s ill-fated Cop Out. As Hollywood bids to remake every film made in the 1980s and 90s, it’s therefore no surprise that a remake of the 1984 cop comedy Police Academy is at the top of everyone’s list. To this end, comedy team Key and Peele have stepped in to produce the Police Academy remake.
Best known for their Comedy Central show Key and Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are now taking on the roles of producers for the screwy comic franchise, according to THR (via /Film). While this does not mean that they will also be appearing in the remake, one can always hope. Their involvement may certainly move Police Academy from being an ill-conceived money grab to a film of great comedic potential.
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- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
New Line has been attempting to reboot the “Police Academy” franchise in recent years. ”Tosh.O’s” Scott Zabielski was attached to direct at one point, and Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”) has written the most recent script.
The duo is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
News was first reported by The Tracking Board.
- Dave McNary
Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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It’s hard to believe in the sanctity of the Grammys when it’s possible to have, like, 17 of them. (Ahoy, Beyonce.) Katharine Hepburn didn’t have 17 Oscars. Hell, we’re on the fence about giving Meryl a fourth. But if you stick around long enough and maintain a baseline level of radio palatability, you’re likely to pick up a trophy every couple of years. Sheryl Crow has nine, you know what I mean?
But even if you’re a major skeptic, you couldn’t have hated too many of the chosen winners from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. I, for one, relished in Kathy Griffin‘s first win for Best Comedy Album. The woman is an unstoppable force of neurotic, popcult nerd flavor, and she remains as audacious now as she was when she outlasted Stephen Baldwin on Celebrity Mole: Hawaii. »
- Louis Virtel
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...
With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.
As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »
Title: Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Director: Bobcat Goldthwait Patton Oswalt’s fifth stand-up special, and first for premium entertainment network Epix, finds the comedian in strong form, humorously putting under the microscope his perceived strengths and shortcomings as a father, while also pondering the future of America and humankind as a whole. In large measure an engaging, curated trip into the performer’s own personal and professional lives, “Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time” is proof that wit, intelligence and innate narrative instincts are often a better foundation for comedy than rapid-fire jokes built around discrete subjects. Oswalt is a personable storyteller, and as with many of his [ Read More ]
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The latest stand-up special from comedian Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and premiering on Epix on January 17th, tackles issues ranging from frozen food to the future of America. Using his trademark blend of acerbic with and unabashed silliness, in front of a packed house at San Diego’s Spreckels Theater, no subject is off limits, including making fun of himself. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Patton Oswalt talked about why he wanted to do another stand-up special, what he does to prepare before shooting one of his live performances, how much his material changes and evolves, when he realized he had a knack for comedy, that no topic is off limits to him, and the difference between being funny on stage and being funny in a movie. He also talked about how he’ll be returning to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the »
- Christina Radish
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time finds actor and comedian Patton Oswalt in an older, wiser place. That doesn't necessarily lead to this special being his best comedy outing, though. The hourlong show was filmed at the Spreckels Theater in San Diego, under the direction of Bobcat Goldthwait, to an amiable crowd who never descended into raucous laughter, but did titter their way through Oswalt's better material. The special is being broadcast initially on Epix, a subscription-based channel in the Viacom family, which shows what seems like a young male adult dream combination of movies, mixed martial arts, music
- Allison Keene
Performing for a packed house at Spreckels Theater in San Diego, comedian Patton Oswalt delivers a blistering stand-up set in his trademark blend of acerbic wit and unabashed silliness. His topics include a wide array of modern issues, from the future of our nation to daddy/daughter outings gone wrong. As a comedian, Oswalt has shot four TV specials and recorded four critically acclaimed albums, including Finest Hour, which received a Grammy nomination in 2011 for “Best Comedy Album.” In 2009, he received his first Grammy nomination for his album My Weakness Is Strong. In his latest stand-up special, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, comedian Patton Oswalt tackles issues ranging from frozen food to the future of America. He delivers a blistering set for a packed house at San Diego’s »
- Pietro Filipponi
In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a pretty big fan of the horror genre, and so I wanted to spotlight some of my most anticipated horror films of 2014. Between the big studio releases and the crop of independent features from some of our favourite directors, 2014 looks to be a great year.
Note: I am not including such movies as Big Bad Wolves or Cheap Thrills, or any other film I had the pleasure of watching at a film festival in 2013. For those, you should check out my list of favourite horror films of 2013. I am also not including Godzilla, since it appears on our list of most anticipated sci-fi films.
Special Mention: Cold in July
Directed by Jim Mickle
Written by Nick Damici
Release date: Tba
Well, 2013 has come and gone and it was a pretty darned good year for horror, both at the theaters, as well as on TV with more horror television programming than ever and the exponential growth of VOD releases. This year may have just started, but 2014 doesn't show any signs of slowing down in terms of genre offerings. Alyse has got you covered with Four New TV Shows We Can't Wait For. How 'bout we take a look at feature length movies due out this year? Get your calendars out and let's break down some of the most anticipated horror titles arriving later this year.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Jan 3rd)
We may have missed out on getting another 'Paranormal Activity' film last Halloween, but Blumhouse is wasting no time this year as the Latino-centric spin-off film 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is now playing in theaters as of today! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Today, we shine the spotlight not on movies but rather on the poster art that was attached to them in 2013. This past year saw some truly awesome poster art make its way onto the internet and our walls, to the point that it was no easy task to cut the list down to only ten. In fact, it was downright painful to be forced to exclude such memorable imagery as a devil baby rocking out in the womb (Hell Baby), Sheri Moon Zombie staring us down in creepy skeletal makeup (The Lords of Salem) and a scary-looking tree standing in front of a scary-looking house (The Conjuring) - which is why I simply couldn’t bring myself to make any further cuts than those.
So instead of the planned ten, let’s instead take a look at my personal picks for the top 13 coolest horror posters of 2013!
- John Squires
17 items from 2014
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