14 items from 2015
Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system the presence of crime-busting cads never fail to add compelling, if not at times over-exaggerated, insight into the world of law-enforcing personalities.
The one element of the law-enforcing community that seems somewhat limited but still registers mightily in some cinematic arenas is the concept of the sheriff. Sheriffs do cast a prominent shadow in all sorts of fields in the movies: westerns, medieval times, contemporary country car-chasing farces and even some urban melodramas.
In Arresting Developments: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies we will take a look at some of the notable on-screen sheriffs in »
- Frank Ochieng
Director: Neill Blomkamp
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Director: Michael Cuesta
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Director: Ken Scott
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Director: Gregg Araki
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Far from the Madding Crowd
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
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Director: Saul Dibb
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Director: Chris Rock
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Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Shailene Woodley, »
Written by Pascal Trottier
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Back in 2008, director Bruce McDonald released the horror film Pontypool, which was inventive and claustrophic. Pontypool promised a great new voice in horror, but it’s a promise that McDonald hasn’t lived up to since. Still, it was hard not to walk into Hellions expecting great things. Sadly there is very little in this film to admire. Hellions follows teenager Dora Vogel (Chloe Rose), who must survive Halloween night when evil trick-or-treaters come for her.
The film starts out intriguingly enough with an ominous and uncut shot inside a hospital. From there the film keeps the momentum going with the revelation of teenage pregnancy, the specter of Halloween hanging over the film and creepy little evildoers bringing a dark goal to reality, but eventually it becomes evident that McDonald nor screenwriter Pascal Trottier have any clue where to take this film. »
- Dylan Griffin
Hellions (2015) Film Review from the 37th Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Bruce McDonald, starring Luke Bilyk, Nicholas Craig, Sydney Cross, Peter DaCunha, Stephanie Fonceca, Robert Patrick, Chloe Rose, Joe Silvaggio, Rossif Sutherland, Karlo William, and Rachel Wilson. Hellions, by Canadian director Bruce McDonald; explores the terrors [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Hellions: Fun Ride that Falls Short in Execution [Sff 2015] »
- Malinda Money
Hey, Scorpion" peeps. Yes, it's true guys. It turns out that your favorite show is currently on another extended break/hiatus, so it will be Mia tonight and a rerun will be filling the gap. Instead, we will be seeing the new episode 16 of season 1 labeled, "Love Boat," on Monday night, February 9th at 8pm central time, so be sure to jot that date down on your calendars. CBS did deliver the official description for episode 16. It reads like this: "Team Scorpion will go undercover on a cruise ship to locate and disable deadly stolen rockets. In the meantime, as Valentine's Day approaches, Toby and Happy are going to help Ralph, who is in the throes of his first crush." It stars: Elyes Gabel (Walter O'Brien), Robert Patrick (Agent Cabe Gallo), Katharine McPhee (Paige Dineen), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Toby Curtis), Jadyn Wong (Happy Quinn) and Ari Stidham (Sylvester Dodd). »
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around, we have an update on whether or not Luke Evans will play Eric Draven in The Crow reboot, details on the recently announced horror film, The Greasy Strangler, and a clip, poster, and images of Bruce McDonald’s Halloween-set Hellions, making its debut this Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
When Corin Hardy (The Hallow) became attached as the director of the long-gestating reboot of The Crow (after F. Javier Gutiérrez left the director’s chair) back in December, discussions of who would play main character Eric Draven resurfaced, with Luke Evans’ future in the lead role somewhat of a question mark.
Evans (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dracula Untold) was initially set to star in The Crow remake back in 2013, but in recent interviews he didn’t seem optimistic about his continued involvement with the »
- Derek Anderson
Much like like Steven Soderbergh or Richard Linklater, Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald doesn't easily fit into a single genre box. Often using his home country as a backdrop, the director has delivered movies as diverse as "Dance Me Outside," "Hard Core Logo," "The Tracey Fragments," and "This Movie Is Broken." But for his next move, McDonald is readying "Hellions," and he hopes it'll send a chill up your spine. Starring Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, and Luke Bilyk, the horror/thriller takes place on Halloween night where more than just trick or treaters are up to trouble. Here's the official synopsis: It is Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Alone at home, teenager Dora Vogel is about to have a very long night. Free to roam undetected among the small town's trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings knock on. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.
From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.
Sundance Film Festival
What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.
Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the »
Sundance Midnight selection Hellions marks Bruce McDonald first foray into horror since cult favorite Pontypool. This also marks McDonald's first film in Park City since 1992's Highway 61. Hellions stars Robert Patrick as a small town sheriff who teams up with teen Chloe Rose to ward off a strange deluge of trick-r-treaters on Halloween night. The below clip, which premiered at Deadline, features the pair exploring one fucked up house. The movie premieres January 25....
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Warning: contains spoilers for The X-Files and for the comic book continuation Season Ten.
The X-Files, much like several of its villains, is a show that refuses to die. A seminal, ground-breaking series in the 1990s, it became a slightly creaky series in the early 2000s, then a cancelled series, then a movie following on from the original series, and now it may become a series again. But where can the show go now? There are a number of options available…
Judging from comments made by Fox representatives Dana Walden and Gary Newman, this is the current plan – they want to bring back David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully and continue the series, presumably picking up after »
Written by Andy Bellin
In Billy Wilder’s excellent 1951 drama Ace in the Hole, which is a classic showcase of media manipulation, ambitious city-slicker reporter Chuck Tatum (played by an enthusiastic Kirk Douglas) finds himself stuck in Albuquerque, New Mexico with hopes to find that one big story that will jettison him to the big-leagues again. Tatum lucks out when he is informed about a man trapped in a cave-in and uses this opportunity to break big. When Tatum’s photographer asks why this will make a big story, Tatum responds that it’s a “human interest” subject and that if you can get readers to sympathize with the narrative then you have the reader’s attention. But, he also elaborates that a human interest story has to focus on one person; if you focus on others involved with the story, »
- Christopher Koenig
It's hard to believe that one of our favorite sitcoms from the 2000's turns 15 today -- "Malcolm in the Middle." Yes, we feel old too ... life is unfair. The series followed "middle" child Malcolm, played by Frankie Muniz, a high school student with a genius Iq and embarrassing family of six (later seven).With a smarty pants, a military teen, a bully and the one and only Dewey running around the house, parents Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston), definitely had their hands full! So, what have these stars been up to in the last 15 years?Muniz continued to act after the show’s cancelation in 2006, appearing in the Syfy film "Blast Vegas" and an episode of "Don't Trust the B In Apartment 23." He has two films slated for this year: "Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink 2" with Robert Patrick and "Road to Capri" with Virginia Madsen and Alfred Molina. »
- tooFab Staff
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
Most Hollywood studios have gotten smart about their film budgets, lowering them quite a bit over the past year. Which means we saw fewer box office bombs in 2014. Almost all of the big releases made at least a little bit of their money back, except maybe Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. It only earned $18.6 million worldwide against it's $70 million budget. Winter's Tale and Vampire Academy were also big money losers over the past twelve months, but seeming disasters like Transcendence and I, Frankenstein actually managed to recoup their costs overseas. That doesn't mean these were good movies by any means. And some of the biggest blockbusters of the year shouldn't be considered masterpieces of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. In 2014, we couldn't really judge a movie by its earnings. But we could judge them by their critical and fan responses. Which is where Rotten Tomatoes comes in handy. »
14 items from 2015
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