15 items from 2012
Yesterday the finalists list for the Live Action Short film category at the Oscars was announced. Bryce Dallas Howard could be an Oscar nominee in just 39 days time! But Ron Howard's daughter is not the only familiar face in the mix here.
Matthias Schoenaerts in "Death of a Shadow"
One film about mountain climbers, The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars features popular 80s stars Nastassja Kinski (Tess herself) and Julian Sands. Another, Death of a Shadow, stars the rapidly ascending Belgian god Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead & Rust & Bone). He plays a dead soldier who hopes to win his life back by capturing thousands of shadows of dying men and women.
Father and Daughter will be nominated together if "when you find me" wins the nomination on January 10thThe 11 wide finalist list, which also features multiple films about children in war-torned countries (a frequent subgenre within award-winning short films), goes »
- NATHANIEL R
Edoardo Ponti, Bryce Dallas Howard live action shorts among 11 movies still in contention for Oscar 2013 A Brazilian inmate trying to convince his mother to get him a cell phone, two young Afghans’ rite of passage to manhood, and the relationship between a couple of European mountaineers and heart-surgery survivors are among the topics featured in the 11 movies still in contention for the 2013 Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short category. Why 11 instead of 10 semi-finalists? As per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press release, that odd number was the result of a tie in the nominations balloting. The release adds that 125 live-action shorts had originally qualified. (Photo: Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars.) The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title: The Factory / A Fábrica, Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual) Asad, Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man) Buzkashi Boys, »
- Andre Soares
Not every romantic movie match was made in heaven. We submit it's quite the opposite in a lot of cases.
This baker's dozen batch of film titles in particular, boasting some shamelessly twisted pairings, has definitely given our gag reflex an unhealthy workout over the years. From incest to incomprehensible deception to just plain strange, there are a lot of different variations of yuck to be experienced within this group.
Some are worse than others, sure, but none are very well-suited for the faint of heart or imagination.
13. 'What Women Want'
Ah, pre-bigotry-slinging Mel Gibson. Those were some good old days, weren't they? Except, of course, for "What Women Want." Gibson's hyper-successful ad man Nick Marshall knows his way around a bedpost, but every female in his life pretty much loathes him. Lucky for him, an accident bestows upon him the desirable ability to read women's minds. Old »
- Amanda Bell
Creating a sprawling Sci-Fi epic is a tall order even if you have a major studio standing behind you throwing cash at your project, and when you’re going it alone it’s a massive undertaking, but every now and then you get a success story like Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. It almost makes sense then that in attempting to make his own in Hirokin: The Last Samurai, writer and director Alejo Mo-Sun channeled George Lucas’s brainchild. Unfortunately, Mo-Sun also throws in a bit of old English and acting that’s so far over the top that it makes you wonder why he bothered to cast recognizable and respectable actors at all. In the end Wes Bentley, Angus Macfadyen, Laura Ramsey, and even the ever-scenery-chewing Julian Sands feel wasted in an overlong story that achieves the quality of Saturday afternoon Sci-Fi serial at its best moments. »
- Lex Walker
My Saturday at aGLIFF Polari began with the Family Films shorts program. This kid-friendly screening included three fantastical tales -- two of them new and one a timeless classic.
First up was The Maiden and the Princess, one of the most delightful shorts I've seen lately, about a girl in need of a different kind of fairy tale and a rogue storyteller determined to see that she gets it. Familar faces David Anders and Julian Sands topped the cast list of this short directed by Ali Scher who co-wrote with Joe Swanson.
Deflated, the second short in the program, is a local production by writer and director Dustin Shroff. A young boy is forced by convention into choosing the one green ball from a store display when the one he really wants, like all the others, is pink. Deflated was not only short, sweet and to the point, it was »
- Mike Saulters
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Ken Russell
Natasha Richardson (in her leading role debut) plays Mary Godwin, later Mary Shelley, in Ken Russell’s fictionalised take on the inception of both her classic novel Frankenstein and John Polidori’s The Vampyre. It is based on the Shelleys’ visit with Lord Byron at Villa Diodati, on the shores of Lake Geneva, where there was a famous challenge among the collected guests to write a horror story; this event was notably portrayed on film in the opening of James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein. Befitting of his stylistic trademarks, Russell’s version of events is a demented concoction of sex, hysteria, fear and hallucinatory dreamscapes.
- Josh Slater-Williams
Many people don't know about the lost verse of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" wherein the arachnid protagonist invades a small town and nearly kills everyone with its highly toxic venom and rapid reproduction rate. Luckily, Director Frank Marshall adapted it for film under the title Arachnophobia, starring Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, and Harley Jane Kozak. Not only is the film rather entertaining, it one ups Jaws in the creature feature horror factor by making you afraid to ever again put on slippers, take a shower, use a toilet, eat popcorn, or investigate an old barn. Even if you "don't mind" spiders (tough guy talk for 'I get really quiet and wait for it to stop moving so I can step on it and end any chances it might have of biting me'), Arachnophobia is about as effective a thriller as there is.
Just in time for Halloween we're »
- Lex Walker
Last week, Joss Whedon returned to our screens with the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Cabin in the Woods, with which Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) made his directorial debut to brilliant critical acclaim, with a script he co-wrote with Whedon.
This week, Whedon returns once more to our home entertainment systems with the release of The Avengers, the year’s biggest film to date, and the third-highest-grossing film of all time. It’s been one we’ve been looking forward to ever since its release, and now it has arrived for us to bask in its awesomeness once more.
My picks of the week:
And Bond 50 – the complete 22-film James Bond collection on Blu-ray.
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DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D
- Kenji Lloyd
It’s a crime procedural casting roundup today! News of guest stars coming to CBS’s top crime series is pouring in, revealing who we can look forward to seeing on CSI, Criminal Minds and Person of Interest. The first on the list is Michael Gross, heading to CSI to portray the president of the University D.B. Russell’s son is attending. We head to the school when Russell’s son joins a basketball team, only for his coach to be murdered. Ted Danson says the boy “gets involved in a triangle of sorts without even knowing it.” I’m not sure what he means by “triangle.” A love triangle springs to mind, but the context doesn’t seem to fit.
- Brody Gibson
There's a tell-tale significance to the fact that adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe have been a feature of every decade of cinema since the invention of the moving picture itself. For more than a century, film-makers have found inspiration in Poe's weird tales, which blend suspenseful psychodrama and sensational shocks in a manner perfectly suited to the mainstream movie palette.
Perhaps most enduring are the films of Roger Corman, with titles such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death and Tomb of Ligeia all proving enduring low-budget favourites. In Europe, fans of the Italian "giallo" genre have seen directors as influential as Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci variously draw upon the writings of the so-called godfather of modern horror, while a collaboration between Dario Argento and George Romero »
- Mark Kermode
Hot on the heels of the announcement that spooky Isabelle Fuhrman will headline David Gordon Green's long-discussed-but-now-actually-happening "Suspiria" remake, comes word that several more actors have joined the cast. In a piece about French production company Wild Bunch's Cannes slate, ScreenDaily reports that international treasure Isabelle Huppert has joined the cast of "Suspiria" alongside Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist and Antje Traue. This cast is already scary good.
"Suspiria" is, of course, the remake of Dario Argento's immortal, crayon-colored 1977 horror film about a girl (fleeting cult icon Jessica Harper) who goes away to a ballet school that she slowly discovers is run by a coven of evil witches. Since "Black Swan" er, "borrowed" so much of "Suspiria's" plot, the new version will simply be about (according to the ScreenDaily report) "an American student who stumbles on a coven of witches while studying in Europe." Sounds reasonable to us. »
- Drew Taylor
If there’s one reason I love running this website it’s when I get sent movies that I’ve never heard of for review. Sometimes these films are absolutely terrible and in other cases, like with Hirokin: The Last Samurai, they are fantastic hidden gems that deserve to be brought to everyone’s attention.
Set in on a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, the eponymous Hirokin (Bentley) – a reluctant hero with a dark past – sets off on a mission to fulfill his destiny. Having fought to the death to save his wife and son from the planet’s evil dictator, Griffin (Sands), and his elite army of hunters, Hirokin is left for the dead in the desert. Saved by a follower of »
To mark the release of Hirokin: The Last Samurai on Monday, 23rd April on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve been given 10 copies of the DVD to give away and 10 copies of the Blu-ray! Hirokin: The Last Samurai is directed by Alejo Mo-Sun and stars Wes Bentley, Jessica Szohr, Angus Macfadyen, Julian Sands and Laura Ramsey.
In a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, Hirokin – a reluctant warrior with a dark past – sets off on mission to fulfill his destiny. Having fought to the death to save his wife and son from the planets evil dictator – Griffin – and his elite army of hunters, the lone warrior is left for dead in the vast desert. Armed with his samurai blade, Hirokin is forced to choose between avenging the murder of his family and fighting for the freedom his people. In a twist of fate and with a »
Hannibal Lecter is coming to the small screen, as NBC has skipped the pilot process and is heading straight to series with a fall drama based on, arguably, the most iconic character in movie history.
Who could possibly take on this role? Sounds like a question for our TV Fanatic staff. Read their responses below and then chime in with your own...
Steve Marsi: Unknown. This is what made Joseph Morgan so perfect as Klaus on The Vampire Diaries. The show needs someone unrecognizable from other hit shows and who could immediately "become" Hannibal in viewers' eyes.
Miranda Wicker: Gregory Itzin.
Christina Tran: Zachary Quinto.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
You remember Julian Sands right? He was the it boy in the late 80s early 90s and he starred in films such as "A Room with a View," the "Warlock" movies, "Arachnophobia," "Boxing Helena," and "Leaving Las Vegas."
You know the name, you may know the face, but what you may not know is the actor is still working in Hollywood today, most recently as the young Henrik Vanger in the U.S. version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" from director David Fincher. I know, I was surprised too!
Sands also made a bunch of B-movie extravaganza and that's really why we love him! But many folks have been wondering, whatever happened to Julian Sands? A quick Google of that phrase and you'll see fans ruminating on his supposed career demise. My favorite is Bad Movie Night saying, "Whatever happened to Julian Sands? It seems like his career »
15 items from 2012
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