16 items from 2016
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
It all begins with Once Upon a Time. Such a simple introduction for Belladonna of Sadness, a 1973 Japanese animated feature whose newfound legacy includes a decades-long disappearance, a dramatic re-emergence, and a growing reputation as a frenzied, pornographic freakout. The final entry in anime elder statesman Osamu Tezuka‘s erotic Animerama trilogy has remained largely unknown to even the most die-hard cult cinephiles, »
- The Film Stage
Take this bit of news with a pinch of salt, but there are some rumours floating around the Internet that the Mortal Kombat reboot has a cast in place – and it’s pretty star studded.
According to website Frag Hero – who claim this story to be confirmed – Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), Jason Momoa (Justice League), Ronda Rousey (Furious 7) and Liam Neeson (Taken) have joined the cast of the James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat reboot. Not only that, but Robin Shou – who played Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – will return to the series to play the villainous Shang Tsung along with Michael Jai White reprising his role of Jax from Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Here’s the rumoured cast list:
Vin Diesel as Shao Khan
Megan Fox as Kitana
Robin Shou as Shang Tsung
- Luke Owen
The film debuted in territories such as Russia (where it earned the most), Germany, Sweden and limited screenings here in the UK. The film opens fully this coming weekend along with Italy, Netherlands and Spain and opens in North American on June 10th.
With a reported budget of $160 million, Warcraft will need to earn around $400 million if it is to be seen as profitable for Universal. Video game movies have a previous track record of performing quite poorly domestically but fairly well overseas so the studio might be banking on that success by opening it there first.
- Luke Owen
Ignoring the spin-offs, it’s been four years since we last had a new Resident Evil game following 2012’s Resident Evil 5. Though it received mixed reactions from the fans, desire for a new game has been high after the re-re-release of Resident Evil and the hype surrounding the HD remake of Resident Evil 2.
Well, if rumours are to be believed, Capcom will announce Resident Evil 7 at this year’s E3.
Japanese analyst Serkan Toto announced via Twitter that Resident Evil 7 was in development at Capcom with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s Jordan Amaro working on it.
Check out the tweets below:
2) They will show it at E3. The RE7 team hired Jordan Amaro, a designer who previously worked on Mgs V and P. T. at Kojima Productions. /end
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) May 17, 2016
Back to its horror roots, eh? That will please the fans.
The timing of »
- Luke Owen
Ratchet & Clank, 2016
When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.
It’s a big year for video game movies. While we only had one last year in Hitman: Agent 47 – which didn’t perform all that well – we’ve got a whopping four adaptations in 2016. But before we get to Warcraft, The Angry Birds Movie and Assassin’s Creed, we’ve got the smaller budget and smaller release Ratchet & Clank from producer Brad Foxhoven, who nearly brought Metroid to the big screen in 2006 with John Woo. So, how does Ratchet & Clank set the tone for the rest of the year?
As with most video game adaptations, »
- Luke Owen
Sony Pictures revealed an ambitious film slate that includes Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in that mix.
And they promise that this will be the last one.
A few cast members will return in this final installment, including Milla Jovovich (Alice), Ali Larter (Claire Redfield) and Shawn Roberts (Albert Wesker). New faces will include Ruby Rose as Abigail and William Levy as Christian.
First footage was shown at the Sony Presentation at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. The following details may be considered as Spoiler Alert until it releases the first trailer.
The events will take place immediately after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution. Alice takes a crew back to where everything started—Raccoon City. A voiceover says that this will be her final story.
The footage has quick glimpses of zombies, monsters, explosions and gunfire. It also has new costume looks for Alice, Claire Redfield and Albert Wesker.
- Gig Patta
The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films announced today that they have moved up their upcoming horror film, "Amityville Horror: The Awakening," from April 1st, 2016 to January 6th, 2017. The film is directed by Franck Khalfoun and stars Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Cameron Monaghan.
Inside sources say The Weinstein Company executives and producer Jason Blum have made the decision after horror films have a good track record opening in the beginning of the year. Notable horror films that have had successful openings in January include "One Missed Call", "The Unborn", "Daybreakers", "The Devil Inside", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D", "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones", "Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death", and this year's "The Forest."
Source: Deadline »
- J.B. Casas
Eventually, someone is going to make a good video game movie, even if it’s entirely on accident. You something is wrong with this particular corner of filmdom when the high water mark is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, which is perfectly fine if you choose to grade it on the video game adaptation curve. So yes, […]
The post A ‘Thief’ Movie Will Slip Unnoticed Into a Theater Near You appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
This year brings a number of major-budget action features, each attempting to one-up their predecessors in order to get audiences in theaters. However, before the summer blockbuster season kicks off we’ll get one that seems most aligned to the video-game experience. Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore follows a cybernetic super-soldier who kicks, punches and parkours his way across Russia to save his wife from a psychotic paramilitary psychic bent on world domination. And it’s entirely in first-person point-of-view. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova, a new trailer has now landed.
We said in our review, “While perhaps not presented in a stylistic manner friendly to most Vulgar Auteurists, the film manages to pull off a hat-trick of comparisons to the movement’s deities. The rough-and-tumble cyborg mayhem recalls John Hyams’ Universal Soldier pictures, the final fight »
- Jordan Raup
Well this came out of nowhere. It seems as though an official sequel to the cult film Death Race 2000 is now currently in production under the watchful eye of original producer Roger Corman. Details of Death Race 2050 are scarce, but it is said to have a similar plot to the original but will incorporate virtual reality.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me and millions of Death Race 2000 fans to experience the intensity, thrills and dark humor of the original, fueled by a terrific young cast, spectacular vehicles and side-splitting action, literally,” says Corman in the official press release. “Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 puts the pedal to the metal to bring this enduring franchise to a whole new level.”
- Luke Owen
In case you needed any more proof that reboots are happening faster than ever these days, Universal Pictures, who only rebooted Death Race 2000 with Paul W.S. Anderson back in 2008, is already in production on Death Race 2050, which looks to be, not another in their recent series, but a reboot.
The interesting thing here is that Roger Corman is on board as a producing partner and said this about the project in a statement: "This is an amazing opportunity for me and millions of Death Race 2000 fans to experience the intensity, thrills and dark humor of the original, fueled by a terrific young [Continued ...] »
Fans of the Death Race franchise can now buckle up for a new installment, as Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is currently filming in Peru and will be released later this year on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
A reboot of the cult classic Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (the 1975 film shown above), Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (Azog from The Hobbit films) as the feared driver Frankenstein and also features genre legend Malcolm McDowell as the Chairman. The new film is directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Hard Candy) from a screenplay by Matt Yamashita (Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda).
A Death Race remake directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) was released in 2008 and was followed by two prequels, Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives and Death Race 3: Inferno. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the new Death Race reboot:
Press Release: Universal City, »
- Derek Anderson
While we get a handful of videogame adaptations this year, including Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, we imagine few will actually replicate the experience like Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova, it follows a cybernetic super-soldier who kicks, punches and parkours his way across Russia to save his wife from a psychotic paramilitary psychic bent on world domination. And it’s entirely in first-person point-of-view.
We said in our review, “While perhaps not presented in a stylistic manner friendly to most Vulgar Auteurists, the film manages to pull off a hat-trick of comparisons to the movement’s deities. The rough-and-tumble cyborg mayhem recalls John Hyams’ Universal Soldier pictures, the final fight of hundreds of indistinguishable robot cronies is inevitably similar to a recent Paul W.S. Anderson film, and — even if not capturing their »
- Jordan Raup
As Ridley Scott gears up to go into production on his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, the filmmaker spoke to Coming Soon about the project at the Golden Globes, stating that he is shooting for a “hard R” with the film, and is looking to top the chestburster scene in Alien with something “much worse”.
“I think I’m going to do a pretty hard R,” states Scott. “I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse. »
- Gary Collinson
On Mubi Off is a bi-weekly column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIShopping (Paul W.S. Anderson, 1994) A telling exchange from an early scene in writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's 1994 debut Shopping:"What's prison taught you, Billy?""Don't get caught." Yet the film that follows is, in large part, all about getting caught—about being swept up into the Hollywood big leagues, using this enjoyable, eye-catching display of kinetic prowess as proof of talent. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with such calling card features, though they're often ascribed cynical motivations, and you can't necessarily say you've seen one until the artist behind them has got a few more projects under his-or-her belt. The aesthetic impulses and inclinations mostly become clear in retrospect. And from our current vantage point, you »
- Keith Uhlich
Happy New Year! We're ushering in the first of January with the first films of some of our favorite filmmakers: a week of debut films!In the Us we're showing Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Todd Haynes' Poison, Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire, Alain Robbe-Grillet's L'immortelle, vulgar auteurism mascot Paul W.S. Anderson's Shopping, Wong Kar-wai's As Tears Go By, and Derek Jarman's Sebastiane. In the UK, the lineup features Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, Wong's As Tears Go By, Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape, Michelangelo Antonioni's Story of a Love Affair, Mike Leigh's Bleak Moments, Maurice Pialat's L'enfance nue, and Pedro Costa's O Sangue. »
16 items from 2016
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