8 items from 2013
Each week we look at the best films and TV available on the various streaming and VOD services available. Here are our picks for this week.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Available on Now TV.
The weird quick turnaround time-lapse between hyperbole and backlash that we have seen plague our blockbusters this summer can be traced back to this film. As a follow-up to The Dark Knight, it is a disappointment but it’s still a fitting finale and is definitely on a par with Batman Begins. A lot of the problems this film had on release have to do with it coming so soon after The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises is epic filmmaking and has many breath-taking sequences in its own right; it just doesn’t have four superheroes fighting aliens. Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle »
- Chris Holt
The film loosely-based on the “Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room” short has cast Jodelle Ferland, Noah Ringer and Michael Eklund. Screenwritten by Mike Le Han and his spouse Helen, the story tells of a teen girl who moves back to Black Lake with her parents and, after meeting the son of a local baker, discovers dark secrets which reveal that she could be the key to saving humanity. The fantasy took home best short film at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2011. Apparently, production is being targeted for a February, 2014 start date in locations within the U.S. and Hungary. in the U.S. and Hungary. »
British filmmaker Mike Le Han and production partner Black Lake have attached a trio of leads for teen fantasy “The Peppercorn Chronicles” — Jodelle Ferland (“Twilight,” pictured above), Noah Ringer and Michael Eklund.
Project is loosely based on “Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room,” a 24-minute fantasy short that won best short film at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2011.
Story, scripted by Le Han and spouse Helen Le Han, follows a teenage girl who moves to Black Lake with her parents. After meeting the local bakery owner’s son, she discovers dark secrets revealing that she could be the key to saving humanity.
The Le Hans sold the franchise rights in 2011 to Brit crime author Martina Cole’s production company Black Lake and are aiming to launch a trilogy. Cole will executive produce.
Production is expected to begin in February in the U.S. and Hungary.
Ferland appeared »
- Dave McNary
The Tall Man, 2012.
Directed by Pascal Laugier.
After her child is abducted a mother sets out to discover the truth behind The Tall Man, a local myth believed to be responsible for a wave of kidnappings.
Following the brilliant-but-harrowing Martyrs you could be forgiven for entering into director Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man with a certain set of expectations regarding its methods. While the two films may share a similar goal, Martyrs used violence to disturb and comment on its audience while The Tall Man’s aim is to pose questions and inspire introspection, all while subverting genre expectations.
It initially seems as if Laugier’s nature has been curbed into conventional territory as the film begins with a beaten and bloody woman (Jessica Biel) receiving news of her child’s disappearance before jumping back thirty-six hours. »
- Flickering Myth
Director: Pascal Laugier
Running time: 106 Minutes
Like Laugier’s extreme French horror Martyrs it is split into two very different halves. Though interesting, this also proves to be the The Tall Man’s achilles heel. In order to pull off what it aims to, the film needs the first part of its story to be generic and all too familiar. I began rolling my eyes after 25 minutes at what was becoming a tiresome supernatural story, the kind that has been done to death in varying scenarios – freaky child taken by dark forces, mummy/daddy must save him/her. Not only that, »
- Craig Hunter
Writer/director Pascal Laugier exploded on to the horror scene with his audience-dividing, often hard to watch, torture-porn opus, Martyrs, which both followed and subverted the tropes of that particular horror sub-genre; and now he’s back with something altogether different. The Tall Man follows Julia Denning (Biel), the town nurse at the free clinic. Discreet, capable and well respected, Julia lives in a remote woodland house with young David and his nanny Christine in the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, where children are disappearing, never to be found again. Some witnesses say they have seen a “tall man” at the scenes of the crimes only adding to the fears of the local families. Then the worst happens, the Tall Man kidnaps David and Julia finds herself at the »
Sometimes buying a Blu-ray is worth the price simply to have a favorite movie on hand for repeat viewings. Occasionally, if the film wasn't quite as strong as you would have hoped during its theatrical release, the extras on the Blu-ray make a purchase worthwhile because they elucidate the film's production through additional features such as a director's cut or commentary and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Unfortunately, the Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Blu-ray boasts neither an enjoyable feature nor worthwhile bonus material. Hit the jump for my review. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), Silent Hill: Revelation 3D picks up about ten years after the events that occurred in the original 2006 film. Sharon, played by Jodelle Ferland in the original, is now the almost-eighteen-year-old Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens). Reunited with her father (Sean Bean) not long after her disappearance, the pair travel from city to city, trying to stay »
- Dave Trumbore
Mondo, the art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, celebrates the upcoming Oscars with its secnd annual poster series tied to nominated films in select categories, and the one that should be of most interest to horror fans is for ParaNorman.
ParaNorman Poster Details
Size: 24" x 36"
The other titles revealed thus far include The Master and Les Miserables, and many more posters will be unveiled during the Academy Awards show broadcast this Sunday, March 24th, so be sure to keep your eyes on MondoTees.com and follow @MondoNews on Twitter.
From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his gift of seeing and speaking with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse about to come true. Caught in a wild race against time, the young ghoul whisperer will find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly »
- The Woman In Black
8 items from 2013
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