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Morelia, Mexico — Whether by mere coincidence or not, the Morelia Int’l Film Fest’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia (Oct. 23 – 25) features three feature-length projects that delve into issues of the indigenous communities of Mexico.
Among them is fiction feature “La Negrada” by Jorge Pérez Solano, which plays almost like a docu, and is the first local film to focus on Mexico’s Afro-Mexican population.
Docu “Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace” (“Ayotzinapa, el Paso de la Tortuga”) by Enrique García Meza, produced by Bertha Navarro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), deals with the infamous disappearance of some 40 students while on their way to a political meeting, many of whom were from indigenous rural communities.
Xavi Sala’s debut feature “Guie’dani’s Navel” (“El Ombligo de Guie’dani”) centers on the struggles of a strong-willed indigenous girl and her mother who work for an upper-class family in Mexico City.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
After nearly a decade in development, things may be looking up for Warner Bros. long-gestating Akira remake, with a report surfacing last month that director Taika Waititi has entered talks to direct the film. While no deal is set in stone yet, the filmmaker confirmed that there have been discussions for him to direct Akira, while promoting his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3, also offering some hints about how he'd approach the material. For one, the director made it crystal-clear that he has has no intention of "whitewashing" the lead roles, if he does end up at the helm. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview, when asked if he would cast Asian actors in the lead roles.
"Yeah. Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, »
With his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in November, director Taika Waititi has just landed his next high-profile project, Warner Bros.' Akira. The director has entered negotiations to take the helm of this manga adaptation, which has languished in development hell for several years, and has never been able to get off the ground yet. This long-gestating Akira movie last made headlines back in May, when Jordan Peele turned down the project, following the success of his hit movie Get Out.
Deadline broke the news today, also revealing that the studio has always planned to make two Akira movies, each of which would cover three books apiece in the 6-volume Akira graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo. The last we heard about this project was that Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has final approval over every aspect of the Akira movie, which may explain why it's taken so long to come to fruition. »
Amazingly, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant opened in June and is already out on video disc. The film’s lackluster reviews and weak box office had 20th Century Home Entertainment get this out to begin bringing in the cash the film failed to generate. The good news is that the movie is better than you were led to believe and the disc’s special features are well worth a look.
Picking up 10 years after Prometheus, this film finally begins to fill in the backstory of the acid-spewing Xenomorphs. The biggest challenge with this entry is that Scott declares in one feature he wanted to scare the shit out of his audience but had to contend with viewers who have had nearly 40 years of chest-bursting, hissing, tail-wagging, nasty bug-like beasties chasing and eating humans. Thankfully, he’s up to the challenge by finding fresh angles and editing techniques to shock his »
- Robert Greenberger
It’s no secret that Alien: Covenant underwent some creative tinkering all throughout development. Shortly after the release of Prometheus in 2012, Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel initially entered development bearing the title Alien: Paradise – if Damon Lindelof is to be believed, that arc has been folded into the as-yet-untitled third film in Scott’s prequel saga – when John Logan, Dante Harper, Michael Green, and Jack Paglen all contributed to the story in some shape or form.
That left Ridley Scott with plenty of material to work from, and it’s small wonder why the filmmaker wound up cutting a full 20 minutes from the theatrical version of Alien: Covenant. The finer details of those deleted scenes remain a mystery for now, but it seems Alien-Covenant – the website, not the movie – has unearthed details pertaining to a nail-biting encounter between the Xenomorph and the ghoul-like Neomorph that was reportedly left on »
- Michael Briers
Back in March, we reported that Sony Pictures was moving forward with a new Spider-Man spin-off entitled Silver and Black, which will follow the iconic comic book characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Christopher Yost (Thor) has come aboard to write the script, with Gina Prince-Blythewood signing on to direct last month. Today we have word that Silver and Black is being crafted to serve as the launching point for an entire all-female Spider-Man shared universe.
Splash Report revealed the news through an anonymous source dubbed "Colonel George Dillon," who claims that the end of Silver and Black, the Silver Sable will have assembled a team that includes Felicia Hardy (Black Cat), Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Charlotte Witter (Stunner), Sarah Ehret (Jackpot) and Cassie St. Commons (Dusk). This report has yet to be confirmed by Sony, and it isn't even clear if Christopher Yost has finished his work on the screenplay at this time. »
Henry Bevan on the rise of the stupid smart character…
If you’ve been browsing this website over the last couple of days you will have noticed there has been a lot of Alien: Covenant content. We’ve published not one, not two but three reviews. We’ve written letters to David Fincher, we’ve talked about Ridley Scott, we’ve written comment pieces on why the franchise is exhausted, and others on why Covenant is the third best film in the franchise.
Don’t worry, this is not another article about the theologically minded space slasher. We don’t want to face-hug you to death. But, this comment piece will use the xenomorph’s favourite franchise to explore how blockbusters are increasingly having “smart” characters do some stupid shit.
Covenant is full of stupid shit. The crew land on an uncharted planet with only some guns for protection. They proceed to sniff black pods, »
- Henry Bevan
God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Ridley Scott hasn’t worked through his daddy issues yet. Many of his films deal with men, biblical figures, robots (replicants), and others, seeking answers from their creators. The director previously relied heavily on this concept with his first Alien prequel, Prometheus; much to the dissatisfaction of fans and critics alike. Many of the thrills and chills from the 1979 film were placed in the shadows to shine a light more on man’s search for the answers to the universe, along with an android teaching these foolish mortals a lesson or two along the way. Now, with Alien: Covenant, this is the second film where Ridley Scott tries to blend “man and his creator” questions with the horror of the unknown. Although longtime Alien fans might praise Covenant for delivering more of what they didn’t get enough of in the previous prequel, the British auteur still hasn’t found »
- Michael Haffner
Chicago – It’s worth noting that the Alien series extends back nearly 40 years, and yet the chest-bursting Xenomorphs have produced a grand total of exactly two good movies. The orginal “Alien” and “Aliens” are great films that stand the test of the time, while every other entry in this series would require a significant stretch of the imagination to be called barely watchable.
“Alien: Covenant” is a sequel to the Alien prequel “Prometheus”, but it’s essentially the movie fans thought they would get when they signed on for that earlier, overlong essay of sci-fi mumbo jumbo. While the first two films tried to break new ground, “Alien: Covenant” is content to merely rehash the hits. It’s less of a new film and more of a Frankenstein’s Monster mashup of elements that worked before but have not necessarily gotten any better with repetition.
Things don’t start »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Say what you will about his final products, but Ridley Scott has spent quite a bit of time in the Alien world. From the aforementioned Alien to Prometheus, he has dabbled with xenomorphs more than anyone else. This week, he returns to the world once again with Alien: Covenant, a franchise outing that attempts to split the difference. It’s Scott trying to have his cake and eat it too. As you might have seen hinted over the past week or two by yours truly, I didn’t think it worked, but reviews so far have been divisive. Some love this flick, while others aren’t fans. In other words, it’s very much a Scott outing and a summer blockbuster. The film is both a sequel to Prometheus as well as a prequel to Alien. Here, we follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant. Filled with sleeping settlers »
- Joey Magidson
There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.
Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott »
- Sean Wilson
It's been a long and troublesome road for Akira fans who have been impatiently awaiting the long-gestating live-action movie adaptation, which has been in the works for nearly a decade. A few months ago, a report surfaced that Jordan Peele, fresh off the success of his hit thriller Get Out, was being eyed to direct, with Warner Bros. said to be "aggressively courting" the filmmaker for this project. We haven't heard any updates since that late-March report, but while promoting the home video release of Get Out, Jordan Peele revealed that he did in fact turn the Akira remake down, for one very good reason.
While Get Out marked Jordan Peele's feature directorial debut, working from his own script, he had certainly established himself as a strong comedic writer and performer. He served as a writer and performer on Madtv alongside Keegan Michael Key, who he would go on to create Key & Peele with, »
There's a knockout scene in the mind-bending space thriller that is Alien: Covenant in which David, an android played by Michael Fassbender, teaches Walter – the upgraded 2.0 model, also played by Fassbender – how to play a flute. "Watch me ... I'll do the fingering," says David with enough come-on carnality to singe the screen. Can art, science, spirituality and rampaging ego be embodied by a machine? Can humanity still survive in an alien world? Can an android be gay? Can the amazing Fassbender, playing god and devil and all stops in between, »
'Alien: Covenant' review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled 'Prometheus.' 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley Scott's 2012 return to the Alien universe is that the more we learned about the skeletal, seething, phallic, vicious xenomorphs, the looser their hold on our cinematic subconscious. Much of the effectiveness of Scott's 1979 franchise starter lies in its cruel randomness; the tragedy of a horrible death being the result of bumping into the wrong stranger on the wrong street on the wrong night. Jettisoning such primal simplicity, Prometheus suggested a farfetched connection between the aliens and mankind. The result was a muddled attempt at expanding the Alien universe so it could address no less than the origins of humanity. »
- Mark Keizer
After 2012’s Prometheus, Ridley Scott returns to the scene of the Alien prequel crime, and he’s on viscera clean-up detail: Covenant is another lead-into the 1979 classic, but it presses the reset button in many ways. So, we get some of Prometheus’s philosophical content, but also a return of the grungy ‘70s low-tech aesthetic, and more straightforward horror movie thrills.
After an intriguing prologue featuring a younger Weyland (Guy Pearce) and a proto-David (Michael Fassbender) – creator and creation – we are aboard the Covenant, a colony ship en route to seed a distant planet named Origae-6. Following a neutrino burst which damages the solar sails, the resident android Walter (Michael Fassbender) wakes the crew from cryo.
Newly-promoted Captain Oram (Billy Crudup) gets his people back to work and fixing the ship. »
- Rupert Harvey
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender!
“Alien: Covenant,” which opens on May 19, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby from director and producer Ridley Scott and writers John Logan and Dante Harper. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Alien: Covenant” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
MaryAnn’s quick take… A rote disappointment. There is nothing shocking or even mildly unexpected here. But there is an ironic weakening of the power of the xenomorphs to terrify. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alien and Aliens
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about Prometheus
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s difficult to imagine that there will ever be a movie scene as unexpected and as shocking as that bit in Alien — yeah, that bit — when a tiny horrifying alien creature, all teeth and slither, bursts out of poor John Hurt’s chest and slowly gawps around as if to say, “That’s right, meatbags: I, your worst nightmare, have arrived.” We sure as hell are not going to see a replication of the paralyzing terror those of us in the cinema darkness shared with the human onlookers onscreen if no »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Five years on from Prometheus, director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox deliver the sequel, Alien: Covenant, a pre-curser to his 1970s masterpiece Alien. The Covenant is a vessel heading for the far side of the galaxy on a seven-year mission, 2000-plus colonials on board as well as an adult crew made up of couples, including characters played by Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, and a returning Michael Fassbender as Walter, a synthetic very similar to David, who was seen in the previous movie.
We join the Covenant shortly into its mission where the crew are awoken by an issue on board which leads to the death of one of their own. Following the incident Christopher Oram (Crudup), the first mate on board the ship, hears a »
- Paul Heath
20th Century Fox will unveil its highly-anticipated sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant in theaters May 19, but today marks the world premiere screening at the Odeon Theater in London. For those who can't make it to the premiere, the studio has set up a Facebook Live stream, where fans can watch all of the stars and filmmakers walk the red carpet before the big screening. It remains to be seen if there will be live streams in place for the movie's domestic premiere in the United States, as we count down towards the highly-anticipated release. This comes just a week after the cast appeared for a live Alien Day Q&A, that was also live-streamed.
This live stream was set up through Facebook Live, which allows fans to leave reactions and comments as the live stream goes on. The cast for Alien: Covenant includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, »
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