11 items from 2014
As Skye recovers from her injuries, episode 15 sees Agent Coulson and his team of agents encounter Lorelei, a deadly seductress who has escaped from Asgard and enslaved a biker gang to be her private army in a quest for power. Another Asgardian also arrives on Earth, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role from Thor and Thor: The Dark World), who has come to thwart Lorelei's evil schemes. Lorelei seduces Ward and escapes with him, as they prepare for a battle of godly proportions.
Flintoff's Road to Nowhere: Sky1, 9pm
This is the second part of the former cricketer's travelogue, as he - with his friend and cycling writer Rob Penn - pedal along Brazil's 1,200km Trans-Amazonian highway. The duo discover more about the imminent threat to wildlife from deforestation as they arrange to meet one of the few legal local logging companies. »
The return of TV’s No. 2 comedy is nigh: Veep unveils its season 3 premiere tonight at 10:30 on HBO. This season, our narcissistic vice president of the United States, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), stealthily begins her campaign for the Oval Office now that it appears Potus won’t be seeking re-election.
While Veep’s first two seasons showed viewers how Washington works, “season 3 is all about getting out of D.C.,” says creator Armando Iannucci. “It’s all about: How does the country work? She’s meeting people in Detroit, in the South, she’s going to a gun show, »
- Dan Snierson
'Instead of an adolescent misogynist's fantasy, we see sinister warscapes and cartoonish dictators'
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Lynx is an ambitious company. Not content with cornering the desperately moist 15-year-old boy market, it now has its sights set on something altogether loftier. Lynx wants nothing less than world peace and, ironically, a compressed can of noxious gas seems to be the way to do it. So in the new advert, instead of an adolescent misogynist's fantasy, we see sinister warscapes and cartoonish dictators. There's a Saddam Hussein, a Kim Jong-un, a bleak eastern European state and somewhere that might be Vietnam it doesn't really matter. What matters is the stern expression everyone's got, like they really need to go to the loo but can't. Helicopters fly, bombs are primed and guns aimed.
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- Edward Tew
Ask documentarian Errol Morris how he'd characterize his latest film, The Unknown Known, and he has a surprisingly simple answer. "I call this my nonfiction horror movie," Morris says. The subject of this cinema vérité chiller: former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who sat with the filmmaker for over 30 hours, tracing his long career in public service from the Nixon to Dubya eras. Morris didn't fuss with reels of stock footage, talking heads, or vintage baby pictures. Instead, he just turned his camera on one of the Bush Administration's most »
Dominic Cooper has been around long enough in the business to make his mark and offer audiences a familiar face who is always likely to deliver a memorable performance. Having recently plied his trade as James Bond author Ian Fleming in the impressive television series, Fleming, plus shifting into gear with the upcoming Need For Speed, we look back at six of Cooper’s best performances from times gone past.
The Devil’s Double
It takes a strong actor to forge an unforgettable character on screen but Cooper showed his chameleon-like acting abilities with 2011′s The Devil’s Double as he took on his most challenging task yet – tackling two separate roles in one film. Portraying both the crazed loose cannon son of Saddam Hussein and the man who was forced into becoming his double, the man himself proved adept in switching between the two polar opposites and delivered a commendable overall performance. »
- James Thompson
Fred Armisen may have gotten his big break on "Saturday Night Live," but it's his collaboration with fellow comedy genius Carrie Brownstein that has turned IFC's comedy sketch show "Portlandia" into the critically acclaimed hit it's now become. With the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series having premiered last night, co-creators/co-writers/co-stars Armisen and Brownstein recently appeared in New York at the 92nd Street Y to discuss their humorous work and just what exactly they have in store for their audience this season. Here are seven highlights from their discussion: The origin of their partnership. "Originally, Fred had been approached by an organization to do a comedy video for the John Kerry campaign in 2004," Brownstein elaborated. "Fred played Saddam Hussein, and when Saddam Hussein was discovered in the bunker, Fred's idea of what he would look like was like an aging British rock star. And I was this young »
- Ziyad Saadi
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before dvd
Dirty Wars: an infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
other great documentaries
Catfish: true-life tragi-dramedy; an exhilarating documentary in its intimacy, its boundary-pushing, its emotional rawness [my review] [at Netflix] Chasing Ice: must-see documentary presenting stark, irrefutable visual evidence of the rapid retreat of Northern Hemisphere glaciers [my review] [at Netflix] Dreams of a Life: powerful documentary about a woman who died alone, her body undiscovered for three years [at Netflix] The House I Live In: cool-headed examination of America’s relationship to illegal drugs ever, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Jesper Gandslant
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Robert Pattinson
His last two oeuvres in the complex, dark The Ape accompanied by the estrogen-filled audit called Blondie demonstrate Jesper Ganslandt’s filmic temperament as one that is both alluring and volatile, so naturally we’re thinking that the Swedish auteur could embed this fact-based thriller with darker shades of the psychosis. We’ve lost track of this project which was have supposed to have begun lensing in January, and with Robert Pattinson in constant flux we imagine that we’ll be getting a news flash update of sorts fairly soon.
- Eric Lavallee
The Coen brothers excel at creating excellent soundtracks for their films. A good soundtrack can be the difference between a scene falling flat or becoming an unforgettable cinematic moment; where would the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now be without Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring out of the speakers?
Longtime Coen-collaborator Carter Burwell has composed music for almost every one of the brothers’ films and while his work is always good, the Coens really come into their element when they choose pre-existing music for their scores. So well is this music integrated that you forget the song wasn’t composed solely for that film, creating some truly iconic moments.
Few filmmakers are as skilled as the Coen brothers at building their movies around the music they use. Often their soundtracks feel natural, and so fitting that films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski effortlessly seem »
- Matt Seton
The best gift of his 44th year was easily the return of "Arrested Development" Season 4. In 2014 he can look forward to another big accomplishment: Making his new movie "The Family Fang."
But if Bateman ever gets too down, at least he can pick himself up by knowing that he's done better than his onscreen "Arrested Development" counterpart Michael Bluth.
Oh, Michael. The Bluth patriarch hit his lowest point in "Arrested Development" Season 4 when he got punched in the face by his son George Michael, but that's far from his only bad moment. Here's a look down memory lane at the many times Michael hit rock bottom to help remind us all just how awesome Bateman is.
Getting punched by his own son
We wake from our December holiday production break slumber for a production month of January that has some notable American indie productions, foreign films projects worth signaling out. Tracking Shot is sponsored by Production Weekly. German auteur Wim Wenders returns to Montreal for the winter portion of filming on Everything is Fine – the 3D drama stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josee Croze. After distinctly break-out indie offerings in Great World of Sound and Compliance, Craig Zobel is packing his bags for New Zealand. Adapted from the classic novel, Z for Zachariah sees Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chewitel Ejiofor jousting a little during the end of the world. A neighboring production can be found in Australia, David Mamet (his last theatrical release was 08′s Redbelt) is set to unload Blackbird – this is about a grieving granddaughter of a famous special effects artist in Hollywood discovers secrets (plot »
- Eric Lavallee
11 items from 2014
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