14 items from 2012
There’s no replacing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as the original Ghostbusters, but if you were staging a one-night-only live version of the classic comedy, well … whom might one contact?
The event is one of the monthly live-reads of a famous movie script organized by Juno and Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, who — of course — has a family connection to this story. His father, Ivan Reitman, directed Ghostbusters and he remembers hanging around on the set as a little kid.
But even »
- Anthony Breznican
We have another exclusive for you cats. On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Night Claws, the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation which is available now on DVD from Midnight Releasing. It asks: What would you do to get away from a monster?
What if Yor, the Hunter from the Future (Reb Brown), Sharon Stone's lesbian lover from Basic Instinct (Leilani Sarelle), the star of a host of 80s/90s made-for-video action b-movies (Ted Prior), the King of the Kickboxers' girlfriend (Sherrie Rose), and Sylvester Stallone's brother (Frank Stallone) got together to star in a new Sasquatchploitation flick called Night Claws from the director of such horror movies as Killer Workout and Mardi Gras for the Devil (David A. Prior)? Throw in traditional special effects (i.e., No CGI!) from Bruce Larsen and Bill “Splat” Johnson, and you have a recipe for old school Bigfoot mayhem.
- Uncle Creepy
Nothing ages more quickly and more embarrassingly than a movie or TV show which had worked so hard to be cool in its time. You disagree? Feathered hair, big lapels. Oh, God – mullets! You gonna honestly tell me that stuff still works for you as anything but a laugh-getter?
Lead times for some movies are so long, some crazes burn out between the pitch meeting and opening weekend. Roller disco was dying (if not dead) by the time Roller Boogie (1979) and Xanudu (1980) hit theaters, and did anybody still care about The Village People when Can’t Stop the Music (1980) had movie-goers wishing they could?
The only thing even more embarrassing is a movie that’s lethally uncool even before the first frame of film runs through the camera, not because it’s late to the party, »
- Bill Mesce
It would be easy to dismiss Night Claws as just another low budget Bigfoot movie, but if you’re a lover of b-movies then the pedigree behind this latest piece of Sasquatchploitation makes it a must-see.
I first reported on this movie back in April of 2011 and I feel compelled to repeat a paragraph I wrote back then explaining why the film is a b-movie lover’s wet dream:
What if Yor, the Hunter from the Future (Reb Brown), Sharon Stone's lesbian lover from Basic Instinct (Leilani Sarelle), the star of a host of 80s/90s made-for-video action b-movies (Ted Prior), the King of the Kickboxer's girlfriend (Sherrie Rose), and Sylvester Stallone's brother (Frank Stallone) got together to star in a new Sasquatchploitation flick called Night Claws from the director of such horror movies as Killer Workout and Mardi Gras for the Devil (David A. Prior)?
Throw in traditional special effects (i. »
We love crime movies. We may go on and on about Scorsese’s ability to incorporate Italian neo-realism techniques into Mean Streets (1973), the place of John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950) in the canon of postwar noir, The Godfather (1972) as a socio-cultural commentary on the distortion of the ideals of the American dream blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda…but that ain’t it.
We love crime movies because we love watching a guy who doesn’t have to behave, who doesn’t have to – nor care to – put a choker on his id and can let his darkest, most visceral impulses run wild. Some smart-mouth gopher tells hood Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), “Go fuck yourself,” in Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990), and does Tommy roll with it? Does he spit back, “Fuck me? Nah, fuck you!” Does he go home and tell his mother?
He pulls a .45 cannon out from »
- Bill Mesce
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• At this point, who isn't going to be in "August: Osage County"? Deadline reports that Ewan McGregor has joined the family as Bill, a college professor and estranged husband of Barbara (Julia Roberts) and son-in-law of pill-popping matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep).
• Every movie becomes better if Sam Rockwell is in it, which means "Why Now" is destined for greatness. Screen Daily reports that the "Seven Psychopaths" star has joined the cast of the indie comedy alongside Marisa Tomei and Brian Geraghty.
• Mrs. Robinson, eat your heart out! Broadway World reports that Decepticon co-ed Isabel Lucas is set to turn up the heat in "Careful What You Wish For," a "Basic Instinct"-esque thriller about a high school student's affair with an older woman that ends up having devastating consequences (as these things often do).
• Sheesh, everybody's getting naked for Lars Von Trier! »
- Bryan Enk
Frank Sinatra doesn't have a cold. He has a weiner. On Wednesday, the estate of Ol' Blue Eyes successfully prevailed against a man who named his hot dog truck business "Franks Anatra" and attempted to trademark it. The United States Trademark Office's appeals board refused the application after Frank Sinatra LLC opposed it on grounds that it falsely suggested a connection with the dead singer. Bill Loizon, the trademark applicant, argued that the Sinatra estate was wrong in its notion that there was a connection. Franks means “frankfurters, hot dogs, and other similar food items,” said Loizon, and Anatra
- Eriq Gardner
I looked for him, but he was gone. I checked the boozy dives and the greasy spoons and the street corners where the not-nice girls hang out.
He was gone.
Tall guy, fedora, trench coat. You must’ve seen him. Usually smoking. He was always hanging around, poking his nose where it didn’t belong and usually getting it punched.
A real wisenheimer, too, always cracking wise.
You see him, you call. And if I find out you’ve been holding back…
If you don’t miss that kind of patois, you’re either too young to remember it, or you’ve got a tin ear. God knows, I miss it.
Back in May, some of you might remember I interviewed Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins (http://www.soundonsight.org/max-allan-collins-road-to-perdition-on-carrying-on-mickey-spillanes-legacy/). A lot of the discussion had to do with his connection with one of the giants of private eye fiction, »
- Bill Mesce
By Allen Gardner
The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion) Director Hiroshi Inagaki’s sprawling epic filmed from 1954-56 is an early Japanese Technicolor masterpiece, rivaling the scope of filmmakers like David Lean and Luchino Visconti. Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s greatest actor, stars as real-life swordsman, artist and writer Musashi Miyamoto, following his growth from callow youth to disciplined warrior. The three films: the Oscar winning “Musashi Miyamoto,” “Duel at Ichijoji Temple,” and “Duel at Ganryu Island” are an incredible story of human growth, tender love and sublime, blood-soaked action. Not to be missed. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson; Trailers. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
The 39 Steps (Criterion) Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 story of spies, conspiracies and sexual tension put him on the map on both sides of the Pond. Robert Donat stars as an innocent thrust into a deadly plot alongside a cool blonde (Madeleine Carroll »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.
Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of all time. Here's our ode to the greatest facial hair in movies, in 15 parts.
Could there be a Zach Galifianakis without a beard? The offbeat comic's schtick entails a decided lack of shaving, a quality that came in handy when he »
- Laura Vogel
The numbers 4-20 have tons of significance in both world history and American culture. It's Hitler's birthday and the date of the Columbine massacre, for starters.
But since those two are such buzzkills, we'll focus on what else the date means: high time for stoners everywhere.
Looking back at our favorite stoner films, we notice many actors portray potheads one-dimensionally: eyes glazed, dopey voice, etc. We love the following movie stoners because they're not only funny, but also multidimensional.
Okay, but mostly because they're funny.
Floyd is the ultimate slacker stoner. Pitt plays the character as being so high he barely forms words outside of mumbling, "Hey! Get some beer and some cleaning products." His scenes provide great comedic relief in an otherwise rough and violent movie.
We relate because we've had nightmarishly lazy roommates like Floyd. The scenes are twice as funny now in hindsight, »
- Ryan McKee
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
Price: DVD $$59.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $79.98
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Sookie Stackhouse and her Southern-friend cohorts return in HBO’s acclaimed vampire-ridden, gothic horror-flavored, soap opera-styled television series True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season. (Oh, and there are werewolves, fairies, witches and shape-shifters prowling the landscape, as well.)
The Complete Fourth Season finds Sookie (Anna Paquin, Almost Famous) embroiled in a love triangle and tangling with a charismatic witch, while Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Tara (Rutina Wesley), Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) must deal with their temptations with otherworldly powers as Bill (Stephen Moyer) takes it all in. Meanwhile, Jessica tries to adjust to domestic life, »
To mark the release of Big Love: Season 4 on DVD April 16th, HBO Home Entertainment have given us two copies of the show to give away.
Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season features an all star cast including Bill Paxton (Titanic, Apollo 13), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct, The Firm), Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho) and Gennifer Goodwin (Walk The Line, He’s Just Not That Into You), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, Letters To Juliet) and Douglas Smith (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Flashpoint).
From executive producer Gary Goetzman, Big Love tells the story of Bill Henrickson (Paxton), a polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake City, balancing the needs of his three wives (Tripplehorn, Sevigny and Goodwin), eight children, three houses and expanding businesses.
This season presents Bill with two challenges – his campaign for public office and his growing rift with his eldest son, Ben (Smith »
Stephen King’s 1987 novel Misery (more of you may be acquainted with the 1990 film adaptation) is about the frustrated author of a successful romance series held prisoner by a psychotically-obsessed fan until he writes a novel undoing the series-ending tale of his last book in which, to free himself to move on to other kinds of writing, he killed off his doughty Victorian heroine.
Misery was King’s first full-length novel written under his own name which didn’t involve telekinetic teens or childhood boogeymen come to life or rabid killer St. Bernards or any other supernatural force or extraordinary beastie. It’s often been interpreted – and certainly its chronological place in his canon seems to confirm this — as King’s own response to feeling boxed into the supernatural horror genre as much by his fans as by critics.
King’s Misery came back to me as I read a »
- Bill Mesce
14 items from 2012
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