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10 items from 2016


I Am Not A Serial Killer: Watch The Trailer For The Dark Thriller With Christopher Lloyd And Max Records

7 July 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Isolation director Billy O'Brien took a bow at SXSW this year with his latest effort, I Am Not A Serial Killer. An adaptation of the novel by Dan Wells with a premise that basically starts as Dexter for young adults before spinning into much stranger territory, the film stars Where The Wild Things Are child actor Max Records as a small town teen who believes he is a sociopath likely to blossom into a serial killer who is drawn inexorably into the wake of an actual serial killer currently preying on his local community. Christopher Lloyd also stars and after drawing positive press at its festival debut - here's our own Peter Martin's take - and with an August limited release coming soon to the...

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The Many Faces Of Dwayne Johnson

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees worldwide premieres of Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Peter Martin didn't slag the film in his review, and included the following bit about Dwayne: "Johnson has always threatened to wink at the audience. A former football player, he began his entertainment career as a professional wrestler and thus he knows how to play to a crowd. That has sometimes made it hard to take him seriously as a dramatic actor, though he's improved in that regard over the years, but when allowed to embrace his buoyant public persona and comic instincts on screen, he's an absolute pleasure to watch." True words, all of them! So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of...

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The Many Faces Of Dwayne Johnson

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees worldwide premieres of Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Peter Martin didn't slag the film in his review, and included the following bit about Dwayne: "Johnson has always threatened to wink at the audience. A former football player, he began his entertainment career as a professional wrestler and thus he knows how to play to a crowd. That has sometimes made it hard to take him seriously as a dramatic actor, though he's improved in that regard over the years, but when allowed to embrace his buoyant public persona and comic instincts on screen, he's an absolute pleasure to watch." True words, all of them! So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of...

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Brassed Off: a 90s UK film that demands not to be forgotten

16 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's funny, it's moving, it's brilliant: we look back at Brassed Off, starring the late, great Pete Postlethwaite...

This article contains spoilers for Brassed Off and The Full Monty.

“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off

One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »

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May Classical Review Roundup

30 May 2016 10:06 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Hélene Grimaud Water: Berio: Wasserklavier: Sawhney: Water: Transitions 1-7; Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch No. 2; Fauré: Barcarolle No. 5; Ravel: Jeux d'eau; Albéniz: Almeria; Liszt: Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este; Janáček: In the Mist: No. 1; Debussy: La Cathedrale engloutie (Deutsche Grammophon)   Classical purists be warned: almost half the tracks here are not the solo piano recital you might expect from the billing. Instead, Grimaud had composer Nitin Sawhney create electronic bridging miniatures (ranging from 0:56 to 1:41) fitted between the solo piano tracks. This works wonderfully well, changing this album from a traditional presentation into a moody soundscape (though the purist crowd was quick to take offense, witness the extremely snarky review on classicstoday.com). Of course, Grimaud is her usual scintillating self on the solo piano pieces.    The pieces she has chosen for this thematic program are in a couple of cases "usual suspects" -- the Ravel and Debussy »

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The Many Faces Of Alan Rickman

27 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week, we can all return to Wonderland in James Bobin's Alice Through the Looking Glass, though Peter Martin doesn't really much recommend that in his review. Still, one familiar face, or rather voice, is there to greet us: Alan Rickman's. One of many celebrities we've lost this year to cancer, Alan Rickman's death came as a shock. Especially since all of the characters he played, be it young or old, sloppy or obsessive, friends or foes, had always had an extra spark which made them seem more alive than what the script called for. Rickman could make you empathize with (or hate) a cardboard cut-out, when necessary. So once again I'm going to use fifteen pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make...

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The Many Faces Of Alfred Molina

4 March 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees the North American premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan. In his review, Peter Martin says the film is "difficult to categorize yet enjoyable to experience and distinctive in its approach to wartime humor". And it has Alfred Molina in it as an Afghan government official. One of the best supporting character actors out there, Alfred Molina has a selection of standard settings which have made him a reliable pick for any background character. Loathsome villain? Check. Goofy neighbour? Check. Lovable uncle? Check. Exasperated scientist? Check. But here's the thing: while he is generally great as those (often stealing a scene or two), whenever he gets the true...

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Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Gloriously Ridiculous Film?

1 March 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Yesterday, Peter Martin wrote a great, great article about why Gods of Egypt is utterly ridiculous, yet why he had a shitload of fun with it regardlessly. And why shouldn't he? Most films require us to shut off part of our brain anyway, lest we look too critically at what is improbable, what is implausible, and what is flat-out impossible. Many impossibilities and other oddities have worked their way into film short-hand, and are use so often that we don't notice them anymore (or have even learned to like them). You know, the exploding car, the shot shoulder which is "only a flesh wound", the Wilhelm scream. So when people like Tsui Hark shoot for showing the impossible, he may succeed or fail, but he's...

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Famous Monsters nominated for 7 Rondo Awards! Yes! Us!

22 February 2016 5:02 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

It’s an honor just to be nominated … But who are we kidding? We also want to win! We’re quite gracious winners. Just help us win and you’ll see! And you Can help us win now that we’ve been nominated for Seven Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! (That’s as many as Rick Baker has won Oscars! Coincidence? I think not.)

We’ve been recognized for:

• Best Magazine of 2015

• Best Article for “What Bride Of Frankenstein Can Teach Today’s Filmmakers” by Peter Martin from issue #281

• Best Interview for Mel Brooks on Young Frankenstein, interviewed by our own illustrious editor, David Weiner, for issue #277

• Best Interview for John Logan, creator of Penny Dreadful, interviewed by Joe Moe for issue #279

• Best Magazine Cover for our image of Bride Of Frankenstein by the aforementioned seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker, fronting issue #281

• Best Fan Event for our Tremors 25th Anniversary reunion, »

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Claptone To Bring His Immortal Live Stage Show To Coachella 2016

11 January 2016 12:06 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In 2015, Claptone‘s Immortal live stage show contributed in no small part to the masked DJ/producer’s rise to notoriety, and it looks like attendees of this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will finally have the opportunity to see it for themselves.

Last week, the festival released an updated lineup, and the artist’s name on the roster now reads: “Claptone Immortal Live.”

The Immortal stage show consists of three parts – The Past, The Present and The Future – and is a creative partnership between Claptone and Peter Martin, who was responsible for M.I.A. and Janelle Monae’s famous holographic duet in 2014. As can be seen in the preview video above, it makes for a more conceptual iteration of proper house music than what most of the genre’s purveyors put out.

If you’re attending Coachella 2016, let us know if you plan to work »

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