From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3,” “The Town”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel) and Ben Foster (“Lone Survivor”) will co-star in mystery film “State Like Sleep.” The film is to be written and directed by Meredith Danluck (“North Of South, West Of East”).
“Sleep” is the story of a woman (Hall) whose celebrity husband commits suicide. She discovers his double life and struggles with the truth to unanswered questions.
Fortitude International is handling foreign sales and is presenting the project to buyers at the Cannes Market.
Fortitude co-founder Nadine de Barros is supported by a sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of international and Samantha Peel, director of international sales and marketing. ICM Partners, which represents Danluck, packaged the film and will represent domestic North American rights.
Hall burst onto »
- Patrick Frater
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back next year with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel.
Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
Batman will be older and more grizzled...
Hollywood has traditionally cast a thirtysomething as the Caped Crusader, but Ben Affleck is a little more experienced than those who've come before. The idea of bringing in an older Bruce Wayne should create an interesting dynamic between Batman and the younger Superman (a returning Henry Cavill), which is something Snyder has discussed when addressing Affleck's casting.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," he commented. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the »
The man, the muscle, the mouth. Tom Hardy may have gained international attention only two short years ago thanks to his part in Christopher Nolan's labyrinthine Inception but the London native is no overnight sensation. A student at the Drama Centre London in the '90s, a winner of a modelling competition at age 21, Hardy has already lived a lot of life in his short 35 years, battling alcoholism and drug addiction and emerging on the other side with great success first on the small screen and then unleashing his special brand of suave, menacing, bulked-up and multifaceted bad guys on the big screen. His latest big-screen outing is Mad Max: Fury Road oppositeCharlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic reboot.
An undeniable talent with a flair for the unpredictable - he caused a stir when he nonchalantly admitted in an interview that he's been intimate with »
- Andrea Miller, Emma Badame and Rachel West
Community delivers its weakest episode of the season yet. Perhaps it was unwise to venture out of Greendale?
This review contains spoilers.
6.10 Basic Rv Repair And Palmistry
“If ever there was a time to flash back to three weeks earlier, this would be it.”
The end tags have really been on form in this season of Community, but there's a fundamental problem with any episode where it feels like there's more story there than in the 20 minutes that precede it.
We'll get to the experimental tone of Basic Rv Repair & Palmistry, but it's worth praising the demented final reveal of a man called Blake, (Matt Besser) who arranges to buy a giant hand from Greendale Community College to go with the giant watch he's purchased online and with the variety of other giant accessories he has acquired in order to fill the giant hole left by his missing son who »
A quick review of this week's "Community" coming up just as soon as I wonder what's wrong with me if that's hot... Don't have much to say about "Basic Rv Repair and Palmistry" beyond noting how right Abed was when he admitted there wasn't much story here and he became too focused on the Christopher Nolan flashback gimmick of it as a result. That's the episode in a nutshell: a couple of funny moments (Jeff's reaction to Britta in the giant hand, Abed and the Dean doing the Kid 'N Play dance, Space Elder Britta being just as much of a spaz as present-day Britta) in an episode where there was no real there there, even with Abed delivering the Jeff Winger speech about the meaning of the hand, and even with the vague allusions to the "4 Days Out" episode of "Breaking Bad." That said... that final sequence with Matt Besser »
- Alan Sepinwall
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
The landscape of superhero movies has changed quite a bit since Brad Bird.s The Incredibles hit theaters in 2004. That period of 11 years saw the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the entirety of Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, six of the eight X-Men movies, and the end of two Spider-Man series. That in mind, you might think that plans for The Incredibles 2 would reflect the new climate, but that.s actually not really the case. Instead, Bird has his eyes looking at the bigger picture. I had the chance to sit down with Brad Bird at a press day for his upcoming film Tomorrowland this past weekend, and it was at the end of our discussion that he discussed his plans for The Incredibles 2 and why it won.t reflect the current state of the superhero genre. Stressing the importance of making a feature that has more »
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Even if you don't know the name, you'd likely recognize David Dastmalchian. He's bagged roles in movies like Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," and later this summer you'll see him in "Ant-Man." He's also a budding screenwriter, and his latest film "Animals" made its debut last spring at SXSW where he received a Special Jury Award for Courage In Storytelling. This weekend, you can see what impressed the jury in Austin. Starring Dastmalchian alongside Kim Shaw with Collin Schiffli directing, the film tracks a Chicago couple weighted down by addiction and a life-altering setback. And as you'll see in this clip, it's a highly visual effort that gets up close with the characters, from swooning highs to bottomless lows. "Animals" opens in limited release on May 15th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having braved a fearsome post-apocalyptic landscape for Mad Max: Fury Road, you couldn’t blame Tom Hardy for wanting to lighten the mood. He’s been in mischievous mode for a recent interview, revealing his involvement in a certain something from the world of Detective Comics.
If you’re looking for more detail, well you’re not going to get it. However Hardy has done a great job of ramping up expectation as you’ll see from the quote below:
(It) contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean’s Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction… It’s a psychological f—fest… as if you would take Transmetropolitan (the cyberpunk range by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson) and make it happen, but it’s not that out there it’s something which is much more real world. »
- Steve Palace
Tom Hardy has a slightly mixed history with DC Comics-based movies already. He took on the role of Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises of course, but then, earlier this year, a scheduling conflict led to him dropping out of David Ayer's Suicide Squad film.
Suicide Squad is due for release in August 2016, with Joel Kinnaman taking on the role that Hardy was earmarked for. Yet it seems that there's another DC property that the actor is working on, for DC and Warner Bros.
In his words, "I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros, which is also a comic book, it's a DC thing".
Details? Not too many, but Hardy - who was chatting to Collider - did drop a few hints.
"It’s really good actually, »
Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »
- D. Zhea
With Marvel Studios seemingly taking over the entire Film industry in a post-avengers Hollywood, many believed that the bar had been set far too high for Netflix’s new Daredevil series. Thankfully, Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight have crafted a brilliantly entertaining crime-thriller that finally gives audiences the Matt Murdock we have been waiting for. Not only has the series managed to successfully reintroduce the character after Ben Affleck’s 2003 film adaptation, but it has also opened up an even darker corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, the success of the show is largely due to the impressive performance of leading man Charlie Cox. We were lucky enough to sit in on an insightful, revealing round-table interview with the man himself – Check out what Marvel’s newest hero had to say below!
- Ben Read
It’s incredible to think that less that 20 years ago, Marvel were on the verge of bankruptcy.
A decade later, the company secured a risky $525m investment to independently produce their own movies, and in 2009 they were purchased by Disney for the princely sum of $4.3bn. Now, after going from strength to strength, Marvel Studios are sitting pretty as the biggest brand in the entire movie industry.
While many thought that the comic book movie bubble would burst years ago, the continuing popularity of the genre is largely down to Marvel and their ever-expanding roster of heroes. While Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy gave the genre a shot in the arm, and the long-running X-Men franchise continues to do good business, the undisputed crown jewel in the spandex-clad sub-genre is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Led by producer, figurehead and studio President Kevin Feige, the groundbreaking strategy of having »
- Scott Campbell
Whoa! This is big. Really, really big. IMAX has officially announced via a press release (here) that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, directed by the Russo Brothers, will be shot entirely with brand new IMAX cameras. It explains that "the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and Arri's next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of Arri's new large format camera, the Alexa 65." This officially marks the first time that "a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX cameras." Wow. Now we can always say - Marvel did it first. They beat Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and James Cameron to the punch. This means that the Infinity Wars double-parter will officially be the first two movies shown/shot entirely in IMAX. Which is kind of amazing. They're going all out, which makes sense for a battle this big. »
- Alex Billington
We already knew Chadwick Boseman would be making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War before starring in his own feature film, currently slated for July 2018. In fact, the film will also feature the first appearance of Captain Marvel and the rebooted Spider-Man, and now we learn Paul Rudd will play a part in the film as Ant-Man while at the same time it has been confirmed Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter/Agent 13 from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Suffice to say, this film is turning into just another Avengers: Age of Ultron, overloaded with characters. In fact, here's the list of characters you'll find in Civil War: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
Avengers: Age of Ultron may be riding high in the global box office, but already attention is turning to The Russo Brother’s follow-up, Avengers: Infinity War. Word has already reached us that the two part blockbuster will comprise of a massive nine moth long production schedule, set to kick off in 2016, but now an even bigger announcement has come our way, revealing that Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 will be shot entirely using IMAX and Arri’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera, a joint customised digital version of Arri’s new large format camera, the Alexa 65, presenting the two movies in IMAX’s exclusive, and incredibly immersive, aspect ratio. This marks the the first time a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX camera, mainly because they are ridiculously expensive, extremely loud monsters. IMAX cameras have been used to film parts of movies before, most notably by Christopher Nolan, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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