19 items from 2017
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same »
- The Film Stage
When a character played by Margo Martindale (Ruth Eastman) is only No. 27 on the list of best characters, you’re talking about a pretty excellent show. Join us as we say goodbye to “The Good Wife.” From Alicia Florick (Juliana Margulies) to Eli Roth (Alan Cumming) and Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), here are the best “Good Wife” characters. Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Matthew Morrison Laughs Off Terrible Movie He Did With Christine Baranski You know how Batman is maybe the fourth most-interesting person in Gotham? So it is with St. Alicia. There’s no show without her, »
- Tim Molloy
Kirsten Howard Feb 17, 2017
Keanu Reeves, as much as any actor of his generation, has left a legacy to be proud of. We take a look back at his career.
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Often maligned for his lack of range as an actor, or dismissed as merely a vaguely goofy action star, every misstep that Reeves has taken throughout his career has come from an enviable ability to consistently take risks. Despite every effort to pigeonhole him, Keanu Reeves just won’t be told what he can and can’t do.
Born in Beirut to a showgirl and a geologist, Reeves is also a rabid »
Colin Geddes, an international programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, is stepping down after two decades at Tiff. Geddes was responsible for programming the festival’s Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections. Geddes’ programming associate Peter Kuplowsky will take over the role of Tiff programmer for Midnight Madness.
Read More: Why Tiff’s Midnight Madness Program Attracts Cinephiles From Around the World Every Year
Geddes will continue his work as curator for the horror streaming service Shudder, and serve as co-artistic director of the historic Royal Cinema in Toronto with his wife Katarina Gligorijević. He will also continue working as an executive producer and consulting producer. Some of his recent producing credits include the horror-thriller “Replace,” which will screen for buyers at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market, the 2014 documentary “Why Horror?” and the comedy-drama “He Never Died” starring Henry Rollins.
Geddes joined Tiff in 1997 after being hired »
- Graham Winfrey
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“When I started at Tiff in 1997, I had no idea it would be a journey that would last two decades,” Geddes said Tuesday in a statement. During his years programming Toronto's witching-hour sidebar, Geddes, in his customary red pants, helped introduce North American audiences to genre-bending directors like Miike Takashi, Tony Jaa, Saw co-creator James Wan, Gareth Evans and Ben Wheatley.
Midnight Madness also helped distributors find the next Saturday night hit at »
- Etan Vlessing
One of the most iconic scenes in cinema history, the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is explored in-depth in Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary 78/52, which recently made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. IFC Midnight has now acquired Us rights to the film that Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson calls “a thoughtful look back at Psycho‘s iconic shower scene and the genius behind it all.”
IFC Midnight has not yet set a Us release date for 78/52, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed. Additionally, Dogwoof recently acquired the UK distribution and foreign sales rights to 78/52.
We have the official press release with full details below, and in case you missed it, check out Heather’s Sundance review of 78/52 and interview with director Alexandre O. Philippe.
Press Release: New York, NY (January 27, 2017) – IFC Midnight announced today from the Sundance »
- Derek Anderson
IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary “78/52,” which premiered in the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section, Deadline reports. The doc deconstructs the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” that consisted of 78 setups and 52 cuts.
An Exhibit A Pictures production, “78/52″ was produced by Kerry Deignan Roy and co-produced by Oliver Schwehm, Chad Herschberger, Annick Mahnert and Robert Muratore. Felix Gill, Randy Pharo and Joey Porcelli served as executive producers.
“It’s a great honor to be partnering with IFC Films and working closely with them to bring 78/52 to horror and documentary fans across the U.S,” Philippe said in a statement. “Their love of smart genre cinema shines through in everything they do, and 78/52 will undoubtedly flourish with their savvy, »
- Graham Winfrey
Exclusive: IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to 78/52, the Alexandre O. Philippe-directed Sundance documentary that deconstructs the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The film features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, Walter Murch and Peter Bogdanovich. Philippe, who wrote the script, broke down in great detail a scene that became a template for how to terrorize a movie audience with a combination of… »
Exclusive, Updated: The company has acquired UK distribution and international sales rights to Alexandre O Philippe’s documentary. Later in the day it emerged IFC Midnight had taken Us rights.
The Midnight selection premiered in Park City on Monday and immediately earned acclaim as an anticipated festival and cult hit.
Dogwoof plans to introduce the film to international buyers at the Efm in Berlin next month and a UK release date is forthcoming.
The Exhibit A Pictures production’s title references the number of set-ups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the shower scene from Psycho.
Hitchcock took an entire week out of the four-week shoot to get what he wanted from the shower scene. The film features »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The shower murder in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” sits alongside the opening of “Citizen Kane” and the climax of “2001: A Space Odyssey” as one of the most famous movie scenes in history, but the reasons are both obvious and elusive. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 proto-slasher film jarred audiences with the sudden death of leading lady Janet Leigh midway through, in a grisly, taboo-shattering bout of nudity and knifing at the ends of a shadowy, cross-dressing Norman Bates. As a complex narrative strategy and a subversive stunt, it kickstarted decades of conversations, so it’s surprising it took so long for someone to make a movie about it.
Enter “78/52,” the latest film-history deep-dive from Alexandre O. Phillipe (“Doc of the Dead,” “The People vs. George Lucas”). A compendium of appreciations, close readings, and reminiscences on the bloody death scene and its lasting impact, Phillipe’s brisk cinematic essay consolidates the enthusiasm »
- Eric Kohn
Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe has tackled a variety of topics over his career, including zombies (Doc of the Dead) and the fickleness of Star Wars fans (The People vs. George Lucas), but it’s his latest project, 78/52, which thoughtfully examines the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, that might be his most ambitious project to date. The documentary took Philippe three years to complete, and features a cavalcade of fantastic interviews with numerous notable folks, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich, Bret Easton Ellis, Danny Elfman, Mick Garris, Karyn Kusama, Oz Perkins, Richard Stanley, Elijah Wood, and many more.
Daily Dead caught up with Philippe on the eve of 78/52’s premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to discuss the long road to getting the project made, his approach to making sure 78/52 would be accessible to everyone (even those who may not be Psycho fans), some of »
- Heather Wixson
“Little America” is described as being reminiscent of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell. “Little America” is set in a time where America is so bankrupt that China is calling all the shots.
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- Dave McNary
For a long time now, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” has been two movies, and the hypnotic film-geek documentary “78/52” is an ingenious and irreverent master class in both of them. There is, of course, the “Psycho” that shocked audiences to their souls when it was released in 1960: the one that made people scream with primal terror, that slashed a knife through the rules of popular storytelling — and, arguably, through the entire culture — by killing off its main character in the most savage way possible after just 40 minutes. That “Psycho” is the “Psycho” of legend. For those of us who were born too late to experience it, we can only guess what it felt like to have a horror thriller yank the rug out from under every sacred moviegoing expectation you’d ever had.
The other “Psycho” is the one that a lot of us have come to know and love and fetishize and live inside. »
- Owen Gleiberman
A rather satisfactory thriller from Aussie filmmaker Damien Power, Killing Ground is casually engaging and skillfully plotted, despite a bland absence of nuance in its execution. While occasionally as suspenseful as a good Jeremy Saulnier thriller, the film lacks all of the visual style or command of frame and composition found in those vastly superior works. Imagine a solid B-thriller, directed with the cleverness of a straight-to-vhs pot boiler.
The narrative opens with a deceptively ho-hum set-up: a vacationing couple arrive at a secluded beach to find they will have to share the sand with another family. It’s a slow burn twenty minutes before the film begins evolving into something intriguing and clever, albeit mindless and nasty. Killing Ground knows the landscape of its genre well enough to keep an audience off-guard, seeming to signal left before pulling an abrupt right turn. It’s a film continually restarting itself every thirty minutes, »
- Tony Hinds
The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.
There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.
Director: Dee Rees
Sales agent: Wme »
- Brent Lang
After being stuck in development for quite some time and going through the hands of several different filmmakers, the giant shark movie Meg is in the can and will be coming out next year. The movie is based on the 1997 novel of the same name, which was written by Steve Alten. The author recently opened up about the movie adaptation. And outside of praising what is on the way, he made it clear that the movie has a budget as big as the shark Jason Statham is going to be doing battle with.
Steve Alten recently spoke with iHorror about Meg and revealed that Warner Bros. apparently has a lot of confidence in what will essentially be a massive, action-packed B-movie. According to the author, Meg has a budget of $150 million and will have a lot of top-notch resources being poured into it, and it will apparently be pretty scary. »
Robert Englund and Freddy Krueger. Not since Bela Lugosi and Dracula have a character and an actor been so deeply linked. And I would venture to say that not even Lugosi’s Dracula achieved the level of mainstream popularity achieved by Englund’s Krueger. During the late ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the television, open a magazine, or even look at a damn lunchbox without seeing Freddy’s charred face plastered on it. But that scorched visage would be nothing without Englund’s personality at the core of the character. Englund’s ability to imbue Krueger with such malicious delight struck a note with the public that just can’t be replicated. Jackie Earle Haley is a fantastic actor and did some interesting things in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but I never really felt like I was watching Freddy Krueger.
This was in part due to the direction taken with the remake, »
- Bryan Christopher
When we last checked in on Crypt TV, the digital destination backed by horror masters like Eli Roth and Jason Blum had scored a hit with a film it live streamed on Facebook. As the calendar turns over, Crypt TV is celebrating another Facebook milestone -- and this one looks like it will inform a big chunk of the company’s strategy going forward. “The Birch,” a short film about a sentient tree who protects a kid from bullies, recently passed the 10 million view mark on Crypt TV’s Facebook page, and that success will lead to more character-driven work in 2017.
“The Birch,” co-directed by Benjamin Franklin (no, not that one) and Anthony Melton, runs for just over four minutes. Across that span, we meet the titular birch, learn about her history, and watch as she exacts bloody vengeance upon a bully.
- Sam Gutelle
The holidays are over and that means many of us probably watched Home Alone and possibly even Home Alone 2: Lost in New York again. For more than twenty years, the movies have been true staples of the holiday season, but there are definitely some perceivable issues with them. Namely, the violence depicted in the movies isn't exactly accurate. But a YouTuber has decided to fix that and show us what Home Alone would look like with some realistic blood and gore. The results are downright insane.
The YouTuber in question goes by the name of BitMassive and he recently decided to add some pretty impressive bloody, digital effects to some scenes from Home Alone and Home Alone 2. The main plot of the first Home Alone revolves around Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) dealing with Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci) and (Daniel Stern) who are trying to rob his »
19 items from 2017
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