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We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:
First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted »
- Tamika Jones
Money certainly is the root of all evil in 13 Sins.
Based on the Thai psychological thriller 13: Game of Death, the film follows Elliot <Mark Webber>, an insurance salesman who just lost his job. And the timing couldn't be any worse , given that his fiancé Shelby is pregnant and they are planning a wedding. To alleviate the financial stress, Elliott agrees to participate in a game in which he must perform tasks for sums of cash. However, as the rewards increase, Elliot's morality is put to the test as each assignment becomes more twisted, disturbing and deadly.
How did you become attached to 13 Sins?
- Bryan Cairns
Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac : Volume 2 takes us on a dark journey down the second half of a nymphomaniacs tale of lust, desire, and pain.
Nymphomaniac : Volume 2 picks up right where Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourge) left off as delves deeper about her into her life as a nymphomaniac to stranger named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) who had found her bloody and beaten in an ally. This half of the story begins with her discovering new love with her old fling Jerome (Shia Labeouf) and eventually starting a family with him, but the film starts to become quite darker than the first as Joe loses her ability to achieve orgasm and goes to drastic, and even dangerous lengths to find pleasure again.
For reference, here is my review of Nymphomaniac : Volume 1
As I stated in my previous review, most people assume that Lars von Trier is going to fill this »
- Melissa Howland
In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!
How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run »
- Hillary Busis
And we thought the news that M. Night Shyamalan ghostwrote "She's All That" was weird (even if it might not be true). This time around, the weird movie trivia of the day concerns Quentin Tarantino, and there's no doubt it's true since he confirms it himself. Back in the '90s, one of the weirder pop culture phenomenons was the popularity of Pat, an androgynous character created by Julia Sweeney for "Saturday Night Live," where the entire premise of the joke was that no one was ever sure if he/she/it was a man or woman. Somehow, the sketch became popular enough that Lorne Michaels figured a movie vehicle would be a good idea. It wasn't. The movie was terrible and bombed horribly, but not before Tarantino himself worked on the script. Here's what he told Playboy in 1994 (hat tip to Filmdrunk): Playboy: You were hired to do »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The full cast has been revealed for M. Night Shyamalan's latest foray into the world of the spooky known as Sundowning, and we have all the details you need minus the twist. That will come, as always, at the end.
The pillar of journalistic integrity known as IMDb has posted the cast (so take this with a grain of salt).
In addition to the previously announced Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, it seems Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano have all been added to the cast.
Hahn plays a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… and things go very wrong. Oxenbould plays her son, »
- Steve Barton
Anthony Stokes on why Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t deserve a second season…
Sometimes the geek community will get behind something and defend it to the death, while others are left scratching their heads wondering why. There are a number of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans – or as I like to call them ” apologists” – out there who defend the show to the hilt, and are appalled at people who don’t share their view. I’ve already written a response to them here, but with ratings dropping to an all time low, the subject of a potential cancellation is now on everyone’s minds. And this is just my opinion, but ABC should go ahead and do just that.
First and foremost, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffers from a lack of quality. The show has been progressively getting better, but that still doesn’t mean it’s even close to good. »
- Gary Collinson
Marta Abromaityte on manipulation in film…
Being a brand of social influence, manipulation has played a large part in the history of cinema. While most propaganda films portray totalitarian governments using misinformation as a tool for indoctrinating the masses, films that portray the struggle against diabolical brainwashing methods have the potential to arm audiences against such propaganda. Manipulation tactics are also used to exhibit the exploitation of the characters themselves displaying certain deceptive or abusive elements that are explored in the plot. However used, the manipulation aspect has remained unchanged. Dystopian or futuristic worlds are a way of showing different realities and exploring diverse societies that are controlled and governed under vindictive, domineering leaders. The manipulation strategies presented in film show the volume in which solitary power can be misused and what that can do to an oppressed society.
Manipulation has not only been a significant element in that of »
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
It's time to choose March's Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute! Voting will be open until Sunday, April. 6, 2014 at 5 Pm Eastern. The four projects up for the prize are: "Goody Goody" Elevator Pitch: Colonial women dealing with contemporary issues. "Girls" meets M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village". Set against the backdrop of 1750s America, the series tells the story of five women whose sinful pasts threaten to destroy them. Sex, Danger, Violence, and Greed come together in a wholly original and humorous way in this hysterical piece featuring the legendary Lori Beth Denberg (yes, from "All That"). "Miami, Nm" Elevator Pitch: Steve Zimmer, the central voice of this documentary, has made it his life's work to document western culture and cowboy life in and around the »
On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event. I think anyone who has read me for any period of time knows my affinity for and fascination with 1999 as an overall annus mirabilis at the multiplex. I've gone so far as to start the process of reporting a book because I can never quite shake how that year just seems to mean something. On one hand, it's personal. It was my first year of film school and going to a double feature of "American Beauty" and "Three Kings" with some fellow classmates one night, that kind of power punch will do a lot to galvanize someone in the early stages of embarking on a career in film. But it was an objectively amazing time. First and foremost, let's pause and consider that for a brief period, »
- Kristopher Tapley
"The Office" was never short on its references to various aspects of culture, but you may be very surprised by just how many. One superfan has gone through each episode of the series and broken the references up by year.
It took a year-and-a-half for Joe Sabia to document every single cultural nod and organize them into videos for his website, TheOfficeTimeMachine.com. "'The Office' is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references," he writes on the site. "Culture is society's collected knowledge, art, and customs. It's what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in 'The Office' about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal."
When visiting the website, you simply enter a year at the top and click "Go." Magically, a video will pop »
Last year, The Office aired its final episode during a tearful good-bye after almost eight years on the air. The comedic series was essentially a pop-culture water cooler, which New York-based director, conceptor and copyright-reform advocate Joe Sabia has tapped into for his Time Machine project. “The Office is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references,” Sabia writes. “Culture is society’s collected knowledge, art and customs. It’s what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal.” Sabia’s database allows visitors to plug in a year and then watch...
- Alison Nastasi
A malevolent misfit with a deadly stare dukes it out with the only person immune to his mind-control powers in “Monsterz,” a middling remake of the 2010 South Korean fantasy-thriller “Haunters.” Opting for a more somber tone than that of the comicbook-style original, Japanese horror kingpin Hideo Nakata (“Ring,” “Dark Water”) executes some nifty setpieces and packs plenty of excitement into the final reel, but there’s a fair amount of flab for audiences to negotiate en route to the payoff. Limited regional exposure, slots at fests with appropriate sidebars, and a respectable ancillary life appear likely. Local release via Warner Bros. is set for May 30.
The kicks off in arresting style on a rainy day in 1993. After removing a blindfold from her young son, a distressed mother (Tae Kimura) is badly beaten by her enraged husband (Masaki Miura). His demand that they abandon the monster they’ve produced is cut »
- Richard Kuipers
On today's episode we spend time talking movies such as Veronica Mars, more on Wes Anderon's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Divergent and talk about a few books we've been reading. Then we get delve into a rather long conversation spurred on by Matt Zoller Seitz's article "Please, critics, write about the filmmaking" over on RogerEbert.com as well as talk new DVDs and Blu-rays and play our usual assortment of games. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those »
- Brad Brevet
“The Next Spielberg” was the kind of light M. Night Shyamalan was once seen in. His first big break, The Sixth Sense, was a global phenomenon, so you can see where that too-easy comparison came from. All of his films that followed were sold as “the next film from M. Night Shyamalan.” He quickly became a brand, and once he realized it, it killed his creativity. That’s the impression you get from reading Michael Bamberger’s “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale” — the book which detailed the making of The Lady in the Water, Shyamalan’s first real stinker. I say it’s his first serious bust because The Village wasn’t an out-and-out failure. With William Hurt’s performance, Roger Deakins’ bold cinematography and James Newton Howard’s score, it had a lot going for it, including foreshadowing for Shyamalan’s fall. It »
- Jack Giroux
National treasure Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) is leading M. Night Shyamalan’s return to something more horror oriented in Sundowning. The film, Shyamalan’s follow-up to last year’s After Earth, sees the director seemingly jump into the growing number of geriatric/elderly-based horror like the recent SXSW Midnighter Late Phases, and the upcoming Aj Bowen and Gene Jones-starring […] »
- Samuel Zimmerman
After the critical failure of big budget blockbusters such as The Last Airbender and After Earth, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is returning to his roots with a low-budget thriller entitled Sundowning, which is currently shooting in Pennsylvania with a cast that includes Kathryn Hahn (We're the Millers) and young actor Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).
According to The Wrap, Sundowning "is described as a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia" and the film will see Hahn as a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents, where things go "very wrong." Shyamalan has written and directed the movie, and is also producing alongside Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan. »
- Gary Collinson
How much did Divergent make at the box office? - Rotten Tomatoes M. Night Shyamalan has been making a secret movie with Kathryn Hahn - Vulture Get the first look at Dwayne Johnson as Hercules - HuffPost Entertainment Here's the first word on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Moviefone 35 last-second casting changes that altered movie history - Cracked Hear Glee's new songs ahead of this week's episode - BuddyTV The very first tweets from the Tvd cast - The Vampire Diaries Plan your Summer TV schedule with ABC's new lineup - The Hollywood Reporter There's Star Trek-themed beer now - Popsugar Tech »
- Maggie Pehanick
After a promising early career, director M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years after he released a trio of duds: The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. The latter two also represent the biggest budgets that Shyamalan has ever handled as director, and despite each scraping by with a profit at the box office it’s unlikely that we’ll see sequels any time soon.
Instead, Shyamalan has turned his attention to a low-budget thriller called Sundowning, which he has been filming in Philadelphia for the past few weeks. Shyamalan also wrote the script and is co-producing alongside Ashwin ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
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