11 items from 2013
Director: Stephen Reynolds.
Running Time: 108 minutes.
Synopsis: Jimmy Vickers (Danny Dyer) returns home from serving his country to the news that his parents have been brutally murdered following his father’s attempt to stop a robbery on the streets of east London. Intent on bringing their killers to justice, Jimmy takes the law into his own hands, willing to do anything it takes to avenge the family he has lost.
It is fair to say that Danny Dyer has had a bit of a rough ride over the past few years. Despite a huge following, the actor has endured criticism after criticism for box office flop after box office flop. Such films as Age Of Heroes, Deviation and Run For You Wife have all underperformed, with the blame thrown right at the feet of the actor. It would be very »
- Paul Heath
The big names in horror are frequently recognized by both the genre film community and mainstream entertainment culture. They are often showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven have secured their place in history.
Many talented directors live in the shadows and are rarely recognized for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we are shining the spotlight on five of our favorite underrated horror directors.
Christopher Smith has churned out some truly underrated contemporary classics and he himself is vastly underrated on the landscape of horror filmmakers. His films Severance and Creep are vastly different in tonality but both display an affection and understanding of the horror genre not unlike some of the great genre film directors of years past. Severance is full of witty one-liners and contrasted by a hefty dose of ultra violence. »
- Tyler Doupe
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Long-term deal with Ridley Scott’s company will encompass all film and TV projects.
Scott Free London and Universal Music Publishing (Ump) have entered into a long-term strategic partnership. The deal will see Ump administer all of the music publishing rights retained by Scott Free across its slate of film and television projects to “maximize the opportunities available worldwide”.
The company, owned by filmmaker and producer Ridley Scott, produces a films and TV series including the Life in a Day documentary franchise and miniseries Labyrinth, based on Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel.
Scott Free is also currently in post-production on Rowan Joffe’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and based on S J Watson’s best-selling novel. Upcoming features and TV projects including Blood Red Road, Get Santa directed by Christopher Smith (Triangle) and TV drama Effective Range.
Ump will work closely with Scott Free in areas including »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Directed by Callum Waddell.
A celebration of slasher cinema - from the early 1960's beginnings to the present day, with a focus on highlighting many of the genre's forgotten cult classics...
This smartly created and insightful documentary chops and hunts down its way through the history of the slasher flick in a thorough and fun loving manner. For anyone with the slightest enjoyment in such films, this is a must see.
For the dedicated fan it is a terrific insight into the thought processes of the filmmakers behind such diverse scare flare fare as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Triangle, Final Destination and Hostel. And for the more casual lover of horror it can be enjoyed as something of a film geek party, where all the drinks are red and bloody! »
- Flickering Myth
Paul Risker reviews the TV miniseries Labyrinth....
Stumbling across an archaeological find, Alice (Vanessa Kirby) begins to experience haunting dreams featuring a woman from the past. Her discovery uncovers a genocide committed nearly 800 years ago, and starts a journey in which she will discover the secrets of the Holy Grail.
It is difficult to contemplate Labyrinth without considering the irony which derives from Channel 4’s decision to screen it Easter weekend. A holy event in the Christian calendar, it celebrates the continuation of life through the resurrection of Christ. Labyrinth’s theme of reincarnation, of the crusade against the Cathar religion and the ensuing genocide - not a glowing depiction of Christianity – is by no means a pro-Christian drama for this past weekend.
Sarah Dempster writing for The Guardian summarised it with the compromising compliment: “Labyrinth is silly but enjoyable cobblers.” She has a point. Whilst it was always »
- Flickering Myth
Labyrinth, a two part television adaptation based on Kate Mosse’s 2005 novel of the same name, will be airing on Channel 4 this Easter weekend. So in anticipation of one of the television events of the Easter break (yes we love Doctor Who here at Flickering Myth and will be eagerly tuning in before turning over to Channel 4), we had an opportunity to interview Labyrinth’s villainess Marie-Cécile herself, Claudia Gerini, the Italian actress who following her English television debut will be seen later this year in the lead role of husband Federico Zampaglione’s “Giallo” Tulpa.
Claudia spoke of the appeal of acting, the instinctive approach to her profession, her time in the theatre, the distinct characters of Labyrinth’s Marie-Cécile and Tulpa’s Lisa, the opportunities to play interesting female »
- Flickering Myth
Labyrinth Trailer. Christopher Smith‘s Labyrinth (2012) TV show trailer stars Vanessa Kirby, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katie McGrath, Tom Felton, and Sebastian Stan. Labyrinth‘s plot synopsis: “The series follows two women, modern-day archeologist Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby) and medieval Alaïs Pelletier du Mas (Jessica Brown Findlay) who lives through the Crusades and Cathar massacres [...]
Continue reading: Labyrinth (2012) Season 1 TV Show Trailer: Grail Sought in Past & Present »
- Rollo Tomasi
"...separated by time, but united in a common destiny, 17-year-old 'Alaïs Pelletier' from 13th century 'Carcassonne' and modern-day PhD graduate 'Dr. Alice Tanner' experience an adventure that intertwines their lives.
"As their parallel stories unfold, ancient and modern-day conspiracies are unearthed, all of which revolve around three hidden books – 'The Book of Words', 'The Book of Potions' and 'The Book of Numbers'.
"Together, these tomes hold the secret of the true 'Grail', which dates back to the Ancient Egyptian era. Alaïs and those closest to her must battle to protect the secret. She soon discovers she can trust no one – least »
- Michael Stevens
The last decade or so has seen a plethora of great British horror movies cut a bloody swathe across the world’s cinema and television screens, from Danny Boyle’s un-zombie flick 28 Days Later (2002), through Neil Marshall’s claustrophobic The Descent (2005), to Christopher Smith’s underrated Triangle (2009).
Waking up in a mysterious house, Royal Marine A J Budd (Morgan) finds that he is trapped in an unchanging prison in which he much fight for his life every day against grotesque inhuman opponents. As days stretch into years his only hope of preserving his soul lies with the journals belonging to a former occupant of the house that he discovers hidden in the walls. Written by World War I officer Lieutenant Edward Sterling (Ryan), they help guide Budd in his quest to remain alive, but as their stories begin to interweave the isolation and unceasing violence that both men endure pushes »
The legendary toy building blocks are gaining new fans in video gaming and cinema. Adding to this growing popularity Warner Bros Home Entertainment, has partnered with Tt Animation to produce Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite. The animated feature based on the popular video game will receive a World Premiere on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media in New York.
The official studio press release states:
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, »
11 items from 2013
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