11 items from 2014
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Person Of Interest" premiere episode 1 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Panopticon," and it sounds like things will get very intriguing as the team tries to find new ways of avoiding Samaritan, and more. In the new,1st episode press release: The team is going to have to devise new ways to continue their work without being detected by Samaritan after they're forced to take on new identities. Press release number 2: Forced to take on new identities created by Root, the team will try to adapt to their new lives. However, some will find it hard to ignore The Machine’s numbers, which is going to put them all at risk of being detected by Samaritan. Guest stars will include: Cara Buono (Martine), Navid Negahban (Ali), Jamie Hector (Link), Eshan Bay (Ben), Frederick Weller (Novak), Michael J. Burg »
Eric Kissack's “The Gunfighter” is a finalist for the top prize at TheWrap's third annual 2014 ShortList Film Festival. Written by Kevin Tenglin, the story follows a weary gunfighter who walks into a bar, looking for a drink. What he finds instead is a building full of raunchy people and an audible, bloodthirsty narrator. The cast includes Shawn Parsons, Scott Beehner, Eileen O'Connell, Jordan Black and Timothy Brennan, though it's the unseen narrator voiced by “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman who steals the show. Also Read: ‘Tropical Sunday’ Director Fabián Ribezzo on Maputo's Street Children: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie Kissack spent 10 years. »
- Jeff Sneider
New Splat Pack maestro Ti West wowed us back in 2009 with House of the Devil then again last year withInnkeepers. Whilst House of the Devil was a slow burning kind of 70’s hark-back, Innkeepers was very much a modern horror. His latest feature, The Sacrament, played at Toronto’s International Film Festival, but is it any good?
Unfortunately West goes for the slow burning thing again and it doesn’t pull off. Any slower and you’d be catatonic.The Sacrament is a film in the spirit of The Wicker Man but way less spooky. Two reporters ( Aj Bowen and Joe Swanberg) venture into South America after a friend receives a summons from his estranged sister. The trio arrive to discover the sister is »
"The weary gunfighter walked slowly through the saloon..." Something fun to start the day - another short film, this one a "period western meta comedy short film" titled The Gunfighter. It's smart, it's funny, its got foul language, and it actually looks good. The Gunfighter, starring Nick Offerman as the narrator and Shawn Parsons as The Gunfighter, just won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the La Film Fest and was also a Best of the Fest Selection at the Palm Springs Short Fest. You'll see why once you watch this. With all the language it may by Nsfw, but it is certainly worth watching whenever you get a chance. Enjoy! Thanks to our friends at SlashFilm for the tip. From the official Vimeo: "Just another period western meta comedy short film. Featuring the mellifluous voice of Nick Offerman. I hope you enjoy it!" The short was directed »
- Alex Billington
I will forever beat the drum that Hollywood needs more westerns because honestly there are only so many times I can say 'I'll be your Huckleberry.' I've not found the limit yet, but trust me I'm working on it. We need more wild west one-liners guys. Luckily 'The Gunfighter' is here to help. Voice over narration may have fallen out of favor with filmmakers as a lazy way of doling out exposition, but maybe it's time for a comeback. 'The Gunfighter' is a quick clever piece of meta comedy directed Eric Kissack and written by newcomer Kevin Tenglin. It is a promising debut that asks the question, "What if the characters could hear everything the narrator is saying?" The answer is a quickly escalating series of secrets usually reserved for the depths of our super secret inner thoughts we never share even with our best friends or therapists. »
- Donna Dickens
Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” (pictured) won the narrative jury award at the Los Angeles Film Festival awards announced Thursday evening, while Debra Granik’s Vietnam vet story “Stray Dog” won the jury documentary prize. Damian John Harper’s “Los Ángeles” took the La Muse award. All three prizes carry a $5,000 cash award.
Audience awards went to Kerem Sanga’s “The Young Kieslowski” for narrative, Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel’s “Meet the Patels’ for documentary and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s “Someone You Love” for international film.
“This year the Los Angeles Film Festival reached a new high, thanks to the audiences who packed theaters in support of the films. We’re so proud of every single film and celebrate the winners!” said festival director Stephanie Allain in a statement.
- Pat Saperstein
Directed by J. Rick Castaneda
Written by J. Rick Castaneda
Writer-director J. Rick Castaneda’s indie film Cement Suitcase has an off-kilter winning spirit that soars above its quirky pathos. Infectiously witty, irreverent and bouncy, Castaneda’s nifty narrative takes a charming approach to spotlighting one young man’s dalliances in wine and life lessons decline. Beautifully shot and fortified with solidly impish performances, Cement Suitcase is a reminder that our existences–no matter how stable, stagnant or scattered–are unpredictable and can never be as definitively defined as a vintage bottle of Merlot. Castaneda’s adventurous direction and smart writing arms this soothing dramedy gem with the right kind of gently wacky reflection and radiance.
Wine salesman Franklin Roew (Dwayne Bartholomew) leads somewhat of a dreary livelihood in Granger, Washington…a small-town rural hamlet situated in the Yakima Valley. »
- Frank Ochieng
On the heels of its VOD release yesterday, Magnet Releasing has debuted a new clip, TV spot and featurette for The Sacrament. Ti West directs this thriller about a Vice Media correspondent who brings a camera crew on a journey to locate his missing sister, which takes them to a cult known as Eden Parish, run by an enigmatic leader. Aj Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil and Gene Jones star in this harrowing found footage tale, which debuts in theaters June 6.
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of "Eden Parish, »
When two Vice Media journalists try to track down their friend's missing sister, they enter a world they are truly not prepared for in director Ti West's The Sacrament. Following the red band trailer that debuted last week, Magnet Releasing has provided us with the all-ages trailer, which shows the journey of Vice Media reporters Sam (Aj Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg) as they enter a self-sustained community known as Eden Parish, lead by their charismatic "Father" (Gene Jones), in hopes of reuniting their colleague Patrick (Kentucker Audley) with his long-lost sister (Amy Seimetz). Check out the latest footage for this new thriller, debuting on iTunes and VOD formats May 1, before arriving in theaters June 6.
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they »
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of "Eden Parish," a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. Check out the red band trailer and the first poster.
Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse
New Splat Pack maestro Ti West wowed us back in 2009 with House of the Devil then again last year with Innkeepers. Whilst House of the Devil was a slow burning kind of 70’s hark-back, Innkeepers was very much a modern horror. His latest feature, The Sacrament, played at Toronto’s International Film Festival, but is it any good?
Unfortunately West goes for the slow burning thing again and it doesn’t pull off. Any slower and you’d be catatonic. The Sacrament is a film in the spirit of The Wicker Man but way less spooky. Two reporters ( Aj Bowen and Joe Swanberg) venture into South America after a friend receives a summons from his estranged sister. The »
11 items from 2014
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