10 items from 2016
Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s particular brand of cringe humor isn’t for everyone, but the duo’s latest season of their wonderfully deranged (and honestly, kind of sad, but on purpose) Adult Swim movie review show, “On Cinema,” is tapping into the kind of broad comedic strokes the pair don’t normally go for. The result? Ten or so minutes of absolutely bizarre, embarrassing and deeply funny observations about movies and life itself.
In the newest episode of their series, the pair review (kind of) newbie blockbusters like “Suicide Squad” and “Nine Lives,” making the case for both films while also woefully misunderstanding their plots, mispronouncing their biggest stars’ names and nearly dying from a vape overdose along the way. Given the way this summer has played out, these ten »
- Kate Erbland
Fans of the apocalyptic vampire film Stake Land have been looking forward to the continued adventures of Martin and Mister since the film was released in 2010, and while a Stake Land TV series was previously in development, Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix, and Syfy have announced that filming has finished on a Stake Land sequel film called The Stakelander, with Connor Paolo and Nick Damici reprising their roles from the original movie.
Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (2015’s Body) from a screenplay by co-star Damici (who also co-wrote Stake Land), The Stakelander will be released on the Syfy Channel. An official premiere date has yet to be revealed, but we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. For full details, including the sequel’s synopsis and additional cast members, check out the official press release:
- Derek Anderson
This five-inch Chucky figure from Mezco Toyz doesn’t ship until this fall, but he can be pre-ordered right now. Also in this round-up: an update on Shudder Labs’ 2016 filmmaking programs, gaming details and a trailer for HoloGrid: Monster Battle, Volumes of Blood Blu-ray / DVD info, and Haunting at Foster Cabin‘s VOD debut details.
Chucky Action Figure: Press Release: “Chucky, the homicidal doll who contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler,” is now a 5-inch action figure, Mezco’s latest edition to its ever-expanding line of Chucky merchandise.
Mezco’s designers have created an all-new sculpt in an all new scale that not only captures the look of Chucky but the very essence of his red-haired menace. Every detail has been captured; from his classic coveralls to his striped shirt. His glistening, insane eyes, his sneering lips, and his shocking »
- Tamika Jones
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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
It starts off with a late night dinner scene between a quintet of cops telling crazy stories and losing their temper with the help straight out of a Tarantino movie and continues on its descent to hell with a writhing, mashing, sexual bloodletting orgy calling to mind E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten. This is Can Evrenol‘s debut feature Baskin (adapted from his »
- TFS Staff
Though she was popular nearly a century ago, Florence Foster Jenkins feels particularly relevant to modern art’s ongoing dialogue with awfulness as a version of the sublime. In another world, Xavier Giannoli’s prickly tragicomedy Marguerite could easily be an exercise in self-loathing in the same fashion as Rick Alverson’s films, but instead it’s a film whose virtues lies in a fierce neutrality towards its own subject. Even the characters who appear to be the most transparently kind or evil contain multitudes, and the film becomes a constant examination of its own tone.
As such, Marguerite is frantic and compellingly unpredictable, even as it heads into comfortable territory. Loosely based on the life of Jenkins, a ’20s-era socialite and Opera singer renowned for her supernaturally abhorrent voice (here’s a recording of her murdering every poor note of Mozart’s Der Hölle Rache), Marguerite follows Marguerite Dumont »
- Michael Snydel
The young career of Tye Sheridan, who has starred in nine feature films to date, has been quite impressive. His debut was in Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life," and from there he's worked with Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), David Gordon Green ("Joe"), and Rick Alverson ("Entertainment"), while up ahead he's got a handful of indie pictures plus a little something called "X-Men: Apocalypse" on his plate. And now he's going to star in what might be his biggest movie to date. Read More: Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Moves To 2018, Gets Out Of The Way Of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Sheridan has landed the lead role in Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One," emerging as the top choice after a lengthy search that included an open casting call. Joining Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn, he'll play Wade Watts, a teenager who journeys into the virtual world known as Oasis, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Raymond Chandler‘s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style – and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This Blu-ray doubles your pleasure, »
- TFS Staff
A new Indiegogo campaign has been launched for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary. Also in this round-up: a Judas Ghost DVD giveaway, Like Me production details, the trailer for Everlasting, the short film Hidden, and a look at The Final Project.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Press Release: "Chicago, Il - January 20, 2016 - Hot off the heels of news that Guillermo Del Toro is producing a film based on the nostalgic children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a documentary about the books is in the works. It has been in production for two years, is armed with an official trailer, and is now trying to finish in 2016.
The upcoming documentary is backed by the family of the late author, the trailer featuring both his wife and grandson. The doc will explore subjects such as the banning of children’s books in America, »
- Tamika Jones
Feel that dry heat in the air? Alt comedians are having a moment with Bakersfield, California. Situated midway between L.A. and the Bay Area, the inland desert region is the setting for Rick Alverson's Entertainment, a horrifying feature that follows an obnoxious comic as he performs his gimmicky stand-up act to indifferent crowds. (I liked it, but it isn't an easy sit.) Now the new FX series Baskets charts a similar character — a pretentious aspiring clown who takes a job entertaining indifferent crowds at the local rodeo. Not since Five Easy Pieces has Bakersfield enjoyed this much national attention for being the place where joy and hope go to die.Baskets was co-created by Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis, who stars as the titular clown, and it has the clear inflections of both names. The show's entire premise even seems like it came from C.K.'s mouth »
- Andrew Lapin
Though 2015 brought an absurd bounty of great television, not to mention the proclamation that we had entered the era of #PeakTV, there’s absolutely no reason to think that 2016 will let up. At all. In the first few months of the year alone, there are a whole host of great returning series gearing back up, as well as a wide variety of new ones. There are so many, in fact, that it took some difficulty to narrow them down to under 30. But here we are.
So please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list – for those so inclined, by all means, get excited for Legends of Tomorrow, American Crime Story, The Magicians, Lucifer, and, sure, why not, Fuller House. The list below are just a few that seemed, for one reason or another, to be especially noteworthy. (In at least one instance, “noteworthy” is not necessarily a compliment. »
- Simon Howell
10 items from 2016
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