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Destroy All Monsters: Ex MacHina And Bro Culture

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One of the cleverest choices Alex Garland's Ex Machina makes is in its presentation of tech magnate / robot inventor Nathan (Oscar Isaac). He is such a douche. The movie isn't even subtle about it. There isn't a moment Nathan is onscreen where he isn't being abstractly or directly abusive: of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson); of his robots, Ava and Kyoko (Alica Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno); or of the rights and freedoms of the human race at large via his "Bluebook" search engine. There's something cheap and easy in the caricature of the nerdy 21st century genius, in life and in the movies: Steve Jobs in the real world; Mark Zuckerberg in the real world and The Social Network; or Silicon Valley's Richard Hendricks, if you...

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Review: Spy, McCarthy Shines In Uproarious Espionage Send Up

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Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig team up once again for a wickedly funny send-up of the James Bond series with charm and wit in ample supply. Jude Law and Jason Statham add to the fun as, respectively, a suave, painfully vain secret agent and a humorless action stud, while a series of colorful European backdrops help Spy stake an early claim to being the summer's best comedy. Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is an overly accommodating and homely CIA analyst responsible for guiding super agent Bradley Fine (Law), for whom she harbors an enormous crush, safely through his missions. Routinely put down by her colleagues, Cooper steps up to the plate when a mission goes horribly wrong and she volunteers to go undercover in Europe to stop a nuclear...

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The Good Dinosaur: Watch The Teaser For Pixar's Next Animated Adventure

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As the world prepares to embrace Pixar's Inside Out in a couple weeks a teaser trailer for their next project, The Good Dinosaur, dropped today. It has dashes of humor, danger and thrills. "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.The Good Dinosaur opens in cinemas on November 25th....

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Comeback: Check The Full Trailer For The Danish Comedy

22 hours ago

It's been quite some time since Danish helmer Natasha Arthy was last on the big screen but after a lengthy - and productive - foray into television but she's headed back to cinemas for the first time since 2007's Fighter with upcoming comedy Comeback.Comedian Thomas Vang has wrecked his career and will do anything to return to the top. Even if it is just warming up for his friend, the successful Mads Andersen, he goes all out to get his career back on track. However, when his cheeky teenage daughter, Frederikke, suddenly turns up out of the misty fog of oblivion, Thomas' life is turned upside down. She does whatever she can to sabotage his dreams, and before Thomas realizes what has hit him, he...

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Fantaspoa 2015 Dispatch: Award Winners Include Stung And The Incident

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After more than two weeks full of a great variety of activities - including film screenings, concerts, parties and several Q&A with the filmmakers - the eleventh edition of Fantaspoa came to an end on Sunday May 31 with the world premiere of Argentina's experimental effort All Night Long, plus a brief award ceremony to recognize the best of the festival. Joao Fleck - the director of the festival - announced the award winning films prior the final screening, and he also presented a special video that recaps some of the most unique moments of this incredible edition of Latin America's most important festival for genre cinema. You can check the full list of winners as well as said video in the gallery below. Cross-published...

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Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

2 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Only a few living directors have achieved status in world cinema as Roy Andersson did. Calling him a cult director seems like a huge understatement, even though we are talking about a rather narrow body of work consisting of three features by the now 71-year-old Swedish master (Swedish Love Story and Giliap belonging amidst the "youthful" missteps before the director´s artistic rebirth). Songs from the Second Floor (2000) and You, the Living (2007) can simply be considered timeless, having their proper place not only in the Swedish cinematic trove for the easily identifiable and inimitable Andersson's singular poetics. His latest addition, under the ridiculous English title A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, doesn't differ from the fragmented narrative form he established in his prior...

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Win The Taking Of Tiger Mountain From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

2 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Well Go USA and TwitchFilm are partnering up to offer our lucky readers one of three Blu-ray copies of Tsui Hark's latest film, The Taking of Tiger Mountain! Our man in Hong Kong, James Marsh, really enjoyed the film and said:The Taking of Tiger Mountain is a breath of fresh air in a genre stale and stiff from too many stuffy, pompous party-approved history yawns. Tsui fills his film with shootouts, explosions, ski stunts, animal attacks and even an extended sequence in which our hero takes a crap. Brimming with energy, action and genuinely interesting events from Chinese history, Tsui Hark has delivered an unashamedly entertaining holiday romp.I'm really looking forward to checking it out, and now you can, too!If you would like to win...

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We Are Still Here: Watch The Trailer For Acclaimed Indie Horror

2 June 2015 9:30 AM, PDT

Indie horror We Are Still Here is one of those special little success stories that proves personalities still matter and sometimes the good guys win, even in this age when numbers rule all. Though he may not have been known to audiences prior to his breakout success on the festival circuit, writer-director Ted Geoghegan has been a (welcome) fixture on the festival circuit for years, present at various events as organizer, publicist or fan where he has built a wealth of goodwill for the simple reason that he is one of the Good People in that world. And so word that he was moving forward with his debut feature project last year was met with a mix of elation - because Geoghegan simply oozes this...

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Mechanical Ghosts On The Run: Peter Tscherkassky Retrospective On Doc Alliance

2 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

For two weeks Doc Alliance,an European online streaming platform for documentaries has been presenting many digital copies of Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's films for free. Tscherkassky, whose latest The Exquisite Corpus premiered a few days ago in Cannes, is simply put one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers worldwide. He is devoted to the materiality of film and to the re-cycling and re-copying of found footage. His films have a huge theoretical as well as technical dimension but they are also heavily sensual with a trembling flair of revolution that makes it hard to think while watching. Of course, it is not the best way to see his films on a digital screening platform online, but to get a first idea and to...

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Upskirt Shots And Boner Gags In First Teaser For Sono's All Esper Dayo

2 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

Middle aged men with a fixation on teenaged girls' panties ... well, they get a little bit creepy, don't they? And, yes, panty shots are once again a prime feature in a Sono Sion film and, yes, I'm finding his whole fixation more than a little bit creepy as he's now got at least a handful of titles to his name that feature upskirt shots as a significant thematic trend. Which is kind of icky. Though this one, at least, at least throws a few boner jokes into the mix as well.The film in question is Sono's big screen adaptation of Wakasugi Kiminori's manga All Esper Dayo, with Himizu star Shometani Sota in the lead in the comedy revolving around a group of teens who...

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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Non-original (Remake, Reboot) Film?

2 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Looking at the top-10 of Hollywood's output this week, it's easy to spot how we the industry is mired knee-deep in the usual traditions of remaking classics, rebooting old favorites, and sequel-ing the hell out of franchises. Pitch Perfect 2 is obviously a sequel, Poltergeist -- pictured above -- is a remake, and Mad Mad: Fury Road is either a reboot or an, ehm... sprequal (a prequel And sequel, which turned out to be just as good as its original). What we want to call Avengers: Age of Ultron is maybe not clear, but it definitely belongs with the rest. Upcoming are a new Jurassic Park, a new Fantastic Four, a new Terminator, a new Mission Impossible... that's just this summer, and it ain't even...

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Eddie Redmayne Officially Attached To J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts

2 June 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

News began to pick up early yesterday (and rumored earlier than that really) that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was the man to take the lead in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, a prequel to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise. Last night it became official. Deadline reported that Redmayne is officially attached to the project. He will play Newt Scamander, the author of the book by the same name that Potter and his chums use in their films. This prequel takes place some 70 years before Potter enrolls into Hogwarts. The script marks Rowling's screenwriting debut. Returning from the Potter universe is David Yates, who directed the last four Potter films and producer David Heyman, who produced every Potter film. Warner Bros. set a release date for...

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Review: Entourage, Exhausting And Insulting And Discouraging

2 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT

The television series Entourage ran for eight seasons on HBO, but I checked out sometime during the third season in 2006, burned out on the show's consistently tasteless humor and refusal to engage with its subject matter on anything more than a surface level. The Entourage movie runs for 104 minutes, but my mind wanted to change the channel after the first 15 minutes, when it had become readily apparent that it would be nothing more than the most rudimentary, self-abusing treatment possible of what once sounded like a passably entertaining idea. Series creator Doug Ellin directed from a screenplay credited to himself and Rob Weiss. The movie begins a few short days after the conclusion of the series, and promptly junks the happy endings...

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The Rock Wants To Produce And Star In Remake Of Big Trouble In Little China

1 June 2015 7:30 PM, PDT

I am going to try to be as diplomatic about this news as possible. First, just to be clear, the original Big Trouble In Little China holds a special place in my heart. My soul even. I watch it at least once a year. I have a Lo Pan Pop! figure looming over me in the home office right now. When I planned Todd's bachelor party I arranged for private screening time at a former funeral home. What was one of the movie's the TwitchFilm lord and master picked? Big Trouble In Little China. Yeah. It is special for at least two of us here at TwitchFilm.So how do you respond to news that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is in negotiations to produce and star...

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Crowdfund This! Brian Lonano's Gwilliam Promotes (?) Man-Goblin Love

1 June 2015 3:30 PM, PDT

We love us some Brian Lonano in these parts, the cult fave short filmmaker having turned up in this pages almost right from the very beginning with such titles as Attackazoids, The Transmission and Crow Hand. Any new Lonano is a cause for celebration in our books and he's at it again, raising a mere seven grand to craft his latest short film opus - a tale of man-goblin love titled Gwilliam. Veteran character actor William Tokarsky makes up the man part of the equation with the goblin to be an animatronic puppet, which is largely where the crowd funding kicks in. Seriously, these guys are awesome. So check out Crow Hand below - available online only for the duration of the crowd funding campaign...

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Eli Roth's The Green Inferno Will Head To Theaters After All

1 June 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

Eli Roth's The Green Inferno is heading to theaters in the U.S. on September 25, 2015. The horror picture debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and made the genre fest rounds after that before getting picked up for theatrical distribution. It was originally set to be released in September 2014, but the distribution company experienced some issues and Roth's movie got caught up in the turmoil. Now, as announced by director Eli Roth, producer Jason Blum, via his Blumhouse Tilt company, will release it in U.S. theaters later this year. Although I've not been a fan of Roth's movies, The Green Inferno surprised me when I saw it at the Morbido Film Festival last year. It's as gruesome as expected, but the characters...

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Win The Entire Artsploitation Films DVD Back Catalogue, Only At TwitchFilm

1 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT

Philedelphia based film distributor Artsploitation Films has been hibernating for the past 15 months, however, this June they come roaring back with brand new DVD and Blu-ray releases of festival favorites Horsehead, Der Samurai, and The House of 1,000 Eyes.In celebration, we've teamed up with Artsploitation to offer a unique giveaway to help you better understand what the label is about if you've been sleeping on them. We're giving away the entire Artsploitation back catalogue to one lucky reader. That means 14 different releases of films from India, Latin America, Scandinavia, Asia, and more! Just in case you're wondering what you are missing, check out the gallery below for more information on the individual films as well as trailers. (All content provided by Artsploitation.)This is...

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Sydney Film Festival 2015: Pen-ek, Aihara Hiromi Join Competition Jury

1 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

The 2015 Sydney Film Festival has announced the jury in charge of judging the 12 titles in the Official Competition, which "recognises courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film." The winner will take home the Sydney Film Prize and A$60,000 cash.This year's jury will be headed by Australian film producer Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom, Home Song Stories, Jewboy). The jury members include Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang (6ixtynin9, Last Life In The Universe), Japanese producer Aihara Hiromi (Tetsuo II, Tokyo Fist, Last Life in the Universe, Invisible Waves), Executive Director of the Austrian Film Commission Martin Schweighofer and Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Strictly Ballroom, Lantana, A Most Wanted Man). This year's Official Competition titles include:  • Arabian Nights (Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland)• Black Souls (Italy)• The Daughter (Australia) • Me And...

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Hey, Spain! Atlántida Film Fest Is Coming To An Internet Connection Near You

1 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Atlántida Film Fest, run through the VOD service Filmin, is back with the 5th edition of its online festival. As (sadly) many indie/art-house cinemas have closed across the country, VOD is the only way many Spaniards can see something non-Hollywood, and Filmin has done a great job of filling the void, both through their monthy subscriptions and this festival.Spanish cinephiles can enjoy a multitude of great films through the internets, including A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 52 Tuesdays, The Tribe, Goodnight Mommy, Dear White People and Tu dors Nicole. Running June 9th - July 9th, at a cost of €50 for the entire festival (€40 for those who already subscribe to Filmin), that's about €1 per film. This idea needs to be exported.But...

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Baahubali: The Beginning Trailer Hints At An Epic World Of Love And Violence

1 June 2015 6:15 AM, PDT

Today is the day! After nearly two years of waiting the first theatrical trailer for SS Rajamouli's Baahubali: The Beginning is live! I've seen Rajamouli's last five films, so I had some idea of his capabilities going in, however, this looks like it could change the playing field for Indian filmmaking. The scale of this two minutes of footage is incredible, and the world Rajamouli and his team have built looks thoroughly lived in and real. The trailer hints at the live story within, the huge battle scenes with thousands of combatants, but it also manages to make the violence feel personal and intimate on the screen.I have no words left, you need to see this for yourself....

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