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Wff 2013: Odd Thomas is Charming & Hugely Entertaining [Review]
21 hours ago
Dean Koontz is no stranger to adaptations of his work but I doubt any of the projects based on his books have gone through as much legal finagling as Odd Thomas, an adaptation of the first in a series of six novels. Directed by Stephen Sommers who previously had tremendous success with The Mummy movies, the movie has been through the legal ringer and for a while, it didn't look like it would get a release. While no specific dates have been announced, earlier this year Image Entertainment confirmed that they'd picked up the movie and would be giving it an early 2014 release. Good thing too because Odd Thomas is a heck of a good time.
Odd is a short order cook in Pico Mundo, a sleepy California desert town that sees very little in the way of trouble but when it does c [Continued ...] »
Wff 2013: River Phonix Memorable in Otherwise Bland Dark Blood [Review]
21 hours ago
In 1993, shortly before the completion of shooting on his latest movie Dark Blood, River Phoenix died. After the insurers and financiers decided there wasn't enough footage to finish the movie, the project was shelved until a number of years ago when director George Sluizer, likely best known for the excellent abduction thriller The Vanishing, revisited the footage. Though some minor scenes were missing, Sluizer felt he had enough material to complete the film and Dark Blood re-emerged last year at the Netherlands Film Festival.
Phoenix stars as Boy, a young widower whose wife died of radiation poisoning from nuclear tests near their home. He's since moved out to the desert where he lives as a hermit, spending his time carving dolls and building a fall out shelter f [Continued ...] »
Dead Snow 2, Cooties and The Guest in Sundance's Midnight Selections
5 December 2013 2:28 PM, PST
Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, "The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics."
Here are the Midnight Selection Flicks:
The Babadook / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) — A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the ho [Continued ...] »
Godzilla Trailer Re-Emerges
5 December 2013 2:23 PM, PST
This teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla was first shown at Comic Con and not a lot of people saw it outside of that convention. Now the teaser has appeared on the eve of an all new full trailer we hear is coming soon.
This is the first time I've seen this and it really blew me away. If you've seen Monsters you'll know that Edwards has a talent for grand scale and small human story. I hope that bleeds through on his first big budget reboot.
Here's the trailer!
Godzilla 2014-Teaser-vo : Bandes-annonces HD - [Continued ...] »
Devil's Due Trailer Delivers on Goosbumps
5 December 2013 1:54 PM, PST
In the wake of all the Paranormal Activity films and the wave of "posession" films that followed, I had all but written off being excited anout another one. And then, here comes Devil's Due which has hooked me with a pretty creepy trailer.
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a m [Continued ...] »
Gladiator Action Thrown Into Apocalyptic Mix In New Pompeii Trailer
4 December 2013 2:38 PM, PST
The first trailer for Paul Ws Anderson's Pompeii was, indeed, disaster porn and the second trailer is just as full of ash, water and lava as the first though this time, in a slightly more sombre tone.
The rock music has been swapped out for grandiose instrumentals and the new trailer offers up a lot more destruction but also more of Kit Harington and
Emily Browning making ogle eyes at each other and coming together for a passionless kiss amidst the falling ash; essentially, it's just more of the goofiness we've come to expect from these ridiculous blockbusters.
There's apparently a story here about a slave (Harrington) who escapes to return home and rescue the woman [Continued ...] »
Eva Green Prophesizes that "Sparta Will Fall" In New 300: Rise Of An Empire Trailer
4 December 2013 10:48 AM, PST
Having a 300 sequel that looks like an almost exact replica of the original doesn't really do much to excite me, especially when the idea of a nearly completely green screened movie isn't ground breaking but the first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire caught attention. Not because of the way it looks which was the big attraction for the first movie but for the simple fact that it suggested the women were going to take a front and center role in the action.
I had hoped that the female centric frist trailer wasn't a one-of and considering how large of a role they play in this new trailer, I'm starting to think there's something more to this than just fan service.
Silent Hill Director Returns With Lush Beauty & The Beast Adaptation [Trailer]
3 December 2013 4:19 PM, PST
When it was announced that Brotherhood of the Wolf and Silent Hill director Christophe Gans would be directing a new version of Beauty and the Beast and that Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel were cast in the leads, I expected this would be a slightly twisted, very dark take on the story.
First images suggested that the movie would definitely be dark but also very lush and the first trailer, currently only available sans English subtitles, suggests that this could be far more mainstream than I could have anticipated with huge sets, extensive special effects and even a couple of cute and cuddly looking creatures. This isn't exactly the Beauty and the Beast I expected from Gans but then, the story itself is pretty creepy and I expect Gans will run with some [Continued ...] »
Australian Adventure Drama Tracks Gets Beautiful First Trailer
2 December 2013 11:52 AM, PST
In 1977, a 27-year old woman by the name of Robyn Davidson set off on a trek across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the west coast with nothing more than four camels and her dog for company. Robyn didn't do it because she was trying to prove anything or to make some bold statement. She did it because she could and wanted to and her very personal journey made her a role model for other women who could relate to Davidson's push for independence and self discovery by her own terms rather than those dictated by society.
Her National Geographic article was so well received that Davidson later published "Tracks," a book which outlined her preparation for and the subsequent 1,700 mile long trek. Her novel is also the basis of John Curran's film which stars Mia Wasikowska as Davidso [Continued ...] »
Dolph Lungren's Zombies Vs. Robots Movie Picked up By Anchor Bay
2 December 2013 9:19 AM, PST
It's Monday. You're stressed. We get that. Here's some news that might cheer you up. Dolph Lundgren's Battle of the Damned is getting a domestic release from Anchor Bay Films. The insanity hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 18th.
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, find the girl, and hunt for a way to get them both out alive. But will a small band of survivors and an army of killer robots turn his mission into maximum slaughter?
Here's the film's trailer!
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