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Moorhead and Benson Continue to Prove They Are the Coolest Filmmakers with this Amazing Promo for Tiff Entry ‘Spring’

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If you don’t know who Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead are, pay attention. The pair of filmmakers directed one of our favourite films back in 2012: With Resolution, Benson and Moorhead weren’t working on a large scale, but they achieved more than most filmmakers, working with substantially less. Resolution is truly a unique film and a movie that cracked our list of best films of 2013. With their second feature, Benson and Moorhead develop their filmmaking muscles further. Set to premiere at Tiff this week, Spring is described as “a truly beautiful, genre-defying romance — Before Sunrise with a supernatural twist”. Not much is known about the film apart from the synopsis over on the Tiff website. There hasn’t been a trailer, poster nor teaser released, but leave it to the filmmakers to peek our interested even more, by producing the following promotion video for the film. For the unfamiliar, »

- Ricky

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The Best TV Show Is Being Remastered and Rebroadcast in HD

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Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, The Wire is regarded by many, as the greatest television show ever made. The American crime drama set and produced in and around Baltimore, started out as a straight-up police procedural about cops surveilling drug dealers in the inner city. In subsequent seasons, it added subplots about other city institutions introducing a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.

The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes. If you haven’t yet seen it, than fear not; HBO plans on rebroadcasting the entire series remastered, starting September 4. And with this news, we can hope the series will »

- Kyle Reese

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Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 391: ‘Boyhood’

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A unique work in American cinema, shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of adolecsnce as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason. Today on Sound On Sight, we give you our long awaited review of Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed indie gem. Here to join us is Sos News Editor, Brian Welk.

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New on Video: ‘Out of the Past’

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Out of the Past

Directed by Jacques Tourneur

Written by Daniel Mainwaring

USA, 1947

Director Jacques Tourneur knew how to make the most out of a little, particularly when he was working in collaboration with producer Val Lewton (see Cat People, 1942, I Walked with a Zombie, 1943, and The Leopard Man, 1943). So when Rko gave this master of the low-budget picture a comparatively larger budget and a top-notch screenplay (by Daniel Mainwaring—as Geoffrey Homes—based on his own novel, “Build My Gallows High”) the result was one of the finest of all film noir.

Starring Robert Mitchum as Jeff and Jane Greer as Kathie, Out of the Past is built on a premise that is one of the defining characteristics of noir: the inevitability of an inescapable past. Such a device was often integral, with the repercussions of one’s recent deeds coming back to haunt them, but relatively rare was »

- Jeremy Carr

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New on Video: ‘The Dance of Reality’

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The Dance of Reality

Written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Chile, 2013

If Alejandro Jodorowsky’s name has been in the news as of late, it’s largely thanks to Frank Pavich’s excellent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. While this is a fascinating and tantalizing examination of what might have been a stunning feature in the filmmaker’s rather limited body of work, it should not distract from the films Jodorowsky actually made since the Dune debacle. This includes the 85-year-old’s latest feature (which is teased at the end of the documentary), the autobiographical The Dance of Reality, out now on blu-ray. This Felliniesque chronicle of occasionally inflated childhood reminisces and the sociopolitical factors that form one’s identity is a beautiful film, lovingly crafted, episodic though at times meandering, and certainly a passion project for its director.

We first see Jodorowsky himself in the present day, directly addressing the »

- Jeremy Carr

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Trailer For Abel Ferrara’s ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe

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Independent New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara became best-known for his low-budget, shockingly violent films that explore the roughest neighbourhoods of the Big Apple. From his 1979 Driller Killer, for which Ferrara starred, edited, and wrote the songs – to his more mainstream hits, The King of New York and Bad Lieutenant – to his most recent film, Welcome to New York, the director has successfully retained his stylistic edge while garnering critical acclaim. Now the controversial filmmaker is set to premiere his newest film at Tiff later this week, a bio-pic about another famed and controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. And right before its premiere, the first trailer has arrived.

For the unfamiliar: Italian director, screen writer, essayist, poet, critic and novelist, Pier Paolo Pasolini is best known for his controversial and provocative films, most notably Salo. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, and has since, come to be valued by »

- Kyle Reese

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Sketchy Episode 134 – ‘Mighty Max (w/ Sock Talk Podcast)’

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Newcomb welcomes the guys from “Sock Talk Podcast” and the creators of the new documentary “My Name Is… Jonah” to discuss Mighty Max. Plenty of tangents. Enjoy!

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- Ryan Clagg

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Stan Lee confirms that a Black Panther movie is in the works

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Stan Lee, the well known creator of many of the world’s greatest comic characters and the king of cameos, may have let it slip that Marvel Studios are definitely working on a film based on Black Panther. Comic Book Resources quoted Lee at the Fan Expo Canada saying, “We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward,” Lee said. “And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about”.

This is exciting news for multiple reasons. First there has been a little bit of outcry for more diversity in superhero films. Captain America: The Winter Solider introduced Falcon, »

- Max Molinaro

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Lars Von Trier Returns to TV

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Lars Von Trier is returning to television for the first time in two decades with The House That Jack Built.  The Hollywood Reporter details the announcement from Von Trier’s producer Louise Vesth from the Venice Film Festival. Other than the title, there are no other details at this time other than the show will be written by Von Trier this fall and begin shooting early in 2016.

Indiewire’s The Playlist quotes Vesth saying “Now, when he’s not able to speak [Von Trier no longer speaks publicly since his unusual Nazi comments at the Cannes Film Fesival], so he cannot say that it’s not true, I’m happy to announce that the next Lars von Trier project will be a TV series in the English language,” she said. “He has a really really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard, I’m sure that it will be something that you have »

- Max Molinaro

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The Strain, Ep. 1.08, “Creatures of the Night” is a contained nightmare

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The Strain, Season 1, Episode 8, “Creatures of the Night”

Written by Chuck Hogan

Directed by Guy Ferland

Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on FX

Often in serialized television, some of the best episodes come when the action is narrowed down and focused on a specific character (as in “Two Boats and a Helicopter” and “Guest”, in the ongoing first season of The Leftovers) or location (as in “Fight”, the recent hotel room-set episode of Masters of Sex). “Creatures of the Night” is a rather effective combination of the two, resulting in a quasi-bottle episode largely taking place in a gas station as Eph, Nora, Jim, Setrakian and Fet(!!!) star in their own mini horror story, an hour of fun TV.

It is often reminiscent of some of the better action-oriented episodes of The Walking Dead, which makes sense because the episode is directed by Guy Ferland, who has been behind the camera for many Dead episodes. »

- Jake Pitre

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‘Southern Bastards’ #4 Unpredictable, Progressively Violent, and Shocking

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Southern Bastards #4

Story by: Jason Aaron

Art by: Jason Latour

Cover by: Jason Latour

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour began working together four years ago when Latour teamed up with Aaron to illustrate an issue of the critically acclaimed Vertigo series Scalped, and they would later collaborate on various Wolverine projects for Marvel, sharing writing duties on Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted. Needless to say, their resume is impressive and so when Southern Bastards was announced, there was a lot of hype surrounding the new series from Image Comics. Fans had huge expectations, but could Southern Bastards live up to all the hype surrounding the book and the dynamic duo? Four issues later, and the answer is yes. This relentless tale of small-town treachery spiralling into bloody vengeance is one of the year’s best. Following the gripping ending to the last issue, Southern Bastard‘s first arc comes to a bloody end, »

- Ricky

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Pop #1 – Big sci-fi with heart

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Pop #1

Story by Curt Pires

Art by Jason Copland

Colors by Pete Toms

Publisher: Dark Horse

Pop #1 published by Dark Horse, written by Curt Pires, and drawn by Jason Copland is based around a very Cronenbergian premise (more specifically a son of Cronenberg premise). It is a sci-fi tale about a world where the biggest celebrities aren’t born, but made and grown in a lab. A secret corporation births and oversees the rises, successes, and falls of almost all actors and pop stars. If any of their creations deviate from the company’s desires, they are swiftly dealt with. One night a woman, Elle, escapes from her pod and is taken in by a comic shop owner, Coop, while he is on his way to commit suicide. What is apparent in this first issue is that they are about to both about to be in way over their heads »

- Max Molinaro

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‘Resogun’ is a fast, frenetic nightmare of bliss

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Resogun

HouseMarque

Sony Computer Entertainment

PS4

Released alongside the PlayStation 4, HouseMarque’s homage to classic shooters such as Defender and Datastorm was easily the best pick of the launch games (and in many ways is yet to be beaten). Casting you as a small ship on a large, curved cylinder, Resogun tasks you with moving left, right, up and down along the rotating background whilst shooting baddies, dodging projectiles and – most importantly – saving humans.

The last focus is the twist on the old-school formula. As if it weren’t complex enough to take out the waves of enemies using a tried-and-tested combination of blasters, boosters, overdrives and massive, screen-rippling nova bombs, the pesky aliens have started abducting humans and you’re the only one that can save them.

The game is broken up into five distinct levels: Acis, Ceres, Decima, Febris and Mefitis, and each are further split into three phases followed by a boss. »

- Tariq Ashkanani

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Doctor Who, Ep. 8.02, “Into the Dalek”: Excellent character work outweighs familiar third act

31 August 2014 10:34 PM, PDT

Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 2, “Into the Dalek”

Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on BBC America

This week, on Doctor Who: The Doctor doesn’t like soldiers, Clara is a master of the quick change, and Mr. Pink is a reader

Dalek stories are tricky. As monsters, they’re one trick ponies, but they’re also iconic and massively popular, so they’re trotted out every season or so for the Doctor to face*. They’re the Doctor’s oldest enemy (the First Doctor faced off with them in his second story), and frankly, the series ran out of new ways to use them a very long time ago. In season one of NuWho, Robert Shearman revitalized the creatures with his fantastic script for “Dalek”, but since season two, their appearances have mostly been a series of diminishing returns, »

- Kate Kulzick

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.05, “Life’s a Mystery”: equally frustrates and intrigues

31 August 2014 9:04 PM, PDT

Hell on Wheels, Episode 5, Season 4, “Life’s a Mystery”

Written by Mark Richard and Thomas Brady

Directed by David Straiton

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Wouldn’t be wise to kick a man while he’s down- he’s liable to kick back”

Last week’s episode of Hell on Wheels, “Reckoning”, was a slow and disappointing entry. There were great moments but given how exceptional the first three episodes of the season were, “Reckoning” left much to be desired. “Life’s a Mystery” is better but it’s also very heavy-handed and uneven.

This episode has an unusual structure with a campy and rather unnecessary opening set in Juarez, Mexico. While stylish, the whole thing feels out of place. Grit and realism have always been what’s made Hell on Wheels special, so this hyper and bloody opening, complete with slow motion, doesn’t feel like Hell on Wheels. »

- Tressa

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