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Fantasia 2014: ‘Yasmine’ is a familiar but excitingly boisterous effort from burgeoning Brunei

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Written by Salman Aristo and Siti Kamaluddin

Directed by Siti Kamaluddin

Brunei, 2014

For movies aiming to share the transformative story of a child or teenager searching to showing their worth in a specific sport and learn some life lessons along the way, Karate Kid is among the templates to abide by. From novice to champion all with a little help from a charismatic trainer and a dash of romance on the side, there is little doubt as to why the film is still cited today, especially those from the generation that grew up with it. Brunei, a country not exactly known for a flourishing film industry, recently produced its very first effort that aspires to mainstream commercial success. Helmed by writer-director Siti Kamaluddin, Yasmine invites viewers for a familiar, heartwarming coming-of-age tale set in the world of the martial art silat.

The titular Yasmine (Liyana Yus) is a tempestuous »

- Edgar Chaput

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‘The Maze Runner’, the adaptation of the James Dashner novel, releases a new trailer

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Over the past few years, a number of dystopian young adult novels have made their way to the big screen, including 2014′s Divergent. Thus, fans of the genre were excited to learn that James Dashner’s 2009 novel was the next one set to get adapted. Titled The Maze Runner, the movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Wes Ball, who works from a script co-written by Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin, and Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, and Patricia Clarkson, and a new trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.

The post ‘The Maze Runner’, the adaptation of the James Dashner novel, releases a new trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Fantasia 2014: ‘At the Devil’s Door’ easily frightens amidst a muddy script

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At the Devil’s Door

Written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy

U.S.A., 2014

To have a family someone has to have made a family, which brings the discussion of familial ties to the topic of procreation with, preferably, a loved one. Building a family is an accepted practice of most societies but that is not to say that everyone partakes in it. Some cannot whereas others choose not to. A select number of people do not feel themselves as deserving to be a parent or are simply uninterested in the prospect of raising children. For instance, they may not see the world as is as the place where they would like to offer a young home a home. The question of lineage therefore becomes a moot point for those people. While creating a new generation may not appeal to everyone, it is a commonly accepted practice in virtually all societies around the world. »

- Edgar Chaput

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In Defense of “The Leftovers”: Faith, Forgiveness and Damon Lindelof

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Damon Lindelof’s latest TV effort, The Leftovers on HBO (co-created by and adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta)  just hit the halfway mark through its first season on Sunday, and it’s easily the best new show to premiere this summer. This comes with two disclosures: 1. Summers are usually treated more like draughts than harvesting season for TV networks so 2. The competition is usually (and specifically this year) lackluster. For example, this year you have AMC’s disappointingly tone-deaf Halt and Catch Fire, while on FX you have Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain struggling to decide if it’s good-bad or just bad-bad. Despite a lightweight competition, The Leftovers still holds its title of best new Summer show, a title that is earned despite the show winning it by default.

After each episode I look to recaps across the internet to further the discussion and interpretation of the show, »

- Dylan Griffin

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The Leftovers, Ep. 1.05, “Gladys,” celebrates the halfway mark with a nice, big rest

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The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 5, “Gladys”

Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrota

Directed by Mimi Leder

Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO

Gladys, Gladys, you were so classless, intimidating the leftovers with sass and badass-ness.

This is a song. This is a song I came up with, but do not necessarily feel like singing. I can almost gather the enthusiasm, but it just doesn’t happen. This series inspires this type of near-reaction. If the structure was tighter, if proper introductions were made, if stakes were established and the characters three-dimensional, then one might engage. As it stands, The Leftovers is halfway through its first season, and it feels like it still hasn’t started, despite some intriguing elements. Like Kevin and the dry cleaners, the door feels locked, with someone uncaring inside.

There’s a true blankness with this series, and some of it is intentional, but most not. »

- Michael

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Fantasia 2014: ‘The Man in the Orange Jacket’ is the most misogynistic, unpleasant film of the year

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The Man in the Orange Jacket

Written and Directed by Aik Karapetian


Typically, a brutal murderer’s wardrobe in a horror film is chosen because it’s spooky or hides some kind of physical deformity. It’s no accident in Aik Karapetian’s cruelly vile and unpleasant The Man in the Orange Jacket that the titular killer dresses that way, and no surprise that he quickly sheds himself of his uniform at the first opportunity.

Immediately after the nameless lead (Maxim Lazarev) and hundreds of other harbor workers are laid off, he walks to an expensive home in his work-clothes and brutally murders his boss and that man’s much younger girlfriend. He then slowly sets about assimilating the deceased’s lifestyle: dressing in their clothes and ordering expensive meals. Imagine if a laid-off Gm employee brutally slaughtered CEO Mary Barra with a hammer.

It’s made abundantly clear early on, »

- Kenny Hedges

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Fantasia 2014: The predictable elements of ‘Predestination’ are compensated with emotional satisfaction

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Written and directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (credited as The Spierig Brothers)

Australia, 2014

A guy walks into a bar, and he says, “Ouch!”

Two guys walk into a bar – second guy should have seen it coming.

That joke your grandfather told you could easily double for the pitch to Predestination, the new paradoxical time travel riddle by Australian directing duo The Spierig Brothers.

Based on Robert A. Heinlein’s short story All You Zombies, Predestination sees an unnamed agent (Ethan Hawke) for the temporal agency leap through time to catch an elusive serial murderer known as The Fizzle Bomber before he destroys over ten city blocks in New York. The only problem is the bomber seems to be aware of the attempts to stop him, as he keeps changing the specific day and time of his latest catastrophe. While undercover as a bartender, Hawke’s agent strikes »

- Kenny Hedges

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Sketchy Episode 129 – ‘Hercules’

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Zero to hero! No, not that “Hercules.” This is the Brett Ratner “Hercules” starirng The Rock, based on the comic series “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.” And Ryan traveled all the way to Boston to see it with Newcomb. Enjoy!

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- Ryan Clagg

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‘Code Black’ humanizes the political

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Code Black

Directed by Ryan McGarry

Written by Ryan McGarry & Joshua Altman

USA, 2013

Sometimes lost in the ideological weeds of health care reform are the unintended emotional consequences on the caregivers themselves.  The documentary, Code Black, goes inside Los Angeles County Hospital’s emergency room to give as a frontline view of America’s overburdened health care system.  What we see is less a stinging indictment of bureaucratic red tape and more a thoughtful re-assessment of the doctor-patient relationship in modern medicine.

Writer-director-physician, Ryan McGarry, takes us deep into the guts (and blood) of one of America’s busiest public hospitals.  In scenes that resemble refugee camps, hundreds of ailing patients huddle in waiting areas for upwards of 10-14 hours.  As one of the young doctors puts it, “Emergency rooms are the new church… a place of sanctuary.”  These poor souls range from the mentally ill to the down-on-their-luck.  Indeed, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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‘Transformers’ breaks box office records in China: what it means for the international market

18 hours ago

Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth film in the franchise, broke a box office record in China this past weekend, surpassing $300 million and becoming the first ever film to do so.

The Hollywood Reporter had the news Sunday, noting that it puts Age of Extinction well on its way to breaking the $1 billion mark globally for the year and not far off from the $1.12 billion earned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

At first this news may not sound surprising. Bay made a movie set in China, loaded it with Chinese product placement, cast local Chinese actor Bingbing Li and utilized Chinese resources as part of the shoot, and the effort paid off handsomely.

But the bigger side of the story is that Age of Extinction is one of the first films that was released simultaneously with the American release, effectively minimizing some of China’s more rampant bootlegging of Hollywood movies. »

- Brian Welk

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This is Our Design #15: Amuse-Bouche

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Welcome back to This is Our Design, where we do our best not to kill people and turn them into mushroom fertilizer. We can’t say the same about what goes on in Hannibal, though, so listeners beware. Also, beware: awesome discussion ensues when listening to this podcast. This week, that awesomeness is derived from co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick’s special guest, Les Chappell of The A.V. Club, who has returned to the insanity of This is Our Design despite his better judgment. Included in the discussion are some thoughts about the theme of connection in Hannibal, opinions of new characters and Oh My Goodness, Is He Turning People Into Mushrooms!? Also keep an ear out for our recurring segments, “Kate’s Classical Corner,” “The Devil in the Details” and “Spoiled Meat,” the most spoiler-y of spoiler-y segments a podcast called This is Our Design has to offer. »

- Sean Colletti

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What’s Left in 2014: Ten Highly Anticipated Movies

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It will be August in a few days now, which means that more than half of the calendar year has passed already, but there are still several films that should be on your radar. The summer movie season is over, but there is still a few tentpole productions to look forward to before the fall/winter in the form of Marvel’s oddest feature yet, the beginning of the end of the Hunger Games franchise and Christopher Nolan’s excursion into the stars.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 1)

Comic book films are often chastised for being too cookie-cutter, but those films don’t include a sentient tree and a talking raccoon with a penchant for violence. Guardians could either be hugely successful or an eccentric failure for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I have a feeling this is the movie that makes Chris Pratt a household name and that can’t be a bad thing. »

- Colin Biggs

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‘Supreme: Blue Rose’ #1-a Good Opening

20 hours ago

Supreme: Blue Rose

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Tula Lotay

Published by Image Comics

Supreme is a long-running and infrequently reprinted Image comic created by Rob Liefeld and with an acclaimed run by Alan Moore that has now been revived by Warren Ellis. For those who haven’t read it, it was sort of a take on Superman. Supreme’s revival is almost more of a reimagining to help familiarize new readers with an old premise. Warren Ellis’ writing style and Tula Lotay have given this well-regarded series a fresh new face and an interesting, dream-like feel to it.

Diana Dane is having a dream in what may be the afterlife or some pit stop on the way back from reincarnation. She discusses life and before she wakes up, she is warned not to trust Darius Dax. The catch is, she’s unemployed in New York City and Darius »

- Zeb Larson

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Historian hoping to restore ‘Gone With the Wind’ film set

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Sometimes it’s humiliating what the world has done with our film history. Horror stories abound about the poor preservation and disposal of film prints of movies like Lawrence of Arabia, and of course the more famous examples with Metropolis and The Magnificent Ambersons.

One historian is trying to rectify the legacy of another landmark film, Gone With the Wind. Peter Bonner, a historian and Gone With the Wind tour guide in Atlanta, recently came across the forgotten pieces to the movie set of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous plantation home “Tara”.

The set from the film was eventually dismantled, sold from Selznick Studios to Desi Arnaz and later shipped to Georgia, where it has now been rotting in storage for nearly three decades.

The Daily Mail reported on Sunday about Bonner’s efforts to restore the many pieces to Tara and make it available for tours. Bonner’s Facebook page, »

- Brian Welk

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Cult horror film ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes’ is finally being released

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This is a bit of an odd story. For years The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a 2007 mockumentary horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil, and the upcoming As Above, So Below), has been sitting on the shelf unreleased. Though it never officially came out (outside of a few film festivals), the film has had pirated copies circling conventions and illegal copies have found their way online, giving the film a small cult following. As reported by Bloody Disgusting last week, the film suddenly appeared out of nowhere on VOD for DirecTV subscribers. It was finally available for horror nuts to watch without breaking the law.

Now in a strange turn of events, it seems that the film is no longer available to rent in any capacity. Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop ran into Dowdle and his brother/producing partner Drew Dowdle at Comic-Con and Drew told him that »

- Max Molinaro

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Top 5 Marvel Announcements

28 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT

After making some huge (and unfortunately controversial) announcements about Thor and Captain America before San Diego Comic Con, Marvel fleshed out future developments involving these characters and their titles. They also announced the first Star Wars comics since getting the license from Dark Horse. More details can be found in this article. A bulk of the announcements had to do with the upcoming “Spider-Verse” event spinning out of Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run, which will include every Spider-Man that Marvel currently has the rights to. (No Tobey or Andrew sadly.)

1. Ben Reilly Returns in Scarlet Spiders

Ben Reilly was the clone of Peter Parker made by Jackal that first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #149. He even took up the mantle of Spider-Man when Peter Parker retired to raise his child. Eventually, Peter returned as Spider-Man, and Ben Reilly was killed by Green Goblin towards the end of the infamous “Clone »

- Logan Dalton

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Scream Factory announces ten exciting new genre releases

28 July 2014 2:01 PM, PDT

Scream Factory has been doing an amazing job for a few years now with their amazing home releases of cult classics and lesser-known gems of the past few decades. With releases like From Beyond, Day of the Dead, The Howling, Darkman, Ginger Snaps, John Carpenter’s The Fog, Sleepaway Camp, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and a ton of other horror gems, Scream Factory is now essentially the Criterion Collection of cult horror, low budget sci-fi, and other great genre films that may be overlooked otherwise. Over the past weekend, Scream Factory announced ten new titles to their library that should get all genre fans very excited.

From the company’s Facebook:

We just announced the following upcoming Scream Factory blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here’s the exciting line-up!

1. The Dark Half

2. Monkey Shines

3. Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh

4. Scarecrows

5. Phantom of the Opera »

- Max Molinaro

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‘The Strain’, Ep. 1.03, “Gone Smooth” shakily gets things moving

28 July 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

The Strain, Season 1, Episode 3, “Gone Smooth”

Written by Chuck Hogan

Directed by David Semel

Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on FX

There’s a lot of talk this week about being good, as in a decent person, and what that means. The writers lay it on thick with the scene between Jim and his wife, who has just been accepted into a cancer trial because of Jim’s deal with the devil. “Good things happen to good people, right?” she asks him. “Right?” It’s like she’s just rubbing salt in the wound of his already festering guilt.

Abraham Setrakian, our resident old guy who knows everything, characteristically has no time for such Bs, instead demanding of Nora, “You think being good is enough?” He clearly doesn’t, seeing as he has no use for her until she’s ready to do what has to be done. Outside of the thematic resonance, »

- Jake Pitre

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Top 5 DC Comics Announcements

28 July 2014 12:29 PM, PDT

At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, most of the big DC Comics announcements came through the film or TV side of things. No films, except for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, were announced, but lots of TV shows based on DC Comics characters got trailers, teasers, and lots of buzz. But, between the no longer chain smoking British magicians, shirtless archers, and hints of Batman villains and allies showing up on Arrow, DC did make a few big comics announcements mostly having to do with Batman’s 75th anniversary.

1. “LostHarlan Ellison Batman Script to Become Digital Comic

To coincide with the BluRay and DVD release of the 1966 Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, DC Comics announced that an unused script by science fiction writer and editor would be made into a special digital comic called Batman ’66: The Lost Episode. It would be »

- Logan Dalton

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Beautiful first teaser trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’

28 July 2014 12:20 PM, PDT

The final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has its first teaser trailer and it is fantastic. The Battle of Five Armies promises to be an epic conclusion to the story of The Hobbit, while also being a transition to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, some of the greatest films of all time. Though the decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page novel into three movies was highly controversial for some, it happened and it is time to accept the films for what they are. Though The Hobbit was never going to reach the towering heights of The Lord of the Rings, it has been a fun and nostalgia filled return to Middle-earth. The trailer is haunting and emotional, with a fair share of beautiful imagery, and a rendition of “Steward of Gondor” from The Return of the King, as song by Billy Boyd’s Peregrin “Pippin” Took. »

- Max Molinaro

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