15 items from 2015
Written & Directed by Noel Marshall
Watching 1981’s notorious nature thriller, Roar, is like subjecting yourself to a psychological experiment. Unbelievable images evoke reactions ranging from horror to hilarity, sometimes within the same scene. Director Noel Marshall infuses his disastrous passion project with so much sincerity, however, that this weird little morsel must be savored like the cinematic singularity that it is. There will never be another film like Roar. Really, it’s much safer that way… for everyone.
The real-life family of writer-director Noel Marshall (who plays ‘Hank’) lived amongst 100 ‘big cats’ (including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and jaguars) for over 11 years and exhausted millions of dollars to make Roar. He and then wife, Tippi Hedren (as ‘Madelaine’), transformed their California estate into a makeshift sanctuary, allowing the massive predators to roam freely in the same house as their three children, Melanie (Griffith), Jerry and John. For the film’s threadbare plot, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Can we please get this straight, Broadway? Sprawling European novels do not make great musicals. Sorry, Les Miz partisans and Phantomaniacs, but whatever the virtues of those shows — and they are probably the best of the genre — they are mere patches on the originals. How could they not be? When you’re adapting a doorstop saga for the stage, you’re obviously going to be making huge cuts. Usually this will mean excising the poetry, philosophy, and psychology in order to preserve a series of action highlights that will then stick out like angry pimples. The result is usually more of a medley than a narrative — Don Quixote’s greatest hits! — and thus unsuited to the musical’s work of grounding song in character and situation. Indeed, when New York convened a panel to come up with a list of the greatest musicals ever, not one of the top ten »
- Jesse Green
A favorite subject amongst film nerds is the movies that could have been made but never did. We have had Lost of La Mancha chronicling Terry Gilliam's attempt to make Don Quixote. Just last year, we had Jodorowsky's Dune, about the failed making of Dune by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happenedc takes a look at the could-have-been Superman movie from Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, and there's a new trailer for the latter that you can watch below. I don't mind a little bit of "what ifc" dreaming. I do it all the time. What if this filmmaker had made this movie instead of the one that did sort of thing. The thing I do have an issue is when everybody just automatically assumes the movie that could have been made would have been amazing. Quite frankly, everyone talking about Jodorowsky's vision of »
- Mike Shutt
Zeb Larson reviews The Fade Out #5…
The second act of Brubaker and Phillips’ biggest hit ever begins with a bang! Someone knows who killed Valeria Sommers, but can our “heroes” find them without exposing themselves? And will their search lead them to answers they don’t want to find? A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, released the same day as the trade! And packed with bonus back pages articles only found in the single issues.
After what feels like a very long hiatus, The Fade Out is finally back. And thankfully, it’s back with thirty-two pages of content to allow us to cover some extra ground. This book is covering a lot of ground at the moment, and right now it feels a bit sprawling. That said, I’m more than happy to give it several issues to advance its various plot threads.
Charlie’s film is being »
- Zeb Larson
In comedy, delusional idées fixes can be fun, but to bear much existential (let alone tragic) weight, the dreamer needs to have Don Quixote–like stature, to suggest by force of his or her character that those windmills might be giants. No such thing is glimpsed in the deadpan tragicomedy Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, a hit at film festivals for its mixture of melancholy, mysticism, and sentimentality. It centers on a bedraggled, depressed, uncommunicative 29-year-old Japanese office worker (Rinko Kikuchi) who discovers a quivery videotape of Fargo on a beach and is instantly certain that the metal briefcase full of cash buried in the snow by a bloody Steve Buscemi is still there, by a wire fence in North Dakota, waiting for her to find. Belittled by a mother and elderly employer who question why she’s still unmarried, Kumiko makes off with a company credit card and flies to »
- David Edelstein
Some inventions are mastered instantly. The earliest adapters of oil paint, including Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, are still among the best who ever lived. After the invention of the electric guitar, early recordings confirm that Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (followed soon thereafter by Jimi Hendrix) were immediate maestros, and some say the novel has never gotten better than Don Quixote. But the internet is not like these inventions or genres. We are 25 years in and we still have no van Eyck, van der Weyden, Hendrix, or Cervantes. In part, that's because nothing endures online; commerce and novelty topple all idols (even new ones); and today’s links are already decaying and may be useless in the near future. But we have no new masters also because digital technology is more than an invention, tool, or genre. It is a whole new landscape, »
- Jerry Saltz
While Fox's Scream Queens will satiate teen fans looking for a genre fix on TV this fall, its Starz upcoming Ash Vs. Evil Dead series that true gore hounds are hungry for, making it one of the most anticipated horror projects on the horizon. Last year, Starz confirmed that Bruce Campbell will return as the iconic Ash for 10 half-hour episodes, essentially giving long-time Evil Dead fanatics a five hour sequel to the franchise. In a new interview with Dread Central, Bruce Campbell reveals that co-creator, co-writer and producer Sam Raimi, who will return to direct the pilot after directing the first three original movies, has a 5 season plan in place. He also offers more details about the plot and the new characters who will fight alongside Ash.
Ray Santiago ("Dexter") and Dana DeLorenzo ("Californication") have scored the other two leading roles in Starz's "Ash Vs. Evil Dead," the Sam Raimi-produced series sequel to his beloved horror comedy franchise "Evil Dead".
Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, a stock boy and aging lothario who must return to his monster-hunting ways when a Deadite plague soon threatens to destroy all of humanity. Ash must soon face his own demons, both literally and figuratively speaking.
Santiago will play Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant and something of a Sancho Panza to Ash's Don Quixote. DeLorenzo is Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past who is reluctantly dragged into the fight.
"Ash Vs. Evil Dead" has gone straight to series and will premiere on the network towards the end of the year. Filming begins this Spring in New Zealand and Raimi is set to direct the first episode. »
- Garth Franklin
Bruce Campbell won't be fighting Deadites alone in the upcoming Starz TV show sequel Ash Vs. Evil Dead. The horror series from producer and director Sam Raimi has locked down 2 very different sidekicks for Ashley as he returns with his chainsaw hand to fight of supernatural forces. Meet Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo, Bruce Campbell supporting duo!
Ash Vs. Evil Dead has gone straight to series, and will premiere on Starz sometime in late 2015. Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, a stock boy and aging lothario who must return to his monster-hunting ways. He has spent the last three decades avoiding any responsibility, his own maturity and most important of all, the Evil Dead. But a Deadite plague soon threatens to destroy all of humanity, forcing Ashley to face his own demons, both literally and figuratively speaking. Destiny, it seems, is not yet ready to loosen this hero from its deadly grip. »
Fans of the Evil Dead series are all excited as hell already, with Ash himself, Bruce Campbell, returning to fight deadites left and right in the upcoming Starz series, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, but today, we were notified of two more cast members, set to join Ash in his quest to beat the hell out of the deadites.
Ray Santiago (Suburban Gothic,“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
“Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick – a Sancho Panza to Ash’s Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash’s heroism even if Ash himself doesn’t.
Kelly Maxwell is a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. Reluctantly dragged into the fight against Evil with Ash and Pablo, »
- Jerry Smith
When Sam Raimi talked about the possibility of an Evil Dead TV series last year, there were many who thought the project would never see the light of day, but it became official late last year. Bruce Campbell is returning for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series that will premiere later this year on Starz and we have the names of two people that will be joining Ash in his fight.
“Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.
Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who »
- Jonathan James
Kinology has sold the toonpic to Switzerland (Praesens), Freeman (Eastern Europe/except Poland), Greece (Odeon) and Portugal (Cine Mundo). “Mune” previously sold to Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
A U.S. studio is reportedly circling “Mune” to take on various territories, including North America.
“Mune” will have its North American premiere at the Gkids’ New York Intl. Film Festival in March.
Set in an imaginary universe where the sun and the moon must be protected by guardians, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Unlike within the medium of video games, motion pictures don’t tend to end up cancelled mid-way through production. Only on very rare occassions will a film that has already entered shooting end up being shut down (Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated adaptation of Don Quixote, for example); what’s more likely, then, is that a film will find itself cancelled during those initial stages, way before shooting starts, when concepts and potential plots are being thrown around with all the splendor of confetti at a wedding.
Most of the time, proposed movies are cancelled because the money couldn’t find its way to the right people at the right time, but there are other reasons, too; creative differences, lack of direction, egotistical producers, failure to find the right actors, and just plain bad luck can all stop a potentially marketable motion picture from moving forwards. Sometimes that can be a good thing, »
- Sam Hill
“Aferim!” comes from Ada Solomon, the producer of 2013 Golden Bear winner “Child’s Pose.” It is a Western set in the Wild East of 19th-century Romania, directed by Radu Jude (“Everybody in our Family”).
In search of a fugitive gypsy slave, policeman Costandin, a “charismatic mixture of a funny Stalin and a somewhat more pragmatic Don Quixote,” and his introverted son ride through the countryside meeting hundreds of characters.
Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak, who received the international film critics’ Fipresci award at the 2012 Berlinale for “Hemel,” delivers her second feature film, “Zurich,” a road movie starring singer and performance artist Wende Snijders. »
- Leo Barraclough
Fedor Alexandrovich has the unkempt, bushy look of a Bolshevik or a doomsday prophet. He has some surprising things to say. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which happened when he was just a kid living nearby, may have been orchestrated by high ranking Soviet officials. An enormous radar facility may have been involved. Fedor has taken it upon himself to uncover these secrets, adding amateur journalist to a resume that includes artist, playwright and filmmaker. He might be Don Quixote and he might be Edward Snowden. And before the end of The Russian Woodpecker, filmmaker Chad Gracia‘s chronicle of this investigation, you may very well believe him. The hunt begins at the Kiev Reservoir, where Fedor pours a bottle of red wine into the water as an offering to this now-radioactive lake. Red wine was supposed to have mitigated the effects of the contamination — though, like so many other facts from 1986, it seems suspicious. Equally »
15 items from 2015
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