15 items from 2016
Smart, timely and unapologetic, Atlanta is one of the biggest TV shows this season, telling ‘how it feels to be a black American in this country right now’
Brian Tyree Henry has a question. “Have you heard of the Arctic Apple?” he asks in the restaurant of the Ace Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Before I can confess that I’ve never heard of it or start Googling, there’s an explanation. “If you bite it, it doesn’t go brown, it stays white. It never oxidises. I was like, this is next to Soylent Green; I bet you we’re going to start eating people. So yeah, welcome to the future.”
It’s a challenge to keep up with Henry. Fans of Atlanta – Donald Glover’s auteur drama on FX, which drew three million viewers with its season premiere – will recognise him as Alfred Miles aka Paper Boi, the laconic »
- Lanre Bakare in Los Angeles
On DVD & Download 24th October 2016 Arcadia is a fast-paced London-based sci-fi thriller, mixing elements of Soylent Green and Elysium to come up with an ingenious, riveting look at a not too distant future gone badly wrong, where a corrupt government runs a cruel life lottery which one man tries to smash. Award-winning writer/director …
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Dystopia! What a place to be. Well, except when people are mulched to feed an over populated society (Soylent Green) or killed at the age of 30 to control it (Logan’s Run); and in the case of Turkey Shoot (1982), hunted for sport by society’s elite. Come to think of it, Dystopia is kind of a bummer.
Released in its native Australia in October, Turkey Shoot wouldn’t see the light of day in the U.S. until September of ’83 under the title Escape 2000. Both titles work; the former playing into the more lurid elements, while the latter highlights the cut rate sci-fi angle. And it’s the swirling combination of the two that gives this sucker its punch. Turkey Shoot is A class exploitation with a down under smile.
Travel with me to the near future of 1995. (The “near future”, in filmmaking terms, means the viewer is treated »
- Scott Drebit
A few hints of stagnation aside, this franchise remains a terrifyingly trenchant dystopia. A brutal vision of an America not far removed from our own. I’m “biast” (pro): love the previous films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I can’t figure out why the Purge movies haven’t been more successful. Oh, they’ve done fine financially, particularly thanks to their very low budgets. Election Year reportedly cost only $10 million to produce (and that’s many multiples of the budgets of the first two films), which is pocket change in Hollywood, and has grossed more than $100 million worldwide, and it’s only just opening today in the UK, so it will add to that tally. But they don’t seem to have had much cultural impact, which is odd seeing how this franchise continues to be one of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This past weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel let loose with a major reveal about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, announcing Star-Lord’s father as Ego, the Living Planet, played by Kurt Russell.
Following the Hall H panel James Gunn took to Facebook to discuss the reason behind the reveal, but it seems he’s still come in for some flak for giving things away – enough that he’s once again taken to social media to address the “spoiler”.
Why The Identity Of Star-lord’S Father Isn’T A Spoiler.
Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know who he is.
Also you might want to stay off the internet until May and definitely unfollow me and don’t watch our trailers or other ads…
Anyway, people have been particularly excited, confused, and supportive of keeping Marvel Cosmic truly cosmic with the reveal of »
- Gary Collinson
This past weekend, Marvel held their epic Hall H panel at Comic-Con, where plenty of new footage from their upcoming slate was revealed. Perhaps one of the most shocking moments came when Director James Gunn decided to finally reveal the identity of Star-Lord's dad in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. No one expected it was coming, and many fans complained that this is not something that should have been revealed so soon.
Well, Gunn disagrees. The interesting thing is that only those in Hall H got to see the teaser footage where Kurt Russell introduces himself as Ego, the Living Planet, who has fashioned a human body, penis and all, to Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, revealing that he is in fact Star-Lord's dad. Which means most fans heard about it second hand, as the footage still hasn't been released to the public. According to the filmmaker, this introduction, »
It was the one reveal from San Diego Comic-Con that arguably raised more questions that answers: Kurt Russell, star of The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, is on board to play Ego, the Living Plant in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: No biggie, right? It’s just James Gunn offering a new spin on a relatively obscure character from the Marvel lore. Alas, it was the announcement that Russell’s Guardians 2 character is actually the father of Peter Quill (Aka Star-Lord) that really sent comic book fans into a tailspin.
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Once the dust settled, we clocked eyes on Ego’s humanoid form, which helped shed some light on how Gunn plans to craft a tangible character for the moviegoing masses. But if you think that knowing the identity of Papa Quill will spoil your enjoyment »
- Michael Briers
At last week's San Diego Comic-Con, fans were plenty stunned when James Gunn revealed who Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father was in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Many had figured that the mystery surrounding this revelation would drive much of the plot of the film, and be one of the central questions to be answered. Then Gunn showed up and revealed that Kurt Russell was playing Quill's father, and that his character was actually Ego the Living Planet.
So that's that, right? They just blew a major surprise and sucked a lot of the fun out of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.
Well, maybe not...
According to Gunn, in a heartfelt Facebook post, he explains why they revealed who Quill's father was at Comic-Con and why you should be okay with it:
"Why The Identity Of Star-lord's Father Isn't A Spoiler
Don't read any further if you don't »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“The Purge: Election Year” is a scurrilously effective pop rabble-rouser — a movie that’s been built to get you riled, and does. It’s a squalid B-movie political horror film that plays to our most reptile-brained basic instincts, and also to our cartoon-noble ideals, and by the end you can’t separate the two; that’s the way canny shameless pop works. In the opening scene, the members of a family are sitting on a couch, bound and gagged and blood-spattered, while a masked killer entertains them with tunes from his “Purge playlist” (he makes an obscenely jaunty segue from “20th Century Boy” by T. Rex to George Clinton’s “We Want the Funk”). A guy like this, in another film, would have been a violent head case, but in the “Purge” movies, where even the most horrifyingly twisted murder is legal for one night a year, he’s just »
- Owen Gleiberman
Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning filmstars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen & Country).
After witnessing a shocking crime, »
- Tom Stockman
By Lee Pfeiffer
Charlton Heston fans will appreciate the fact that one of his few major films not to be released on home video has finally made it to DVD through MGM. "Number One" (released in certain countries under the title "Pro") is an off-beat vehicle for the superstar, who was then at his peak of popularity. The fact that the movie under-performed at the box-office and failed to score with critics didn't diminish Heston's status as a leading man. He would go on to star in such hits as "The Omega Man", "Skyjacked", "Soylent Green" "Earthquake", "Midway"and "Airport '75"- with cameos in the popular "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers". The poor response to "Number One" doesn't diminish its many merits - and the fact that Heston was willing to play against type in a largely unsympathetic role. For the film, he reunited with director Tom Gries, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
We’ve all had those moments when we feel like that old German guy in The Avengers. You remember the scene: Loki has told the crowd to kneel, and every last one of them does as they’ve been told, but then one elderly gentleman gets back to his feet, refusing to play along just because everyone else is.
Now, that is not to suggest that popular opinion is tantamount to a fanatical would-be dictator demanding your complete subservience. Even so, there are times when we’re being told everywhere we look that something we know to be mediocre is actually incredible. It’s easy under such circumstances to feel like the sole voice of reason, the one person pointing out that the emperor has no clothes, or screaming that Soylent Green is people.
With this in mind, here are 12 movies which, either by critical or popular consensus, »
- Ben Bussey
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
Did Jonas come to visit you last week?
If so, I hope you and yours are all healthy and safe.
Jonas, of course, is the huge winter storm that not only dumped record-breaking amounts of snow on the Mid-Atlantic States and Eastern Seaboard up to Boston, but also caused major coastal flooding in areas that are still recovering from Sandy, like the Jersey shore. An 84-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was shut down, and 500 cars, trucks, and buses were stranded in the blizzard for almost a full day, with the National Guard delivering medicine, food and water, and gasoline (to keep the cars running and warm) to hundreds of people.
Governor Shamu – I mean New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – finally got the message and left New Hampshire, where he has been campaigning to come back to the state that he ostensibly governs. Everywhere there were travel bans; Mayor Bill de Blasio »
- Mindy Newell
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
15 items from 2016
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