20 items from 2012
Check out the futuristic first teaser for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth. Screenwriter Gary Whitta’s, writer of the The Book Of Eli, and the director’s collaboration soars into theaters on June 7, 2013.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
For more on what transpired prior to Earth’s global disaster, here’s the timeline video that came online at the film’s official site earlier this summer.
Smith has morphed somewhat into a present-day Charlton Heston. »
- Michelle McCue
What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • Corporate publishers are *terrified* of the new ease of self-publishing... Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers • The problem isn't that our slow-apocalypse-in-progress isn't cinematic. It's that it doesn't make for the kind of movies Hollywood likes today. It did once like them: see *Soylent Green,* for instance. (Hollywood wouldn't make such a movie today, though it might be an AMC Original Series.) Hurricane Sandy Was the Attack on NYC that Blockbusters Never Prepared Us For • Give this guy a Major Award! This Costume Wins Halloween • Another fantastic Halloween costume, this one for a father-baby team... Man and his baby daughter dress as a Powerloader from Aliens; entire world can't high-five enough in response. • More evidence that Nathan Fillion is awesome (not that you needed any): Captain Canada. (hat-tip for today’s links: @JoshSundquist, Being »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Cloud Atlas Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer Written by: David Mitchell (novel) Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer (screenplay) Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon and Doona Bae Cloud Atlas is an epic endeavor of filmmaking that is brought to fruition by a trio of visionary directors, Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Not only have they brought us some of the most innovative movies of the last twenty years (Run Lola Run, The Matrix) but they also relish in the art of imagery. When I recall some of their better films, it’s the visuals that come to mind, not the narrative. The Matrix introduced the mainstream to speed ramping, a device in which characters quickly speed up or slow down (which has been to death by now). The result of these three using their combined efforts is a mind-blowing, »
Everything about “Cloud Atlas”—the latest film from “The Matrix” helmers the Wachowskis and “Run Lola Run” director Tom Tykwer—is big. The film has a big cast—both in name and number—big ideas, big scope, big run time (172 minutes), and, for the most part, big payoff. And the biggest thing of all is the film’s ambition. Boy howdy do the filmmakers set out to accomplish a great many things in adapting David Mitchell’s best-selling novel. And the film features multiple references to “Soylent Green”, which is one surefire way to gain my favor. “Cloud Atlas” could easily have turned out a jumbled mish mash of ideas, time periods, actors, and themes. Half a dozen stories unfold in an equal number of historical epochs, running the gamut from the distant past to a remote, post-atomic future. Though these tales share no immediate ties, they are linked thematically. »
- Brent McKnight
I arrived in Toronto on Monday, five days into the festival, and with this festival that’s so late it can feel like showing up for Thanksgiving dinner around the time dessert is being served. Most of the major, high-profile movies had already been consumed and buzzed about (not to say that some smaller, unheralded gems weren’t waiting to be discovered), and this meant that I’d probably read or heard a thing or two about them, which isn’t the way I like to roll here, but whatever. I bring all this up only because I’d taken »
- Owen Gleiberman
In 14 days, the Film School Rejects team will pack their bags and move into the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX for a yearly ritual known as Fantastic Fest. Anyone who’s been reading us over the years knows that there’s not another film festival that we cover with such gusto. Is it because we have a deep love for genre films, the best of all that is weird, scary and intense? Perhaps. It may also have something to do with our addiction to the Soylent Green-esque cooking oil they use to fry up those chicken strips. It’s so good, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had some people in it. Anyway, before this gets weird, lets get to the point. Every year the programmers of Fantastic Fest release new “Content Icons” that are representative of the genres and films that will be seen in this year’s line-ups. Like »
- Neil Miller
While science fiction writer Harry Harrison never had the a high profile career like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark or Ray Bradbury, he none the less is still a legend who helped define the decades that made science fiction one the best genre’s for social commentary. Harrison died on August 15 of undisclosed causes at the age of 87.
Most might be unaware that his 1966 novel, Make Room! Make Room! Became the 1973 thriller Soylent Green, a dystopian film that starred Charleston Heston.
“He believed science fiction was important, that it caused people to think about our world and what it could become,” Tor Books’ publisher Tom Doherty wrote in a blog post.
That novel and film was about population that has exploded since the turn of the 20th Century. And while the novel was set in 1999, the books themes resonate today as they did when the book was released 46 years ago: there are too many people, »
Harrison started as a comics illustrator in 1947, notably with EC Comics’ two science fiction comic books, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science, as well as a short stint on Blackhawk for Quality, and various war, western, and romance comics– even western romance comics. Harrison was one of Wally Wood’s early employers and the man who brought Woody to EC.
He also edited comics in the 50s for very small publishers. He used house names such as Wade Kaempfert and Philip St. John to edit magazines, and has published other fiction under the names Felix Boyd, Hank Dempsey, and even as Leslie Charteris on the novel Vendetta For The Saint. Harrison also wrote for syndicated comic strips, creating the »
- Glenn Hauman
Science-fiction author Harry Harrison—best known for his 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room!, the basis of the film Soylent Green—died today of undisclosed causes. He was 87. Although Make Room! Make Room! (and its reconfiguration as the 1971 short-story Roommates) was Harrison’s calling card to the world at large, he was already legendary within the sci-fi world. In addition to numerous standalone books (like the recently reissued proto-steampunk novel A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!), he wrote many popular series—including Deathworld and Bill, The Galactic Hero, the latter a parody of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. His most »
Science fiction films are filled with iconic moments that have ingrained themselves into our culture. Even people who don’t watch science fiction films, and may never have seen any of the movies on this list, will likely know at least half of the moments listed here, and they are iconic enough that I was able to find every single one on YouTube.
It’s hard to pick out just 20 moments from a genre as large and varied as this, and there’s any number that didn’t make the cut, which probably means that, in true sci-fi fashion, I’ll have to write a sequel.
Please note: I am not including super-hero films in this list. Those are really their own genre. So don’t come here expecting to see Iron Man or The Avengers. Nor are the Indiana Jones movies on here, since those aren’t even remotely »
- Chris Swanson
Fantastic Films Weekend, Bradford
This horror and sci-fi festival would rather sift through the cultural debris for classic trash than scrabble for the latest offerings. There's a rare chance to see 1970's notorious rabid-hippy bloodbath I Drink Your Blood in its fullest grindhouse glory, for example, or neglected Dario Argento horror Four Flies On Grey Velvet (1971). Still too highbrow? Then how about 80s heroines like Grace Jones's Vamp or Brigitte Nielsen's Red Sonja? And a Troma triple bill? How low can you go?
National Media Museum, Fri to 17 Jun
Anthony Burgess And Cinema, Manchester
It's the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Clockwork Orange, and this celebration of Burgess's great dystopian (Mancunian?) novel spreads the net a little wider than simply Stanley Kubrick's legendary movie. There's a fine "making of" documentary, and a one-hour intro to the film on 29 Jun, plus Andy Warhol's lesser known (and altogether lesser, »
- Steve Rose
by Tami Katzoff
Do an amazon.com search for books with the words “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the title, and you get more than 1,500 results. Aside from novels and comics, there are official and unofficial show guides, books on “Buffy” and philosophy, “Buffy” and psychology, “Buffy” and religion, and at least one “Buffy” songbook.
There are old books and new books. One of the newest is called “The Gentleviewer’s Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” by Kathleen Mattson. As the title suggests, the author, who owns a technical marketing company in Portland, Oregon, is an obsessive viewer of the show. She is, in fact, “a little obsessive about everything.”
- Splash Page Team
A filmmaker asked me, “Do you think I can raise $400,000 on Kickstarter?” I told her that that sounded like a lot. Start-up technology companies using Kickstarter as, essentially, a customer-financed pre-buy platform, are raising in the seven figures. But $400,000 would be on the high-end of a feature film raise. Blue Like Jazz raised about $350,000, and that was based on a New York Times best-seller. Koo did great with Man-Child, scoring about $125,000, but he spent a couple years seeding his campaign by building an audience at No Film School.
But as I was talking, I realized the question really is, how big is your network? After all, Kickstarter is not a funder, an entity; to borrow a line from Soylent Green, “Kickstarter is people!”
So, how many people do you know? How many friends, and then how many friends of friends? When you send out a fundraising plea, how far will it ripple? »
- Scott Macaulay
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, April 30th 2012.
Pick(S) Of The Week
Suits: Season One (DVD)
The new original series Suits delves into the fast-paced, highstakes world of a top Manhattan corporate law firm where hotshot attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) makes a risky move by hiring the brilliant but unmotivated, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), as his new associate. The only problem is he doesn’t have an actual law degree. With his encyclopedic knowledge and uncanny knack of remembering things, Mike proves to be a legal prodigy despite the absence of bonafide legal credentials. Bound by their secret, »
Low-budget horror flick Elfie Hopkins has little stomach for the terrifying potential of its flesh-eating subject matter
Brit horror flick Elfie Hopkins has found little favour but it does have one thing going for it. Cannibals. Anthropophagy in a present-day Welsh village may seem an impossibly unlikely premise. Not so. The practice is far from confined to primitive tribes in remote regions. It's alive and well in places at least as civilised as the principality. Last month, police in European Russia arrested a 24-year-old who admitted eating people. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a 35-year-old stabbed a drinking companion, cooked and ate part of the body and sold some of the remainder at a local market as pork. Matej Curko was shot dead by Slovakian police after eating perhaps dozens of victims. In 2009, gangsters in Madrid ate someone they'd murdered.
Cannibals aren't just crazed outsiders. In 1981, Issei Sagawa, »
- David Cox
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The following photo set perfectly captures my personal confusion with the ending of Titanic
Heathers poster by Adam Juresko
I don’t know »
Here's a fantastically cool series of re-designed poster art for some classic films created by artist Alain Bossuyt. I enjoy finding different artists' interpretations of movie posters like this. Some of the films included in this series are Jaws, Soylent Green, Psycho, Duel, Raider of the Lost Ark, The Birds, Them, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a couple of James Bond movies. Look over the posters and rank your top three favorite movies from them.
Source: Geek-Art (http://www.geek-art.net/alain-bossuyt-movie-posters/) »
by Steve Dollar
As much a spectacle for Halftime in America as the Gop primary circus, if vastly more sober-minded, The Hunger Games serves itself up as an Orwellian reality show in which a future parallel USA has ceded democracy to the totalitarian rule of the 1%, made recognizable by their goofy Ziggy Stardust costumes with hair by Edward Scissorhands. Nothing if not cross-reference-able, this adaptation of the Suzanne Collins' young-adult blockbuster is far too many movies in one to merely merit accusations of ripping off Battle Royale. Unfortunately, that's one of the more entertaining things about it.
A pop-culture phenomenon that's had Hollywood salivating for years, apparently, to get a sure-fire film franchise in front of the Twittering masses, the movie is itself much of what it describes: a grandiose and ballyhooed display designed to turn an unvarnished performer (Jennifer Lawrence/Katniss Everdeen) into a digital superstar—an inspiration, »
In "The Hunger Games," the future of North America (called Panem) is grim. For proof, look no further than the titular televised battle to the death that the Capitol puts on for sport. Teens killing teens? Hilarious!
The shocking thing is that the post-apocalyptic future Katniss Everdeen inhabits is far from the bleakest or most bizarre dystopia in movie history. The following 15 movies teach us one basic truth: Be afraid, very afraid of the future -- particularly genetic mutations, man-made viruses, and nuclear holocausts.
1. '12 Monkeys' (1995)
Setting: 2035 America
Why the Future Sucks: Forty years after a man-made virus has wiped out 99 percent of the population, humans have escaped Earth's uninhabitable surface by living in locked underground chambers. Scientists figure out a way to send a convicted criminal (Bruce Willis) to the past to stop the disease, but with a set-up like that, what could go right? After his mission turns haywire, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
As she explained to "Late Show" (Weeknights at 11:35 p.m. Est on CBS) host David Letterman, it wasn't because she was on the lam, it was because she'd had an allergic reaction to a beauty product seemingly inspired by "Soylent Green."
Chenoweth had used eyelash extensions, which, it turned out, were made from real eyelash hair harvested from cadavers. Really. The glue used to attach the extensions to her eyelids contained formaldehyde: "Yes, dead people's juice, people!"
The result? "It looks like I have lips on my eyelids."
Finally Chenoweth took off the sunglasses to show off her "eyelid lips," and in truth they didn't look that bad. Indeed, as she looked into the camera she even had a change of heart.
"I might look a litle sexier with the eyes. 'Cause they don't open. They're like slutty eyes! »
- Catherine Lawson
20 items from 2012
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