Upon logging into Ready Player One, we’re introduced to Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) aka Parzival – the latter name his gamertag in an expansive massively multiplayer realm known as the “Oasis.” The year is 2045 and no one wants to live their actual, crumby lives. They just want to level-up in James Donovan Halliday
Based on many recent conversations – at this week’s Digital Entertainment World conference where I moderated a panel – it’s been a bit like the "Bring Out Your Dead" bit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:" We’re not dead yet.
Facebook’s moves here and elsewhere, along with Google’s just-launched Bulletin news app, do presage a push by the Duopoly to more local and less third-party content in what they serve to their billions of users. That shift has lots of implications for how publishers of all sizes negotiate their presence on the platforms that provide so many of their views.
Hammered by Congress, critics, and even Jim Carrey(!), Facebook’s
Terry Gilliam’s Deleted Animations from Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Watching an Aardman animation is like taking a potted tour of the history of cinema and the humour of Britain. From the sinister penguin of The Wrong Trousers, who was based on Mrs Danvers from Hitchcock’s Rebecca, to end-of-the-pier sight gags about the Hello!-style Ay-Up! magazine in the Hammer-influenced The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Bristol’s finest have forged a distinctive brand of film-making, which is as slyly cine-literate as it is sublimely silly. Now, with its most ambitious project to date, Aardman fuses the spectacle of One Million Years BC with the innocent charm of Gregory’s Girl to conjure a film that director Nick Park describes as “Gladiator meets Dodgeball”. Unsurprisingly, it’s a hoot.
Early Man opens with a scratchy showreel of marauding dinosaurs,
Aardman animation supremo Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) makes a welcome return to claymation with this engaging and warm-hearted caveman comedy that’s a treat for both adults and children alike.
Set in Stone-Age England (near Manchester), Early Man centres on happy-go-lucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), whose peaceful tribe are rudely evicted from their fertile valley by snooty, French-accented Bronze Ager Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). With the aid of his loyal wild boar Hognob (assorted grunts and snorts from Park himself), Dug succeeds in challenging Lord Nooth to a winner-takes-all football match, with the valley at stake as the prize. There’s just one problem: Dug’s tribe have never played the game, while Nooth
Monty Python fans are in for a treat next month, as most of the group's visual back catalogue will be up for streaming on Netflix UK...
We can already envision the scenario: us coming in from an exhausting day, throwing on Netflix and scrolling through all the new films and series, looking for something to expand our horizons.
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There's that one sci-fi show everyone's raving about. Could be good. Whatshisname is in it. We like him, don't we? Then, there's that film we missed at the cinema that certainly looks like it could be worthy, but maybe it's a bit too grim for a Tuesday night? Ah well, if we keep scrolling, we'll be able to find something that fits the bill.
But out of
The Terminator. Back to the Future. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Shaun of the Dead. The Big Lebowski. The Iron Giant. All classic movies with one thing in common: they're coming back to the big screen! For one week only from Feb. 2-8, select Cineplex theatres are hosting the Flashback Film Fest, a once-a-year festival that offers you the chance to revisit fan favourite movies, all for a special lower ticket price. If you've been yearning to see your favourite classic movie on the big screen, or to introduce a friend or family member to a film that spawned a generation of catchphrases, now's your chance!
To gear up for this event,
Directed by Nick Park.
Featuring the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, and Johnny Vegas.
At the dawn of time, when mammoths still roamed the Earth, caveman Dug brings his tribe of rabbit hunters together when their peaceful valley is threatened by the arrival of the Bronze Age and the destruction of their home.
Back in the days when he was a football mad Brummie stand-up, one of Jasper Carrot’s best routines involved a trip to an away match, with his beloved Blues taking on the might of Manchester United. The Man U fans were, in his words, Neanderthals. In Nick Park’s Early Man, they’re not just the fans, but the inventors of the game.
So the setting is Stone Age Manchester. While initially this looks like Park’s little joke,
Though equipped with digital cameras and all sorts of tools he never could’ve dreamed of at the outset of his career, Park and his team instead embrace the relatively rough, hand-crafted style upon which Aardman built its brand, as opposed to the more polished yet somehow more impersonal look of “The Pirates
Have you ever wished you could see your favourite, classic movie back on the big screen? Or better yet, introduce your kids or friends to a beloved classic in the way you first fell in love with the film, in a theatre? This February 2nd-8th, Cineplex Events is bringing modern classics like The Big Lebowski, The Iron Giant, Dune, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, WarGames, and much, much more to select theatres for a special low price!
Watch the trailer below and click here for the full lineup of films!
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1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017
Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason
Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis)
Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell Gordon Lewis, is a pox on our culture; grossly stupid, comically inept and depressingly nihilistic. A perfect film for 2017.
Lewis’s movie was released the same year that Patsy Cline and John Kennedy died, George Wallace turned away black students from an Alabama college and Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and Sam Cooke recorded ”A Change Is Gonna Come”. In an already fractured country, those seismic shifts only deepened the decades-old divide along the Mason-Dixon line.
Meanwhile, in southernly states from Mississippi to Florida, Lewis and his production partner David Friedman were busy
This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?
Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair
I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.
Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.
100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
John Cleese will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (August 11-18).
The prize is awarded for an extraordinary contribution to the art of film.
After the awards ceremony, the festival will screen Cleese’s comedy A Fish Called Wanda as part of its open air programme.
Monty Python member Cleese appeared in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and The World Is Not Enough.
Last year’s recipient of the honorary award was director Stephen Frears. Robert De Niro was given a separate lifetime achievement award.
The 2017 festival will also pay tribute to documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer.
The two-time Oscar nominee will attend the festival to participate in a masterclass and audience Q&A session.
His films The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence – both about genocide in Indonesia - will also be screened
Both of those make an appearance—as does lightning rod Boris Johnson as a bug-eyed dragon—in this latest video, which tells the story of May’s campaign and defeat by recasting her as King Arthur in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Huw Parkinson of Australia’s ABC News gracefully inserts May’s head over Graham Chapman’s as she spews some of her most memorable soundbites from the past year. Whether you’re into British politics or not, the video’s worth watching.
Although Lord Buckethead is rightly analogized as
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