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Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman who is not defined by her relationship to men, and who is bringing down the system
All hail Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games trilogy. If you are the mother of a pre-teen girl, you will know the whispered relief around these films. "About time. Go!" If you would like your teenage daughter to see something other than the underclass sobbing on a crass talent show, orange twentysomethings Botoxing themselves, or girls who are just "naturally thin" and who giggle when their clothes just drop off, then you will already know about them. If, like me, you simply would like to see a young woman not defined by her relationship to men, crack open the pick 'n' mix.
- Suzanne Moore
A lot of our favorite genre films are categorized explicitly as horror. Films like Halloween or Friday the 13th fit pretty neatly under the horror heading. However, there are a lot of quality horror titles that are more readily classified as science fiction or thriller than horror. There are myriad reasons why films with obvious horror overtones are marketed and classified as something other than horror: horror pictures often do lower box office number than sci-fi and thriller films; also, horror titles generally appeal to more of a niche audience, so studios appear to favor leveraging the thriller or science fiction elements of a film in order to attempt to interest a larger audience.
In the name of appropriate classification and equitable marketing practices we are spotlighting five films that aren’t always explicitly categorized as horror but we fondly regard as such.
One of the greatest films of its kind, »
- Tyler Doupe
(all spoilers! don’t read till you’ve seen the episode… or unless you don’t care if it’s spoiled for you. this is a love fest only — all complaints and bitching must come from a place of love / previous: “The Name of the Doctor”)
I’ve been hard on Steven Moffat during his tenure as Doctor Who showrunner, and with, I think, good reason: He appears to value cool ideas over creating a satisfying story to convey those ideas. He has not been kind to his female characters. And he’s constantly painting himself into narrative corners and then skipping out on even attempting to extricate himself. So I was kind of dreading to see what he would do with such an important moment as the show’s half-century mark.
But he got it right with “The Day of the Doctor.” He got it really, really right.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
The Counselor, 2013.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
A slick lawyer gets in over his head after becoming involved in drug trafficking to ease his financial difficulties.
Cameron Diaz removes her underwear and slowly steps out of the bright yellow Ferrari. She climbs onto the bonnet, sensually, and performs a lurid sex act with the windscreen. Javier Bardem compares it to that fish that suckles on the fish tank. Cormac McCarthy wrote this. The writer of No Country For Old Men and The Road, maybe the greatest living writer, wrote Cameron Diaz having sex with a car. Of the many problems that plague The Counselor, the aimless script may trump the stale acting and poor direction.
- Gary Collinson
It’s safe to say that you could almost hear the entire nations collective jaw drop after the shocking reveal of John Hurt (Alien, Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone) at the end of the most recent series of Doctor Who earlier this year. The episode abruptly ended with the words ‘Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor’ and his role has been shrouded in secrecy ever since. It’s only the past week or so that we have started to get some information on his mystery incarnation of the character currently played by Matt Smith.
A special minisode released late last week revealed that John Hurt is in fact the Doctor that followed Paul McGann’s eighth version of the time lord. The special surprise prequel to this Saturday’s 50th anniversary episode finally showed fans McGann’s regeneration sequence which transformed him into John Hurt. Now Hurt has been »
- Ben Read
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
Mars Attacks: Robinson’s Promising Debut an Arid Mirage
Early on in Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut, The Last Days on Mars, a generic yet eerily promising set-up will doubtlessly remind audiences of a slew of similar space gone wrong sci-fi entries, both classic and not. An unmistakable derivative of Alien, right down to finicky crew dynamics, Robinson’s rather promising presentation fails to maximize the momentum as the film dwindles into its third act inevitabilities, left wide open for the possibility of more to come.
Only nineteen hours left of a six month research mission on Mars has an eight person crew going a little stir crazy. Science Officer Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams) is upset that the team has found nothing substantial and it seems her hopes had been set on finding evidence of indigenous life. It seems she’s been taking out her disappointment on the other crew »
- Nicholas Bell
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Fans and critics alike of Ridley Scott's epic Alien pseudo-prequel are in luck. Whilst chatting to Michael Fassbender about his new also-Ridley Scott-directed drama The Counsellor, the star admitted that - while news on its production may have gone quiet of late - Prometheus is going to happen. Fassbender, who played the sci-fi blockbuster's stand-out android David, admits he's looking forward to getting back to the part, as well as seeing how they cope with the rather, erm, problematic bodily situation he found himself in at Prometheus'...
- Matt Risley
We're two weeks away from the worldwide simulcast debut of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor. To mark the occasion, we're bringing you the newly released trailer for the special, which will air on the BBC America November 23rd. While there's no sign of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, just yet, the trailer does feature stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt. What are you waiting for? Hit the jump to check it out! Watch the trailer for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor below (via BBC One): Here’s a synopsis for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor: The centerpiece of BBC America’s celebrations of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary will be the special anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, premiering on Saturday, November 23. In addition to the episode title and iconic image revealed today, »
- Dave Trumbore
The reading of film articles can be a both a great pleasure and an educational experience.
With the wealth of film writing available at the touch of a key, it should be pointed out that there are a number of current trends in film article writing that are lowering the overall bar in terms of quality.
Every film writer has his or her own individual style and approach and this article is not a curmudgeonly attempt to stifle anyone’s efforts, but rather an attempt to call out some bad habits.
Here’s a look at six currently widespread counterproductive film writing trends that need to stop. The following is in no order.
1. Underdeveloped lists
This is a simple one. Whether it’s an article on best films in a particular genre or a list of casting suggestions, three or four selections is not enough. “Always leave them wanting more »
- Terek Puckett
With only two weeks to go until the airing of its highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Special, fans of Doctor Who are all but slavering over every new morsel dropped by showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock). Rejoice then, as the latest news regarding the celebratory event isn’t so much a crumb as an entire cookie – the first full trailer for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.
Of course, the trailer’s biggest immediate draw is the first footage of David Tennant (Broadchurch) and Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster) together as the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, respectively – thus fulfilling the long tradition of Doctor Who anniversaries that unite past and present Doctors. Day of the Doctor goes a step further beyond that, placing screen legend John Hurt (Alien) front and ...
Click to continue reading ‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ 50th Anniversary Trailers: Three Doctors vs. »
- Kyle Hembree
The good news? If you’re planning on traveling during Thanksgiving week, you won’t be missing any of the amazing Doctor Who programming that BBC America has announced for the 50th anniversary, including several new specials. The bad news? You’re going to need to take an extra week of vacation the week before Thanksgiving, in order to watch it all. Or maybe you feel some illness coming on?
We’ll have all of this on the SciFiMafia.com calendar, but here it all is in one convenient place, along with descriptions of everything. Also included is a confirmation of the Dw:datd simulcast time: 2:50pm Eastern, November 23.
If you’re new to Doctor Who, Now Is The Time to join us. BBC America has included an excellent catch-up summary of the entire show, under “About Doctor Who” in the press release below, so you’ll be ready. You won’t really know, »
- Erin Willard
And the American Film Market wave of news keeps right on crashing against our shores. Next to hit is the sales artwork for the new horror flick Panzer 88. Dig on it, and look for more on this one really soon.
Carnaby International is in talks with Gary Oldman (RoboCop, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jay Baruchel (RoboCop, This Is the End), and Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Dracula 3D, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) to star in Peter Briggs' film.
An invincible German King Tiger tank retreats across icy tundra. Battle-weary, hungry and cold, its crack five-man crew are unbroken. But fate twists when they reluctantly pick up a stranded SS officer. Unaware of his part in the massacre of a local Jewish village, »
- Uncle Creepy
Director Ridley Scott has worked with some of the most famous composers in the history of movies, from Jerry Goldsmith (“Alien”) and Vangelis (“Blade Runner”) to Hans Zimmer (“Gladiator”) and Harry Gregson-Williams (“Kingdom of Heaven”).
But for his latest opus, “The Counselor,” a thriller by novelist Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men”), Scott chose someone new: Daniel Pemberton, a 35-year-old English composer who has spent most of the past 15 years penning music for British TV (“Upstairs, Downstairs”).
“The Counselor’s” grisly, drug-world saga led to the use of guitars (both acoustic and electric), but that’s just the start of Pemberton’s edgy, often industrial-sounding mix of traditional instruments with electronics. “I wanted to create a sound world »
- Jon Burlingame
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
'The Day of the Doctor' - the BBC sci-fi drama's 50th special - was described by the writer as "the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary".
"Matt [Smith] and David [Tennant] got on so well and their interaction on-screen is a sublime double act," Moffat said.
"It was eye twisting at times. You don't quite realise how these two men have become hard wired into your brain as the Doctor."
"John is... one of the most distinguished actors this country has produced and has now become part of Doctor Who mythology," he hinted.
'The Day of the Doctor' will be simulcast globally and »
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