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Chuck Norris vs Communism Review [Hot Docs 2015]

4 May 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It was Romania, and the year was 1985. A population frightened into submission by secret police and round the clock surveillance under the dictatorial thumb of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu were unable to act towards their own freedom, or show any act of defiance. But into this dark time came a hero: Chuck Norris. Well, sort of. Ok, not really.

The title of Chuck Norris vs Communism is misleading. It suggests that the 80s action star of such hits as Missing in Action, The Delta Force and Lone Wolf McQuade brought down the Iron Curtain. That may not be true exactly, but it wouldn’t be untruthful to say that Norris didn’t do his part just by being there. In video cassette form.

It’s easy to forget now that with entire film libraries are as close as an internet connection and a Netflix account just how revolutionary home video »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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3D in the 21st Century. Come Into My World: The Dimensions of "Avatar"

1 May 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

One way of telling the history of photographic arts is to describe a linear progression of more and more realistic picture-making, as if painter's brushes and pencils aimed mainly to approximate the human eye until, finally, photography emerged. (This is the premise André Bazin famously explored in “The Ontology of the Photographic Image.”) Given photography's automatic reproduction, painting could move on to express more boldly, more experimentally, more abstractly. Realism was no longer necessary. Incidentally, a lot of the most visible and most discussed uses of CGI and SFX in contemporary cinema have embodied images, actions, and temporalities that are far from realistic. These digital platforms enable visions of worlds that alter our own sufficiently so as to provide something—escape? Improvement? Color? It doesn't ultimately matter. The point is that the pixel has often been directed towards ends that seem to go against photography (and cinematography's) automatic capture of the world. »

- Zach Campbell

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Interview With The Reconstruction Of William Zero/The Signal Director Dan Bush!

30 April 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Taking genre setups and elements and injected his own brand of sci-fi into them is what director Dan Bush is best at. Always giving fans very character-based stories, filled with humanity and smart characters in films like The Signal, Dan has a knack for allowing us as viewers into the head-space of his characters, making them feel like people we’ve known before and adding a level of authenticity to each project of his. Bush’s latest film, the sci-fi cloning mystery The Reconstruction Of William Zero, is a film that asks its viewers if they would choose to escape their lives and start over, if a tragic accident happened, the film is a home run for the director and one of the most original and heartfelt sci-fi films in quite some time, and features standout performances by Conal Byrne and Amy Siemetz as a husband and wife split up by the unthinkable. »

- Jerry Smith

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Paul Giamatti And Toby Jones To Meet Morgan

29 April 2015 5:17 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy were cast last month, and now Paul Giammati and Toby Jones have signed onto the cast of Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan. Boyd Holbrook (Run All Night, Gone Girl) is also negotiating to jump aboard, but hasn't quite made a deal yet.Morgan revolves around a corporate risk-management consultant (Mara), although the actual corporate risk-management depicted on screen will likely be kept to a minimum when the consultant is summoned to a remote lab to evaluate an artificial being (Taylor-Joy) with a view to its termination.Giamatti will be playing a psychologist who struggles to actually relate to people, while Jones will be the chief scientist in charge of the facility. The role Holbrook is up for is that of a nutritionist working for Jones.There are shades of Ex Machina in Seth Owen’s 2014 Black List script, although it also taps into Ridley Scott’s A. »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

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New Horror Film The Dark Below Introduces Viewers To An Icy Grave

28 April 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since I’m not much of a winter guy, any horror movie involving copious amounts of ice and freezing temperatures sounds like a terrifying time, and that’s before any crazed Yetis or other murderous demons threaten to turn the pure, white snow a deeper shade of red. Add into that scenario the thought of being trapped underwater, which happens to be my biggest fear, and you’ve stumbled into one of my recurring nightmares – a nightmare that director Doug Schulze is bringing to life in his next film, The Dark Below.

According to the very first press release, The Dark Below is a chilly, submerged “survival thriller set mostly beneath a frozen lake as a diver tries to stay alive while a killer lurks above.” Starring Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Witches of Eastwick) and Lauren Shafer (Mimesis), the film was shot in the dead of winter at Michigan’s Great Lakes, »

- Matt Donato

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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

28 April 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry. »

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Matt Damon's Struggle To Stay Alive In The Martian's CinemaCon Footage Is Riveting

23 April 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As many great films as Ridley Scott has made in a wide variety of genres, he will arguably be forever known for his contributions to science-fiction. After all, the guy did make both Alien and Blade Runner, unquestionably two of the most influential and iconic sci-fi stories ever told in cinema. Later this year, the filmmaker will once again try an leave an indelible mark on the genre with the release of The Martian - an adaptation of the book of the same name by Andy Wier - and earlier today we got a look at the movie.s very first footage. Kicking off the final day of CinemaCon . the annual Las Vegas-based expo for theater owners . 20th Century Fox held their big studio presentation this morning in The Colosseum at Caesar.s Palace, and a debut sizzle reel from Ridley Scott.s next film was screened as a special »

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Matt Damon's Struggle To Stay Alive In The Martian's Cinema Con Footage Is Riveting

23 April 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As many great films as Ridley Scott has made in a wide variety of genres, he will arguably be forever known for his contributions to science-fiction. After all, the guy did make both Alien and Blade Runner, unquestionably two of the most influential and iconic sci-fi stories ever told in cinema. Later this year, the filmmaker will once again try an leave an indelible mark on the genre with the release of The Martian - an adaptation of the book of the same name by Andy Wier - and earlier today we got a look at the movie.s very first footage. Kicking off the final day of CinemaCon . the annual Las Vegas-based expo for theater owners . 20th Century Fox held their big studio presentation this morning in The Colosseum at Caesar.s Palace, and a debut sizzle reel from Ridley Scott.s next film was screened as a special »

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The Simpsons' top 30 movie references

23 April 2015 6:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Simpsons has pastiched hundreds of movies in its time. From Hitchcock to Kubrick to Disney, we select our top 30 favourites...

The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.

Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »

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10 unsung heroes behind Star Wars: A New Hope

22 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?

In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.

But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.

By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »

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Round-Up: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World Theatrical Release, Joe Lynch at Dark Delicacies Everly Signing, Let Us Prey Home Media Details

21 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

North American moviegoers can step into the mind of the late H.R. Giger with Belinda Sallin's intimate documentary, Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World, which is hitting big screens in the U.S. and Canada this May. Also featured in our latest round-up is information on tonight's Everly signing with director Joe Lynch and cast and crew members at Burbank's Dark Delicacies horror shop, as well as the home media release details for Dark Sky Films' Let Us Prey.

Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World: Press Release -- "Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.

Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary Dark Star: H. »

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Christopher Nolan Says His Filmmaking Process a ‘Combination of Intuition and Geometry’

20 April 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

“I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer right off the bat is that I work intuitively, but I draw a lot of diagrams when I work. I do a lot of thinking about etchings by Escher, for instance. That frees me, finding a mathematical model or a scientific model. I’ll draw pictures and diagrams that illustrate the movement or the rhythm than I’m after.”

Intuition, he noted, comes to the fore in his editing process. “I’ve always edited in a huge hurry, tried to catch that lightning in a bottle, just so the energy is there,” he said. “I »

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Dark Star: H.R. Giger’S World Documentary Opening May 15; In St. Louis June 5

19 April 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After a successful film festival run, the definitive documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’S World opens in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting on May 15th, released by Icarus Films and KimStim.

Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.

Both a mesmerizing introduction to Hansruedi Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary Dark Star: H. R. Giger’S World shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.

The film will play in St. Louis from June 5 – June 10 as part of the Webster University Film Series.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming engagements. »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dead & Buried

17 April 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.

Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.

60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff. »

- Scott Drebit

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Ryan Gosling Sets Sights on Blade Runner Sequel

16 April 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:

Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.

Principal photography is set to start in summer of »

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Ryan Gosling Has Joined The Cast Of ‘Blade Runner 2′

16 April 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

So here’s some surprising news. Ryan Gosling has reportedly joined Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2. According to reports the casting is a done deal with Gosling having already signed on the dotted line for the part in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (the rather brilliant Prisoners).

As to whom Gosling will play remains a mystery as this isn’t confirmed in the press release, which we’ve posted below.

Shooting kicks off next year with Ridley Scott, the director of the original, opting to produce this time around.

Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.

Principal photography is set to start in summer of »

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ABC’s Old ‘Alien’ Ad Is Laughably Strange

16 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

“When you’ve got nothing to lose, there’s nothing you won’t try.” When it comes to Alien, what the hell does that even mean? At no point during Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece would I even once thing that was an appropriate tagline! However, back when ABC aired the movie on TV, the first time it appeared […] »

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Watch: 7-Minute Video Explores Ridley Scott's Awe-Inspiring And Awkward Filmography

13 April 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ridley Scott is well known as a prolific and versatile director with a deft visual modus operandi. His filmography, full of unforgettable classics, solid efforts and utterly forgettable mediocrities, amounts to a mixed bag over the last four decades. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a video tribute to Scott’s vast body of work is equally awe-inspiring and awkward. Vimeo user Martin Kessler switches from Hildegard of Bingen’s groovy 12th Century church tunes to Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It" while quickly editing tons of quality footage from Scott’s oeuvre. Of course there are a butt load of images from “Blade Runner” and “Alien," and the tribute begins with the famous Rutger Hauer speech from the former. What’s refreshing to see is that Kessler also gives some love to underrated Scott flicks like “Matchstick Men” and “Body of Lies." We also get »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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