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Review Billy Grifter 4 Dec 2013 - 07:30
Cracks are starting to appear in the sci-fi buddy cop show that started out so well. Here's Billy's review of The Bends...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 The Bends
I was hoping that the last Almost Human was a glitch, and that the show would smoothly return to the form that the first two outings delivered. It was not to be.
A drug deal goes bad, like they always do, and a cop dies. Has he gone bad or is something more complicated going on? Only Darion and Kennex can discover the truth, if they can handle that. And yes, it’s as generally boring as those sentences suggest.
Where the inspiration for last week was Die Hard, this week plays a small homage to the world of Breaking Bad, though it’s a pretty obtuse connection to the manufacturing of illegal drugs. In this sort of show, »
There's an old and tired joke/observation that we're all guilty of having made at least once. It goes something like "In the '50s, we were promised teleportation and hovercars and robot butlers! Why hasn't that happened yet?" This vision of a sprawling, urban science fiction world filled with flying cars and androids has been our go-to vision of the future for going on 70 years. Even darker science fiction movies like Blade Runner and Minority Report appropriate these basic building blocks, changing the pain but not the actual content. What's truly remarkable about Spike Jonze's Her is that it's a film about a science fiction near future that flat-out rejects our typical image of the future while quietly making the case that we're closer to...
- Jacob S. Hall
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run on Hawkeye has been critically acclaimed winning two Eisner Awards for Aja’s art. It also has gained a cult following of fans for whom “bro”, “Hawkguy”, and “Pizza Dog” have become part of their personal vernacular. Sometimes Hawkeye can be too cutesy for its own good and focus on its protagonist’s ineptitude at the expense of storytelling. However, Hawkeye #6 represents the series at its finest. Matt Fraction’s dialogue is sharp and occasionally hilarious, and he delves into Clint Barton’s inner demons and interpersonal relationships without getting too melodramatic. Aja’s collage-style art fits Fraction’s writing because it juxtaposes Clint’s facial expressions, body language, and reactions to the people and objects around him. The many fragmented panels he uses to tell the story fit the »
- Logan Dalton
Christmas is coming, and Digital Spy's movies team has searched high and low to bring you a list of great gifts for film fans, from Blu-ray bargains to presents where money is no object.
You'll find everything from Batman to Superman, novelty t-shirts and beyond in our Yuletide rundown below...
All prices are current as of December 6, and may change between now and Christmas Day.
Redbubble's minimalist movie posters (from £9)
If you're interested in some film artwork to fill up your bare walls, then Redbubble's very reasonably-priced minimalist film posters will do the job.
Hatchet Job - Love Movies, Hate Critics (£9.06)
Mark Kermode's latest book - about the life of modern-day film critics - is an »
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Rogue getting fired from the X-men; a Pug puppy sweding Home Alone; Benedict Cumberbatch reading R. Kelly lyrics; Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition; and a supercut of awkward movie meals. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
How to make a viral video starring Tobuscus and Tim Tim. In this vid, animated funny viral video guru Tobuscus comes in and teaches young Tim Tim how to make a video go viral on YouTube. Viral songs are usually “clickable”, and they contain a few things that everyone loves ...
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- Justin Vactor
Digital Spy was fortunate enough to score a sizeable amount of time in the company of acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn in support of the DVD release of Only God Forgives. A thematically audacious and visually stunning movie, this twisted tale of Ryan Gosling's taciturn drugs dealer becoming embroiled with a vengeance-fuelled policeman called Chang has polarised audiences. But what is it really about? We probed its maker, before delving further into his career to explore the likes of Pusher and Bronson. As for the future, Bond, Beckham and Barbarella are all on the agenda...
Since its release, Only God Forgives has inspired many different interpretations. What's the weirdest one you've encountered so far?
"My favourite one is when a German woman at Cannes came up to me and said, 'I think this movie takes place in the vagina, yes?' I was like, 'Yeah, that's pretty spot on, »
During its first week of events in Hong Kong, BAFTA has presented a special award to Run Run Shaw.
Shaw, at age 106, becomes the oldest recipient of a BAFTA and also the first special award winner to be presented with his honours in Asia.
BAFTA’s week in Hong Kong also included events with Eddie Redmayne, a programme of shorts, and the launch of a scholarship programme in Hong Kong to support UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.
A minimum of four scholarships worth up to £20,000 each will be awarded.
BAFTA has also established an advisory board with leading industry figures from Hong Kong and the UK, overseeing BAFTA’s ambitions to expand its charitable activity in Hong Kong and beyond.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “The BAFTA activity in Hong Kong is a chance for us to bring »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
London – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will present a special award to Hong Kong cinema legend Run Run Shaw. The honor for the founder of the globally recognized Shaw Studios is given to celebrate his contribution to cinema and is part of the British Academy's first-ever week of BAFTA events in Hong Kong. At 106, he is the oldest recipient of a BAFTA award, the organization said. The Shaw Brothers produced over 1,000 films, acquired and developed cinemas around the world and invested in a number of co-productions, including Blade Runner, directed
- Stuart Kemp
Here's a fantastically cool set to of retro-style movie art created by artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. They've teamed up for another art show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The exhibit is called Modern Vintage, and it features art for films such as Batman, Robocop, Army of Darkness, Blade Runner and more. Thanks to /Film, we can share some of this artwork with you.
The show opens December 6th at Gallery 1988 East, located at 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA with an opening reception at 7 p.m. The art will remain on display through the rest of the month.
- Joey Paur
Film-makers have tried sex, murder and intrigue, and yet that most intellectual of spectator sports remains remarkably difficult to depict on screen
• Computer Chess: watch the trailer
Throw a rock at the sports genre and you'll hit a film about baseball or football, or hockey, or racing. Odds are, you won't strike a film about chess. Chess isn't generally considered a stadium filler (although it can be). It's perceived as a game for eccentric intellectuals and elderly historians. It doesn't have the glamour or sex appeal of more sedentary sports, such as pool, as demonstrated by Paul Newman in The Hustler. Chess won't even fit snugly in to other genre films, where the banality of cards, for example, naturally lends itself to a seedy, gambling gangster underworld (Rounders), the exotic highlife of a casino (Casino Royale), or even more piquant, a combo »
The Maxx: Maxximized #1
Writer: Sam Kieth
Script: William Messner-Loebs
Art: Sam Kieth
Inks: Jim Sinclair
Colours: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Mike Heisler
Purchase: Idw Publishing
When it comes to cinematic endeavors, there are generally two schools of thought in regards to the “director’s cut”. Some feel that tweaking and cutting a film after its release is necessary. Others feel that once a film is released to the public, it no longer belongs to the creators, but to the hearts and minds of the film going audience. While we have seen many successful director’s cuts, such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, some have have changed our perspective towards films for the worse. Like say, Greedo shooting first.
- Sean Tonelli
Idris Elba is mostly known to American audiences for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO's hit series "The Wire" and as the titular cop in the BBC drama "Luther" -- but that's starting to change. Earlier this month, he reprised his role as the hulking Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," and he plays -- or, rather, embodies -- South African leader Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," directed by Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl") and co-starring Naomie Harris ( "Skyfall").
In "Mandela," Elba tackles the icon's life, from his formative days as an anti-apartheid activist to his subsequent arrest, imprisonment, and groundbreaking election as president of South Africa.
Moviefone sat down with Elba earlier this month, just after the release of "Thor: The Dark World," and chatted with the actor about portraying an icon in "Mandela," his planned homecoming trip to Africa, »
- Tim Hayne
“When I was really young I remember watching The Sting  and I loved that music,” recalls Marcelo Zarvos. “It was one of those things which made me want to play the piano.” The instrument would play a major part in obsession which would become a career for the aspiring musician. “When I was a kid I played rock ’n’ roll in bands. I left Brazil when I was 18 years old. I used to write the music for the band and eventually I became interested in film.” The native of São Paulo was fascinated by the effectiveness of the musical scores featured in The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mission (1986) and Blade Runner (1982). “There was a new wave of Brazilian movies that was very good and interesting »
It’s the last Tuesday before we all gather around and gorge ourselves silly with turkey and pumpkin pie, so Fright At Home is here with a list of must-own discs that are perfect for putting on before we all slip into a week-long food coma! Scorpion Releasing and Scream/Shout! Factory own this week, as per usual lately; both labels have two releases a piece this week that cover all genres. Scream has the wild, late ’80s slasher, The Horror Show making it’s HD debut; Shout! has George A. Romero’s fantastical-action film Knightriders on Blu; and Scorpion brings ’70s animals-run-amok classic Day Of The Animals to Blu-ray and obscure double-bill Lurkers / Die Sister, Die! to DVD!
As always, Amazon purchase links are attached. Till next week, Happy Thanksgiving, and may god have mercy on your wallet.
Blu-ray & DVD / Scorpion Releasing
Scientists warn »
- Justin Edwards
Re-uniting Carpenter with Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, The Thing), Big Trouble in Little China sees Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan’s dark domain.
The press release reads: »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Almost Human, the new show from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, is a bit late to the party when it comes to the new fall television season, but was absolutely worth the wait. It would be easy for a high concept sci-fi show to fall short of its great premise, but Almost Human is wonderfully crafted and arrives on the scene with a bang, easily becoming one of the year’s best new programs.
The show was created by J.H. Wyman, the executive producer of Fringe, another Abrams sci-fi show that ended last year after five seasons. Whyman brings a lot of the same elements from Fringe that made that show so enjoyable, and elevates this buddy-cop procedural to new heights by laying the groundwork for strong character stories, a beautifully crafted universe to play in, and the promise of an underlying mythology that fans of »
- James Garcia
Think silent films reached a high point with The Artist? The pre-sound era produced some of the most beautiful, arresting films ever made. From City Lights to Metropolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. City Lights
City Lights was arguably the biggest risk of Charlie Chaplin's career: The Jazz Singer, released at the end of 1927, had seen sound take cinema by storm, but Chaplin resisted the change-up, preferring to continue in the silent tradition. In retrospect, this isn't so much the precious behaviour of a purist but the smart reaction of an experienced comedian; Chaplin's films rarely used intertitles anyway, and though it is technically "silent", City Lights is very mindful of it own self-composed score and keenly judged sound effects.
At its heart, »
I bet you’re thinking, “Hey, I could of guessed that.”
After all, R2-D2 and C3P0 are the glue that unifies the original Star Wars movies with the lesser respected prequels that came later. So while R2-D2 is on board for these new J.J. Abrams films, we’re all expecting C3P0 to come back as well.
Unfortunately, what the Internet is not expecting is an original script. After the prequels disappointed, these new films just feel like Disney cashing in its Lucas chip so that it can take over the “blockbuster film” industry between Marvel Comics’ superhero movies and Lucas flicks.
J.J. may have become a sci-fi favorite because of Lost, but Star Trek: Into Darkness and his new series Almost Human have led me to believe that J.J. doesn’t care about originality anymore. Into Darkness was a »
- Bags Hooper
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
The amount of time that goes into some fan art projects is a bit mind-boggling. Take for example Anders Ramsell's Blade Runner - The Aquarelle Edition. It's the entire film condensed to just under 35 minutes, but the paraphrased nature of it isn't the selling point here. This is an animated version of the film made up from nearly 13,000 cells that were hand painted using watercolors. Yes, we know what you're thinking. "Why would I want to watch a 35-minute long version of Blade Runner with everything painted in blurry watercolors?" The answer is that you probably don't. But there really is something beautiful and strangely hypnotic about this entire process. Blade Runner - The Aquarelle Edition is not going to offer you any...
- Peter Hall
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