5 items from 2011
Last night, the Alamo Drafthouse held another one of its typically-awesome, film-geektastic events, this one in support of Craig Gillespie's forthcoming Fright Night redux. Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, and the ridiculously hot Imogen Poots, the 2011 model of Fright Night bears many similarities to Tom Holland's 1985 Fright Night...and a few drastic differences. As it turns out, I managed to catch a screening of Fright Night '85 just a few weeks ago, so the original was fresh on my mind. Was Gillespie's film a worthy successor, or is Fright Night 2011 another useless remake? Find out after the jump, folks... When the Alamo Drafthouse works alongside a studio to deliver a pre-screening of a film, they go all out: they don't just screen the new-film-in-question, they allow you to wallow in it. Take, for instance, the Your Highness screening that the Drafthouse and Universal held »
- Scott Wampler
Captain America (1990)
Directed by Albert Pyun
Dismissed by comic-book fans (those who know of it at all) as the Captain America with the Italian Red Skull, this was a film that I had publicly mused about going to see when I took a look at the Fantasia line-up.
To my surprise, I got the following comment on July 13th from Albert Pyun, director of Captain America, not to mention The Sword and the Sorcerer and Cyborg, “Hey Michael – hope to see you at my screening of Captain America and Tales of an Ancient Empire. Think you will enjoy both. They are sort of throwbacks to the 1980′s cinema and I think a lot of fun and laughs… And I really want to read »
- Michael Ryan
A seasoned writer and director of critically acclaimed dramas such as George Washington, All The Real Girls and Undertow, David Gordon Green has recently taken a decisive step into the mainstream arena, first with 2008‘s action comedy, Pineapple Express, but most recently with the surreal comic fantasy, Your Highness.
With that latter film out soon on DVD and Blu-ray, we caught up with him to discuss its making, and what he's up to next. And as we gave him a call one grey day in July, we were rather envious to discover that he was on a sunny beach in America's Deep South. "It's a beautiful day out here" Green said. "I'm down in South Carolina working on this HBO show me and Danny [McBride] are doing."
Is that Eastbound And Down? »
Here's the story of how I waited for 29 years to see a sequel ... that turned out to be one of the worst films I've ever seen. As a very young movie freak, I was madly in love with a tongue-in-cheek, gore-laden sword and sandals action-fest called The Sword and the Sorcerer. My friends and I probably watched it a half-dozen times over the course of a few years, and one of the most delicious things about the flick arrived just before the end credits: "Talon will return in Tales of the Ancient Empire." (Talon was the cocky, swaggering mega-hero, as played by Lee Horsley.) The years dragged by, and whenever I revisited (or discussed) The Sword and the Sorcerer, that promised sequel always »
Universal's Your Highness hits theaters this Friday, and in preparation for the film's release, the studio teamed up with Austin's Alamo Drafthouse theater to present a one-night-only triple feature. The event was designed to showcase Your Highness along with a few of the films that had inspired David Gordon Green's film: namely The Sword and The Sorcerer and Krull. It had been years since most of the crowd had seen either of these films, and while it probably goes without saying that neither have held up as well as some other fantasy films from the late 70's/early 80's, I can confidently report that-- when combined with the awesomeness that is Your Highness and no small amount of beer-- they helped deliver one hell of an evening for the assembled audience. Want to know more, including what director David Gordon Green and stars Justin Theroux and Danny McBride had »
- Scott Wampler
5 items from 2011
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