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Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, Repo Man, the feature debut of Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Walker, Straight to Hell) is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.
After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a “repo man” after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious ’64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive – and extragalactic – cargo…
Special Director-approved Blu-ray Features:
New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio – 1.85:1 Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-hd Master Audio English Sdh subtitles »
Last weekend Young Adult opened on 8 screens with a solid $40k per screen average. Today it expands to theaters nationwide. I recently attended a press junket for the film written by Diablo Cody & directed by Jason Reitman. Below are the highlights from the press conference with Diablo Cody, Charlize Therom & Patton Oswalt. (Check out highlights from the Jason Reitman press conference right Here)
Diablo Cody on Ya novels: Well, I.ve been an avid consumer of young adult literature since I was one. And I think some people leave that stuff behind when they become old adults, but I never did. And I was always interested in the fantasy world created in those novels, and that I think is the kind of thing we see reflected in pop culture more now than ever, with reality shows and these weird, fully made-up people living these fake fairytale lives on camera. And »
- Jerry Cavallaro
Supposedly the end of the world is too happen next December. If the Mayans are right, we will experience our final Christmas in a few weeks. Chad Peter‘s Apocalypse, CA introduces us to his version of the end of the world and while most independent filmmakers tend to try to aim for Hollywood ideologies, director Peter focuses on what makes independent cinema so popular among movie fans.
The film involves a group of 20 something’s who are planning out their final days. There is an asteroid on the way to collide into Earth. We follow John as he is motivated by the disastrous events and decides to try and seek out his childhood love, Jacklyn. When that doesn’t work out like expected, he is visited by a mysterious pirate radio DJ to grant his wish of developing a relationship with Jacklyn. What happens when he wakes up is a body switch. »
- Andy Triefenbach
When the Thn team were just lads and lasses, getting our hands on a halfway-decent piece of nerd memorabilia was no mean feat. We scoured the pages of magazines and comics, trawled the stalls of every convention, and ravaged the bargain baskets of our local video-rental stores. And all to nab a T-shirt with some movie quote or image branded across its front or back. And the more obscure the better; in fact, if any more than 10% of the people you crossed knew what your treasured movie memorabilia meant, then it was worthless.
Thank Spielberg then for Last Exit To Nowhere, the premier stockists for all your geek needs. And all without having to leave the comfort of your own Jabba’s throne.
Just as we had previously searched the ends of the Earth for a humourous, obscure, or just downright cool movie shirt, cap, or jumper, the good folks »
- Tom Fordy
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the second of a five-part feature (read part one here)...
“After Hang ’em High , I acted in several pictures without being actively involved in their production,” recalled California filmmaker Clint Eastwood. “Then I found myself making my directorial debut directing second unit on a picture of Don Siegel’s.” The action crime thriller introduced audience members to the actor’s signature role of no nonsense Police Inspector Harry Callahan. “Don had the flu and I replaced him for the sequence where Harry tries to convince the would-be-suicide not to jump into the void. That turned out Ok, because, for lack of space on the window ledge, the only place to perch me was on the crane. I shot this scene, then another one, and I began to think more seriously about directing.” The helmer of Dirty Harry (1971) had a »
We can always count on Eureka's Masters of Cinema line to deliver the goods, and in the first three months of 2012, they've gone the extra mile, announcing some really outstanding new titles as well as Blu-ray upgrades. Highlights for me so far include Repo Man on Blu-ray, Two Lane Blacktop on Blu-ray, Shohei Imamura's The Insect Woman on Blu-ray, and a couple of Pasolini films coming on HD for the first time. I'm going to post these with the new titles first and the Blu-ray upgrades second, here we go:The Insect Woman:dual Format Release Including Blu-ray And DVD Versions Of Both Films• Newly restored high-definition master of The Insect Woman• New progressive transfer of Nishi-Ginza Station, a 1958 feature by Imamura• Newly translated optional »
As the summer movie season draws to a close and schools start up again, we still have some very good new movies opening in Austin this week, both indies and Hollywood films.
In addition, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund panelists are in Austin this weekend and Austin Film Society is hosting screenings of their films. On Sunday night, you can see a selection of short films from Barry Jenkins, followed by Ian Olds' documentary Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi. Afs is also bringing Josh and Ben Safdie to town to screen Daddy Longlegs on Monday night and short films on Wednesday. If you want some classic comedies, the Long Center has a Cult Classics series that features movies such as Animal House and The Princess Bride. But my favorite cult movie of the week is at Alamo's Music Monday: Repo Man. Afterward, go get some sushi and not pay. »
- Jette Kernion
With Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens opening in UK cinemas next week, we felt it it could be an enlightening exercise to investigate the western, and to discern how it has changed over the years. The western is one of the longest surviving genres in Hollywood, but until a relatively recent return to form, it seemed to have been fading away into the annuls of time. However, the utilisation of sheer will and determination, a virtue that many of its iconic protagonists also possessed, meant that no one could keep the good ol’ genre down.
Basic signs and conventions of the western were discernible from one of the first narrative films ever to be made, The Great Train Robbery (1903). Many generic tropes and tendencies adopted by the genre and its masters have been modified over the years, yet we still know, almost immediately, when a film or television series can be labelled as a western, »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Movie hits and misses on the dancefloor as clip joint looks at the be- Everybody Dance Now!
A Japanese proverb lurks behind this week's Clip joint: "We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."
As probably our earliest form of storytelling, dance is an elemental expression of our humanity. It can embody every emotion, from love to sorrow to the yearning for legwarmers.
Frowsty film buffs might be wary of the form, perhaps due to associations with emotionally inauthentic pop videos and musicals. Perhaps that's why, sometimes, dance is smuggled into film, barely hinted at by all that has gone before. The surprise can be funny, magical and/or jarring. It can gild the viewer's goodwill or dash it to smithereens in one fell kick ball change. Let's one-two-step through five of the best examples:
In one of its biggest movie-acquisition deals in the last few years, USA Network has bought a package of more than 30 titles from Universal Pictures. Nine of them include network premiere rights, including Judd Apatow’s sleeper comedy hit Bridesmaids; the Fast & the Furious sequel Fast Five; the latest installment in the Meet the Parents franchise, Little Fockers; as well as the Matt Damon starrer The Adjustment Bureau. All four will debut on USA. There was some corporate synergy at work in making the deal, with virtually all other NBCUniversal TV networks contributing financially, including NBC, Syfy, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, Style, G4, Chiller, Sleuth and UniHD. In exchange, those nets get rights to some of the titles in the package. For instance, NBC has committed to airing Bridesmaids and The Little Fockers after their premiere on USA and has an option to pick up more. Syfy will debut two of the nine movies, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Yo, Joe! The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reported that rapper-turned-actor RZA and actor D.J. Cotrona are in negotiations for roles in the new “G.I. Joe” sequel. RZA will play a martial arts expert named the Blind Master, who once trained Snake Eyes and Jinx. Cotrona will play Flint, a G.I. Joe soldier with a beret and a shotgun. They will join the cast that already includes Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung-hun Lee. It was also reported earlier this month that actors Dwayne Johnson and Elodie Yung are in talks for roles in the film. RZA has recently appeared in films such as “Due Date,” “Repo Man,” and “Funny People.” He will be appearing and directing in upcoming Eli Roth-produced “The Man with the Iron Fists” with Jamie Chung, Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. Cotrona is best known as Detective John Stone on the television series “Detroit 1-8-7. »
If 75% of movies were like Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly I could watch one a day and never get bored. Of course, with the long line of noir crime thrillers out there that wouldn't be too hard to do, but at the same time this is just one more example of a kind of film that just isn't being made any longer.
However, you can look at several of today's films and see how films such as Kiss Me Deadly informed them. For starters, anyone that's seen Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has already seen a piece of Kiss Me Deadly in the form of the mysterious glowing briefcase. Now the contents of the two cases may be entirely different, but as a storytelling device it's an example of how the greats of today never stray too far from what has worked throughout time in an effort to keep audiences on edge. »
- Brad Brevet
After a brief detour into universal critical acclaim with a 'dark, serious' film, Gregg Araki returns to familiar territory making a horny, druggy college caper
Rumours that Gregg Araki has finally grown up appear to have been greatly exaggerated. They started in 2004 with his extraordinary movie Mysterious Skin, in which two young men struggle to process the sexual abuse they suffered years before at the hands of their baseball coach. Bold, sensitive and, yes, mature, the film won Araki more critical and festival acclaim than the rest of his work combined. At last, it seemed, Araki was ready to join his contemporaries Gus van Sant and Todd Haynes in the fold of "serious" film-makers. So how did he follow up Mysterious Skin? With Smiley Face, a goofy stoner movie in which Anna Faris eats too many hash cookies. In terms of critical expectation, it was the equivalent of Scorsese following up Raging Bull with Dude, »
- Steve Rose
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of movie posters, especially fan-made posters, so every now and than I post a few that I discover online. Unfortunately I don’t know much about any of these artists but I recommend checking out the website links posted below. Enjoy.
Brock Weaver created this poster for 500 Days of Summer which I found over at /Film.
Zach Hobbs created this poster for Repo Man found over at Reelizer.com
The Londoner behind the Formula One documentary steps beyond the well-trodden path between home and Hollywood
"Write what you know", goes the counsel handed down to generations of would-be novelists – a simple but endlessly prudent nugget of advice. And the same sentiment has served a similar number of British film-makers just as well, with the gazes of untold directors falling to great effect on our scabby, sceptered isle. But what of those whose attention has travelled elsewhere?
Having spent the last fortnight in the purlieus of Clapham Junction rather than Cannes I haven't yet been able to see We Need To Talk About Kevin, the (genuinely) long-awaited comeback of Lynne Ramsay, but reliable reports suggest a portrait of the suburban Us every bit as richly steeped in local flavour as Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar were suggestive of their director's native Scotland. What I have seen, meanwhile, is Senna, the forthcoming »
- Danny Leigh
With a long and varied career behind him, viewers may be inclined to think that they’ve seen everything Emilio Estevez has to offer. But even at this stage, the forty-nine year old actor-director remains one of the industry’s brightest stars.
During the 1980s, Estevez was a prominent name in cinema. As part of a clique of rising young actors, along with the likes of brother Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe, Estevez starred in a string of popular movies such as The Breakfast Club and Repo Man. Due to these hits, he has earned himself something of a cult status, and is remembered as the face of several iconic characters. Though Estevez became a less dominant on-screen force in the 1990s, he has since focused his efforts in directing, and proved himself more than capable with productions such as Bobby. With the directing talent to match his acting abilities, »
- Tom Fordy
Californication‘s upcoming fifth season is going to be off the hook, foshizzle.
The tentative name of Diggs’ character is Apocalypse. »
- Michael Ausiello
Ryan salutes the BBC2 series Moviedrome, which for 12 years introduced a plethora of cult films to unsuspecting UK audiences…
For better or worse, I have Alex Cox to thank for my enduring appetite for film. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I was still at school and the Internet was still the preserve of the rich and the Us military, the BBC2 series Moviedrome introduced me, and I suspect a legion of other impressionable youngsters, into the fascinating alternate world of obscure or low-budget movies.
Beginning in 1988, director Alex Cox introduced a series of cult and exploitation movies, commencing with Robin Hardy's folk horror, The Wicker Man. Before long, Sunday nights became an oasis of the weird and the sensational, and as a youth still watching cartoons like Transformers and Thundercats, films like Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and The Fly seemed like startling broadcasts from another universe. »
So, why is Iggy Pop a rock and roll legend? That's a question on lots of lips this morning after the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer hit the "Idol" stage on Thursday (April 7) like a ton of rawhide bricks.
The "Idol" audience isn't exactly Iggy's wheelhouse, so it isn't a huge surprise that his shaky, half-clothed rendition of "Real Wild Child" fell flatter than Ryan Seacrest's one-liners. ("I think I've got to cut out carbs after seeing that.")
But we're here to tell you that although he may not have been the perfect fit for "Idol's" pasteurized pop (How about that "I Love Rock and Roll"/"Sweet Home Alabama" mash-up, folks?!), he is most definitely a rock legend, one of the godfathers of punk and deserving of a little respect -- from us and Seacrest.
So, without further ado, we present five very rocking facts about Iggy Pop. »
From the Press Release
In a time of plague, a band of brothers unite together to uncover a dark secret in the historical horror Black Death, debuting on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 10 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. From cult director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle), the brutal and terrifying epic stars Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hitcher), Eddie Redmayne
In plague-ridden medieval England, one hope remains as rumor spreads of a village that is unaffected by a deadly disease. As God’s ambassador, a young monk (Redmayne) is tasked in »
- Uncle Creepy
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