11 items from 2015
Oh Scream Factory, how I love thee. Growing up, I was exposed to quite a few films that left a mark on me. Everything from Hellraiser and A Nightmare On Elm Street, to Charles Band’s Empire Pictures classics such as Eliminators, From Beyond and Prison. One of the films that fell into the Empire Pictures group was a silly and incredibly easy to love family horror film called Troll. Watching that film for the first time (after finally getting past the VHS cover art that scared the living crap out of me) was an experience I will never forget. Everything from that weird ass song to Sonny Bono’s portrayal of what is the most unappealing swinger of all time, the film just had me right away. It was my jam all throughout childhood, and though there have been DVD releases of the John Carl Buechler monster film, it »
- Jerry Smith
75 years ago today, Disney took a risk with the opening of its experimental animated film, “Fantasia.” The third feature film made by the House of Mouse, “Fantasia” was released as a limited-run roadshow attraction, starting on November 13, 1940. The New York Times review published the following day declared it to be a film that “really dumps conventional formulas overboard and boldly reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion.” Images of Mickey Mouse set to music by Paul Dukas, hippos dancing to the tune of Ponchielli, and centaurs and cupids backed by Beethoven have all become iconic in the decades since its release. The film has further secured its pop culture status with “Fantasia” video games, a follow-up feature called “Fantasia 2000,” and with a spot on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 American films. One “Fantasia” segment will soon get the live action treatment: the nightmarish “Night on Bald Mountain »
- Emily Rome
Director Brad Bird and his co-writer Damon Lindelof take on a daring, ambitious science fiction project: chosen 'dreamers' are given glimpses of a gleaming Future City on the Horizon that exists in a parallel dimension of possibility. It's a chase film, a touchstone 'Sense of Wonder' epic and a wholly original visual extravaganza. The spacey gee-whiz thrills are linked to a worthy message, the rescue of a dying planet. Tomorrowland Blu-ray Walt Disney Home Video 2015 / Color / widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.99 Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key. Cinematography Claudio Miranda Film Editor Walter Murch, Craig Wood Original Music Michael Giacchino Written by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof Directed by Brad Bird
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Some newer science fiction movies are as complicated as sci-fi novels, the kind that take seven hundred pages to unwind. »
- Glenn Erickson
Israeli artist, Gustavo Viselner, has captured famous scenes from some of our favourite films as beautiful pixel art. Among them are moments from Star Wars; Forrest Gump; Aliens; The NeverEnding Story and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Check out his work below and let us know which is your favourite illustration. Check out Gustavo’s website to see more.
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Rewatching movies from your childhood in high definition is a trip. Watching The NeverEnding Story (1984) for the first time in over twenty years, I remembered the images from the VHS we had and the emotions it used to conjure, but interpreted them very differently as an adult. In one very brief, completely immaterial moment Bastian pulls something like The Daily News off of the book and I vividly remember that image and the awe revealing the ancient cover of The NeverEnding Story. As an adult, seeing it in HD, the book looks silly, oversized, and crisp like an obvious prop. Then you see something like Innerspace (1987), another film from my later childhood that looks and sounds basically the same. I can't tell whether it "holds up" or not because I'm engrossed in the story, the comedy, and the realization »
- Jason Ratigan
We've all wished we could change our appearance to attract some desired object of our affections. Demented Malcolm Brand takes the notion seriously. Since his face doesn't charm lovely Virginia, he'll make himself a new one -- stealing facial features from Virginia's favorite friends. With a straight razor. I, Madman Savant Blu-ray Review Scream (Shout!) Factory 1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date July 21, 2015 / 24.97 Starring Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge, Michelle Jordan. Cinematography Bryan England Production Designer Matthew C. Jacobs, Ron Wilson Visual Effects Jim Aupperle, Randall William Cook Film Editor Marcus Manton Original Music Michael Hoenig Written by David Chaskin Produced by Rafael Eisenman Directed by Tibor Takács
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A rich vein of horror seldom tapped in the movies is to be found in vintage pulp magazines, the kind of bone-chilling 'dread' stories that make one feel insecure and off-balance. This 1989 release from »
- Glenn Erickson
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
When audiences see 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot this weekend, they’ll likely assume that it’s the third entry in the cinematic superhero saga. But a new documentary hopes to dispel that myth once and for all.
“Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four” reveals the baffling circumstances that led to the filming of an unreleased 1994 feature film starring Marvel’s comic book quartet that was never meant to be seen publicly.
The story goes like this: In late 1992, three years after the success of Tim Burton’s “Batman,” producer Bernd Eichinger approached low-budget filmmaking maestro Roger Corman about making a movie based on the Fantastic Four. Eichinger, the German producer of “The Neverending Story,” had acquired rights to the superhero team’s story and needed to begin production immediately.
In short order, a professional cast and crew was assembled, sets and costumes »
- Matthew Chernov
Yonderland was a resounding success for Sky1 in 2013 - The Guardian called the playful fantasy series "perfect family viewing" while Total Film favourably compared the first series to both Jim Henson's 1986 classic Labyrinth and the works of Monty Python.
Mathew Baynton - co-creator, writer and star - admits it came as "a massive relief" when critics and the public at large embraced Yonderland - a comedic fantasy adventure which, in its sensibilities and its use of puppets, recalls films like The Dark Crystal, The NeverEnding Story and - yes - Labyrinth.
"It's quite a weird show," he concedes. "The pitch for it doesn't sound like surefire, mainstream TV gold, so in that sense [the success] probably was a bit surprising. But we believed in it, and thought it was hilarious, so I felt more relief than anything else - that people loved it as much as we do."
Yonderland was produced »
This Sunday brings us the season finale of Game of Thrones Season 5, and HBO has released a few images from the episode that give us a tease of what’s to come. The show traditionally has its “big” episode just before the finale, with the finale acting as a sort of denouement for the events that occurred, but this season may be a bit different. Last week’s installment certainly did close on a “big” moment with Dany literally riding a dragon like it was Falkor from The Neverending Story, but what was intended to be a cheerful conclusion was tainted by the events that preceded the Meereen-set scene: boring Stannis doing something awful. This season has really seen showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tread new territory as they surpass the books in most of the storylines. Some of it has been great, like the “ice zombie” battle and »
- Adam Chitwood
The Babadook, released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on February 16th, tells the story of a widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis) battling with the loss of her husband, and her son’s growing fears of a monster invading their house. When a strange new book is found by Samuel (Noah Wiseman), reading it seems to invite a sinister presence in to the house, leaving both Amelia and Samuel to face their fears.
This isn’t the first time in film history that we’ve been shown the sinister power of books. Using the right book at the wrong time can lead to all sorts of issues or adventures. In anticipation of The Babadook’s home release, we take a look – in no particular order – some of the most sinister books in film.
1. Evil Dead – The Necronomicon
Klaatu… verata… n… Necktie. Nectar. Nickel. Noodle. Or something like that, right?
The Necronomicon, »
- Phil Wheat
11 items from 2015
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