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Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Try as imitators might, there’s no film quite like “Brazil.” Terry Gilliam’s dystopian sci-fi whatsit endures as a classic of more than one genre, which is typical of the “12 Monkeys,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Time Bandits” director. A behind-the-scenes documentary features a series of interviews with Gilliam along with his cast and crew discussing the cult classic; watch it below.
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The 28-minute featurette begins with several principals being asked a simple question with few simple answers: “What is ‘Brazil’?” Star Jonathan Pryce (most recently seen as the High Sparrow “Game of Thrones”) has the most succinct answer: “It’s half a dream, and half a nightmare.” (Tom Stoppard’s is good, too: “It’s the myth of the free man in an unfree society.”) The rest of their »
- Michael Nordine
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) is playing from June 1 - June 30, 2016 in the UK.In an overview of the accomplished, fraught, tumultuous career of Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King (1991) can look like not just an artistic turning point, but an economic one. Gilliam had just finished a loose trilogy of comic fantasies—Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—each visually baroque and laced with a kind of surreal, dark, absurdist humor that marked them as a natural extension of his time as the lone American in Monty Python. Time Bandits was a head-turning left-field hit, and Brazil, the subject of a legendary battle with Universal over final cut, is often cited as Gilliam's masterpiece. But Munchausen, though held dear by a cult following, was a blow to Gilliam's career. It went quickly over-budget (wildly so, »
Tuesday, May 24th has several fantastic DVD and Blu-ray releases that should get horror fans excited, especially the highly anticipated Collector’s Edition release of Manhunter from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Arrow Video is also releasing a stunning limited edition set entitled Killer Dames, featuring two overlooked giallo cult classics, and for those of you American Gothic fans out there (like myself), the entire series is finally making its way to DVD this week.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for this Tuesday include Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema Collection, Specters, Paranormal Sex Tape, and The Devil’s Woods.
Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won’t let anyone – including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco »
- Heather Wixson
Oscar Isaac takes his turn as the bad guy in this latest likable instalment of the comic superhero saga
“The weak have taken the Earth…” In Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine’s consciousness was teleported back from an apocalyptic future to a retro-1970s past to achieve a Terminator-style rewriting of the present. This messy sequel (technically still a prequel) goes back further to ancient Egypt, where a proto uber-mutant’s Temple of Doom-style-meets-Stargate regeneration is stalled, only to resume in 1983. With Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) hiding her true-blue colours in East Berlin and Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) passing as a production-line worker in Poland, new recruits continue to gather at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. But when sunlight awakens Oscar Isaac’s En Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse), it’s time for forces old and new to pull together once again. Suffering from the »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Co-starring Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, Michael Mann’s Manhunter comes out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Manhunter.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Manhunter Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 27th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, »
- Derek Anderson
Brimming with bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox, Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Michael Mann’s Manhunter hits shelves next Tuesday, and we have high-definition clips and a trailer teasing the new release of the Red Dragon adaptation:
From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.
Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
- Derek Anderson
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) is to join Terry Gilliam’s upcoming Don Quixote film alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Adam Driver, the director has revealed at a Cannes press conference today.
Writer-director Gilliam (Brazil) and producer Paolo Branco (Cosmopolis) announced the official start of production for the long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote after a 16-year delay since Gilliam’s first attempt at the film.
Production is set to begin in October for 11 weeks – five in Spain, four in Portugal and two in the Canary Islands. Pre-production will begin in June and production will wrap before Christmas.
Gilliam, who co-wrote the script with Tony Grisoni, anticipates post-production to start early 2016 with an aim to have the finished film in Cannes next year.
Branco confirmed a budget of €17m, half the size »
Updated: After nearly two decades of missteps and mishaps, filming on the latest iteration of Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is due to start in October, with former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko added to a new cast that includes Adam Driver and Michael Palin.
Gilliam announced Wednesday that preparation on his pet project would begin next month and would be shot in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, to be finished by Christmas. Portuguese producer Paulo Branco signed up earlier this year on the film, which is budgeted at $19 million.
“I want to get this film out of my life so I can get on with the rest of my life,” a jovial and relaxed-looking Gilliam said at a press conference in Cannes.
He told Variety that the film kept nagging at him despite his having completed other movies in the interim, such as 2013’s “The Zero Theorem. »
- Henry Chu
Gotham, Season 2, Episode 21, “A Legion of Horribles”
Written by Jordan Harper
Directed by Rob Bailey
Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on Fox
The ball keeps rolling this week with the penultimate episode of Gotham’s second season, which featured the return of a favorable familiar face, Fish Mooney, as other characters ruminate on the legitimacy of Thomas Wayne’s legacy. Even while exploring the crevices of what it means to be heroic and the challenging morality behind sticking up for what you believe in is right, Gotham also manages to include a lot of fun and surprises.
One of the many key factors that makes Gotham so wonderful and engaging is the excellent and eccentric performances by all within the cast. The seriousness placed on the absurdity of their increasingly chaotic situations aren’t lost on any of the characters, and it’s not only that they accept the surrealism, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Mila Kunis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Jared Leto, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan and maybe Robert De Niro topline big buzz projects at the 2016 Cannes’ pre-sales market which started coming together late last week, in an all-time down-to the-wire market flurry.
The huge question though is whether Martin Scorsese’s mob bio “The Irishman,” starring Robert DeNio, budgeted at a reported $100 million and in turnaround at Paramount, can be packaged fast enough to be brought to the market at Cannes.
Even without it, after a robust Berlin, “this is another strong market here because of the multitude and diversity of projects,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazil’s Imagem, predicting that Cannes would be “big and busy.”
FilmNation’s Glen Basner agreed: “It doesn’t feel like there are many huge movies, but it seems like there are plenty of films offered »
- John Hopewell
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
The “Boston Underground Film Festival” (http://bostonunderground.org) at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Ma is a hub for early film festival favorites, diverse programming, film culture and community along with multiple blocks of diverse short filmmaking visions. Whether it’s the celebration of local filmmaking talent with the “Homegrown Horror” short film block curated by Chris Hallock or the short film block that looks at the dark, twisted and humorous side of horror with “Fugue & Riffs”. After BUFF18, we had the chance to talk with six of these filmmakers as well as past and present members of these short film blocks at Buff!
These New England filmmakers and their film projects includes Andrea Mark Wolanin (Cleaning House), Izzy Lee (Innsmouth – which played at BUFF18 before the feature “Antibirth”), Jim McDonough (Idiom Origins Vol. 1), Jarrett Blinkhorn (They’re Closing In), Corey Norman (Suffer the Little Children) and Alex Divincenzo (Trouser Snake).
How does the resources, »
- Jay Kay
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him »
- TFS Staff
May 24th will be a day of celebration for fans of Michael Mann’s Manhunter. The 1986 film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory containing nearly three hours of new bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (spelling adjusted for this film) himself, Brian Cox.
Press Release: This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.
Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. »
- Derek Anderson
The Brazil director’s now mythical vision will be financed by Alfama Films‘ Paulo Branco, who made Cosmopolis and Mysteries Of Lisbon. The film will be made on an $18.2 million budget. The latest attempt was delayed by actor John Hurt's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer early last year. Hurt was cleared for work by his doctors in October, but may not be involved in the project any more. Jack O'Connell, however, is in line for a role.
The story of the making of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote of course is a great story in itself. »
Terry Gilliam Age: 75 Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota Best Known For: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys Nobody makes movies quite like Terry Gilliam. His flair for off-kilter comedy and big, bold visuals has made for some truly iconic movies over the years. And while there are certainly more famous entries in his filmography, we're celebrating one of his lesser known and underappreciated movies that was released this very week back...
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We’ve scoured the episode commentaries from the Game Of Thrones season 5 Blu-ray set - and here are 125 things we found out.
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 5.
You're busy people. We know this. Much as you'd like to, you may not have time to watch a dozen hours of Game Of Thrones episode commentaries in order to glean the odd fact with which to impress/bore your nearest and dearest.
That's where we come in.
Below are 125 Things We Learned from the Game Of Thrones season five Blu-ray set, packaged for your edification. Number 64 will blow your mind!!! Hang on, no, that one's not actually very interesting. But some of the rest of them are. A bit, anyway. Well, we thought so.
1. The original pilot script described the opening credits as from the perspective of a raven flying over a map from Castle Black to King’s Landing. »
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843, and in the 173 years that have followed there have been approximately as many film, TV and stage versions, from Hollywood movies, to small town theater productions. So you might think the last thing anybody needs is a new version, but when it's from one of our favorite directors, it certainly has us intrigued... Read More: Interview: Bennett Miller Talks 'Foxcatcher' And Wrestling With The American Dream THR reports that "Capote," "Moneyball," and "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller will helm a "A Christmas Carol." It's got a helluva team behind it, with Megan Ellison and Scott Rudin lending their producing powers, and acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard ("Brazil," "Shakespeare In Love") penning the screenplay. Miller's take on the material will retain Dickens' 19th century setting, so it sounds like the traditional story we all know »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Plus: Colcoa to honour Jean-Paul Rappeneau; Enrique Castillo to head cast on Latino spy thriller; and more…Colcoa will honour Jean-Paul Rappeneau during its 2016 edition, set to run at the Directors Guild Of America headquarters in Hollywood from April 18-26. Rappeneau will make a rare appearance at the April 21 tribute, which includes the world premiere of the restored A Matter Of Resistance starring Catherine Deneuve and Philippe Noiret. Click here for further details.Fox Searchlight will release Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on July 22. Jennifer Saunders wrote the screenplay and stars alongside Joanna Lumley, with support from Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield. Mandie Fletcher directs.The Weinstein Company has dated John Carney’s recent Sundance world premiere Sing Street for April 15 and Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Hands Of Stone starring Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez for August 26.Enrique Castillo will head the cast on Latino spy thriller Killing The Street Children, about the plight »
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