6 items from 2015
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
Time Bandits (1981) is often called Terry Gilliam's most accessible film, which has always seemed like a back-handed compliment to me. Is there a more neutral term than accessible? Gilliam's work is characterized by anything but neutrality. It's a narrative resume full of strong points of view and a nose-thumbing, even middle-fingering, disregard for authority. His films are often the epitome of high concept, a term that's always made Hollywood bean counters cower. Thematically, especially, Gilliam doesn't settle for challenging adult authority. He demolishes it, rebuilds it and sends it back out into the world with a whack on the bottom. Least neutral of all is his absolute dedication to a singular, if visually sprawling sense, of innocence trapped in the land of evil. In Brazil (1985)...
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This week is a big one for sci-fi fans, as several fantastic films from 2014 are making their home entertainment debuts, including The Zero Theorem, Lucy and Coherence. Horror fans have a lot to look forward to as well with the releases of several notable titles like Wolves, Annabelle and Gnome Alone, which looks to be a hoot of a genre send-up.
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
Wolves (Ketchup, DVD)
- Heather Wixson
I loved Terry Gilliam’s Brazil when it first came out 30 years ago, but tried watching it again and didn’t feel it aged well at all. To me, the film now seemed bloated and unnecessarily complex, pushing self-indulgence to the limit. Gilliam’s newest film The Zero Theorem is the Gilliam film most akin to Brazil, another surreal comic take on Orwell’s 1984 focusing on a bureaucrat in a retro-future world. While Gilliam’s troubles with studio interference regarding Brazil are the stuff of legend (and even the subject of a book), it at least received a wide theatrical release. The Zero Theorem had a spotty release, screening in St. Louis just two nights at Webster University, but it makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray from Well Go USA on January 20th.
Explaining the plot of The Zero Theorem is kind of pointless. Something about a computer hacker »
- Tom Stockman
As half the nation is shrouded by below-freezing temperatures, HBO promised this week that "winter is coming" in the middle of April: Game of Thrones will return for its fifth season on April 12th. HBO tweeted the show's premiere date on Thursday, adding that acclaimed comedies Veep and Silicon Valley will also come back on the same day to bring some levity to what promises to be another bloody season in Westeros.
Before Game of Thrones launches its fifth season, fans can check out the final two episodes of Season »
A new year of films may beckon, but there are lots of movies from 2014 you may have missed. Here's a list of 2014's most underappreciated...
There was no shortage of magnificent films in 2014 of every kind, from the expensive and explosive to the low-key and experimental. But it's a sad fact of life that not all movies do as well as they should, either because of poor distribution or simply because they'd been released at the same time as something much bigger and more star-laden.
While the list below is by no means an exhaustive one - there are plenty of great films from 2014 that we're still getting around to seeing - it's our attempt to highlight a few fine pieces of work that didn't get quite as much love as they deserved.
So without further ado - and in no particular order - we'll start with a stunning »
6 items from 2015
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