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- Derek Anderson
Forget viruses, meteors or rabid monkeys, George A. Romero created the modern zombie. His vision of hordes of rotting, shambling, flesh-hungry corpses has permeated culture to an insane degree. Beginning with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, Romero thrilled and terrified audiences while simultaneously delivering a satisfying social criticism. His apocalyptic perspective reached its zenith in all-time classic Dawn of the Dead, in which he perfectly skewered contemporary consumerism and a load of torsos.
But from there it’s a case of gradually diminishing returns. Day of the Dead has a lot of interesting ideas but is a bit structureless, Land of the Dead is clever but forgettable, and so on through Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, both of which are just a bit boring. And now we have another upcoming ‘of the Dead’ sequel – Road of the Dead.
Or to give it its full title, »
- David James
This Week in Home VideoPlus 20 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.
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Pick of the WeekCatfight
What is it? Two old college friends cross paths as adults and beat the ever-loving crap out of each other.
Why see it? Onur Tukel’s latest is also his best thanks in part to the lead performances by Sandra Oh and Anne Heche. They do a good job of manipulating our sympathies and concerns ensuring that our loyalties shift from act to act. Themes of female friendships, class distinctions, and redemption run through alongside a satirical look at modern life, and there’s a terrifically wicked streak throughout. Funny, smart, and brutal are all apt descriptors for this cynical look at our violent selves.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentaries, featurette, deleted scenes]
- Rob Hunter
French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year.
It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.
Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.
Eddy Gardiner on star ratings…
Star ratings have a habit of ruling film criticism. Bus posters and billboards particularly love their eye-catching nature, and indeed it makes sense to advertise with such a clear visual aid in areas where people will only grab a quick glance at the poster in question. Even if there’s a small quote beneath, it’s the number of stars which stay in the person’s mind. They’re also decent fodder for trailers – we’ll often see blink-and-you’ll-miss flashes of 4 and 5-stars at the end, but rarely be able to discern which outlet actually awarded them. Although that’s nothing compared to the mischief used in the poster for Legend. It was only an eagle-eyed viewer who spotted that The Guardian’s 2-star review had been cleverly positioned to look like the 4-stars surrounding it. Morally ambiguous, perhaps, but certainly clever.
Indeed, they »
- Edward Gardiner
“Coco” won’t be released until Thanksgiving, but Pixar has just released a new short accompanying its first non-sequel since “The Good Dinosaur” to whet viewers’ appetites. “Dante’s Lunch” introduces us to the hairless doggo who serves as the best friend of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) in the upcoming feature, a musical journey through the Land of the Dead. Watch the two-minute short below.
After coming across what’s surely a rather appetizing bone, our canine hero is naturally intrigued — what red-blooded pooch wouldn’t be? This would-be meal appears to have a mind of its own, however, and once Dante latches onto it he finds himself being pulled all across his village until eventually meeting the skeleton said bone belongs to. (If internet scuttlebutt is to be believed, this may be Gael García Bernal’s Hector. »
- Michael Nordine
The recently released first trailer for Coco, Pixar’s next animation from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, helped to introduce some of the characters in the film, set during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, but today we have a new short from the company that zeroes in on one particular canine.
As the pal of our lead character, Dante the Mexican hairless dog leads Dante’s Lunch — A Short Tail, a two-minute short that finds him on a bone-obsessed journey. Created early on in the animation process, it’s a bit disappointing to see Pixar stoop to Scrat-level hijinks, but if they can create another dog character as memorable as Dug from Up, we’re interested.
“We just were really happy with how it came out and thought we would share it with the world as a little appetizer until the movie comes out,” Unkrich tells Yahoo! »
- Leonard Pearce
A mariachi remake of the ballroom scene in “Beauty and the Beast” has charmed the masses, earning more than 7 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours.
In the reimagining, a mariachi dancer appears at the top of a grand staircase in a yellow dress, just like Belle in the animated film (and live-action adaptation).
She is joined by her smiling partner — clad in ornate blue — and just like in the film, curtsies as he bows.
It’s “A Tale as Old as Time” — with a Mexican twist — as the familiar theme is brought to life by violins, trumpets, and guitars, and the dancer’s whirling steps. Their performance even ends with a lift better than the one in the film.
Watch the video, posted by the Latino-oriented digital network Mitu, below:
The music was »
- Lawrence Yee
"The music - it's not just in me, it Is me." Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Pixar's new movie, a musical titled Coco, based around the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. We don't know much about the plot, but as you can see, it involves a young boy getting lost in the world of the dead while searching for his father. The voice cast includes newcomer Anthony Gonzalez playing Miguel, along with Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Renee Victor. As our initial introduction to this original movie from Pixar, this is quite wonderful. I love that we're getting a new Pixar movie that has a dog as a sidekick. Beyond that, it looks like it has the emotion of Monsters Inc in a Mexican musical, and I'm excited already. Here's the very first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Pixar's Coco, direct from Disney's YouTube: »
- Alex Billington
15 March 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"This isn't a dream then — you're all really out there," says newcomer Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel, who is an aspiring musician despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, he finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events, and embarking on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
- Ashley Lee
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) is certainly not the first director to make a film about Dia de los Muertos, but he’s the first to give it that Pixar touch. The first teaser trailer for Coco, featuring an all-Latino voice cast, reveals the animation giant’s lush musical jaunt through the Land of the Dead, led by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez.
The first dazzling footage previews the story of Miguel (Gonzalez), whose obsession with music far outweighs his family’s confounding generations-long ban on the craft. Dreaming of becoming a performer, the »
- Nick Romano
While we’re well aware that Cars 3 will be racing into cinemas this Summer, Pixar are pulling double duty this year with co-directors Lee Unkirk (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina's (The Good Dinosaur) Coco. Inspired the Mexican holiday Dia De La Muertos (or the Day of the Dead), the story follows the young, music obsessed Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, despite his family’s baffling generations old ban on music. Following a mysterious chain of events, Miguel fins himself in the colourful Land of the Dead, where he teams up with the charming trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) to uncover the real story of his family’s history. While obvious comparison’s will be made to 2014’s The Book of Life, there is no denying that Coco does look absolutely stunning, the Pixar style well suited to the colourful, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Thanks to today’s release of the first trailer for their new film “Coco,” our Pixar withdrawal is that much closer to — blessedly — coming to an end. After director Lee Unkrich unveiled the poster on Twitter last week, it was only a matter of a time before the adorable and colorful trailer was released. It doesn’t disappoint.
“Coco” will be the second of the studio’s 2017 releases after “Cars 3,” and will be helmed by Unkrich and Adrian Molina, who previously directed “Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University,” respectively, so you might just want to get your tissues out now.
- Allison Picurro
Following this summer’s Cars threequel, Pixar’s next animation features the return of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich. Coco, set during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, follows a boy living in a village who adores music, but his shoemaking family has banned it for generations as they believe it’s a curse passed down from his great-grandfather. This sets off a journey to discover more about his past and his passion.
Featuring the voices of Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, newcomer Anthony Gonzalez and Renée Victor, the first trailer has landed. First introducing our main character as it looks to be celebration of Mexican culture, the preview segues to reveal a much larger adventure at hand. Ahead of a release this Thanksgiving, check it out below, along with the first poster.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez »
- Jordan Raup
There’s less than a week to go now until the first trailer for Pixar’s Coco, and the studio is stoking our appetites with the release of a fresh poster for the film. It doesn’t give too much away, but shows off some of the studio’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) aesthetics, together with a cute mongrel named Dante.
Given that the film is about exploring the Land of the Dead, Dante is all too appropriate. According to Pixar, the film follows the young Miguel (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who has high ambitions of following in the footsteps of his hero Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) as a top musician. Unfortunately, he’s stymied by his family’s mysterious generations-old ban on members becoming musicians.
Why they’re so strict remains a mystery – but as a consequence, Miguel is soon plunged into »
- David James
It Stains the Sands Red follows Las Vegas wild child Molly who finds herself stranded in the desert with a ravenously relentless zombie hot on her high heels, after a horrendous flesh-eating apocalypse ravages Vegas. Forever trying to give it the ingenious slip, the lone stalker has no need of rest and soon it becomes her only physical contact in a world gone mad…
The zombie genre has took a bit of a beating over the years. Too many films and not enough good ideas it seems, and many horror fans are suffering from zombie movie burn-out – especially when it seems like we’re getting a new zombie movie every moth these days! However, there have been some interesting new takes on the much-maligned genre »
- Phil Wheat
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in »
- The Film Stage
A guy gets his entire face tattooed with a Day of the Dead skull mask on this week’s Tattoo Girls on TLC — in an ordeal which he struggles to get through. Watch our exclusive clip below as the man called Brian turns up at Ink Ink in Springfield, Missouri, the Midwest’s only all-female Tattoo studio, with most of his head and body already covered in ink. He then stuns the ladies when he asks them about his “strange request”, saying: “I want the rest of my face done…Day of the Dead.” Jaws drop all round before Ink Ink owner Kelsey asks what everyone wants to know: “Soooo…why...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
Offering new premieres and exclusives every month, Shudder has a unique library of hard-to-find international and independent films, something for both casual and hardcore fans of horror. With that in mind, here’s the rundown of the new arrivals and UK exclusives and premieres for February 2017…
Exclusively on Shudder from 23rd February
From Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland, directors of the award-winning YellowBrickRoad, comes a fresh, smart and ghoulish take on the ghost story. Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom (Clark Freeman) offers reward money to the first person who can show him a supernatural being – anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. And along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that »
- Phil Wheat
[Welcome back, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back here each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
After George A. Romero brought Bub to the big screen in 1985’s Day of the Dead, audiences would go on to wait nearly 30 years before his next zombie film, Land of the Dead, shambled into cinemas. Thankfully, the Godfather of the Dead only took a quick breather before returning with his fifth—and arguably most ambitious—zombie movie, Diary of the Dead, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2008 (following its 2007 screening at Tiff).
When the film was shown at Sundance in 2008, the Internet was expanding into more homes and sites like YouTube were making it possible for people to easily access videos from around the globe, increasing the intake of news both real and manipulated. The social structure of the world was literally changing overnight for better and for worse. Romero used Diary of the Dead to explore how this new screen-centered society would hold up against a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, »
- Derek Anderson
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