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All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
This weekend saw the release of two solid action films from performers many fans had already written off, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa — my review of Kung Fu Killer and Skin Trade can be found here — and inspired by this happy surprise we’re doing two things. I’m listing the twelve best movie fight scenes *and* we’re giving away five of Yen’s best movies on Blu-ray (well, technically four of his best plus Iceman)! It’s worth noting that compiling a list of the best fight scenes is a daunting goddamn task. I’m focusing on hand-to-hand fights, with or without weapons, and avoiding gun fights, war movies and the likes of Godzilla vs King Kong. For me the best fights rely mostly on a combination of skill and choreography — while fights accomplished strictly through editing or with a heavy dose of wire-fu/CG can be entertaining and a lot of fun they’re »
- Rob Hunter
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
Escape from New York, 1981.
Directed by John Carpenter.
In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »
- Gary Collinson
We all know about the Great Bombay Textile Mill Strike that shook Mumbai in 1982. It affected the lives of scores of people who revolted against the mill owners for increase in wages resulting in the shutting down of 80 mills and in the unemployment of 1,50,000 mill workers. And now, producer Amit Agarwal has teamed up with Kunal Kohli to give us a hard-hitting tale of friendship that survived through one of the most traumatizing period in Mumbai’s history.
“Vartak Nagar” is the story of the four friends Gajya, Satya, Raju and Savio. The film starts with the carefree lives of these kids. They live in Vartak Nagar and go to an English medium school. The fathers of Raju and Satya work in Sitaram mills. The Bombay mill strike of 1982 hits them badly and is the driver for the story of Vartak Nagar. The boys suddenly find themselves in adult like »
- Press Releases
Scream Factory has most certainly done a fine job of bringing a lot of John Carpenter’s filmography to genre fans everywhere. With great collector’s edition Blurays of everything from Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, They Live and Assault On Precinct 13, to the complete Halloween collection and even Carpenter’s Body Bags anthology. It’s been great to see some of my favorite films not only being re-released with amazing new transfers and sound, and to see films like The Fog and various other Carpenter films find new audiences and appreciation due to the resurgence that the gang at Sf have helped kickstart.
Adding to the growing Carpenter lineup at Sf, is today’s brand new release of the master of horror’s 1981 action classic, Escape From New York. With a brand new 2K scan of the inter-positive and an almost endless supply of supplemental material, this release »
- Jerry Smith
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are putting split rumors to rest. The actors were photographed holding hands in Brisbane, Australia, Monday. It's the first time they had been photographed together since tying the knot. Depp and Heard wed in a small ceremony at his L.A. home Feb. 3 before having a more traditional ceremony on Depp's private island in the Bahamas Feb. 7. Amid rampant speculation by the tabloid media, People also reported Monday that the newlyweds had been leading separate lives; the article was later unpublished. Regardless, Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, are solid. "They've always been together," a source tells E! News. "They travel for work then come home. They live together and are »
In addition to being a legacy film and horror director, John Carpenter is also an accomplished composer, having arranged numerous chilling, electronic scores for many of his films, including Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, and Escape from La.
But now Carpenter arguably took a page from David Lynch, having put out his first full, standalone album. Lost Themes arrived to solid reviews back in February of this year, and one of the album’s tracks, “Night”, just got its first music video.
The video is directed, not by Carpenter unfortunately, but by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, who have taken Carpenter’s synths and embedded them into a chilling, futuristic, virtual reality scenario. Watch it above. Lost Themes is in stores and available for digital purchase now.
The post Watch the music video for John Carpenter’s song ‘Night’ appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Brian Welk
For many genre movie lovers, the name John Carpenter holds a special reverence. The man brought Halloween, Escape From New York, The Fog, The Thing, They Live, and In The Mouth of Madness --- to name just a few --- to life. He's also known as a fantastic soundtrack composer with a very distinct, dark-synth style in his own right. His recently released non-soundtrack album, Lost Themes, fills the void for many a barren fan's cravings. Just days ago, the first official music video for Lost Themes was unleashed. Directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, Night follows Carpenter as he puts on a virtual reality device and experiences driving a gleaming black muscle car throughout Los Angeles. Lavishly colored nightscapes roll across the screen of...
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This weekend, at East Coast Comicon, I got the chance to chat with writer Brandon Montclare (Fearsome Four) and artist Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu) about their work, especially on their creator owned title Rocket Girl, which is published by Image Comics as well as sci-fi, action scenes, and much more. Rocket Girl is about a teen cop from the future named DaYoung Johansson, who travels back to 1980s New York to prevent an evil corporation from inventing technology to basically take over the world.
Sound on Sight: So why should readers pick up the second arc of Rocket Girl?
Amy Reeder: If you loved the first one, it’s so worth it to keep reading. We had originally planned to make our story five issues, but we were talking and realized that wasn’t enough time to tell this story. You have to develop the characters first so people can »
- Logan Dalton
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Directed by Robert Siodmak
A doctor is found murdered in his own condo one morning by the cleaning lady, a knife plunged into his heart. The police, led by the lively Lt. Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell), learn very soon of a possible suspect…or suspects. The recently departed had in fact proposed to a lovely looking girl named Terry Collins (Olivia de Havilland), presently the prime suspect in the investigation, that is, until Stevenson discovers the existence of her twin sister Ruth (de Havilland as well). Neither will reveal very much about who was where and doing what on the night of the murder, putting Stevenson in quite the pickle. Enter psychiatrist Scott Elliot (Lew Ayres), who has dedicated his academic and professional life to the study of twin siblings. He accepts to assist Stevenson by having private sessions with each sister individually. »
- Edgar Chaput
While We’Re Young is the latest film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha). Like his previous work, it is a sharply written mix of comic moments and relatable themes – a Gen Xers vs Hipsters comedy that touches on career crisis, missed opportunities, the challenges of marriage, and the middle-age soul-searching that seems to coincide with the onset of back trouble and arthritis. It’s an excellent, smart comedy and is highly recommended.
Ben Stiller stars in While We’Re Young as Josh Srebnick, a 44-year old filmmaker who’s been toiling away for a decade on his documentary, one structured around Ira Mandelstam (Peter Yarrow), an elderly intellectual. It’s a follow-up to Josh’s first film, a critical success many years earlier. Expected funding has not materialized, he’s unable to pay his patient editor (Matthew Maher), and he is loath to ask his father -in-law, »
- Tom Stockman
"What is the opposite of the world is your oyster?" Josh (Ben Stiller) asks plaintively at one stage in Noah Baumbach's acerbic and beautifully observed new comedy-drama. Josh is a middle-aged New York documentary-maker with an arthritic knee and deteriorating eyesight. His career hasn't panned out in the way he had once hoped. He is "happily" married to Cornelia (Naomi Watts), the daughter of legendary doc director Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin). Unlike their friends, Josh and Cornelia don't have kids, which is seemingly a source of great relief. They live the life of carefree New York artists. They can't help but notice, though, that time is slipping away from them. »
Austin filmmaker Bob Byington likes to set his films in an environment many of us recognize and understand: the featureless, tidy, chain-populated world of the lower-rent suburbs. His characters often work thankless jobs that actually exist in the real world, often in food service. They live in dumpy rentals, they drive cheap or decrepit cars. Apart from the occasional smartphone or computer, the movies could be set in any time in the past few decades and in any American suburb or small city.
And it's within these almost generic settings that Byington brings us movies about people (young men, generally) who change their lives in small but significant ways -- unexpected events leading to improbable effects. It's a slightly twisted world, but ultimately grounded by mundane surroundings.
In Byington's latest movie, 7 Chinese Brothers, slacker Larry (Jason Schwartzman) is fired from a Buca di Beppo after his bosses catch him enjoying the restaurant's booze. »
- Jette Kernion
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants of course! Spongebob and his band of friends from Bikini Bottom must come land side in an attempt to thwart the villainous Burger Beard (played by Antonio Banderas) in new flick The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water is in UK cinemas this week, just in time for Easter, and we’re so taken with the enduring bromance between SpongeBob and Patrick the starfish, that we’ve decided to take a look at some of pop culture’s best buddies. Who else should be on the list? Let us know in the comments.
SpongeBob and Patrick
They aren’t the smartest creatures in Bikini Bottom, but their love for each other makes them best buddies. The two have been neighbors and best friends forever, cementing their relationship through the creation of the “Best Friends Forever Club. »
- Kat Smith
Prepare to see a familiar tale told in a whole new way - BBC One is giving the tale of Noah's ark a dramatic overhaul with new one-off Biblical drama The Ark from writer Tony Jordan and starring David Threlfall in the lead.
Digital Spy spoke to Emily Bevan, who plays Salit, about what to expect - including some epic water works!
What can you reveal about your character in The Ark?
"The character I play is Salit - who is married to Noah's eldest son, Shem (Michael Fox). They live alongside the rest of the family in a big house - with thin walls, so she's pretty frustrated by the lack of privacy. She's desperate for her and Shem to build their own house and start a family."
People might think they know this story - so why should they tune in?
"Because they haven't seen the Tony Jordan version! »
If we are to talk about the ever-growing Hallyu wave—the rapidly spreading popularity of South Korean culture—we can never leave out “My Sassy Girl.” While many South Korean films have been screened in different parts of the world years before “My Sassy Girl” was produced, no one can deny that it is one the first Korean films to get undisputable global recognition. It got nominations and awards from various national and international award-giving bodies for three years in a row, its theme song was translated to different languages, and it spurred American and Japanese remakes.
Not only did it bring South Korea into the limelight, but it also catapulted its main stars, namely Tae Hyun Cha and Ji Hyun Jeon, to worldwide fame. And this year, a sequel to the much beloved movie is coming!
Hapless Guy and New Sassy Girl Meets
In the previous movie, Gyeon Woo »
- Mary Ann Simuangco
I remember reading a book, the first book I’d ever review online, called Meditations on Middle on Earth, which was collection of essays from the who’s who cast of fantasy authors reflecting on The Lord of the Rings. When they read it, where they were, how it influenced them. Among them was Robin Hobb, who’d I also later interview, and she posed a question in her essay that was something to the effect of the thought of why even try (to write) something that has already been done at that level? I find myself, from the fan’s perspective, in a similar place. As a life long fan of epic fantasy, this guy, one Steven Erikson… he’s done it.
When I finished reading Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God I was hit with asoiafitis, that truly magical yearning of just having to go talk about what you just experienced. »
- Jay Tomio
One Big Happy, NBC‘s latest sit-com effort, is set to have a great premiere just off the back of promotion by executive producer Ellen Degeneres. The real question is whether or not people are going to come back, and if it can expand its market beyond the viewers who are dedicated Ellen fans.
One of the best indicators of its success (or lack thereof) may be its lead-in, Undateable. The shows are well-paired, with not only much in common, but a similar comedic style. They are also shows that aren’t exactly the kind of efforts that will shoot out of the gates. They need to grow on you a bit before you come around to appreciating what a blast they are. That’s a tough road in today’s world, as Undateable fans can attest, since it wasn’t a sure thing it would be returning for a while. »
- Marc Eastman
It seems almost impossible that Community is set to debut its sixth season next month. Over its tenure, the show has dealt with internal bust-ups, sackings, re-hirings (creator Dan Harmon returning for season 5), cast members departing and some particularly low viewing figures compared to other high-profile shows. And, who can forget, being cancelled by NBC last year.
But, despite all of that and its somewhat inevitable cancellation, Community lives on thanks to Yahoo!, and have revealed the first full trailer for the new season. Yahoo! Screen, who purchased the rights to the show, are set to air the new season on March 17th, with it’s UK bow set for 24 hours later.
Despite some of the original cast leaving for different reasons (Chevy Chase was sacked after season 4, Donald Glover left for his own show just after season 5 had started, and Yvette Nicole Brown left before season 6 began to take »
- Scott J. Davis
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